Over-herd: NEWS IN BRIEF
Stock thefts increase
VICTORIAN livestock theft cases have risen 20 per cent on last year, with almost $400,000 worth of sheep stolen from January to March. The total cost of reported stock losses (cattle and sheep) in the same period was $537,682. Fresh produce more effective
A PROPOSED $35 million wholesale fresh produce market has been declared a more effective use of Dandenong green wedge space, after a representative for Intrapac Property said agriculture wasn't as profitable. Intrapac lodged plans for the 37ha development in 2016 and was given the green light in June - but was then taken to the state planning tribunal. Steel gates stolen
GOULBURN Murray Water has had six steel gates stolen in the last month. The gates were taken from access points to irrigation channels in the Murray Valley Irrigation District.
Barley exports triple
BARLEY exports from Australia to China have more than tripled over the last five years, largely thanks to a booming beer market in Asia. Some 1.6 million tonnes were exported in 11-12, compared to 5.9 million tonnes in 1617. Varroa mite free
VICTORIA has been declared safe from the Varroa mite after the bee parasite was detected in cargo at the Port of Melbourne. Agriculture Victoria’s surveillance has concluded six weeks after the bee parasite was detected. Surveillance was conducted in every known hive within a two-kilometre radius of the Port of Melbourne detection zone. Dick blames Aldi
DICK Smith has blamed German supermarket giant Aldi for the closure of his foods company, saying the business has prioritised profits at the expense of Australian farmers. Dick Smith Foods will be wound down over the next 12 months. Water shares increase THE irrigation season was
officially opened last month, with seasonal determinations and water allocation statements released. For northern Victoria, high reliability water shares for Murray and Goulburn systems increased by 10 per cent. Stolen cows recovered
SOME 40 Holstein cows have been stolen from two properties near Stanhope, with 26 of them later recovered. The animals have a combined value of just under $50,000. Police continue to investigate. Brazil bans glyphosate
A BRAZILIAN judge has banned the use of any products containing glyphosate in his country until further toxicology tests and results are available. $400m in damages
AN American jury has awarded a dying man almost $400 million in damages after it was claimed he got terminal cancer from using Roundup. The 42 year old gardener, who has lymphatic cancer, is one of hundreds of patients suing Monsanto - who make Roundup.