Chicken and red meat align over plant-based protein labelling

Chicken and red meat groups have sided in a show of unity between the two large competing animal protein sectors to call for Australian Governments to regulate to protect against terms such as meat, chicken and beef from being hi-jacked by plant-based alternatives…Read More

James Nason, 14/05/2021

March quarter cattle on feed numbers remain above 1M, despite margin squeeze

Cattle on feed across Australia for the March quarter remained above million head, despite declining by 43,271 head or 4pc from the previous quarter, according to the results from the latest quarterly industry survey issued today. Numbers remained 83,000 behind March last year, when cattle on feed were still coming off record highs, due to the impact of drought…Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Episode 12: What was driving the red-hot market for merchandise and replacement equipment at Beef 2021?

In this Beef 2021 special episode of The Weekly Grill podcasts, brought to you by Colliers Agribusiness, host Kerry Lonergan talks with Beef 2021 chairman Bryce Camm and commercial trade exhibitors about what was driving the boom in sales of products and services, experienced across the grounds during the event…Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Beef 2021: Feed efficiency bonus in methane inhibiting seaweed additive

The feedlot industry is set to be the big early winner in beef’s new silver bullet – seaweed. It’s ability to reduce cattle methane emissions to undetectable levels has the livestock industry buzzing, and was a frequent topic of discussion during seminars at Beef 2021 last week…Read More

Fiona Myers, 13/05/2021

Recruitment: ICMJ ‘sliding doors moment’ a life changer for Sarah Stewart

In the countdown to the 2021 Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging Association Conference at Wagga in July, Beef Central is publishing a weekly series of case studies on former ICMJ participants, now forging their careers in the meat and livestock industry. Now in its 30th year, ICMJ has a long and successful reputation of attracting graduates to careers in our industry – and as this profile shows, sometimes from non-traditional backgrounds ….     ..Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Collaborative action needed to improve soil health

While welcoming national soil health strategies announced this week in the Federal Budget, WA mixed farmer and Nuffield Scholar Johanna Tomlinson says well-funded local research, extension and monitoring are needed to protect and improve soils..Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Producer input sought for survey into 2019-20 bushfires’ impact on industry

An online survey for beef and sheep producers affected by the devastating 2019–20 bushfire season will help scientists develop advice and a manual to help farmers recover from fires and mitigate the effect of future fire seasons…Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021



Industry Dashboard

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Elders $11.58
Australian Agricultural Co $1.13
Graincorp $5.26
Ridley $1.00
Woolworths $40.94
Wellard $0.06
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Beef Kill

Eastern States, weekly

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90CL Cow

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

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702.4
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Live Export

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

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410
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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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Feed additive found to reduce methane emissions by 90pc in feedlot trial

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News

Chicken and red meat align over plant-based protein labelling

Chicken and red meat groups have sided in a show of unity between the two large competing animal protein sectors to call for Australian Governments to regulate to protect against terms such as meat, chicken and beef from being hi-jacked by plant-based alternatives…Read More

James Nason, 14/05/2021

Beef 2021: Feed efficiency bonus in methane inhibiting seaweed additive

The feedlot industry is set to be the big early winner in beef’s new silver bullet – seaweed. It’s ability to reduce cattle methane emissions to undetectable levels has the livestock industry buzzing, and was a frequent topic of discussion during seminars at Beef 2021 last week…Read More

Fiona Myers, 13/05/2021

Recruitment: ICMJ ‘sliding doors moment’ a life changer for Sarah Stewart

In the countdown to the 2021 Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging Association Conference at Wagga in July, Beef Central is publishing a weekly series of case studies on former ICMJ participants, now forging their careers in the meat and livestock industry. Now in its 30th year, ICMJ has a long and successful reputation of attracting graduates to careers in our industry – and as this profile shows, sometimes from non-traditional backgrounds ….     ..Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Collaborative action needed to improve soil health

While welcoming national soil health strategies announced this week in the Federal Budget, WA mixed farmer and Nuffield Scholar Johanna Tomlinson says well-funded local research, extension and monitoring are needed to protect and improve soils..Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Markets

