Pictures show emaciated Australian cattle in Indo Govt breeding program

Renewed questions have been raised about the lack of welfare assurances for Australian breeding cattle exported to foreign countries following the release of photographs showing the emaciated condition of Australian cattle in an Indonesian Government breeding program…Read More

James Nason, December 9, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Some heat-related harvest bans and Wimmera growers’ willingness to hold sales after cashing hay and canola maintained upside pressure on cash and futures. Yields remain below average from WA to southern Queensland…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, December 9, 2019

Low A$ expected to underpin beef exports during 2020

The Australian dollar currently sits at US68.3c – down 7pc on the same time last year – and banks currently forecast that it will remain low during 2020, helping underpin competitiveness in Australian beef exports…Read More

Beef Central, December 9, 2019

$3.73m to help beef producers benchmark sustainability practices

Federal funding of $3.73 million has been allocated to a new project to help beef producers assess their land management practices against a new national online sustainability framework being developed by industry…Read More

Beef Central, December 9, 2019

Light heifers lift in value, in 12,648 head AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers listed on AuctionsPlus totalled 12,648 this week, firm on the week before. There were significant price increases for steers and heifer categories under 330kg, with heifers less than 200kg increasing by 21c to average 278c…Read More

Beef Central, December 6, 2019

10 great Christmas gift ideas for meat lovers

From meat thermometers to high-end dry aging cabinets, here are 10 gift ideas for the beef lovers in your life this Christmas…Read More

Beef Central, December 6, 2019

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Victoria’s Gary Hardwick to chair AMIC | New senior management roles settled for merged Nutrien | New chairman, board members for Wagyu Association | Metcalfe to head ‘mega’ ag department | Milne bids farewell after eight years as AHA chair | Life membership for NSW cattle breeder..Read More

Jon Condon, December 6, 2019

A few facts about fake meat
Dr Ross Ainsworth, December 6, 2019
Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?
Ian McLean, Bush Agribusiness, December 6, 2019


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Kay’s Cuts: Beef is king of the US meat case

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News

$3.73m to help beef producers benchmark sustainability practices

Federal funding of $3.73 million has been allocated to a new project to help beef producers assess their land management practices against a new national online sustainability framework being developed by industry…Read More

Beef Central, December 9, 2019

10 great Christmas gift ideas for meat lovers

From meat thermometers to high-end dry aging cabinets, here are 10 gift ideas for the beef lovers in your life this Christmas…Read More

Beef Central, December 6, 2019

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Victoria’s Gary Hardwick to chair AMIC | New senior management roles settled for merged Nutrien | New chairman, board members for Wagyu Association | Metcalfe to head ‘mega’ ag department | Milne bids farewell after eight years as AHA chair | Life membership for NSW cattle breeder..Read More

Jon Condon, December 6, 2019

Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Agribusiness consultant Ian McLean from Bush Agribusiness offers his thoughts on the industry’s Red Meat 2030 document, and what it means for priority setting over the next decade…Read More

Ian McLean, Bush Agribusiness, December 6, 2019

Markets

Light heifers lift in value, in 12,648 head AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers listed on AuctionsPlus totalled 12,648 this week, firm on the week before. There were significant price increases for steers and heifer categories under 330kg, with heifers less than 200kg increasing by 21c to average 278c…Read More

Beef Central, December 6, 2019

Dubbo sale 5 Dec 2019: Downward trend continues

Cows continue their downward trend losing a further 8c to 13c however young cattle to the restockers were the highlight lifting in price by up to 20c with solid interest from southern restockers…Read More

David Monk, December 6, 2019

Southern weaner sales kick off: opening market underwhelms at Euroa + VIDEO

Hopeful of achieving an overall sale average of 330c/kg, selling agents and participating vendors experienced a more sedate result that ranged mostly from 300 to 330c/kg, which was deemed satisfactory under the circumstances without being lavish…Read More

Murray Arnel, December 5, 2019

Dalby sale 4 Dec 2019: Weaners sell to cheaper rates

The supply of stock reduced from the very high level of the previous week with 2,359 head less to 6,715…Read More

Beef Central, December 5, 2019

Production

Cattle productivity webinars to focus on injectable trace minerals

Upcoming webinars will focus on recent advances in trace mineral research which have delivered productivity benefits from the use of injectable trace minerals in cattle…Read More

Beef Central, December 4, 2019

Qld beef producers’ regenerative agriculture recognised in awards + VIDEO

Queensland beef producers Russell and Catriona Murdoch’s work to use regenerative agriculture to achieve both ecological and financial improvements within their grazing business were recognised when they were announced as finalists in the Reef Champion Awards in Mackay last night…Read More

Beef Central, November 27, 2019

RED MEAT 2019: Call for research to identify pain relief ‘gold standard’

A veterinarian has urged research to be fast-tracked to enable producers to effectively compare the various pain relief products now available for livestock…Read More

James Nason, November 20, 2019

Why are researchers painting zebra stripes on cattle?

