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Beef big winner in historic China market access agreement

Jon Condon, 24 March 2017

China and Australia officially reached agreement this morning over greatly improved market access for Australian chilled and frozen beef and sheepmeat, expanded trade in offals and a new trade in live sheep exports.The agreement ends a three-year industry and government crusade to improve trade terms for red meat.

Industry reaction to China red meat market access breakthrough

Jon Condon, 24 March 2017

Australian meat processors and beef producers, and large Chinese retail customers have all enthusiastically supported this morning’s announcement about expanded red meat trade access with China.

How wide can a fire break be in Qld? Work on 10 metres, says DNRM

James Nason, 24 March 2017

Yesterday we asked how wide can a fire break be in Queensland, after a Central Queensland landholder was ordered to pay almost $1 million fines and Government legal expenses for building fire breaks up to 40 metres wide.

Recruitment: Keeping it casual – building and retaining a casual workforce

Beef Central, 24 March 2017

One in four Australian employees now work on a casual basis, and the trend is taking hold as much in agriculture as in other business sectors. Managing casual workforces can sometime be a challenge for business owners not familiar with the process, but there are also benefits to both parties.

Roma saleyards to host Pimelea update this Tuesday

Beef Central, 24 March 2017

Pimelea continues to have a devastating effect on cattle operations throughout Southern Queensland. An information day to be held at Roma this coming Tuesday will help to answer questions about developing a Pimelea research project.

Opinion: New campaign against self-assessable clearing codes emerging

Guest Author, 24 March 2017

In this opinion piece, Property Rights Australia spokesperson and Queensland cattle producer Dale Stiller says that with a Queensland election around the corner, environmental activist groups are stepping up their campaigns for more onerous vegetation management regulations.

Dubbo sale 23 March 2017: Market lifts on rain

Guest Author, 24 March 2017

Up to 80mm and more of fantastic rain for the week in most local districts reduced numbers considerably for a yarding of 1645.

Australian exporters’ phones running hot in wake of Brazilian meat crisis

Jon Condon, 23 March 2017

Repercussions from the meat inspection investigation in Brazil which has attracted dramatic international headlines since last weekend are having an immediate and significant effect on demand and price for Australian export beef.

Qld landholder hit with record $1m penalty for making fire breaks too wide

James Nason, 23 March 2017

How wide can a fire-break be in Queensland? Getting the answer wrong, despite receiving conflicting advice from several different Queensland Government staff, has just resulted in a Queensland landowner being forced to pay a record $999,780 in fines and costs.

North Queensland is on high alert with an increasing risk of a cyclone developing.

Beef Central, 23 March 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the Coral Sea will be increased from a Low to Moderate (20-50%) chance of development on Saturday.

Wagyu conference: Holstein dairy cows seen as untapped breeding resource for F1s

Beef Central, 23 March 2017

A special section at the 2017 Wagyu industry conference will explain how dairy farmers with Holstein breeders can access significant premiums by joining the bottom half of their herds to Wagyu to produce F1 feeder steers and heifers.

Increasing prospect of tropical cyclone developing this weekend

Beef Central, 23 March 2017

North Queensland is on high alert with an increasing risk of a cyclone developing later this week.

Weekly Property Review: Banks continue bullish approach to beef lending

Guest Author, 22 March 2017

This week’s Property Review continues our two-part series on financial institutions’ current attitudes towards lending in the beef sector. Major lenders are maintaining longer-term risk policies when it comes to managing their beef loan book, feedback suggests.

Has the ACCC thrown RMAC a massive hospital pass?

James Nason, 22 March 2017

In the final report from its cattle and beef market study released earlier this month, the Australian Competition Consumer Commission laid responsibility for implementing its 15 recommendations on the shoulders of the Red Meat Advisory Council.

Ag Technology: Remote monitoring lifts performance in water medication systems

Jon Condon, 22 March 2017

Technology is helping lift the performance, reliability and flexibility of water medication systems used widely to supplement livestock, with a new app allowing users to monitor and manage systems remotely

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 22 Mar 2017

Beef Central, 22 March 2017

A number of upper-level troughs triggered thunderstorm activity across most of Queensland, as well as northern and eastern New South Wales, with moderate to locally heavy falls reported in some areas.

Roma store 21 March 2017: Rain boosts yarding, prices

Beef Central, 22 March 2017

Recent rain must have been the motivator for the buyers at Roma Store sale with a robust yarding of 8136 head, a lift over 3500 head on last week.

Safety focus for Rocky low-stress stock handling clinic

Beef Central, 22 March 2017

Well-known livestock handling educator and cattleman Boyd Holden will deliver a low-stress stockmanship clinic near Rockhampton next month aimed at demonstrating the economic benefits of LSS and safety by design in yards facilities.

NVLX Wodonga 21 March 2017: Market continues on solid note

Guest Author, 22 March 2017

Cattle prices at NVLX Wodonga have continued on a solid note. Numbers dipped slightly to 1545 in a very mixed quality offering.

Beef 2018 mentoring program aims to invest in industry’s future

Beef Central, 22 March 2017

Applications are now open for industry stakeholders to take part in the Beef Australia 2018 Graeme Acton Beef Connections mentoring program.

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