Sweeping changes, as Teys Australia transitions into new management era

A SERIES of senior management changes are about to unfold at Teys Australia, representing the biggest transitional adjustment seen since the Teys Brothers processing business merged with Cargill Australia almost a decade ago…Read More

Jon Condon, March 5, 2021

CCA announces new Policy Council members

The members of Cattle Council of Australia’s new Pilot Policy Council have met in Canberra for the first time this week…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021

Mountain calf sales Day 2: Steers, heifers crack $2000/head | PICS + Video

Southern Australia’s many cattle pasture feeding regions were well represeted by buyers on Day 2 of the East Gippsland Mountain Calf sales where white-faced Herefords were the featured breed…Read More

Murray Arnel, March 5, 2021

Dramatic fall in South American exports to China this year could lift global beef prices

Beef exports out of South America could fall by anywhere from 7pc to 10pc this year, with a further 5pc next year, stakeholders participating in this week’s ABARES 2021 online conference were told…Read More

Jon Condon, March 4, 2021

Golden scholarship opportunity for young ag uni student

A great opportunity exists for young students enrolled in a tertiary course in agriculture or a related discipline to receive not only financial but valuable industry support  through the Trevor Schoorl Memorial Scholarship…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021

AusMeat CEO Ian King calls time

Red meat industry regulator AusMeat announced today that long-serving chief executive officer Ian King will retire from the company during 2021…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021

Beef Central’s beef quiz – February 2021

Test your beef industry knowledge with Beef Central’s February 2021 quiz…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021



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Elders $11.63
Australian Agricultural Co $1.14
Graincorp $4.37
Ridley $0.97
Woolworths $38.61
Wellard $0.06
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Beef Kill

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EYCI

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90CL Cow

Imported 90CL cow beef price. Landed US, Ac/kg CIF

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645.6
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Live Export

Live export feeder steer prices ex Darwin (c/kg liveweight)

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430
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Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

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Shortfed feeder steer 380-500kg - c/kg paddock sales, eastern states.

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News

Sweeping changes, as Teys Australia transitions into new management era

A SERIES of senior management changes are about to unfold at Teys Australia, representing the biggest transitional adjustment seen since the Teys Brothers processing business merged with Cargill Australia almost a decade ago…Read More

Jon Condon, March 5, 2021

CCA announces new Policy Council members

The members of Cattle Council of Australia’s new Pilot Policy Council have met in Canberra for the first time this week…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021

Dramatic fall in South American exports to China this year could lift global beef prices

Beef exports out of South America could fall by anywhere from 7pc to 10pc this year, with a further 5pc next year, stakeholders participating in this week’s ABARES 2021 online conference were told…Read More

Jon Condon, March 4, 2021

Golden scholarship opportunity for young ag uni student

A great opportunity exists for young students enrolled in a tertiary course in agriculture or a related discipline to receive not only financial but valuable industry support  through the Trevor Schoorl Memorial Scholarship…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021

Markets

Mountain calf sales Day 2: Steers, heifers crack $2000/head | PICS + Video

Southern Australia’s many cattle pasture feeding regions were well represeted by buyers on Day 2 of the East Gippsland Mountain Calf sales where white-faced Herefords were the featured breed…Read More

Murray Arnel, March 5, 2021

Dalby sale 3 March 2021: Feeder cattle slightly cheaper, light weaners meet strong demand

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock experienced some quality related price changes to average 13c/kg less, however well bred lines continued to receive strong support from local and interstate restockers…Read More

Beef Central, March 4, 2021

White-hot calf sales in the mountains

The buyer fraternity held nothing back in their quest for cattle, dispatching good numbers to all the major cattle finishing districts in Victoria, South Australia and southern and northern NSW…Read More

Murray Arnel, March 3, 2021

Roma store sale 2 March 2021: Prices ease in smaller yarding

Demand remained firm however prices mostly eased across the yarding, with improvements in limited places…Read More

Beef Central, March 3, 2021

Production

Live weight gain results from Fairview leucaena trial + PICS

More than 100 graziers, agronomists, service providers and extension staff visited Bruce and Lucinda Mayne’s Calliope, Qld, property ‘Fairview’ recently to see the results of a live weight gain trial on leucaena paddocks…Read More

Beef Central, March 5, 2021

Online soils hub launched ahead of autumn sowing

Red meat producers across southern Australia can now access tips and tools to help undertake on-farm soil testing with the launch of a new soils hub on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) website…Read More

Beef Central, February 26, 2021

Leucaena success on ‘second rate’ country highlights productivity gain potential

A breakthrough trial which has shown leucaena can be successfully established on second rate gravel ridges is highlighting the potential that exists for producers in many areas to unlock further productivity gains using the tropical forage legume…Read More

