Food agility project seeks to tackle substitution and fraud in beef exports

Three tonnes of Australian export beef packed out of the Northern Cooperative Meat Co plant at Casino NSW earlier this year is claimed to have been the first export beef to be tracked and verified using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies…Read More

Jon Condon, October 18, 2019

Red Meat 2030 launch event in Canberra + PICS

The red meat industry strategic plan developed over the past year will guide the whole red meat industry to achieve its potential over the next 10 years, RMAC independent chair Don Mackay told the Red Meat 2030 plan launch event in Canberra on Wednesday. ..Read More

Beef Central, October 18, 2019

Webinar: Find out about AgTech month in Qld

Ten AgTech events in one month – find out more about each of the events that make Queensland the AgTech State in November in our free webinar to be held from 12:30pm on Tuesday Oct 22…Read More

Beef Central, October 16, 2019

Korean beef safeguard set to trigger

Australia will trigger the 2019 beef safeguard to Korea in the coming days, with the tariff on set increase from 24pc to 30pc until 31 December 2019..Read More

Meat & Livestock Australia, October 18, 2019

Recruitment: How to build a more positive workplace culture

There are many benefits in creating a positive workplace culture, including attracting and retaining employees, strengthening your business ‘brand’ and delivering better productivity across the enterprise. Here are some key methods to help achieve it…Read More

Beef Central, October 18, 2019

Weekly Property Review: Recently completed sales

Neighbours secure Central Australia’s Idracowra for $10.1m | Drought stricken Tarwarri snapped up | Record prices for two Western District operations | Farming identity retires, sells Lucindale property | Bordertown’s Munga Park split up | SA spring auction bonanza..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, October 18, 2019

Movement at the station: Recent property listings of note

Monaro history up for grabs | Thargomindah’s Autumnvale on the spring market | Good season on Quilpie’s Gooyea | Passed in: Oakvale Station awaits rain..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, October 18, 2019



Industry Dashboard

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Elders $6.30
Australian Agricultural Co $1.01
Graincorp $7.85
Ridley $1.06
Woolworths $37.91
Wellard $0.05
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Imported 90CL cow beef price. Landed US, Ac/kg CIF

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755.6
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Live Export

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

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315
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Shortfed feeder steer 380-500kg - c/kg paddock sales, eastern states.

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What readers are saying

Hancock adds to New England aggregation

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Red Meat 2030 released, with goal to double red meat sales value within 10 years

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Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

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CSIRO and Hungry Jacks bite into plant-based burger market

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News

Red Meat 2030 launch event in Canberra + PICS

The red meat industry strategic plan developed over the past year will guide the whole red meat industry to achieve its potential over the next 10 years, RMAC independent chair Don Mackay told the Red Meat 2030 plan launch event in Canberra on Wednesday. ..Read More

Beef Central, October 18, 2019

Recruitment: How to build a more positive workplace culture

There are many benefits in creating a positive workplace culture, including attracting and retaining employees, strengthening your business ‘brand’ and delivering better productivity across the enterprise. Here are some key methods to help achieve it…Read More

Beef Central, October 18, 2019

Industry views on proposed red meat reform: CPA

Cattle Producers Australia (CPA) has issued a media release following on from a Cattle Council of Australia’s (CCA) media statement Red Meat Advisory Council’s (RMAC) White Paper recommendations for a restructured red meat industry organisational framework…Read More

Beef Central, October 18, 2019

Agents for change (or do you need a change in agent?)

A good livestock agent, like many service providers, can be invaluable to a livestock business, but a bad one can be very expensive. The agency game has seen a lot of changes over the last 20 years, and there are many more options available to producers than there used to be…Read More

Tom Copley and Ian McLean, October 17, 2019

Markets

Dubbo Sale 17 Oct 2019: Processors boost cow market

Southern and northern processors put extra life into the cow market while the northern feedlotters compete strongly on suitable feeder cattle in a similar sized yarding…Read More

David Monk, October 18, 2019

Dalby sale 16 Oct 2019: Market firm to dearer

mMdium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 10c to 13c/kg better, while medium and heavy weight yearling heifers to feed and the trade sold to strong demand for the quality penned…Read More

Beef Central, October 17, 2019

Roma store sale 15 Oct 2019: Prices respond to shorter supply

Prices generally responded to the shorter supply with improvements across a number of categories…Read More

James Nason, October 16, 2019

FarmGate Auctions inaugural online cattle sale a success

A new national online cattle marketing platform which carries a number of distinct features separating it from AuctionsPlus has held its first auction sale…Read More

Beef Central, October 15, 2019

Production

New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

New rapid molecular tests have been developed to identify bluetongue virus in Australian cattle and sheep. The new tests cut the result time from weeks or months to just a few hours, and can also accommodate testing for more than one strain at a time…Read More

