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  • 23 Jul 2016 10:27 PM | 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

  • 18 May 2016 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HSI is thrilled by today's news that one of Australia's largest egg producers has been found guilty in WA's Federal Court of falsely labelling eggs as free range. Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd, who trade as Swan Valley Egg Farm and Eggs by Ellah, were fighting the charges of misleading and deceptive conduct by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

    Read more here: http://www.hsi.org.au/go/to/2797/18th-may-major-australian-egg-producer-found-guilty-of-deceiving.html#.V0JUBzV96M8

  • 04 May 2016 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HSI is delighted that so far, justice is being done, following news that Zelko Lendich, a former director of AECL, was ordered to pay a $120,000 fine by the Federal Court for attempting to induce a cartel arrangement between competing producers.  The ACCC have lodged an appeal to consider that AECL's managing director James Kellaway and AECL board member and Queensland egg producer Jeffrey Ironside were also involved in the arrangement.

    HSI Director Verna Simpson said, "We remain hopeful that the appeal will result in larger penalties for Mr Kellaway and Mr Ironside as they must be held to account."  Read more here: http://www.hsi.org.au/go/to/2795/4th-may-hsi-hopeful-justice-will-be-done-in-egg-cartel-case-appe.html#.VylobdJ96M8

  • 27 Apr 2016 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A landmark animal welfare act being proposed in New Zealand, which makes the mulesing procedure illegal, will not influence the practices or attitudes of the Australian wool industry.  Despite major changes to production practice in competing countries, Charles Sturt University animal behaviour and welfare senior lecturer Rafael Freire said Australia had been immune to any pressure to change.

    Click here for the full article: http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/sheep/wool/nzs-welfare-act-bans-mulesing/2752368.aspx?storypage=0

  • 27 Apr 2016 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When it comes to free-range eggs, most South Australian producers agree that Maremma sheepdogs and freedom to roam are a hen's best friend.  Richard and Terressa Langford, at Fleurieu Free Range Eggs at Mt Compass, have 3500 chickens under the care of their four Maremmas (Millie, Misty, Sam and Ralph); and Kathy Barrett, from Katham Springs Kangaroo Island, says they couldn't let their hens roam without the help of their eight Maremmas.

    Read more about true free range producers and their views on the recent national 'free range' standard here: http://indaily.com.au/food-and-wine/the-forager/2016/04/27/putting-the-chickens-before-the-eggs/

  • 15 Apr 2016 10:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free Range Egg Farms who supplied eggs labelled as "free range" under the brands Ecoeggs, Port Stephens and Field Fresh free-range eggs been accused of making false or misleading representations in their labelling and promotion of eggs as "free range". HSI Director Verna Simpson said the outcome of the cases were a "huge step for truth in labelling".

    Read the full article here: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/egg-farms-fined-by-federal-court-for-making-freerange-claims/news-story/3121a1a9a0f7c7d28076b27a4475ae4c

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