The small sap sucking insect that could be causing pasture dieback

They might look small, white and fluffy, but there is nothing cute or cuddly about the impact mealybugs are thought to be having on some of Queensland’s most productive cattle country…Read More

James Nason, February 21, 2019

Lab-grown meat may be worse for planet: Oxford University study

A new study showing lab grown meat could be worse for the environment is increasing pressure on companies pushing cell-cultured meat to come clean about what it will really take to produce their product on an industrial, global scale.

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Beef Central, February 21, 2019

China competition contributes to sharp US imported beef price rise

A number of factors, including mounting competition for Australian beef from China and limited supply out of New Zealand, are contributing to a sharp rise in Australian imported manufacturing beef prices in the United States this month…Read More

Jon Condon, February 21, 2019

UPDATED: Is it the RSPCA’s role to help flood affected livestock?

This article, originally posted on Tuesday, has been updated to include a reply to Beef Central’s questions from RSPCA Queensland 
Media and Community Relations manager Michael Beatty…Read More

James Nason, February 21, 2019

Dalby Sale 20 Feb 2019: Lighter cattle cheaper in 6017 head yarding

Steer calves returning to the paddock improved in price, although light weight yearling steers to restockers were well supplied and averaged 5c/kg cheaper. Medium weight yearling steers to feed eased 14c, and heavy weights averaged 6c to 9c/kg cheaper..Read More

Beef Central, February 21, 2019

Weekly property review: Cotton on to bigger profits with a switch away from grazing?

Cattle or cotton? That is the question currently being asked in the Top End, with foreign investors who have snapped up a number of grazing properties waiting patiently for the opportunity to diversify into cotton or other farming interests. ..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, February 20, 2019



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What readers are saying

UPDATED: Is it the RSPCA’s role to help flood affected livestock?

The dust, the flies, the heat, the rain, mud and mosquitoes. The heartbreak, the disbelief and despair. To survive, to rebuild, to say "this is who we are". All a bit..

Peter Vincent
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Opinion: A NW Qld flood recovery option

A shame that one hundred percent compensation was being discussed by irresponsible people giving very distressed people false hope..

Greg brown
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Farmers urged to beware the rise of the ‘predatory activist’

In my view, this is stalking. I am not a lawyer but I am sure there are other illegalities that these groups are committing. I suggest that farmers action..

Kayleen Bromley
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‘The hand shake’ – reach out to those doing it tough in rural Australia

It was brilliant I had goosebumps and tears . I loved it..

Debbie Clifford
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Markets

Dalby Sale 20 Feb 2019: Lighter cattle cheaper in 6017 head yarding

Steer calves returning to the paddock improved in price, although light weight yearling steers to restockers were well supplied and averaged 5c/kg cheaper. Medium weight yearling steers to feed eased 14c, and heavy weights averaged 6c to 9c/kg cheaper..Read More

Beef Central, February 21, 2019

Roma store sale 19 Feb 2019: Young cattle numbers increase

Prices decreased sharply for yearling steers and heifers, however demand remained firm for quality lines…Read More

Beef Central, February 20, 2019

Wagga sale 18 Feb 2018: Market loses some heat

A typical summer yarding with the bulk of the yearling offering in secondary condition.
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Leann Dax, February 20, 2019

Western Victorian Livestock Exchange sale 18 Feb 2019

tronger restocker demand helped push up the average price of young cattle, while small numbers of grown cattle aided their general 10c/kg rise…Read More

Beef Central, February 18, 2019

Production

The small sap sucking insect that could be causing pasture dieback

They might look small, white and fluffy, but there is nothing cute or cuddly about the impact mealybugs are thought to be having on some of Queensland’s most productive cattle country…Read More

James Nason, February 21, 2019

What to do with drought degraded pastures?

After successive dry seasons deciding which pastures to remove or retain in the crop rotation will be important for many farmers according to Dr Jeff McCormick from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

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Beef Central, February 19, 2019

CPC’s annual management gathering salutes leadership and excellence + photos

Managers and senior staff from CPC’s 15 cattle properties scatted across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, as well as Indonesian feedlots, gathered in Brisbane last week for their annual conference and get-together…Read More

Jon Condon, February 18, 2019

NQ floods: Producers urged to check hay quality | Vets launch help hotline

As truck loads of fodder pour into flood affected north western Queensland, a livestock nutrition expert is appealing to fodder suppliers not to use the event as a dumping opportunity for poor quality hay, which can pose serious dangers to the health of recovering stock…Read More

