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Dairy farmers' daughters milking social media to promote ditching $1 supermarket milk

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Dairy farmers' daughters milking social media to promote ditching $1 supermarket milk

- Three daughters of dairy farmers in Queensland's Scenic Rim are launching a social media campaign to encourage consumers to ditch $1 supermarket milk in favour of branded products. Daughters of Dairy Farmers — founded by Rachel Rohan, Joanne Mollinger and Lisa Harrison — will tell the stories behind the producers through photos in its Meet the Farmer series. The women say generic products are killing the industry, and hope throwing open the doors of the milking sheds will have a flow-on effect in the supermarket aisles

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Camel milk production on the rise as farmers tap into feral resource

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Camel milk production on the rise as farmers tap into feral resource

- A growing number of wild camels from central Australia are being turned into dairy cows, as interest in the camel milk industry builds. The number of dairies has now risen to around 10 and more products are starting to appear on the market including fresh pasteurised camels' milk, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt, camel milk powder and skincare. Chris Williams and his wife Megan are former dairy cattle farmers, who first encountered camels when they worked on a beef property in the outback, where the humped animals were seen as pests

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Australian cotton the 'pick of the crop' as more global consumers demand sustainable fibres

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Australian cotton the 'pick of the crop' as more global consumers demand sustainable fibres

- Consumer desire for sustainably produced goods is driving domestic and global demand for Australia's $2.5-billion cotton crop, according to retailers and millers. Leading brands are now introducing clothing ranges made entirely from Australian cotton as an alternative to cheaper fibre mixes. "They want to know about the sustainability and the environmental story," he said, adding the industry had worked hard for years on winning a social license to operate

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Tags: Horticulture |  Crops |  Cotton | 
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'What happens if someone shows up with a gun?' : Medicinal marijuana and what it means to farmers

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'What happens if someone shows up with a gun?' : Medicinal marijuana and what it means to farmers

- Fingerprint scanners, motion sensor laser alarms, security teams and top secret locations sound like the stuff out of spy movies, not Australian farms. But that is the reality for a new breed of farmers trying their hand at medicinal cannabis, who have to make sure the crop is secure from paddock to processor. "Imagine having all kinds of questions thrown at you like 'What happens if someone shows up with a gun, what are you going to do?'" Adam Benjamin, from Medifarm, said

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Tasmanian farmers call for improved flood warning after 2016 devastation

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Tasmanian farmers call for improved flood warning after 2016 devastation

- A year after devastating floods across Tasmania, farmers are calling on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to improve its flood warning system. Thousands of livestock drowned and the damage bill is running into tens of millions of dollars. Two people died and one is still missing. Dairy farmer Luke Bloomfield was not prepared for the ferocity of the floods. "To see the river rise nearly two metres in under an hour once it came over the levee banks and flooded the farm was just unbelievable," Mr Bloomfield said

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Papua New Guinea's coffee industry say berry borer beetle could have devastating impact

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Papua New Guinea's coffee industry say berry borer beetle could have devastating impact

- Papua New Guinea's coffee industry is crying out for help, after discovering an insidious pest in some of its most productive growing areas. The coffee berry borer is a small beetle that has devastated coffee crops all over the world. A smallholder grower in Jiwaka Province, one of the main growing areas, found the beetle on his block in February and brought it to PNG's Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC)

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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Papua New Guinea | 

Ryan Evans found guilty of murdering pig farmer Keith Cini in Badgerys Creek

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Ryan Evans found guilty of murdering pig farmer Keith Cini in Badgerys Creek

- A man has been found guilty of bashing Sydney pig farmer Keith Cini to death in one of two violent home invasions a month apart in 2014. Ryan David Evans, 28, was found guilty of six of seven charges relating to the attacks at a home in Medway in the NSW Southern Highlands and another at Mr Cini's home in Badgerys Creek

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Tags: Farmers |  Animal Husbandry |  Pigs |  Judiciary |  Trials |  Prosecution |  Conviction |  Civil Actions |  Pig farmers | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia | 

Wedge-tailed eagle takes down drone over WA wheat farm

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Wedge-tailed eagle takes down drone over WA wheat farm

- A wedge-tailed eagle has attacked and badly damaged a drone flying over farm machinery in Western Australia. Leigh Nairn was using the drone to check the set-up of his airseeder when the eagle swooped and knocked the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) out of the sky. The farmer from Binnu, north of Geraldton, said the bird grabbed the drone with its talons

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Stowaway snails become big pest for Yorke Peninsula farmers as expert warns of bumper year

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Stowaway snails become big pest for Yorke Peninsula farmers as expert warns of bumper year

- Slimy invaders from afar have long been a staple of science fiction, thrilling and chilling audiences. Slimy invaders as a fact of farming life are much less entertaining. Every season, before he starts seeding, Yorke Peninsula farmer Graham Hayes has to lay snail bait. If he doesn't do so, his crop will be destroyed by millions of Mediterranean snails. "Well if they are in large enough numbers they'll just eat all of the crop," Mr Hayes said

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Move over coconut water - here comes watermelon water

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Move over coconut water - here comes watermelon water

- Coconut water is so 2016. This year, it's all about watermelon water. H2coco founder David Freeman has already made a fortune from Australia's thirst for coconut water and now he's launching a new business: H2melon. Inspiration hit in the middle of the Nevada desert. "I was at Burning Man festival and I was given a cold-pressed watermelon water and at the time was amazed by it," Freeman says

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Tags: Horticulture |  Crops |  Coconut |  Fruit farming |  Melon |  Watermelon |  Enterprises |  Entrepreneurs | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia | 

As Queensland dairies close, where will fresh milk come from in the future?

