Sheep Learning A youth development initiative for 12 to 23 year olds is helping attract a younger generation to the sheep and lamb industry. Rural News A wrap of rural and regional issues from around the country this week. Rock Star Almost all of WA’s western rock lobster catch is packed live and air freighted to China. The industry generates half a billion dollars a year, and is a world leader when it comes to sustainability. Fake Meat Fake meat is growing in popularity but should lab-grown, man-made - and even plant-based meats that bleed fake blood – be called meat … and should livestock producers be worried? Market Reports Market activity and analysis with Kerry Lonergan.
Saffron Woes Australia's saffron industry is in turmoil after the locally grown product was dropped from major supermarket shelves. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud speaks to Pip Courtney about some of the challenges facing Australian agriculture. Against the Odds Mining towns have a reputation for dying when the minerals dry up. But a small community on the Gove Peninsula is bucking that trend. Collaborative Farming Two generational farmers have embarked on a collaboration which redefines family farming. They've joined forces - sharing land, machinery, infra-structure and staff.
The Last Charge On a hillside near Bathurst, sculptor Harrie Fasher has created a striking memorial to the Australian Light Horse and the last great cavalry charge at Beersheba. Hero Dirt Five years ago the old tin-mining town of Derby was a ghost town. But a move to construct some mountain bike trails helped trigger an economic revival. The town is now booming and has been transformed into a world-class biking destination. Au Naturel Fish bladders, bone marrow and milk protein are just some of the animal-derived agents that might be incorporated in the winemaking process. As demand for animal-friendly products increases, so too are the number of wineries using alternative production methods to create vegan wine.
Cricket Pitch Whole stretches of the Lower Darling are so dry you could hold a cricket match in the river bed. So residents from around Tilpa decided to do just that. It helped take their mind off the drought as well as drawing attention to their plight. Essential Oils More than 90 percent of essential oil produced in Australia is being sold overseas. As demand grows, so do opportunities for our farmers. Rare Beef A 100-strong herd of distinctive long-haired, long-horned cattle are thriving on a farm in Tasmania's Derwent Valley.
People Power Regional communities are leading the way when it comes to the supply of fair-priced, sustainable, reliable electricity - by funding their own wind and solar projects. Around 70 community energy projects have started up around the country in the seven years. Tassie Bubbles Sparkling wines from Tasmania are taking on the world's best.
The Emu Effect In the early 1990s emus were billed as the 'next big thing' in Australian agriculture. At its peak the industry had an estimated 500 emu farmers nationwide. For the dozen farmers who remain, the benefits are starting to flow - thanks to emu oil. Water Wars Some farmers and residents fear their most precious resource, groundwater, is being squandered for bottling. Truck Safety A transport company is leading the way in road health and safety by using a 'fatigue and inattention' system to monitor driver performance.
Staying Power Roly Lennox started hawking fruit and veggies to housewives as a teenager in the 1940s, but after 70 years and millions of kilometres, he has completed his final delivery at the age of 86. Field of Dreams A pioneering family on Tasmania's iconic north coast took a chance on tulips to ensure their farm business blooms into the future. Golden Future A world-class integrated oilseed crushing and refining plant in the heart of the Riverina region is the brainchild of an Indian-Australian entrepreneur.
A Country Practice A midwife who counts herself 'aunty' to hundreds of children has travelled over 500,000km during her career to help isolated women have their babies at home. Past and Future A luxury European fabric producer has urged super-fine Australian wool growers to concede to changing animal welfare demands. Their message to farmers is listen to the market and stop the controversial practice of mulesing before buyers look to other countries for their wool. Just Add Water The owner of a Pilbara cattle station has tapped into the water from a river running underneath his property - transforming the dry, marginal grazing country into what looks like a lush green dairy farm.
Invisible Farmer: Steph Today we meet Steph, a woman who'd never even set foot on a farm until she took a job on one. It was a challenging and character-building move ... and it changed her life. Family Grit When a Tasmanian dairy farming family was up against the wall, two generations worked together to pull off a remarkable turnaround. They took the brave step to move away from conventional farming and pursue a better price for their milk by converting to organics. Sterile Flies Factory bred fruit flies will soon be released into the wild to 'mate'. It's part of a program to help fight Queensland fruit fly, a major destructive pest in the horticultural industry.
Invisible Farmer In an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry, only around 3 percent of Australia's shearers are female. Nicki Guttler first picked up a handpiece just two-and-a-half years ago, she's now forging a career on the boards and encouraging other women in the sheds to step up beside her. Outback Chefs A couple of retired fine dining chefs fulfil their long-held dream to cook for the hungry crew of an outback cattle station. But for staff used to plenty of plain food, there might be a few changes needed to the menu. Full Circle Almost all of the donated fresh produce comes from rural Australia - broadacre farmers, fruit and vegetable growers and even meat processing companies. But in an ironic twist, a disproportionate amount of relief ends up back in the country.
