Angus 2019: Australia still a red meat nation

Two months after taking over as MLA managing director, Jason Strong was asked during a panel session at the Angus Australia conference in Albury what the producer levy-funded service company was doing to defend the red meat industry against escalating campaigns against meat production by vegans…Read More

James Nason, May 27, 2019

Work proactively with your consumers, US beef producer urges

Visiting US Red Wagyu producer JoJo Carrales from the pioneering HeartBrand Beef operation in Texas says proactive consumer education wis the answer to countering rising activist campaigns against meat production…Read More

James Nason, May 27, 2019

Bridget McKenzie Australia’s new ag minister

Nationals Deputy Leader and Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie has been appointed as the Minister for Agriculture in the 46th Parliament, becoming the first female to hold the portfolio in the Commonwealth’s history…Read More

Beef Central, May 27, 2019

Steers, heifers ease in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Prices struggled on AuctionsPlus this week as the prospect of a dry winter looms in front of many producers.Cattle numbers continued to drop, with 8420 head offered, 2865 less than last week. ..Read More

Beef Central, May 25, 2019

Australia to host World Shorthorn Conference in October

The Shorthorn breed will hold its 2019 Wold Congress at Wagga Wagga in October. Organisers anticipate up to 150 delegates to attend from across Australia, plus New Zealand, the UK and continental Europe, and North America…Read More

Beef Central, May 26, 2019

Young QLD and NT stakeholders share Australasian agribusiness award

Queenslander Shannon Landmark, 27, and Luke Evans, 28, from the Northern Territory have jointly shared the 2019 Zanda McDonald Award, announced on Thursday…Read More

Beef Central, May 24, 2019

ABC Catalyst report found to have breached impartiality rules – UPDATED

The ABC breached the impartiality provisions of its own Code of Practice in a Catalyst program ‘Feeding Australia: Foods of Tomorrow’, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found. ..Read More

Beef Central, May 24, 2019



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ABC Catalyst report found to have breached impartiality rules – UPDATED

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News

Angus 2019: Australia still a red meat nation

Two months after taking over as MLA managing director, Jason Strong was asked during a panel session at the Angus Australia conference in Albury what the producer levy-funded service company was doing to defend the red meat industry against escalating campaigns against meat production by vegans…Read More

James Nason, May 27, 2019

Work proactively with your consumers, US beef producer urges

Visiting US Red Wagyu producer JoJo Carrales from the pioneering HeartBrand Beef operation in Texas says proactive consumer education wis the answer to countering rising activist campaigns against meat production…Read More

James Nason, May 27, 2019

Bridget McKenzie Australia’s new ag minister

Nationals Deputy Leader and Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie has been appointed as the Minister for Agriculture in the 46th Parliament, becoming the first female to hold the portfolio in the Commonwealth’s history…Read More

Beef Central, May 27, 2019

Young QLD and NT stakeholders share Australasian agribusiness award

Queenslander Shannon Landmark, 27, and Luke Evans, 28, from the Northern Territory have jointly shared the 2019 Zanda McDonald Award, announced on Thursday…Read More

Beef Central, May 24, 2019

Markets

Steers, heifers ease in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Prices struggled on AuctionsPlus this week as the prospect of a dry winter looms in front of many producers.Cattle numbers continued to drop, with 8420 head offered, 2865 less than last week. ..Read More

Beef Central, May 25, 2019

Aussie Angus beef to drive retailer Costco’s launch into China

Australian Angus beef will be used exclusively in global warehouse retailer, Costco’s first venture into the vast Chinese consumer market, the 2019 Angus conference was told in Albury yesterday…Read More

Jon Condon, May 24, 2019

Murray Arnel: Wodonga 23 May 2019 + PICS/VIDEO

Feedlot orders were not required for another seasonally-affected store cattle market of 2307 head at Wodonga on Thursday…Read More

Murray Arnel, May 24, 2019

Dubbo sale 23 May 2019: Young cattle to restockers rally

Following the previous sales much tougher market young cattle to the restockers and feeder cattle rallied regaining a large percentage of the falls of last sale lifting by as much as 30c/kg for some categories…Read More

David Monk, May 24, 2019

Production

Wagyu Edge 2019: What’s driven 30 years of breed growth?

In 30 years the Wagyu breed has grown from a standing start to become a major player in the Australian beef industry.What has driven that growth?..Read More

James Nason, May 17, 2019

Wagyu Feed Calculator launched to boost marbling

A smartphone tool launched this week will take Australian Wagyu producers “to the next level” in maximising the marbling potential of their cattle, Australian Wagyu Association CEO Dr Matt McDonagh predicts…Read More

James Nason, May 16, 2019

New Zealand to adopt mandatory pain relief for dehorning

The New Zealand beef and dairy cattle industries will adopt mandatory pain relief in dehorning of young cattle from October this year. Changes to government legislation will prohibit the disbudding of calves without appropriate pain relief from October 1, leading to the approval this week of an analgesic product for use for the purpose…Read More

