Friday, January 27, 2023



Are farm machinery dealerships doomed?

Why do we have so many new car dealerships, machinery dealerships and electronic shops when the buyers are embracing the world of virtual e-commerce platforms for purchasing everything from clothing to cars? ... We need a revolution in how we buy and sell our farm machinery as the hidden costs of an old outdated system are being loaded onto the prices making expensive equipment even more expensive.

Regulations needed to clean up bee industry

Beekeeper David Mumford from Narrandera’s King Bee Honey has expressed concerns for the future of his industry which he believes needs regulation to clean it up ... The recent varroa mite biosecurity emergency highlighted a lack of regulation and Mr Mumford would like to see the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) given more power to ensure safe practices.

Country Hour in Benjeroop

ABC rural reporter Angus Verley was on location last Friday, January 20 in the flood ravaged Benjeroop area ... “We haven’t been flooded out in 100 years but we’ve been flooded out twice in 13 years,” Mr Schultz told Mr Verley. “Something’s not quite right and that’s what we have got to get to the bottom of.”

Marie and Mick blaze on with BlazeAid fencing jobs

The BlazeAid camp saga continues. BlazeAid co-ordinators Cindy and Wayne Lusted were told to pack up the camp of volunteers staying at Rappville Sportsground ... Mick and Marie Evans, who were volunteers at the first BlazeAid camp in Casino are taking on the smaller jobs on the BlazeAid list and plan to finish the fencing themselves as M&M Fencing, not under the BlazeAid umbrella.

Labor must sweeten “major win” for Manuka Honey producers: Littleproud

Australian Manuka Honey Association (AHMA) is celebrating a sweet win as New Zealand Manuka Honey Appellation Society backs out of an appeal over naming rights before the UK High Court and similar legal action in the EU ... Mr Littleproud welcomed the win over New Zealand producers in Europe and the UK, but said the Labor Government and in particular Agriculture Minister Murray Watt had a role to play in supporting our home grown Manuka Honey farmers over their Trans-Tasman rivals.

Labour shortage

Even with the current economic uncertainty, if you think the skilled worker shortage problem was all COVID-19 driven and will self-correct over time, then think again ... According to a recent study, 87 per cent of global employers admit that they are currently struggling with skills gaps issues, which is probably why your machinery dealer is telling you that the wait on new equipment is anything up to two years.

Naracoorte High Ag news: Happenings on the Ag Block

Kristin Murdock. With the school year approaching an end, students have been busy finishing off projects ... Shearing and marketing of the lambs has also occurred recently, with Agricultural Studies students from all year levels taking part in the process.

Header drivers converge next month

If you have driven a header, seen a header or seen a picture of a header, you are welcome at the annual Header Drivers Convention in Narrandera on February 3. Main organiser of the event for the past 20 years, Neil Seidel, said the night was a great opportunity for farmers or anyone interested in a good night out, to tell lies about the harvest just gone...

117th Henty Show, 11 February 2023

We have three members that have been nominated for Life Membership and one that has been nominated for the "Royal Agricultural Society of NSW"  "Agricultural Show Award". This award is given to "Individuals deserving acknowledgement for the enormous effort and support they give".

Eight-part alternative energy series spurring Australian rural industries efforts to switch to renewables: AgriFutures

The estimated annual cost of energy is already approximately $5.85 billion for the Australian agricultural sector, but this is set to soar as electricity prices double by 2024, according to a recent federal government forecast ... AgriFutures Australia has recently published a series of short reports specifically for primary producers, outlining the methodology of eight ready-for-market renewable energy solutions with a step-by-step guide on how to begin the process of integration into on-farm practices.

123rd Oberon Show, 11 February 2023

The show with the biggest quick shear prize in the world! And so much more, including Noah's Pig Racing coming for the first time. See the full 2023 Schedule.

124th Cobargo Show, 10-12 February 2023

Additional items of entertainment that will be running are Fashions of the Show, best dressed couple, best dressed lady and best dressed male. To be judged at 11.15 am in front of the main pavilion. Cash prizes. A best Mullet competition!

105th Tyrendarra Agricultural Show, 11 February 2023

The Tyrendarra P&A Show will be running on Saturday 11 February and this year celebrating the 105 years. Again, it will be an amazing show full of entertainment and competitions for the whole family.

Tornadic storm

Kirstin Nicholson. “It was horrific!” That’s how Jodie Hay described the storm that went through the family’s farm on the evening of January 2. It was a brief 15 minutes that wreaked havoc on their property and properties across the district, causing damage to crops, homes, vehicles and buildings.

US right to repair for farm machinery will disadvantage Aussie growers: NFF

The National Farmers’ Federation says an agreement struck in the US allowing farmers the right to repair their own farm equipment will place Aussie farmers at a disadvantage unless similar steps are taken here. The right to repair allows farmers to take their equipment to a dealer of their choice to fix a problem or repair the machine themselves.

Vital link’s ‘missing middle’: NSW Farmers

Farmers are frustrated by a stoush between state and federal governments that is holding up the construction of a vital freight link. On Tuesday Transport Minister Catherine King said the federal government would fund the start and end of the Great Western Highway upgrade, but there was “no money for the middle section” – a tunnel proposed by the state government.

Picture parade from the Gidgegannup Show 2022

Gidgegannup Show 2022 picture gallery

Dorrigo Show 2022: It may be over but they’re still celebrating!

Dorrigo’s first show in three years might be over but organisers and officials are still celebrating its quality, success and popularity. Society President, Sally Duckett summed it up this way: “After three tough years of “No Show” forced upon us by Covid 19, 2022 was a huge success; perhaps one of the best ever.”

Adelaide to host premier grains forum: GRDC

South Australian grain growers and agronomists are set to gain advance access to the latest research findings, meet experts and network at SA’s premier grains research forum next month. The 2023 GRDC Grains Research Update – Adelaide will be held on February 7 and 8, with more than 400 people expected to attend. Keynote presentations will also be livestreamed.

Labor’s soil deception: Littleproud

In a cruel blow to Australian farmers, the Federal Labor Government has confirmed it has axed the $54 million pilot Soil Monitoring Incentives Program (SMIP) because of flooding ... "Labor’s decision to end the SMIP is disgraceful and it reflects their contempt for our farmers and the $85 billion agriculture industry": Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud.

Cutting-edge tech takes off at PEQ: DAFF

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is rolling out sophisticated new technology to detect and identify exotic plant viruses and viroids at its Post Entry Quarantine Facility (PEQ) at Mickleham, Victoria. Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said the department was using High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) to improve the efficiency of PEQ testing in imported plants.

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