James Nason, February 15, 2019

Processing

Weekly kill: New wave of cows hitting the market

Tough decisions about disposing of another round of breeding cows out of drought-ravaged regions of NSW and QLD are driving big kills during February. Overall kills last week across the five eastern states reached 146,578 head – easily the largest weekly throughput for the year so far…Read More

Jon Condon, February 19, 2019

Weekly kill: Price grids steady as adequate cattle supply continues

Despite slaughter cattle supply disruptions caused by flooding across north and northwest Queensland, processing rates hit a 2019 high last week, as the remainder of eastern Australian remains locked in a desperate drought cycle…Read More

Jon Condon, February 12, 2019

Weekly kill: far north’s epic rain event has little disruption on cattle supply

While the rest of eastern Australia still awaits some sort of summer seasonal break, flooding rain of biblical proportions in North Queensland is disrupting local kills this week…Read More

Jon Condon, February 5, 2019

Weekly kill: Grid prices stabilise after earlier falls

After a sequence of downward grid price movements over the past three weeks as large numbers of drought impacted cattle hit the market following the Christmas break, direct consignment offers from processors have largely stabilised this week…Read More

Jon Condon, January 30, 2019

Lotfeeding

WA company fined $30,000 for illegal feedlot

A Victorian company has been fined $30,000 for constructing an unauthorised cattle feedlot at Warradarge in Western Australia’s Mid-West region…Read More

Beef Central, February 15, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive and cottonseed firms

Continuing hot and dry conditions are dimming yield prospects for sorghum in New South Wales and southern Queensland, where WA grain is supplying much of the feed market’s needs. ..Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, February 1, 2019

Decline in feeder prices improves grainfed trading budget result

A softer feeder cattle market since early January has contributed to an improved – albeit still loss-making – result in Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning…Read More

Jon Condon, January 31, 2019

Sorghum primed for re-entry into Downs feedlot rations

With numbers on feed in eastern Australian feedlots again under pressure due to desperately dry conditions, sorghum is coming back into calculations as a feedgrain in Queensland and northern regions of NSW. ..Read More

Jon Condon, January 16, 2019

Live Export

Wellard reports maiden after tax profit in first-half results

Live cattle exporter Wellard Limited has recorded its first half-year profit since listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 2015…Read More

Beef Central, February 14, 2019

NQ floods: Live export ships diverted or delayed

Several shipments scheduled to leave Townsville in coming weeks for Indonesia and Vietnam have either been diverted to Darwin or Port Alma or delayed, but none have yet been formally cancelled, according to sources close to the trade…Read More

James Nason, February 8, 2019

SE Asia report: Feedlots still digesting Oct cattle | Floods may disrupt Ramadan supply

It may take well into March for large October imports to be fully eliminated from Indonesian feedlots, while the arrival of the northern monsoon and major flooding could disrupt supply in the crucial lead up period to Ramadan…Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, February 7, 2019

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Januari 2019

Pasar masih terus tertekan oleh sapi yang dikirim kepada para penjual daging, karena 81.000 ekor sapi yang diimpor pada Oktober memberikan pengaruh penuh. ..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, February 7, 2019

Trade

China competition contributes to sharp US imported beef price rise

A number of factors, including mounting competition for Australian beef from China and limited supply out of New Zealand, are contributing to a sharp rise in Australian imported manufacturing beef prices in the United States this month…Read More

Jon Condon, February 21, 2019

WA butchers dominate 2019 National Sausage King results

Western Australian butchers provided the lion’s share of winners in the national final of the Australian Meat Industry Council’s ever-popular Sausage Kings competition held in Fremantle on the weekend…Read More

Jon Condon, February 18, 2019

January beef exports set solid early pace

While January traditionally represents the quietest month for Australian export beef trade following summer holiday meat processing and saleyard closures, volume shipped last month was much higher than recent-year comparisons. ..Read More

Jon Condon, February 5, 2019

Poland reports atypical BSE detection

AN atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopthy (BSE) has been detected in Poland, but poses no risk to human health and will not affect the country’s official BSE status, according to health authorities. ..Read More

Beef Central, February 5, 2019

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Quantifying the impact of hybrid vigour

A large-scale five-year breeding program to quantify the impact that crossbreeding offers commercial producers is drawing to a close this year, providing insights into a range of traits like calving ease, calf weight and survival, female reproductive traits and carcase data. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 19, 2019

Repronomics fertility project update at CQ BeefUp forum

An update on the northern beef industry’s critically important Repronomics fertility project will be one of the feature topics at a BeefUp forum being staged at Mundubbera in Central Queensland next month…Read More

