CPC property selldown continues, with Ucharonidge divestment

The gradual sell-down of northern grazing assets has continued this week for Terra Firma’s Consolidated Pastoral Co, with a deal announced today to sell the company’s Ucharonidge station in the Northern Territory to Malcolm Harris’s Cleveland Agriculture…Read More

Jon Condon, June 18, 2019

Effective yard weaning can minimise BRD incidence, Hereford forum told

At the Herefords Australia breed forum at Hamilton last week, Queensland cattle vet Lachy Strohfeld outlined his requirements for effective yard weaning of beef weaners, which included good, clean trough water…Read More

Terry Sim, June 18, 2019

Cattle price rise tipped for 2019-20

Australian cattle prices are tipped to rise by three percent next financial year, Government commodity analyst ABARES predicts in its June 2019 Agricultural commodities report released today…Read More

Beef Central, June 18, 2019

NQ flood cattle losses now estimated at 600,000

ABARES says its own analysis, based on industry estimates, places the number of cattle producers lost as a result of severe flood events in northern Queensland in late January and early February 2019 at 600,000…Read More

Beef Central, June 18, 2019

Wagga sale 17 June 2019: Market lifts in 3680 head yarding

Nearly all classes of stock were quoted dearer by the National Livestock Reporting service (NLRS) thanks to a mix of stronger processor, restocker and feedlot demand combined with excellent lines of well-bred Angus steers and heifers…Read More

Leann Dax, June 18, 2019

$32 loss in latest grainfed trading budget, as GF slaughter prices creep higher

A moderate lift in finished slaughter cattle value and easier feeder cattle prices have had positive impact on Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget projection calculated on Friday…Read More

Jon Condon, June 17, 2019

SE Asia Report: Indo on ropes, Vietnam imports strengthen

Several factors are colliding to push the Indonesian feedlot industry to its lowest point in decades, while Vietnam is a stand out performer with consistently high domestic slaughter cattle prices and growing imports, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, June 17, 2019



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What readers are saying

When is a drought man-made?

Great article Terry, the evolution of new management practices and great innovative progressive ideas works at different speeds depending on people's perception of the benefits...

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Controlling kangaroos is essential to increase carbon flows

Fantastic enlightening article..

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When is a drought man-made?

Terry's assessment is right on the money. Seems to leave carbon neutrality high and dry..

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When is a drought man-made?

Great stuff Terry and via RCS you have been a wonderful advocate for and so successful educating many in how to better manage the land. Your point about the..

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News

NQ flood cattle losses now estimated at 600,000

ABARES says its own analysis, based on industry estimates, places the number of cattle producers lost as a result of severe flood events in northern Queensland in late January and early February 2019 at 600,000…Read More

Beef Central, June 18, 2019

Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

More women than ever before are now choosing professions in the agricultural sphere, fulfilling roles which are highly technical, and developing and displaying extremely advanced skillsets. With this in mind, it should follow that females are now highly sought after employees, and that their employment rate in this industry is high, recruitment specialist Agricultural Appointments suggests..Read More

Agricultural Appointments, June 14, 2019

DEXA payback contingent on automation, Hereford conference told

The financial payback to justify installation of DEXA equipment in meat processing plants was driven by opportunities in robotics and automation, rather than advances in meat yield, a Herefords Australia conference in Hamilton was told yesterday. ..Read More

Terry Sim, June 13, 2019

Red meat industry needs to sharpen response to changing consumer preferences

MLA managing director Jason Strong told yesterday’s Herefords Australia forum that the red meat sector should not over-react to animal activism or veganism or the advent of alternative proteins, but the bigger changes in consumer preferences were in the amount of information about food that is available and wanted, and the expectations on how it was produced…Read More

Terry Sim, June 13, 2019

Markets

Cattle price rise tipped for 2019-20

Australian cattle prices are tipped to rise by three percent next financial year, Government commodity analyst ABARES predicts in its June 2019 Agricultural commodities report released today…Read More