James Nason, February 24, 2021

$600,000 grant for agtech device which analyses cow’s breath for pregnancy status

A company developing a hand-held device to determine pregnancy status at an early stage using breath samples from breeding females has earned a $600,000 Commercialisation Grant from the Federal Government…Read More

Jon Condon, February 16, 2021

Processing

Management, board changes for WA’s Yeeda and Kimberley Meat Co

Yeeda Pastoral Co and its subsidiary, Kimberley Meat Co – the nation’s most isolated beef processing facility operating near Broome in WA – has made a series of management and board appointments in advance of its 2021 slaughter season  ..Read More

Beef Central, March 4, 2021

Weekly kill: QLD grid prices continue to soften

Further downwards corrections have been seen in slaughter grid offers from Queensland processors this week – typically between 10c/kg and 20c/kg on heavy steers and cows on offers made the week before…Read More

Jon Condon, March 2, 2021

Weekly kill: Slow seasonal start remains stuck in first gear

With just a week remaining in February, eastern Australia is yet to crack a weekly beef kill of 100,000 head, in what amounts to the slowest start to a slaughter year in recent history…Read More

Jon Condon, February 23, 2021

Teys CEO joins new-look AMPC board

Teys Australia chief executive Brad Teys is one of two new high-profile directors joining the board of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation this year…Read More

Beef Central, February 22, 2021

Lotfeeding

Testing two-tiered shade in southern feedlots

Quantifying the animal welfare and production benefits of shade structures in southern feedlots is the focus of a new research project this summer, being undertaken by the University of New England at its Tullimba feedlot research facility…Read More

Beef Central, March 2, 2021

Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease as volume thins

Exports continue at a cracking pace. Cash trading of feedgrains was limited this past week, growers concentrating on delivering grain booked earlier, securing fertiliser and planning for winter crop…Read More

Liz Wells, February 26, 2021

Protein 2021 conference: Feeding changing consumer habits

Global demand for protein is increasing with consumption rising 40 percent since 2000, more than half of which is being driven by Asia, one of several trends will be discussed in depth at the Protein 2021 Conference hosted by TSBE in Dalby on February 24…Read More

Beef Central, February 22, 2021

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat, barley prices firm

Logistics are factoring into prices, northbound road freight hard to get and consumers paying more for small wheat and barley parcels. Strong sorghum demand has Brisbane running hot…Read More

Liz Wells, February 19, 2021

Live Export

$15m livex cost hike amid Ag Dept’s efficiency claims riles exporters

Further scrutiny of proposed cost hikes the Federal Department of Agriculture is planning to impose on livestock exporters has raised new questions about the justification for the scale of the charge increases…Read More

James Nason, March 3, 2021

Wellard report highlights Indo, Vietnam market challenges

Market insights contained in livestock vessel owner and charterer Wellard’s latest half yearly results report point to further signs of increasingly challenging conditions in Australia’s two largest cattle export markets…Read More

James Nason, February 26, 2021

Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

The cost of an annual livestock export license in Australia will soar from $25,000 to over $100,000 under the latest round of cost recovery increases planned by the Federal Government…Read More

James Nason, February 25, 2021

AMSA launches ‘focused inspection campaign’ targeting live export ships

Australia’s maritime safety regulator has announced it will be targeting livestock expect vessels in a six month long ‘focused inspection campaign’…Read More

James Nason, February 24, 2021

Trade

Domestic wholesale market ‘awash’ with surplus export beef

Pressure is being applied to domestic Australian wholesale beef prices this week, as beef that was originally intended for export defaults back into the domestic trade. Many items, from barbecue cuts to trimmings, have fallen $3/kg in the past fortnight, as a domestic oversupply situation emerges…Read More

Jon Condon, March 3, 2021

February beef exports slump 28pc, year-on-year

Australia’s new season beef exports continue to trade at historically low levels, with total monthly shipments to all markets for February reaching just 66,818 tonnes – down 28pc year-on-year…Read More

Jon Condon, March 2, 2021

Woolworths restructures red meat business across Australia

Australia’s largest supermarket retailer, Woolworths, is restructuring its red meat business, forming a stand-alone division called GreenStock. The move is designed to better organise the company’s end-to-end meat supply chain, it said…Read More

Jon Condon, February 26, 2021

Emerging technologies could help deliver ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ value-added beef products

A combination of emerging technologies like High Pressure Thermal Processing, and use of natural preservatives may play a role in delivering so-called ‘clean label’ and ‘free-from’ red meat value-added products in coming years…Read More

Beef Central, February 12, 2021

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Effectively using online marketing for bull sales

The interface between physical auctions with online platforms has been a focus of discussion throughout the bull breeding industry throughout 2020. The impact of travel restrictions under COVID saw a rapid uptake of online technology among both seedstock breeders, and in commercial cattle producers seeking to access genetics despite being unable to travel. But is it being used to greatest effect? ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, March 2, 2021

