Environment

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Oyster theft no small issue for farmers

When oysters are stolen it’s not just farmers’ incomes that suffer. Thieves can potentially damage the entire industry, says South East NSW farmer Caroline Henry.

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Clever silo storage helps grain farmer harvest top dollar

A modern, more efficient approach to the Australian grain supply chain, combined with safe and effective on-farm storage, may help farmers get a greater financial return per hectare for their crops.

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Kangaroos: Pest or marketing opportunity?

Some NSW Farmers conference delegates want kangaroo meat promoted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) – but not all members agree.

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“If you don’t think drought is part of farming, you’re in the wrong game.”

Despite seeing his winter forage crops fail for the first time, Central West cattle farmer Angus Atkinson says the story isn’t all bad.

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Kicking up a stink: What’s bugging our biosecurity experts?

Our agricultural industry is protected from plant and animal pests and diseases by geography. However increased international trade and travel mean a greater biosecurity threat.

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A day in the life of a rural vet

Coonamble based vet Dr Jillian Kelly spends much of her time helping farmers keep their livestock alive through the drought.

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Crop to courtroom: Farmers fight shattercane

Sorghum farmers in NSW and Queensland are suing for 
damages after purchasing bags of seeds allegedly contaminated 
with the noxious weed shattercane.

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Fair game on feral deer

Why should feral deer be protected for recreational game if “hunters aren’t carrying any of the risk”, asks Cooma farmer Craig Mitchell.

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De-stocking: Farmers making the hard choices

Managing stock through a dry or drought period forces farmers into tough decisions. Is it better to wait it out and pour money into feed, or to de-stock until conditions improve?

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The real cost of frost for NSW farmers

Frost is a low frequency, but high impact event. Just a few hours of below-freezing temperatures can devastate a crop.