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Meet the young dairy farmer with happy cows, people and a possible stint on Farmer Wants a Wife in his sights

Nick Mignanelli is a young man on a mission. The third generation dairy farmer has some simple but profound goals; produce happy, healthy cows,...

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Women In Agriculture

Everyday farmers driving change against dust and drought

Growing up on an outback sheep and cattle station, Dr Ellen Litchfield has observed how a green paradise can transform into swathes of bare ground...

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Legendary local voice of horse sports shares life on the mic

In 1983 Jim Callinan was handed a microphone to announce his very first open campdraft at the Murrurundi Showground. Almost 40 years on and the...

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Passion drives Megan to chase her childhood dream

As an eager six-year-old wanting a tangible piece of the family stud business – her own cow – Megan Kent was given a steer. This only fuelled a young...

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Farmer Turned Storyteller Sharing Rural Australia’s History

Ross Harmer spent his childhood enchanted by the stories his drover father would recount for him. Tales of adventures, mateship and mishaps shaped...

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AgTech

Ten Agritech Businesses Changing our Farming Future

Right now there’s 10,000 people driving around Aussie farms checking water. That’s 40,000 tires, a massive carbon output and sadly, a high chance of...

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Women In Agriculture

AgriFutures: The Rural Women's Award & Rural Women's Acceleration Grant

As you're probably aware, The Rural Women's Award is an annual award program that celebrates and showcases women in leadership roles across rural and...

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The Yarn

Sustaining family farms for generations to come starts with a plan

There’s a rich, indelible history to family farms. It’s intertwined with our local communities, woven over hundreds of years. Generations, ideas and...

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The Yarn

Night of local food, wine and good times saves a community in need

It was late into the night as Andrea Cross’ husband was still cutting out hundreds of personalised timber table decorations that she joked it was a...

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Future of Agriculture

Zanda McDonald Award – The learnings and friends from being involved

With many industry awards, the winners walk away with the accolades and opportunities while the other finalists or even those who apply miss a real...

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The Yarn

Life on the Land Ends at Home

For many farming families ‘they’ll have to carry me out of here in a box’ is a familiar refrain. Farms are passed down from generation to generation...

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The Yarn

‘Farm boy’ Transforms Old Flour Mill into Sweet Success

The first time his local council asked Neil Druce to submit a DA he scratched his head in confusion. Why would he need a district attorney? The self...

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Future of Agriculture

Peter Westblade’s Legacy Lives on through the Next Generation

The Peter Westblade Scholarship honours the legacy of Peter Westblade, a man known for his far-sighted, innovative and successful stud, as an...

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The Yarn

More to the Grain Fed Beef Sector than Meets the Eye

Growing up on a farm in Mudgee, New South Wales, Madie Hamilton knew a farming career wouldn’t be for her - but a career in agriculture still...

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The Yarn

From the Grassroots of Queensland Ag, Meet the 9 Young Rural Ambassadors

The curtain should be drawing to a close on what would have been an incredible celebration of everything agriculture in the heart of Brisbane....

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The Yarn

LISTEN: Hannah Murray from the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association

Hannah Murray is currently the Business Development Officer with the Northern Territory Cattleman's Association. Hannah is one of those Gems of the...

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The Yarn

Nominate Your Local Legend

Since The Box Weekly began last year we have been inspired by all the amazing stories and individuals throughout rural and regional Australia. To...

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The Yarn

A Love of Leatherwork Turned into Crafting Bespoke Bushman's Belts

We get the feeling that if you got the chance to sit down for a yarn with Bill Keene, it wouldn’t be long before you’d be swept up in a life filled...

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The Yarn

Surprise Career Change sees a Win for the Livestock Industry

Maigan Robertson had her heart set on becoming a doctor for as long as she could remember. Inspired by her GP grandfather, Maigan earned top HSC...

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The Yarn

LISTEN: Lens of Rosie

Heidi Morris is a true advocate for the agriculture industry, at first, her name might not spring to mind but if we say Lens.Of.Rosie then maybe that...

