Most categories show solid rises in 14,916 head AuctionsPlus offering

Most young cattle and breeding female categories lifted in price in online trading this week, in an AuctionsPlus offering of 14,916 head, up 22pc from last week. Clearance dropped 10pc to 66pc…Read More

Beef Central, 19/05/2024

Measure with “forensic integrity” leading Irish farmer urges Aussies

John Gilliland, a farmer from Northern Ireland, has developed a reputation for proving wrong those who tell him things can’t be done, and doing so with “forensic” levels of measurement and evidence to support his case…Read More

James Nason, 17/05/2024

World-first low methane feed additive trial for extensive production systems

A system described as a world-first for the delivery of Bovaer methane-reducing feed additives to cattle in extensive environments was showcased during Beef 2024 in Rockhampton last week. It produced significant improvements in methane inhibiting performance as well as average daily gain ..Read More

Jon Condon, 17/05/2024

More productive livestock, not consumers eating less red meat, key to reducing emissions

While many headlines push the message that pushing consumers to eat less red meat is an effective way to reduce global emissions, a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Report suggests improving livestock productivity is a far more power lever to pull…Read More

James Nason, 17/05/2024

Editorial: Ag minister rapidly becoming one of the most unpopular in history

Australia’s agriculture minister is quickly becoming one of the most unpopular ag ministers in recent history, with the botched handling of the live sheep phase out resulting in agriculture groups today uniting and declaring they have no confidence in the Government…Read More

Beef Central, 17/05/2024

Greenpeace goes on the offensive over CA’s deforestation definition

Cattle Australia has defended its work to define deforestation in the Australian context after Greenpeace labelled it an attempt by industry to water down definitions – without even waiting for the definition to be released…Read More

Eric Barker, 17/05/2024

Feedgrain Focus: Dry south lifts prices

Slow selling from growers and solid export demand has seen prices ratchet up in the past week, with growers flat out planting, and niggling concerns about dry in the south…Read More

Liz Wells, 17/05/2024

Recruitment: Environmental roles just one of many fields covered in red meat processing

A new testimonial prepared as part of the meat processing industry’s More to Meat campaign has highlighted the vast spectrum of work skills now required across the red meat processing industry – and indeed agriculture in general…Read More

Beef Central, 17/05/2024



Industry Dashboard

Carbon Trading Market

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

Today

33.85
Source: Jarden

$A / $US

Updated 7am daily

Today

0.6678
Source: NAB

ASX Market Index

19 May 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

134475
Source: MLA's NLRS

EYCI

Eastern Young Cattle Indicator, c/kg

Today

622.3
Source: MLA's NLRS

90CL Cow

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

Today

949.8
Source: Steiner Consulting, MLA

Live Export

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

Today

340
Source: Trade contacts

SOI

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

-5.86
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Feeder Steer

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

Today

318.3
Source: Feeder Steer

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News

Editorial: Ag minister rapidly becoming one of the most unpopular in history

Australia’s agriculture minister is quickly becoming one of the most unpopular ag ministers in recent history, with the botched handling of the live sheep phase out resulting in agriculture groups today uniting and declaring they have no confidence in the Government…Read More

Beef Central, 17/05/2024

Greenpeace goes on the offensive over CA’s deforestation definition

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Eric Barker, 17/05/2024

Recruitment: Environmental roles just one of many fields covered in red meat processing

A new testimonial prepared as part of the meat processing industry’s More to Meat campaign has highlighted the vast spectrum of work skills now required across the red meat processing industry – and indeed agriculture in general…Read More

Beef Central, 17/05/2024

Low methane beef pattie experiment pulled from most Grill’d burger stores

Burger chain Grill’d has abandoned its low-methane beef option in most of its stores across Australia, after only limited interest from customers in paying an extra dollar for a burger pattie carrying a low methane claim…Read More

