Six take-home messages from Japanese Wagyu export beef showcase

Australian food service customers from the hotel, restaurant and resort sector were treated to a rare insight into Japanese-produced elite-level Wagyu beef in Brisbane last week.  Here’s Beef Central’s six key take-homes from the event..Read More

Jon Condon, 09/02/2023

SE Asia Report: Indonesian beef market under further pressure I Lunar New Year celebrations

109th Edition: Jan 2023: Ross Ainsworth has retired (again) to enjoy life from the beach in Bali, well-known SE Asian region ag expert Michael Patching takes up the reins | Competition in Indonesia intensifies with 11 more plants approved for Brazil | Vietnam has engaged in a serious anti-graft crackdown with anecdotally high spending over Tet…Read More

Dr Michael Patching, 09/02/2023

Large goat processing numbers expected, as price drops

Large numbers of goats are expected to come out of Western Queensland and New South Wales this year, despite the price dropping to less than half in the space of six months…Read More

Eric Barker, 09/02/2023

Slow going for cattle shipments in January

Australian cattle export volumes in January fell to the lowest monthly total totalled in more a decade, with just 24,347 shipped to all markets…Read More

Beef Central, 09/02/2023

Dalby sale 8 Feb 2023: Numbers top national weekly yardings

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock experience very little change in price. Yearling steers and heifers to feed for the domestic market improved in price by 10c to 15c/kg…Read More

Beef Central, 09/02/2023

Bluetooth and GPS ear tags move ahead

Agtech company mOOvement has announced the release of two new products, Bluetooth ear tags and a new version of GPS ear tags for cattle…Read More

Sponsored Content, 06/02/2023

Báo cáo về Thị Trường Đông Nam Á: Thị trường thịt bò In-đô-nê-si-a chịu thêm áp lực I Nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán

Ấn bản thứ 109: tháng 01 năm 2023: Ông Ross Ainsworth đã nghỉ hưu (nghỉ hưu lần 2) để tận hưởng cuộc sống biển ở Bali |
Sự cạnh tranh tại In-đô-nê-si-a ngày càng gay gắt khi nước này đã phê duyệt nhập khẩu cho 11 xưởng chế biến xuất khẩu mới của Bra-xin |
Việt Nam đã tiến hành một chiến dịch chống tham nhũng trên diện rộng; và mức chi tiêu của nước này ở mức cao ngất ngưởng trong dịp Tết..Read More

Michael Patching, 09/02/2023

Weekly property review: Properties for sale

Commercial scale in northern NSW | CQ’s El Rocco up for grabs | Large scale grazing & grain growing in southern QLD | High rainfall grazing in southern NSW offers passive income | Tightly held breeder block in CQ |
CQ cattle breeding & cash cropping | Southern QLD’s Tabooba offers diversity | Winton’s Wando offered separately | Two grazing opportunities on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 08/02/2023



Industry Dashboard

Carbon Trading Market

Aust. Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) - $/tonne of CO2 equiv.

Today

36.75
Source: Jarden

$A / $US

Updated 7am daily

Today

0.6920
Source: NAB

ASX Market Index

09 Feb 2023 (updated 10am daily)
Company Price Trending
Elders $8.83
Australian Agricultural Co $1.63
Graincorp $7.36
Ridley $1.93
Woolworths $35.99
Wellard $0.07
Source: ASX

Beef Kill

Eastern States, weekly

Last Week

108724
Source: MLA's NLRS

EYCI

Eastern Young Cattle Indicator, c/kg

Today

755
Source: MLA's NLRS

90CL Cow

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

Today

707.8
Source: Steiner Consulting, MLA

Live Export

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

Today

430
Source: Trade contacts

SOI

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

9.95
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Feeder Steer

NLRS-reported yards (feedlot buyers only); 0-600kg, 0-2T, c/kg LW

Today

394
Source: Feeder Steer

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MLA herd estimate may be three million heavy, says analyst

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News

Six take-home messages from Japanese Wagyu export beef showcase

Australian food service customers from the hotel, restaurant and resort sector were treated to a rare insight into Japanese-produced elite-level Wagyu beef in Brisbane last week.  Here’s Beef Central’s six key take-homes from the event..Read More

Jon Condon, 09/02/2023

Large goat processing numbers expected, as price drops

Large numbers of goats are expected to come out of Western Queensland and New South Wales this year, despite the price dropping to less than half in the space of six months…Read More

Eric Barker, 09/02/2023

The ethical arguments in favour of meat consumption

In a captivating and thought-provoking presentation to the Societal Role of Meat conference in Dublin, Dr Candace Croney, director of the centre for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University in Washington DC, was asked to talk about ethical considerations surrounding meat consumption…Read More

