Rinehart landholdings revealed 

Gina Rinehart has revealed her extensive landholdings across Australia, which have been significantly boosted this year with high-profile cattle station acquisitions. Mrs Rinehart ends 2016 owning more than 1.5 per cent of Australia’s total land area and is also a leading beef owner following the successful purchase of the country’s largest pastoral portfolio, S. Kidman…

WOULD YOU PAY TO VISIT FRIENDS AT A CARAVAN PARK?

When a caravan park in Queensland tried to charge a visitor $5 per person to have lunch with his friends staying in the caravan park, he hit the roof! Recently, we had some friends pull into a caravan park for a few days at Rollingstone, Qld, just north of Townsville where we reside. So we…

Chinese companies claim they are ‘treated unfairly’ by Australia 

China‘s state-owned companies may be deterred from investing in Australia because they are being treated unfairly, a Chinese business leader says. Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Hu Shanjun, said Australia was still a popular place for Chinese groups to invest, but that could change. Mr Hu, who also heads the Bank…

Australia to export live beef cattle to China 

AUSTRALIA’S largest livestock exporter, Wellard, will start exporting beef cattle to China next year.Back in September 2016 The boss of Australia’s largest live exporting company, Wellard, has sold almost half of his shares in the company to the Chinese-owned Fulida Group.  Mr Balzarini has transferred 16.58 per cent of Wellard to Fulida, which leaves him…

Cattle exports: Wellard to send AUS live beef to China

AUSTRALIA’S largest livestock exporter, Wellard, will start exporting beef cattle to China next year. Back in September 2016 The boss of Australia’s largest live exporting company, Wellard, has sold almost half of his shares in the company to the Chinese-owned Fulida Group.  Mr Balzarini has transferred 16.58 per cent of Wellard to Fulida, which leaves…

Foreign agriculture giants avoid Australian tax bill

DOZENS of foreign multinational companies have collectively earned billions of dollars buying and selling Australian agricultural commodities but have paid no income tax to the Australian Taxation Office. According to a Corporate Tax Transparency list for 2014-15 released recently by the ATO, almost all the foreign companies trading Australian grain made losses – most for…

Australia, Singapore committed to training base despite resistance from farmers 

The governments of Singapore and Australia remain committed to developing a military training base in northern Queensland, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on Tuesday (Dec 27) following media reports of resistance from farmers Down Under who have to give up prime agricultural land for the development. In response to media queries, Mindef said Australia’s…

Beef imports: Ban from US and Japan to end

FRESH and frozen beef from the US and Japan could appear back on Australian supermarket shelves more than 13 years after trade was suspended due to concerns over mad cow disease. However, industry sources are reluctant to speculate on what kind of product and how much would be imported if the market was to open….

China’s dairy churn: we can get more milk out of your cows

ONE of China’s biggest milk companies is buying up dairy farms in Australia, convinced it can generate higher milk production and bigger profits here than most local dairy farmers are achieving. The Ningbo Dairy Group says that to produce as much fresh milk as it would like to fly to China from its Victorian farms,…

China’s giant cow farms leave neighbours up manure creek 

Giant piles of black manure towering over cornfields, while rancid-smelling effluent from thousands of cows spills onto the land — this is the price of a glass of milk in China today.Large-scale dairy farms have boomed in the Asian giant, as its near 1.4 billion consumers overcame centuries of cultural reluctance to embrace the white…

Horse, possum and donkey meat could be on the menu 

HORSE, donkey and possum meat could be on the dining menu for the first time as SA Health explores adding the animals to a legal consumption list. The proposed culinary changes have been condemned by animal groups. The State Government is opening consultation on a revised Food Standard Code definition of game meat allowing buffalo,…