Bigger not better: Cooper

A BUSINESS does not have to be the biggest to be viable, according to Coopers Brewery chairman Glenn Cooper.
A BUSINESS does not have to be the biggest to be viable, according to Coopers Brewery chairman Glenn Cooper.
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THE chief of Australia's biggest sheep research body can't understand why so many Merino sheep breeders continue to ignore genetic selection tools. THE chief of Australia's biggest sheep research body can't understand why so many Merino sheep breeders continue to ignore genetic selection tools.
SPECULATION on Barnaby Joyce’s potential elevation to Deputy PM due to Warren Truss’ ill health has been dismissed by party sources. SPECULATION on Barnaby Joyce’s potential elevation to Deputy PM due to Warren Truss’ ill health has been dismissed by party sources.
ANIMAL cruelty charges in the high profile NSW case against Wally’s Piggery have been dismissed. ANIMAL cruelty charges in the high profile NSW case against Wally’s Piggery have been dismissed.
A GROUP of insecticides considered the world's most widely used - neonicotinoids - has come under analysis for its detrimental impact on ecosystems. A GROUP of insecticides considered the world's most widely used - neonicotinoids - has come under analysis for its detrimental impact on ecosystems.
ASIAN consumers expect Australia will strive to double food export values by 2050, but the nation is ill-prepared says Don McGauchie.
3:00 AM ASIAN consumers expect Australia will strive to double food export values by 2050, but the nation is ill-prepared says Don McGauchie. | F20 Summit: as it happened  | Focus on farming's potential 
LNP MP BRUCE Scott has added to a growing chorus of critics demanding an overhaul of the federal government’s drought policy.
22 Nov 14 LNP MP BRUCE Scott has added to a growing chorus of critics demanding an overhaul of the federal government’s drought policy. | Water plan no dam good for ag  | Shorten calls for drought help... 
RETAIL shareholders baulk at the loss of Australian company Goodman Fielder to foreign ownership at AGM.
21 Nov 14 RETAIL shareholders baulk at the loss of Australian company Goodman Fielder to foreign ownership at AGM. | Goodman Fielder buyout a good... 
MEAT processor Primo is to be sold for $1.45b to the meat processing and export giant JBS Australia in a strategic value-adding move.
21 Nov 14 MEAT processor Primo is to be sold for $1.45b to the meat processing and export giant JBS Australia in a strategic value-adding move. | Australia losing export advantage  | CoOL change for Aussie consumers 
IN the midst of a budget crisis and after several years of tense relations, a transition in the Chinese leadership was the catalyst for a hard-fought deal.
21 Nov 14 IN the midst of a budget crisis and after several years of tense relations, a transition in the Chinese leadership was the catalyst for a hard-fought deal. | Aus-China FTA ag outcomes at a...  | Robb chuffed with ChAFTA 
WESFARMERS' two largest divisions, Coles and Bunnings, have started 2015 on a strong note, with strong sales growth in groceries and hardware.
21 Nov 14  1 WESFARMERS' two largest divisions, Coles and Bunnings, have started 2015 on a strong note, with strong sales growth in groceries and hardware. | Fears over ChAFTA impact on...  | Supermarket growth strategy:... 
MARK Allison predicts Elders' first profit in half a decade will be followed by
21 Nov 14 MARK Allison predicts Elders' first profit in half a decade will be followed by "significantly better results" despite deteriorating seasonal conditions. | Elders celebrates endurance  | Elders comeback attracts investors 
BIG retailers have slammed the effects test recommended by the Abbott ­government's Harper review of competition, warning it will chill competition.
20 Nov 14  1 BIG retailers have slammed the effects test recommended by the Abbott ­government's Harper review of competition, warning it will chill competition. | Retail slams Harper review  | Woolies cuts prices of grocery... 
COLES managing director John Durkan said Australians should not have to pay at the checkout if farmgate prices rise after free trade agreement with China.
20 Nov 14  4 COLES managing director John Durkan said Australians should not have to pay at the checkout if farmgate prices rise after free trade agreement with China. | Aus-China FTA ag outcomes at a...  | FTA win for Freedom Foods 
BIG beef business AACo is reluctant to predict if its new Darwin abattoir will break even before the current trading year ends.
20 Nov 14 BIG beef business AACo is reluctant to predict if its new Darwin abattoir will break even before the current trading year ends. | AACo's transition to strong...  | AACo’s Darwin plant open for... 
