Carbon markets: Microsoft gets busy with purchase of 8m credits

Global tech giant Microsoft has made what is claimed to be the largest exchange of carbon credits ever, with a Brazilian investment bank saying it has agreed to a 19-year deal worth 8m carbon credits…Read More

Eric Barker, 21/06/2024

Live sheep inquiry labelled a sham during WAFarmers conference opening

The Labor Government’s ‘findings’ from a rushed House of Representatives Standing Committee inquiry into the phase out of live sheep exports were handed down this afternoon, as farmers gathered for the 2024 WAFarmers Conference…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

National Feedbase Summary 21 June 2024

National biomass levels have declined slightly over the past month. As observed by the BOM, rainfall across southern Australia was well below average, particularly in Tasmania and Victoria. Higher than..Read More

Al Rayner, Cibo Labs, 21/06/2024

Purpose-built ag visa the smart labour solution, says NFF

The National Farmers Federation has acknowledged the Regional Migration Discussion Paper released today, which it says should kickstart a robust discussion on getting migration settings right for farmers and regional Australia…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

S4 Ep 20: New National Cattle Vets Association president Craig Wood

Victorian veterinarian Dr Craig Wood is the new president of the Australian Cattle Vets, a special interst group of the Australian Veterinarians Association. In a wide ranging discussion, Weekly Grill host Kerry Lonergan chats with Dr Wood about the role vets would play in any exotic disease incursion in Australia, the current level of risk from LSD and FMD from nearby Indonesia, and the challenges in attracting young veterinarians to work in the bush…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

Recruitment: Why it’s important to promote good health among employees

Sick or absent staff can be costly for businesses in the meat and livestock supply chain, as it can not only be expensive but can significantly impede progress and disrupt the flow of work. Consequently, it’s a good idea for employers to develop ways to manage the health and well-being of their staff. Here’s some hints. ..Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

Pollster’s survey gives insights to on-farm agtech use

Almost 90pc of farmers have or would consider using agtech, with farm-management software being the most widely adopted, according to a survey by pollster Roy Morgan…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

Former NFF president Fiona Simson named vice president of World Farmers’ Organisation

Former National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson has been named vice president of the World Farmers Organisation, this week travelling to Rome to accept the new role…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024



Industry Dashboard

Carbon Trading Market

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

Today

33.75
Source: Jarden

$A / $US

Updated 7am daily

Today

0.6656
Source: NAB

ASX Market Index

22 Jun 2024 (updated 10am daily)
Company Price Trending
Elders $8.96
Australian Agricultural Co $1.52
Graincorp $7.29
Ridley $2.12
Woolworths $36.64
Wellard $0.06
Source: ASX

Beef Kill

Eastern States, weekly

Last Week

142162
Source: MLA's NLRS

EYCI

Eastern Young Cattle Indicator, c/kg

Today

585.1
Source: MLA's NLRS

90CL Cow

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

Today

884.2
Source: Steiner Consulting, MLA

Live Export

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

Today

300
Source: Trade contacts

SOI

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

3.52
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Feeder Steer

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

Today

325.3
Source: Feeder Steer

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News

Live sheep inquiry labelled a sham during WAFarmers conference opening

The Labor Government’s ‘findings’ from a rushed House of Representatives Standing Committee inquiry into the phase out of live sheep exports were handed down this afternoon, as farmers gathered for the 2024 WAFarmers Conference…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

National Feedbase Summary 21 June 2024

National biomass levels have declined slightly over the past month. As observed by the BOM, rainfall across southern Australia was well below average, particularly in Tasmania and Victoria. Higher than..Read More

Al Rayner, Cibo Labs, 21/06/2024

Purpose-built ag visa the smart labour solution, says NFF

The National Farmers Federation has acknowledged the Regional Migration Discussion Paper released today, which it says should kickstart a robust discussion on getting migration settings right for farmers and regional Australia…Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

Recruitment: Why it’s important to promote good health among employees

Sick or absent staff can be costly for businesses in the meat and livestock supply chain, as it can not only be expensive but can significantly impede progress and disrupt the flow of work. Consequently, it’s a good idea for employers to develop ways to manage the health and well-being of their staff. Here’s some hints. ..Read More

Beef Central, 21/06/2024

Markets

Dalby sale 19 June 2024: Market eases in bigger yarding

Not all the export buyers were present resulting in the export lines being 15c to 35c cheaper…Read More

Trevor Hess, 20/06/2024

Roma store sale 18 June 2024: Agents yard 5965

Another line up of well conditioned cows were presented however prices could not be maintain from the previous sale…Read More

