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CPC’s annual management muster salutes leadership and excellence + photos

Jon Condon, 18 February 2018

Managers and senior staff from Consolidated Pastoral Co’s 20 cattle properties scatted across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland gathered in Darwin last week for their annual conference and get-together, including a series of staff awards.

Lower clearance rates on AuctionsPlus as dry exerts pressure

Beef Central, 17 February 2018

Large lines of cattle from very dry areas of eastern Australia continued to feature on AuctionsPlus this week. Listings eased a little to total 9374 head across three commercial sales, but still noticeably higher than earlier volumes.

Call for MSA to progress saleyards procurement pathways issue

Jon Condon, 16 February 2018

Northern NSW beef processor Andrew McDonald used yesterday’s Meat Standards Australia 20th anniversary gathering in Brisbane to lobby for greater access for saleyards cattle to the MSA program.

Is Australia’s beef herd again entering liquidation phase?

Beef Central, 16 February 2018

With drought now well entrenched or rapidly approaching across large parts of eastern Australian cattle country, is the industry again entering the realm of herd liquidation? Independent industry analyst Simon Quilty has done some analysis on the recent seasonal impact on herd composition and its likely impact on 2018 beef exports.

Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire

Beef Central, 16 February 2018

A significant amount of farming assets will be passed on to the next generation as the baby boomer population looks to retire in the next decade, representing a great opportunity for farming families to expand, add staff and diversify their businesses.

Feed grain update: heat wave drives market surge

Guest Author, 16 February 2018

February has been a shocker for crops with record breaking heat waves and extremely dry conditions creating supply concerns for the market and causing grain prices to surge as a result.

Dubbo sale 15 Feb 2018: Numbers rise with dry conditions to 5160

Guest Author, 16 February 2018

The quality of the yarding is really showing the effects of the dry conditions with only a limited selection of prime cattle in all sections. Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of some feeder buyers

MSA proves one of red meat industry’s greatest success stories

Jon Condon, 15 February 2018

The red meat industry paused to celebrate and reflect on one of its outstanding success stories this morning, when the Meat Standards Australia program officially notched-up 20 years of commercial operations.

MSA 20 years: Genesis of a world class beef grading system

Jon Condon, 15 February 2018

This is the first in a series of articles appearing in coming weeks marking the 20th anniversary of the start of the MSA program, launched in 1998. Today’s item looks at the mood for change that emerged across the industry in the early 1990s in the need to address product quality issues, and the groundbreaking research that led to the formation of today’s MSA…

Final outcome of genetic cattle patent case likely in coming weeks

Beef Central, 15 February 2018

The final outcome of a Federal Court challenge to the granting of a patent to two US companies for genetic cattle selection methods in Australia should be known in coming weeks.

Research targets new technologies to manage cattle fertility

Beef Central, 15 February 2018

A single-shot vaccine to sterilise female cattle and boost productivity in northern breeding herds is being developed using ground-breaking biotechnologies.

Dalby sale 14 Feb 2018: Biggest yarding since Sep 2015

Beef Central, 15 February 2018

Numbers climbed to the highest level since September 2015 and also included in the much larger line up was over 1000 head from South Australia, plus 2,300 head from far Western Queensland.

Weekly property review: What lies ahead for 2018 year?

Guest Author, 14 February 2018

This week property industry leaders peer into the crystal ball, with most predicting that the strong cattle property market conditions evident in 2017 will continue on an even keel. As always, seasonal conditions will have a big bearing in performance, and many are still looking for a late summer seasonal break to reinvigorate the market.

Smithfield Cattle Co appoints Jason Strong as CEO

Jon Condon, 14 February 2018

Former Australian Agricultural Co managing director Jason Strong has been appointed chief executive officer of prominent large-scale Queensland grainfed beef producer, Smithfield Cattle Co.

Ag tech: Pioneering ‘autonomous technology’ study underway

Beef Central, 14 February 2018

A pioneering study into the role of autonomous drones and sensors to help with feedbase, fence and livestock monitoring and other functions within the Australian red meat and livestock industry is underway.

Producer wins approval for ‘free range grainfed and grassfed beef’ trademark

James Nason, 14 February 2018

One of Australia’s largest private cattle producing companies has won ACCC approval to create a new Certified Trade Mark for “free range grain and grass fed beef’.

If it’s not real beef, don’t call it beef: US cattle producers

James Nason, 14 February 2018

US cattle producers have urged the US Government to enshrine a new definition for beef in food labelling laws, as they respond to the growing assault on conventional beef production by commerical lab-grown and plant-based meat manufacturers.

Former Kidman CEO casts doubts over ‘intensive’ northern grazing strategy

Jon Condon, 14 February 2018

Is large-scale investment in fencing and waters development designed to lift cattle production capacity in Australia’s extensive north sustainable as a model? The question came up before former S. Kidman & Co chief executive Greg Campbell yesterday, while he was speaking to an Agribusiness Australia breakfast in Brisbane.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018

Beef Central, 14 February 2018

Broad areas of low pressure across northern Australia produced storms and showers. A deepening surface trough and low pressure system inland of the west coast of Western Australia produced moderate falls.

Roma store 13 Feb 2018: Yarding swells to 12,118

Beef Central, 14 February 2018

Yearling steers topped at 390c to average 296c/kg. Trade steers topped at 348c to average 283c/kg.

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