Includes a review of national and international animal welfare science and policies, and covers the current farm-animal welfare policy systems in Australia. Three case studies expose the confusion and risks inherent in existing programs. MORE
A critical challenge for policy-makers and industry leaders is finding ways to reinvigorate innovation and productivity growth, in order for the Australian agriculture sector to remain internationally competitive.
Brent Finlay and John Connor see opportunity for Australian farmers from Paris Conference; the competitiveness of the Australian livestock export industry; research highlights trends in the use of private advisory services by Australian farmers; and productivity is put at risk when marketing values consumer whims over science
Contains the two winning entries from the 2015 John Ralph Essay Competition - plus a selection of other meritorious essays, from over 60 entries. This year's topic was: Australian agriculture should forget about the pursuit of productivity, and instead focus on premium markets.
Also, beef the big mover in Australian agricultural trade; be wary of simplistic indicators of ‘competitiveness’; judging the potential or pitfalls of digital agriculture for Australian farmers; and no case for zero tolerance in Marsh vs Baxter.