Last Updated: October 31, 2014

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Use fertiliser more strategically

UNDERSTANDING his own soils helped one Poowong North dairy farmer make more efficient use of fertiliser.

Suppliers unlikely to collect step-ups

Suppliers unlikely to collect step-ups
FARMGATE milk price step-ups are looking less likely this season after WCB downgraded its season price.

Dairy farmers secure hay early

 Peter and Wendy Scott. Dairy Farming. Invergordon. Cows eating lucern hay.
HAY prices are up to $50 a tonne dearer than this time last year.

Dairy heifer export deal sealed

dairy heifers, cows,
UP to 22,500 crossbred dairy heifers will be sent to Sri Lanka in a deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.

Stiff cheddar for exporters

 Wooden plate with cheese
A BATTLE over the use of common cheese names could lock the dairy industry out of lucrative markets.

Concern over China plans

Concern over China plans
RECENT claims about foreign investment in southwest dairy farms could create “false hope”, investors have warned.

LOBBY MILK SADA milk flows

SADA Milk achieves strong sales following launch.
SALES of SADA Fresh Milk has generated up to $140,000 for industry projects in its first year.

Bega flags flat profit result

Global Food Forum
BEGA Cheese has forecast a flat profit result for this financial year.

Delay to MG capital raising proposal

 Murray Goulburn milk tanker. March 2007. Maffra Devondale.
UPDATE: MURRAY Goulburn’s plans to raise up to $500 million from the market have been delayed.

PEDRA BRANCA Doman farms withdrawn from sale

Doman farms withdrawn from sale
UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE: DAIRYING farms owned by Mt Gambier’s Doman family have been withdrawn from sale.

ADF looks to expand

ADF looks to expand
UPDATE: THE first milk producer to list on the ASX says it is already looking at expansion opportunities.

Dairy Australia lifts its spend

Owen Copinga, Isla Bank, Southland New Zealand
DAIRY Australia increased its expenditure by 6 per cent in 2013-14 to a record $61.8 million.

Linear Capital Racing mates in farm venture

 Socials Snapped, Cerebral Palsy Tasmania fundraising lunch in the Committee Room at Elwick Racecourse, from left, chairman o...
A FORMER Tasmanian abalone diver has made a bold splash into Australian dairying.

China dairy deal’s mixed response

 Dairy cattle.
NEWS Chinese investors could take control of up to 50 farms in Victoria has received a mixed response.

JOBS BOOST New dairy jobs at Shepparton

pactum dairy
PACTUM Dairy Group will today receive $1 million from the Victorian Government.

Dairy deal Southwest dairy swoop backed

The changing face of farming.
THE Australian dairy industry is supporting a Chinese-investor backed deal involving up to 50 farms in Victoria.

HARVEST YIELDS Dry puts pressure on silage

Luke Felmingham. Making Silage.
VICTORIAN silage yields vary, but south west farmers are getting into the hay market first.

Global prices Wait and see on lift in market

Fonterra Darnum
ANOTHER Global Dairy Trade auction with a positive result would suggest the market had lifted.

COBRAM DAIRY FARM Another dairy farm gets Aced

 ACE Farming Company's Denison property on Sale-Heyfield road
ACE Farming has continued its buying spree of Victorian dairy farms.

Glenormiston College New dairy company to be born

Glenormiston College
UPDATE: A deal has been struck to take control of between 40 and 50 dairy farms in Victoria.

China's growing interest in dairy

Field day at the Tasmanian Dairy Demonstration Farm, The Gums at Woolnorth, cattle try to stay dry
INTEREST from international suitors to buy Australia’s largest dairy milk supplier is ongoing.

PROFITABLE production lift Dairy pool too small

Crole family, Simpson, dairy farmers
THE national dairy industry is “not sustainable” to service a growing domestic and export market.

HERD HEALTH Mycoplasma alarm sounded

Royal Melbourne Dairy Show 2014 Tuesday
OUTBREAKS of an emerging untreatable infection have hit many Australian dairy regions.

China dairy FTA weeks away

Andrew Robb on a Dairy Farm at Larpent
A “SATISFACTORY” outcome for the dairy component of the China FTA will soon be completed.

Dairy product prices bounce back

Dairy product prices bounce back
DAIRY product prices rose in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Farm sales Investment hinges on big sales

Business Sweden
THE sale of a large scale operation such as Van Diemens Land could be the “catalyst” for other investor transactions.

Ouyen’s grim death toll

 West Wimmera Harvest. Unloading wheat at the Laharum Grain Storage site. The wheat is travelling up into silo

UPDATE: The Mallee community has been shattered by the accidental death of another young farmer.

Review into country cricket

Supplied Editorial FW: picture

UPDATE: COUNTRY cricket in Victoria is about to go under the microscope.

Auctions take direct hit

Corowa sheep sale

LAMB pricing appears to have shifted in favour of direct selling this spring.

John Deere 1025R a little ripper

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

SIMPLICITY and versatility are the main selling points for John Deere’s 1 Series sub-compact utility tractors.

Humour is a blowtorch

Country Living: Sculptor and jeweller Russell Petherbridge

RUSSELL Petherbridge successfully crosses the gulf between sport and art.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.