Over-herd: NEWS IN BRIEF
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.