Beef Central, June 18, 2019

Wagga sale 17 June 2019: Market lifts in 3680 head yarding

Nearly all classes of stock were quoted dearer by the National Livestock Reporting service (NLRS) thanks to a mix of stronger processor, restocker and feedlot demand combined with excellent lines of well-bred Angus steers and heifers…Read More

Leann Dax, June 18, 2019

Sharp rises in yearling and grown steers in smaller 7951 head AuctionsPlus offering

Yearling and grown steer categories rose sharply in price on AuctionsPlus this week, where the overall offering declined by 25 percent in size to 7951 head. ..Read More

Beef Central, June 14, 2019

Dubbo Sale 13 June 2019: Market firms on gentle rain

Grown steers and heifers were a little dearer in a sale that was conducted in gentle rain which fell for most of the day reminding us that it has not totally forgotten how to rain…Read More

David Monk, June 14, 2019

Production

Effective yard weaning can minimise BRD incidence, Hereford forum told

At the Herefords Australia breed forum at Hamilton last week, Queensland cattle vet Lachy Strohfeld outlined his requirements for effective yard weaning of beef weaners, which included good, clean trough water…Read More

Terry Sim, June 18, 2019

Controlling kangaroos is essential to increase carbon flows

Alan Lauder, experienced grazier and author of the book “Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link”, looks at the influence of kangaroo populations on soil carbon levels, livestock methane emissions and pasutre management in drought, and why control measures are in the best interests of environmental outcomes. ..Read More

Alan Lauder, June 14, 2019

Grassland Society to hear of silver lining for livestock producers

Australian livestock producers might be enduring the worst drought in history, but the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s annual conference in Victoria next month will hear forecasts of a silver lining on the horizon. Independent meat and livestock analyst, and Beef Central columnist Simon Quilty will tell the conference that beef prices are likely to hit record levels about two years after the drought breaks…Read More

Beef Central, June 14, 2019

When is a drought man-made?

An unexpected outcome and a sobering email prompted RCS’s Terry McCosker to ask, “What has caused our National Estate to be in the condition it is in?” Many would say lack of rain, but Terry disagrees…Read More

Terry McCosker, RCS, June 13, 2019

Processing

ICMJ’s 2019 Wagga workshop to celebrate 30 years

One of the red meat industry’s most successful capability-building programs, the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, will celebrate its first 30 years in July, during the 2019 Australian ICMJ workshop and competition being held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga,
..Read More

Beef Central, June 13, 2019

Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, as rates of kill continue to climb

The prolonged and lingering impact of drought across eastern Australia continues to be reflected in unusually high rates of kill, especially for cows. Grid price offers remained steady across Queensland and NSW last week, as processors are well supplied with slaughter stock until mid-July…Read More

Jon Condon, June 11, 2019

TFI to re-build Murray Bridge processing facility after 2018 fire + VIDEO

Seventeen months after fire ravaged its Murray Bridge meat processing plant in South Australia, Thomas Foods International has announced plans to rebuild on a site not far from the original facility. The project, which the company said would cost ‘some hundreds of millions of dollars’ is expected to see the first stage for beef processing completed by November next year…Read More

Beef Central, June 6, 2019

Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers climb to three-year high

Drought pressure has pushed slaughter numbers to a three and a half year high last week, as freezing conditions and heavy frosts across large parts of eastern Australia prompt another wave of herd reduction heading into mid-year.The seven day kill to Friday showed last week’s eastern states kill at 158,991 head – the highest number seen since October 2015…Read More

Jon Condon, June 4, 2019

Lotfeeding

$32 loss in latest grainfed trading budget, as GF slaughter prices creep higher

A moderate lift in finished slaughter cattle value and easier feeder cattle prices have had positive impact on Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget projection calculated on Friday…Read More

Jon Condon, June 17, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Diverging seasons split wheat, barley market

Much-needed rain from WA to southern NSW has seen wheat and barley values in southern markets ease, but prices in the northern markets have been steady to higher as prospects for late planting get slimmer by the day…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, June 14, 2019