James Nason, 08/02/2023

MLA herd estimate may be three million heavy, says analyst

Independent meat and livestock industry analyst Simon Quilty thinks MLA’s recent 2023 beef herd estimate may be close to three million head too high. Mr Quilty is one of a number of industry stakeholders who have raised questions about the herd estimate over the past week. ..Read More

Jon Condon, 08/02/2023

Markets

Dalby sale 8 Feb 2023: Numbers top national weekly yardings

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock experience very little change in price. Yearling steers and heifers to feed for the domestic market improved in price by 10c to 15c/kg…Read More

Beef Central, 09/02/2023

Roma sale 7 Feb 2023: Heavy prime cattle rise 10-20c

Overall quality of yearling cattle was fairly mixed and while restockers were the main buyers of medium weight cattle, they operated selectively, and most categories of yearlings eased on previous weeks…Read More

James Nason, 08/02/2023

NVLX Wodonga 7 Feb 2023: Trade cattle in short supply

Prices were quality driven with some steer vealer sales improving by 12c, while the heifer portion softened 5c/kg…Read More

Leann Dax, 07/02/2023

Young cattle, feeder steer values likely to rise by mid-year, analysts say

A panel of six independent meat and livestock industry analysts have predicted that Australian young cattle and feeder steer values will rise about 6pc from current levels by mid-year…Read More

Jon Condon, 06/02/2023

Sponsored Content

Bluetooth and GPS ear tags move ahead

Agtech company mOOvement has announced the release of two new products, Bluetooth ear tags and a new version of GPS ear tags for cattle…Read More

Sponsored Content, 06/02/2023

Oceania beef processors poised to capitalise on beef exports

SensorX Accuro makes meeting export regulations and consumer demands easy, with accurate fat-to-lean ratios, reliable contamination detection and product traceability. ..Read More

Sponsored Content, 30/01/2023

A boarding school that ‘feels like home’ + VIDEO

How boarding at SCOTS PGC keeps Mitchell’s Will Bryant busy with an abundance of activities and things to do – things ‘I couldn’t see myself doing at a city school’..Read More

Sponsored Content, 28/11/2022

New world first for Ceres Tags – reusable satellite smart ear tags

Ceres Tag – the company that developed the world’s first direct to satellite smart ear tag has now created another first – a re-usable satellite smart ear tag…Read More

Sponsored Content, 21/11/2022

Production

Let’s celebrate red meat’s sustainability success story: Jason Strong

If you want an example of an industry that is improving the environment and providing highly nutritious food to the world, then check out red meat, MLA managing director Jason Strong suggests..Read More

Jason Strong, Managing Director, MLA, 28/01/2023

Enlarged “bottle teat” found to be major source of calf loss in a northern herd

Bottle teats have been found to be a major cause of calf loss in a recent study of a northern beef herd…Read More

Beef Central, 24/01/2023

Latest NT crossbreeding trial reinforces potential performance gains

The results of a study on the long term performance of females in the Senepol crossbreeding project undertaken by the NT Department of Industry Tourism and Trade (DITT) were recently published in the Animal Production Science journal…Read More

Beef Central, 15/12/2022

Hay shortage emerges after floods drown growing area

A shortage of high-quality hay has emerged across the country, with a combination of widespread flooding in prime growing areas and high grain prices attributed to the problem…Read More

Eric Barker, 05/12/2022

Processing

Weekly kill: Grids steady, as production volume starts to grow

Direct consignment slaughter cattle offers have changed little across the eastern states over the past seven days, as beef processors start to ramp-up their 2023 production…Read More

Beef Central, 07/02/2023

Oceania beef processors poised to capitalise on beef exports

SensorX Accuro makes meeting export regulations and consumer demands easy, with accurate fat-to-lean ratios, reliable contamination detection and product traceability. ..Read More

Sponsored Content, 30/01/2023

JBS re-opens Cobram plant, with $20m upgrade

JBS Australia’s Cobram abattoir will resume lamb processing operations next Monday, more than five years after the plant was closed due to supply challenges and market conditions…Read More

Beef Central, 01/02/2023

Weekly kill: Some grids ease further, as weather challenges continue

SOME southern Queensland export processors have lowered their grid offers another 10c/kg this week, continuing the declining trend seen since the 2023 season opened. Best offers seen from competitive processors..Read More

Beef Central, 31/01/2023

Lotfeeding

Feedgrain Focus: South softens, northern barley firms

The northern barley market has bucked the weaker trend evident in feedgrain values in the past week as the start of the summer-crop harvest nears…Read More

Liz Wells, 31/01/2023

New year feeder cattle prices show further sharp decline

Feeder cattle prices have come under considerable pressure during the opening stages of 2023, with both paddock trading and saleyards channels exhibiting sharp rates of decline…Read More

Jon Condon, 12/01/2023

Forecast wet summer presents potential heat stress issues

Heat stress management is on the minds of lotfeeders this summer, with forecast wet weather potentially causing some issues…Read More

Eric Barker, 15/12/2022

How much downgraded grain will end up in feedlots this year?

