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  • 28 Sep 2016 1:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Andrew and Jodie Green of Aloeburn Poll Merinos are celebrating 10 years of no mulesing.  The decision was made in 2006 that the logical way forward in breeding Merino sheep in Australia was to select animals with naturally bare breaches who did not require mulesing.

    The Aloeburn Poll Merino Stud has been working with Dr Jim Watts for 30 years, classing sheep under the SRS (Soft Rolling Skin) principles.  Read more here: http://www.southernweekly.com.au/story/4188325/a-new-approach-creating-success/

  • 20 Sep 2016 12:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week, The Land reports on Mayfield Farms' free range pork production, a Humane Choice certified farm at Hernani in New South Wales.  Siblings Ian and Sandra Bannerman said that their decision to become Humane Choice certified has paid off with customers, and it means that their animals are raised ethically and can practice their natural behaviours.

    Read the full article here:  http://www.theland.com.au/story/4084675/humane-choice-for-pork-production-at-hernani/

  • 12 Sep 2016 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australian non-mulesed wool is being bought before auction by overseas buyers willing to pay a premium.  The manager at Shelford's Warrambeen Merino stud, Andrew Kirk, said wool from their past two shearings had been sold to overseas interests at a higher price than it would have made if it had gone under the hammer.

    Warrambeen owners, the Taylor family, made the decision to stop mulesing almost a decade ago due to animal welfare concerns.  They have tackled the problems mulesing is used to combat through genetics and a change in management.  "Breeding is out No.1 tactic," Mr Kirk said.

    Read more here: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/sheep/mulesingfree-wool-being-sought-out-by-chinese-processors/news-story/ba059c4982d0b1ab5bbab167c923b5f4

  • 09 Aug 2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The state winners of the 2016 delicious. Produce Awards have just been released and are due to appear in the September issue of delicious. magazine, on sale later this week.  This year the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs nominated the passionate producers they work closely with, and Humane Choice* producers were amongst them.

    The pasture-raised Pekin Duck from Burrawong Gaian poultry was named a state winner in the ‘From the paddock’ category for New South Wales.  Owned and run by Beth and Hayden McMillan, their premium quality duck and chickens are used in the restaurants of well-known chefs Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry and Colin Fassnidge.  Their farm runs both ducks and chickens, priding themselves on sustainable organic farming.  They started with just 200 birds, but now process 300 ducks and 600 chickens each week. 

    Beth McMillan of Burrawong Gaian says, “Our birds are ethically and sustainably raised on pasture and our Humane Choice accreditation ensures a true free range or pasture raised model is practised on our farm.”  They are also home to the only Food Authority ‘A’ rated poultry abattoir on the mid North Coast of NSW, so their birds only move a matter of metres from the paddock to the processing facility, greatly reducing stress levels.

    Walker Farm Foods Nomadic Pastured Chook Eggs were also listed as state winners for Queensland, another Humane Choice certified farm.  Their laying hens are free to roam in paddocks on the Sunshine Coast, moved every few days to a new selection of fresh grass.  They lay their eggs in mobile chicken caravans and are loyally protected by guardian maremma dogs.

    Humane Society International’s Program Manager for Animal Welfare, Georgie Stewart, said, “We are delighted that these ethical producers are reaping the rewards because they have worked so hard to bring consumers produce from animals treated with the highest possible animal welfare standards in Australia.”  Mrs Stewart continued, “Humane Choice, a certification scheme launched by Humane Society International ten years ago, has long been an advocate for farmers that promote a free range alternative, a market that has grown considerably over the past decade.  There is a growing movement of ‘back to basics’ farmers that want to produce food, not just a commodity.  They want to farm their livestock and land with respect.  These winning farms have come a long way for small producers and are helping to ensure that the best free range practices continue to become a big part of the industry.”

    According to delicious. Editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum, the calibre of entries was unprecedented in terms of quality.  The judging panel consisted of 39 Australian food leaders and the stated winners will now progress to the national judging phase.
  • 08 Aug 2016 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The good drop of lambs at Howard Hunter's property near Young in southern New South Wales will not be subjected to a practice he has thought cruel ever since he was a child. Mr Hunter is one of the few wool producers in his area who does not carry out mulesing.

    Read more here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-08/non-mulesed-sheep-thefuture-of-wool-industry-says-farmer/7691022

  • 23 Jul 2016 1:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NSW regions are drawing inspiration from the French to develop specific providences that specialise in certain foods.  The latest region to brand itself is the Macleay Valley Food Bowl which has 160 producers including Burrawong Gaian poultry.  They market themselves under the newly formed Macleay Valley Food Bowl brand as well as Humane Choice.

    Read the full article here: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/food-tourism-farmers-push-for-produce-link-with-specific-nsw-areas/news-story/582a39da8ab21156aee2e47d7686641f


  • 18 Jul 2016 9:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Compassion in World Farming has said that it 'hugely congratulates' UK retailer Tesco for making the decision to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025.  The group said that this commitment is likely to benefit the lives of more than 2 million laying hens per year.

    Read more here: http://www.esmmagazine.com/tesco-congratulated-making-cage-free-eggs-commitment/30060

  • 15 Jul 2016 12:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Animal welfare concerns have driven the Australian pork industry to move away from the use of gestation stalls.  In doing so, a different set of challenges has emerged for producers.

    Read more here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/piglet-housing-survival-research/7633552

  • 07 Jul 2016 9:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    High-profile restaurants and retailers, such as Icebergs and Vic's Meat, have stopped using and selling meat from Tinder Creek Ducks after months of pressure from animal rights activists.

    Read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/icebergs-and-vics-meat-sever-ties-with-tinder-creek-ducks-amid-cruelty-accusations-20160706-gpzh75.html


  • 12 Jun 2016 9:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The federal Greens will push for a national standard for free-range eggs that would slash the number of farm hens per hectare by 85 per cent.

    Read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/federal-election-2016-greens-pledge-to-crack-down-on-freerange-eggs-20160611-gph0e1.html

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