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The Yarn

Honey Rather than Vinegar Connects Regional Communities

The low-tech responsibility of teaching her children’s School of the Air curriculum from her kitchen table on her cattle property near the tiny town...

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Stud

Meet the Stud Team

In 2020, AuctionsPlus held nearly 600 stud auctions, receiving more than 40,000 bids online. This Spring, our team are gearing up for another massive...

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Stud

Established Herd Presents a Unique Opportunity for the Beef Industry

It’s been a year of success so far for the Australian beef industry, record high prices, improving seasonal conditions and a strong demand for...

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The Yarn

LISTEN: From Rugby to the Ranch, Chasing Gold in Tokyo

If you're a fan of Rugby union these next two names should be fairly familiar to you. Lewis Holland and Charlotte Caslick are both primed for their...

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Stud

Unique Wedding Gift Sparks Century of Breeding Success

While many of our great great grandparents would have unwrapped a nice set of pots and pans on their wedding day, one family welcomed a gift that...

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The Yarn

Click Go the Shears, Girls

In Australia, just three percent of the shearing industry is made up of women. Eryn Smith is a novice female shearer from the Victorian Highlands and...

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The Yarn

First Generation Farmers Show what it takes to Build a Modern Legacy on the Land

Most farming properties are steeped in family history, handed down from one generation to the next, but first-generation producers Adam and Jacynta...

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The Yarn

Ordinary Woman on an Extraordinary Mission to Save Lives in the Bush

Imagine this. An Aussie bloke walks into a country pub and orders a water - and no-one bats an eyelid. That’s the day Shanna Whan will know she’s...

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The Yarn

Bloody Great Gin Bringing Riverina Community Together

Tess and Jake Eaglesham are a true embodiment of their favourite saying; if you’re waiting for the right time to do something, it’s probably too...

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Stud

Mackas - Connecting Community, Cattle and Consumers

It’s a still winter's morning and the fog has engulfed Woko Station near Gloucester in NSW, the sound of the water trickling through the property’s...

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The Yarn

What Began as a Regional Passion Project is now Changing Lives

There aren’t many things more meaningful than a handwritten letter. For Mea Campbell, the founder of profit-for-purpose organisation, Connected AU,...

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The Yarn

Together Building the Future for Agricultural Marketing Since 1986

1986 can be remembered for some incredibly historical events, The Oprah Winfrey show launched in the United States, Dire Straits recorded the largest...

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#MyAPlusDay

#MyAPlusDay Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the winners from our June #MyAPlusDay photo competition. It was wonderful to see amazing photography throughout the...

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The Yarn

Saddler & Co; A Window into Traditional Crafts and a Thriving Future

They say to keep your work and personal life separate but for one husband and wife team, the two could not be more intertwined - and they wouldn’t...

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The Yarn

Legacy Lives on at Conondale Station

As Maree Duncombe surveys her beloved Charbray herd on Conondale Station, a 930-hectare property in the Queensland Sunshine Coast Hinterland, she...

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The Yarn

Goat The Go for Taco Tuesday's as the Demand for Goat Meat is on the Rise

Goat meat may not be up there with lamb, beef and chicken on Australian menus, but if Linda McKenzie has her way it will soon become mainstream in...

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The Yarn

Who Grew My Clothes? Meet the Podcaster Bringing you Women Behind Wool

Skye Manson once failed a job interview so spectacularly her future boss didn’t need to sugarcoat it. Instead, he gave her another shot and she spent...

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The Yarn

A Good Set of Pipes and a Bit of Grit Takes Auctioneer Far

If there’s anyone blessed with a good set of pipes, it’s Paul Dooley. The renowned seedstock auctioneer says he got lucky with a voice that doesn’t...

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The Yarn

No Data Left Behind: Black Box Co Changing Future for Farmers

At 30 years old Shannon Speight is just a spring chicken by the agricultural industry’s standards but when it comes to the tech world, she jokes she...

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The Yarn

The Mission to Bring People “Way Out West” for Beautiful Things

Resilience and pivoting are two words we have all heard a lot in the past year. If there is one rural woman who has embraced them, it is Kat Porter...

