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Weekly Property Review: Comparing ‘apples with apples’ over carrying capacity

Guest Author, 28 June 2017

Carrying capacity is often used as a benchmark when conducting property sales, determining property values or making property comparisons. But rating and comparing livestock carrying capacity between states and regions is often more complex than what readers might think.

Legally speaking: Foreign register of ag land and water entitlements

Guest Author, 28 June 2017

From 1 July this year, amendments to the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water or Agricultural Land Act will require foreign owners to register certain rights in relation to water, in a similar fashion to agricultural land.

Animal health feedback part of emerging cattle performance info ‘super-highway’

Jon Condon, 28 June 2017

Teys Australia told a recent producer gathering in Central QLD that detailed animal heath feedback reporting, based on offal condition, will soon start to filter through to producers supplying the company slaughter cattle. It’s another example of the cattle performance info ‘super-highway’ that’s emerging in the industry.

Roma store 27 June 2017: Annual Kindee run boosts market

Beef Central, 28 June 2017

The lanes were humming with the anticipation of a market kick due to quality runs of the Kindee high performing cattle.

Video stresses value, safety in well-designed cattle yards

Beef Central, 28 June 2017

A well-designed set of cattle yards goes a long way to preventing a lot of injuries to both people and livestock, a new case-study based video released this week by Workplace Health & Safety Queensland points out.

NVLX Wodonga 27 June 2017: Young cattle prices kick

Guest Author, 28 June 2017

There were some big price improvements for young cattle this week as numbers remained low at 1,146 at NVLX Wodonga.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 28 June 2017

Beef Central, 28 June 2017

A low pressure system produced widespread rainfall over southwest Western Australia, while cold fronts produced moderate to heavy rainfall in western and northern Tasmania.

Weekly genetics review: Is there a connection between fertility and temperament?

Guest Author, 27 June 2017

Do your most docile females appear to get in calf sooner than your stirry ones? A Kansas State University study has linked docility with higher heifer fertility.

Cattle producers digging deep in fight against Pimelea

James Nason, 27 June 2017

Pimelea toxicity may have killed as many as 100,000 cattle in recent dry years, Roma district stock agent and cattleman Rod Turner estimates. So bad has the problem become, 40 local producers have collectively pledged $400,000 from their own pockets to fund research into a solution.

Weekly kill: softer trend continues in mid-year grids

Jon Condon, 27 June 2017

Rapidly drying conditions are pushing more cattle towards processors than what was expected earlier, and its being reflected in recent grid price movements.

Sky Muster data limits to double from October

Beef Central, 27 June 2017

A significant step towards easing the data drought across regional Australia has been welcomed by rural groups today, after nbn committed to doubling data limits for 240,000 rural users from October 2017.

Top Kelpie sells to $12,000 at National Working Dog sale + VIDEO

Terry Sim, 27 June 2017

Kelpies sold for up to $12,000 in a record-breaking National Working Stock Dog Futurity and Sale at Murrurundi, New South Wales, at the weekend.

Diesel fuel prices remarkably stable during first half of 2017

Beef Central, 27 June 2017

After two or three years of dramatic rises and falls, diesel fuel prices across regional parts of Australia have been remarkably stable during the first half of 2017. Prices have traded in a narrow 4c/litre range since January, between 127-131c/litre.

Packaging: Bio-degradable retail pack materials add to sustainability drive

Jon Condon, 27 June 2017

With increased emphasis being seen on sustainability performance throughout the food supply chain, supermarket retailers are starting to focus on packaging solutions which provide greener credentials for their chilled meat products. A bio-degradable packaging used by Coles for mince recently won a major international award.

Wagga sale 26 June 2017: Market follows last week’s cheaper prices

Guest Author, 27 June 2017

Extremely dry conditions and plainer quality eroded prices in a reduced yarding of 3,200 cattle at Wagga. The market opened weaker on the back of last week’s cheaper trends.

Cut through the Johne’s jargon, focus on the on-farm plan + VIDEO

James Nason, 26 June 2017

Cut through the acronyms and bureaucratic terminology in the new Johne’s rules and there is a simple, single message of which all cattle producers need to be aware.

Johne’s rules: What will they mean for drought, feedlots, studs, vets and more

James Nason, 26 June 2017

What will the new Johne’s rules mean for drought-affected producers looking for agistment? Or feedlots buying cattle from hundreds of different vendors? Or Studs looking for recipient cattle for embryo transfer programs?

Johnes Q&A: 27 common producer questions answered

Beef Central, 26 June 2017

To assist producers and stakeholders in understanding forthcoming changes relating to Johne’s Disease in cattle, Animal Health Australia has provided the following information and answers to frequently asked questions: What is Johne’s disease? Johne’s (pronounced “Yo-nees”) is an infectious bacteria. It’s a serious wasting disease that affects cattle and other ruminants and primarily affects the

Global beef industry watches US ban on Brazilian beef

Beef Central, 26 June 2017

International beef markets have been surprisingly calm since Friday’s announcement by the US Government that Brazilian chilled and frozen beef imports have been banned until further notice – however there’s lots going on behind the scenes, Beef Central has been told.

Beef 2018 mentoring program an investment in the future

Jon Condon, 25 June 2017

The recipe: One part youthful exuberance, enthusiasm and optimism; and one part wisdom, tempered by experience. Mix well. It’s a powerful cocktail, and the results were on show in Brisbane last week when the cohort of participants involved in the Beef 2018 Beef Connections Mentoring program got together for the first time.

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