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.
Pastured Chickens A farmer who spent several years working in sustainable agricultural policy at federal level is now pursuing his dream of putting innovative principles into practice. His award-winning family run farm takes a 'regenerative' approach to farming that aims to produce food which is good for the animal, good for the land and good for the plate. Write Stuff Rural romance novels - 'lust in the dust' - set on farms and stations in the outback have been a phenomenon in Australian fiction in recent years. But there's a new trend for authors championing our regional towns, and the familiarity of small-town living is really connecting with readers. Cutting Through A low-volume livestock producer started his own abattoir when he couldn't obtain the standard of service he expected from existing providers. Now, his abattoir and meat processing works employs five people, and provides a custom service to similar minded farmers invested in the way their livestock is processed. Postcode Blues Sharing a postcode with a densely populated urban centre almost 200km away is a cause of frustration for the residents of one rural region in Queensland. Farmers find it inhibits their ability to attract necessary backpacker workers, while other residents say it impacts on everything from increased insurance premiums to accessing government services.
Weevil Warriors Weevils are part of an arsenal being used to attack a smothering aquatic weed which is threatening the biodiversity and economy of Kakadu National Park. Prison Cattle A prison farm in Queensland has developed a reputation for producing highly sought after cattle. The cattle are fetching top prices at market, but the program is also changing lives by giving prisoners skills to help find a job on the outside. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this story contains images of people who have died. Standing Tall Depression and mental illness can affect anyone, but for those living in rural and remote areas, finding and accessing support services can make it even more challenging. One man from country Victoria has harnessed the power of nature to help him manage his illness, and has used his experience to help others. If this story raises any issues for you, contact Lifeline on 131 144 or Men's line on 1300 789 978.
Fine Fashion Customers are increasingly demanding product traceability which links the farm with the woollen garment on the rack. This push for 'single origin' clothing has led two Tasmanian fine wool farming families to form close partnerships with the fashion industry. Coconut Bounty Some enterprising businesses in Far North Queensland developing an industry for locally grown coconut and coconut products. Perfect Pairing 'Piquepoul' has been introduced to Australia by a New South Wales oyster farmer determined to make it part of Australia's food culture.
101 Not Out The saying "love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life" could not be truer for 101-year-old farmer Max Hockey. He hung up his spurs a few years ago, but Max still firmly holds the reigns over his grazing property. The secret to his longevity, he says, is simple - good genes, patients and not worrying. Salmon Saga Australia's largest salmon farming company, Tassal, has established a new farm site on the east coast of Tasmania which has been met with strong resistance from the community. Intensive farming of the fish has been linked to serious environmental problems, but the company insists it has followed appropriate guidelines and is creating jobs for locals. Fibre Of Football A retro revival backed by some of the games' biggest stars is kicking goals on and off the field by making vintage footy jumpers - using traditional techniques, and Aussie grown wool.
Top End Rodeo Locals boast it's the last proper bush rodeo, and for half a century the annual event has been the highlight of the region's social calendar. The Borroloola Campdraft and Rodeo brings together a community rich in pastoral history for a weekend of old-fashioned fun, and some friendly - but fierce - competition. Paddock To Palate A lot of smart thinking goes into growing Aussie beef, and this competition gives producers a chance to benchmark against the best. Cattle are judged on everything from weight gain to eating quality - and a win can mean a big boost to a brand. Pip Pip Hooray The Coorong's healthy pipi population is being attributed to a quota allocation implemented a decade ago. It brought an end to overfishing and oversupply, and now with some clever value adding, the traditionally low-value bait food has found a new and lucrative place in the restaurant market.
Sunny Verghese The CEO of global agribusiness giant Olam International, Sunny Verghese, spoke to Pip Courtney about the company's $200 million investment in new almond orchards in the Riverina. Waste Not Want Not Warning: This story contains footage of dead animals. A special bin invented by a South Australian recycling company can compost food and farm waste on-site. It saves organic waste from landfill by turning it into a carbon rich soil conditioner. Young Gun An ambitious teenager has started Western Australia's first Ultrablack cattle stud. The agricultural student hitched a ride across the Nullarbor in an old cattle truck with his mum and dad to buy the foundation stock needed to get the stud off the ground. Roaring Success Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images of people who may have died. Aboriginal rangers have fused modern science with ancient practices to develop the world's first carbon project using fire. The strategic approach of controlled dry-season burning helps prevent devastating bushfires, and is now being used widely across the northern belt of Australia.