THE Australia-China FTA represents a “transformative moment” for Australian agricultural exports, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
20 Nov 14  15 THE Australia-China FTA represents a “transformative moment” for Australian agricultural exports, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb. | China deal a 'cracking' win: NFF  | Commodities left out of FTA party 
DAIRY giant Norco has already made its move following the historic China FTA announcement, pumping $4.5 million into plant upgrades.
19 Nov 14 DAIRY giant Norco has already made its move following the historic China FTA announcement, pumping $4.5 million into plant upgrades.
CHINESE state-owned developer Greenland sees
19 Nov 14  14 CHINESE state-owned developer Greenland sees "no ceiling" on what it is prepared to invest here, declaring it will expand into agriculture. | FTA win for Freedom Foods  | Aus-China FTA ag outcomes at a... 
CHINESE giant New Hope will invest up to $500 million in Australian dairy as part of a deal with Freedom Foods in a deal fuelled by the new FTA.
19 Nov 14  3 CHINESE giant New Hope will invest up to $500 million in Australian dairy as part of a deal with Freedom Foods in a deal fuelled by the new FTA. | FTA a dairy game changer  | Commodities left out of FTA party 
THE Victorian government has broken its silence on drought relief, announcing a $30 million package for parched farms across the State.
19 Nov 14  1 THE Victorian government has broken its silence on drought relief, announcing a $30 million package for parched farms across the State.
DESPITE skyrocketing population growth and declining land and water, farmers – particularly in Australia – could be far more productive food producers.
19 Nov 14  5 DESPITE skyrocketing population growth and declining land and water, farmers – particularly in Australia – could be far more productive food producers. | Berry Marttin: Finding the balance  | Corbin Schuster: Time for a... 
INCREASED investment in ag R&D, storage capacity and logistics will be critical in feeding the world sustainably by the year 2050.
18 Nov 14  4 INCREASED investment in ag R&D, storage capacity and logistics will be critical in feeding the world sustainably by the year 2050. | Time for tough choices: McGauchie  | F20 Summit: as it happened 
RURALCO has almost doubled its net profit after tax to $10.6 million, well supported by rural supplies sales and livestock trading profits.
18 Nov 14 RURALCO has almost doubled its net profit after tax to $10.6 million, well supported by rural supplies sales and livestock trading profits.
THE exclusion of the Australian sugar industry from the Australia-China free trade agreement has left industry stakeholders bitterly disappointed.
18 Nov 14 THE exclusion of the Australian sugar industry from the Australia-China free trade agreement has left industry stakeholders bitterly disappointed.
CHINA buys more of Australia’s agricultural produce than any other market. In 2013, this market was worth around $9 billion to Australia's farmers and ag sector.
18 Nov 14  7 CHINA buys more of Australia’s agricultural produce than any other market. In 2013, this market was worth around $9 billion to Australia's farmers and ag sector. | China deal a 'cracking' win: NFF  | FTA a dairy game changer 
CHINESE companies will be able to bring skilled workers to Australia to plug labour shortages on big infrastructure projects under the new trade deal.
18 Nov 14  4 CHINESE companies will be able to bring skilled workers to Australia to plug labour shortages on big infrastructure projects under the new trade deal. | China FTA to be worth billions  | FTA a dairy game changer 
THE Australia-China free trade agreement has delivered bittersweet outcomes for Australian farmers with the sugar industry digesting the sourest result.
18 Nov 14  1 THE Australia-China free trade agreement has delivered bittersweet outcomes for Australian farmers with the sugar industry digesting the sourest result. | FTA a dairy game changer  | China FTA to be worth billions 
AUSTRALIA'S chances of becoming a player in the global food trade are being hobbled by a cumbersome plethora of farm organisations, says Tim Hart.
18 Nov 14  13 AUSTRALIA'S chances of becoming a player in the global food trade are being hobbled by a cumbersome plethora of farm organisations, says Tim Hart. | United we stand, says NFF  | Productivity slowdown on agenda 
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Nico on numerous occasions you bag on about following the money trail. Well perhaps you should
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Qld is open for [big] business. But some [small] businesses may be run over the top of.
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We should pump as much CO2 out as we can - get sea levels rising as quick as possible - more
THE exclusion of the Australian sugar industry from the Australia-China free trade agreement has left industry stakeholders bitterly disappointed.18 Nov 14 THE exclusion of the Australian sugar industry from the Australia-China free trade agreement has left industry...
FOUR years ago Burdekin farmer David Cox bought country to expand his cane growing business, but these days he plans to produce Australian beef to feed the growing demand in China.13 Nov 14 FOUR years ago Burdekin farmer David Cox bought country to expand his cane growing business, but these days he plans...