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Satellites and helicopters watch the grass grow at Sundown Valley

James Nason, 22 November 2017

The Statham family’s Sundown Pastoral Company at Kingstown west of Armidale in the New England area of NSW is Australia’s largest high performance pasture program, and one of the country’s largest cattle backgrounding operations.

Wearable tech being trialed to automate disease detection in feedlot cattle

James Nason, 10 November 2017

High-tech ear tags and computer algorithms are being tested in Australian feedlot conditions for their ability to more accurately and rapidly diagnose cattle with symptoms of Bovine Respiratory Disease.

The opportunity for Australian beef lies in genuine supply chains

James Nason, 07 November 2017

The continued growth of large, relationship-based beef supply chains in recent years, linking producers able to consistently supply cattle within precise quality specifications to customers able to pay more for a premium article, was a dominant theme at ALFA’s 2017 SmartBeef conference in Armidale.

Young lot feeder of the year proactively bridging the city-country divide

James Nason, 02 November 2017

It’s easy to imagine the city-country divide would be much less of an issue if there were more people like Thomas Green working in agriculture.

Lotfeeders’ SmartBeef conference to focus on supply chain relationships

Jon Condon, 15 August 2017

Industry stakeholders with high-level expertise in a range of fields including supply chain relationships, collecting and effectively utilising data, and new and emerging technologies will feature in an information-packed speaker program for this year’s inaugural SmartBeef feedlot conference in Armidale.

Qld plan must give feedlots better access to groundwater: ALFA

James Nason, 22 May 2017

The Australian Lot Feeders Association, the peak Industry council representing Australian lot feeders, says access to safe, reliable and sufficient groundwater is crucial for future investment in the Queensland feedlot sector.

Cailin rides to success in feedlot career

James Nason, 13 October 2016

What’s the secret to being a good pen rider? Concentration, and experience in different situations, conditions and climates, says 2016 Zoetis Medal winner Cailin O’Connor.

People on the Move: Recent industry appointments, retirements, achievements

Jon Condon, 16 November 2015

RMAC begins search for new CEO | CPC appoints new directors | ALFA seeks new CEO | AMPC elects new directors |Ruralco hands Dillon permanent CEO job |New addition to Northern Coop Meat Co board | Cattle Council welcomes new board members | Qld pasture pioneer calls time | Young Australian farmers tackle climate change in Paris

Why Australia’s cattle sector has a good story to tell on antibiotic use

Beef Central, 07 June 2015

The growing threat posed to human health by the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is resulting in closer public scrutiny of how antibiotics are used in all areas, and particularly farmed livestock.

No justification for ethanol mandates, opponents say

Jon Condon, 26 May 2015

Arguments in favour of ethanol mandates currently being proposed in Queensland are flawed and unsubstantiated, a group of industry stakeholders opposed to the move maintain.