Beef Central, October 14, 2019

Unlocking the secrets to sustainable and profitable intensification in the north

A new three year project is gathering objective data and developing a calculator tool to reduce risk and increase producer confidence to invest in paddock development to lift breeder herd productivity…Read More

Beef Central, October 9, 2019

Bloat losses in NSW, Vic – but capsules still not available

While drought across much of eastern Australia has negated the need for bloat capsules in many areas, there are still regions in NSW and Victoria where bloat is causing losses – and capsules are still years away from being available in Australia…Read More

Fiona Myers, October 2, 2019

Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Kimberley (WA) beef producers the Brockhurst family have used a state-government backed Business Improvement Grant to explore the use of pain relief in cattle in extensive northern grazing conditions.  ..Read More

Beef Central, October 7, 2019

Processing

New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Australian beef processors are exploring new technologies to squeeze every last morsel of meat yield from each carcase they handle, including units designed to extract residual lean meat from beef bones…Read More

Jon Condon, October 10, 2019

Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

A host of innovative new packaging solutions are taking red meat products in exciting new directions, adding convenience, shelf-life, flexibility and value to supply chain offerings, as well as helping reduce food and packaging waste. ..Read More

Jon Condon, October 10, 2019

Qld beef processors facing major impacts from coal mine closure

Some of Queensland’s largest beef processors and cattle lot feeders are bracing for major impacts after learning their supply of coal will be cut off within nine months…Read More

James Nason, October 9, 2019

Proposed new processing developments: Roma update

Among several Queensland towns aiming to become a future meat processing hub, a study commissioned by the Queensland Government last year singled out Roma as having strong potential based on cattle supply…Read More

James Nason, October 4, 2019

Lotfeeding

SmartBeef hears feedlot bedding stacks up

The use of bedding in feedlots is stacking up commercially for Iranda Beef in South Australia, and also in a research trial conducted by the University of New England (UNE), as a means of increasing weight gain and improving cattle and human welfare…Read More

Liz Wells, October 15, 2019

Beef industry today ‘almost unrecognisable’ from 2005, SmartBeef forum told

Highlighting the change and innovation that has occurred in the Australian meat industry during a panel session at ALFA’s SmartBeef conference in Dalby, Teys Australia’s Tom Maguire said the industry today was almost unrecognisable from the industry he joined 14 years ago…Read More

Neil Lyon, October 14, 2019

Industry achievers celebrated at SMARTBEEF 2019

Industry achievers who strive to ensure the Australian cattle feedlot industry remains at the forefront of best practice and innovation were celebrated at the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) SMARTBEEF 2019 event at Dalby, Queensland, last week…Read More

Beef Central, October 9, 2019

Narromine pitches case for feedlot developments at SmartBeef

The Narromine Shire is ready to accommodate at least three new feedlots, and it exhibited at SmartBeef in Dalby last week to spread the word…Read More

Liz Wells, October 8, 2019

Live Export

South East Asia Report: China prices jump 10pc

China slaughter cattle prices jump another 10pc; Indonesian government issues new decree for breeding females; African Swine Fever disaster extends to South Korea and East Timor…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, October 17, 2019

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Edisi ke-70: September 2019

China slaughter cattle prices jump another 10pc; Indonesian government issues new decree for breeding females; African Swine Fever disaster extends to South Korea and East Timor…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, October 17, 2019

Wellard vote to determine fate of Ocean Swagman sale

The fate of the US$22 million sale of the MV Ocean Swagman by Wellard Limited to Heytesbury Cattle Company will come down to a shareholder vote to be held next month…Read More

James Nason, September 26, 2019

New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Federal Parliament has passed new laws to introduce independent oversight of the $1.7 billion live export industry, to boost animal welfare outcomes and further enhance Australia’s position as a “world leader”…Read More

Colin Bettles, September 23, 2019

Trade

Korean beef safeguard set to trigger

Australia will trigger the 2019 beef safeguard to Korea in the coming days, with the tariff on set increase from 24pc to 30pc until 31 December 2019..Read More

Meat & Livestock Australia, October 18, 2019

Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

A host of innovative new packaging solutions are taking red meat products in exciting new directions, adding convenience, shelf-life, flexibility and value to supply chain offerings, as well as helping reduce food and packaging waste. ..Read More

Jon Condon, October 10, 2019

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report…Read More

Beef Central, October 10, 2019

Fake meat? Booming convenience sales are the real meat story

With announcements almost every week that more companies are introducing or trying faux meat products, one might be excused for thinking they’re about to take over the world – not so fast, writes Steve Kay…Read More

Steve Kay, October 8, 2019

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Defining the ‘core breeder’ in times of drought