Japanese researchers have conducted a unique experiment to test if stripes can provide the same benefits for cattle that they do for zebras…Read More

James Nason, November 18, 2019

Processing

Weekly kill: Grids soften as export meat prices ease and seasonal closures loom

Direct consignment slaughter price signals are becoming harder to distinguish, as more processors withdraw from making offers this week, confident that they have most of their kill requirements covered through to seasonal closures due in a fortnight’s time. As well as supply/demand pressures, another clear reason for this price adjustment is a big check in export meat prices seen in the market this week…Read More

Jon Condon, December 3, 2019

Weekly kill: Grids show easing trend, as processors fill remaining slots for the year

With three weeks remaining in the 2019 beef slaughter season, some Eastern states processors have lowered grid offers this week – or indeed withdrawn from quoting altogether – confident that they have their kill requirements more or less covered through to Christmas plant closures. It’s delivered some significant corrections in saleyards prices for slaughter cattle this morning. ..Read More

Jon Condon, November 26, 2019

Ownership changes for Kimberley’s Yeeda Pastoral Co and beef processing facility

Kimberley region cattleman Jack Burton has sold his family’s interests in Yeeda Pastoral Co and the Kimberley Meat Co processing facility he co-developed near Broome…Read More

Beef Central, November 19, 2019

Weekly kill: Cow market continues to surge, as 90CL burger meat price streaks higher

Slaughter cow prices continue to head into uncharted territory this week, in response to a relentless surge in international grinding beef market demand…Read More

Jon Condon, November 19, 2019

Lotfeeding

Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Some heat-related harvest bans and Wimmera growers’ willingness to hold sales after cashing hay and canola maintained upside pressure on cash and futures. Yields remain below average from WA to southern Queensland…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, December 9, 2019

Carted water charges proposed for feedlot customers

The stock water access situation for eastern states feedlots continues to deteriorate, with one large Queensland yard this week proposing to charge custom-feeding clients for carted water from early next year…Read More

Jon Condon, November 28, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Barley finds the floor as new-crop eases

Wheat prices are showing no signs of easing, but new-crop barley prices have dropped a few dollars per tonne in the past week to levels which are buying domestic slots in eastern Australia and exciting some export interest…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, November 28, 2019

Losses mount in November grainfed trading budget

A record-high breakeven figure has been recorded in Beef Central’s monthly 100-day grainfed steer trading budget calculated this morning. Using our standard set of variables, we’ve arrived at a $47 loss on our typical 450kg feeder steer entering a downs feedlot today, and closing out after a 105 day program in March next year…Read More

Jon Condon, November 27, 2019

Live Export

Pictures show emaciated Australian cattle in Indo Govt breeding program

Renewed questions have been raised about the lack of welfare assurances for Australian breeding cattle exported to foreign countries following the release of photographs showing the emaciated condition of Australian cattle in an Indonesian Government breeding program…Read More

James Nason, December 9, 2019

Has 2019 been a turning point year for live exports?

2019 shaped as one of the most challenging years in the Australian livestock export industry’s history, but may have proven to be one of the most important for its future…Read More

James Nason, November 18, 2019

‘Dumb is expensive’: make things better by making things different

Keeping an open mind – and avoiding premature evaluation of an idea – is essential to the process of effectively embracing change, founder of Minds at Work, Jason Clarke, told the recent LIVEXchange conference in Townsville…Read More

James Nason, November 12, 2019

SE Asia Report: New 5pc breeder formula allows feeder permits to flow

Also in today’s October 2019 update: Chinese ASF epidemic results in sharp pork price rises as supply collapses and new a FMD outbreak in Thailand pushes cattle prices down…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, November 8, 2019

Trade

Low A$ expected to underpin beef exports during 2020

The Australian dollar currently sits at US68.3c – down 7pc on the same time last year – and banks currently forecast that it will remain low during 2020, helping underpin competitiveness in Australian beef exports…Read More

Beef Central, December 9, 2019

A few facts about fake meat

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is how fake meat should be viewed, not as a threat to beef producers, but a sincere endorsement of the extreme desirability of beef, the prince of meats…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, December 6, 2019

China’s frantic protein demand rolls-on in November beef exports

China is now firmly on track to become Australia’s largest export beef customer by volume for the 2019 calendar year, November’s monthly beef export statistics indicate…Read More

Jon Condon, December 3, 2019

Australia ratifies trade deal with Indonesia

Australia today ratified its latest bilateral trade agreement, this time with its northern neighbour, Indonesia…Read More

Beef Central, November 26, 2019

Genetics

2019 bull sales: Your complete guide to how each major beef breed fared

Beef Central’s annual breed-by-breed analysis of bull sales during 2019 exposes wide variance in performance, based on average prices and numbers of bulls sold per breed ..Read More

