Embrace farmer co-ops: RIRDC

MID-sized farming enterprises frustrated by their diminishing marketing clout should look to co-operatives.
MID-sized farming enterprises frustrated by their diminishing marketing clout should look to co-operatives.
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THE effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector came under scrutiny at a public hearing in Roma. THE effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector came under scrutiny at a public hearing in Roma.
ONE of the Ekka’s most decorated show cooks celebrates 25 years since first competing at the Brisbane Royal. ONE of the Ekka’s most decorated show cooks celebrates 25 years since first competing at the Brisbane Royal.
DESPITE an upward shift in activity on the back of improved commodity outlooks, land values remain largely unchanged. DESPITE an upward shift in activity on the back of improved commodity outlooks, land values remain largely unchanged.
AUSTRALIA and 11 other nations have failed to clinch an ambitious Pacific free trade deal. AUSTRALIA and 11 other nations have failed to clinch an ambitious Pacific free trade deal.
XENOPHOBIC scare-mongering is motivating a union inspired political campaign against free-trade with China that could see Australian farmers pay millions of dollars in additional tariffs, says Liberal MP Angus Taylor.
4:00 AM XENOPHOBIC scare-mongering is motivating a union inspired political campaign against free-trade with China that could see Australian farmers pay millions of dollars in additional... | China FTA a big win for ag  | Don't unpick China FTA 
THE 'Masterchef effect' is not just reserved for pork belly and macaroons – the dairy industry is also reaping the benefits.
4:00 AM THE 'Masterchef effect' is not just reserved for pork belly and macaroons – the dairy industry is also reaping the benefits. | Feed focus fires up production  | Funds water Monteith irrigation... 
ARDROSSAN agronomist and farmer Bill Long believes the use of climate modelling to help predict extreme weather events, such as decile 1-2 or 8-10 rainfall years, will be invaluable to farm businesses.
4:00 AM ARDROSSAN agronomist and farmer Bill Long believes the use of climate modelling to help predict extreme weather events, such as decile 1-2 or 8-10 rainfall years, will be invaluable to... | El Nino increases frost risk  | Demo site for New Horizons project 
WHY a dramatic number of sheep producers opt not to scan is a question that has sheep advisor Anthony Shepherd scratching his head.
4:00 AM WHY a dramatic number of sheep producers opt not to scan is a question that has sheep advisor Anthony Shepherd scratching his head.
WITH the aim of concentrating on one industry instead of many, Galore farmer Mark Taylor got out of livestock in 2002 to focus on cropping.
4:00 AM WITH the aim of concentrating on one industry instead of many, Galore farmer Mark Taylor got out of livestock in 2002 to focus on cropping.
THE effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector came under scrutiny at a public hearing in Roma.
04 Aug 15 THE effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector came under scrutiny at a public hearing in Roma.
Cattle - Beef
AUSTRALIA's red hot cattle market continues to climb with the eastern young cattle indicator hitting a high of 561c/kg dressed.
04 Aug 15 AUSTRALIA's red hot cattle market continues to climb with the eastern young cattle indicator hitting a high of 561c/kg dressed.
Cattle - Beef
NEW international research has confirmed what many already suspected - fruit and vegetable consumption can boost the appearance of healthy skin.
04 Aug 15 NEW international research has confirmed what many already suspected - fruit and vegetable consumption can boost the appearance of healthy skin.  | Hort exports to Vietnam reopened  | Growers look to juicy new markets 
A SENATE committee has urged the Abbott government to draw up new national rules for wind farms.
04 Aug 15  5 A SENATE committee has urged the Abbott government to draw up new national rules for wind farms. | Wind naysayers have their swipe  | Surprise over wind farm... 
AUSTRALIA'S biggest dairy processor, Murray Goulburn, has hit the skids on the Australian Securities Exchange as world milk prices continue to plummet.
04 Aug 15  1 AUSTRALIA'S biggest dairy processor, Murray Goulburn, has hit the skids on the Australian Securities Exchange as world milk prices continue to plummet.  | JD.com's Liu buys into MG  | MG listing worth the journey 
DESPITE an upward shift in activity on the back of improved commodity outlooks, land values remain largely unchanged.
