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IT HAS been a long and varied career, but Queensland Country Life stalwart Chris Barrett says above anything else, it has been a great ride.
IT HAS been a long and varied career, but Queensland Country Life stalwart Chris Barrett says above anything else, it has been a great ride.
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COVERAGE of foreclosure tensions at farming properties in WA’s wheatbelt on 60 Minutes has come under fire on social media.
COVERAGE of foreclosure tensions at farming properties in WA’s wheatbelt on 60 Minutes has come under fire on social media.
ENERGY is a a major cost for dairy farmers, which is why Dairy Australia has launched an initiative to identify energy waste in dairies. ENERGY is a a major cost for dairy farmers, which is why Dairy Australia has launched an initiative to identify energy waste in dairies.
A PLANNED anti-live export demonstration in the US will feature a stuffed animal display of chickens, pigs, cows and a mammoth. A PLANNED anti-live export demonstration in the US will feature a stuffed animal display of chickens, pigs, cows and a mammoth.
OPINION: THE style in which Richie Benaud executed his basic cricketing craft is integral to how he became such an icon. OPINION: THE style in which Richie Benaud executed his basic cricketing craft is integral to how he became such an icon.
QUEENSLAND’S haemorrhaging drought-stricken heart was this week relieved to hear Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne state in certain terms that existing drought relief arrangements will be maintained until 2018.
17 Apr 15 QUEENSLAND’S haemorrhaging drought-stricken heart was this week relieved to hear Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne state in certain terms that existing drought relief arrangements will be...
THE economy of western Queensland is rapidly collapsing and urgent help is needed to pull communities back from the brink.
16 Apr 15 THE economy of western Queensland is rapidly collapsing and urgent help is needed to pull communities back from the brink.
IF anyone knows how a lamb should look after being shorn then it’s James (Boogie) Ferguson.
16 Apr 15  6 IF anyone knows how a lamb should look after being shorn then it’s James (Boogie) Ferguson.
CENTRAL Queensland rugby is adding some Pacific Island flair to the region with the appointment of former Samoan international player as head coach for the Queensland Country Championship.
16 Apr 15 CENTRAL Queensland rugby is adding some Pacific Island flair to the region with the appointment of former Samoan international player as head coach for the Queensland Country Championship.
TO commemorate 100 years since Anzac forces landed at Gallipoli, Fairfax Media has commissioned graphic artist Jim Kaucz to depict Australia's involvement in World War I.
16 Apr 15 TO commemorate 100 years since Anzac forces landed at Gallipoli, Fairfax Media has commissioned graphic artist Jim Kaucz to depict Australia's involvement in World War I.
THE strength of Queensland store market was tested and found secure as a massive 11,000 head went under the hammer at the Roma store sale on Tuesday.
16 Apr 15 THE strength of Queensland store market was tested and found secure as a massive 11,000 head went under the hammer at the Roma store sale on Tuesday.
THE record heat in February and March, a plague of locusts and a lack of rain could have spelt disaster for many sorghum growers in central Queensland, but not for the Armstrongs.
16 Apr 15 THE record heat in February and March, a plague of locusts and a lack of rain could have spelt disaster for many sorghum growers in central Queensland, but not for the Armstrongs.
AGFORCE has urged the federal government to rethink its drought assistance policy as producers continue to suffer the worst drought in a generation.
14 Apr 15  8 AGFORCE has urged the federal government to rethink its drought assistance policy as producers continue to suffer the worst drought in a generation.
APRIL marks the official start of the tourist season in the outback and retail outlets are staring down the road for the first signs of the caravan influx with more than the usual degree of desire.
13 Apr 15 APRIL marks the official start of the tourist season in the outback and retail outlets are staring down the road for the first signs of the caravan influx with more than the usual degree...
RACING enthusiasts from all walks of the industry are saddened by the passing of former Queensland Racing stalwart, John Wallis.
13 Apr 15  1 RACING enthusiasts from all walks of the industry are saddened by the passing of former Queensland Racing stalwart, John Wallis.
ONE of the Sunshine Coast's premier farming enterprises, Gowinta Farms, has been sold for a discount of more than 70pc to fruit sellers Don Alroe & Sons.