Jon Condon, December 5, 2019

2019 bull sales: 13pc decline in numbers sold at auction

A combination of fewer bulls being catalogued for sale by bull breeders, and lower sale clearance rates has driven a 13 percent decline in the number of bulls sold at auction this year across Australia, Beef Central’s annual analysis of bull sale trends has shown…Read More

Jon Condon, December 5, 2019

CSIRO auctions historic bull semen for charity

Advances in science mean an historic collection of bull semen held by CSIRO is no longer required by the national science agency, and will be auctioned this week to raise money for the charity. An on-line auction will include about 150 semen lots totalling about 5000 straws from a variety of breeds, representing AI donor bulls gathered in the 1980s and 90s…Read More

Beef Central, November 25, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Reflecting on the challenges of the 2019 bull selling season

As the 2019 bull selling season draws to a close, there are some key trends that have emerged from what has been a challenging year for all producers across the country. Despite the continued reduction in cow numbers, this year’s spring bull selling season was not as tough as many producers first feared. Strong sales with high clearances occurred across most breeds in NSW and Victoria, while in the north demand for bulls remained as strong as previous years, with total clearances at major sales…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, November 7, 2019

Ag Tech

Hungry Jacks founder Jack Cowin says farmers can capitalise on new diets

‘The burgers are better at Hungry Jacks’ and now, according to the Founder of the fast food chain, they are also better for our world. And whilst the recent release of the plant-based Rebel Whopper has attracted a new customer base, Jack Cowin’s primary ambition is to produce more of these economical alternative proteins in Australia, leading to additional jobs and greater investment…Read More

Beef Central, December 2, 2019

RED MEAT 2019: “I can check my pastures while I eat my Weet-Bix”

One year ago Meat & Livestock Australia and Carwoola Pastoral Company near Canberra joined forces to put a wide range of ag tech products to the practical and economical test on the property. What were the findings?..Read More

James Nason, November 19, 2019

Agtech: Artificial Intelligence trial tracks JBS beef from paddock to plate

A ground-breaking trial underway with the nation’s largest red meat exporter, JBS Australia, is using sensors, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and blockchain to provide a data trail for the industry and consumers – all the way from paddock to plate…Read More

Beef Central, November 20, 2019

New digital ag research station to help future-proof farms

Drones, remote monitoring and advanced data analytics will provide scientists unprecedented accuracy in studying crops and farming systems able to cope with climate change, at the new Boorowa Agriculture Research Station, opened by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO this week…Read More

Beef Central, November 9, 2019

Property

Weekly Property Review: Defining property sales in 2019

In our second last weekly property review for 2019, we present a state-by-state snapshot of the defining property sales across Australia, as reported over the past 12 months…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, December 5, 2019

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Rifa sells first of its southern assets for $30m | Another Chinese investor sells out of Australian ag | Charters Towers Rocky Springs sells prior to auction..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, November 27, 2019

Movement at the Station: Recent property listings

$25m anticipated for historic Mawallok | Waratah attractive high-rainfall grazing country | Surat’s Warkon to sell after 93 years | Christmas auction for Taroom’s Deearne | Iconic pub listed for sale..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, November 27, 2019

Weekly property review: Water opening the potential in northern Australia

Queensland’s north west is dominated by beef and cattle production, but the extensive grassfed grazing industry is on the verge of being integrated with more intensive irrigation farming, writes property editor Linda Rowley…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, November 21, 2019

Sheep Central

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool…..Read More

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed...Read More

Merino ewe hoggets sell to $262 on AuctionsPlus

DEMAND intensified for breeding sheep on AuctionsPlus last week, with Merino ewe hoggets selling to $262 and older ewes making to $252...Read More

NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

LAMB and mutton sector resilience has failed to offset a flattening of agribusiness conditions due to seasonal conditions in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest NAB Agribusiness…..Read More

Grain Central

Drought prompts cuts to Namoi Cotton jobs, cashflow

Major Australian ginner and marketer Namoi Cotton has shed 50 jobs and cut its cashflow estimates in a restructure designed to help it weather the current drought...Read More

Rural confidence hits 15-month low, but above previous droughts: Rabobank

Sentiment in the nation’s agricultural sector is at a 15-month low as Australia’s farmers brace for a hot, dry summer with drought conditions intensifying across large swathes of the country..Read More

Drought keeps locust threat in check

Australian plague locust numbers remained very low over spring and the summer outlook is for very low population densities to continue in most regions of inland eastern Australia...Read More

Harvest focus shifts south as drought-hit NSW deliveries wind down

Market attention has shifted to the Victorian and South Australian harvest as NSW growers park the header after a drought-shortened harvest, and reconsider the future for canola as a crop..Read More

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