Food & Agriculture Talking Points | 19/07/2018

In Today’s Talking Points: Beef targets the mid-week, easy meal sticker, China shares water-saving agriculture experience with Arab countries, Farmer in NSW uses watermelons to feed cattle in drought, Destocked Macquarie harbour will have salmon return. 

Beef targets the mid-week, easy meal sticker

Australian Beef will be promoted as a quick and easy meal option as part of Meat and Livestock Australia’s latest domestic marketing campaign.

Utilising the “Australian Beef. The Greatest” brand platform, the campaign will offer consumers tips and tricks to make quick and easy beef dishes.

Read more: Farm Online

Destocked Macquarie Harbour will have salmon return

Salmon fish are being returned into a fish farm lease in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, which was destocked last year due to environmental degradation.

Lease operator Tassal was ordered to remove the fish after testing revealed a significant decrease in the diversity of organisms.

The Environmental Protection Authority has now given the green light to restock the lease due to Tassal’s effective environment management plan, as well as good recovery of key benthic health indicators within the lease.

Source: ABC

China shares water-saving agriculture experience with Arab countries

As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, China has opened a training class in Yinchuan for experts in Arab countries to share China’s technology and water-saving ideas. Titled the International Training on Model Agriculture Water-saving Technology in China and Arab Countries, 11 scholars from Yemen, Egypt, and Sudan are taking part in the training, which will go until July 31.

Source: ECNS

 Farmer in NSW uses watermelons to feed cattle in drought

Drought conditions across NSW and Victoria has led to a tripling of hay costs. As a result, one farmer has resulted to watermelons as a supplement to feed cattle.

The cattle, after some trepidation, eat the whole of the fruit, including the rind. Farmers continue to struggle to find high quality affordable food for livestock in the drought conditions.

Source: ABC