Over-herd: news in brief
It is now a reality that Australia’s red meat exports to China could soon reach more than $1 billion a year.”
– The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) president Fiona Simson following the Joint Statement on Enhancing Inspection and Cooperation, that coincided with a visit to Australia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
The national impact of wild dogs on livestock, including control costs, is estimated to vary between $50 million to hundreds of millions of dollars annually.”
– NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) invasive species strategy manager, Quentin Hart.
If it got into Australia, there is a risk it could spread and invade native vegetation habitats and compete with native snails.”
– The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ deputy secretary responsible for biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, after biosecurity staff in Melbourne intercepted and identified an obscure invasive snail species, which is spreading through southern states of the United States.
Many Aussies believe themselves to be healthy, yet this report shows the majority of those surveyed are not getting all the beneficial nutrients from fruit and vegetables needed for a healthy, balanced diet.”
– Research director and co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Professor Manny Noakes.
Sheepmeat is likely to benefit from expected global population and economic growth, particularly in developing countries. It also has the added advantage of no religious taboos, and is being preferenced by consumers in the world’s fastest growing population centres and ethnic groups.”
– Meat & Livestock Australia’s manager of market information Ben Thomas in MLA’s new report Sheepmeat’s Unique Global Position.
The price upturn enjoyed by wool producers has continued despite recent USD weakness. Wool is quite sensitive to currency movements and our expectations of a lower AUD this year point to further upside.”
– NAB agribusiness economist Phin Ziebell in their March Rural Commodities Wrap, which shows wool as the strongest performing commodity.
Hens that are kept in cages under conditions that comply with the Model Code are healthy and safe. We support consumers in their right to choose which type of eggs they want to buy.”
– John Dunn, CEO, Egg Farmers Australia on Victoria’s decision to undertake a review outside of the national process to develop Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry.
In both 2015 and 2016 quad bikes accounted for the highest number of farm-related deaths overall. Since 2001, there have been 231 quad bike deaths across the country, with 43 of those fatalities being kids under the age of 16.”
– Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) president, Dr Ewen McPhee, speaking from Parliament House.
Fire ants are a super pest – if we fail to eradicate them they will exact a devastating toll on our unique wildlife, farmers, schools, lifestyle, health system and infrastructure.”
– Invasive Species Council of Australia CEO Andrew Cox following US fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett’s national tour of Australia.
“This initiative forms an important part of our policy for a stronger agriculture sector, announced at last year’s federal election to support Australia’s farmers who contribute around $58 billion to our nation’s economy.
– Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, following the Coalition Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund announcement.
The Chinese market is a major market for a range of Australian grains, oilseeds and pulses and providing information and a clear and consistent message about the Australian industry, its quality and reliability is very important for our industry and particularly for Australian grain growers.”
– Pat O’Shannassy, CEO Grain Trade Australia (GTA), following the AGIC Asia Conference in Shanghai.
A BILLION: (from left) Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Wang Yi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce.