Harvesting and grain storage are massive affairs on John Nicoletti’s farm. | Photo supplied by John Nicoletti

Aussie grain giant puts mega farm up for sale

The owner of the 495,000 acre farm is asking $72 to $82 million
for what is one of Australia’s largest arable operations


One of Australia’s biggest arable farms extending to 495,000 acres is up for sale at a price tag of $72 to $82 million. Western Australian grain giant John Nicoletti decided to retire from grain farming at 64 years old. The sale represents the biggest offering of a single parcel of broad acre farming land ever […] Read more


Harvesting and grain storage are massive affairs on John Nicoletti’s farm. | Photo supplied by John Nicoletti

Aussie grain giant puts mega farm up for sale

The owner of the 495,000 acre farm is asking $72 to $82 million
for what is one of Australia’s largest arable operations


One of Australia’s biggest arable farms extending to 495,000 acres is up for sale at a price tag of $72 to $82 million. Western Australian grain giant John Nicoletti decided to retire from grain farming at 64 years old. The sale represents the biggest offering of a single parcel of broad acre farming land ever […] Read more


Georgia Mitrousia of the University of Hertfordshire has shown that a major gene resistance, resistant gene Rlm7, is breaking down for U.K. blackleg in oilseed rape.  |  Chris McCullough photo

EU blackleg becomes harder to manage as genetic tools fail

Farmers in the United Kingdom could be facing trouble with rapeseed as new research warns of a resistance gene at risk in the crop. Oilseed rape is the third most important crop in the U.K., with a total of 2.2 million tonnes harvested in 2017. It is the third largest source of vegetable oil worldwide […] Read more

British hog producers reduce antibiotic use by half in two years

Pig producers in the United Kingdom have reduced the amount of antibiotics they give their animals by half over the past two years. Latest figures from the eMB, the electronic medicine book, show the pig industry reduced antibiotic use in the U.K. by 28 percent in 2017, bringing the total reduction in two years to […] Read more


‘Hog hotels’ on the rise in China as sector restructures

Pig production in China is climbing to new heights with the construction of high-rise “hog hotels,” and plans are in the works to develop the tallest such building in the world. Even though multi-floor pig accommodation has been previously tried in Europe, the Chinese are proceeding in a bid to restructure the pig production industry. […] Read more

The electric 23e from Schaffer delivers emission-free operation, eliminating exhaust gases and noise, which is a significant advantage in sectors such as working with cattle. The company offers a five year warranty on the lithium-ion batteries.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Small loaders get major update

German wheeled loader expert Schaffer is busy manufacturing its range of agricultural and construction machines for an expanding customer base. With new models in both ranges, new eye-catching modern designs and a dip into the electric loader sector, Schaffer is pulling out the stops to ensure it exactly meets customer needs. The company said it […] Read more

Case IH scores major deal with Ukrainian farm business

An $11 million order for tractors and machinery has been placed by a Ukrainian farming operation with Case IH. It is said to be one of the biggest equipment deals in the country. The mega deal, which includes 50 tractors, sprayers and cultivators, was made with the Epicenter K agribusiness company to expand its fleet. […] Read more


Herd health top priority on German dairy farm

The farm uses a good dry-cow management plan and maintains a healthy herd to help reduce the use of antibiotics

At Markus Hubers’ dairy farm in the North Rhine Westphalia region of Germany near Rees, it’s all about tight management and paying attention to detail. His farm, the Lima Holstein herd of 325 dairy cows, is in the top three percent of the largest dairy herds in Germany and has been in the family for […] Read more

Mastitis test reduces antibiotic use on dairy farms

A new test to detect clinical mastitis has been launched in Germany in a bid to reduce the use of antibiotics in a dairy herd. While the use of antibiotics on farms to treat livestock continues to be scrutinized, farmers are being urged to move away from the tradition of blanket treatments. Mastitis, for example, […] Read more