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Two weeks and more than 2,000km later, Sarah Truran’s cattle finally arrive at the beef farmer’s unmissable event of the year

Sarah Truran’s cattle have been on the trip of a lifetime.Key points:Beef Australia’s week-long event has begunThe event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitorsProducers from all over Australia have travelled to attend, including Sarah Truran, who trucked her cattle in from South AustraliaThousands of kilometres from their home in South Australia, they have arrived…

Desert cattle trucked 3,000km to new home near Dubbo

It has been a busy week for one of Australia’s most remote cattle stations.Key points:Cattle from the Tanami Desert have been trucked more than 3,000km to a new home near Dubbo, NSW It was the first time Suplejack Station sold cattle onlineIt took 18 hours to truck cattle down the Tanami RoadSuplejack Station in the Tanami Desert…

Key to zero-carbon beef in feedlot, not paddock, says scientist

Feedlots may be key to the Australian beef industry achieving its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030.Research scientist Stephen Wiedemann claims beef from intensive feedlots produces up to 20 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than grass-fed cattle.Dr Wiedemann has been gathering data on Australia’s beef herd since 1980.”This is a really interesting and to…

In-fighting over coal mine approvals in NSW state parks

There are calls for a moratorium on coal mining in state parks near the Blue Mountains after members of New South Wales parliament visited the critically endangered habitats at risk of being explored underneath.Key points:Four state MPs have joined calls to grant 39,000 hectares of parks near Lithgow a State Conservation AreaLiberal Catherine Cusack says her government’s planning…

Value-adding is the way to get local products overseas, experts say

Wide Bay producers are being urged to capitalise on new export opportunities but a looming labour shortage may slow them down. Key points:Export opportunities have opened in the South-East Asia region, despite COVID-19 closuresProducers are being told to “value-add” to get non-perishable products overseas But farmers may struggle to harvest crops to fill exports due to labour…

Chinese-banned beef exporter uses machine learning to fix labelling issues

A Chinese-owned beef processor banned from China for labelling issues is using machine learning and tracking technology to remove human error.Key points:The tracking system promises to prevent human error in labellingKilcoy’s facility was banned from exporting to China last yearThe Australian government still has no timeline on a resolutionKilcoy Global Foods in southern Queensland was among several meat…

Murray-Darling water ministers pledge to meet targets, with reservations from Victoria

Federal and state Murray-Darling Basin water ministers have pledged to meet a 2024 deadline for a range of water-saving projects, despite reservations from Victoria.Key points:Water ministers reaffirm commitment to Basin Plan deadlines.Victoria warns key projects won’t be complete in time.Projects at Menindee Lakes and Yanco Creek to be re-evaluated.A Ministerial Council meeting was held on…