Argentina close to resuming beef export trade

Argentine meat packers are reported  to have reached a preliminary deal with the nation’s government that will allow beef exports to partially re-open, following a month-long suspension aimed at cutting domestic food price inflation in the lead-up to a national election later this year…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2021

JBS concludes deal to buy Europe’s Vivera plant-based food manufacturer

JBS, the world’s largest protein company and second-largest food producer, has finalised a deal to purchase Europe’s third-largest plant-based food manufacturer, Vivera…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2021

Call for universal framework to showcase ag’s carbon credentials

Australian agriculture needs to develop a standard framework that showcases the industry’s sustainability and decarbonisation credentials if it is to stay competitive in the global marketplace…Read More

Neil Lyon, 18/06/2021

Episode 17: Tracey Hayes – live export market class action facilitator

In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Tracey Hayes, who led the live export industry’s successful Class Action over the impact of the Federal Government’s 2011 Indonesian live export market suspension…Read More

Jon Condon, 18/06/2021

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum wriggles into rations

Downgraded sorghum is pushing its way into some northern feed rations as barley values firm, and trucks remain hard to get for domestic consumers amid rain which has made on-farm access difficult…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, 18/06/2021

Recruitment: Top 10 tips for getting the best out of your employees

Somewhere in their mission statements and values, most companies claim that their employees are important, yet many fail to fully utilise the intelligence and creative talents of their people…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2021

Animal welfare recognised in Australian trade agreement for the first time

Animal welfare will have its own chapter in the agreement, according to details released by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this week…Read More

Guest Author, 18/06/2021



Industry Dashboard

$A / $US

Updated 7am daily
Today
0.7550
Source: NAB

ASX Market Index

19 Jun 2021 (updated 10am daily)
Company Price Trending
Elders $11.71
Australian Agricultural Co $1.36
Graincorp $5.15
Ridley $1.14
Woolworths $42.67
Wellard $0.06
Source: ASX

Beef Kill

Eastern States, weekly

Last Week

100358
Source: MLA's NLRS

EYCI

Eastern Young Cattle Indicator, c/kg

Today

913
Source: MLA's NLRS

90CL Cow

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

Today

770.0
Source: Steiner Consulting, MLA

Live Export

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

Today

410
Source: Trade contacts

SOI

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

4.5
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Feeder Steer

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

Today

475
Source: Feeder Steer

What readers are saying

Meat and alternative protein groups respond to senate inquiry into definitions of meat

Thank you, Marcus, for presenting the CCA's initial position. APC, in its response, refers to growth in 'plant based meat'. Well, that is the real issue, isn't it? Nothing wrong with....

Val Dyer
More
Livex shutdown 10 years on: the calamity of knee-jerk decisions

Whilst all very true and pertinent, the industry was commercially 'hammered' before in 1997 due to the Asian Financial Crisis, (AFC) this lasted for three long years, effect was....

David Heath
More
Food Frontier responds to alternative protein labelling questions

James, Firstly I congratulate you and Beef Central for pursuing Food Frontier on all the points that you raise. It saddens me (as it should all meat lovers) to....

Richard Rains
More
Weekly property review: Carbon contracts show potential to increase land values

Yep !! Great to see this filtering through ... As for the measurement of the changes in land-value for these pastoral and farming grazing units, the truth will be in....

Michael+Vail
More

News

JBS concludes deal to buy Europe’s Vivera plant-based food manufacturer

JBS, the world’s largest protein company and second-largest food producer, has finalised a deal to purchase Europe’s third-largest plant-based food manufacturer, Vivera…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2021

Call for universal framework to showcase ag’s carbon credentials

Australian agriculture needs to develop a standard framework that showcases the industry’s sustainability and decarbonisation credentials if it is to stay competitive in the global marketplace…Read More

Neil Lyon, 18/06/2021

Recruitment: Top 10 tips for getting the best out of your employees

Somewhere in their mission statements and values, most companies claim that their employees are important, yet many fail to fully utilise the intelligence and creative talents of their people…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2021

Animal welfare recognised in Australian trade agreement for the first time

Animal welfare will have its own chapter in the agreement, according to details released by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this week…Read More

