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AgLife: New lamb definition

The Australian sheep industry is on track to adopt a new definition for ‘lamb’ on July 1 this year. The new definition is ‘an ovine animal that is under 12 months of age or does not have any permanent incisor teeth in wear’. A new series of resources launched last week provides guidance to the industry […]

AgLife: Livestock transport safety rules explained

New animal welfare signage reminding producers, agents and transporters that livestock must be ‘fit for transport’ will soon be in place at all Victorian saleyards and livestock scales. Agriculture Victoria has developed the signs to remind all parties across the livestock supply chain about their obligations when transporting livestock. Agriculture Victoria Livestock Welfare Compliance program […]

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CREAM OF THE CROP: Horsham gardener Brian Winfield is pretty happy with his pumpkin harvest this year. Mr Winfield said he grew many pumpkins weighing more than 10-kilograms, including an 11-kilogram Queensland Blue and a 10-kilogram Cucurbita pepo variety, pictured. He said it was the first time he had grown the pepo variety. “I haven’t […]

Horsham home to first GRDC office

Wimmera farmers will have in-person access to Grains Research and Development Corporation, GRDC, for the first time after the world-class grain research organisation opened its first Victorian office in Horsham.

AgLife: No more white noise

What do you think when you hear the phrase, ‘The Murray Darling Basin Plan’. I’ve been reporting on it since its inception by the Howard Government and confess to often hearing a lot of white noise when it’s mentioned. So many Sydney Harbours or olympic swimming pools of water to be preserved for the environment. […]

AgLife: Wheat demand on rise

Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre analysis has found Vietnamese demand for premium Australian wheat could spike by as much as 44 percent in the next decade. Vietnam is Australia’s second-largest wheat market after Indonesia, worth $460-million each year on average. A report titled ‘Wheat and barley markets in Vietnam: their strategic importance to Australia’ analysed […]

AgLife: ‘Undercover Downunder’

Farmers looking to reduce inputs, grow more with less moisture and increase profitability will get access to world-best knowledge at one of Australia’s premier farming conferences next month. Leading soil researcher and regenerative agriculture advocate Joel Williams will headline the 17th annual Vic No-Till conference in Shepparton on July 18 and 19. ‘Undercover Downunder’ is […]

AgLife: Bike safety a priority

Victorian Farmers Federation has thrown its support behind a Victorian Government and WorkSafe Victoria safety campaign to promote safer quad bike use. VFF president David Jochinke said many farmers had been affected by quad-bike accidents. “The real-life stories shared in the new safety campaign are deeply uncomfortable and painful to hear,” he said. “Yet these […]

AgLife: ‘Thriving pastures’ sets the scene

Australian farmers might be enduring one of the worst droughts in the country’s history, but a Grassland Society of Southern Australia annual conference in Creswick will hear forecasts of a silver lining on the horizon. Independent meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty will tell the conference next month that beef prices are likely to hit […]

AgLife: Understanding herbicide extent

Authorities have encouraged grain growers in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania who detect weeds that have survived herbicide applications to have those weeds tested in-season for herbicide resistance. University of Adelaide and Plant Science Consulting research scientist Peter Boutsalis said screening weeds during the winter crop growing season to determine their resistance status provided growers […]


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