Sydney team awarded $1m grant for BRD vaccine research

An all-female team of scientists at the University of Sydney has been awarded a $1 million grant develop a novel vaccine to combat Bovine Respiratory Disease – the most common cause of illness and death in feedlot cattle…Read More

Beef Central, June 11, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Mixed new-crop outlook befuddles market

Consolidating prospects in south eastern Australia, forecast rain in WA and fading hopes in north west NSW befuddled markets, pushing feedgrain prices in various directions this past week…Read More

Henry Wells, June 10, 2019

Live Export

SE Asia Report: Indo on ropes, Vietnam imports strengthen

Several factors are colliding to push the Indonesian feedlot industry to its lowest point in decades, while Vietnam is a stand out performer with consistently high domestic slaughter cattle prices and growing imports, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, June 17, 2019

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Mei 2019

Harga sapi gemuk akhirnya bergerak naikPara pengusaha penggemukan (feedlooter). Indonesia mendapat daftar panjang kabar buruk. Permintaan impor Vietnam menguat dengan harga dalam negeri yang bertahan kokoh…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, June 17, 2019

NZ considering live cattle export ban

New Zealand’s agriculture minister Damien O’Connor says the country is considering a conditional ban on the live export of cattle as one of several options being examined as part of a review of the country’s trade in live animals. ..Read More

Beef Central, June 12, 2019

Livestock export industry conference heads to Townsville

In a time of change and re-calibration for the livestock export industry, around 400 delegates are expected to attend the sector’s national conference in Townsville in October…Read More

Beef Central, June 12, 2019

Trade

Quality in abundance in Perth Royal’s branded beef competition entries

Exhibitors from three states shared the major branded beef awards in the Perth Royal Food Awards decided on Friday night…Read More

Beef Central, June 9, 2019

Aus loses out in EU-US beef quota deal

The EU has agreed to provide the United States’ with a dedicated country specific quota for high quality beef imports, settling an historic trade dispute at the expense of EU market share held by other beef exporting nations including Australia…Read More

James Nason, June 7, 2019

May beef exports surge, under heavy drought liquidation pressure

Australia’s beef exports surged in May, reflecting the extended liquidation of cattle from desperately dry areas of eastern Australia heading into winter. Shipments to all markets totalled 105,489t, a 7pc increase on April, and the highest volume seen since August last year, ..Read More

Jon Condon, June 4, 2019

World trimmings trade sees changing dynamics, says Rabo report

With its high consumption of ground beef, the US has long been the dominant player in the global trimmings trade. But with growing demand for western-style beef consumption in Asian countries, Rabobank’s latest Beef Quarterly report questions whether a ‘changing of the guard’ is occurring for the world trimmings market…Read More

Beef Central, June 3, 2019

Genetics

Webinar: Managing a high-fertility beef herd

A free webinar providing valuable information for cattle breeders and consulting veterinarians wanting to understand fertility in beef cattle herds, and how it can be better managed, will be held later this month…Read More

Beef Central, June 17, 2019

Webinar: Breeding values – Your tool for looking under the hood of your next sire

An upcoming webinar presented by FutureBeef and Beef Central will explore the use of breeding values to allow the bull buyer to see ‘under the hood’ of a BreedPlan-recorded animal – both his weak points and his strengths – to decide if he’s the right fit for the herd…Read More

Beef Central, June 5, 2019

Beef breed registrations lift 4.5pc in 2018

Beef breed registrations continued to grow during 2018, despite the impact of drought conditions in many parts of eastern Australia. Primary registrations increased by 4.5 percent to 147,293 head last year, the Australia Registered Cattle Breeders Association reported on Friday…Read More

Beef Central, June 3, 2019

New decision-support tools will help drive genetic selection, Angus conference told

US animal geneticist Dr Kent Anderson was tasked with doing some crystal-ball gazing about where cattle genetics and genomics progress might head over the next ten years, to 2030 during last week’s Angus Australia conference in Albury. Here’s a summary of his views…Read More

Jon Condon, May 30, 2019

Ag Tech

Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australia

A project to protect producers from food fraud by verifying and promoting the provenance of the region’s beef exports to China turned out to be a source of creative work in the region as well…Read More