The winter grain harvest has once again been plagued by consistent wet weather and flooding, with high yields and plenty of downgrades reported across large areas. What will it mean for feedlots?..Read More

Eric Barker, 14/12/2022

Live Export

SE Asia Report: Indonesian beef market under further pressure I Lunar New Year celebrations

109th Edition: Jan 2023: Ross Ainsworth has retired (again) to enjoy life from the beach in Bali, well-known SE Asian region ag expert Michael Patching takes up the reins | Competition in Indonesia intensifies with 11 more plants approved for Brazil | Vietnam has engaged in a serious anti-graft crackdown with anecdotally high spending over Tet…Read More

Dr Michael Patching, 09/02/2023

Slow going for cattle shipments in January

Australian cattle export volumes in January fell to the lowest monthly total totalled in more a decade, with just 24,347 shipped to all markets…Read More

Beef Central, 09/02/2023

Báo cáo về Thị Trường Đông Nam Á: Thị trường thịt bò In-đô-nê-si-a chịu thêm áp lực I Nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán

Ấn bản thứ 109: tháng 01 năm 2023: Ông Ross Ainsworth đã nghỉ hưu (nghỉ hưu lần 2) để tận hưởng cuộc sống biển ở Bali |
Sự cạnh tranh tại In-đô-nê-si-a ngày càng gay gắt khi nước này đã phê duyệt nhập khẩu cho 11 xưởng chế biến xuất khẩu mới của Bra-xin |
Việt Nam đã tiến hành một chiến dịch chống tham nhũng trên diện rộng; và mức chi tiêu của nước này ở mức cao ngất ngưởng trong dịp Tết..Read More

Michael Patching, 09/02/2023

Court issues further orders for sale of arrested livestock ship

The Federal Court of Australia has issued further orders for the sale of the livestock vessel “Yangtze Fortune”, which has been arrested at Portland in Victoria…Read More

James Nason, 19/01/2023

Trade

January beef exports off to slow start, at 51,471t

New-season Australian beef exports are off to a slow start, with just 51,471 tonnes of chilled and frozen beef shipped for January, Department of Agriculture records show…Read More

Jon Condon, 06/02/2023

Butchers from five states claim National Sausage Kings crowns

Country and city-based butchers from five states were successful in the 2023 National Sausage Kings Competition finals held in Adelaide by the Australian Meat Industry Council over the weekend…Read More

Beef Central, 06/02/2023

Watt reports positive progress on UK FTA

Federal agriculture Minister Murray Watt is reporting positive progress toward the final ratification of the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement following his return from London last week…Read More

James Nason, 01/02/2023

Competitor watch: Brazil gains greater access to Indonesian beef market

Brazil will gain more access to the Indonesian beef market following an announcement this week that a further 11 Brazilian beef processing plants have been approved to commence exports.  ..Read More

Beef Central, 20/01/2023

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Managing the risks of double muscling in your herd

While it is possible to select for increased muscle scores, there has been an emerging trend over the past twenty-five years associated with double muscling in some beef breeds. While carrier animals may offer advantages, that advantage is best used with full knowledge of the animal and the limitations associated with future breeding decisions…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 07/02/2023

Weekly genetics review: Know the difference between scan data and EBVs as selection tools

Using an episode from a recent carcase competition as an example, genetics editor Al Rayner steps through the differences between raw data, such as scans or weights, and EBVS as selections tools ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 31/01/2023

Weekly genetics review: Preparation key to successful Autumn 2023 bull purchases

The opportunity to purchase bulls from practically any state throughout most the year has potentially altered the way seedstock breeders consider the timing of their autumn and spring bull sales, genetics editor Al Rayner says in his first column for 2023 ahead of upcoming autumn sales  ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 24/01/2023

Have we listed your Autumn 2023 bull sale details?

