While we like to take the mickey out of our cousins, Australia remains our closet export market and a key competitor in agricultural trade around the world.
It is common to hear about extreme climactic issues when receiving reports from Australia.
This year has been no different, with some terrible droughts across multiple regions.
Rural journalist Stephen Cooke says it is so bad for sheep and beef farmers, many are now considering selling out.
Mr Cooke joined Rural Exchange on RadioLIVE to discuss the climate issues and the government relief being provided, as well as Elders' bid to buy PGG Wrightson.
Watch the full interview with Stephen Cooke above.