Agribusiness

Cheap cheap? That pretty well sums up Colesworths' business ethics.
18/12/14 09:53 PM
Graincorp CEO Palmquist's comments on multi sourcing of grain is further proof that the Australian wheat crop and its future marketing is in dire straits.
How could the Rudd Government and the Liberal Party have transferred the marketing of the crop from Australian growers to the merchants?
There will be a day of reckoning.
18/12/14 09:51 AM
The banks are very foolish and make rods for their own backs by not telling this bluffing boofhead buffoon from buggering off.
17/12/14 11:54 PM
So, Mr Durkan mislead the Senate committee. Surely, there should be sanctions for that.
I don't think the ignorance defence has any credibility.
17/12/14 11:16 PM
Sounds like a text book case of extortion to me. Just shop at IGA and support the competition, otherwise there won't be any.
17/12/14 10:50 PM

Cropping

Wheat at $320 is still going to be hard to beat with the cheapest fertilizer and herbicides Australia is likely to see for some years for 2015. The Aussie dollar is going to push the non legume cost base higher but it makes little sense to 'go hard' on legumes til at least 2016. Come on, oil is below $55/barrel. Nitrogen is cheap from the bag atm. SOA for Feb 2015 in WA was $165/t a couple of months back.
18/12/14 09:08 PM
Brett Hosking says it all - most of the grain has been sold.
Pity growers were robbed of their marketing arrangements - not only would they have picked some of the gains in the market post harvest but AWB Ltd would have building a pool all year and adding futures premiums to the value of the crop.
16/12/14 07:50 PM
Always looking for good quality Durum Wheat Semolina.
Growers know that next year will see a big fall in the global canola plant and most have aggressively sold the cereals on the latest rally. Many have also startng to hegde next years wheat crop which gives even more guarantee of smaller Australian canola plantings in 2015. Canola is a hold
11/12/14 11:24 PM
Great announcement fodder.
Meanwhile, in real life, the grains industry is sticking its collective head deep into the sand instead of supporting the eradication of pests like Red Witchweed.
15/12/14 10:59 PM

General

$10 million fine, what a joke. it is estimated that the dairy industry has lost $100 million because of the price war. there is no justice with these people. i still see coles milk on the shelf for a $1/L. whats going on there? is it still fine to screw the dairy industry even after admitting guilt? looks like it. coles is sorry. sorry for what? that they got caught. total spin on coles's behalf with its admission. shame coles, shame! and worse still the accc let them get away with it for peanuts.
16/12/14 11:42 PM
I appreciate that people in tough financial circumstances need compassion shown, however people (farmers or otherwise) are always able to shop their finance elsewhere. If someone has their loan called in, and no other financier is willing to touch them, maybe they need to actually appreciate they are in a dire financial position. Rather than complaining about their bank (who did support them until then - no one else will touch them remember) they should take control of their position and sell rather than have someone do it for them.
15/12/14 09:30 PM
Well done for starting this, perhaps if the unemployment figures were a more accurate representation of where we are, we would have been more critical of govt settings and the impacts of free trade upon our economy. In the old days before our debt fuelled economy, we made things, employed people and life was simple. fast forward to today, we import much and have many more unemployed with time and access to drugs. This is not just about finding out where drugs come from, its about getting people back to work and developing our communities.
16/12/14 08:35 PM
Most of our financial problems will be addressed when Turnbull takes over from Hockey.
16/12/14 07:56 PM
Raw milk is harmful to kids of today because they have no immunity to any bugs it may contain. Molicodling our children too much means they do not develop immunity to everyday bugs ao that when they first encounter them they are greatly affected. One major reason travellers develop Deli-Belly is because they lack immunity to those bugs which are rampant in that area. Children growing up on farm milk develop that immunity. The other reason is that refrigeration of "bath" milk may not be adequate or it sits too long on the shelf or in someone's refrigerator..
16/12/14 02:30 AM

Horticulture

Well deserved and an inspiration to others in the manufacturing sector showing that building things in Australia is still possible and that we do not have to become a services and resources based economy.
I do wonder if all the sharing that is going on in regards to plant breeding is not creating a new level of exposure. I noticed a while ago breeders were going into the deep valleys of Khazakhastan (or somewhere like that) to get recently untapped lines of wheat and lucerne. Are we making ourselves vulnerable by decreasing the natural variability that occurs throughout the world over time?
05/12/14 01:55 AM
How to explain it? in Mexico the mango cv. Ataulfo are infested when it is green, and sometimes we have collected green mangos with third instar larvae. This variety produce high quantity of latex.
02/12/14 01:14 AM
this is brilliant
30/11/14 10:30 PM
Profits down, levies collected up.
Just goes to show why the levy system needs change. Perhaps compulsory levies should be taken at a different part of the supply chain where incomes and profits are more stable?
24/11/14 03:19 AM

