Cattle numbers lifted at NVLX Wodonga to 2200. Beef prices did show mixed trends this week, with quality a factor in some of the cheaper outcomes
The first store sale for the New Year attracted a small yarding and overall quality was good to useful with some excellent lines included in the line-up. Isolated falls of rain across parts of the supply area encouraged a large number of restockers and backgrounders into the market.
After 18 months of promising signals but little actual trade, with just three small air-consignments of cattle delivered to date under a new trade protocol signed back in July 2015, a first sea-based shipment of steers will depart Australia for China early next month.
January is proving much tougher than expected for beef processors looking to start the year on a reasonably strong note after the Christmas/New Year break.
The red-hot cattle market continued to fire this week in a larger yarding of 4,700.
In a clear reflection of the growth being seen in the boutique burger restaurant segment, recent consumer research suggests younger generations are increasingly seeking-out less mainstream fast-food options.
Meat & Livestock Australia has released the latest results from the regular global beef agri benchmark network study for 2016.
Usually at this time of year Australia’s northern cattle industry is eagerly awaiting news of new cattle permit allocations from Indonesia for the crucial stocking-up phase ahead of Ramadan or Lebaran.
However, changes in cattle importing arrangements introduced last year mean the old quarterly/trimesterly permit allocation system no longer exists.
Feedback from the live cattle trade suggests the recent introduction of imported Indian buffalo meat into Indonesia is having a much bigger impact on demand for Australian live cattle in the country than many may have thought.
Australian live cattle exports totaled 1.129 million head in 2016, official data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Agriculture shows.
Plans to require producers to complete an assessment as part of their Livestock Production Assurance reaccreditation from January 1 are on hold, as the red meat industry’s integrity system is ‘streamlined and strengthened.’
With hot, dry conditions still evident in many parts of eastern Australia, livestock owners and managers are being urged to consider testing stressed summer forages for toxic substances including nitrates and prussic acid.
An unprecedented level of investment in livestock genetics will drive the advancement of genetic gain in Australia with $16 million of new projects being approved by the MLA board, following the first round of project applications through the new National Livestock Genetics Consortium.
Young steers and unjoined heifer calves dominated online listings on AuctionsPlus last week, making up 80 percent of the 4674 head offered. Numbers continue to expand, up almost 2900 on the previous week, as more people get back to work after the Christmas break.
Imported grinding beef prices have risen in the US this week, largely in response to very tight supply following declining kills in Australia and New Zealand in December, and normal Christmas holiday seasonal closures.
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Numbers were up considerably compared to the first sale for 2017 which only produced 460 cattle. Almost all of the cattle were sourced from local districts with the very hot conditions throughout the week making it almost impossible for the far western people to contemplate stock work.
The most significant risk of entry of FMD into Australia is through the illegal entry of meat and dairy products. It could also be introduced by international visitors accidentally bringing it in on their boots or clothing. This risk is very real.
Research by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety based on media coverage from 2016 indicates there were 63 on-farm injury deaths throughout Australia last year.
Weaner sales have started strongly in western Victoria with solid competition from processors, bullock finishers, interstate buyers and district restockers. Initial sales at Hamilton have lifted producer returns by $200-$300 a head above 2016 prices for young Angus steers, with many drafts averaging 10-20kg heavier than last year.