Guest Author, 18/06/2021

Markets

Dalby sale 16 June 2021: Local and interstate restockers active

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock continued to improve in price. Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed experienced only quality related price changes…Read More

Beef Central, 17/06/2021

Roma store sale 15 June: Smaller yardings continue with 4088 head offered

The limited numbers of light weight steers improved, as did the heavy weight steers while medium weight yearling steers eased through quality related demand…Read More

Beef Central, 16/06/2021

Southern rain further supports heavier steer and heifer market online

Some excellent falls of rain throughout the past week in parts of southern Australia continued to underpin demand for light cattle in online sales this week, with the EYCI jumping back above 900c during the week…Read More

Beef Central, 13/06/2021

Dalby sale 9 June 2021: Light weight steer prices up to 40c/kg dearer

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged over 40c/kg better. Restockers also competed against feeder operators on yearling steers under 400kg lifting average prices by 13c to 25c/kg…Read More

Beef Central, 10/06/2021

Production

WA to move to optional earmarking and branding by 2022

Earmarking and branding of cattle, and earmarking of sheep, are set to become optional in Western Australia in 2022 following consultation with WA producers and industry stakeholders…Read More

James Nason, 17/06/2021

Webinar: Developing an immune-ready breeding cow

Developing an immune-ready breeding cow, through protection before conception is the theme of a webinar being held later today hosted by the Australian Wagyu Association and Zoetis Animal Health..Read More

Beef Central, 15/06/2021

Agtech: Gallagher buys virtual fencing technology pioneer

Electric fencing and animal management equipment company Gallagher has purchased virtual fencing technology pioneer Agersens, under a deal designed to allow Gallagher to further improve the solution and accelerate commercial expansion across Australian and international livestock markets…Read More

Beef Central, 14/06/2021

Webinars to examine northern grazing land management topics

FutureBeef will host two informative webinars on northern grazing lands management topics in the next fortnight. The first will focus on rotational versus continuous grazing systems, and the second will focus on balancing grazing and forestry interests..Read More

Beef Central, 08/06/2021

Processing

Weekly kill: Direct consignment grids mostly steady, as all major players return to the market

The return of JBS to the slaughter cattle market this week has seen little or no substantive change to direct consignment grid pricing, having missed offering quotes since the company’s dramatic cyber attack back on 30 May…Read More

Jon Condon, 15/06/2021

Red meat R&D: Shadow robot technology mimics human actions

Improving safety and reducing workplace fatigue and injury are high priorities for the processing industry, and that means a big focus on the way staff use technology and tools within processing plants.  ‘Shadow robots’ are one new technology being studied, which promise to leverage the skills of operational staff, while removing their hands from the dangerous tasks such as bandsaw operations…Read More

Beef Central, 10/06/2021

Weekly kill: JBS closure has little effect on cattle markets, but some rises seen in beef

Direct consignment and saleyards cattle markets have shown little or no effect from JBS Australia’s week-long closure last week, following the dramatic cyber-security breach of the company’s operating systems on either side of the Pacific. JBS is yet to re-activate its direct consignment offers, having a backlog of cattle still to process, but export competitors in southern QLD this week are offering 680c/kg on four-tooth grassfed steer and 620c/kg on heavy cows..Read More

Jon Condon, 08/06/2021

Weekly kill: Cow grids lift, in response to export grinding meat trends

SOME export processor cow grids have lifted by up to 20c/kg in the past week – partly in response to substantial improvement being seen in export manufacturing beef prices…Read More

Jon Condon, 01/06/2021

Lotfeeding

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum wriggles into rations

Downgraded sorghum is pushing its way into some northern feed rations as barley values firm, and trucks remain hard to get for domestic consumers amid rain which has made on-farm access difficult…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, 18/06/2021

New 8000 head Riverina feedlot dedicated to Wagyu nears completion

Pens should start to fill in Australia’s latest ‘greenfield’ commercial feedlot in the NSW Southern Riverina region within the next two months. Victorian Wagyu beef producers Nick and Vicki Sher are behind the new venture – the first commercial feedlot to be established from scratch in NSW since the construction of the 5000-head Conargo feedlot in 2018…Read More

