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Russian dairy ban likely to stay

The Russian ban on dairy imports from a number of Western countries, including Australia, is unlikely to be lifted until at least 2018, according to Dairy Australia managing director Ian Halliday. Mr Halliday, who is just back...

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Calling the cows home

FutureDairy researchers have discovered that cows can be trained to respond to sound, opening up possibilities for teaching cows to come to the dairy in response to a particular call. Researcher Dr Cameron Clark said that while...

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Animals rule roost for student

ANIMALS have been front and centre of Wendy Parish’s life since she was a child growing up on her parents’ dairy farm near Colac in south-west Victoria. Today, as a university student, animals still rule the roost....

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Milk production up 2.6%

Australian milk production grew 2.6% last season to 9.48 billion litres produced – back to the levels of three years ago. Tasmania led the growth with production up 10.1% for the year, according to the latest figures from...

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Funds flow from milk reserves

LEVY funds milked from the sale of SADA Fresh products have begun flowing out to industry-led projects. Since its launch in October 2013, 20 cents from every litre of SADA Fresh-branded milk has been collected for the SA Dairy...

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Dairy giant seeks to open gates

AFTER a year of consultation with its dairy farmer suppliers Murray Goulburn (MG) Co-operative has called an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to vote on a proposed new $500 million capital structure to allow outside investors...

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Fonterra to get farmers growing

FONTERRA Australia chief executive Judith Swales says the dairy giant’s new equity partnership trust should help the company win over farmers from its competitors. The trust could be ready to start making its first...

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Milk production surge continues

Milk production in Australia continues to shoot ahead of last year with a 6.4% increase in February compared with February 2014. Year to date production is up 2.8% on last year. The surge is led by Tasmania and New South Wales...

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Robot dairy uptake lags

THE local dairy industry has been slow to adopt robotic milking of cows, which is now mainstream in Europe. Australia has 34 robotic dairies compared with about 14,000 worldwide, according to associate professor Kendra Kerrisk...

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NZ dairy in damage control mode

NEW Zealand’s handling of last week’s 1080 infant formula poisoning looked like an orchestrated attempt to protect the nation’s most important company, Fonterra, and the key dairy industry. In a stunning press...

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