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Country Hour for Friday 20 April, 2018

4/20/2018
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Agriculture Minister David Littleproud confirms he will wait for a Government review of the live sheep export industry before making any decisions on its future, lobby group WAFarmers is refuting the financial implications of a live export ban from a report prepared by Pegasus Economics. They also have some recommendations for the live export industry, while cattle prices are set to decline this year, the outlook is still for an overall profitable 2018 for Australia's beef producers,...

Duration:00:54:43

Country Hour for Thursday 19 April, 2018

4/19/2018
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Thousands of rockmelons have been left to rot in paddocks near Geraldton, the live export industry has backed down on its long-held opposition and endorsed a Labor proposal for an independent inspector to oversee animal welfare, the RSPCA of WA says they welcome ALEC's olive branch but will still push for a transition away from the long haul live export sheep trade, pastoralists in Western Australia's rangelands seem pleased with this week's announcement that they could soon start carbon...

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Country Hour for Friday 13 April, 2018

4/13/2018
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The WA Government has announced an overhaul of the state's bushfire management, in response to the devastating Yarloop blaze two years ago As the United States of America and China eye each other off in a tit for tat trade war, Australian exporters have been nervously watching and wondering what it means for them. Meat exporters could be the winners The National Farmers' Federation has welcomed news the US is now considering re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, otherwise...

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Country Hour for Wednesday 11 April, 2018

4/13/2018
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The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development says it would rather help non GM farmers manage the risk of contamination rather than impose a regulatory burden on conventional and GM cropping systems Thousands of kilometres from the port of Fremantle and outrage over live sheep exports, cattle industry representatives from Australia and Indonesia are in Jakarta for an animal welfare expo, looking to mend fences broken in 2011 after Australia's live cattle ban A Tasmanian...

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Country Hour for Thursday 12 April, 2018

4/12/2018
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Live export prices for feeder steers out of Darwin to Indonesia have slumped below $3 per kilogram for the first time since October 2015 Wilson Hasan from the TUM feedlot in Jakarta said the drop in livestock export prices has given feedlot owners in Indonesia a much needed break Broomehill farmer Scott Thompson lost 60 of his sheep to thieves. He was so fed up he decided to hold a meeting at the Katanning saleyards to see if the whole community could work together on some solutions A Top...

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Country Hour for Tuesday 10 April, 2018

4/10/2018
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Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud is in Perth today meeting a variety of people in the wake of the footage on board several livestock export ships where thousands of sheep died of heat stress on journeys to the Middle East. PGA President, Tony Seabrook, was one of those. He says the Minister gave his 100 percent support to the industry. Tony Seabrook also believes the solution is science based decisions that provide an outcome not just make people feel good. A stretch of...

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Country Hour for Monday 9 April, 2018

4/9/2018
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The animal protection organisation Animals Australia has met with the federal agriculture minister to discuss the future of the live animal export trade and changes it believes need to be made to the regulations governing the industry Emanuel Exports' Director Nicholas Daws says the footage televised by 60 Minutes is simply devastating and Emanuel Exports apologises to farmers and the broader community for these absolutely unacceptable outcomes WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan...

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Country Hour for Friday 6 April, 2018

4/6/2018
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State Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said it is time to consider a suspension of the live export trade to the Middle East during the region's hottest months when the sheep deaths under investigation have taken place The Federal Agriculture Department has notified a live export company to instruct it to implement a series of measures to ensure animal welfare is sufficient of it will not be cleared to leave the Fremantle port on Monday CEO of the NT Cattlemen's Association Paul...

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Country Hour for Thursday 5 April, 2018

4/5/2018
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Good summer rain and a drop over the weekend was enough to encourage Dylan Hirsch to start seeding wheat on his farm at Latham, in the state's mid-west What to do with oil and gas infrastructure like pipelines and platforms once they're no longer needed by resources companies? That is one of the main focuses of a three year project which has just received $2.6 million of State Government funding Tariffs on Australian beef, honey, oranges, mandarins and onions heading to Japan have been cut...

Duration:00:49:45

Country Hour for Wednesday 4 April, 2018

4/4/2018
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Australia's largest cattle company AACo released its preliminary financial year results and they are below expectations. AACo is looking at negative operating cash flow in the range of $38 million - $42 million, compared to last financial year's positive operating cash flow of $29.3 million The Australian barley industry is down-playing the effect of a partial ban on imports to Japan, saying it won't affect the market in the short term The industry body representing melon growers is...