Beef Central has completed research for its 2023 autumn bull sales calendar, featuring sales fixtures nationwide across all major beef breeds being held between now and the end of June. Here’s how to make sure your sale is included..Read More

Beef Central, 24/01/2023

Ag Tech

Parts manufacturers say agriculture needs legal right to repair

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has reaffirmed its support of the agricultural industry’s right to repair fight after a major John Deere announcement earlier this month…Read More

Beef Central, 25/01/2023

Telstra invests a further $2 million in agtech company, Farmbot

Remote monitoring agtech services provider Farmbot has received a second major injection of funds totalling $2 million from telecommunications company Telstra…Read More

Beef Central, 08/12/2022

Talking tech at Toowoomba’s MLA updates

Technology was front and centre for crowds gathering at the MLA updates forum in Toowoomba this week, with drones, satellite maps and cutting-edge genetics all featuring in displays and presentations. What did the attendees think of it?..Read More

Eric Barker, 02/12/2022

World-first free satellite pasture imagery launched for Australian red meat producers

Every cattle producer in Australia now has free access to satellite maps showing weekly changes in groundcover and pasture biomass on their properties – provided they are registered members of Meat & Livestock Australia…Read More

Beef Central, 01/12/2022

AgProperty Central

Weekly property review: Properties for sale

Commercial scale in northern NSW | CQ’s El Rocco up for grabs | Large scale grazing & grain growing in southern QLD | High rainfall grazing in southern NSW offers passive income | Tightly held breeder block in CQ |
CQ cattle breeding & cash cropping | Southern QLD’s Tabooba offers diversity | Winton’s Wando offered separately | Two grazing opportunities on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 08/02/2023

Re-listed and re-scheduled properties

Sefton re-lists premier Tamworth holding | Historic New England grazing heads to auction | $8.5m price tag of FNQ’s Morecambe Station | Wet weather postpones sale of Charleville’s Noella..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 08/02/2023

Shifting debt dynamics influencing property investment trends

The dominant trend of family farm businesses outbidding institutional buyers seen over the past two years has cooled as a result of shifting debt dynamics according to LAWD senior directors and property specialists Danny Thomas and Col Medway…Read More

Beef Central, 08/02/2023

Casino operator Star Entertainment secures Qld property for carbon

Casino developer Star Entertainment has secured a 170ha parcel of farmland near Gympie in South-East Queensland to help manage its future carbon emissions reduction and to support biodiversity and native forest regeneration…Read More

Beef Central, 08/02/2023

AgCarbon Central

The cool carbon trend heating up in the north

As the heat is turned up on climate targets and demand for carbon credits appears to be increasing, a methodology used to cool down fires in the north has started to make a surge…Read More

Eric Barker, 07/02/2023

Opinion: why methane from cows is being unfairly treated

New South Wales producer George King argues that livestock-related methane emissions are being unfairly treated by governments and pushes for the industry to have input into the climate narrative…Read More

George King, 03/02/2023

Explainer: what the Government is proposing with carbon trading

After more than six months in power, the Albanese Government’s proposed shake up of the carbon framework is coming to a head – with a draft plan of the “safeguard mechanism” released and plenty of debate ensuing…Read More

Eric Barker, 01/02/2023

Bill Gates says there are multiple options for reducing livestock emissions

Billionaire philanthropist and climate change investor Bill Gates has made an appearance in Australia, taking time to chat to the Lowy Institute about a range of topics – including red meat…Read More

Eric Barker, 27/01/2023

Sheep Central

NSW Farmers applies pressure on sheep and goat EID funding

NEW South Wales Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders has again refused to clarify what level of funding his government is prepared to commit for producers for the mandatory rollout of…..Read More

Supermarkets urged to dissociate from animal welfare benchmark

A VICTORIAN sheep and wool producer wants Australia’s major supermarkets to disassociate themselves from the Business Benchmark for Animal Welfare due to its proposal to rank food companies on any…..Read More

New contributors to sheep sustainability cause welcomed

AUSTRALIA’S Sheep Sustainability Framework board and the Sustainability Steering Group have welcomed new members and paid tribute to four outgoing contributors...Read More

Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 8 February 2023

A SLOW-MOVING surface low trough brought heavy falls and thunderstorms across eastern New South Wales, and eastern and central Queensland...Read More

Grain Central

Pulse slows on fractionation plant progress

Despite several projects being on the drawing board, the increase in Australia's capacity to produce plant-protein ingredients is yet to materialise...Read More

ANZ report charts rise and rise of Aus ag

ANZ in 2010-11 forecast in detail how the next 10 years was likely to pan out for Australian agriculture and its investors. How accurate did the outlook prove to be?..Read More

CBH sets more supply-chain records

CBH Group set a new rail-haulage record last month, as well as loading the biggest canola cargo yet to sail from its Albany terminal. ..Read More

Groups calls for hands off on fuel tax credits

NFF and GrainGrowers are calling on the Federal Government to rule out changes to the Fuel Tax Credits Scheme as recommended in a report from the Grattan Institute which would..Read More

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