Dalby sale 12 May 2021: Yarding falls with local rain

A full panel of export processors was present, plus the regular feed and trade buyers, and a large line up of restockers. Prices generally improved across a number of classes…Read More

Beef Central, 13/05/2021

Roma store sale 11 May 2021: Northern restockers compete for larger yarding

A larger buying panel was present and operating and included all regular processors, which saw an increase in restocker competition with northern restockers swelling the buying panel numbers…Read More

Beef Central, 12/05/2021

Wagga sale 10 May 2021: Biggest gains in cow market

All good quality slaughter cattle sold to dearer prices, with the cow market experiencing the biggest gains after softening prices in recent weeks…Read More

Leann Dax, 11/05/2021

Online sales: Breeding stock fall in value in smaller 16,425 head AuctionsPlus offering; replacement heifers $2125 on Stocklive

Breeding stock fell in value, while young cattle results were mixed in a smaller 16,425 head offering on AuctionsPlus this week, where numbers were down eight percent on the week before…Read More

Beef Central, 08/05/2021

Production

Pay dirt: $200 million plan for Australia’s degraded soil is a crucial turning point

Until now, we’ve lacked an integrated national approach to managing soil health. That changed in this week’s federal budget, when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced almost A$200 million for a National Soils Strategy…Read More

Vanessa Wong and Luke Mosley, Monash University, 13/05/2021

Awards for excellence in the Southern Australian livestock industries are open

The Southern Australia Livestock Research Council (SALRC) has announced the call for nominations for the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Southern Australian Livestock Industries…Read More

Guest Author, 06/05/2021

Building a highly profitable grazing business around climate change

The story behind a single $6.2 million cattle trade involving 2508 Angus heifers completed earlier this year helps to illustrate why Nigel and Kate Kerin changed their grazing strategy just over a decade ago…Read More

James Nason, 30/04/2021

Favourable start for forage oats crops

Prospects for forage oats plantings are looking promising this year with crops in New South Wales and western Queensland well up and away, while plantings on the inner Downs are just getting under way…Read More

James Nason, 27/04/2021

Processing

Local cattle producers offered share deal in Kimberley Meat Co operations

Australia’s most remote beef processing operation in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is in discussion with local cattle producers over a shareholding option on its future slaughter operations, after deciding not to open the plant during the 2021 season…Read More

Jon Condon, 01/05/2021

Weekly kill: Signs of life in export beef trade lifts hopes

A moderate, but encouraging lift in demand and prices for Australian beef in some export markets is starting to rein-in some of the big losses experienced by beef processors this year…Read More

Jon Condon, 27/04/2021

Weekly kill: Supply remains tight, as producers with green grass seek to add weight before despatch

‘Weight beats rate,’ as the old saying goes, and it’s becoming increasingly evident heading towards May that producers with green grass in front of them across eastern Australia are holding cattle back, in order to maximise the result over the scales. It means the normal seasonal rise in production seen around April might be a month or two late this year ..Read More

Jon Condon, 20/04/2021

Meat yield and potential traceability gains in Nolan Meats’ new $20m boning room

Queensland export and domestic beef processor Nolan meats yesterday unveiled its expanded and modernised boning room, featuring technology that is already delivering results in increasing carcase yield, and laying a platform for individual cuts traceability…Read More

Jon Condon, 16/04/2021

Lotfeeding

March quarter cattle on feed numbers remain above 1M, despite margin squeeze

Cattle on feed across Australia for the March quarter remained above million head, despite declining by 43,271 head or 4pc from the previous quarter, according to the results from the latest quarterly industry survey issued today. Numbers remained 83,000 behind March last year, when cattle on feed were still coming off record highs, due to the impact of drought…Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2021

Feed additive found to reduce methane emissions by 90pc in feedlot trial

Participants in a webinar being staged today heard results from a feedlot trial where the new feed additive Bovaer was found to reduce methane in Australian feedlot cattle by up to 90 percent…Read More