Duration:00:54:43

Country Hour for Tuesday 3 April, 2018

4/3/2018
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The State Government has offered a one-off grant to plant radiata or maritime pine trees in an effort to expand the state's softwood industry. Successful farmers receive a payment of $500 per hectare or free seedlings Australia's second-largest independent oil and gas producer, Santos, has received a $13.5 billion takeover bid from US-owned oil and gas company Harbour Energy South Australia's apple industry is urging consumers to put looks aside and buy blemished fruit. It has rolled out a...

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Country Hour for Monday 2 April, 2018

4/2/2018
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A freak thunderstorm on Good Friday caused wide spread damage in Western Australia's wheatbelt. Jules Alvaro farms 23 kilometres north east of Merredin and she says they have a big clean up ahead after plenty of damage at their place. The storm destroyed the Kalannie Sporting Club, ripping the entire roof off and planting it on the nearby tennis court. Football Club President, Gary Crossman says it's devastating for the town and it may be a matter of rebuilding the club entirely from...

Duration:00:54:44

WA Country Hour for Wednesday 28 March, 2018

3/28/2018
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A new-look Marine Park Management plan endorsed by the Senate last night has been welcomed by the national peak seafood body. But not all fisheries are pleased with the changes. The Pearl Producers Association is unhappy with the restrictions the plan will place on the world's only remaining wild stock pearl oyster fishery - located off the Kimberley coast. The McGowan government has just announced it's working on a new transport strategy for Western Australia's agricultural regions. A...

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Country Hour for Tuesday 27 March, 2018

3/27/2018
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Australian wool farmers will continue to donate to the nations cricket team, despite the weekends ball tampering scandal. One ultra large container ship can emit in one day what fifty eight million cars would in a year. One maritime industry expert is calling for the use of greener fuels in Australian ships. Harvey Norman's venture into the dairy industry hasn't gone very well. Last week there was legal action between shareholders and voluntary administrators have been appointed. A West...

Duration:00:54:43

Country Hour for Monday 26 March, 2018

3/26/2018
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The head of Western Australia's Olive Council thinks there's an opportunity to rapidly expand the state's industry, and make the most of ideas and weather issues abroad. A legal battle between an Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara and Fortescue Metals Group over the destruction of culturally significant sites has gone to the Supreme Court. The Fitzgerald biosphere celebrated its 40th anniversary and successful re-nomination at the weekend. Farmers in the Mid-West are in a spot of...

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Country Hour for Friday 23 March, 2018

3/23/2018
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Rawlinna Station, located about 370 kilometres east of Kalgoorlie, is one of the biggest working sheep stations in Australia. The team of about 50 is half way through shearing 60, 000 sheep The State Government has announced the four WA businesses which have been successful in a share of almost $750, 000 worth of grants. The grants program is to boost exports of WA potatoes to Asia and the Middle East following last year's outbreak of TPP The freshest and tastiest food from all over the...

Duration:00:54:42

Country Hour for Thursday 22 March, 2018

3/22/2018
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The ACCC is proposing major changes to improve the safety of quad bikes to reduce the number of deaths and injuries After six years of negotiations, there is speculation the sheep export trade to Saudi Arabia will resume, possibly in the next six months The definition of lamb has changed. The new definition says the animal remains a lamb until its permanent incisor teeth grow and start to show wear Western Australian farmers appear to have returned to sheep with orders for pasture seeds...

Duration:00:54:42

Country Hour for Wednesday 21 March, 2018

3/21/2018
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An Indigenous Land Use Agreement or ILUA was signed at the Pilbara property, 160 kilometres east of Port Hedland Carlton Plain in the Kimberley has received the EPA's tick of approval for stage one of its irrigated agricultural proposal Mark Bennett, head of agribusiness with ANZ, said fruit and vegetable producers wanting to target export markets should look for undersupplied niche products and gaps in seasonal supply windows in Asia Telstra said the 5G network, planned to begin rollout...

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Country Hour for Tuesday 20 March, 2018

3/20/2018
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A US expert in food safety litigation thinks there will be a class action here in Australia following the recent listeria outbreak that's killed five people and significantly affected the nation's rockmelon industry Tom Karst is national editor of The Packer, a trade publication for the US fruit and vegetable industry. He has been reported on all aspects of that US listeria outbreak. The 33 deaths, the drop in sales and production of melons and then the attempted recovery. He has advised...

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Country Hour for Monday 19 March, 2018

3/19/2018
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A category 2 cyclone went straight over the top of Darwin on Saturday morning and caused a fair bit of damage across the region As cyclone Marcus made its way into Western Australia, some producers in the north were hoping it might bring widespread rain, however Theda station was the only dot on the map to receive rain with 130 millimeters in the gauge A similar sort of clean-up effort is underway in northern Queensland after torrential rain hit the region An Independent meat analyst...

Duration:00:54:42

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