Agricultural industry turns to virtual reality to boost big business and attract new blood

A growing number of large agribusinesses are using virtual reality as a practical tool to do everything from training staff to selling stock. Virtual reality (VR) is a three-dimensional environment generated by computers or cameras, which people can explore using special headsets or mobile devices. Once the stuff of games, the technology has now proved […]

SA meat processing industry would be unsustainable without migration, inquiry hears

A meat processor says a “housing crisis” in one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions is making it difficult to recruit long-term employees at abattoirs. Key points: An SA State Parliamentary committee hearing has been examining the economic contribution of migration to South Australia Representatives from two of the largest meat processing companies in […]

Batchelor meatworks a ‘godsend’ says NT cattle, buffalo industry awaiting re-opening of major abattoir

The Northern Territory is just a few months away from having a large-scale meatworks operational again, and the northern cattle and buffalo industry cannot wait. Key points: When running at full capacity, the Batchelor meatworks is expected to process around 200 head of cattle per day In 2018 Central Agri Group announced they were commencing […]

Destocking and desalination underway in WA as autumn breeding begins amid water crisis

Farmers in parts of Western Australia are warning of a “diabolical” water problem, with concerns emergency supplies will fail to meet demand during the impending lambing and calving season amid an extended period of very low rainfall. Key points: Farmers are concerned government-run emergency water supplies will not meet demand A growing number of farmers […]

Kangaroo-culling farmers learn to eat meat to avoid waste in drought

Culled kangaroos used to lie rotting on Martin Royds’ drought-parched fields. Now, they’re on his dinner plate, and experts say it makes sustainable sense. Key points: Farmers forced to cull kangaroos to protect land Indigenous chef teaches locals to cook culled animals Expert says kangaroo a sustainable source of meat Frustrated by the waste of […]

It’s ewe time! Forums set for South Australia

Sheep producers across South Australia can access timely tips and tools to tailor flock management to seasonal conditions when the It’s ewe time! forums are held throughout South Australia in March. The half-day forums are designed to deliver practical information designed to increase producer awareness and provide take home tips on the principles, practices and tools […]

MLA releases global beef outlook

A report released last week by MLA provides a valuable overview of the global beef industry and insight to the challenges Australia faces as one of the three largest exporters in world trade. In global terms Australia accounts for only 3 per cent of beef production, but it represents 17pc of world trade and it […]

New ways for stakeholders to participate in red meat reform process

TWO new ways for Australia’s 82,000 red meat and livestock businesses to give their views on the future structure of the industry have been announced. An independent Red Meat Reform Taskforce is seeking wide-ranging feedback until 14 March on its discussion paper exploring the future roles, responsibilities and funding of Australia’s red meat industry bodies. People can […]

Event aims to build pool of young meat industry reps

REGISTRATIONS are open for agriculture students and young people starting a career in the beef industry to participate in the inaugural Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Northern Beef competition and training conference. The ICMJ Northern Conference event is being hosted by CQUniversity Australia and Teys Australia in Rockhampton from April 25-27 this year. Until now, ICMJ […]