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As Queensland dairies close, where will fresh milk come from in the future?

- Faced with an aging workforce, $1 milk, a paltry farm gate price and pressure from the south, Queensland dairy farmers are struggling to keep their businesses operating. The Boyne Valley in central Queensland used to be home to over 80 dairies but now there is just one left and it belongs to the Paish family. Dairy crisis explainer Leonie Paish said that when her family arrived in 1995 optimism was high, but now she is not sure how much longer their dairy will survive

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Tags: Farms |  Dairy farming |  Milk | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Queensland | 

Recidivist rooster 'Terrible Terry' sent to Central Australian prison farm after wreaking havoc

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Recidivist rooster 'Terrible Terry' sent to Central Australian prison farm after wreaking havoc

- A recidivist rooster in Central Australia is causing trouble at the local prison, after it was taken there for causing havoc in the township of Alice Springs. When council rangers capture roaming chickens, ducks and other animals in town, the birds are taken to the jail's horticulture program, and cared for by the prisoners. But Shane Secombe, chief industries officer in horticulture at the prison, said their latest addition was causing trouble

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Tags: Farms |  Prisons | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia | 

Fonterra offers compensation to Australian farmers

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Fonterra offers compensation to Australian farmers

- Fonterra Australia has offered aggrieved farmers a compensation deal for reducing its last season's milk price, but initial reaction from some is that it does not go far enough. Last week it was reported the dairy giant might owe its 1400 suppliers $64 million. But on Wednesday it said it would pay retired Fonterra suppliers who left the dairy industry between April 30, 2016 and May 10, 2017 and did not supply any other company in that period, 40 cents per kgMS

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Budget must address data drought or risk agriculture's potential: farmers

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Budget must address data drought or risk agriculture's potential: farmers

- It is vital that Tuesday's federal budget addresses the data drought in regional Australia, farmers say. Some of the poorest farmers in Africa have better digital connectivity than farmers here, David Statham, owner of cotton, grain and beef producer Sundown Pastoral Company, said. What do we know about the budget teaser He said poor data transfer was "one of the biggest issues we face on the land"

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Farmers rejoice at Murray Goulburn legal action

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Farmers rejoice at Murray Goulburn legal action

- A New Zealand dairy farmer in Australia is eager to see that country's biggest milk processor exposed in court. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is prosecuting the Murray Goulburn company and two of its former top executives, accusing them of misleading farmers last year by overstating the milk price. The company then slashed farm gate prices, and forced farmers to pay back money they had already received

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Dairy processor Murray Goulburn misled farmers on milk prices, ACCC says

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Dairy processor Murray Goulburn misled farmers on milk prices, ACCC says

- The competition watchdog is taking milk processor Murray Goulburn to court, alleging it behaved unconscionably and misled farmers on the milk prices they could expect to receive. In April last year, Murray Goulburn slashed farm gate milk prices and forced farmers to pay back money they had already received. The decision left many farmers individually owing Murray Goulburn (MG) in excess of $100,000 and sparked a crisis in the sector

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ACCC drags milk giant Murray Goulburn to court over conduct

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ACCC drags milk giant Murray Goulburn to court over conduct

- THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission are taking the country’s largest milk processor to the Federal Court over their conduct towards dairy farmers. The ACCC alleges Murray Goulburn engaged in unconscionable conduct and made false or misleading representations regarding the average farmgate milk price it expected dairy farmers to pay. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims condemned the milk processor in a statement

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  • As Queensland dairies close, where will fresh milk come from in the future?
    As Queensland dairies close, where will fresh milk come from in the future?

    , abc.net.au

    Faced with an aging workforce, $1 milk, a paltry farm gate price and pressure from the south, Queensland dairy farmers are struggling to keep their businesses operating. The Boyne Valley in central Queensland used to be home to over 80 dairies but now there is just one left and it belongs to the Paish family. Dairy crisis explainer Leonie Paish said that when her family arrived in 1995 optimism was high, but now she is not sure how much longer their dairy will survive

     

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  • As Queensland dairies close, where will fresh milk come from in the future?
    As Queensland dairies close, where will fresh milk come from in the future?

    , abc.net.au

    Faced with an aging workforce, $1 milk, a paltry farm gate price and pressure from the south, Queensland dairy farmers are struggling to keep their businesses operating. The Boyne Valley in central Queensland used to be home to over 80 dairies but now there is just one left and it belongs to the Paish family. Dairy crisis explainer Leonie Paish said that when her family arrived in 1995 optimism was high, but now she is not sure how much longer their dairy will survive

     

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  • ACCC drags milk giant Murray Goulburn to court over conduct
    ACCC drags milk giant Murray Goulburn to court over conduct

    , heraldsun.com.au

    THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission are taking the country’s largest milk processor to the Federal Court over their conduct towards dairy farmers. The ACCC alleges Murray Goulburn engaged in unconscionable conduct and made false or misleading representations regarding the average farmgate milk price it expected dairy farmers to pay. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims condemned the milk processor in a statement

     

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    Tags: Farmers |  Dairy farming |  Milk |  Dairy farmers | 
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