13 Apr 15 ONE of the Sunshine Coast's premier farming enterprises, Gowinta Farms, has been sold for a discount of more than 70pc to fruit sellers Don Alroe & Sons.
QUEENSLAND'S $600 million banana industry has called on the state Labor government to step up biosecurity measures immediately after the deadly Panama disease was detected at a second farm in the state's north.
13 Apr 15 QUEENSLAND'S $600 million banana industry has called on the state Labor government to step up biosecurity measures immediately after the deadly Panama disease was detected at a second...
THEY'RE the caring advice givers supporting expectant mothers when needed most.
12 Apr 15 THEY'RE the caring advice givers supporting expectant mothers when needed most.
People out here feel like they're standing at their back doors screaming in the dark at the moment
12 Apr 15 People out here feel like they're standing at their back doors screaming in the dark at the moment" is how Troy Cassar-Daley summed up the conversations he'd been having in western pubs.
IT has been 80 years since Queensland's 15th governor, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, led the charge to create a health service to help children living in isolated Queensland areas
11 Apr 15 IT has been 80 years since Queensland's 15th governor, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, led the charge to create a health service to help children living in isolated Queensland areas
COTTON growers are revelling in record yields as picking gets well and truly under way throughout Queensland.
10 Apr 15 COTTON growers are revelling in record yields as picking gets well and truly under way throughout Queensland.
A MOVE away from cropping to an operation focused solely on beef production has highlighted the importance of getting the foundations of breeding management spot on for Kingaroy producers Hugh and Rosslyn Campbell.
10 Apr 15 A MOVE away from cropping to an operation focused solely on beef production has highlighted the importance of getting the foundations of breeding management spot on for Kingaroy...
THE future of Australia’s kangaroo industry lies in their meat being as sought after on supermarket shelves as beef, lamb, pork or chicken, according to Aramac’s David Coulton, and he is on a crusade to make that happen.
10 Apr 15  1 THE future of Australia’s kangaroo industry lies in their meat being as sought after on supermarket shelves as beef, lamb, pork or chicken, according to Aramac’s David Coulton, and he is...
WINTON has joined the growing chorus of people calling for urgent measures to be taken to prevent the decimation of rural communities as drought rolls relentlessly on.
10 Apr 15 WINTON has joined the growing chorus of people calling for urgent measures to be taken to prevent the decimation of rural communities as drought rolls relentlessly on.
THE Queensland banana industry has been devastated by the news of a second outbreak of Panama disease at Mareeba today.
09 Apr 15 THE Queensland banana industry has been devastated by the news of a second outbreak of Panama disease at Mareeba today.
DROUGHT has caused the cancellation of one of western Queensland’s great tourism products, the Harry Redford cattle drive, due to take place from May 2 to 21.
09 Apr 15 DROUGHT has caused the cancellation of one of western Queensland’s great tourism products, the Harry Redford cattle drive, due to take place from May 2 to 21.
A PETITION calling for the Queensland government to block Australia's largest coal mine has picked up more than 80,000 supporters as the mine's proponent faces a separate court challenge against the mine.
09 Apr 15 A PETITION calling for the Queensland government to block Australia's largest coal mine has picked up more than 80,000 supporters as the mine's proponent faces a separate court challenge...
QUEENSLAND'S largest train building project – the $4.4 billion New Generation Rolling Stock Project - has been accused of favouring imported Indian workers over skilled Australian workers.
09 Apr 15 QUEENSLAND'S largest train building project – the $4.4 billion New Generation Rolling Stock Project - has been accused of favouring imported Indian workers over skilled Australian workers.
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We used to have great mental health facilities in Ballarat and Bendigo like other places many of
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Fire ants, like climate alarmists, a real problem. I know what they can do with all that evil
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Are you trying to tell us Basil that you think global cooling would be preferable? Please
AGFORCE has urged the federal government to rethink its drought assistance policy as producers continue to suffer the worst drought in a generation.
14 Apr 15  8 AGFORCE has urged the federal government to rethink its drought assistance policy as producers continue to suffer...
APRIL marks the official start of the tourist season in the outback and retail outlets are staring down the road for the first signs of the caravan influx with more than the usual degree of desire.13 Apr 15 APRIL marks the official start of the tourist season in the outback and retail outlets are staring down the road for...