North Queensland Register - news, classifieds & community
Townsville Weather - Showers
Townsville, QLD

Readers Comments


global dairy trade was still high in march and the aussie $ around 90c and commodity is sold 3-6 months in advance, therefore we at the farmgate just got shortchanged by both MG & WCB to the tune of 4c butterfat and 10c protein
24/04/14 04:44 AM
Am I in a parallel universe or did no one mention the impact of state backed enterprises? Bugger tax avoidance that's known, what needs to be investigated is the effect of unaccountable finance. I'm sorry Mr Keogh, who do U represent?
23/04/14 08:18 PM
They might be 'dragging the chain' on the register so that they can sell all of our land off and then it would not be necessary!
23/04/14 04:50 AM
Very interesting. Hopefully there are some WA gung ho growers reading this and starting to understand that WA wheat is not quite the be all and end all they believe it is. Millers and processors actually need qualities that WA do not have! CBH, as a grower interest group are doing the right thing by their coop members in becoming a broader church.
22/04/14 10:09 PM
As if we will get a look in, china wants to go after Japan and America brings the forces of NATO, who do U think will get a look in. We do watch the news Mr robb. Stop telling us when we are better off, our bank accounts are a good enough measure
22/04/14 07:46 PM


Just how are natural biological and ecological system meant to upgrade their systems to produce more food - on less? There is climate change to consider too. Why isn't the UN mustering up a world challenge to make sure there's universal access to family planning? Surely the more obvious way to meet food security challenges would be to address global overpopulation. This "food security" threat is a euphemism for the Malthusian crisis!
24/04/14 11:17 PM
I currently grow conventional variety,''Garnet'and achieve results of 2-2.5 Tonnes and up to 48% oil. With the push to Monola,will the overall result be any advantage to me financially if i were to grow it instead, even with the $95.00 price incentive.
Regards Twisty.
23/04/14 03:57 PM
Get out the broken record Jock. And where in the world is quality actually increasing? You have had 3 currency crises this year in significant wheat exporting countries Argentina, Ukraine and Russia. Massive debt problems in the US and Europe leading to cuts in breeding resources. China and India well they ust eat what they produce and any surplus goes to the rats. This is a mute argument. All you need to watch is the basis and that is telling everyone that Australian wheat is in demand out of Asia and with the Russian/Ukraine crisis pretty soon the Middle East will be back here buying
16/04/14 10:47 PM
You get the feeling that a whole lot of foreign investors in that part of the world, the great FSU, saviour to satisfy insatiable growing grain demand, are about to get their fingers burnt. Farmers are struggling to get credit to finish this crop off and some would probably be wondering whether it is all worth it if the Ruskies confiscate it anyway.
Australia will be the big winner out of this kind of instability. There is none so safe a place for doing business as here. The biggest risk is having a bar fight with one of the few xenophobes commonly posting on this forum.
16/04/14 06:32 AM
Wow ! What an opportunity for "common man " to breed / cross breed better varieties. If this breeding was Govt. funded it would provide for improved grains owned by us all and no money going o'seas !
20/04/14 10:38 PM


Despite all reason, politics and science Greg Hunt persists with following this dog of a policy. The economists says that a price on pollution works. The world science academies say we have to act. The climate is changing. Us, farmers are doing it tough. Another El Nino is looming. This is serious and should be above petty party politics.
I think it has happened before where only one model out of the seven surveyed predicted accurately the following six moths of climate. The Japanese model at that time went against the flood of opposing views and yes they were roundly criticised by the scientists and promoters from the alternative models.
23/04/14 02:28 AM
$10.7 mill for jobs for shrinks- how about they sign onto the PPP idea and give people some reward for effort or sign onto these greedy banks that are doing "inhouse" valuations and pushing people into the higher risk margin that then guarantees failure. Oh no - we'll just hold your hand while you self destruct and you can all sleep soundly on your big fat salaries. Just bulldust -pure and simple!
22/04/14 11:36 PM
signed up as soon as NBN was available. since then slow, slower, slowest!! until yesterday (Easter Monday) was a total waste of time to sit in front of the computer.
22/04/14 03:04 AM
This is all fine,but there must be a payment for the effort. let livestock producers decide what market they aim for and the price payable for their effort. If the consumer wants all this then he must pay a premium!!
24/04/14 08:13 AM