Beef Central, 16/05/2024

Markets

Most categories show solid rises in 14,916 head AuctionsPlus offering

Most young cattle and breeding female categories lifted in price in online trading this week, in an AuctionsPlus offering of 14,916 head, up 22pc from last week. Clearance dropped 10pc to 66pc…Read More

Beef Central, 19/05/2024

Dalby sale 15 May 2024: Dearer across most descriptions

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 12c/kg better. A lift in the standard of the yearling steers under 330kg to restockers or background experienced a large improvement in price…Read More

Trevor Hess, 16/05/2024

Roma store sale 14 May 2024: Market improves for most categories

Light weight yearling steers and heifers and cows improved 7c to 10c/kg, while light weight yearling steers under 200kg sold mainly from 300c to 448c and averaged 394c/kg…Read More

Beef Central, 15/05/2024

Clearance drops to 59pc in smaller 12,208 head online offering

Online offerings on AuctionsPlus fell by 18pc this week to 12,208 head, with clearance rate declining to 59pc. Most lighter and mediumweight steer and heifer weight categories recorded price gains, while heavier lines tended to soften, in c/kg terms…Read More

Beef Central, 12/05/2024

Sponsored Content

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

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Beef Central, 06/05/2024

CERES Tag enables compliance with incoming EU deforestation laws

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Sponsored Content, 22/04/2024

Ceres Tag launches Global Distribution Network

Ceres Tag is announcing the launch of its Global Distribution Network, a development that it believes will reshape the world of animal monitoring. ..Read More

Beef Central, 08/04/2024

Immune Ready program aims to improve productivity, profitability

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Sponsored content, 05/04/2024

Production

“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

Q Fever vaccination database migrates to Australian Immunisation Register

A national Q Fever vaccination database previously managed on the meat and livestock industry’s behalf by AusMeat is being transferred to the Australian Immunisation Register…Read More

Beef Central, 24/04/2024

Farm Management Deposits front of mind as EOFY approaches

NAB is encouraging primary producers to mark 28 June as a critical date if they’re considering or already utilising Farm Management Deposits (FMDs) as part of their tax planning this financial year…Read More

Beef Central, 22/04/2024

Webinar: Enhancing preparedness for emergency animal diseases in northern Australia

  BIOSECURITY for livestock businesses has always been and is even more so top of mind for all livestock owners and managers. Join us on Tuesday, 23 April from 12.30pm..Read More

Beef Central, 19/04/2024

Processing

Weekly kill: ‘Mexicans’ and the ‘Beef 2024 effect’ drive slaughter grid prices higher

Two very different influences have driven a 10-20c/kg lift in slaughter grid offers in some parts of the country this week – ‘Mexicans’, and the ‘Beef 2024 effect.’..Read More

Beef Central, 14/05/2024

Meat processors launch interactive careers portal at Beef 2024

As the Australian beef processing sector continues to address a serious skills and labour shortage, a new interactive careers portal for the industry was launched at Beef 2024 in Rockhampton this week…Read More

Beef Central, 09/05/2024

V&V Walsh opens new $50m cold storage facility

A $50 million investment in the future of Western Australia’s meat and livestock sector has been officially opened by major WA livestock processor, Craig Mostyn Group’s V&V Walsh…Read More

Beef Central, 03/05/2024

Weekly kill: Slaughter grids mostly steady, as supply side gains momentum

Apart from a few cow offer adjustments, there’s been little change in direct consignment grid prices across Eastern Australia over the past week – however signs of supply momentum in northern regions continue to mount as country dries out…Read More

Jon Condon, 30/04/2024

Lotfeeding

Feedgrain Focus: Dry south lifts prices

Slow selling from growers and solid export demand has seen prices ratchet up in the past week, with growers flat out planting, and niggling concerns about dry in the south…Read More

Liz Wells, 17/05/2024

Feedgrain Focus: Traded volume lifts in south

Wheat, barley and sorghum prices are little changed from last week, with volume surging in the south as traders sell warehoused stock, in contrast to the thinly traded north…Read More

