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Feed or sell? Some kitchen table calculations to help with decisions

James Nason, 26 October 2018

With hotter months returning NSW DPI livestock officer Geoff Casburn has outlined some basic break-even kitchen table calculations that can help to make important feed or sell decisions.

ABARES update puts 2018 drought in perspective

Beef Central, 26 October 2018

A new ABARES update released today provides a perspective on the drought, including rainfall deficiencies and its effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes across the nation.

Impact of drought laid bare in survey of Qld farmers 

Beef Central, 25 October 2018

A survey of Queensland farmers has revealed about half had lost more than half their annual income due to drought and about 60 per cent had less than half their potential water supply.

Drought Finance Taskforce established

Beef Central, 11 October 2018

A new Drought Finance Taskforce has been established to leverage the resources of banks, government and farm representative groups as part of ongoing efforts to support drought-affected farmers and rural and regional small businesses.

Drought policy – why an urgent nationwide rethink is needed

Guest Author, 18 September 2018

In this contributed opinion article Roma farmer Charles Nason outlines how decades of strategic thinking on drought policy have been alarmingly overlooked or ignored and outlines why drought policy must be seen as an issue of critical importance to every Australian.

Drought is inevitable

Guest Author, 28 August 2018

Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good in his new role, writes University of Melbourne economics Professor John Freebairn.

NSW DPI releases drought guide in time for spring

Beef Central, 24 August 2018

The NSW Department for Primary Industries (DPI) has launched its ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’, just in time for spring to give the State’s primary producers relevant information to help them make informed decisions.

NSW appoints advisor to watch for drought freight subsidy rorting

Beef Central, 15 August 2018

The New South Wales Government has appointed an independent advisor to monitor its Drought Transport Subsidy program and freight prices during drought, warning it will not tolerate anyone rorting or gaming the system. 

Westpac commits $100 million to support lending under new Drought Assistance Package

Beef Central, 09 August 2018

In response to the exceptional drought circumstances affecting all Australian states, Westpac has today announced it is extending its support to customers under a new Drought Assistance Package.

PM and senior ministers talk drought in western NSW, Qld

Beef Central, 05 June 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken his drought “listening tour” through New South Wales and Queensland, visiting Dubbo, Trangie, Narromine, Blackall and heading to Charleville, and Boulia on a three-day tour with senior members of his cabinet.