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Stud

Twin Oaks Angus Takes a Thriving Modern Approach to Breeding

After making a shift from the South Island of New Zealand to the North Island, Twin Oaks Angus Stud is thriving by taking a modern approach to...

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Stud

Maungahina Stud's Clear Vision has Stood the Test of Time

“After five generations of Maungahina, our goal still remains the same today; To breed and sell quality genetics that stand the test of time, yield...

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The Yarn

‘Back Yourself’ and Other Words of Wisdom from Women in Agriculture

Katie Lewis When Tessa Cameron was growing up she didn’t see women at the saleyards. Today, along with fellow livestock assessor Katie Lewis, she...

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The Yarn

Why a Typical Aussie Farm is Amassing Thousands of Followers

“What up farm?!” is a catchphrase that is, well, catching on and coined by West Wimmera farmer Mark Merrett whose video commentary of everyday farm...

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The Yarn

Queensland Family Shares Life in one of our Toughest Climates

When she was five years old Nina House’s parents scraped together every penny they had and bought the second worst block in the district. That was 38...

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The Yarn

No Green Grass over the Fence, Instead Retirement and Adventure Calls

Six years ago David and Jill Raff shipped their entire Angus operation from the mainland to King Island. Today, they’re packing their bags again but...

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#MyAPlusDay

#MyAPlusDay Instagram Photo Competition

Every week across Instagram we get a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of an Aussie in ag. Cattle dogs herding up livestock... family life...

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The Yarn

Life on the Land and from the Truck’s Cab

Eight years ago Alice Mabin walked into a camera shop and asked for the best equipment money could buy. Was she a professional photographer? Not even...

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The Yarn

Scholarship Sets Young Gun Apart in the Sheep Industry

Austin Grace lives by the motto ‘you can work as hard as you want during the day but it’s what you do in your own time that sets you apart.’ The wise...

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The Yarn

Four-legged Workmates the Missing Piece to Pilbara Puzzle

Eight years ago Aticia (Teesh) Grey admits she didn’t know the first thing about working dogs. A loyal blue cattle dog was her only canine companion...

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The Yarn

Mounted Police’s Loss was Agricultural Industry’s Gain

If you see Teeah Bungey riding down the streets of Sydney one day with the Mounted Police, you’ll know she’s finally giving her teenage career...

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The Yarn

How Georgie Mann is using Photography to Show the World the Real Australia

Rural life awakens in front of Georgie Mann’s camera lens, a storytelling device that’s turning the focus towards inland Australia instead of just...

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#BuyFromTheBush

MARY & ME

From the sidelines of the football field to the office and beyond I can only describe Mary & Me as a little bit of MARY & a whole lot of ME! As far...

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#BuyFromTheBush

Bec McKenzie: Never be Left Stranded Again

Bec McKenzie reckons tight wheel nuts, roadside angst and stubbornly flat tyres are thing of the past with a whiz-bang kit that will have your tyres...

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#Beef2021

Australia's First Brahman Stud sells Wairuna Bull to the Next Generation

Last week at Beef Australia, a successful outcome saw Sharon Atkinson of Wairuna Brahmans sell bull Wairuna Zulu to Alex Tzioutzias of Orea Brahmans...

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#BuyFromTheBush

Rhythm First Aid: Providing Safer Futures

Rhythm First Aid was born from a community need, Director, Nicole Gleeson’s love of education, sharing her knowledge and experience with the...

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The Yarn

Four Daughters Driving Innovation in the Beef Industry

In 2020 as the coronavirus turned the world on its head, one Western Queensland family was left scrambling. Beef producers Karen and Dan Penfold had...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Luke Chandler - Managing Director of John Deere

Managing Director for John Deere Luke Chandler caught up with Ed Gannon from The Weekly Times to discuss the optimistic outlook on the agricultural...