Liz Wells, 13/05/2024

Mort & Co takes full ownership of Southern Qld feedlot

Australia’s second largest lotfeeder has taken full ownership of the Yarranbrook Feedlot after two years of running it as a joint venture with Stone Axe Pastoral…Read More

Beef Central, 02/05/2024

Central Queensland feedlot taking sorghum to the next level

One of Central Queensland’s early movers into lotfeeding has been paving a path for large-scale utilisation of one of the area’s most reliable grains – sorghum…Read More

Eric Barker, 24/04/2024

Live Export

Farm body leaders walk out on Watt over 2028 sheep trade phaseout

Australian farmer, live export and sheep sector leaders walked out on Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt at the CropLife agricultural industry budget breakfast in Canberra this morning in protest at the Albanese Government’s proposed phaseout of the live sheep trade by 2028…Read More

Terry Sim, 15/05/2024

Indonesia dominates April cattle exports from Australia

Australian cattle exports have recorded the strongest start to a year in four years with 60,251 cattle exported in April bringing total volumes for 2024 to date to just over 207,400 head…Read More

Beef Central, 15/05/2024

SE Asia Report: Trade partners reconnect in Rocky | Price gap remains

125th Edition: May 2024 – Strong international representation at Beef Australia | Price differential between Australia live feeder price and Indonesian live feeder price maintains a wide gap |
Heatwave scorches Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines…Read More

Dr Michael Patching, 14/05/2024

A deep dive into Australia’s livestock exporting companies since 2005

Analysis of official data offers revealing insights into the size and makeup of Australian livestock export companies and their operations since 2005, including the fact that only 27pc of the 57 companies that have held export licences for sea freight since that time are still active today, as Dr Michael Patching reports…Read More

Dr Michael Patching, 14/05/2024

Trade

Australia’s US beef opportunity a ‘slow-moving storm,’ not a ‘tsunami’

Australia’s beef export opportunity to the United States in coming years would be more like a ‘slow-moving storm,’ rather than a ‘tsunami,’ a leading US beef industry analyst told a Beef 2024 breakfast audience last week. Rabobank’s Kansas-based US beef and cattle analyst Lance Zimmermann told a packed room in Rockhampton that the weather analogy might suggest that to a ‘slow moving storm’ might be kinder, and less impactful…Read More

Jon Condon, 14/05/2024

Australia’s April beef exports continue to surge

Australia’s beef exports during April continued to surge, despite the impact of holiday-shortened working weeks and weather disruptions to processing during the month…Read More

Jon Condon, 02/05/2024

Shadow trade minister calls for greater focus on removal of Chinese trade barriers

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Beef Central, 23/04/2024

Consumer retail confidence lifting, but still patchy

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Beef Central, 22/04/2024

Genetics

BreedPlan Select launched for commercial cattle herds

In what is being described as the biggest addition to BreedPlan in over 50 years, a new DNA-Only genetic evaluation product is being launched for commercial cattle herds…Read More

James Nason, 14/05/2024

CPC’s Troy Setter provides a checklist for bull breeders looking to sell bulls into the north

Throughout Beef 2024, there was a consistent theme based on capturing and growing the opportunities to improve beef production, often using well established practices and technologies. While there were many new developments presented in genetics seminar sessions, more frequently the information presented was demonstrations of how existing technology continues to underpin efficient and productive beef enterprises. CPC’s Troy Setter provided some examples in a discussion around bulls suited to the north..Read More

Beef Central, 13/05/2024

Big production cost savings to be had in breeding more feed-efficient cattle

The role of breeding and genetic improvement within the context of sustainable beef production was a focus of today’s breeding technologies seminar hosted by international breeding company Vytelle. ..Read More

Genetics editor, Alastair Rayner, 08/05/2024

Genetics is a serious contributor to sustainability progress, Beef 2024 audience hears

