Louise Nichols

Senior journalist

From cattle to coal. Once a specialist agriculture writer today its about community, in particular, the Upper Hunter. I have lived and worked in the region for more than 30 years. Land use issues and the future direction of our region. But you cannot take ag out of the picture - our food and how we grow it is the basis of all life. Covering the Hunter and Mid North Coast rural issues is now part of my role with Fairfax Media.

Latest Stories

Be alert as stud calf missing

Be alert as stud calf missing

Livestock producers are being warned to be vigilant as higher prices including record lamb prices make stock theft even more attractive.  

Johnes forums huge

Johnes forums huge

Livestock producers have filled meeting halls to capacity as they seek answers to changes in the on-farm management of Bovine Johne’s Disease

Stud to open the farmgate

Stud to open the farmgate

​Upper Hunter stud cattle breeders Paul and Lyn Richards are part of the Northern Beef Week and will be opening their property on Saturday, July 1 from 9:00am - 4:00pm.  

Purebred Angus top carcase award

Purebred Angus top carcase award

In a great result for long term organisers and supporters of the Wingham Beef Week a purebred Bonny Brooke bred Angus steer has triumphed on the hook to win grand champion carcase.

Future generation’s jobs

Future generation’s jobs

Now is the time to start planning for future land uses that will create sustainable jobs for the next generation.  

Urbanised dogs a threat

Urbanised dogs a threat

Upper Hunter grazier Ian MacCallum says he feels powerless when it comes to tackling the menace posed by wild dogs.  

Moore Stock Horse wins

Moore Stock Horse wins

The Moore family certainly made their presence felt in the Australian Stock Horse (ASH) classes at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.  

Wilds dogs dictate landuse

Wilds dogs dictate landuse

Upper Hunter farmers are no longer in-charge of managing their properties that role has been snatched from them by a motley bunch of vicious ferals.  

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