Beef Central, 19/06/2024

Wagga sale 17 June 2024: Supply steady after break

Heavy weight yearling steers to feed were the centre of attraction and made to 404c with a good sample at 379c/kg…Read More

Leann Dax, 18/06/2024

Lighter steers easier, heavier descriptions firmer on AuctionPlus

Lighter steers lost ground, while medium and heavier descriptions improved in price in a smaller offering of 15,220 head on AuctionsPlus last week. Numbers offered fell 9pc compared with the week before, with clearance improving to 59pc…Read More

Beef Central, 17/06/2024

Sponsored Content

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Herefords Australia are currently recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead a dedicated team of skilled staff and continue to drive business growth in collaboration with a young and progressive board of directors…Read More

Sponsored Content, 07/06/2024

Explainer: Soil carbon projects for mixed farming systems

Select Carbon provides an overview of production focused, science-based soil carbon projects for mixed farming systems in Australia. ..Read More

Sponsored Content, 03/06/2024

44,000ha best-in-class grassfed beef operation in Paraguay comes to the market

An unprecedented land and beef production investment opportunity is available in the ‘best business climate in South America in 2024’ – Paraguay. The 44,000ha, institutional-scale acquisition of 54,000 head of high value, grassfed brand-renowned Brangus cattle in the Chaco region of Paraguay is for sale for circa US$90 million, through Brown&Co…Read More

Beef Central, 06/05/2024

CERES Tag enables compliance with incoming EU deforestation laws

CERES Tag technology can significantly enhance livestock producers’ ability to meet the stringent requirements set by the European Union’s deforestation supply chain laws and Scope 3 emissions reporting, while also bolstering overall sustainability practices…Read More

Sponsored Content, 22/04/2024

Production

Grassland conference to sort fact from fiction

The Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s (GSSA) annual conference will help farmers sort fact from fiction when it returns to Bendigo for the first time in more than 25 years…Read More

Beef Central, 03/06/2024

Better pre-calving nutrition boosting health outcomes in northern cattle herds

Improving nutrition a few weeks before calving is successfully boosting health outcomes for both calves and breeders under challenging grazing conditions in Northern Australia. The Calf Alive project is trialling ways to overcome the impacts of poor diet and heat stress on beef properties in North Queensland and the Northern Territory…Read More

Beef Central, 31/05/2024

Long-forgotten 1970s-80s pasture trial sites delivering new industry legacy

A network of long-forgotten legume pasture trial sites scattered across southern QLD is delivering a tremendous new legacy for the beef industry. Five new stylo varieties have resulted from some clever detective work – firstly in re-discovering long-lost pasture trial sites – and secondly in analysing their performance for valued traits such as persistence and frost tolerance…Read More

Jon Condon, 23/05/2024

“Too many paddocks being lost”: Fall armyworm impacting beef fodder crops

Graziers and dairy farmers are invited to join an online update about fall armyworm, which is affecting forage sorghum and corn as well as grain crops…Read More

Beef Central, 27/04/2024

Processing

Red Meat R&D Update: Extracting kokumi – the new umami – from red meat

Kokumi, the sixth taste sensation after sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami, is the subject of a new AMPC research program. Kokumi is a feeling which can be described as perceived richness and roundness that heightens the other five tastes and prolongs their flavour…Read More

Beef Central, 19/06/2024

Weekly kill: Cold snap pushes numbers forward

The onset of the first full blast of winter and the showing of jack frost this week has pushed more slaughter-ready cattle to market, especially in more northerly regions. The impact has been grids falling up to 20c/kg in places..Read More

Jon Condon, 18/06/2024

Meatworks ‘small fry’ study big beef

Owners and operators of some of Queensland’s smallest meatworks picked up tips from one of Australia’s largest family-run complete beef supply chains last week…Read More

Beef Central, 17/06/2024

Weekly kill: Some grids retract further, as supply continues to grow

Queensland direct consignment slaughter grid prices continued to come under pressure this week due to supply, with some offers back another 10c/kg on grass export steers and cows…Read More

Beef Central, 11/06/2024

Lotfeeding

Research working towards redefining how feedlot methane emissions are predicted

Recent research has shown that a 1979 vintage equation used to determine the levels of enteric methane emissions from feedlot cattle may overestimate the numbers…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2024

Feedgrain Focus: Southern dry boosts local demand

Dry conditions in SA and western Vic have boosted demand for feed barley to lift up-country prices above weakening export values…Read More

Liz Wells, 17/06/2024

Consumer expectations, animal welfare and innovation feature in info-packed BeefEx feedlot conference program