Jon Condon, 17/06/2021

Mort & Co buys Guyra Milling business

Australia’s largest privately owned lotfeeder, Mort & Co, is set to acquire the site of northern New South Wales stockfeeds business, Guyra Milling. This announcement follows the launch earlier this month of its new division, Mort & Co Stockfeeds, which is set to invest $20 million into a state-of-the-art stockfeeds facility at its Grassdale Feedlot near Dalby on southern Queensland’s Darling Downs…Read More

Beef Central, 15/06/2021

Feedgrain Focus: Patchy Victorian start supports prices

Prices for wheat and barley have firmed in the past week as grower selling remains limited in the final weeks of the current financial year, and consumers digest the last of their January-June bookings…Read More

Liz Wells, 11/06/2021

Live Export

Administrators seek buyers for live exporters NACC and SACC

Administrators appointed to manage the affairs of live exporter North Australian Cattle Co and its sister company, Southern Australian Cattle Co have called for expressions of interest from investors interested in buying the businesses…Read More

Beef Central, 15/06/2021

SE Asia Report: Feeder prices hold above $4/kg

Australian feeder steer prices remain above $4 per kg live weight as Indonesian importers deal with rising feed commodity prices, while Vietnam has restarted live imports after a pause in March and April…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, 14/06/2021

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Asia Tenggara – Edisi ke 90 Mei 2021.

Poin-poin utama: Harga sapi bakalan Australia tetap di atas $4 per kg bobot hidup; NAAC, eksportir terbesar sapi hidup Australia dinyatakan pailit; Vietnam memulai kembali impor sapi hidup pada bulan Mei.
..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, 14/06/2021

Báo cáo Thị trường : Ngành chăn nuôi bò thịt Đông Nam Á – Ấn bản số 90

Điểm tin chính: Giá bò non của Úc vẫn giữ ở mức trên $4/ kg hơi (1 đô la Úc ~17,900 đồng); NACC, một nhà xuất khẩu gia súc lớn của Úc tuyên bố phá sản; Việt Nam bắt đầu nhập khẩu trở lại vào tháng 5..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, 14/06/2021

Trade

Argentina close to resuming beef export trade

Argentine meat packers are reported  to have reached a preliminary deal with the nation’s government that will allow beef exports to partially re-open, following a month-long suspension aimed at cutting domestic food price inflation in the lead-up to a national election later this year…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2021

Is there scope for more ‘clean labelling’ of value-added meat products?

A recently completed industry research project has reviewed recent advancements in ‘clean label’ food products to identify new opportunities for the Australian red meat sector to value-add products under clean label claims…Read More

Beef Central, 14/06/2021

British consumers want more Australian beef and lamb – but at a price

Half of the Britons surveyed in a recent poll would buy Australian lamb and beef more often if it was stocked in United Kingdom supermarket shelves more frequently at cheaper prices…Read More

Terry Sim, 08/06/2021

Olympics focus for MLA’s winter beef marketing campaign + VIDEO

Australian Olympic and Paralympic athletes are shining a spotlight on beef’s nutritional value and the important role it plays in their diets as part of MLA’s 2021 winter beef campaign, Australian Beef. Feed Your Greatness…Read More

Beef Central, 07/06/2021

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Key considerations ahead of 2021 spring bull sales

With the 2021 spring bull selling season rapidly approaching, its timely for producers to consider what influences are likely to have an impact over their purchases. “It’s time to looking at what you want a bull for, recognising demand will be strong and that bulls for particular purposes, such as heifer matings, even more so,” genetics editor Al Rayner says. “However its also important to not look once at EBVs, as genomics see some bulls being re-ranked and this is important to check on before the sale.”..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 15/06/2021

Weekly genetics review: Giving your heifers time aids fertility performance

Respected WA cattle vet Dr Enoch Bergman highlighted several key messages around heifer selection and management that underpin improved lifetime productivity, during an address at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton last month…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 08/06/2021

ROI study finds investment in genomic selection tools for commercial heifers adds up

