The Munger family at the Wayside Brahman Stud farm near Francistown, Botswana, prepare one of their bulls for a photo shoot.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Southern Africa farmers remain optimistic

A visit to South Africa and Botswana finds producers taking steps to improve their operations and prepare for the future

Farm attacks in South Africa are reported almost on a daily basis. There is no denying they happen — the tragic results are plain to see. But what can be done about it? How does this affect how other farmers get on with life and their daily work? I’ve been fortunate enough to visit and […] Read more

Sark Island is one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France. It needs a dairy farmer to supply the population with fresh milk.  |  Supplied photo

Sark Island searching for new dairy farmer — and cows

An island off the coast of France is recruiting a dairy farmer to supply the islanders with fresh milk, but he or she must bring their own Guernsey cows. Sark Island is one of the Channel Islands measuring only 5.5 kilometres long and 2.5 km wide. It relies on tourism and agriculture to support its […] Read more

Lou Brown, 31, sheared 497 sheep in eight hours, an average of one ewe every 58 seconds.
 | Screencap via Facebook/ABC Central West

Kiwi smashes shearing world record

A New Zealand shearer has set a new world record for the highest number of merino sheep shorn in eight hours. Lou Brown, 31, sheared 497 sheep in eight hours, an average of one ewe every 58 seconds. Hundreds of fans came to Rockliffe farm near Kojonup, 250 kilometres south of Perth, Australia, to watch. […] Read more


Naturo chief executive officer Jeff Hastings says his company’s new technology is a world first and can keep milk fresh without pasteurization.  |  Naturo photo

Firm claims to keep milk fresh for 60 days

An Australian food technology company said it has developed the world’s first technology that can keep milk fresh for 60 days. Based in Coolum in Queens-land, Naturo said its new technology is a world first and the “biggest breakthrough in the global dairy industry since pasteurization in 1864.” Approved by Australia’s regulatory food safety authority, […] Read more

Research at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, found that male piglets conducted higher levels of play fighting than females.  |  File photo

Pig behaviour study uncovers surprises

British researchers find that levels of play fighting in young pigs did not differ between the socialized and control groups

Research into pig behaviour carried out at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has come out with some surprising findings. The research team at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at the university described the results as “intriguing” and “unpredicted.” It also found gender differences in the social-play behaviour of young pigs, with links […] Read more


World Pork Expo is held each June in Des Moines, Iowa, hosting about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from parts of the world where African swine fever has been found.  |  File photo

African swine fever cancels World Pork Expo

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more

The tariffs that would result if Great Britain left the European Union without a deal could make EU pork less competitive in Britain, and North American pork more competitive.  |  File photo

No-deal Brexit could open pork doors to U.K.

The EU supplies 60 percent of the U.K.’s pork needs, but greater tariffs would force it to look elsewhere, such as Canada


As the battle over the United Kingdom’s messy divorce from the European Union continues, Canada and the United States could emerge as major suppliers of pork to the U.K. in a no-deal Brexit scenario. While the EU supplies 60 percent of pork consumption in the U.K., greater tariffs imposed in a no-deal situation would force […] Read more

Indian tire maker searches for new rubber

Fears of a shortage of natural rubber to make tires has prompted Indian tire manufacturer BKT to boost its search for alternatives. The global demand for natural rubber is expected to reach 17 million tonnes by 2025. Natural rubber is obtained from the rubber tree, which originated in South America and grows only in equatorial […] Read more


Ram sperm frozen for 50 years has been awakened to impregnate 34 ewes in Australia. | File photo

Old ram sperm found to be as good as fresh

Ram sperm frozen for 50 years has been awakened to impregnate 34 ewes in Australia. Researchers from the University of Sydney have thus concluded that artificial insemination using the world’s oldest known viable semen has a successful impregnation rate in sheep equivalent to recently frozen samples. Associate professor Simon de Graaf and Jessica Rickard used […] Read more

World Pork Expo, held each June in Des Moines, hosts about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF positive regions. | Screencap via worldpork.org

World Pork Expo cancelled due to African swine fever

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more