Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 426
Posted on: May 17th, 2019


Quote of the week

35 farms in Belgium have been affected by a strain of the bird flu virus. Together with the sector, the government is working on measures to curb the further spread of the disease.


The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Denis Ducarme, has emphasised “the virus in question is completely harmless to human health. Animals infected or showing symptoms of the virus will be slaughtered, with the poultry farmers involved being compensated.”

Source: Farming UK, 10 May 2019






Super Quail: Producing the world’s largest eating quail

A south-east Queensland poultry producer is breeding the largest eating quail in the world. But ‘super quails’ are just the beginning. There are even bigger plans to capture the Asian market and turn the 3,000-hectare property into Australia’s first ‘Protein Hub’.

These birds are not grown through hormones and antibiotics, just patience and careful selection. By selecting the larger birds and continued breeding, this farmer has effectively developed his own breed of quail. 70% of the game birds fall between 300 to 350g dressed weight, with an average size meat quail weighing about 150 to 200g.

While these birds come at a price, butchers and chefs alike are enjoying the quality product. Another draw card is that all of these quails are produced and processed on site close to Brisbane. After less than a year in operation, the farm is producing a weekly output of 1300 birds. Based on new Asian export orders already coming, outputs of 5000 birds per week are soon to be reached.

Source: 7 May 2019, ABC Rural










Federal election 2019: Where do the major parties stand on future of the live animal export trade?

The live export of animals for consumption overseas has long been a sensitive issue in Australia, with Labor promising to phase out live sheep exports if it wins government this month. But when it comes to trading live cattle- a $1.2 billion per year industry in Australia- the major political parties have been trying to outdo each other in their support for the industry.

Dozens of voters have asked the ABC’s You Ask, We Answer project to explain where the major parties stand on live export. Others have asked why Labor had singled out sheep- an industry worth $250 million- but not cattle for a live export ban, and what the difference is between the parties’ positions.

To answer that, ABC has sorted the latest views not just from the major parties, but from the industry and animal welfare groups.

Source: ABC Rural, 6 May 2019


Chart of the week


India is one of the largest honey producing and exporting countries in the world, exporting to over 65 countries around the world and being worth US$80.52m in 2017. The graph below shows India’s 5 largest honey export partners.






Joke of the week








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