This is another example of the sad farm produce payment model that we have in Australia......Processors should be service providers only and not have the power of a clearing house for any primary produce. To have a proper market in beef and dairy ( in particular) this major irregularity must be addressed. An independent market operator and a market watchdog with legal teeth is long overdue. It is even more obscene when we see another nation's company executive dictating the terms of trade.....and who would be the advantaged in this advice? Not the 'Aussies Battlers', of can be sure!
31/08/15 03:46 AM
Labor idiocy writ large for all to see. Economic vandals with a hopelessly distracted media letting their policy free zone and economic wrecking ball have a free ride.
It appears to me the govt has enough problems now with overseas students/457 visas/back backers/people from overseas without work visas/etc being exploited/underpaid etc, without opening a whole new tin of worms. Sort that out and then we can get on with a FTA without consigning our kids to a dodgy future.
30/08/15 11:42 PM
Glen Sterle is actually right here. He is also a decent man with an honest interest for farmers rights.
30/08/15 10:02 PM
Could it be that the US figures are being distorted by such factors as ethanol mandates, multi peril crop insurance, access payments for fracking? Govt legislation such as these can artificially elevate production, at a severe disadvantage to other parts of the world. I guess if the biotech sector really wanted to improve malnutrition in the world they would target this legislation, or maybe they are just lining their own pockets? What a load of rubbish this comparison is, but I guess any propaganda to tell farmers about the benefits of regulated monopolies via patents is good propaganda.
29/08/15 06:55 PM


Congratulations Joe. A well deserved honour
28/08/15 07:13 AM
Revert to a three year rotation incorporating a mechanical fallowing phase that will starve any fungus.
It is a no brainer.
24/08/15 12:52 AM
The non current candidates will have a real struggle to gain a seat on the board.
All members regardless of where they live vote for the directors of any region.
How or why would a Western Australian grower make an informed vote in a Northern NSW and Queensland regional election?
Imagine if we elected our state and Federal politicians under this scenario?
This process is so poor and open to cronyism that it is almost laughable except that it reflects badly on GGL and grain farmers in general.
20/08/15 08:18 PM
Why is Mark Allison the CEO of Elders a major input supplier and merchant/agent on the board of a grain producers' organisation?
This is a clear conflict that must be addressed.
20/08/15 08:09 PM
The bigger question is Why does grain need two producer based groups? . It's time GPL, and GPA joined for the common good of the industry - Get on with it!
27/08/15 07:41 PM


Santos holds pel's over most of NSW from Gulgong to Goondiwindi this is the start of the industrialisation of the west. Australia has been given to Asia as an energy hub and our agricultural industry has been sold out from under our feet. There is no long term sustainability to these projects only short term gain for a few. Our generational farmers have been sold out.
30/08/15 11:54 PM
$26.5b extra- doesn't sound anywhere near as bad as $26,500,000,000.00 extra- don't you think?
25/08/15 07:49 AM
Barnaby has been in the sun too long without a hat, ask any of the graziers on the coal line access route and you will get the true picture. A company difficult to deal with and proposing to pillage the great Artesian basin with only adjacent landholders having the right of appeal under new proposals.The community support is non existent and I am a property owner. Australia is contributing to the environmental degradation by it's approval process. The Abbot government is in it's dying days.
29/08/15 01:54 AM
Most favoured nation status is obviously an Chinese accolade for having urban elite politicians who are willing to sell off our farms and other key strategic assets to them.
27/08/15 11:32 PM
The E and the F on Barnaby's forehead stands for 'epic fail' in regard to animal welfare.
Suggesting that we are world leaders in animal welfare when we scored a 'C' on the world animal protection index is delusional.
Perhaps he could explain how sledgehammer slaughter, upside down fully conscious slaughter in a full inversion box, flooding, eye gouging and all the other cruelty inflicted on our cattle is improving animal welfare?
Why did the govt. scrap the OIE funding and disband all AW committees if we are world leaders? This rhetoric is just getting so tiresome.
25/08/15 11:42 PM


Fruit bruising by customers is one factor, but variety is another.
The industry is pushing Hass, an inferior variety that browns easily, has unsightly dark strings and has a very narrow window of edibility between hard and spoiled. Green-skinned varieties tend to be superior on all these counts and often have better taste too.
09/08/15 10:56 PM
This is a fabulous article. You can't have a nice skin without eating right. The carotenoids will give you a lovely healthy glow.
04/08/15 06:38 AM


All the crap the experts ply us with and one old cow beats the odds.. ain't nature wonderfully unpredictable ?
30/07/15 07:53 AM
What a beaut focus on only one aspect of pig raising - too bad about the survival and well being of so many piglets which is the reason for the introduction of the stalls in the first place.
How about coming up with a solution instead of just being negative prohibitionists of the protection of innocent babies.
29/07/15 03:48 AM
Why all the comment stating how high cattle prices are and 'when the momentum will stop'? Producers have been bouncing along the bottom for too long,and are entitled to make some money at last.When you look at the earnings on capital invested it is not exhorbitant as some would have us believe.
16/07/15 10:27 AM
Have been to Ballarat sale yards once and swore never to go back again. We never bought any cattle from Ballarat and never will until a proper complex is built( we turn over 1200 steers a year ). The industry needs to step in until current management can make a decision or the RSPCA/Peta will make it for them.
Awesome Aussie sheep. Best in the world
21/07/15 11:23 PM


Really!! How many farmers have you seen wearing a helmet while riding an ATV? How many farmers use seat belts in utes when in the paddock? Good idea in theory,but rarely practiced.
05/07/15 05:15 AM


Does this milk go to China or to the domestic market?
11/08/15 12:33 AM
Makes a welcome change from the family's plans to put 2.4 million chickens next to the Namoi River at Manilla, upstream of the Keepit Dam.
30/07/15 03:28 AM
You can see the stupidity of trying to do business with Gas Co's & why landholders have so much trouble with them with some of the conditions above. They have no understanding of how a rural property needs to function /Work Place Health & Safety,Weed blame QGC 's properties in the Wandoan area have African Lovegrass on them. Gas Co's should never be allowed to buy properties
27/07/15 02:57 AM
OPPORTUNITY lost - in snubbing of my PPP Plan by LNP in Ag "smoke& mirrors" paper on Saturday. ALL we primary prods need is "fair&open competition" @ our farmgate.My PPP plan would have been a transparent portal for all the unseen-primary/secondary commerce happening now to be listed on AUDA -offerboard where the PRICE will find the PRODUCT- not the produce finding a secret uncompetitive price! If this were enacted - it wouldn't matter about foreign investment- as they would be actively competing- not vertically integrating or"Transfer Pricing " their profits back to their mother country SHAME
07/07/15 01:06 AM


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I wonder how much Mr Spierlings gets paid and how it compares with the average Farmer's returns?
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