Rural Affairs

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Cashing in on the wool boom

Should sheep farmers pay a 2% levy or nothing at all? This and other options 
are on the table, as WoolPoll kicks off again.

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Top trends in farm machinery investment

As drought persists farmers are investing wisely in their next farm staple – the tractor. Find out what made the list at AgQuip this year.

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Tough lessons learnt: building resilience to drought

Yeoval farming family experience their first drought and are surviving thanks to active planning measures.

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Drought stories of success, not charity

Support for farmers battling drought is heart-warming – but Monaro sheep and cattle producer Richard Taylor warns it’s vital to keep the message positive.

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Oyster theft no small issue for farmers

When oysters are stolen it’s not just farmers’ incomes that suffer. Thieves can potentially damage the entire industry, says South East NSW farmer Caroline Henry.

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Support during drought when the going gets tough

With 100% of NSW declared in drought in August, it’s comforting to note that support services are here in droves. Whether it’s a neighbour or a health professional, there is hope for overcoming depression.

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“If you don’t think drought is part of farming, you’re in the wrong game.”

Despite seeing his winter forage crops fail for the first time, Central West cattle farmer Angus Atkinson says the story isn’t all bad.

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A day in the life of a rural vet

Coonamble based vet Dr Jillian Kelly spends much of her time helping farmers keep their livestock alive through the drought.

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Cutting red tape to find rural labour

Thousands of migrants are keen to work on our farms. The problem is that all the red tape makes it hard for agriculture to employ them. Here four farmers share their frustrations and solutions.

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The big Inland Rail questions answered

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack answers NSW Farmers’ questions on the Inland Rail.