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Fatcow is a free online business directory listing Australian farming and agricultural businesses. Fatcow was launched in July 2006 and currently has more than 6,000 Australian agricultural businesses listed.
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Australia’s largest annual event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show, celebrated its 190th year in highlighting the nation’s dynamic and resilient agricultural industry.With humble beginnings in 1823 at Parramatta Park, the show has grown exponentially to attract around 900,000 people each year, injecting over $500 million annually into the NSW economy according to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. Exhibits ranged from sheep shearing and cow milking to alpaca breeding and bee farming, all of which highlighted the importance of nurturing and growing the industry while encouraging young people to participate.Chief Operation Officer of the Royal Easter Show, Michael Collins, stressed the importance of the Australian agricultural industry and the current disconnect that city people have with the land. “You know we always use to have cousins and uncles and relatives in the bush, we don’t have that anymore so we don’t get that connection.” “A lot of kids think that milk comes out of a fridge, well we know that it does but who would that thought that it starts from a cow!”Collins stated that the agricultural exhibits have become increasingly popular over the past number of years, and as a result a lot more time and effort is being spent on consistently improving the displays.“We work with the industry all year round... Our Agricultural department searches all the different areas out and to make sure we are getting into the right areas.”One of the biggest challenges that the industry faces lies in the hands of young people to learn the ways of the land and keep the industry thriving in years to come. Casey Cooper, Councillor of the NSW Apiarist Association stated that one of the main challenges in his industry is getting younger people involved.“The older generation is leaving the industry and no younger people coming on.”“With more disease and problems, it’s a harder and harder industry to break into and then make successful. If you are established it’s not as hard for you, but to come in today into the industry and make a go of it, it would be a lot harder than it was 20- 30 years ago.”Events such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show highlight the importance of supporting local producers and local industry, awarding local initiatives and promoting sustainable farming practices. It is these producers which set the benchmark of Australian agriculture for years to come.“We are all about agriculture, about benchmarking agriculture and the products produced out of it” Micheal Collins Chief Operating Offer.
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12/07/13 - Fonterra has corrected reports from yesterday regarding a price rise of its popular Riverina Fresh milk. Reports circulated around the dairy industry claiming that the dairy giant had raised the price of the popular milk by 40 percent. “Reports today of a 40 percent increase in the wholesale price of Riverina Fresh milk are not correct,” a spokesman for Fonterra told the Weekly Times Now. The spokesperson explained that there will be a small price rise in the wholesale price, but nothing to the extent of a 40 percent hike. "We have announced a price rise for our wholesale customer in the range of five percent and this will be effective from 1 August 2013. “This is the first price increase for Riverina Fresh milk in over two years.” Image: Flickr
11/07/13 - Inglewood Farms, the nation’s largest organic chicken producer has entered into receivership. The company which is a subsidiary of RM Williams Agricultural Holdings, is reported to owe around $60m to the Westpac Bank. PPB Advisory, the appointed receivers said that their appointment to commence proceedings was due to notification by the company’s directors that they were intending to resign, the Weekly Times Now reports. "This occurred after Inglewood Farms shareholders indicated that they would not provide additional funding to support the company's ongoing operations," PPB said in a statement. "This forced the company's secured creditor to appoint receivers and managers to facilitate and maintain the ongoing operations. "In addition to the lack of funding support, the receivers have been notified that the shareholders have sought to withdraw use of the RM Williams brand by Inglewood Farms." Stephen Parbery of PPB said that his first priority was to ensure that the business continued operations while the review was being undertaken. "We are working with a number of stakeholders to try to secure the future of the business," he said. Inglewood Farms holds an 80 percent share in the organic poultry market and currently employees over 100 people. The receivership of Inglewood follows recent troubles with parent company, RM Williams Agricultural Holdings, who also entered into administration earlier this month. Image: Inglewood Farms
11/07/13 - The NSW state government has announced the plan to fund a new initiative to revive the state’s troubled oyster industry after it was riddled with disease earlier in the year. The disease known as Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome devastated farmers in the Hawkesbury River region, killing a significant amount of stock and forcing 20 oyster farmers to leave the industry ABC Rural reports. Kevin McAsh from NSW Farmers has welcomed the state government’s decision and says that the new funding will provide much needed assistance to get the industry up and running again. "What we want to do is get a hatchery up and running and get a manager in the there to have commercially available volumes of quality hatchery stock," he said. "Now they're QX resistant...and hopefully in the future, we get some POMS resistance." Image: oystersaustraliablog.org.au
09/07/13 - A $1.484m government grant will help Macadamia Processing Company Limited (MPC) fund energy efficient upgrades and expansions to its macadamia nut drying system. The grant is part of the federal government's Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, which provides funds for investments in energy efficient capital equipment and low emission technologies, processes and products. When completed in 2014, Macadamia Processing Company Limited's upgrades and expansion will reduce carbon emissions from the factory’s drying system by 99.6 percent and save an estimated $810,000 through reduced energy consumption and the reduced need for off-site storage of nuts during the busy harvest season. MPC general manager, Steven Lee, said "The AusIndustry grant helps us achieve a significant reduction in our energy and storage costs which will allow us to return more money to our growers. By using energy efficient systems we are helping to drive an environmentally sustainable macadamia industry. "The upgrade has already started with modifications being made to the existing final stage drying room, where the nuts are dried down in preparation for cracking. This will be followed by the construction of a new energy-efficient drying building with capacity to store and dry 1,500t of macadamia nuts. When complete it will be the largest facility of its type for macadamias in the world. "Both rooms will be insulated to prevent heat loss and computer controlled to ensure optimized drying without energy wastage. We will also install a hot water boiler that is fuelled by macadamia shells – a renewable fuel source that will replace the existing LPG system and further reduce MPC’s drying costs," Lee said. MPC is owned by more than 200 Australian macadamia growers. Other food manufacturers which have received a grant from the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program are Teys Meatworks, Robern Menz, Arnott's, Fonterra, De Bortoli and Barrossa Vintner.
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