Entries by Jasmine

The Australian Dairy Industry

The information below highlights some key features of the Australian dairy industry and gives an insight into how dairy contributes to Australia’s economic well being. The Australian Dairy Industry at a Glance – FY18 National Dairy Herd 1.56 million cows Number of Dairy Farms 5,699 farms Average Herd Size 273 cows Milk Production 9,289 million […]

agCap GM, Livestock appointed to DairyTas Board

Originally posted November 17, 2016 agCap congratulates Wolfie Wagner, its General Manager, Livestock for his appointment as a member of the DairyTas Board. Wolfie replaces dairy farmer, Grant Rogers who has retired from the Board after six years. DairyTas is a regional development program of Dairy Australia, the national services body for dairy farmers and […]

Mainland Dairy Farmers see how it’s done in Tasmania

Originally posted January 27, 2017 This week, a group of dairy farmers from south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia toured Tasmania as part of an irrigation study tour. The group was very diverse, comprising both the new and old generation of farmers and operating farms from 250 to over 2,000 cows. The group gained an […]

SAF diversification delivers consistent and competitive returns

Originally posted January 23, 2017 The Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF) has delivered a strong half-year net profit of $3.7 million to the period ending 31 December 2016. While the Fund’s performance is as strong as last year’s half-year result ($4.9 million), the longer growing season extended the winter crop harvest into January meaning some of […]

King Island Aggregation recognised for beef quality

Originally posted November 15, 2016 Last week, JBS Australia held their annual producer forum in Tasmania. At the forum the Sustainable Agriculture Fund’s King Island Aggregation was recognised as being in the top 10% of producers that supply JBS Longford for meat quality. agCap has well developed systems and protocols for preparing cattle for processors […]

agCap brings the community to the farm

Originally posted November 10, 2016 As part of the 2016 Coleambally Food and Farm Festival, agCap was proud to not only sponsor the festival but also host farm tours for the local community. A diverse group of 45 people spent time visiting the Sustainable Agriculture Fund’s Tubbo Irrigation farm, as well as other local farms […]

agCap sharefarmer receives award for quality milk

Originally posted October 27, 2016 agCap would like to recognise the achievement of Ji Streets in receiving a Milk Quality Award from Dairy Australia. The award is provided to dairy farms that were in the lowest 5% of farms across Australia for annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC), a measure of quality of milk produced. Dairy cows […]

agCap sharefarmer hangs up footy boots after 30-years

As reported in The Examiner, agCap sharefarmer Wayne Saward has decided to retire from 30-years of playing Australian rules football. Celebrating his last game, Wayne was able to play alongside his three sons, Alex, Damien and Sam with Yeoman, his local Burnie team. As Sam is a junior a special request had to be put to […]

agCap declares $10m distribution to SAF investors

Originally posted August 26, 2016 The Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF) has enjoyed a strong year, delivering a total before tax return of $13.4 million. Underpinned by strong cash operating returns, agCap as trustee of SAF, has declared a distribution of $10 million for its Australian superannuation and institutional investors. Once again, SAF’s diversification and approach […]

Falling Dairy Prices: agCap’s Sustainable Approach

The dairy industry was rocked by the announcement by Australia’s two largest processors to significantly reduce FY2016 milk prices to unsustainable levels. When combined with seasonally dry conditions in an El Niño year, this has significantly affected the financial viability of many Australian dairy farmers. Faced with the prospect of losing money for every litre […]

SAF delivers farmland profit for super funds

Originally posted September 4, 2015 SAF has delivered a $4.7 million full year profit in addition to capital growth for its superannuation investors in FY2015. Explaining the results to Australian Financial Review’s Matthew Cranston, Martin Newnham said: “Excellent farming practices capitalising on good growing conditions and favourable commodity prices have led to the strong result”. In particular, SAF […]

agCap works with foreign investors

Originally posted December 11, 2014 agCap’s CEO, Martin Newnham explained the benefits of foreign investment in Australian agriculture to The Australian on 11 December 2014. In addition to managing farms owned by the Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF), agCap also manages two properties leased by SAF from US global agricultural fund Westchester. “They own the land and provide the […]

Investors Queuing for Elusive Dairy Farms

Originally posted August 18, 2014 MORE than half the guest list for the inaugural Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum in Melbourne next month are ­corporate or Chinese investors, but with the dismal level of dairy farm funds on offer they may miss out on deploying their capital. The forum’s chairman, Dairy Australia director John McKillop, […]

GDRC Review Calls for Change

Originally published in The Land – 11/8/14 Written by Gregor Heard An independent review into the governance of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has recommended the current government-run model needs to change. Economic consultants Marsden Jacob completed the report for Grain Producers Australia (GPA), the current grower organisation responsible for overseeing GRDC as […]

Research into Water Efficiency

Originally posted May 19, 2014 Cubbie Ag, in conjunction with a number of companies is currently conducting field trials in regard to establishing a mono-layer over water storage surfaces to reduce evaporation losses from its storage system. To date Cubbie Ag has constructed its storage system to the maximum depths allowed by law. This ensures […]