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Wilkes to be Yeeda leader

Burch Family Wines chief executive and 40under40 winner Anthony Wilkes is making a move into beef with his appointment to Yeeda Pastoral Company, which takes effect next month.

$52m liquids terminal for Kwinana

Plans have been lodged with the state’s environmental regulator for a $52 million bulk liquids terminal in Kwinana, a facility that would hold liquid fertiliser, cooking oils and caustic soda.

Harvest Road makes progress on $51m feedlot plan

Andrew Forrest’s agricultural investment vehicle Harvest Road Group has taken a major step towards building Western Australia’s biggest cattle feeding facility, with plans recently lodged for approval by planning authorities.

CBH records $30m loss

CBH Group will continue to cut costs and restructure after recording a loss of $29.7 million in the year to September 2019, the worst single-year financial result in the cooperative's history.

Yukich family tops taste test

A series of recent acquisitions has the Yukich family poised to become one of the state’s biggest players in hospitality, fine food and wine.

WA farm businesses remain strong

The investment intentions of Western Australian farmers remain the highest in the country despite sentiment dropping to multi-year lows, according to Rabobank Australia’s latest rural confidence surve

Chinese group to buy Lion Dairy for $600m

The company behind Masters dairy products is moving from Japanese to Chinese ownership, after the dairy heavyweight behind the $1.5 billion bid for organic infant formula maker Bellamy's Australia agreed to acquire Lion Dairy & Drinks.

Abalone exporter to raise $2.9m

Ocean Grown Abalone is seeking to raise $2.9 million through a one-for-eight rights issue to progress the feasibility and development of its Esperance hatchery and grow-out project in Western Australia.

Weedchipper a non-chemical, sustainable cropping solution

The widespread use of herbicides such as glyphosate to control weeds in cropping systems has proved to be comparatively cheap and effective over many years, and the only practical solution for WA farmers.

Tier three rail to stay closed

An arbitration process has declared tier three rail lines in Western Australia's Wheatbelt are not economically viable, nearly a decade after industry groups and the state government agreed to shut the lines down.

Profit rockets at Spudshed

Profit has more than tripled at one of Western Australia’s most prominent family businesses, which controls the Spudshed chain of retail stores.

Data helps drive optimal outcomes

From the use of big data to recycling plastics, WA businesses are developing a sustainability niche, but the path to commercialisation can be tough.

$22m sale of WA cattle stations

ASX-listed Rural Funds Group has made its first investment in Western Australia, striking a $22 million deal to purchase three cattle stations that will be leased to Wagyu beef producer Stone Axe Pastoral Company.

Poor grains outlook tipped for WA

Significantly lower grain production is on the cards in Western Australia for the 2019-2020 season, with Rabobank Australia predicting a fall of over one third.

Unpacking the grain drain

Lower demand from Indonesia for WA wheat as well as growing need interstate should lead to a fall in grain export numbers.

WA increases lobster catch

UPDATED: A three-year trial to boost rock lobster availability in Western Australia is expected to increase visitor expenditure and grow jobs in marine tourism, though the lobster industry has expressed concern over the changes.

Boost for WAMMCO to capitalise on record sheep prices

The state government will provide a $5 million loan to the WA Meat Marketing Cooperative’s Katanning sheep processing plant, amid record sheep meat prices.

Producing at their peak

Duke Ranson looked at about 100 parcels of land before deciding on the perfect place for Duke’s Vineyard winery, an endeavour that’s paying dividends.

Thompsons invest for Chinese lobster tourism

One of Western Australia's most prominent fishing families will invest in tech company OpenDNA to provide marketing services and a Chinese mobile payment system to lure Chinese tourists.

ACCC won't block Elders' $187m AIRR tilt

The competition watchdog says it has no reason to block Elders' proposed $187 million cash-and-scrip takeover of wholesale buyer Australian Independent Rural Retailers, which has 12 member stores in Western Australia.

Wellard FY loss widens on poor second half

Wellard's full-year loss has widened by 33 per cent to $48.4 million after the cattle exporter was hit by Turkey's halt on live feeder imports and large impairments.

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