Marcus Foth and John (Jock) McQueenie, QUT, June 14, 2019

FarmFest 2019: Ag Tech for cattle + VIDEO

Beef Central went in search of ag tech for cattle on the opening morning of Farmfest near Toowoomba today and found plenty to keep us busy from DNA ear-tissue sampling kits and solar pumps to a ‘hydropanel’ that literally turns the air around you into drinkable water…Read More

James Nason, June 4, 2019

Agtech: Young farmer’s mission to simplify farm-management software

Returning home to his farming roots and Victorian family property, engineer turned entrepreneur Jock Lawrence is on a mission to simplify the farm management recording system. ..Read More

Beef Central, April 17, 2019

The hidden killer of profitability in cattle

In beef production systems the potentially severe effect of internal parasites has not been given the attention it deserves but technology is now giving producers the ability to see what has previously been invisible, writes veterinarian Dr Matt Playford…Read More

Dr Matt Playford, Dawbuts Animal Health, April 12, 2019

Property

CPC property selldown continues, with Ucharonidge divestment

The gradual sell-down of northern grazing assets has continued this week for Terra Firma’s Consolidated Pastoral Co, with a deal announced today to sell the company’s Ucharonidge station in the Northern Territory to Malcolm Harris’s Cleveland Agriculture…Read More

Jon Condon, June 18, 2019

Property: NT’s Suplejack Station makes $21 million under the hammer

Northern Territory extensive cattle operation Suplejack Station sold under the hammer for $21 million at an unreserved auction in Alice Springs on Friday…Read More

Beef Central, June 15, 2019

Weekly Property Review: Recent sale highlights

Prominent Central Qld breeders secure Epenarra | CPC offloads Manbulloo in leaseback deal | Hughes Grazing buys grass | Record price paid for cool climate grazing in NSW | St Lawrence neighbours expand | Prairie grass block sells at auction
..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, June 12, 2019

Movement at the Station: Properties for sale, passed in or withdrawn

Gulf cattle country listed for $10m | Well known sheep breeders downsize | Flamin’ good feed in southern Qld | NSW cattle operation listed for $10m after falling short at auction | Negotiations for Winton breeding country | Marmboo withdrawn from sale..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, June 12, 2019

Sheep Central

Expected fall in livestock exports to underpin lower export earnings

A FORECAST 11 percent fall in the value of livestock-derived exports underpins the latest prediction of a 5pc drop in Australia’s 2019-20 agricultural export earnings to $45 billion. The.. Read More

New sheep and cattle ‘fit for transport’ signs going up

NEW ‘fit for transport’ signs will soon be displayed at all Victorian saleyards and livestock scales to remind producers, agents and transporters of their animal welfare obligations for stock.. Read More

Latest NSW sheep gross margin analysis is encouraging

A SELF-REPLACING 18 micron Merino operation has come out on top in the latest gross margin analysis of sheep operations in New South Wales...Read More.. Read More

AWEX on-farm eBale trials to kick off in Victoria and NSW

ON-FARM trials of Australia’s unique wool bale identification system – eBale -- have been expanded to include the eastern states following grower interest in wool clip traceability...Read.. Read More

Grain Central

Mixed prospects for Australian winter crop: ABARES

Australia’s grain production will increase by 20 per cent to 36.4 million tonnes this season but world prices are forecast to decline for most major crops, according to ABARES'.. Read More

Growers brace for tough winter after dry start; recent rains rally hopes: Rabobank

Farmers are bracing for a tough winter after autumn rains eluded much of the country, but the grain sector remained the most positive sector in Rabobank's latest Rural Confidence.. Read More

Conservation farming stalwart’s pivotal part in Australia’s no-till story

One of the ‘founding fathers’ of no-till farming, Jeff Esdaile, continues to be a passionate advocate of the low disturbance, stubble retention farming system that has revolutionised Australian crop.. Read More

Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

More women than ever before are now choosing professions in the agricultural sphere. But does this translate to more women actually being employed in agriculture? Statistics say not, or.. Read More

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