Beef Central genetics editor Al Rayner is at Beef 2024, reporting on issues and challenges in the animal genomics and genetics field. Here is the first of his observations from the early seminar programs…. ..Read More

Genetics editor, Alastair Rayner, 07/05/2024

Ag Tech

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

Drone survey a positive step towards better regulations for ag

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is calling on producers using or intending to use drones for activities like mustering and spraying to help improve the regulatory framework…Read More

Beef Central, 01/11/2023

AgProperty Central

Institutional investors bringing new requirements over sustainability

Expect more superannuation funds to back natural-capital-based agriculture, but also be ready to be told how to farm, says a beef fund manager who has been delivering double-digit returns to his investors…Read More

Sue Webster, 16/05/2024

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Charleville’s Raceview makes $21m | Two cattle producers secure northern NSW country | Western NSW grazing split three ways | Spirited bidding for CQ’s Crystal Vale..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 15/05/2024

Movement at the station: Recent property listings

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Property editor Linda Rowley, 15/05/2024

Weekly property review: Financial issues that can impact buying decisions

In this week’s property review, a well-known agri-banker talks about a range of financial issues that can impact buying decisions…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 08/05/2024

AgCarbon Central

World-first low methane feed additive trial for extensive production systems

A system described as a world-first for the delivery of Bovaer methane-reducing feed additives to cattle in extensive environments was showcased during Beef 2024 in Rockhampton last week. It produced significant improvements in methane inhibiting performance as well as average daily gain ..Read More

Jon Condon, 17/05/2024

Beef 2024 reflects lack of direction on carbon

As thousands of beef industry delegates descended on Rockhampton last week to learn about the latest trends and information, there was a clear sense of frustration at the confusing nature of Australia’s carbon market…Read More

Eric Barker, 16/05/2024

MLA report measures 78pc net reduction in industry emissions

A new research report released by Meat & Livestock Australia has shown that the Australian red meat and livestock industry has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 78pc since 2005…Read More

Beef Central, 02/05/2024

Audit finds carbon regulator to be “largely effective”

An independent audit of Australia’s carbon farming regulator has found the processes for issuing carbon credits and creating carbon farming methodologies are “largely effective”…Read More

Beef Central, 01/05/2024

Sheep Central

Farmers vote no confidence in Albanese and seek Watt’s removal

FARMER anger over the May 2028 live sheep trade phaseout announcement continued this week with a vote of no confidence in the Albanese Government and a call for the removal..Read More

Sheep and wool are ‘sacrificial lambs’ on live export – Moses

AUSTRALIA’S sheep and wool industries, and regional communities, are being treated as sacrificial lambs to meet other political agendas, according to New South Wales wool broker Moses and Son managing..Read More

Wool trade policy program not funded in Federal Budget

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has described the Albanese Government’s budget denial of $2 million to establish a trade policy program as another “kick in the teeth” for Australian..Read More

Federal Budget light on good news for ag sectors

THE 2024-25 Federal Budget has received mixed reviews from the agricultural sector, with industry groups criticising the live sheep trade transition package and the absence of new infrastructure and drought..Read More

Grain Central

Indonesia’s PKT in talks to buy Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Incitec Pivot is in advanced negotiations with Indonesian PT Pupuk Kalimantan Timur for the potential sale of its fertiliser business...Read More

ACCC raises concerns for north over LDC’s bid for Namoi

The ACCC has raised concerns with LDC's bid for Namoi Cotton, citing a possible lack of competition for the burgeoning northern Australian industry. ..Read More

Govt’s biosecurity levy likely to flounder in Senate

Coalition and crossbench opposition looks likely to block the Federal Government's controversial Biosecurity Protection Levy when it comes to voting time in the Senate. ..Read More

GrainCorp talks up energy, sustainability in HY results

Investments focused on oils, sustainability and animal nutrition grabbed the limelight in GrainCorp's half-yearly results out today...Read More

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