The price of pests: Australia’s $390 billion invasive species bill over past 60 years

In the last 60 years alone, deliberately or accidentally introduced invasive species have cost the Australian economy $390 billion, a new analysis has revealed, with that number likely to rise unless better investments, reporting and coordinated interventions are introduced. While feral cats are the single-most costly individual species, costs arising from the management of invasive plants proved the worst of all, costing $204 billion, with ryegrass, parthenium  and ragwort the costliest culprits…Read More

Beef Central, 01/08/2021

COVID forces Ekka’s cancellation, for second year

Due to the extension of the current South East Queensland lockdown and worsening local COVID- 19 outbreak, the 2021 Royal Queensland Show has been cancelled in the best interests of public health. It is the second year in a row that the Ekka has been cancelled due to the worldwide COVID pandemic…Read More

Beef Central, 02/08/2021

Dog deaths linked to contaminated horse meat

A recent spate of dog deaths in Victoria has been traced to a consignment of horses transported from the Northern Territory to be processed for pet meat, according to Primesafe and Agriculture Victoria…Read More

Guest Author, 02/08/2021

Definitions of Meat inquiry submission deadline extended, producers urged to speak up

The deadline for the Senate Enquiry into Definitions of Meat and other Animal products has been extended to the 13th of August providing a great opportunity for all cattle producers to make a statement on the issue. ..Read More

Mark Davie, 30/07/2021

Biosecurity = food security = national security

$66 billion reasons to radically shift our perspective on biosecurity and the systems that protect our prosperity and security…Read More

Andrew Henderson, 30/07/2021

Qld police seek help to find missing cattle

Police believe the mob of mixed bred flat back steers went missing or were stolen sometime between 4.30pm on Tuesday, 27 July, and 8am Wednesday, 28 July…Read More

Beef Central, 30/07/2021

Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover

High employee turnover is costly for any agribusiness. It typically costs thousands of dollars in advertising charges, interview costs, training time and other expenses every time an employee decides to leave your business. Here’s five tools that can help with retention and reducing turnover. ..Read More

Beef Central, 30/07/2018

Applications open for next Zanda McDonald trans-Tasman agriculture award

The search is on to uncover talented young individuals in the livestock industries, with applications for the 2022 Zanda McDonald Award opening on Sunday…Read More

Beef Central, 30/07/2021

Strong lift in AA Co’s share price in advance of today’s AGM

Swept along by a rampant beef cattle and property market, Australian Agricultural Co shares finished at a three-and-a-half year high of $1.405 yesterday, in advance of this morning’s 2021 annual general meeting, held online. A greater focus on sustainability, and weathering the COVID storm in international beef markets occupied much of this morning’s presentations to shareholders ..Read More

Jon Condon, 29/07/2021

AA Co AGM questions: What was on shareholders’ minds?

Prospects for shareholder dividends, the future of the company’s mothballed Livingstone Beef abattoir near Darwin, and risk of cattle theft were among questions put to the Australian Agricultural Co board during this morning’s 2021 annual general meeting…Read More

Jon Condon, 29/07/2021

Australian farmers adapting to climate change but more work ahead

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ (ABARES) latest Insights report examines the effects of recent and possible future changes in climate on the profitability of Australian farms. ..Read More

Beef Central, 29/07/2021

Lower currency continues to buoy Australian agriculture

A lower-than-expected Australian dollar combined with good seasonal conditions continue to buoy the outlook for Australian agriculture, according to NAB’s July Rural Commodities Wrap released today…Read More

Beef Central, 29/07/2021

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