Bioreactors A bioreactor is a trench filled with woodchips - and it could be the simple solution to the problem of nitrogen run-off from farms. Queensland authorities and scientists have found they are a cheap, natural and effective way to stop agricultural pollution reaching waterways and damaging coastal eco-systems. All Aboard There were hundreds of paddleboats on the Murray at the peak of Australia's river trade in the 1880s. Only a handful of the historic vessels survive today, but through the dedication of a passionate few, they are as popular now as they were 160 years ago. Heywire For young people in the more remote parts of Australia, travelling long distances to boarding school is just a part of life. But it isn't always easy. Molly Hunt grew up in Wyndham in the Northern Territory and made the decision to head all the way to Sydney to finish her education. Cane Recovery North Queensland canegrowers say it could take a decade to recover from the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. About half of the state's sugarcane crop was in the path of the cyclone with losses estimated at $150 million.
Coming Back Farmers in Australia's largest winter vegetable growing district say they need higher prices for their produce to help recoup losses sustained when Cyclone Debbie hit the region in March. Karenni Farmers Developing small farms on unused land in urban areas could help alleviate chronic unemployment for refugees resettled in Australia. A community-based social enterprise has taken a fresh approach to agriculture by transforming unproductive spaces into urban farms, and is transforming lives at the same time. Heywire In skateparks across the country, there's a hierarchy. In Manjimup, WA, Regan Austin quickly discovered that scooters are definitely at the bottom of it. Despite this Regan's passion for scooter riding has had a hugely positive impact on his life. (Coarse language) Gentle Giants The Clydesdale Society of Victoria wants to see a return to the horse and carriage days. Not out of some nostalgic, or wistful whim, but as part of a campaign to introduce younger folks to the joys of Clydesdale horses.
Waste Land Two farmers in the outback town of Kimba have put forward their properties as potential nuclear waste disposal sites, but the proposal has divided the tight knit community. An industry not reliant on rain could future-proof the district for generations, but some residents fear it will spell the end of their town. Salad Success The winner of this year's Farmer of the Year Award has a big confession - he never wanted to be a farmer. But salad vegetable grower Andrew Bulmer does see himself as an agribusiness entrepreneur, and says innovation is critical to success. Heywire Ranim grew up in Damascus, Syria. But after war spread through the country, her family were forced to gather their belongings and flee - leaving their lives behind. Girl Power The masculine image of cowboys and stockmen is getting a shake-up in the Northern cattle industry as more and more women smash through the 'dust ceiling' and take on strong leadership roles. The country's largest cattle companies say women account for around 50 percent of their recruitment applications, and acknowledge it's a welcome trend.
Wild At Heart Cattlemen and women in the Top End are dusting off the bullcatchers and heading off into the scrub to catch buffalo. Until recently, the wild buffalo haven't been worth the cost and effort to muster, but high cattle prices mean it's now a cheap protein source - ideal for live export into Asia. State Of Origin A multimillion-dollar citrus orchard in Western Australia's wheatbelt is providing home grown oranges for the state and helping to future-proof a local community. On the (Dirt) Road Darwin reporter Kristy O'Brien and cameraman Ian "Jumbuck" Redfearn spend a lot of hours together on the (dirt) road for Landline. They documented their recent trip to the Aboriginal community of Ngukurr to give us a behind-the-scenes look at making television in a remote part of Australia. Heywire The culling and commercial harvest of kangaroos can be a divisive topic often sparking debate. But for those who do it, it's also a job. This week we meet Kyle on a roo cull in the wheatbelt region of WA. (Graphic vision) Herdy Gerdy Alpaca farming in Australia has grown from a hobby based interest to a vibrant live export industry worth millions of dollars. Pedigree genetics and fibre are in global demand, but an emerging meat business could be what's needed to secure a reliable income stream.
Bio d Vino Filling cow horns with manure and burying them for six months sounds strange, but for biodynamic farmers, it's the basis of their approach to agriculture. The philosophy has skeptics, but Sean Murphy meets some viticulturalists producing award winning wines by following the mysterious principles. Grains Outlook The outlook for the coming season was on the agenda at the Grains Industry Conference this week. While dry conditions across much of the grain belt could slash the size of the national crop by a third - it's not gloom and doom just yet. Heywire Grenfell in Western NSW is the birthplace of Henry Lawson and home to the Happy Inn Chinese restaurant. The Paperman An artisan in north-west Tasmania is making paper from poo. As well as scat from kangaroo and wombats, he uses by-product from agricultural endeavours like fruit juice and hemp crops. The specialty craft uses traditional techniques, reflecting the history of Burnie's paper industry. Wild at Heart Cattlemen and women in the Top End are dusting off the bullcatchers and heading off into the scrub to catch buffalo. Until recently, the wild buffalo haven't been worth the cost and effort to muster, but high cattle prices mean it's now a cheap protein source - ideal for live export into Asia.
