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Elders Reference

To whom it may concern. Elders Rural Services Australia Pty Ltd Is a rural services and farm supplies business celebrating our 175th anniversary in 2014. Our business has an annual turnover of around $5 billion Au dollars. We offer the farming industry in Australia a wide range of products and services, including but not limited to: Livestock, Trading, Wool Trading, Real Estate, Financial services...

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'Open for business': Robb's Asia push

TRADE and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Japan and Hong Kong over the coming week to "strengthen economic ties with key Asian trading partners and highlight the attractiveness of Australia to international investors". Mr Robb will travel to Tokyo on March 25-26 for discussions on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan. He will be holding meetings with key Japanese ministers on the EPA...

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Increased chance of El Nino from winter

While the tropical Pacific Ocean remains El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral, the chance of an El Nino occurring in 2014 has increased further. The latest climate model survey by the Bureau shows that the tropical Pacific is very likely to warm in the coming months, with most models showing sea surface temperatures reaching El Nino thresholds during the southern hemisphere winter...

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Rainfall outlook mixed

WESTERN Australia looks set for a wetter than normal run into winter, but the rainfall outlook isn't so bright for the rest of Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology's May to July rainfall outlook released today shows the southern two-thirds of WA and the far southeast of Australia could be in for some good rain over the next three months...

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Winter is coming, but not rain

A HOT spell this week will do little to disguise what every drought-stricken cattleman in Queensland knows to be true. Winter is coming. Options are running out. For Ken Scott, the answer is simple yet no less heart-breaking. When a recent change failed to deliver rain at Mr Scott's property, Piba, 50km north-east of Roma, he and wife Meridy made the drastic decision to offer their entire herd for sale...

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Lamb goes gangbusters

EXPORT demand for Australian lamb has pushed sales to record prices in the past week, but industry has questioned whether prices are sustainable. Over-the-hooks rates have risen rapidly, with the Eastern States trade lamb indicator sitting at $5.66 a kilogram on Monday and heavy lambs at $5.87/kg. Following last week's record $230 price tag at Dublin, prices eased slightly this week on the 19,000 yarding but CIAA auctioneer Peter Pinkerton said it was not back much...

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El Nino odds increase

A NOTICEABLE warming of the eastern and central Pacific over the past few months is increasing odds towards an El Nino developing later this year. El Nino is one extreme of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomena, in which La Nina is its counterpart. El Nino (the warm phase) occurs when warmer than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) prevail over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean (from late winter to late autumn), accompanied by high atmospheric pressure over the western Pacific...

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Flock rebuilding driving sheep prices

AMB and sheep prices will continue to rise, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) forecasts, and look likely to stay firm or rise even further out to 2018-19. Flock rebuilding is underpinning buoyant pricing: ABARES estimates the flock will have dropped to 71.8 million head by June 2014, and will rebuild to 75 million head by the end of 2018-19...

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El Nino thread turns up heat

FARMERS and firefighters, already dogged by a hot, dry summer for much of Australia, may face worsening conditions later in the year as prospects grow for an El Nino weather pattern in the Pacific. A series of heatwaves and a spreading drought is expected to cut the output of summer crops by 25 percent for 2013-14 to the lowest level since 2009-10...

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Wool's heart-warming help

THE offer of a free blanket is eagerly snapped up by a group of homeless people in Sydney's CBD. The fact it's spring and unseasonably warm matters little. "They disappeared in seconds," says Hayley Olsson. She's seen first-hand how valued blankets are - and not just by the homeless, but by the services that support them. They know a blanket will keep someone who is sleeping rough alive at night.

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Celebrating Alexander the Great's lost world

In the mountains of Hindu Kush, on the Pakistan and Afghan border, live Kalash people. Blond-haired and blue-eyed, the 'lost children of Alexander the Great' is how they are often referred to. The remote valley of the lost children of the Macedon emperor was only one of the numerous stops on seven filming trips to Alexander's lost world that Australian photojournalist and filmmaker David Adams conducted over six years...

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Advice for a Business Studies student

I received a delightful note recently from Olivia Hill, a 12- year-old, year eight student at Aylsham Business and Enterprise School in Norfolk. She is just starting her first GCSE in Business Studies and asked yours truly about the key enterprising skills I used when first starting out. Having replied to Olivia, I thought some other young business students might like to read my reply too, so here it is...

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National rainfall outlook

The chances of exceeding the median rainfall during November to January are 30 to 40% over most of Queensland, most of the NT, northeast SA and northern NSW. In other words, the chances of below average rainfall are 60 to 70% over these areas. So, for every ten November to January outlooks with similar odds to these, about three or four of them would result in above-average rainfall over these areas...

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Ag addressing Asian markets

THE Asian century is very much at the fore again this week with the release of today's Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report What Asia Wants, following hot on the heels of Deloitte's economic forecast. Deloitte predicted the Australian economy could grow by $250 billion over 20 years by promoting five key industries that will benefit from growth in Asia, which included agribusiness...

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July red meat exports to China - highest on record

Australian red meat (beef and veal, lamb, mutton and goat) exports to China during July reached the highest monthly volume on record, at 23,057 tonnes swt, compared to 4,110 tonnes swt in July 2012 (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)...

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