Beef Central, May 16, 2019

Beef achievers invited to nominate for NABRC Medals

Nominations are open for the 2019 North Australia Beef Research Council Medals, which recognise the achievements of those who have made a significant contribution to the northern Australia beef industry in the fields of production, research and development, and communication or extension…Read More

Beef Central, May 15, 2019

Processing

Weekly kill: Cow prices come under heavy pressure as numbers surge

Direct consignment slaughter cow prices have come back sharply in QLD over the past few days, due to abundant supply as producers continue to lighten off numbers heading into winter. Current competitive offers from processors in southern parts of the state for slaughter in coming weeks have heavy cows at 420c/kg today, down 15-20c/kg on last week…Read More

Jon Condon, May 21, 2019

Two thirds of red meat processors hampered by labour issues

Almost two thirds of Australia’s red meat processors are prevented from running at capacity due to what AMIC calls a ‘Labour Deficit Epidemic’ in regional Australia. ..Read More

Jon Condon, May 14, 2019

Grid prices steady, as cattle flows persist heading towards June

While some southern direct consignment grid prices have risen over the past week as typical pre-winter seasonal supply issues emerge, over-the-hooks rates in Queensland have remained unchanged again this week, continuing a three-week trend…Read More

Jon Condon, May 14, 2019

Cootamundra abattoir back on the market

Diversified agribusiness investor the Manildra Group has launched a public expressions of interest campaign to sell its Cootamundra multi-species abattoir in the NSW Riverina region…Read More

Jon Condon, May 10, 2019

Lotfeeding

Demand allows feedlot growth to defy high input costs

ALFA president Bryce Camm told a Queensland Agricultural Merchants’ gathering that demand for custom-feeding places as well as for beef had helped to lift cattle-on-feed numbers to a new record…Read More

Liz Wells, May 20, 2019

Petition gives Australian grain industry voice against imports

Market impact and biosecurity threats have been singled out as reasons for the Australian grains industry to speak out against imports of grain which could follow the Canadian wheat being brought to Australia by The Manildra Group…Read More

Henry and Liz Wells, May 20, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: New-crop prospects colour cash markets

Timely and widespread winter-crop planting across much of southeastern Australia has softened cash-market values this week, while talk of Chinese interest in sorghum has helped to boost its prices in the north. ..Read More

Henry and Liz WellsF, May 17, 2019

Cattle on feed hit record 1.145 million head as drought pressure continues

Cattle on feed across Australia hit a new record high of more than 1.145 million head in the March quarterly feedlot survey. The number is close to 120,000 head more than this time last year.
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Beef Central, May 16, 2019

Live Export

Live export shipments outpacing 2018

Australian cattle exports to Indonesia are running 23 percent higher so far in 2019 compared to the same period of 2018…Read More

Beef Central, May 24, 2019

SE Asia Report: Major Indonesian feedlot operator closes its doors

The distressed state of the Indonesian feedlot industry was highlighted during April by the closure of one of the country’s largest importer/lotfeeders based in West Java. This company had two large feedlots capable of a total capacity of around 40,000 head and had been a successful operator for decades, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, May 10, 2019

Bahasa: Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara

Sebuah operator feedlot besar di Indonesia menutup bisnisnya secara permanen | Turunnya harga daging kerbau India di Indonesia meningkatkan persaingan terhadap daging sapi segar | Wabah African Swine Fever merebak di Vietnam dan Kamboja | Musim hujan di Northern Territory gagal
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Dr Ross Ainsworth, May 10, 2019

Dehumidification trial begins for livestock vessels

The first step in trialling dehumidification and other technology on livestock export vessels is underway, with environmental monitoring equipment being installed on a ship in Fremantle this week…Read More

Beef Central, May 7, 2019

Trade

‘No rules’ trading environment hurting Aus ag exports: study

New research shows uncertainty from ongoing bilateral trade wars between China and the United States have set the global trading environment back decades and undermined Australian agricultural exports…Read More

Beef Central, May 22, 2019

‘Tremendous opportunities’ for Australian premium beef

It may come as a surprise given the amount of media attention given to the vegan movement in recent times, but global beef demand, rather than being in decline, is not only growing, but growing rapidly…Read More

James Nason, May 14, 2019

Is Australian and NZ beef out-competing domestic beef in the US market?

Due to seasonal factors Australian lean grinding beef is likely to trade at a discount to US domestic beef for 4-5 weeks during late May and early June, but for the rest of this year is likely to be at a premium over domestic US supplies, with the potential in October and November to reach an unprecedented US30c/lb, meat industry analyst Simon Quilty suggests in his latest report…Read More

Guest Author, May 13, 2019

China growth continues in Australia’s April beef exports

Beef exports in April softened a little off the extreme highs seen in March, but remain well ahead in year-on-year comparisons, as many eastern states beef producers facing feed and water shortages continue to reduce cattle numbers heading into winter…Read More

Jon Condon, May 8, 2019

Genetics

Australia to host World Shorthorn Conference in October

The Shorthorn breed will hold its 2019 Wold Congress at Wagga Wagga in October. Organisers anticipate up to 150 delegates to attend from across Australia, plus New Zealand, the UK and continental Europe, and North America…Read More