Beef Central, 12/05/2021

Beef 2021: Lotfeeders ‘double whammy’ not over yet

The feedlot industry looks set to face the double whammy of high cattle prices and high feedgrain prices for some time yet…Read More

Fiona Myers, 10/05/2021

Grain fed beef sector launches grassroots campaign

The Australian grainfed beef sector is about to launch a new platform to showcase the quality attributes of grainfed beef production in Australia, allowing the sector to tell its authentic story on how its members nourish cattle, land and communities…Read More

Beef Central, 30/04/2021

Live Export

New sheds have NT live export trade covered

One and a half metres of rain over three months during the 2020-21 wet season provided the first true test for two Ridgeback sheds built to cover the Berrimah pre-export quarantine facility in Darwin three years ago…Read More

Beef Central, 01/05/2021

Up to $10 million available for innovative live export health solutions

Innovative solutions to improve monitoring and reporting of livestock health and welfare at critical export supply chain points are being sought by the Australian Government…Read More

Beef Central, 27/04/2021

SE Asia Report: Live exports numbers decline | Sam Burke feeds the masses in Alice

Live export numbers continue to decline while closer to home MLA’s Sam Burke has demonstrated how to feed the masses in style armed with two barbies in a shed at Alice Springs.
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Dr Ross Ainsworth, 21/04/2021

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Asia Tenggara Edisi ke-88 Maret 2021

Harga sapi Australia tetap bertahan di rekor tertinggi dalam sejarah | Jumlah ekspor langsung terus menurun | Petugas stok kapal Greg Smith tewas secara tragis saat pelepasan ternak di pelabuhan Indonesia…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, 20/04/2021

Trade

US beef price rally augurs well for grinding meat exports

There’s a more positive mood emerging in export beef trade circles this week, as a strong rally in US grinding meat prices lifts spirits somewhat, after what has been a particularly bleak trading period. Imported grinding beef prices have hit levels unseen since panic buying in the US in May last year, when up to 40pc of US processing capacity was knocked out due to COVID measures…Read More

Jon Condon, 13/04/2021

Holy Cow beef rinds turn cattle hides into snacks

Two business partners in the US have begun repurposing cow hides into a snack product…Read More

Beef Central, 13/04/2021

March beef exports hit ten-year lows

Continuing a trend seen since late last year, Australia’s March beef exports totalled just 83,438 tonnes – down 11pc year-on-year, and hitting a ten-year in-month low…Read More

Jon Condon, 07/04/2021

Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by the MV Ever Given is expected to put upward pressure on bulk and container sea freight as shipping lines factor in wait times for some vessels and lengthened routes for others…Read More

Grain Brokers Australia, 30/03/2021

Genetics

Half a century of Big Data for livestock software pioneer ABRI + PICTURES

A Big Data pioneer and licence-holder of the world’s most widely-used livestock performance analysis software is this week celebrating 50 years of operation. Established at the University of New England by Arthur Rickards in 1970, the Agricultural Business Research Institute has been an integral part of Australia’s beef cattle performance analysis since 1972…Read More

Beef Central, 12/05/2021

Capturing the opportunity to provide more accurate genetic information in northern Australia

The opportunities for productivity and meat quality gains in beef production in northern Australia was a key genetics theme across many of the Beef Australia symposiums and seminars last week, genetics editor Al Rayner reports. Integral to the messages of opportunity were the themes of data capture, accuracy of information and a clear focus on production outcomes. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 10/05/2021

Weekly genetics review: Autumn bull sales results showcase the confidence in industry

THE most common expression to be heard across the country at present is, ‘It’s a great time to be in cattle!” It’s a sentiment that underpins the confidence many producers..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 27/04/2021

Strong recovery in stud cattle registrations, post-drought

There has been a sharp rise in seedstock cattle registrations across Australia over the past 12 months, data recorded by the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association shows. Driven by a return to more favourable seasonal conditions and the start of herd rebuilding after drought – as well as the confidence-driven commercial cattle market – seedstock registrations for the 2020 year rose by more than 5pc to 145,806 head…Read More