In a return on investment case study conducted recently across 756 commercial Angus heifers, the Angus HeiferSelect genetic selection tool delivered significant financial return over the lifespan of each heifer tested, a recent webinar audience was told…Read More

Beef Central, 03/06/2021

Embryo survival: The hidden reproductive loss in cattle

In this contributed genetics article, retired well-known animal scientist Michael D’Occhio, now an Honorary Professor with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, highlights an aspect of reproductive performance that attracts less attention than it should – the period between fertilisation and pregnancy…..Read More

Michael D’Occhio, 18/05/2021

Ag Tech

What will the ag tech farm of the future look like?

The time is fast-approaching when farmers will be operating their businesses fully underpinned by automation, artificial intelligence and real-time data…Read More

Neil Lyon, 14/06/2021

What’s the secret to boosting ag tech adoption on Australian farms?

Developing ag tech products that save farmers time and money, securing venture capital and applying effective marketing strategies hold the key to increasing the adoption of ag tech by the agricultural sector…Read More

James Nason, 07/06/2021

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

Property

Weekly property review: Land use conversion – does it pay?

Converting agricultural country from one commodity to another does not automatically lift land value, but it is a strategic decision being made by some producers considering the potential returns. There have been a number of recent agricultural property sales examples across eastern Australia where land use has changed, for various reasons, property editor Linda Rowley reports…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 16/06/2021

$230m expectations for NT’s Walhallow and Amungee Mungee

Two showcase grazing properties in the Northern Territory that have been the subject of heavy investment to lift carrying capacity have been placed on the market, with price expectations of around $230 million.  ..Read More

Beef Central, 16/06/2021

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Warragundi returns to Australian hands | $6.1m for NT fodder operation | NT family pays $7.2m for QLD’s Sandalwood | Barcaldine’s Eurolie makes $14m | Central Highlands producers secure western grazing | Langidoon and Metford Stations purchased for conservation | Dunsdons settle on Bollon’s Yamma | Cunnamulla’s Lulworth makes around $103/ha bare..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 09/06/2021

Movement at the Station: Recent property listings

Blue ribbon Victorian enterprises tipped to make $60m | Strong interest in Beaufort holding | CQ beef producers continue downsizing | Well-watered breeding country in FNQ | 3000 breeders offered on North QLD’s Inkerman | Negotiations underway for Maranoa’s Well Gully | Wide Bay grazing attracts good inquiry..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 09/06/2021

Sheep Central

TFI releases new forward lamb contracts up to 880c/kg

MAJOR export processor Thomas Foods international has finalised new late Winter/Spring forward lamb contracts and kill space availability as it plans plant maintenance and upgrades at its Tamworth and Lobethal..Read More

Tattykeel Certified red tags work for record $988 Aussie White ewes

A UNIQUE red Tattykeel Certified ear tag has potentially added more than $300 to the price of the most expensive commercial ewes sold in Australia...Read More

WA moving to optional ear marking and branding by 2022

EAR marking of sheep and earmarking and branding of cattle are set to become optional in Western Australia in 2022 following consultation with WA producers and industry stakeholders...Read More

Pooginook Merino to share its journey to no breech modification + VIDEO

THE journey of New South Wales Pooginook Poll and Merino studs to no breech modification will be outlined in a webinar next week...Read More

Grain Central

Ag sector underpins Australia’s economic recovery from Covid

Australia’s agricultural sector has been a shining light of solid performance throughout the Covid pandemic, setting records for production and exports and helping underpin the nation’s economic recovery...Read More

Australian rice a big winner in UK trade agreement

The Australian Government has secured a landmark market access outcome for Australian rice growers in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom announced yesterday evening...Read More

Wide Open Ag looks at repatriating OatUP manufacture to WA

WA company Wide Open Agriculture is looking at introducing domestic processing of oats grown in WA to help satisfy growing Australian and international demand for its OatUP oat milk...Read More

Leigh Creek urea project passes capital raising milestone

The Leigh Creek Energy urea project in South Australia has successfully completed an $18 million capital raising...Read More

Get Beef Central's news headlines emailed to you -
FREE!