Livestock lobby groups are pushing for a mandatory Australia-wide electronic identification system for sheep, cattle and goats as part of a “once in a generation” bid to improve traceability.
The fallout has continued over Federal Labor’s plan to ban live sheep exports, with more MPs and industry players emerging from the woodwork to slam the contentious policy.
West Australian abattoirs are grappling with a major processing backlog caused by a chronic labour shortage, with bookings backed up for up to six weeks, according to industry insiders.
The welfare of Australian livestock is being compromised by overzealous and “poorly implemented” regulatory intervention from the veterinary medicines watchdog, according to Sheep Producers Australia.
Meat and Livestock Australia has called for applications to fill three non-executive director positions on its board.
A 1004kg Hereford bull has sold for a record price of $130,000 at a sale in Wodonga, Victoria, with a Queensland cattle breeder the proud new owner.
A Perth-based startup has developed a new methane-busting feed supplement it claims marks a “significant leap forward” in the quest to make the livestock industry more environmentally sustainable.
Australia is facing its biggest biosecurity threat to animal agriculture in decades, the country's chief veterinarian has warned.
Farmers and dairy industry representatives from across the State gathered in the South West on Thursday for a day exploring all the latest updates, new technologies and innovations being embraced by the sector.
The Federal shadow agriculture minister has come clean on Labor’s live export policy, confirming the party’s plan to ban the live sheep trade but failing to outline how WA farmers would be compensated.
Live export has exploded onto the election scene, with Federal Labor’s controversial plan to ban the live sheep trade dividing MPs and confirming the worst fears of WA farmers.
Adam Poulsen, Cally Dupe and Peter Law
A major outbreak of foot and mouth disease sweeping Indonesia may have originated from infected goats smuggled from neighbouring Malaysia, Australian authorities say.
Pastoralists in the State’s north have been left rattled by Federal Labor’s proposal to ban live sheep exports despite assurances the party will not come for the cattle trade if elected on May 21.
Western Australia’s lucrative sheep industries could become ‘unsustainable’ and ‘more susceptible to market volatility’ if Federal Labor’s plan to ban live exports is implemented, a leading analyst says.
The risk of foot and mouth disease spreading to Australia “remains low” after a major outbreak was reported in Indonesia last week, authorities say.
Shadow trade minister Madeleine King says Labor has been ‘quite clear’ on its commitment to end Australia’s live sheep export industry, hours after leader Anthony Albanese muddied the waters.
A foot-and-mouth disease outbreak has been reported in Indonesia, with the Cattle Council of Australia warning members it has received advice that 1247 cases have been detected.
With more than 20 years with the DPIRD and two years with the Grower Group Alliance, a passionate Wheatbelt local is perfectly placed to “translate science into practice” on-farm.
WA-based Federal Labor MPs and candidates have gone silent on live export after the party this week confirmed it would ban the live sheep trade if elected on May 21.
Anthony Albanese will not confirm when live sheep exports would end under Labor's policy, which involves working with WA and the industry to phase it out.
Anthony Albanese has confirmed a Labor Government will not phase out live sheep exports if he becomes Prime Minister, saying the policy had ‘changed’.
An internal split has broken out in the Labor Party over the live sheep trade, with Mark McGowan pouring cold water on his Federal colleagues’ plan to ban live exports.
Adam Poulsen, Peter Law and Cally Dupe
A rift has emerged within Labor over a controversial plan to ban live sheep export, with WA Premier Mark McGowan refusing to throw his support behind his own party’s policy.
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