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    Another $4.8 million has been locked in for State Barrier Fence repairs and maintenance, and work is underway on a delivery model that will maximise indigenous employment. A new federally-funded $615,000 research and development fund will investigate alternative approaches to wild dog control and management to ensure Western Australia is using the best science in […]

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    The single disc opener has been in development for over 14 years with the Kucks family from Austil Engineering building the first units in 2002. Over the past five months, Simplicity has been reviewing, documenting and developing the finer details on this opener assembly and has now released its own production version which is called […]

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    Botulism is caused by the ingestion or release within an animal’s rumen of the toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The dormant spores of Clostridium botulinum are common in soil and in the gut of healthy cattle and other animals, predominantly in tropical environments. Under anaerobic conditions, the spores can germinate and begin actively […]

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  • 11/09/17--20:17: Tramp ant threat neutralised
  • Head of biosecurity operations, Nico Padovan, said biosecurity officers acted quickly to contain the colony. “Tramp ants are an invasive and aggressive species that has established widely across the globe. They have previously been found in the Northern Territory, but this was the first sighting in Queensland,” Mr Padovan said. “If undetected, tramp ant infestations […]

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    Nothing says get in the workshop and fix something quite like a new set of spanners, sockets or screwdrivers. All jokes aside, new and innovative tools hit the market all the time, and it can be tough staying abreast of the latest and greatest gear. Most farms would not function without a well-equipped workshop. But […]

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    Known as the Agronator, the massive drone has eight rotors and an overall diameter of four metres with a total weight of 80kg. Agritechnica is held every two years in Hanover, Germany and is one of the biggest agricultural displays in the world. The spreading material capacity on the Agronator can be up to 30kg […]

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    The new report by the agribusiness banking specialist called A change in focus for livestock marketing in Australia recommends new pricing mechanisms to close the gap between what is produced and what global consumers want – reliable high eating quality.  Rabobank senior animal proteins analyst Angus Gidley-Baird said while Australia’s reputation as a provider of […]

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    David Hall, Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) said while farmers have been very good at creating maps showing one constraint or another, researchers are now showing that many soils have multiple constraints which often need to be managed together as opposed to separately.  “Where we thought that soils were being […]

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    Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, said the free trade deal will eliminate tariffs and create new agricultural export opportunities to the benefit of Australia’s meat sector—including beef, sheepmeat and kangaroo—and the sugar, dairy, rice, sorghum, horticulture and wine sectors.  “Economic partnerships are the bedrock of success for modern trading nations and […]

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  • 11/12/17--19:56: Greasy solution to cleaning
  • A quick glance around his yard confirms Wayne’s passion for keeping things neat and tidy and this flows through to his farming gear. One of Wayne’s secret weapons for keeping things in top shape is a lanolin product called Lanox. Made mostly from the waxy, greasy natural substance which is a by-product of sheep wool, […]

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  • 11/14/17--19:30: Vario pull wins silver medal
  • The Vario Pull allows the hitch point between the tractor and an implement to be moved forward and backward 800mm and with up to 8000kg of down force on the hitch, the movement will affect the tractor’s ballasting and weight distribution. Moving the hitch point can also reduce the need for ballast on the front […]

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  • 11/14/17--19:36: Krone collects the bales
  • A feature of the BaleCollect is a hydraulic drawbar that can telescope to provide safe castering in road transport – a unique feature that sets it apart from traditional bale collectors. The telescoping drawbar breaks the connection between the bale collector and the baler, allowing the collector to track behind the baler like a second […]

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    In a statement released earlier today, Brownes said the deal would create access to emerging overseas markets and increase potential for the development of new products and manufacturing capacities. WAFarmers Dairy Section President Michael Partridge said it was a significant move that would present greater opportunities for Brownes’ suppliers. “The new owner is a Chinese […]

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    Acting Assistant Secretary of ABARES’ Agricultural Productivity and Farm Analysis branch, David Galeano said the average farm income of Australian vegetable-growing farms is projected to be the highest in real terms since ABARES began surveying vegetable-growing farms in 2007.  “Average farm cash income is projected to increase in all states, except Victoria and Tasmania,” Mr […]

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  • 11/14/17--19:52: New APVMA CEO appointed
  • Dr Parker brings with him experience to the APVMA as a qualified veterinarian and former farmer with extensive experience in a range of private and government sector roles. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, today announced the appointment.  “Dr Parker is putting in place measures to improve APVMA’s performance, which will result […]

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    The Valtra A114 model of the new A Series was also among the five finalists in Best Utility tractor category. The Agritechnica awards are judged by 23 independent journalists representing 24 European agricultural magazines. It´s the first time a Valtra has won the main award of the Tractor of the Year competition. The judging panel […]

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    Revealed this week at Agritechnica in Germany, the Large Vehicle Alert System transmits real-time telemetry data of enabled farm machinery to navigation systems and smartphone apps, warning motorists of the position and status of farm machinery along their intended route. The system also suggests alternative routes if the number, width or speed of agricultural machinery […]

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  • 11/16/17--19:09: Good grain hygiene a must
  • Significant numbers of mice present across regions of southern NSW through spring suggests an early start to breeding, prompted in part by a warm and dry winter and last year’s high stubble load. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) invests in an ongoing mouse monitoring program and recent reports show while numbers are relatively […]

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    Tek screws and other types of self-drilling fasteners have revolutionised how we construct houses and sheds, plus a range of farm structures and equipment.  Kondinin Group researcher Josh Giumelli said self-drilling screws offer so many advantages over traditional screws, rivets and nails that they are a go-to fastener for a huge range of on farm […]

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    Australia’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Mark Schipp, visited the large 2000-sow farm in Young as part of activities to mark Antibiotic Awareness Week, and said it was well known that excessive use of antibiotic treatment can lead to strains of bacteria emerging which don’t respond to current antibiotic treatment—also known as antimicrobial resistance. “Antimicrobial resistance […]