Agents between a rock and a hard place

FRUSTRATED producers pointed the finger at agents at a public meeting in Barnawartha, questioning the knee-jerk reaction to switch to post-sale weighing at the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange.
FRUSTRATED producers pointed the finger at agents at a public meeting in Barnawartha, questioning the knee-jerk reaction to switch to post-sale weighing at the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange.
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STOIC dairy producer Andrew Burnett is still feeling the impact of Cyclone Marcia after flood waters tore through his property two weeks ago. STOIC dairy producer Andrew Burnett is still feeling the impact of Cyclone Marcia after flood waters tore through his property two weeks ago.
AUSTRALIAN grain and oilseed production is forecast to rise over the next five years, but there are no spectacular price rises on the horizon. AUSTRALIAN grain and oilseed production is forecast to rise over the next five years, but there are no spectacular price rises on the horizon.
IN the quest for blame on Australia's latest food scare, look to the consumer – because, whether we know it or not, it is all our doing. IN the quest for blame on Australia's latest food scare, look to the consumer – because, whether we know it or not, it is all our doing.
RURAL doctors have welcomed today’s dropping of the Medicare co-payment, but it wants the patient rebate freeze removed. RURAL doctors have welcomed today’s dropping of the Medicare co-payment, but it wants the patient rebate freeze removed.
SENATOR Chris Back has returned fire at “vitriolic” attacks over his Bill to curtail extended delays in reporting evidence of animal cruelty.
04 Mar 15  8 SENATOR Chris Back has returned fire at “vitriolic” attacks over his Bill to curtail extended delays in reporting evidence of animal cruelty. | Back tables anti-trespass Bill  | Joyce still backs anti-trespass... 
CENTRAL Queensland's three major meatworks are swinging back into action following the impact of Cyclone Marcia.
26 Feb 15 CENTRAL Queensland's three major meatworks are swinging back into action following the impact of Cyclone Marcia.
A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
26 Feb 15 A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
CHANGES to reporting investigation results of ESCAS breaches will not reduce industry transparency, according to live exporters.
26 Feb 15  1 CHANGES to reporting investigation results of ESCAS breaches will not reduce industry transparency, according to live exporters. | ESCAS reports ‘sanitised’, says...  | New plan for ESCAS reporting 
DEALING with the image problems of harvesting an icon species is one of the challenges for a new kangaroo export market analysis.
25 Feb 15 DEALING with the image problems of harvesting an icon species is one of the challenges for a new kangaroo export market analysis. | Roos loose in Greens' top paddock 
RSPCA Australia has accused the federal government of reducing transparency on live animal exports to serve industry “spin”.
23 Feb 15  9 RSPCA Australia has accused the federal government of reducing transparency on live animal exports to serve industry “spin”. | ESCAS is 'false assurance': RSPCA  | ESCAS a world welfare leader: Joyce 
Mount Difficult Hansen H34 stole the show at the Mount Difficult Poll Hereford stud dispersal fetching the sale high of $20,000.
20 Feb 15 Mount Difficult Hansen H34 stole the show at the Mount Difficult Poll Hereford stud dispersal fetching the sale high of $20,000.
A NEW regime for reporting live export ESCAS breach investigation results has been adopted by the Department of Agriculture.
20 Feb 15  2 A NEW regime for reporting live export ESCAS breach investigation results has been adopted by the Department of Agriculture. | Live ex class action defence...  | Live ex 'legal, legitimate,... 
THE dingo fence has stirred a long-running scientific debate: does the exclusion of dingoes have detrimental effects on ecosystems?
18 Feb 15  5 THE dingo fence has stirred a long-running scientific debate: does the exclusion of dingoes have detrimental effects on ecosystems?
ANIMAL rights activist Chris Delforce may be invited to give evidence before a federal Senate inquiry into federal farm raid laws.
17 Feb 15  2 ANIMAL rights activist Chris Delforce may be invited to give evidence before a federal Senate inquiry into federal farm raid laws.
LEGISLATION to modernise the Biosecurity Act underwent a lively political debate in the House of Representatives.
