How many people stop to think that this is "Unearned income".
Sit on your backside and expect income to roll in regularly and by the expectation of the above article to increase each year.
It's like feeding the pigs-----no matter how much they get, they want more!
26/11/14 09:43 PM
Well CSIRO wastes millions of $$s on climate change. Drop that useless waste and transfer that wasted money to biosecurity and there would be a lot better value in such investment. Clearly you are worried. The answer is in your own hands. Just do it and stop whinging!
25/11/14 08:46 AM
For heavens sake, the Wonnangatta Valley was an intensively farmed area for almost 100 years. It is far from being a pristine example of pre european condition. In recent years since it was included into the ANP there has been limited management, weeds reign supreme threatening the very existence of an potential rare native species. A well managed regime of grazing and burning is needed to place pressure on the recently introduce non native species that now dominate the bio diversity. The existing natives flourish under a fire and grazing program that was applied by native marsupials and burning.
25/11/14 08:01 AM
Blimey, nothing beats someone calling a bit of grounded reality out for the masses to chew on. One of the best articles I have seen for a long time.
How can there be BIG opport when there is only ONE works where we can retain ownership ( custom kill) -in the whole country. Dairy has nothing for the farmers. He who owns the plant, gets the cream - nobody else and Khan Horne should know that. Aust Dairy production is static and almost falling due. Meat here is heading for the cliff face as well. Wool quota is a red herring- we will never ever get near that quota cut in - so all smoke and mirrors for Khan and the FTA. All get on board with the headline......Notice that Landline had the FTA exposed on Sunday - "DUD"
25/11/14 12:42 AM


This is disgraceful. How come the CSIRO has funding left over after the Abbott government cuts? This wasting of money on scientific research must be stopped.
26/11/14 09:59 PM
The problem in Australia is always going to be the cost or premium to insure against the extreme variability of our production. I don't envisage it being attractive to government or more importantly private producers
25/11/14 09:58 PM
What a marvellous opportunity to have your say& tell it like it really is.
Also what about farmers suggesting that a lot of the upgrading of tier 3 lines could be carried out by themselves under supervision.
Remember what happened with the bypass road in Kalgoorlie?
Lets apply some practical pressure.
I don't understand why the politicians don't get it. I have listened to several economists (not on corp/govt payroll) say the FTA really means nothing for us, as an example they can shut down what they import based on regulation (eg presence of red back spider). a better way to go is to appeal to their food safety concerns, ie no roundup ready crops, then we will have all the market share we want. We should separate ourselves from our competitors. Recently listened to a consultant talking about Chinas lowering water table, this is the same as India. As long as we own the land, our future is good
24/11/14 07:15 PM
There are silos and there are silos - some of the North American builds are difficult or just cant be sealed for an effective fumigation. Pays to do your research first and make sure it meets the Australian Standard for fumigation.
21/11/14 06:12 AM


Sugar is poison and should be avoided, 3 years for me and never healthier, or lighter.
26/11/14 03:37 AM
This is an outcry. Young rural men are at a crisis point and need urgent help. If we want good productive rural communities we need answers to help the people through this time not retribution and punishment. Make these men feel worthwhile and give them some self esteem. It could be your family member.
26/11/14 01:28 AM
What a load of BS! Another example of a Govt trying to duck and weave and cover both sides. Isn't it called global warming? Didn't you just say it was going to get warmer? Stand by your convictions don't try and water it down now that it is getting cooler and dryer. If it gets warmer it also gets wetter, who ever put out this dribble doesn't understand this simple fact. More evaporation results in more rainfall! This article mentions the Govt, but doesn't say who or what department. Can you let us know who is responsible for this totally incorrect rubbish!
26/11/14 03:01 AM
As an Indian, I am just hoping that government will open up food market and make packaged products much cheaper. Indians also need expertise in producing derivative food products, which is largely unseen in India. This is a critical area Australia and New Zealand can assist India.
24/11/14 10:56 AM
The good citizens of Australia dodge another bullet.
24/11/14 07:18 AM


Why do our elected representatives need to urged to support sourcing products locally, surely they all recognise the benefits to the local economy and national economy of buying local products?
Profits down, levies collected up.
Just goes to show why the levy system needs change. Perhaps compulsory levies should be taken at a different part of the supply chain where incomes and profits are more stable?
24/11/14 03:19 AM
This is a problem that can be solved, like the papaya virus problem in Hawaii. Growers and government, have some guts and embrace technological advance! Consider a GM solution! Hawaii did it successfully
14/11/14 10:58 AM
More and more insecticides and pesticides will take this of the growing systems. Europe sets the example for banning chemicals. GM solutions are more and more tempting and certainly safer
14/11/14 08:55 AM
They claim Genetically Manipulated spuds may: "reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful" chemical, acrylamide, maybe created in potatoes fried at over 120C. But the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) says: "Scientists do not yet know with any certainty whether the levels of acrylamide typically found in some foods pose a health risk for humans." If acrylamide were a proven threat, wouldn't our food regulator (FSANZ) already ban french fries & chips or require the safer cooking methods that NCI recommends? Choice: the risks of radical RNAi or safer cooking habits. No contest, as GM loses.
10/11/14 10:38 AM


