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Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane

Jon Condon, 20 April 2018

Two recent developments have improved prospects of more efficient refrigerated container rail freight to the Port of Brisbane – easily the largest departure point for beef exports from Australia.

Due diligence on land purchases critical for long-term returns

Guest Author, 20 April 2018

It is possible to have beef businesses that generate reasonable returns during ownership, rather than only upon sale, but performing comprehensive due diligence on any land purchases is a key factor in achieving this for growing businesses, agribusiness advisors Ian McLean and Phil Holmes suggest.

Beef 2018 seminar will examine NH Foods’ Angus supply chain to Costco

Beef Central, 20 April 2018

A detailed ‘conception to consumption’ study of a large, successful Angus supply chain will feature during the large seminar program at Beef Australia 2018 being staged in Rockhampton next month.

Recruitment: Replacement demand, not new jobs, driving ag employment

Beef Central, 20 April 2018

Employment opportunities in agriculture are largely being driven by the replacement of older, retiring workers, moreso than the creation of new jobs, according to a recent report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Ongoing stable methane emissions from cattle doesn’t change the climate

Guest Author, 20 April 2018

Could it be that a lot of cattle producers world-wide are being unfairly blamed for progressing climate change because of the methane released by their cattle? Going one step further, in this contributed article Alan Lauder, long-time grazier and author of the book Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link,  suggests that the methane emissions of the Australian sheep and cattle industry are not changing the climate, because they have been stable since the 1970’s.

2000 producers embrace online grazing management program

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

More than 2000 Queensland grazing businesses managing more than 28 million hectares of land across the state, have now taken advantage of an industry-led initiative to help improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of their grazing enterprise.

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Jon Condon, 19 April 2018

Teys Australia snaps-up former AA Co acting CFO | New manager for Whyalla feedlot | MLA’s Simpson takes senior role with Bindaree | Re-worked management roles within NAPCo | New head of sales and marketing for Kilcoy | Respected legal eagle calls time | New chair for AMIC Retail Council | Transporters salute their peers | Leucaena Network appoints EO

Beef briefs: Failed Angus investment scheme handed to liquidators

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Liquidators appointed to failed Angus cattle investment scheme | Ireland becomes first EU country to enter Chinese beef market | Supermarket caters to Millennials who ‘hate touching raw meat’ | UK to introduce mandatory CCTV in abattoirs, eyes live export ban | Japan’s beef bowl chain Yoshinoya enters Indian market | NT lifts fracking ban | ‘Unsettled science’ should force vegetation law rethink

Strong international investment support for $200m Gunn Agri Cattle Fund

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Institutional and sophisticated investor commitments from Europe, North America and Australia are included in the Gunn Agri Cattle Fund, which held its fourth and final equity-raising closure on Monday.

Dalby Sale 18 April 2018: Smaller yarding hits cheaper market

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Numbers reduced by 39pc and buyer attendance was generally good and most were operating in a cheaper market.

Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says exporters meeting in Brisbane yesterday committed to a range of additional initiatives to improve animal welfare transparency and accountability, as the industry struggles to maintain public support in the wake of the latest televised footage of animal mistreatment.

Mt Gambier Angus entries top Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Angus entries from Kalangadoo, near Mt Gambier in South Australia topped results in the 2017-18 Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic, finalised over the weekend.

Toowoomba connects with Beef 2018, with one-day air charter visit

Beef Central, 18 April 2018

Darling Downs beef industry stakeholders wishing to make a short, convenient visit to Beef 2018 in Rockhampton next month now have the option to join a one-day return jet charter flight out of Toowoomba’s Wellcamp airport.

Weekly property review: Grazing property values to plunge under Veg Management Laws

Guest Author, 18 April 2018

Thousands of producers face the prospect of decimated property values, following the decision by the Queensland Government to introduce a vegetation management bill into parliament, property editor Linda Rowley reports.

SE Asia report: Feeder drop may stimulate orders | Indo to buy 15,000 heifers | Vietnam prices rise

Guest Author, 18 April 2018

Ramadan demand and lower feeder prices are presenting a short term of hope for Indonesian importers, while Vietnamese importers are finally able to increase their prices as local supplies decline, Dr Ross Ainsworth reports in this month’s South East Asia market report.

Tree clearing laws – Queensland’s political football

James Nason, 18 April 2018

Now backed by a parliamentary majority, Queensland’s Labor Government is set to soon pass tougher tree clearing controls it was unable to get through Parliament during its last minority term. But at what cost to landholder certainty, Queensland’s future food needs, and indeed, the environment itself?

Tree laws: farmers, environmentalists should work together and leave the politicians out of it

Guest Author, 18 April 2018

In this contributed opinion piece, North Queensland cattle producer Greg Brown, a former Cattle Council of Australia president and AgForce Cattle board chair, argues that farmers and environmentalists should bypass Governments and work together to find agreed long-term solutions to Queensland’s tree laws.

Meat union joins processors in panning Govt’s Vietnam assistance package

Jon Condon, 18 April 2018

In a rare display of unity, the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union has joined beef processors in condemning the Federal Government’s actions in financially supporting meat industry training in Vietnam.

EYCI crashes through 500c/kg barrier, under weather and meat market pressure

Jon Condon, 18 April 2018

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator has fallen through the 500c/kg barrier for the first time since 2015. Under pressure from very dry conditions across large parts of southern Australia, a lack of follow-up rain in QLD, and mounting competitive pressure in export meat markets, the EYCI has slipped badly in the past few weeks.

Roma store 17 Apr 2018: Large yardings continue

Beef Central, 18 April 2018

Despite supply and demand pushing prices at times, the market was still back on last week in particular on lesser quality pens.

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