Livestock

The same phenomena has been observed in wild pigs in Indonesia.
14/12/14 12:44 AM
Or ... you could look and kangaroos as a resource other than dingo food and harvest their numbers back to a point where their numbers are not impacting on pasture growth. Of cause that is just plain WRONG because that's means someone might be making profit from kangaroos. And something everyone who has ever been any were near our universities knows with absolute certainty, is that - to profit from nature is evil.
12/12/14 08:45 PM
Yet another instance of where Senator Backs proposed Ag protection laws and the NSW bio security bill will be very good things. If you have genuine footage, give it to the proper people quickly. If you place animals in danger, pay the price for those acts be you a producer or an activist. Activists are not above the law. How long until we see physical harm come to people in the livestock industries as a result of the frenzy of hatred being whipped up by some organisations and their more extreme supporters?
Instances of property damage and threats against producers are becoming more prevalent.
11/12/14 11:24 PM
It's quite extraordinary to see a lawyer coming so close to outright defamation, and this journalist and journal reporting it. No animal advocate, so far as I know has been even approached, much less questioned by the police. Perhaps Wellards, with its own track record in mind, should be looking far closer to home for the culprits in all these allegations. I'll back our social licence any day against these people.
08/12/14 08:24 AM
I suggest Emmanuel Giuffre actually read what Senator Back has said. There is NO attempt to silence anyone. If she or anyone else has footage which purports to show malicious cruelty to animals they must provide that footage to the relevant authority in a timely fashion.
If their purpose was truly altruistic they would have no issues with that requirement.
Sadly the actuality is that so very many of the so called exposes of animal cruelty are exposed as false. A further truth is the often unsubstantiated footage is held onto for an extended time until it is used for fund raising.
02/12/14 03:33 AM

Machinery

Looks like a fantastic machine.. might order one and report back.
20/11/14 03:44 AM

Property

The ability to buy a farm in China is a total red herring introduced by emotive or just ordinary old fools. Anyone wanting to buy a farm in China is a fool because only a fool would do so knowing there is clear knowledge that foreigners always come off second best in any legal slouch in China that involves nationals. We cannot claim this is some sort of communist plot because the great USA once used the same legal devices to look after the interests of locals above foreigners. Now the great USA has gone one (or two or three) steps better and want protection from Australian law in Australia.
24/11/14 02:25 AM
These are not free trade agreements!!!
24/11/14 02:16 AM
And we are worried about the Chinese. At least they are doing it to feed their people.
17/11/14 03:24 AM
Look out bozos! We latte/charonnay drinking socialists and Labor Party supporters are heading to a town near you!
We intend to put on a lentil and tofu salad evening to get to know you. Won't it be just so much fun!
14/11/14 04:10 AM
What proportion of state revenue come from stamp duty? I think on average its over 40%. Would an agent be worried about the viability of farmers in a world of land prices set by non accountable state owned enterprises and inflationary fractional reserve banking? Obviously not.
13/11/14 02:51 PM

Rural Lifestyle

Mr Jim Jewell, a man I have total respect for.
07/12/14 10:21 AM
G'day Vernon
One aspect of the Australian economy that you failed to take into consideration: governments of all persuasions seek to run the nation for the benefit of the urban population. That is why we have awards setting wages for the city people but no longer any reserve price scheme for wool and why the meat industry is a free-for-all. The present situation is based on a set of circumstances that existed one hundred years ago and is no longer a viable economic model. With governments determined to stock the continent to its full carrying capacity of humans, collapse is inevitable.
01/11/14 07:42 PM
Congrats on a wonderful event for Richmond. The young ladies and gentlemen of Richmond and surrounds sure glammed it up to match their city friends! From all reports it was a resounding success! Well done to the organizers and for such a great cause!
27/10/14 05:55 AM

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Rob. As Bill says, what you do with your time and resources is YOUR choice and no one else's to
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Yes wtf, the Liberals will set up the merchants to gouge the grower even further.
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The effect of the live export suspension (not ban) is grossly overstated. The Indonesians
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