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Herd rebuild hinges on seasonal break, MLA’s 4Q projections says

Beef Central, 17 October 2017

The Australian cattle market price trend and national herd rebuild now hinges on a solid seasonal break, following a dry finish to winter and hot September across much of Australia, MLA’s October quarterly cattle industry update suggests. The report maintains July’s mid-year slaughter forecasts, with some upward revisions to projected beef production and export volumes as a result of higher carcase weights.

ACC files Supreme Court action against Coles over ‘exclusive’ export issue

Jon Condon, 16 October 2017

Queensland beef processor Australian Country Choice this afternoon filed a Queensland Supreme Court action against its sole customer, national supermarket retailer Coles, over entitlement to export beef and offals from the Cannon Hill business.

SE Asia Report: Further demand slump puzzles, alarms Indonesian importers

Guest Author, 16 October 2017

Last month I described the situation for importers as a stalemate. This month I think that the best description of their position is one of a serious fight for commercial survival.

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara

Guest Author, 16 October 2017

Bulan lalu, saya mengibaratkan situasi para importir sebagai jalan buntu. Bulan ini, saya pikir gambaran yang paling pas adalah ‘pertarungan sengit’ demi kelangsungan bisnisnya.

JBS to take former Churchill meatworkers under $1.2m Qld govt program

Jon Condon, 16 October 2017

THE Queensland government will provide up to $1.2 million for use in repatriating and retraining workers from the now-closed Churchill beef abattoir near Ipswich, plus two other nearby meat processing facilities which face closure. JBS Australia is likely to absorb some of thew workers, following announcements on Friday.

Southern processors join forces to tender for cheaper power and gas

Beef Central, 16 October 2017

A group of Victorian and NSW beef, sheepmeat, pork and poultry processors have won competition regulator approval to join forces to tender for cheaper electricity and gas.

Hogg to speak at LIVEXchange Gala Dinner

Beef Central, 16 October 2017

Former Australian and Western Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has been announced as the guest speaker at the LIVEXchange 2017 Gala Dinner at Crown Towers in Perth on November 16.

New products: App allows better integration of accreditations and on-farm management

Beef Central, 16 October 2017

A new software application, which is being offered free to cattle, sheep and goat producers, promises to streamline management of livestock accreditations and collecting on-farm data, enhancing both management efficiencies and food traceability.

Weather change sees young cattle prices rise on AuctionsPlus

Beef Central, 14 October 2017

Most young cattle prices rose on AuctionsPlus this week – in the case of steers, quite sharply – as the effects of earlier rain and the prospect of more to come set in across eastern states.  

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Jon Condon, 13 October 2017

Crombie saluted with Rabo agribusiness leadership award + VIDEO | Coles new meat division manager | String of management changes at MLA | Brianna Daly joins ICM | New NTCA CEO kicks-in | AMIC manager moves on, picks up new member | 2018 Zanda McDonald Award Shortlist | 2017’s top AuctionsPlus assessors | Elders appoints director | New CEO for WAFarmers | Vale Mike Traynor | Vale Harald Steinke

Researchers learn more about Wagyu’s unique aroma

Beef Central, 13 October 2017

Renowned for its soft texture and characteristic rich and juicy flavour, a study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says scientists have detected several key ‘odourants’ that contribute to the alluring aroma of Wagyu beef.

Recruitment: Four tips to earning others’ trust at work

Guest Author, 13 October 2017

Regardless of your title or level of authority or seniority, trusting others and having others trust you in return are the most basic elements of being looked upon as a respected professional. And working in an agricultural environment where co-workers can rely upon one another and are confident in each other’s abilities – often under difficult circumstances – is very rewarding.

Investigative works progress into pasture dieback in Qld

Beef Central, 13 October 2017

Detailed investigative work is progressing to help map and address recent pasture dieback across parts of central Queensland.

Dubbo sale 12 Oct 2017: Renewed restocker demand lifts market

Guest Author, 13 October 2017

With around 25mm of local rain last weekend and substantially better falls further afield restocker interest has shown a dramatic increase. Young restocker cattle were considerably dearer with young steers selling from 284c to 470c/kg.

Call for national accreditation scheme for ag advisers

Beef Central, 13 October 2017

Ag Institute Australia, the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals, says a national accreditation scheme is needed for professionals working in the agricultural sector.

Kidman Springs research reinforces compelling reasons to supplement with P

Beef Central, 12 October 2017

Despite beef extension officers and supplement manufacturers talking about the benefits of wet season phosphorus supplementation of breeders in northern Australia for many years, adoption has remained low. But a new research trial is showing massive benefits from P supplementation.

Inoculant solution in sight for producers seeking to plant leucaena

Beef Central, 12 October 2017

Producers resuming their long-term plans for leucaena plantings following recent rains across central and southern Queensland have received a boost with the pending release of a new rhizobium inoculum.

Dalby sale 11 Oct 2017: Southern feeder buyer boosts solid market

Beef Central, 12 October 2017

A new southern buyer in the feeder market boosted the market as well as plenty of restockers, all operating on a dearer store market which was very solid.

Greenhams purchase Chinese-owned Moe meatworks

Jon Condon, 11 October 2017

Victorian-based beef processor HW Greenham & Sons has purchased the Moe meatworks in the state’s Gippsland region from its Chinese owners, Hengyang Group. Management said Moe complemented the company’s existing operations, and Greenham looked forward to starting kills at the site as soon as mid-November.

Weekly Property Review: Charleville’s Oak Park sale latest success for solo agent

Guest Author, 11 October 2017

Specialised sole operator rural property agents are emerging as a force to be reckoned with, securing multi-million dollar sales for their international clients. A good example is this week’s sale of the 78,000ha Charleville grazing property Oak Park Aggregation, in south-west Queensland, to the Australian subsidiary of Chinese retailing giant, Dashang Group.

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