Consumer expectations, animal welfare and the standoff between renewable energy infrastructure and food production will feature among the hot topics being explored at this year’s biennial BeefEx 2024 grainfed beef industry conference being staged in October…Read More

Beef Central, 11/06/2024

Feedgrain Focus: Values dip on grower selling, offshore moves

A flurry of grower selling and correcting global markets have seen prices for wheat and barley ease in the past week to end the rally seen throughout May…Read More

Liz Wells, 10/06/2024

Live Export

Southern live export update: No signs of China upturn in sight

A leading exporter of southern cattle to China says the trade has fallen away considerably this year and may not recover until 2025 at the earliest…Read More

James Nason, 19/06/2024

Northern live export update: Vietnam shipments boost May trade

Australia exported 79,302 cattle in May, marking the highest monthly total for the year to date…Read More

James Nason, 18/06/2024

Awassi Express issues raised at WA live sheep inquiry hearing

Efforts to re-open investigation of the sourcing of video footage of suffering sheep on the live export vessel the Awassi Express  in 2017 continued in the House Standing Committee on Agriculture inquiry into the Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024 at Northam in Western Australia last week…Read More

Terry Sim, 17/06/2024

Cattle groups call out Govt’s approach live sheep phase out

A parliamentary inquiry into the phase out of live sheep exports has heard from several cattle industry groups keen to defend their Western Australian counterparts…Read More

Eric Barker, 14/06/2024

Trade

Stronger beef exports underpinning domestic wholesale market prices

Higher levels of beef export activity are helping insulate the domestic Australian wholesale beef market from winter price falls, contacts in the wholesale trade have told Beef Central this morning…Read More

Jon Condon, 19/06/2024

May beef exports hit highest monthly number since 2019

Growing international demand for Australian beef as US production slows, combined with higher rates of beef production in Australia have pushed May export volume to levels not seen since the 2019 period when drought herd liquidation was in full swing…Read More

Beef Central, 05/06/2024

Meat freshness labels could replace use-by dates

Patches that change colour as raw meat freshness deteriorates in sealed refrigerated products could soon become a reality on supermarket shelves, making it easier for shoppers to know if it’s still good to eat and reducing food waste…Read More

Beef Central, 29/05/2024

JBS/Andrews Meats claims Brisbane branded beef crown with Wagyu entry

JBS Australia’s Andrews meats division celebrated its biggest win in beef taste test competitions last week, earning the Brisbane Show branded beef competition’s grand championship with a Wagyu entry representing the company’s new W Black program. In its first-ever competitive outing, Andrews Meats’ W Black brand topped 50 entries across five grain and grassfed competition classes..Read More

Jon Condon, 22/05/2024

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Determining who’s who among the ‘Duds’ and ‘Studs’

Given all the focus on finding the real ‘studs’ durring the upcoming bull sale season, it’s not unsurprising that cattle producers often forget that genetic improvement can also be achieved by identifying the ‘duds’ in a herd. Genetic progress is achieved not only by the introduction of new animals with higher genetic merit – it also requires a degree of intensity in the selection of breeding females. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 18/06/2024

Bull Fertility: What’s a fair & reasonable ask?

With the Spring bull selling season soon to launch, photos of fat, sappy Angus bulls with captions like ‘depth & consistency’, ‘slick coated’ and ‘easy doing’ are about to flood social and print media, says Guyra bull breeder Sally White. But amidst the marketing glitz and glamour, be mindful that fertility is way more important than all of the above put together when it comes to profit, she says…Read More

Beef Central, 18/06/2024

Weekly genetics review: Don’t neglect your breeding objectives next season

As part of the industry seminars held during Beef 2024, Mundubbera Central QLD commercial producer Kara Knudson spoke on the importance of clearly defined breeding objectives. Some beef producers are reluctant to set defined objectives, however as highlighted by Kara, establishing breeding objectives around their markets and environment have allowed her family’s beef business to make specific decisions for its strategic and tactical management decisions…Read More

Beef Central, 11/06/2024

Large Fullblood female offering as late Wagyu pioneer’s herd disperses

The large, well-regarded Wagyu seedstock herd founded by Australian Wagyu industry pioneer, the late Simon Coates is being offered for sale via expressions of interest…Read More

Beef Central, 11/06/2024

Ag Tech

Artificial intelligence is being trained to monitor cattle

DAF and Infarm have collaborated to create a prototype automated camera system to detect cattle and monitor their condition using advances in machine vision and artificial intelligence.
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Beef Central, 03/06/2024

Study takes sky-high approach to animal welfare in WA

Researches learned that drones could be very effective and efficient, increase biosecurity, reduce work health and safety risks, and reduce stress to the animals…Read More

