RSPCA, farm lobby furious over political delay in live export abuse penalties – ABC Rural

RSPCA, farm lobby furious over political delay in live export abuse penalties – ABC Rural

Animal welfare and farm lobby groups are infuriated that political delays are preventing tougher penalties for live exporters who break animal welfare laws. There is bipartisan support for the Federal Government’s proposed crackdown — including jail time and millions of dollars in fines — on live exporters responsible for sheep …

Golf buggy bulldozer bingle the latest misadventure of 88-year-old farming daredevil – ABC Rural

Golf buggy bulldozer bingle the latest misadventure of 88-year-old farming daredevil – ABC Rural

Jokes have been flying thick and fast since redclaw crayfish farmer Andrew Gosbell shared a photograph on social media after a real life drama unfolded before his eyes. Against Mr Gosbell’s advice, his irrepressible 88-year-old father Bob adapted one of the farm’s golf carts, used to move and feed crays, …

Grain growers scale back winter crops as driest autumn conditions since 1902 take hold – ABC Rural

Grain growers scale back winter crops as driest autumn conditions since 1902 take hold – ABC Rural

Fears drought conditions are taking hold in grain growing regions has prompted farmers to scale back their plantings. It has been so dry that the crops that have been sown have gone into soils parched by the driest autumn since 1902. Among the concerns for farmers is that many are …

What is ‘mince’? Supermarkets and farmers clash over Funky Fields plant product – ABC Rural

What is ‘mince’? Supermarkets and farmers clash over Funky Fields plant product – ABC Rural

A decision by a major supermarket to sell ‘mince’ made from plants in the red meat aisle has angered farm lobby groups and infuriated a National Party senator. Woolworths has placed a faux-mince product, made from plants and vegetables, in the meat section of its supermarkets under the brand name …

Kangaroo culling red tape relaxed in NSW drought-hit areas angering commercial operators, activists – ABC Rural

Kangaroo culling red tape relaxed in NSW drought-hit areas angering commercial operators, activists – ABC Rural

Commercial kangaroo harvesters, processors and animal activists have hit back at plans from the State Government to reduce the number of kangaroos in drought-hit areas. NSW Minister for Industry and Primary Industries Niall Blair said many areas of NSW were facing an animal welfare crisis as big mobs of kangaroos …

Labour hire law enforcement delay in South Australia lashed by unions as ‘secretive’ – ABC Rural

Labour hire law enforcement delay in South Australia lashed by unions as ‘secretive’ – ABC Rural

Union representatives in South Australia say they have been left in the dark about “secretive” delays by the State Government in enforcing new laws for labour hire companies. The Labour Hire Licensing Scheme, which came into effect earlier this year, includes stricter penalties for wrongdoers and a requirement for all …

More yellow crazy ants found, movement restrictions under review – ABC Rural

More yellow crazy ants found, movement restrictions under review – ABC Rural

A new infestation of an invasive ant species capable of causing blindness and decimating crops has been detected at Terania Creek, nearly 30 kilometres north of Lismore, in northern New South Wales. The yellow crazy ant is a highly destructive species which is said to be in the top 100 …

Illegal pet meaters, hunters shooting $100,000 worth of stock every year in Top End – ABC Rural

Illegal pet meaters, hunters shooting $100,000 worth of stock every year in Top End – ABC Rural

Northern Territory cattle producers are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock every year from illegal shooting by pet meaters and weekend hunters. A number of managers of cattle stations within a few hours’ drive from Darwin say trespassers shoot hundreds of cattle and buffalo every year on …

Queensland budget: Agriculture lobbyists criticise Government as lacking vision, despite more money – ABC Rural

Queensland budget: Agriculture lobbyists criticise Government as lacking vision, despite more money – ABC Rural

Queensland’s agriculture lobby groups have criticised the state budget as lacking vision, despite an overall rise in the amount of money spent on agriculture. The Queensland Agriculture and Fisheries budget is $481.7 million for 2018–19, up $57 million compared to last year, and will focus on biosecurity and drought relief. …

Centuries-old French winemaking technique maintained through Cassegrain family links – ABC Rural

Centuries-old French winemaking technique maintained through Cassegrain family links – ABC Rural

With family ties to winemaking in France dating back 375 years, one NSW mid north coast wineries still applies a centuries-old technique to sparkling wines similar to how their ancestors made champagne. John and Eva Cassegrain planted grapes near Port Macquarie in 1980 keeping with the family business, which began …