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Primary Producer Articles

Five liver fluke myths debunked

Liver fluke can cost Australian producers $50-$80 million dollars per year in productivity losses alone.

When to treat it, how to treat it, and what exactly needs to be treated aren’t always crystal clear.


Prepare for new cattle and beef markets in China

Experience tells us that early movers will reap the biggest benefits from the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).


The $280 million question

Did you know that flystrike costs the Australian sheep industry $280 million every year? Make sure flies are not infesting your profits by protecting your flock from flystrike.


The importance of genetics

Every family cares about its genetic heritage – including the fourth-generation Corrigan farming family behind Rennylea, one of the most successful Angus bull breeding operations in Australia.


Leasing Legends

Could leasing land be a good option for you?

More and more producers are choosing to lease land instead of buying.

Leasing offers flexibility for producers, and can bring land owners an additional source of income – but it’s worth being careful about a leasing arrangement.


From idea to product

Many product innovators, including Virbac, use a stage-gate approach to product development. The project is evaluated after each stage and if it does not measure up, it is aborted.


Success, sustainability and the bigger picture

The downward price pressures that generic products bring to the market might look great for farmers in the short-term, but they may well prove to be counterproductive in the industry over the long-term, according to agronomist Neil Durning.


Support product research by buying branded

Developing a brand new product - whether animal vaccines, drenches, crop protection chemicals or even human pharmaceuticals - is a long, risky and expensive process. Industry support is essential.


Shear sheep more regularly to supply shorter staple length

Wool processors in China are asking Australian woolgrowers for a more consistent supply of shorter staple length wool. This comes from global workplace trending moving away from worsted woolen suits towards more informal styles of dressing which is increasing demand for knitted garments.


How to prepare rams for successful joining

Inadequately preparing rams for joining can cost woolgrowers and lamb producers in lost production and profits. Sperm production takes 6–8 weeks, and rams need to be in top condition when introduced to the ewes to achieve optimal conception rates.