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#Beef2021

Building the Future of Beef: Next Generation Forum at Beef Australia

At Beef Australia, AuctionsPlus hosted the Next Generation Forum where key industry representatives and future leaders came together to unpack how to...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with David Goodfellow, Bruce King & Kerry McGowan

On the final day of The Beef Brekkie Show we are discussing 'Investment in Agriculture' with David Goodfellow - General Manager of CBRE, Bruce King -...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Mark Allison - Elders

Ed Gannon from The Weekly Times caught up with the Managing Director and CEO Mark Allison from Elders to discuss the current position in Australia...

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#Beef2021

Listen to our Beef Australia Singer on Spotify: Daniel Barrett Raw n Acoustic

From Echuca NSW, Daniel Barrett was selected as our unsigned artist to perform throughout the week at Beef Australia. “For the first time ever I was...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Rob Clayton - Managing Director of Nutrien Ag Solutions

Managing director of Nutrien Ag Solutions Rob Clayton caught up with James Wagstaff from the Weekly Times to discuss the future outlooks on the beef...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Mark Bennett - Head of Agribusiness at ANZ

James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times catches up with Head of Agribusiness at ANZ Mark Bennett at Beef Australia. Mark discusses the challenges and...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Matt Dalgleish - Thomas Elders Markets

Matt Dalgleish from Thomas Elders Markets caught up with James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times at Beef Australia to discuss the current state of the...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Rozzie O'Reilly & Luke Evans

Today on The Beef Brekkie Show Oli is joined by Luke Evans - a cattle manager for a large family-owned operation in Northern Australia, and Rozzie...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Olivia Lawson and Geoff Pearson

It's Day 3 of The Beef Brekkie Show and our guests this morning are Olivia Lawson from Paringa Livestock Genetics and Western Australian producer...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Fiona Simson - National Farmers Federation

National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson caught up with James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times at Beef Australia to discuss leadership,...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Bruce King - CEO Regional Investment Corporation

CEO of Regional Investment Corporation Bruce King caught up with James Wagstaff of The Weekly Times at the AuctionsPlus stand while at Beef 2021 to...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Anna Speer, Ryan Olive & Charlie Perry

On Day 2 of The Beef Brekkie Show we are joined by Ryan Olive - Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador Award Winner, Anna Speer - Director of Agribusiness...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Andy Penn - Telstra CEO

Chief Executive of Telstra Andy Penn is excited to be in Rockhampton at Beef Week for the opportunity to invest a further $150 million in a range of...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Alison Meagher- Butcher Girl

Livestock Editor from The Weekly Times Maddie Stuchbery caught up with the founder of the Butcher Girl Alison Meagher. The inspiration behind Butcher...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Sonia Bennetto - Charters Towers Deputy Mayor

Producer and Deputy Mayor of Charters Towers Sonia Bennetto talks about the sustainability of the cattle industry and the growth into the future. ...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Charlie Perry - Trent Bridge Wagyu

Livestock Editor from The Weekly Times Maddie Stuchbery caught up with Charlie Perry from Trent Bridge Wagyu who spoke about the challenges and...

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#Beef2021

You can Learn Something from Everyone: Young Judge Ruby Canning

Today we were delighted to chat with Ruby Canning from Outcross, who is also a judge here at Beef Australia. Ruby is excited to be judging not only...

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#Beef2021

Meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Beef Australia

On Monday, some of the AuctionsPlus team had the pleasure of meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his visit to Beef Australia. Angus Street...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Jason Strong, David Hill & Angus Street

AuctionsPlus has teamed up with The Weekly Times to bring you The Beef Brekkie Show during Beef Australia 2021.  Presented live from the AuctionsPlus...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Hon David Littleproud MP - Minister for Agriculture

The Hon David Littleproud MP - Minister for Agriculture - caught up with James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times at the AuctionsPlus pavilion during...

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#BuyFromTheBush

Meet our Buy from the Bush Suppliers for Beef Australia

Over the last few weeks, we have been speaking to our suppliers for Beef Week from ‘Buy From the Bush’. Each business will be featured at our stand...

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#Beef2021

WATCH: Michael Vacy-Lyle - Group Executive of Commonwealth Bank

James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times caught up with Michael Vacy-Lyle, Group Executive of Commonwealth Bank Business Banking at Beef Australia to...