As producers continue to reshape their drought strategies, the term ‘core breeder group’ is a common one. Many producers refer to their core breeders, however the definition of these animals is much harder to establish, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner, in this weeks genetics review…Read More

Guest Author, October 17, 2019

Bull selection decisions in the south linked to profit drivers

Be clear on what drives profit in your business and match your bull selection to those profit drivers. That’s the message from MLA genetics program manager Hamish Chandler, who says this should underpin how every producer uses genetic selection tools such as EBVs and indexes.
..Read More

Beef Central, July 27, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Relationships that underpin selection

Changing a beef herd, or moving it towards a specific goal is not a quick process. The rate of genetic gain within a herd can be determined by well-proven equations, genetics editor Alastair Rayner reports this week. How quickly new genetics enter a herd and how much selection pressure is placed on existing breeders is the one of the greatest variables when discussing genetic improvement, he says. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, October 9, 2019

Australia to play host to 2021 World Angus forum

With the World Angus Forum now just under two years away, planning and organising is well underway for the two-week event being held across eastern Australia from late April to early May 2021. ..Read More

Beef Central, October 8, 2019

Ag Tech

Food agility project seeks to tackle substitution and fraud in beef exports

Three tonnes of Australian export beef packed out of the Northern Cooperative Meat Co plant at Casino NSW earlier this year is claimed to have been the first export beef to be tracked and verified using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies…Read More

Jon Condon, October 18, 2019

Webinar: Find out about AgTech month in Qld

Ten AgTech events in one month – find out more about each of the events that make Queensland the AgTech State in November in our free webinar to be held from 12:30pm on Tuesday Oct 22…Read More

Beef Central, October 16, 2019

Agtech: eGrazor measuring cattle pasture intake

Working in collaboration with the NSW DPI, CSIRO has developed a monitoring device that determines pasture intake by cattle based on behavioural information. The solar-powered system’s sensors are worn by grazing livestock, and collect real-time behavioural data that can be interpreted to inform management and selection strategies for more sustainable livestock production systems. ..Read More

Beef Central, October 11, 2019

Revamped app offers more power for feeding decisions

A significant upgrade to a NSW DPI Drought Feeding App is allowing beef and sheep producers across eastern and southern Australia to make more informed decisions about drought feeding options..Read More

Alastair Rayner, October 1, 2019

Property

Weekly Property Review: Recently completed sales

Neighbours secure Central Australia’s Idracowra for $10.1m | Drought stricken Tarwarri snapped up | Record prices for two Western District operations | Farming identity retires, sells Lucindale property | Bordertown’s Munga Park split up | SA spring auction bonanza..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, October 18, 2019

Movement at the station: Recent property listings of note

Monaro history up for grabs | Thargomindah’s Autumnvale on the spring market | Good season on Quilpie’s Gooyea | Passed in: Oakvale Station awaits rain..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, October 18, 2019

Hancock adds to New England aggregation

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has added to its already extensive New England (NSW) grazing land aggregation, confirming the purchase of Warrabah Station, between Kingstown and Manilla west of Armidale today…Read More

Beef Central, October 16, 2019

Famous Birdsville Hotel for sale

Buy a beer at Birdsville – or why not the whole pub? One of Australia’s iconic outback pubs is now up for sale, listed with a $5.5m to $6m price tag…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, October 15, 2019

Sheep Central

Chick tells Australian Wool Innovation he is ’99 not out’

NEW South Wales wool grower and former Australian Wool Innovation director Chick Olsson will ask Australia’s corporate regulator to investigate AWI's treatment of his nomination to stand in the company's..Read More

Live sheep exporter reports above average survival rates

MAJOR live exporter Rural Export and Trading WA has reported above average survival rates for multiple shipments involving more than 700,000 sheep in the past 12 months...Read More

Seasonal climate outlook October-December 2019

RAINFALL is likely to be below average for most of the country for the remainder of October and November. However, north-west Western Australia has roughly equal chances of being wetter..Read More

China-US trade war continues to dampen wool demand

CONTINUED tariffs on Chinese woollen garment imports into the United States are contributing to subdued wool textile chain sentiment...Read More

Grain Central

Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

One of Australia’s largest seed companies is changing names, with Heritage Seeds to be known as Barenbrug from October 28, 2019...Read More

Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Canada's PSP Investments has entered into an agreement with NSW irrigator and cotton and nut producer, Webster Limited, to extend its ownership of ordinary shares from 19.1 per cent at..Read More

Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

The Federal and NSW governments have announced a $1 billion water infrastructure package for dam construction and upgrades in drought-affected NSW...Read More

Recruitment: Research reveals what young ag recruits want in their careers

Millenials are the workers that form the basis for the future, so it is important to understand what makes them click and tick...Read More

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