Over-herd: NEWS IN BRIEF

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

Aus­tralian adult cat­tle slaugh­ter in July to­talled just un­der 633,000 head – 16 per cent higher than the same time last year (ABS). This took the to­tal for the year-to-date (Jan­uary-July) to al­most 4.14 mil­lion head, although re­mained 5 per cent be­low year-ago lev­els. The dry con­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced across much of the coun­try over win­ter have seen pro­duc­ers turn off more stock lead­ing up to spring,” Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia, Septem­ber mar­ket news report.

GRDC’s na­tional Grain Stor­age GrowNote is a new and com­pre­hen­sive dig­i­tal re­source that aims to pro­vide rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, links to other re­sources and con­tacts to en­able a base un­der­stand­ing of how to man­age on-farm stor­age suc­cess­fully,” Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GRDC) grain stor­age ex­ten­sion project con­sul­tant, Chris War­rick.

I’m ex­pect­ing that as a re­sult of the carp con­trol process we may see in­creased na­tive fish abun­dance and di­ver­sity, aes­thetic im­prove­ments as­so­ci­ated with clearer wa­ters and that may trans­late to recre­ational ben­e­fits,” co-in­ves­ti­ga­tor Pro­fes­sor Jeff Ben­nett on work be­ing done by the Na­tional Carp Con­trol Plan.

We con­grat­u­late the fi­nal­ists in this year’s awards. It’s a ma­jor achieve­ment to be named a fi­nal­ist, given that more than 14,000 pro­duc­ers through­out Aus­tralia con­signed al­most 5.9 mil­lion cat­tle to the MSA pro­gram through­out

2015-17,” Meat Live­stock Aus­tralian pro­gram man­ager, Sarah Strachan, on the an­nounce­ment of the MSA state fi­nal­ists. Fi­nal­ists from Vic­to­ria in­clude CW Coyle from Bar­nawartha, M and K Pund from Beech­worth, Al­loa Pas­toral from Mi­lawa and Al­loa Pas­toral Com­pany from Anakie.

Agri­cul­ture is def­i­nitely the V8 en­gine pow­er­ing Aus­tralia’s eco­nomic

growth,” Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) pres­i­dent, Fiona Sim­son, on news that agri­cul­ture is now the na­tion’s big­gest con­trib­u­tor to gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) and the fastest grow­ing sec­tor.

Whether they’re sheep, beef or dairy farm­ers, it’s the pas­ture sys­tem that drives pro­duc­tion and live weight gains in an­i­mals - it’s all about get­ting soil fer­til­ity right, grow­ing the grass and then get­ting good util­i­sa­tion of that grass,” newly elected Grass­land So­ci­ety of South­ern Aus­tralia pres­i­dent, Steve Cot­ton.

The in­tegrity of gov­er­nance and gov­ern­ment agen­cies as­so­ci­ated with the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan has been se­ri­ously ques­tioned and I have per­son­ally writ­ten to the Prime Min­is­ter, urg­ing him to help re­store the con­fi­dence of our south­ern basin com­mu­ni­ties,” state mem­ber for Shep­par­ton, Suzanna Sheed, call­ing for a gov­ern­ment in­quiry fol­low­ing news for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Goul­burn Mur­ray Wa­ter and NSW top wa­ter bu­reau­crat, Gavin Han­lon, had been stood down amid al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct.

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