14 Feb 15 LEGISLATION to modernise the Biosecurity Act underwent a lively political debate in the House of Representatives. | Fresh approach to BJD on cards  | Turning farms into 'fortresses' 
PEOPLE flocked to the new Barnawatha saleyard in Victoria for the inaugural sale.
13 Feb 15 PEOPLE flocked to the new Barnawatha saleyard in Victoria for the inaugural sale.
FARMERS should treat their boundary fences the same way they expect the government to protect our borders, says David Palmer.
07 Feb 15  3 FARMERS should treat their boundary fences the same way they expect the government to protect our borders, says David Palmer. | Fresh approach to BJD on cards 
THE Big Country Brahman Sale conducted at the Dalrymple sale yards has been heralded by vendors and agents as a great success and the final figures and a 100 per cent clearance confirm that.
04 Feb 15 THE Big Country Brahman Sale conducted at the Dalrymple sale yards has been heralded by vendors and agents as a great success and the final figures and a 100 per cent clearance confirm that.
RENEWED calls for a ban on live animal export from Australia fail to take into account the real consequences, say livestock exporters.
03 Feb 15  30 RENEWED calls for a ban on live animal export from Australia fail to take into account the real consequences, say livestock exporters. | Live ex class action defence... 
THE first day of selling at the 2015 annual Big Country Brahman sale was strong, achieving a 100 per cent clearance.
03 Feb 15 THE first day of selling at the 2015 annual Big Country Brahman sale was strong, achieving a 100 per cent clearance.
THE new National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms – issued nearly 12 months ago – are causing headaches for farmers, agents and industry, as the deadline looms for the forms to be actively used.
22 Jan 15  9 THE new National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms – issued nearly 12 months ago – are causing headaches for farmers, agents and industry, as the deadline looms for the forms to be actively...
THIRTY sheep killed by wild dogs and dingoes in 10 days has farmer Peter Waterhouse patrolling his East Maya wheat and sheep property with a shotgun at dawn and dusk each day.
22 Jan 15  7 THIRTY sheep killed by wild dogs and dingoes in 10 days has farmer Peter Waterhouse patrolling his East Maya wheat and sheep property with a shotgun at dawn and dusk each day.
THE government’s long-awaited review of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) has been released today.
21 Jan 15  22 THE government’s long-awaited review of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) has been released today.
PRICES at the final weaners sale at the existing Wodonga saleyards were still quite buoyant today.
Independent agents at the All Breed sale had a good yarding of 2509 cattle, both steers and heifers.
16 Jan 15 PRICES at the final weaners sale at the existing Wodonga saleyards were still quite buoyant today. Independent agents at the All Breed sale had a good yarding of 2509 cattle, both...
CATTLE breeders seeking superior female genetics locked horns and chased Angus heifer prices to a record high of 294c/kg lwt at the Hamilton weaner sales today.
15 Jan 15 CATTLE breeders seeking superior female genetics locked horns and chased Angus heifer prices to a record high of 294c/kg lwt at the Hamilton weaner sales today.
In an exceptional sale, yearling steers sold to $1245 and consignment of Hereford steers averaged $1099.
15 Jan 15 In an exceptional sale, yearling steers sold to $1245 and consignment of Hereford steers averaged $1099.
RACHEL McGlashan has a hankering for Peking duck pancakes, so she takes her daughters to the poultry pen and selects a duck.
14 Jan 15 RACHEL McGlashan has a hankering for Peking duck pancakes, so she takes her daughters to the poultry pen and selects a duck.
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PS the 7 day outlooks, are also no good, with 6 hourly up dates you can get 20+ versions of what
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Yes the scientific way of saying 'We don't know' A bet each way is not a forecast.
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Less processing competition means lower prices for Australian cattle, whilst the beef from those
05 Mar 15 Winton looks to geothermal energy for its power needs.
PLANT and equipment-hire search platform, PlantMiner, has recorded a 113 per cent month-on-month revenue increase for 2015.05 Mar 15 PLANT and equipment-hire search platform, PlantMiner, has recorded a 113 per cent month-on-month revenue increase...