Beef Central, February 19, 2019

$230,000 record price for Tamworth performance horse sale filly

The 2019 Landmark Classic performance horse sale which finished up earlier this week has turned over more than $7 million in sales, headlined by a new Australian Performance Horse record of $230,000…Read More

Beef Central, February 15, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Focus on Breeding Objectives

As few as 10 percent of commercial beef breeders may currently be setting breeding objectives within their herds, industry data suggests. The importance of setting breeding objectives was just one of the key topics discussed at a Beef Genetics Network meeting in Armidale last week, genetics editor Alastair Rayner reports…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, February 12, 2019

Ag Tech

Interest in AgTech soaring as 1100 attend evokeAG event

Australia’s largest agrifood tech event – evokeAG – ignited in Melbourne on Wednesday with a sold-out crowd of more than 1100 delegates and a long list of domestic and international agtech investors and companies…Read More

Terry Sim, February 20, 2019

EvokeAG: FarmLab making soil testing easy + VIDEO

FarmLab chief executive officer Sam Duncan began his pitch at the evokeAG conference in Melbourne with a smile and a simple message – we make soil testing easy…Read More

Terry Sim, February 20, 2019

Crowd funding boosts agtech nutrition platform

Australian agtech company Direct Injection Technologies has gone live with its equity crowdfunding campaign, attracting 86 percent of the $1 million in funds it was seeking within 24 hours, to drive the growth of the livestock supplementation business…Read More

Beef Central, February 1, 2019

Agtech: New analytics platform to help future-proof farms

CSIRO and rural technology start-up Digital Agriculture Services have launched a new software platform that combines artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud-based geospatial technology to deliver reliable, independent and robust farm data and analytics…Read More

Beef Central, January 18, 2019

Property

Weekly property review: Cotton on to bigger profits with a switch away from grazing?

Cattle or cotton? That is the question currently being asked in the Top End, with foreign investors who have snapped up a number of grazing properties waiting patiently for the opportunity to diversify into cotton or other farming interests. ..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, February 20, 2019

Weekly property Review: Recently completed sales

South African family expands its NT footprint with $5.5m deal | Interstate family pays $3.9m for Toowoomba’s Cowarrie | District record for Roma’s Sylvia Downs | Neighbours snap up quality Glen Innes block..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, February 13, 2019

Movement at the Station: Properties for sale

CQ coastal country has 14km beach frontage | NSW: Ceres Ag carves off Golden Triangle asset | Well-grassed Hunter Valley properties | High rainfall country available in NSW’s New England | NT: Kingfisher Station changes agents | Land banking potential near Echuca
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Property editor Linda Rowley, February 13, 2019

Big staffing changes in the rural property transaction space

The start of the 2019 year has heralded an unprecedented series of senior staff movements and appointments in the rural property transaction market across eastern Australia, reports property editor Linda Rowley…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, February 13, 2019

Sheep Central

Agtech investors, farmers and start-ups flock to evokeAG

AUSTRALIA’S largest agrifood tech event -- evokeAG -- ignited in Melbourne yesterday with a sold-out crowd of more than 1100 delegates and a long list of domestic and international.. Read More

FarmLab on a mission to put soil testing into farmers’ hands

FARMLAB chief executive officer Sam Duncan began his pitch at the evokeAG conference in Melbourne yesterday with a smile and a simple message – we make soil testing easy...Read More

Western Australian agrifood businesses seek investors

WESTERN Australian agtech businesses spanning innovative livestock pricing, grain production and irrigation are at evokeAG in Melbourne this week seeking exposure and investment...Read More.. Read More

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 Feb 2019

A cold front and pre-frontal trough brought light falls to southern Victoria, and moderate falls in western Tasmania. Thunderstorms and showers produced light to moderate falls across northern Australia.. Read More

Grain Central

Ingham’s opens Murray Bridge feedmill + VIDEO

Australia's largest integrated poultry producer, Ingham's, has opened a greenfield feedmill at Murray Bridge to supply its poultry production in South Australia, and bring in-house a feed supply arrangement.. Read More

Ag professionals need to heed Banking Royal Commission lessons

The ramifications of the recent Banking Royal Commission (BRC) have profound significance for everyone involved in agriculture, according to Ag Institute Australia (AIA) chair Turlough Guerin...Read More.. Read More

GrainCorp pursues offshore expansion through drought

Shareholders at today's GrainCorp annual general meeting heard the company is ready to set up facilities in India, that several companies were interested in buying parts of the GrainCorp.. Read More

Australia’s first sulphate of potash fertiliser project for WA’s Pilbara

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will invest $74 million in Australia's first plant to produce sulphate of potash near Newman in Western Australia...Read More.. Read More

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