Grain fed beef, especially if the genetics are Asian in origin, is healthier for you than grass fed animals, according to studies conducted by Texas A&M University in the US over the past decade.
The studies have found that corn fed beef in a feedlot produced high levels of oleic acid, a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various animal, human and vegetable fats and oils such as avocados and other common food oils.
Oleic acid is a common monounsaturated omega 9 fat associated with decreased low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and possibly increased high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which it is claimed is healthier for you due to a lowering of the risk of cardiovascular disease. Continue reading
Wagners chairman John Wagner and Agribusiness Australia chief executive Tim Burrow
Toowoomba’s Wagner family has reiterated its interest in building Sydney’s second airport at Badgery’s Creek.
This follows the Federal Government’s announcement this month (May 2017) to commit up to $5.3 billion over the next decade towards Australia’s biggest infrastructure project.
“We’re in discussion with the Feds now to try and take a position with Badgery’s Creek to build it,” Wagner’s company chairman John Wagner said at an Agribusiness Australia lunch in Melbourne earlier this month (May 5).
He said there was no reason the airport couldn’t be built in two to three years and more cheaply than the $6 billion price tag the Government had on it.
Ever since his days studying at Marcus Oldham in Geelong, Richard Longbottom had a hankering for a career in exporting.
After leaving school at 16 he became a shearer, working around the sheds of South Australia, western Victoria and the Riverina. By the time he was 18, Richard was shearing 200 sheep a day. Continue reading
Northern Australia has been on the nose for the past 60 years, according to David Williams, the principal of corporate advisor to the food, agriculture and beverage industries, Kidder Williams.
Speaking at the Global Food Forum hosted by The Australian newspaper in April this year, Mr Williams pointed to previous attempts to develop the north had been hampered by disease, the heat, floods, cyclones, bugs, labour shortages and the high cost of getting produce to market. Continue reading
The Turnbull Government is committed to unlocking the potential of the north, former Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia (now Minister for the Environment and Energy) Josh Frydenberg told the Global Food Forum in Melbourne in April.
Mr Frydenberg said one of the challenges was to improve the supply chains for agriculture. To that end the Government was rolling out a $100 million beef road initiative to lower the cost of transport for cattle which could be up to 40 per cent of the total cost involved. Continue reading
Treasury Wine Estates chief executive Michael Clarke
The wine industry worldwide is ripe for consolidation, according to Treasury Wine Estates chief executive Michael Clarke.
Mr Clarke was responding to a question put to him by John Durie, business columnist with The Australian at the Global Food Forum the newspaper hosted in April.
“We’re probably the third or fourth biggest wine company in the world and we have globally less than a three per cent share,” he said. “So it’s an incredibly fragmented business.”
Australia needs more agricultural science and food technology graduates, according to Anthony Pratt, the executive chairman of paper packaging giant Visy Industries.
Mr Pratt told a Melbourne Global Food Forum in April it was no coincidence that more than 30 per cent of German university graduates were engineers, which helped make it the world’s greatest engineering nation. Continue reading
Australia could potentially double the production of the people it feeds directly and indirectly from almost 500 million to nearly a billion people with the resources the country has, according to former Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb.
This could be achieved by employing the right technology and development of northern Australia, which consisted of about 17 million hectares of arable country (about the size of Cambodia), and currently supported just one beast to 10 acres (4.04 hectares), he said.
A dairy industry leader has forecast there will be attrition among Australian dairy farmers over the next two years with prices expected to stay at current levels over that period.
Jeremy Bayard, the managing director of ACE Farming Company told an agri investor forum in Melbourne on June 8 that Australian dairy farms needed to get bigger to become more efficient like America and even New Zealand.
Australia’s share of Asian agricultural imports has declined rapidly in recent years as other nations have expanded their exports into the region, according to Mick Keogh, the newly appointed ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) Agriculture Commissioner.
He told an Australian Agriculture Outlook conference in Sydney in late May that Australia’s market share of 6 per cent for north Asian agricultural imports and 9 per cent for ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) were falling quickly.