I worked in the Tasmania Meat Industry 1983 -1993 as a Meat/Food Inspector, and found the quality of their Meat/Livestock second to none; including King Island.
26/11/14 07:34 AM
Sen.Colbeck claims that “Australia is committed to a sustainable approach to fisheries management and our fisheries are well-managed as a result.” Really? How would the Senator or AFMA know? How do they figure out whats sustainable? Do they count fishes eyes and divide by 2? No, they run a model that the IPCC would be proud of, no biological or environmental factors, just the beliefs of some overpaid arithmeticians in Hobart.Colbeck fiddles while the fishing industry burns, how long can the owners of the Margiris pay $200 k pa in fees while they are prevented from using a boat they need?
Two problems I can see with this, firstly, unless eID tags are implanted in the carcase rather than the ear it will be difficult to trace through to finish of processing. Second, the priority given in this story to genetics. I'm a firm believer that ninety percent of an animals breeding is determined by what goes down its throat. You can spend big dollars on the best rams and ewes but if you don't feed them right they will still be ordinary.
Seriously Coin? Your article is hell bent on blaming the widely circulated footage for the charges being dropped, when you have actually quoted the RSPCA saying that is not the case?
20/11/14 05:01 AM
Very pleased to read this store sale report on the morning after the sale with good detail.


Looks like a fantastic machine.. might order one and report back.
20/11/14 03:44 AM
I doubt if Tony has ever been on a quad bike. You have to move your weight around just like you do on a motorbike or horse. Tony, quads don't weigh two tonnes so a heavy rider will upset the centre of gravity on slopes. Don't you also lean forward going up a hill on a motorbike? You want one rule for quads and another for bikes, they can flip over too. Without a quad I would sell the farm, they are that important to my business.
22/10/14 10:36 PM
Any chance of a contact no


The ability to buy a farm in China is a total red herring introduced by emotive or just ordinary old fools. Anyone wanting to buy a farm in China is a fool because only a fool would do so knowing there is clear knowledge that foreigners always come off second best in any legal slouch in China that involves nationals. We cannot claim this is some sort of communist plot because the great USA once used the same legal devices to look after the interests of locals above foreigners. Now the great USA has gone one (or two or three) steps better and want protection from Australian law in Australia.
24/11/14 02:25 AM
These are not free trade agreements!!!
24/11/14 02:16 AM
And we are worried about the Chinese. At least they are doing it to feed their people.
17/11/14 03:24 AM
What proportion of state revenue come from stamp duty? I think on average its over 40%. Would an agent be worried about the viability of farmers in a world of land prices set by non accountable state owned enterprises and inflationary fractional reserve banking? Obviously not.
13/11/14 02:51 PM
This is good news, hopefully the new owners can actually make a living out of breeding and fattening cattle and not just service debt.
19/10/14 10:51 PM

Rural Lifestyle

Look out bozos! We latte/charonnay drinking socialists and Labor Party supporters are heading to a town near you!
We intend to put on a lentil and tofu salad evening to get to know you. Won't it be just so much fun!
14/11/14 04:10 AM
G'day Vernon
One aspect of the Australian economy that you failed to take into consideration: governments of all persuasions seek to run the nation for the benefit of the urban population. That is why we have awards setting wages for the city people but no longer any reserve price scheme for wool and why the meat industry is a free-for-all. The present situation is based on a set of circumstances that existed one hundred years ago and is no longer a viable economic model. With governments determined to stock the continent to its full carrying capacity of humans, collapse is inevitable.
01/11/14 07:42 PM
Well spoken by a true champion Barnaby.
Convincing the Liberals will be the biggest challenge-they are more interested in the big end of town then the small business and family farm sector.
06/10/14 12:58 AM
Congrats on a wonderful event for Richmond. The young ladies and gentlemen of Richmond and surrounds sure glammed it up to match their city friends! From all reports it was a resounding success! Well done to the organizers and for such a great cause!
27/10/14 05:55 AM


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When ignorance is the clear and proud position, it is pointless trying to debate with wtf and
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What is beyond your comprehension, wtf, (and it goes a long way to explain your economic
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U have misunderstood my point, realist. I'm saying that by banks being allowed to create
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