Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Monday 21 July 201407/21/14
Australia's staggering growth of beef exports to China is under threat. China has just lifted the ban on Brazilian beef, imposed after a case of mad cow disease two years ago. While the ban was in place, Brazil found it could still export beef into...
Country Hour for Friday 18 July 2014
Growth in the dairy industry is at unprecedentedly high levels. Export growth for Australian milk is up 10 per cent on last year and expected to keep rising. But forecasts for dairy prices at the back end of the season are taking a downward turn which...
Country Hour for Thursday 17th July 2014
It's been a week in the making but finally the wool industry's peak marketing and research body has broken its silence about the sheep abuse scandal engulfing its industry. Last week, animal activists PETA released footage showing shearers hitting and...
Country Hour for Wednesday 16th July 2014
The push to curtail the behaviour of animal activists on farms is getting more attention at the Federal level. Western Australian Liberal Senator, Chris Back, has drafted legislation that would force anyone with footage of animals being abused, to...
Country Hour for Tuesday 15th July 2014
The new Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, wants the government to review the entire marketing and research levy system for agriculture. Senator Leyonhjelm plans to move a disallowance motion to stop increases in the levies paid for marketing...
Country Hour for Monday 14th July 2014
The Australian Veterinary Association, is warning it could take a lifetime for vet students to pay back their University degrees, if the Coalition Government pushes its higher education reforms through. The AVA's modelling shows it could take up to 45...
Country Hour for Friday 11th July 2014
Another day, another salvation. This time it's for the pig industry. The Victorian Government will inject $120,000 to help revive of the Pig Health Research Centre in Bendigo. The money will go towards biosecurity measures and see staff numbers more...
Country Hour for Thursday 10 July 2014
A salvation has been thrown to Australia's leading sheep research centre. The future of the Sheep Co-Operative Research Centre was in doubt but has now received millions of dollars in commitments to keep its doors open. Animal rights group PETA has...
Country Hour for Wednesday 9th July 2014
A virus that's affecting more than 10,000 hectares of South Australian canola crops and is now it's making its mark in Victoria. Beet Western Yellows Virus is an aphid-spread disease that discolours plants and leads to yield losses. Parts of the...
Country Hour for Tuesday 8 July, 2014
A New Zealand University claims it could cost students more than twice as much to study a three-year agricultural degree in Australia, than in New Zealand. That's if the Federal Government's proposed changes to university funding come into play. It's...
Country Hour for Monday 7th July, 2014
As Parliament returns, all eyes are on the new Senators who'll play a big part in deciding which policies come to fruition. One of the biggest issues for rural Australians in the last election was that of foreign ownership of farmland The newly...
Country Hour for Friday 4th July 2014
United Dairy Power says its finally paid up the hundreds of thousands of dollars, it owed to a small group of suppliers. In the last 10 to12 years, Australia's dairy industry herd has dropped by about 400,000. At the same time, New Zealand's has grown...
Country Hour for Thursday July 3 2014
Murray Goulburn have opened their $80 million state of the art fresh milk processing plant in Melbourne today. The plant will start supplying milk for the Coles supermarket private label. Farmers in California are tipped to set a new record for almond...
Country Hour for Wednesday 2 July 2014
As part of proposed new welfare measures pushing people to earn or learn, the Federal Government is calling for unemployed people to take up work on seasonal farms. Tasmania has the highest unemployment rate in the country, but farmers say they cannot...
Country Hour for Tuesday 1 July, 2014
An eleventh hour funding commitment has secured the short-term future of the National Centre for Farmer Health. Federal Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash this morning announced $375,000 in one-off funding for the western Victorian-based centre....
Country Hour for Monday 30 June 2014
For the first time, a banned antibiotic has been found in Australian chicken meat. Farmers aren't allowed to use fluroquinolones in animal or food production. Pharmaceutical milkshakes and vital nutritional dairy products for those who can't normally...
Country Hour for Friday 27 June, 2014
While it may have left the Australian manufacturing industry back in 2008, Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi is back, this time investing in grain. The company has bought a controlling stake in Olam Grains, which itself is a Singaporean company. Olam...
Country Hour for Thursday 25 June, 2014
Dairy farmers are facing a 10 per cent price cut for their milk next season. Two major processors Murray Goulburn and Fonterra Australia have released their opening prices for the season which coincides with the financial year. For farmers in...
Country Hour for Wednesday 25 June 2014
For many families, getting access to any childcare service can be a struggle. As the debate about the Federal Governments' paid parental leave scheme continues, rural women have asked the government to spend more on improving childcare, and making it...
Country Hour for Tuesday 24 June 2014
A Victorian company has paid more than $30,000 in fines after Australia's consumer watchdog found the company had misled customers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued three infringement notices to the Melbourne-based Basfoods...
- Melbourne, VIC
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