- 1. Sheep at a second farm in North-West Victoria have died of anthrax, following similar occurrences on a Swan Hill farm. It has not yet spread to humans.
- 2. The majority of new farming debt is going towards expanding existing farms, sparking concerns that young farmers will find it difficult to break into the market.
- 3. Indoor farming is becoming increasing possible, with LED lighting costs dropping by 90 per cent and doubling their lifespan.
- 4. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that by the end of this financial year, Australian farm production will hit a record gross value of $63.8 billion.
- 5. Glencore Grain hosted a three day tour for a Japanese liquor company looking to improve commercial relations with Australian grain exporters.
- 6. Entrepreneur-billionaire Elon Musk has said that he would consider building a 100 megawatt solar electricity farm in South Australia in 100 days, prompting the SA Premier and Prime Minister to scramble to accept the offer.
- 7. A Chinese company has claimed they are soon to purchase Australia’s biggest avocado farm for $192 million. The farm itself, however, has refuted the claims, saying they are still arrange sale and are still considering Australian buyers.
- 8. Leftover brewer’s grain used by major beer manufacturers is being fed to cows to increase milk productivity, also saving dairy farmers money.
- 9. More than 87% of Queensland is officially in drought, with warnings that circumstances are likely to worsen before being alleviated.
- 10. A series of Australian-style butchers are gaining popularity in China, with four shops already open & 16 more in planning. The stores import and sell 100 tonnes of Australian beef a month.
6 Of The Most Impressive Factories In The World
- The Fiberline Factory.
This incredible factory is in Denmark and produces fibreglass. The low, angled architecture makes it blend in with the surrounding hills, minimising it’s impact on the environment. It’s everything you don’t expect when you think ‘factory.’
2. Louisville slugger factory, Kentucky.
Creators of an American icon, the Louisville slugger baseball bat factory has kept it’s original design. The building is classic factory architecture – reminiscent of the traditional American values that bring the company such success in it’s homeland.
A huge, iconic bat has been laid against the building on the scale of giants. A nice touch to a well respected building.
3. NPO Energomash Plant.
Much of this amazing factory looks like something out of a sci-fi film. It’s used to produce rockets and is located in Poland. Although some of the factory is still in use, other parts have been dormant for years.
4. The McLaren technology centre.
The famous prestige car-maker has put as much technology and design finesse into their UK factory.
The extended layout lets in large amounts of light to it’s surprisingly huge interior. The factory includes production areas, research and development, showrooms, electronics stores and testing rooms.
5. Olisur Olive Oil factory.
This beautiful Chilean factory respectfully matches its environment. It’s made of biodegradable materials, a decision that matched the biodegradable nature of the entire olive oil process.
It’s a great example of sustainable architecture.
6. Van Nelle factory
This Dutch factory produces tea, coffee and tobacco. Built in 1925, it’s a great example of a modernist factory: a big, grand, impressive machine.
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8 of the most secluded houses & structures in the world
1. Bishop Rock.
This light house is so far from shore that visitors often stayed the night and a caretaker would have lived there permanently.
The light house began construction in 1847 but was swept away by the ocean before it could be completed. It was reconstructed and completed in 1858.
2. Paro Taktsang.
A Buddhist temple built into a Himalayan mountain side, this incredible building, which would have been home to dozens of monks, was built in 1692.
The temple is 3 kilometres above sea level.
3. The Chess Pavilion.
A humble little structure built to honour the view above the clouds, this tiny little building is one of the most difficult to reach.
4. The Holy Trinity Monastery.
This Greek temple has 400 metres of steps carved out of the rock face. Reaching the building means climbing through boulders and mountains, but the location is worth it.
5. Hermitage of San Colombano.
This astounding building was built in 1319 and sits 120 metres high, built into the rock face of a valley. Imagine what the builders went through to get it up there.
6. Stockholm house.
Deep in the forests and mountains of Sweden, this is a beautiful, simple house. If you could stand the cold weather, this would be the ideal place to sit back and take it easy.
7. Drina River House.
Built by leisurely swimmer looking for a place to rest, this amazingly isolated building started from a shack and became increasingly large and detailed.
8. Cliff House.
A steel and glass structure built in the most unlikely place: the side of a cliff. The modern materials makes this sturdy and reliable.
The views from this location are like no other.