The Road Back Home: Pip Courtney The Road Back Home is an ABC digital series featuring stories about some of the ABC's presenters. This week it's Pip Courtney's turn and she shares her memories of growing up in Tasmania. Dairy Fallout The future of Murray Goulburn remains uncertain, but for its competitors the fallout has created new opportunities. Invisible Farmer: Emma Moss When Emma Moss bought a second-hand camera to show her parents photographs of where she worked as a ringer, she never dreamt she would become a social media influencer. Frozen Future What role do seedbanks play in the agricultural industry? Australian scientists are about to make a huge deposit of crop and pasture seeds to the Global Seed Vault - a secure repository near the North Pole which holds almost 900,000 different types of the world's seeds. Waste Not Want Not An innovative dairy farmer has joined forces with a mining company and manufacturer to build and install a 'bio-digester' on his farm. The waste disposal system converts cow manure into electricity and useful fertiliser.
Bush Inventors These "why didn't I think of that?" inventions are making life easier and safer for those on the land, and creating jobs in their local communities as well. Invisible Farmer: Kay Tommerup When dairy deregulation threatened their future, Kay Tommerup's ideas for diversification helped save the family farm. Liquid Gold Western Australia is experiencing a new gold rush, but it has nothing to do with precious metals. It's liquid honey, rich in antimicrobial and other health giving properties - and the rest of the world can't get enough of it.
Pig Wars GPS-tracking collars are the latest weapon in the fight against feral pigs. The collars give an insight into pig behaviour, helping to manage the spread of the invasive pest. Future Proofing One of the country's largest egg producers has invested in state-of-the-art farm and food processing facilities to stay ahead of industry rules and changing community attitudes. Fairvale Farewell The sad ending for one of the most celebrated dairy cattle studs in the country. After a lifetime in the industry the owners are worn out, and are selling up to make way for new beginnings.
Big Bucks Many pastoralists are choosing to manage and muster the feral goats on their land. Goat meat prices reached a record high this year, and some landowners are making more money from the rangeland goats than sheep or cattle. Return To Rottnest The producers of the ABC's The Road Back Home have turned the camera on favourite Landline reporter Sean Murphy as he returns to his childhood home on the coast of Western Australia. ByCatch Prawn trawler operators have been trialling an invention to reduce bycatch, with early results showing a potential reduction of almost 40 percent.
To Hell And Back James Paterson was destined to take over the family business one day. But when his father died prematurely, James - straight out of college - stepped up to take over the reins. He talks to Kerry Staight about his role in the family empire and his partnership with his 81-year-old grandfather. Grateful Farmers They arrived in the Top End as refugees with very little. They formed a small farming collective, sharing knowledge, workers, and equipment to earn an income. Three decades later these Vietnamese growers are producing around $40 million of fresh vegetables - including tonnes of unusual Asian varieties. Home Grown A fishing family from far north Queensland is tapping into the hugely popular ready-to-eat tuna market. The business was borne out of the frustration of having to eat tinned fish from overseas. China Dreams A transformation is underway at Australia's largest dairy property on Tasmania's north-west coast. The new owner of Woolnorth is gearing up to send big quantities of fresh milk to his home country, China. Fiona Breen caught up on the changes in progress at the historic property.
Weed Machines More than 20 years of research is behind the invention of the world's first machine capable of destroying weeds resistant to common herbicides. Standing Tall As demand for timber outstrips local supply, the CSIRO is encouraging Tasmanian farmers and private landowners to join the agroforestry sector.
Fighting On A ban on baby oyster imports was introduced to protect farms from the spread of a devastating virus - but the scarcity of spat has led to a major production shortfall. Working It Out It's "dog day" one day a week at this school in country New South Wales. Students bring their own sheepdogs to school as part of a training project, putting them through their paces under the guidance of a professional handler. But just who is teaching whom? It seems the four-legged pupils have a few lessons for their young owners too. Looking Forward, Looking Back The first female chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association, Tracey Hayes, has hung up her hat after serving in the position for the past three years. She looks back on her time in the role with reporter Kristy O'Brien.
The Last Charge The spectacular charge by Australian Light Horse Regiments at Beersheba 100 years ago is the stuff of legend. While the brave deeds of both horse and man are now immortalised in Australia's history, the legacy of one Hunter Valley family also lives on. The memory of their valiant young men - carried into the charge by horses they had raised themselves - is not forgotten. Techno Wool Improved land care and animal welfare, reduced wool prickle factor and the ability for regional businesses to take value-added products to the world are some of the ways technology is helping to reshape today's wool industry.
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