Good, that is good news.
22/04/14 07:39 AM
I don't think it's accurate to claim that AUSVEG is "Sheltered". In the last 12 months AUSVEG has held 2 annual levy payer meetings. 11 regional levy payer meetings, 6 Enviroveg seminars, 9 potato extension program seminars, attended and promoted 5 veggycation seminars and run a field day to promote the 1800 agronomist program. This is in addition to meetings with Plant Health Australia, Horticulture Australia, the Dept of Agriculture and being involved in working groups for issues such as spray drift or biosecurity.
It is O- week, uni challenge maybe??
24/02/14 06:33 AM


Does anyone know what land purchase agreements the kiwis did with china on their fta? Maybe we can learn something
21/04/14 02:01 AM
It's interesting to note the welfare is a secondary ESCAS priority. Shame on all of you.
Saudi Arabia claims that ESCAS is an intrusion on its sovereignty, that is somewhat of the pot calling the kettle black. Saudi Arabia could easily increase the level of chilled and frozen meat exported to the Kingdom from Australia by relaxing import protocols for Australian exporters. Saudi Arabia has a separate listing to most other Arab nations and require processing facilities adhere to their own set of strict guidelines, yet the neighbouring countries are more than satisfied with the regular Australian standards.
13/04/14 11:08 PM
There maybe transparency in the live cattle trade to SE Asia where receipient countries are endeavouring to implement humane slaughter practices but the same cannot be said for the middle east.
Saudi authorities insist they are a sovereign nation and will continue the present barbaric practices and Barnaby failed to insist this will not be tolerated either by producers or the general public. Either they change their inhumane ethical standards or have oil for dinner.
12/04/14 01:19 AM
  OZ Beef to China 1 Comments 1
As often happens in this sort of commentary, the figures used for "cattle" stock numbers, slaughter and "beef" production in China include all bovines (beef cattle, dairy cattle, buffaloes, yaks, draught animals). This is not knit-picking. China has about 104 mil bovines, but only 66 mil beef cattle, and the numbers have been dropping for a few years now (but this beef cattle herd is becoming productive).
27/03/14 11:23 PM


Is the AgEagle any good for mustering large paddocks.
14/03/14 12:18 AM


Maybe we are better off to zag than zig on foreign investment,me wonders if the Indos may be a better place to go than china who will break us if we become too dependent on them? They already buy a lot off us I think?, plus the wealth effect will spread thru to the rest of Asia perhaps
15/04/14 03:18 AM
Anyone want to go shares
12/04/14 11:56 PM
In Australia we may be getting price and value mixed up again. The biggest contributor to higer prices was easy access to credit, this has almost no correlation with the productive capacity/profitability of an asset class. You don't make a country great by buying and selling farms to each other at massive gains, it becomes great because what you produce is best in class and conditions are equitable for all.
07/04/14 03:25 AM
Some interesting figures here, and not surprised that McBank won't comment. Income of $75m and fees to McBank of $9.4m is a pretty good return for them, maybe not for investors. Even without any operating costs, assuming a $670m investment investors are getting an 8.6% cash yield with falling asset values (if they could actually realise the assets). Would be an interesting article to compare performance against top quartile family farms to see whether Pitt St can do it better - me thinks not. Some open disclosure would be great Macquarie, but highly unlikely unfortunately
07/04/14 01:41 AM
I demand that the current Federal Government buy these properties and give them back to their rightful owners!
30/03/14 09:55 PM

Rural Lifestyle

Nice promo for the feedlot, but the unprecedented severity of the drought and disappearance of the snow pack is the real story for the tens of millions of people dependent upon it.
13/04/14 07:21 AM
loved your story. Kel is a great mate of mine, and is a true outback character - full of stories and very droll.
I worked very closely with him for 15 years in Top End BTEC. which I have written about in memoir (p177 on). You may be interested in crocodile story from this. Link is view/244758
This is an amazing national event run by a non-profit organisation...please support it!
11/03/14 05:40 AM


light grey arrow
Because it is now in control of economic neanderthals and vandals, G Man.
light grey arrow
You are correct, VivKay. In Australia, Dr Fischer "attributed a declining rate of crop
light grey arrow
Well said VivKay. The world is no different to a farm - if you are over stocked your in
TIME is running out for cane toads living the good life in the Burdekin with the region’s annual Toad Day Out being held this weekend.03 Apr 14 TIME is running out for cane toads living the good life in the Burdekin with the region’s annual Toad Day Out being...
TABLELANDS resident Keith Gould will be awarded Barron Catchment Care’s prestigious ‘Helen Adams Memorial Award’ on March 18.13 Mar 14 TABLELANDS resident Keith Gould will be awarded Barron Catchment Care’s prestigious ‘Helen Adams Memorial Award’ on...