Country Hour Victoria
Country hour for Friday 27th February 201502/26/15
The disease Anthrax has killed a dairy cow near Tatura in northern Victoria. This is the first case in a number of years, and anthrax can quickly kill livestock when there is an outbreak.
Country Hour for Thursday 26th February 2015
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott says country of origin food labelling reform has stalled for far too long. Today he promised that will change, saying the hepatitis outbreak linked to imported berries shows consumers want clear information about where...
Country Hour for Monday 23rd February 2015
One of Australia's largest exporters of live dairy cows to China says it has gone from monthly shipments, to now facing no orders until June. The drop in global milk prices, combined with a domestic oversupply of milk in China, are the reasons for the...
Country Hour for Friday 20th February 2015
Irrigators have told a senate committee if power prices keep rising the impact on the horticulture industry will be devastating. The Senate Environment and Communications Committee is looking into the performance and management of electricity...
Country Hour for Thursday 19th February 2015
Bega Cheese has announced a 68 percent fall in half year profit to six million dollars. A collapse in the global dairy market hit the export focused Tatura Milk Industries, and putting more money into growth and sustainability also affected the bottom...
Country Hour for Wednesday 18th February 2015
A boycott by some of the nations largest meat processors of the new Wodonga saleyards has forced a change to cattle sales. Nine processors refused to bid or buy cattle at yesterday's Wodonga sale, and that lack of competition helped drop prices by 20...
Country Hour for Tuesday 17th February 2015
Cattle producers caught up in trade restrictions after a positive test for bovine Johnes disease say they're losing millions of dollars, and the regulations have to change. But they've been told there are serious trade implications around the world,...
Country Hour for Monday 16th February 2015
Fruit growers in the state's north-west say that new funding to fight Queensland fruit fly has come just in the nick of time. The Victorian government says it'll provide almost $800,000 for new mass baiting technology, to fight the 40 outbreaks that...
Country Hour for Friday 13th February 2015
The newest saleyards in Australia opened to great fanfare near Wodonga yesterday. Built with over $20 million of superannuation money, the Northern Victorian Livestock Exchange at Barnawartha is the most technologically advanced saleyard in Australia....
Country Hour for Thursday 12 February 2015
The National Farmers' Federation says it's "cautiously optimistic", but still looking for some concrete assurances, after the Federal Government unveiled its latest foreign investment plans. From the start of next month, foreign entities wanting to...
Country Hour for Wednesday 11th February 2015
The use of genetically modified organisms in food systems is an issue that tends to open up heated debates. And its a debate that Victorian dairy farmers are delving into at the moment as the peak representative group, United Dairy Farmers Victoria,...
Country Hour for Tuesday 10th February 2015
One of Australia's premier fruit growing regions is struggling to control the pest fruit fly. Two years ago the Victorian government walked away from fruit fly control in the Goulburn Valley declaring the pest endemic to the region.
Country Hour for Monday 9th February 2015
Victorian farmers who are enduring ongoing dry conditions can now start applying for government loan help after the Federal and State governments agreed on a deal for concessional loans. Federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce announced on Friday,...
Country Hour for Friday 6th February 2015
The Bureau of Meteorology's latest drought statement shows January rain was enough to prevent drought-affected areas getting even drier, but not enough to make a significant dent in long-term deficiencies. The bureau's data shows areas of northern...
Country Hour for Thursday 5th February 2015
The Trade Minister says a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could be just weeks away. Andrew Robb says there's a mood among the TPP countries to find common ground, and forge a deal which would create a new trade bloc around the Pacific region. The...
Country Hour for Wednesday 4th February 2015
The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the cash rate yesterday took more than a few people by surprise. The national farm lobby says it's potentially great news for farmers, but only if the cut flows through to agribusiness customers. But one Rural...
Country Hour for Tuesday 3 February 2015
The National Farmers' Federation is pleased that a foreign investment register may be finalised "shortly". The farm lobby has been calling for a register of just who is buying what in country Australia since 2010, and it's had bipartisan support since...
Country Hour for Monday February 2, 2015
Queensland's cliffhanger election has left regional voters stunned. The final outcome is still unknown but regional seats have largely remained in conservative hands despite some notable exceptions on the coast. Cheesemakers are celebrating a win...
Country Hour for Friday 30th January 2015
The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which helps people figure out how best to manage their finances, says there's been a big jump in people looking for their services. Also, if you've ever sold a house, you'll know you've got to make it look as...
Country Hour for Thursday 29th January 2015
The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria has a new president. Adam Jenkins has taken over as president of the group, after Tyran Jones resigned during a meeting of the UDV Policy Council held in Colac yesterday. Also, the Victorian Farmers Federation says...
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