Beef Central, 25/04/2021

Ag Tech

Major forum to bring together agrifood innovators

Toowoomba will host a major agrifood innovation forum in June, which will help drive the adoption of AgTech…Read More

Beef Central, 29/04/2021

How Isis Downs has tackled remote water monitoring

The manager of a large western Queensland cattle station has described how a significant company investment in remote water monitoring has led to a series of not only expected but also unexpected benefits for the large operation…Read More

James Nason, 19/04/2021

Mustering safely with drones at Beeac + VIDEO

Victcorian farmers Tom and Bill Alston use drones to take some of the stress and injury risk out of mustering sheep and cattle on their Beeac property in the state’s south-west…Read More

Beef Central, 16/04/2021

Levy funded research from 15 RDCs now searchable in one place

Farmers, researchers and businesses can now see levy funded research from all the Research and Development Corporations in one location…Read More

Beef Central, 12/04/2021

Property

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Outstanding Upper Hunter property makes around $20m | South west QLD grazing property split into three | Picturesque northern NSW holding makes close to $7m | $8m for Gold Coast plateau country | Eastern Riverina block makes almost $8000/ha..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 12/05/2021

Movement at the Station: Recent property listings of note

$25m asked for large scale weaner factory in northwest QLD | Exceptional water on CQ’s Dartmoor | Wagyu offered with Beaudesert’s Shamrock Vale | Well known Poll Merino stud for auction | CQ breeding, backgrounding and fattening | Mixed farming on southern QLD’s Warra Warra | Carbon income on Thargomindah’s Wombula | Low maintenance western QLD block | North QLD’s weed free Maranie | Scenic Mary Valley cattle country | EOI for NSW Southern Tableland’s Pejar Park | High $5m for NSW’s Rosary | Good mulga reserves in south west QLD | Yarrimbah listed for $4m..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 12/05/2021

Weekly property review: Are producers re-valuing northern forest country?

Good quality forest breeding country in Queensland’s north and north west is in high demand, and calculating buyers are doing their sums to determine what they can pay for it…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 05/05/2021

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Top dollar for two standout Central QLD properties – Duaringa district record for Newlands – Asking price paid for Premier South Burnett cattle country – Heavy carrying capacity in southern QLD makes $8.42m – Queenslander pays $7m for prime NSW cattle holding..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 28/04/2021

Sheep Central

WA sheep-cropping farms top global profitability comparison

WESTERN Australia’s top mixed sheep-cropping farms are the most profitable in the world, according to an agri-benchmark report released by Meat & Livestock Australia today...Read More

Chicken and red meat align over plant-based protein labelling

CHICKEN and red meat groups have sided in a show of unity between the two large competing animal protein sectors to call for Australian Governments to regulate to protect against..Read More

Wool prices slip lower as premium 1PP bales feature in Sydney

AUSTRALIAN wool prices generally fell slightly at auctions this week, with crossbred wool values dropping by up to 40 cents, as the national offering increased by 2213 bales to 49,771..Read More

Strong demand puts Merino and crossbred lambs on equal pegging

LAMB prices surged at saleyards in Victoria early this week, with heavy Merinos and crossbreds at times making equal money on a carcase weight basis...Read More

Grain Central

GrainCorp posts strong 1H21 result, lifts FY21 outlook

GrainCorp has posted an underlying EBITDA of $140 million for the six months to March 31, up $35M on its corresponding 1H20 figure, and has lifted its earnings guidance for..Read More

Federal Budget: Soils, asset write-offs big winners for ag

Farming bodies have reacted favourably to the Federal Government's 2021-22 Budget handed down last night, which includes big spends for soils and biosecurity, and an extension to the instant asset..Read More

Doubled dose for bait approved to help control mice

The allowable limit of zinc phosphide for baited grain is being doubled to help grain growers and handlers get on top of the mouse plague now impacting parts of Australia...Read More

Glencore Ag rebrands as Viterra, March biggest ever rail month

Viterra in Australia has reported its biggest ever rail out-turn month with 215,000t shifted in March as the company rebrands globally from Glencore Agriculture...Read More

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