GM Debate South Australia is the only mainland state where it is illegal for farmers to grow GM crops, but farmers and agricultural experts are asking for proof that the ban has a financial benefit for the state. Heywire As a child, Mitchell Pitman was told that he would never be able to walk and never be able to hear. He was born with cerebral palsy and profound deafness. But Mitch hasn't let that hold him back. Growing up in Leeville in northern New South Wales, his family and community have helped him prove the doctors wrong. Beacon Dry Residents of the tiny town of Beacon, on the edge of WA's wheat belt, are working hard to keep their community strong in the middle of the longest dry in living memory. Growing Hope Australia's oldest agricultural aid program (ACIAR) funds projects which help reduce poverty and improve food security in developing countries. In the mountain nation of Nepal, the emphasis is on empowering local people - especially women - to help themselves.
The Hard Yards Every livestock farm needs a good set of yards, and every farmer needs a handy yard dog. These dogs are the best of the best. And the Australian Yard Dog Championships is the ultimate test of canine and human teamwork. Heywire Breanna Cook grew up living on a 2000-acre beef cattle property in central Queensland. When she finished school, Breanna had a big decision to make - head to the city for uni or stay on the property and follow her dreams. If you know a young person with a story to tell, encourage them to enter the Heywire competition. Find out more and see other great stories at abc.net.au/heywire. Coming Home Country-rockers the Wolfe Brothers are fourth-generation berry growers who left the family farm to pursue their love of music. But when illness brought them home they were faced with some tough challenges. While they are determined to keep their family's 100 year farming legacy alive, they are not putting the guitars away just yet. Care Farming A special "care farm" in South Australia provides social care for participants in a meaningful work setting. They are growing snails which are destined for Adelaide's gourmet food market, and their escargot pate could help fund the enterprise into the future.
Sleeping Giant It's a versatile grain but linseed has struggled for decades to gain traction with Australian growers. That could be about to change as new research sheds light on the seed's remarkable medicinal properties. Clean Water Polluted dams cause a range of diseases in sheep and cattle but an economical treatment developed by a retired Sydney-based chemist provides cleaner drinking water for livestock. Mongolian Beef A Mongolian photographer studying rural Australia will use what he has learnt to help his country's traditional communities become more sustainable.
Cape Farming Grand dreams of farming northern Australia are almost as old as the nation itself, but changes to land-use laws in 2015 brought the prospect closer to reality. Despite environmental opposition, thousands of hectares of land have been cleared to make way for high-value crops, and so far, every commodity they've trialled has been a success. A Cut Above Australian ingenuity is turning the age-old tradition of sawmilling on its head. Radial sawing, which cuts round logs into wedges, means smaller trees can be turned into useful timber. The technology has massive implications for native forests - it means useable timber can be grown in plantations in half the time. Mining Wetlands The abandoned pits of Western Australia's Talison mine are evolving into wetlands. Filled with water from more than a century of winter rains, the dams provide habitat for growing populations of fish and insects and are attracting rare and endangered birdlife.
Sweet Dreams A community garden enterprise in Melbourne is harvesting vegetables from reclaimed wasteland, while providing a testing ground for an important urban experiment. Gina's Stampede Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has big plans for the historic Kidman cattle empire and China. Cafe De Cabernet Winemakers in regional Victoria believe they've created a world-first wine blend - combining roasted coffee with cabernet wine grapes.
True Grit As top shearers adopt a softer approach a whole mind and body approach helps shearers maintain peak fitness. Rural News A wrap of rural and regional issues from around the country this week. Toad Traps Environmentally friendly traps are using the toxin from adult toads to lure tadpoles to their deaths. Markets Report Current market prices and analysis with Kerry Lonergan. This week Kerry speaks with Beef Central's Jon Condon about increased demand for beef storage. Betoota Boys The boys from Australia's oldest newspaper are on assignment for Landline in their home turf, Queensland's Channel Country.
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