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#Beef2021

Ascot Cattle Co : Beef Australia Stud Cattle & Genetics Auction

With Beef Week right around the corner, we caught up with Jim and Jackie Wedge to discuss the Inaugural Beef Australia Stud Cattle and Genetics...

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#BuyFromTheBush

Good Going Out Cutlery: Turning the Humble Spoon into Something Special

As Dad always says, “to quote Kenny Rogers, there’s someone for everyone”, we take that same approach (whilst listening to basically that exact...

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The Yarn

From Banking to Burpees, Active Farmers’ Founder Shares Love for Fitness

Farmers across the country are heading into their nearest town once a week but it’s not for a beer. Instead, they’re busting out the exercise gear...

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The Yarn

Zanda McDonald Award Winner Shares Adventures Ahead

As a young uni student, someone once told Rozzie O’Reilly not to miss any opportunity that comes her way. Get rejected? Pick yourself up and throw...

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#Beef2021

Ellendale Simmentals: Beef Australia Stud Cattle & Genetics Auction

In the lead up to Beef Week, we spoke to a regular Beef Week attender Julie Pocock who has been attending the event since 1997. The family run...

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The Yarn

Selling Online Before the Internet: AuctionsPlus Founder Howard Gardner

No one ever threw anything at Howard Gardner in the 1980s but he reckons he came close. After all, he was pitching to producers what he admits was a...

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#BuyFromTheBush

Beautifully Curated Handmade Designs - Miss Mollee Designs

Jenny Mapstone is a farmer's daughter from Narrabri, NSW. The family property, "Mollee" is the inspiration for her brand. The farm grows cotton,...

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#Beef2021

Rhys and Amy Innes: Beef Australia Stud Cattle & Genetics Auction

This week we spoke to Rhys and Amy Innes regarding the Inaugural Beef Australia Stud Cattle and Genetics Auction in the lead up to #Beef2021. Rhys...

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Foodbank

Grain Donations Helping our Regions

As the 20/21 harvest season becomes a distant memory, Foodbank is putting their hand up to work with growers and traders from across the country to...

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The Yarn

Ange Shares Life as an Artificial Insemination Technician

Ange Wilson has spent almost 20 years with her arm somewhere she jokes her former ‘office girl’ self could never have imagined - but the artificial...

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AgriFutures

Leading the Herd to Water

Elisha Parker has a lot on her ever-expanding plate. A wearer of many hats, Elisha is the co-founder of Cattlesales.com.au, a national cattle...

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#Beef2021

Sunnyside Brahmans: Beef Australia Stud Cattle & Genetics Auction

Mitchell and Hanna with kids Macy and Dallas In the lead up to #Beef2021, we caught up with Mitchell and Hanna Redding to discuss the Inaugural Beef...

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The Yarn

A few days turns into Forty Years of Farming within the Merino Industry

In her early 20’s Lynley Anderson returned from an overseas adventure to give her parents a hand on the family property near Kojonup, WA. A few weeks...

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#Beef2021

Daniel Barrett Music: Unsigned Artist Winner

We are incredibly excited to announce that AuctionsPlus has found our Unsigned Artist and will be bringing Daniel Barrett to Beef Australia with us...

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#Beef2021

Oakvale Square Meaters: Beef Australia Stud & Genetics Auction

Gary and Heather Sewell have been operating their stud Oakvale Square Meaters for nearly twenty years. Gary is excited to get back to Beef this year...

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Stud

Twenty Years of Hard Work brings Dream to Life for Gilmore Family

At the ripe old age of 12, Graham Gilmore felt he might just have experienced the proudest moment of his life. He’d shown the champion Dorset Horn...

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#Beef2021

Marty Rowlands of KBV Simmentals: 20 Years Producing & Beef Australia

Marty Rowlands has been a producer for the past 20 years, with Beef Australia his main focus every 3 years. Having stock for sale at every Beef...

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AgriFutures

The Untapped Potential of the Humble Working Dog

Kelly Barnes’ love for dogs and personal experience living with chronic pain and mental health have led her to develop Mates Working Dog School – a...

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