Beef 2021 seminar to explore opportunities for Angus in the north

Angus Australia will host a seminar for beef producers at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton in May, titled ‘The Angus Influence – from Performance to Profit.’ The program will focus on producer profitability, the opportunities for Angus use in the north and features the experience of two producers implementing Angus genetics in their operations…Read More

Jon Condon, March 2, 2021

Weekly genetics review: Crossbreeding for profit

Within any herd, the genetic potential to perform needs to be a consideration within the larger picture of enterprise profitability. It is easy to overlook one of the effective genetic opportunities available for producers, which is crossbreeding, says genetics editor Alastair Rayner – but it needs to be approached correctly. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 23, 2021

Focus on optimising genetic evaluation, says Nuffield scholar

Greater focus must be placed on optimising genetic gain through the accurate selection of non-visual profit-driving traits, says 2019 Nuffield Scholar Rebecca Burnham.
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Beef Central, February 23, 2021

Ag Tech

NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi calling under Federal trial

Australian wireless networking company Zetifi has issued a call out for farmers in New South Wales and northern Victoria to express their interest in trialling Wi-Fi calling as part of a Federal Government-backed program to provide improved phone services for rural and remote areas…Read More

Beef Central, February 23, 2021

Agtech briefs: Beef production forecasting tool picks up $10,000 grant; US expansion for Aussie agtech success-story

A software development company based in remote Mareeba in far North Queensland has earned a $10,000 NBN grant for its beef production forecasting tool. In other agtech news, Australian developed livestock management software provider AgriWebb has announced its launch in the US…Read More

Beef Central, February 10, 2021

New service supports regional Aussies to solve phone & internet problems

Regional Australians can now access free, independent advice on the best internet and mobile phone connection for their work, study and lifestyle needs…Read More

Beef Central, December 14, 2020

Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

Scientists are working to develop robotic principles that could help the red meat processing sector boost its global competitiveness – using technologies developed for use in human surgical procedures…Read More

Beef Central, November 25, 2020

Property

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Record grazing price in Victoria’s Western District | South Qld breeding and backgrounding country makes $450/ha | Versatile Liverpool Plains block set for expansion..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, March 3, 2021

Movement at the Station: Properties for sale

Discounted SA grazing land attracts strong interest | Two New England properties listed for $13m and $8.2m | Tightly held northern NSW country boasts scale | Infrastructure and pastures feature in Qld’s South Burnett | Affordable grazing in Southern Qld | Mary River West returns to the market
..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, March 3, 2021

Chinese owner to offload WA’s Balfour Downs, with expectations of $32-$40m

wealthy Chinese businessman Xingfa Ma is offloading Balfour Downs, the large-scale cattle breeding and finishing operation in WA’s Eastern Pilbara region, after six years of ownership. Price expectations are between $32m and $40m…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, March 1, 2021

Weekly property review: New England attractive to southern buyers seeking to relocate and expand

A cooler climate, reliable rainfall and perceived value for money are some of the key drivers for southern producers considering the financial viability and attraction of expanding, by relocating to the New South Wales’ New England region…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, February 24, 2021

Sheep Central

Sheep meat prices to track delayed African Swine Fever recovery

A DELAYED Chinese recovery from African Swine Fever, strong ongoing global lamb and mutton demand, and higher beef prices point to continued high prices for Australian sheep producers this decade,…..Read More

WoolProducers confirms Trust in Australian Wool campaign launch

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia will launch a ‘Trust in Australian Wool’ campaign on 18 March complete with its own handbook, interactive website, and links to other sites and..Read More

Bianca is milking Merinos for her latest research project

MERINO milk quality and its impact on ram reproductive potential is the next project of University of Adelaide researcher Bianca Agenbag...Read More

Consumers enlisted to flesh out goat meat quality parameters

GOAT meat quality parameters and consumer preferences will be fleshed out with a new research study at the University of New England...Read More

Grain Central

What will the Inland Rail mean for the grain industry?

The 1700-kilometre Inland Rail project under construction between Melbourne and Brisbane will open up new logistics opportunities for the grain industry...Read More

Golden scholarship opportunity for young ag uni student

A great opportunity exists for young students studying agriculture or a related displicine at tertiary level to receive not only financial but valuable industry support  through the Trevor Schoorl Memorial..Read More

Murray-Darling Water Efficiency Program to close

The Federal Government is replacing its Water Efficiency Program with an Off-farm Efficiency Program for state-based projects and for farmers as a means of providing water for environmental purposes...Read More

NSW to lift ban on use of GM crops from July

New South Wales is to lift its moratorium on GM crops in July. The news has drawn mixed but mostly positive responses from voices in industry, research and lobby groups...Read More

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