Farmers sacrifice milkers to abattoirs

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 31/05/2007, pg. 18

DAIRY farmers have sold off thousands of milking cows direct to meatworks in the past year because they cannot afford fodder for their cows.

At least 30 complete dairy herds on the Darling Downs have been sold in the past year compared with two or three a year in normal conditions.

Elders dairy […]

Stomping good time as season comes to fruition

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 04/03/2006, pg. 5

STANTHORPE is in party mode for the biennial Apple and Grape Harvest Festival this weekend, marking 40 years since the first festival was held in 1966.

The town’s population of 4000 will swell to more than 70,000 as visitors and former Stanthorpe residents return for the Granite Belt’s biggest party of the year, […]

Markus’s cheeses offer rivals the whey forward

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 04/08/2005, pg. 11

SOFT cheese, hard cheese or fancy cheese — Swiss master cheesemaker Markus Bucher of Maleny Cheese has the winning recipe.

Mr Bucher is the secret ingredient in the success of Queensland’s newest cheesemaker Maleny Cheese, which scooped the awards table in their first year of entering the Dairy Industry Association annual awards yesterday.

Mr […]

Cattle exodus kicks up a fuss

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 08/06/2005, pg. 6

A MASSIVE de-stocking of cattle from drought-stricken far western Queensland is pressuring transport operators to breaking point as they struggle with dirt roads that are disintegrating under the pressure.

Quilpie-based transport operator Paul Hansen, who runs Paul Hansen Transport, said 1300km of dirt roads in the Barcoo Shire were desperately in need of bitumen.

The […]

Welcome to the valley of death

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 02/06/2005, pg. 11

MATURE fruit orchards are dying in the Lockyer Valley because of drought and several years of severe frosts that are now forcing farmers to think of quitting.

At Grantham, at the top of the Lockyer Valley about 100km west of Brisbane, 25-year-old avocado trees that should be at peak production and laden with […]

Biotech to keep flies off sheep’s back

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 03/03/2005, pg. 11

SCIENTISTS are mapping the blowfly genome in a battle to help combat flystrike in sheep and make the controversial practice of mulesing obsolete by 2010.

Wool and sheep meat growers converged yesterday on the outback town of Blackall, 200km southeast of Longreach, to hear about the research under way to help them beat […]

Cheese jobs may yet survive cut

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 03/11/2004, pg. 13

A MYSTERY benefactor has offered $15,000 to help Warwick on the Darling Downs save its 60-year-old cheese-making tradition.

The offer was made after dairy processor Parmalat announced the factory would close and last week sacked 28 cheese and butter-makers and other factory workers.

Parmalat bought the Warwick plant six years ago, but said […]

Dry winter goes against the grain

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 13/08/2004, pg. 10

PRIZE-winning Darling Downs wheat grower Roland Teakle surveyed the expanse of dry empty paddocks yesterday where hundreds of hectares of lush winter crop should be emerging.

“Normally we plant 323ha a year of wheat,” said Mr Teakle, of Jondaryan west of Toowoomba.

“This year — not a seed.

“We usually win second prize in […]

Wool king at home of the golden fleece

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 20/05/2004, pg. 6

THE world’s largest wool manufacturer went down to the farm yesterday to visit the shed where Inglewood brothers Bim and Rick Goodrich created the most expensive bale of wool.

Buyer Heng Yuan Xiang Group paid $675,000 on March 12 for a 90kg bale of 11.9 micron Primerino wool cut from about 150 […]

Journey to the golden fleece

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 29/03/2004, pg. 17

A chance trial has paid off for two Queensland graziers, writes Amanda Gearing

MANY of the greatest scientific discoveries have been made by a combination of chance and necessity.

The creation of the world’s finest and softest wool bale is no exception.

Queensland wool producers have been rocketed to the international stage as producers […]