Guest Author, 12/04/2024

50pc rebates for smart farming tech available through $30 million On Farm Connectivity Program

Applications are open for Round 1 of the Albanese Government’s new On Farm Connectivity Program (OFCP) to increase the uptake of agtech to boost productivity, growth and sustainability of Australia’s primary producers…Read More

Beef Central, 11/12/2023

Sunshine Coast business wins Ag category award at Innovate with nbn 2023

A company helping butchers to monitor the cooking and cooling temperatures of all cooked/dried products was named as the Agriculture category winner of the 2023 Innovate with nbn Grants Program awards announced last night in Sydney…Read More

Beef Central, 27/11/2023

AgProperty Central

Weekly property review: Methods in establishing realistic stocking rates

In this week’s property review, buyers are being urged to put time into understanding what an asset can run in terms of livestock, to give them a clearer picture of potential value…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 19/06/2024

Land proves to be producers’ most valuable asset, ABARES data shows

ABARES has released its preliminary estimates for the 2023 Farm Data Portal, providing insights into the financial performance of broadacre, beef, cropping, dairy, sheep and sheep/beef farms. The data shows that the most valuable asset producers own is their land, as opposed to the business itself..Read More

Beef Central, 19/06/2024

World class NT coastal floodplain property makes $49m

After a three year hiatus from the market, the Langenhoven family has expanded its Top End cattle property portfolio paying $49 million for Woolner Station, in the Northern Territory…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 17/06/2024

Movement at the station: Recent Queensland property listings

Two standout breeding & finishing properties in NQ | FNQ’s Coralie offers beef breeding & carbon | Taylors list Condamine River finishing country | Jericho’s Speculation to go under the hammer | Opportunities await on Chinchilla’s Wamba Aggregation..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 12/06/2024

AgCarbon Central

Carbon markets: Microsoft gets busy with purchase of 8m credits

Global tech giant Microsoft has made what is claimed to be the largest exchange of carbon credits ever, with a Brazilian investment bank saying it has agreed to a 19-year deal worth 8m carbon credits…Read More

Eric Barker, 21/06/2024

Weekly property review: Methods in establishing realistic stocking rates

In this week’s property review, buyers are being urged to put time into understanding what an asset can run in terms of livestock, to give them a clearer picture of potential value…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 19/06/2024

Central Qld Brahman breeders start turning over soil carbon credit

The first of series of 15 different soil carbon projects in Central Queensland have started generating carbon credits…Read More

Beef Central, 13/06/2024

Coalition pledges to ditch 2030 emissions target, what could it mean for ag?

THE Federal opposition has set the tone for its next election campaign, pledging to reverse the current Government’s 2030 emissions target. What will it mean for ag?..Read More

Eric Barker, 10/06/2024

Sheep Central

Lamb price, production cost, ewes and the future

PROCESSORS might have to look at paying more to encourage out-of-season slaughter weight lambs as producers battle increased costs brought on by challenging seasonal conditions, the 2024 BestWool BestLamb conference..Read More

National Feedbase Summary 21 June 2024

National biomass levels have declined slightly over the past month, with as observed by the Bureau of Meterology, rainfall across southern Australia was well below average, particularly in Tasmania and..Read More

Former NFF president Fiona Simson takes top world farmer role

FORMER National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson has been named vice president of the World Farmers Organisation, this week travelling to Rome to accept the new role...Read More

Recruitment: Why good health among employees is important

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Agribusiness Consultant, Toowoomba Qld (Bush Agribusiness) Manager of Cattle Operations, North Qld (DroverAg client) Manufacturing Manager, Toowoomba & Darling Downs (Rimfire Resources client)…..Read More

Grain Central

ACCC raises concerns over Olam’s offer for Namoi

The ACCC has raised concerns over Olam Agri’s proposed acquisition of Namoi Cotton, claiming it would likely reduce competition in ginning and classing services. ..Read More

Avian influenza H7N8 detected on Hawkesbury egg farm

H7N8 has this week been found at a layer farm in Greater Sydney's Hawkesbury district in the first detection of avian influenza in NSW since 2013...Read More

T-Ports looks to diversify throughput at Lucky Bay, Wallaroo

SA bulk handler T-Ports is gauging interest in companies keen to make use of its surplus port and portside capacity amid renewable energy developments in the Upper Spencer Gulf...Read More

CSIRO to cut at least 30 Ag and Food division jobs

CSIRO has confirmed that at least 30 research jobs are on the chopping block from the agency’s Agriculture and Food division...Read More

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