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Ranching Down Under

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By Samantha Hall 

Grown mainly along the Eastern Australian coastline stretching from Mossman in far North Queensland to Grafton in Northern New South Wales, sugar cane is one of Australia’s largest and most important rural industries.

Thirty-five million tons grown are annually producing 4.5 million tons of raw sugar, one million tons of molasses and 10 million tons of bagasse (the dry pulp residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane).

The sugar cane industry directly employs 16,000 people across the board for growing, harvesting, milling and transport of the cane.

Most of the roughly 4,400 sugarcane farms stretched across 380,000 hectares (a metric unit of square measure, equal to 2.471 acres) are owned by sole proprietors or are in family partnerships. Sugarcane is grown by a farmer replanting part of a mature cane stalk (about 40cm long).

To read more pick up a copy of the February 2017 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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