04 Aug 15 DESPITE an upward shift in activity on the back of improved commodity outlooks, land values remain largely unchanged.
A SHORTLIST of ways of achieving greater price transparency in the beef supply chain has been drawn up.
04 Aug 15 A SHORTLIST of ways of achieving greater price transparency in the beef supply chain has been drawn up. | Driving grassfed sector's destiny  | Govt disappoints on grassfed... 
Cattle - Beef
A VOLUNTARY move by the Australian pork industry to phase out the use of sow stalls has reached the 70 per cent mark.
04 Aug 15 A VOLUNTARY move by the Australian pork industry to phase out the use of sow stalls has reached the 70 per cent mark. | Only cage ban will clean up pork 
DEMAND from China could see Australia's 2015 sorghum crop come in as the most valuable on record.
04 Aug 15 DEMAND from China could see Australia's 2015 sorghum crop come in as the most valuable on record.  | High-cost crunch for Aussie grain  | Chong dissects grains outlook 
RESEARCHERS are exploring how the profitability of growing canola can be boosted through better understanding of the plant's physiology.
04 Aug 15 RESEARCHERS are exploring how the profitability of growing canola can be boosted through better understanding of the plant's physiology. | Act fast to hit climate change  | Aphids spotted but no need to panic 
RESEARCH suggests broadacre croppers who adopt best practice techniques will avoid significant detrimental impacts from climate change.
04 Aug 15  1 RESEARCH suggests broadacre croppers who adopt best practice techniques will avoid significant detrimental impacts from climate change. | Oats in favour as prices rise  | Yield increases boost GM uptake 
CLONCURRY’S premier event for the year the Merry Muster has been hailed a huge success with crowds enjoying perfect weather in the North West.
04 Aug 15 CLONCURRY’S premier event for the year the Merry Muster has been hailed a huge success with crowds enjoying perfect weather in the North West.
DESPITE drought and debt, many farmers are salting away record amounts in preparation for further tough times.
03 Aug 15  1 DESPITE drought and debt, many farmers are salting away record amounts in preparation for further tough times. | Budget boost pushes farm spending  | Reining in farm debt 
FINE wool growers Tim and Carla Brody were announced winners of the prestigious Elders Southern Clip of the Year at Sheepvention at Hamilton, Victoria.
03 Aug 15 FINE wool growers Tim and Carla Brody were announced winners of the prestigious Elders Southern Clip of the Year at Sheepvention at Hamilton, Victoria.
Sheep - Wool
LIVESTOCK exporters have defended Australia’s deal with China on live cattle exports after the RSPCA today slammed the deal.
03 Aug 15  11 LIVESTOCK exporters have defended Australia’s deal with China on live cattle exports after the RSPCA today slammed the deal. | China cattle deal won't fill void  | Live cattle get green light to... 
Cattle - Beef
A QUEENSLAND coroner has recommended children should be banned from riding adult-sized quad bikes.
03 Aug 15  2 A QUEENSLAND coroner has recommended children should be banned from riding adult-sized quad bikes.
SEYMOURE police are searching for three valuable working dogs, stolen from a property overnight.
03 Aug 15 SEYMOURE police are searching for three valuable working dogs, stolen from a property overnight.
THE Sino-Australian milk processing and farming consortium has completed its acquisition of the $100m Moxey Farms business.
03 Aug 15  5 THE Sino-Australian milk processing and farming consortium has completed its acquisition of the $100m Moxey Farms business. | Gerry follows Gina into dairy 
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you do a fair amount of huffing and puffing on this forum yourself, newbroom. Why, all of a
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The Nationals have much credibility and more influence than they are given credit for- key
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Stockman - What the Country Party are doing. They are calling the major political parties out on
FARMING red claw is not a simple case of throwing a few crayfish in a dam and pulling out the money.4:00 AM FARMING red claw is not a simple case of throwing a few crayfish in a dam and pulling out the money.
Bronwyn Bishop resigned as Speaker this afternoon following a string of revelations suggesting systemic abuse of taxpayer-funded travel entitlements.02 Aug 15 Bronwyn Bishop resigned as Speaker this afternoon following a string of revelations suggesting systemic abuse of...