Beef Central, May 26, 2019

Beef industry first with cattle immunity index breeding value

In a world first for the beef cattle industry, research undertaken by Angus Australia and the CSIRO has resulted in the development of the breeding index value for disease immunity, called ImmuneDEX…Read More

Jon Condon, May 23, 2019

2019 Angus conference celebrates 100 years + PICS

Almost 250 Angus cattle breeders from across Australia and New Zealand are gathered in Albury, southern NSW for the 2019 Angus Australia annual conference…Read More

Beef Central, May 23, 2019

Culcairn field day will focus on unlocking the power of genomics

Unlocking the power within a beef herd through the use of genomic technologies will be the over-arching theme of a genetics field day being held near Culcairn NSW on 21 May. Guest speaker will be Dr Kent Andersen, director of genetics technical services with Zoetis in the US, who will discuss where the development of genomic testing in beef cattle is up to globally, and the benefits and learnings from how genomics has been applied in US beef breeds. ..Read More

Beef Central, May 15, 2019

Ag Tech

Agtech: Young farmer’s mission to simplify farm-management software

Returning home to his farming roots and Victorian family property, engineer turned entrepreneur Jock Lawrence is on a mission to simplify the farm management recording system. ..Read More

Beef Central, April 17, 2019

The hidden killer of profitability in cattle

In beef production systems the potentially severe effect of internal parasites has not been given the attention it deserves but technology is now giving producers the ability to see what has previously been invisible, writes veterinarian Dr Matt Playford…Read More

Dr Matt Playford, Dawbuts Animal Health, April 12, 2019

Farm2Fork event livestream

Tune in for the latest ag innovation and knowledge from today’s Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit in Sydney – covering the latest developments impacting the agribusiness space, major trends across key commodities and insights from industry experts on sustainability, waste and technology…Read More

Beef Central, March 28, 2019

Agtech: Automated refuelling station has safety, efficiency implications + VIDEO

A robotic, automated refuelling station developed for mining industry use could one day find applications in agriculture…Read More

Beef Central, March 26, 2019

Property

Property: Can neighbours pay more for an adjoining country than others?

When a grazing property comes up for sale, how often do neighbours think seriously about making a bid? These are often ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities, and locals are frequently paying premiums over other bidders…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, May 22, 2019

Weekly Property Review: Recent property sales wrap

Neighbour competition produces premium paid for Moura’s Wilga Vale | Western Qld market selling strongly | Corfield’s Thordale sells post auction | Crookwell’s Mt Henry North sells for $6400/ha | Epenarra withdrawal has knock on effects..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, May 17, 2019

Movement at the Station – recent property listing highlights

Former PM offloads Hunter Valley gem | Qld’s best beef country attracting strong interest | Mixed grazing opportunity in Central NSW | Grass and water on Richmond’s Windsor Park | Longreach’s Ban Ban listed for $5.1m | Sweet country for sale near Boulia | Scale, channel flood-out country on Roxborough | Boorowa bolt-on
..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, May 17, 2019

NT cattle stations make $20m, $58m in separate property deals

Two large Northern Territory grazing properties, Carmor Plains and Kalala, have transacted separately for around $20m and $58m recently, in an expression of the continued strength of the top end property market…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, May 16, 2019

Sheep Central

May live sheep shipments crucial to Middle East trade viability

AUSTRALIA’S last live sheep vessel to depart for the Middle East before a three-month Northern Summer prohibition has been approved and is on its way Kuwait and the United.. Read More

New South Wales buys up big on Auctionsplus

NEW South Wales sheep producers and processors bought almost 40 percent of the AuctionsPlus online offering last week...Read More.. Read More

Study finds no evidence of dingo genes in the Kelpie + VIDEO

UNIVERSITY of Sydney researchers have found no genetic evidence that the iconic Australian Kelpie shares canine ancestry with a dingo, despite Australian bush myths...Read More.. Read More

New AgriFutures scholarship winners get $10,000 study cost fillip

AGRIFUTURES Australia has announced the latest recipients of its 2019 Horizon Scholarship...Read More.. Read More

Grain Central

UPDATE: Two more shipments of Canadian wheat to Australia approved

The Australian Government confirmed a second and third approval for cargoes of Canadian wheat have been granted to an Australian importer. The wheat may well be heading towards Manildra.. Read More

Victims of fodder fraud asked to come forward in Parkes case

NSW police are calling for farmers who did not receive any or all of the fodder and grain purchased through a central New South Wales, Parkes-based operator to come.. Read More

Recruitment: Five ways to motivate staff and improve their engagement

How can you try to improve the engagement of your staff and increase their performance in the workplace?..Read More.. Read More

WA’s historic State Barrier Fence to be extended 660km

A 660-kilometre extension to the historic State Barrier Fence in Western Australia has begun, creating a boundary to protect the south-eastern farming regions from the impact of wild dogs,.. Read More

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