VDL sale raises questions on Chinese investment

Even before Lu Xianfeng completed the $280 million purchase of Australia's largest dairy farm in April 2016, the Chinese billionaire was looking to sell.
Even before Lu Xianfeng completed the $280 million purchase of Australia's largest dairy farm in April 2016, the Chinese billionaire was looking to sell.
A group of at least seven overseas workers claim they have been paid below minimum wages while employed at a South Western Victorian dairy farm.
02 Aug 17 A group of at least seven overseas workers claim they have been paid below minimum wages while employed at a South Western Victorian dairy farm.
Butter prices took the biggest hit in the Global Dairy Trade auction last night with a 4.9 per cent drop.
02 Aug 17 Butter prices took the biggest hit in the Global Dairy Trade auction last night with a 4.9 per cent drop.
Renae Bice spent her childhood learning how a dairy farm works, now she wants to find out how the wider industry operates.
02 Aug 17 Renae Bice spent her childhood learning how a dairy farm works, now she wants to find out how the wider industry operates.
MILK production is up but fertility is down - it must be the semen company's fault. Wrong.
01 Aug 17  1 MILK production is up but fertility is down - it must be the semen company's fault. Wrong.
Heywood, Victoria, farmers Steve and Tania Luckin believe that developing operating plans and setting goals is critical to the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
01 Aug 17 Heywood, Victoria, farmers Steve and Tania Luckin believe that developing operating plans and setting goals is critical to the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm...
A NEW Dairy Effluent management program has been delivered to dairyfarmers at Lismore, Dorrigo and Kempsey on the NSW North Coast.
31 Jul 17 A NEW Dairy Effluent management program has been delivered to dairyfarmers at Lismore, Dorrigo and Kempsey on the NSW North Coast.
Gary Helou was far from happy. Late in the summer of 2016, the then chief executive of Murray Goulburn, the nation's biggest dairy foods company, had dispatched senior staff to China as part of a push to sell more infant formula.
31 Jul 17  1 Gary Helou was far from happy. Late in the summer of 2016, the then chief executive of Murray Goulburn, the nation's biggest dairy foods company, had dispatched senior staff to China as...
Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker expects “tense” conversations with farm suppliers to continue, as he tries to rebuild trust in the global dairy giant.
28 Jul 17  1 Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker expects “tense” conversations with farm suppliers to continue, as he tries to rebuild trust in the global dairy giant.
Fonterra Australia has stepped up its farmgate milk price to $5.50 a kilogram milk solids.
28 Jul 17 Fonterra Australia has stepped up its farmgate milk price to $5.50 a kilogram milk solids.
The New Zealand dairy industry is grappling to deal with its first recorded outbreak of a highly contagious cattle disease commonly found in the world.
27 Jul 17 The New Zealand dairy industry is grappling to deal with its first recorded outbreak of a highly contagious cattle disease commonly found in the world.
Murray Goulburn (MG) supplier Craig Dettling of Macarthur Craig Dettling is asking fellow Murray Goulburn (MG) suppliers to take a long-term view rather than join the rush away from the dairy co-operative.
27 Jul 17 Murray Goulburn (MG) supplier Craig Dettling of Macarthur Craig Dettling is asking fellow Murray Goulburn (MG) suppliers to take a long-term view rather than join the rush away from the...
Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin believe that precise planning at the beginning of last season was a key factor in the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
26 Jul 17 Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin believe that precise planning at the beginning of last season was a key factor in the success of their business. Here they discuss their farm business approach.
The Western Australian town of Cowaramup likes to capitalise on its strong dairying history and the `cow’ in its name.
26 Jul 17 The Western Australian town of Cowaramup likes to capitalise on its strong dairying history and the `cow’ in its name.
ON THE outskirts of the Bega Valley lies a property run by the well-known Apps family, Ron Apps and his three sons, two grandsons and most recently, a granddaughter.
25 Jul 17 ON THE outskirts of the Bega Valley lies a property run by the well-known Apps family, Ron Apps and his three sons, two grandsons and most recently, a granddaughter.
DATA and sample collection from working dairy farms has started for a Western Australian research project aiming to improve early identification of highly contagious mastitis in dairy herds.
25 Jul 17 DATA and sample collection from working dairy farms has started for a Western Australian research project aiming to improve early identification of highly contagious mastitis in dairy...
Ringarooma, a rural community in north-east Tasmania has been named the 2017 Legendairy Capital of Tasmania.
24 Jul 17 Ringarooma, a rural community in north-east Tasmania has been named the 2017 Legendairy Capital of Tasmania.
Murray Goulburn expects to lose 200 million litres of milk this season as a result of suppliers switching to other processors.
24 Jul 17 Murray Goulburn expects to lose 200 million litres of milk this season as a result of suppliers switching to other processors.
Different antibiotics work in different ways
Need to consider location of infection, possible resistance
Some antibiotics work against each other
24 Jul 17 Different antibiotics work in different ways Need to consider location of infection, possible resistance Some antibiotics work against each other
Australian dairyfarmers are being asked to take part in new research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation aimed at improving calf health and productivity.
21 Jul 17 Australian dairyfarmers are being asked to take part in new research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation aimed at improving calf health and productivity.
Milk companies are scrambling to fill a hole in the market created by the imminent closure of Murray Goulburn's Kiewa, Vic, factory.
21 Jul 17 Milk companies are scrambling to fill a hole in the market created by the imminent closure of Murray Goulburn's Kiewa, Vic, factory.
Gippsland dairyfarmer Kevin Lockett has his herd records just where he wants them - at his fingertips. DataGene's new mobile app, HerdData, gives Mr Lockett access to his herd records anywhere, anytime.
20 Jul 17 Gippsland dairyfarmer Kevin Lockett has his herd records just where he wants them - at his fingertips. DataGene's new mobile app, HerdData, gives Mr Lockett access to his herd records...
What fifth-generation dairyfarmer Jason Smith wants is something most people take for granted – to be able to marry the person he loves.
20 Jul 17 What fifth-generation dairyfarmer Jason Smith wants is something most people take for granted – to be able to marry the person he loves.
Cohuna’s link with dairyfarming has always been a two-way street.
19 Jul 17 Cohuna’s link with dairyfarming has always been a two-way street.
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Effective pasture management is one of the most important aspects of successful dairy production, yet many dairyfarmers are not using pasture measurement equipment.17 Feb 18 Effective pasture management is one of the most important aspects of successful dairy production, yet many...
ALLORA, Qld, dairy farmers Andrew and Chris Mullins, Queensland, have been operating in partnership for the past ten years and have a clear vision on how they produce, plus manage, their forage feeding systems. 
05 Feb 18 ALLORA, Qld, dairy farmers Andrew and Chris Mullins, Queensland, have been operating in partnership for the past ten...
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Just wondering if it is true that you will be discontinuing the Devondale long life cream
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The disconnect here is that Farmers believe they are selling a Value Added Product (and, that is
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Read the building regulations, there has been changes for farm buildings. None of this is
Like a lot of dairyfarmers, Steven and Leanne Wieland's Boonah, Qld, business has grown in the past decade.13 Feb 18 Like a lot of dairyfarmers, Steven and Leanne Wieland's Boonah, Qld, business has grown in the past decade.
A Western Australian dairyfarmer says his simple effluent management system is the most cost-effective and labour efficient for his farm.
06 Feb 18 A Western Australian dairyfarmer says his simple effluent management system is the most cost-effective and labour...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...