Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 414


Quote of the week

Deadly infectious Zombie deer disease is rapidly spreading in the US, reaching 24 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The infection attacks the brain and spinal cord in deer, elk and moose, causing the animals to rapidly loose weight and become aggressive, before resulting in death.

This week, Michael Osterhold, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, issued a warning on possible effects on humans to state lawmakers.

‘It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,’ Osterhold said.

-Michael Osterhold, Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota






‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love

A tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called “Tudder” – a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like…

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South Australia’s fledging hemp industry could be worth $3 million annually within 5 years, government data shows. Research scientist Mark Skewes, from the Loxton Research Centre in the Riverland, has predicted positive results for SA’s first growers based on preliminary trials. The initial trials, conducted by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) with SA Research and Development Institute (SARDI), concluded that industrial hemp could be grown successfully as an irrigated summer crop.

“Certainly, in terms of being able to grow hemp and produce good yields of quality seed, that’s all looking promising. A couple of the varieties that didn’t perform well here in the Riverland performed better in the South East, so it is looking like the right variety for the right location is going to be an important factor for growers.”

Mark Skewes, Loxton Research Centre

Source: Leonie Thorne, Nadia Isa, ABC Rural






Indian market access for Australian walnuts

Australian walnut exports were worth $22.68 million in 2017-18. Australian farmers…

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Rawdon Briggs, Colliers International rural and agribusiness director says sheep and wool enterprises in Australia continue to be two to three times more profitable than other livestock enterprises, with this trend expected to continue.

“Forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) are for lamb prices to rise 18 per cent this financial year and wool prices to rise 12 per cent as export demand exceeds supply.”

Rawdon Briggs, Colliers International rural and agribusiness director





Feeding Asia’s growing appetite for cheese

The race is on to win market share in Asia’s cheese market, with the region offering “a compelling growth opportunity” for Australian dairy exporters in the medium term.

The Rabobank report ‘Asia’s fast-moving cheese markets: Australia’s race to win’ provides robust growth outlook but also highlights that other exporting nations are also looking to expand their presence in Asia.

Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey said the Australian industry must “play to its strengths” by focusing on maintaining and growing…

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