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SE Asia Report: Signs Indonesia is moving to cease imports of Indian Buffalo meat

Guest Author, 11 December 2017

Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture says it has decided not to issue new recommendation letters for future Indian beef imports, recognising “buffalo meat has not been successful in stabilising the price of beef in Indonesia and that the Ministry would like to increase Indonesia’s beef production.” However, there is still at least six months worth of Indian buffalo meat in Indonesia, and Government policy can change quickly, so while encouraging, the announcement’s short and medium term affects are negligible.

Property: Legune listing might top $70 million

Jon Condon, 11 December 2017

One of the bigger property listings to hit the market in 2017 has emerged, with the marketing of Legune Station in the NT’s northwestern corner commencing this week. With examples of good NT grazing country making $2000 a beast area this year, third party estimates have suggested a price of $70 million might be achieved.

Police locate stolen calves in South West Queensland

Beef Central, 11 December 2017

A Queensland Police investigation has led to calves which were removed from a stock route near Yuleba in South Western Queensland being returned to their owner. 

Transport leaders warn vegan activists to keep a safe distance from trucks

Beef Central, 11 December 2017

Australian transport industry leaders have called on animal rights activists planning protests to keep a safe distance from the industry’s trucks.

Heifers trend higher in large 13,100 head AuctionsPlus offering

Beef Central, 10 December 2017

Following more rain across large parts of eastern Australia this past week, cattle numbers on AuctionsPlus increased by 25pc for a total listing of 13,152 head. Across younger cattle, most heifer categories trended upwards, while steer prices were mixed across the weight ranges and followed no clear pattern.

Agribusiness: Stock insurance provider expands with Qld business purchase

Beef Central, 10 December 2017

Livestock insurance provider Stockinsure has made a strategic business purchase in Queensland, consolidating its position as the largest national provider of trade credit insurance to Australia’s independent livestock selling agents.

Melissa heralds new generation of red meat industry leaders

Jon Condon, 08 December 2017

Melissa Fletcher represents a new generation of Australian red meat industry leaders, Beef Central discovered, during a recent extended interview

Govt moves to streamline ag export legislation

Beef Central, 08 December 2017

New legislation introduced by the Federal Government into Parliament yesterday is designed to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for rules governing the export of agricultural goods.

Opinion: Can Australian agriculture afford not to promote itself more actively?

James Nason, 08 December 2017

Australian agriculture is a major brand relying on a handful of individual organisations and farmers to handle the critical job of maintaining and building consumer trust.

Blockchain technology to fight beef fraud

Beef Central, 08 December 2017

A new block-chain based digital platform that enables beef producers and consumers to track the origin, history and provenance of beef from the paddock to the plate has been launched in Brisbane.

Recruitment: Labour shortage a critical issue in US meat processing

Beef Central, 08 December 2017

Virtually every US beef processing company surveyed for a recent Top 30 Packers ranking cited labour as the number
one issue facing the US industry. The situation in Australia is equally challenging, but processors are working hard to attract new talent.

Genetics: Angus joins growing trend towards single-step analytic approach

Beef Central, 08 December 2017

The Angus breed has joined the early Australian trend-setters in adopting single-step genetic selection. The December 2017 Angus BreedPlan analysis represents the start of a new era for the genetic evaluation of Australian Angus cattle with the implementation of a new and improved approach for incorporating genomic or DNA information into the calculation of EBVs.

Dubbo sale 7 Dec 2017: Healthy numbers for penultimate sale of 2017

Guest Author, 08 December 2017

Young cattle to the trade were 5c cheaper with heifer vealers selling from 290c to 316c/kg. Almost all of the steer yearlings sold to the feeders or backgrounds while the few prime heifer yearlings to the trade sold from 255c to 299c/kg.

Turkey building up cattle imports again to rein in high beef prices

James Nason, 07 December 2017

The on-again, off-again livestock export market of Turkey is building up again as the country moves to import more cattle to control high beef prices in the country.

What’s driven the big decline in custom-feeding in the grainfed industry?

Jon Condon, 07 December 2017

Custom-feeding used to play a very large part in the Australian grainfed beef industry. But it’s evident that there has been a significant decline in this part of the industry over the past few years. What’s driven it?

Temporary Bluetongue zone in Victoria to be lifted

Beef Central, 07 December 2017

Victoria’s chief veterinary officer Dr Charles Milne says extensive testing has cleared the way for a temporary 100km Bluetongue Virus (BTV) zone near Echuca in Victoria established in mid-October to be lifted.

Dalby sale 6 Dec 2017: Numbers ease with rain

Beef Central, 07 December 2017

Quality of the young cattle was mixed with some good runs of well-bred yearling steers and heifers suitable for feeders and backgrounders, and local restockers were also active in the market.

Movement at the station – recent properties sold and listed

Guest Author, 06 December 2017

Armidale’s Earlstoun sells under hammer for $4m | Otterbourne makes $4.04m at auction | Strong competition for Kingsford and Sun Valley | District record $18,030/ha for Tumut’s Riverfront Park | Narrabri’s Spring Creek, sells after auction | Roma’s Woodburn under offer after just 10 days on the market | Gina offers Waroona abattoir | $10m expected for versatile southern NSW holding, Willows | Renewed push fopr Georgetown’s Van Lee | Mitchell’s Gracemere listed for $8m

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Jon Condon, 06 December 2017

New faces on AMPC board | Christine Pitt departs MDC | MLA’s appoints domestic marketing manager | Western Meat Packers management moves | New national property role for Colliers’ Rawdon Briggs | Vale John Schumacher | AgForce rep elected to NFF board | Cattle Buyers Weekly celebrates 30 years | Ruralco appoints technology specialist to board | New chair for Rabobank | Recognising outstanding achievement in Landcare

MSA eating quality performance continues to rise

Beef Central, 06 December 2017

THE eating quality of Australian beef continues to rise, with the national average MSA Index reaching 57.56 points in 2015-17 – that’s a large rise of 0.84 index points since the 2010-11 grading year, a newly released report has shown.

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