The Farmer

What's making news in the world of farming across NSW.

Do we really need expensive drones to boost on-farm profits?

Agriculture drones are proving an essential eye-in-the-sky tool for farmers and can help add real value at the farm gate – but not everyone will need an expensive device.


Making profits from goat farming

A lifetime of experience in farming, learned both here and overseas, helps NSW Farmers’ Goat Committee chair and Nuffield scholar Felicity McLeod keep on top of the issues impacting goat farmers.


Menindee locals share their stories on the water crisis

With hardship very often comes resilience and Menindee, with its summer fish kills and depleted lakes, has had its fair share. Discover life on the Darling River.


Clever beef farmers create innovative market for bone broth

Greg and Lauren Newell’s beef and bone broth business, Linga Longa, is booming and now stocked in Harris Farm. But they’re concerned about the authenticity of farmers' markets.


Coonamble family fight to save their farm from Inland Rail route

Challenged by dry conditions, illness and the Inland Rail, Barbara Deans and her family remain focused on keeping their farm going in Central West NSW.


Merino wool baby blankets boost farm business

Farmer, social media guru and former catwalk model Vanessa Bell uses Facebook and Instagram to sell her hand-knitted Merino wool blankets online.


Where is the live sheep export trade headed next?

Australian live sheep trade has ceased exports to Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere summer but the federal election has saved the industry.


Broken Hill farmer helps turn the tide on mental health

"It was the bravest and hardest thing I ever did," says Brendan Cullen who shares his own experience of depression to encourage others to seek mental health help.


Western NSW farmers in for the long haul despite drought

Seasoned graziers Terry and Jane Smith have been slowly de-stocking for two years, but recent rain eases the pressure off feeding and water security.


When will agriculture's robotic revolution arrive?

Three years ago, researchers predicted there would be a tsunami of robots in the farming industry. So what's the hold up with autonomous farming machinery?