Competitor watch: Three months on, Brazilian beef still excluded from China market

Three months after Brazil voluntarily suspended its beef exports to China after BSE detections, it remains locked out of the world’s biggest imported protein market…Read More

Jon Condon, 03/12/2021

Indonesian meat consumption to increase 1321pc by 2050, ABARES

A growing middle class in Indonesia is shifting diets to higher value foods and making it harder for the country to resist importing, while there are still some major trade barriers…Read More

Beef Central, 03/12/2021

Feedgrain Focus: Rain exacerbates shorts in delayed harvest

Price for feedgrain for delivery in coming weeks have risen by $5-$40 per tonne to reflect the lateness of harvest and the shorts created as wet weather persists across much of New South Wales…Read More

Liz Wells, 03/12/2021

The changing face of Australia’s cattle export sector since 2011

The evolution of specialist stand-alone exporters has been one of the defining trends of change in the cattle export sector in the 10 years since the climactic events of the June 2011 Indonesian trade suspension…Read More

James Nason, 03/12/2021

Recruitment: Five tips to secure quality staff in a shrinking resource pool

Hiring the best people for a business is never easy, particularly when there is a small pool to choose from with the particular skills you need. It is fast becoming an employees’ market in many rural and regional areas, and that means fewer applicants who demand better employment offers. Here are some tips to making great appointments when the candidate pool is looking thin…Read More

Beef Central, 03/12/2021

Steer and heifer records smashed during bumper CQLX sale

Records were broken at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange Prime and Store Sale at Gracemere this week, where the steer price exceeded the 800c/kg milestone and heifers flew past 700c for the first time in history…Read More

Beef Central, 03/12/2021

Chris Howie: Grass fever soars in a land of flooding rains

“We live in Australia, the biggest feedlot in the world when we add water – but there are no guarantees”..Read More

Chris Howie , 02/12/2021



Industry Dashboard

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05 Dec 2021 (updated 10am daily)
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Elders $11.20
Australian Agricultural Co $1.46
Graincorp $6.83
Ridley $1.35
Woolworths $40.06
Wellard $0.09
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Beef Kill

Eastern States, weekly

Last Week

100084
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EYCI

Eastern Young Cattle Indicator, c/kg

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1107
Source: MLA's NLRS

90CL Cow

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

Today

864.1
Source: Steiner Consulting, MLA

Live Export

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

Today

440
Source: Trade contacts

SOI

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

12.14
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Feeder Steer

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

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498
Source: Feeder Steer

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News

Indonesian meat consumption to increase 1321pc by 2050, ABARES

A growing middle class in Indonesia is shifting diets to higher value foods and making it harder for the country to resist importing, while there are still some major trade barriers…Read More

Beef Central, 03/12/2021

Recruitment: Five tips to secure quality staff in a shrinking resource pool

Hiring the best people for a business is never easy, particularly when there is a small pool to choose from with the particular skills you need. It is fast becoming an employees’ market in many rural and regional areas, and that means fewer applicants who demand better employment offers. Here are some tips to making great appointments when the candidate pool is looking thin…Read More

Beef Central, 03/12/2021

110,000 megalitres of North Queensland water put to tender

A competitive tender process has started for 110,000 megalitres of water in the largely untapped Flinders River catchment of North-West Queensland…Read More

Eric Barker, 02/12/2021

Cattle Baron and The Great Aussie Cattle Quiz – two great Christmas gift ideas from Beef Central

New stock of Beef Central’s popular board games, ‘The Great Aussie Cattle Quiz’ and ‘Cattle Baron’ have arrived, and will make an ideal present to put under this year’s Christmas tree. Early orders are strongly advised, as Australia Post has warned of possible parcel delivery delays closer to Christmas. ..Read More

Beef Central, 25/11/2021

Markets

Steer and heifer records smashed during bumper CQLX sale

Records were broken at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange Prime and Store Sale at Gracemere this week, where the steer price exceeded the 800c/kg milestone and heifers flew past 700c for the first time in history…Read More

Beef Central, 03/12/2021

Chris Howie: Grass fever soars in a land of flooding rains

“We live in Australia, the biggest feedlot in the world when we add water – but there are no guarantees”..Read More

Chris Howie , 02/12/2021

Amazing Euroa weaner steer sale sets blistering pace at season opener + PICS/VIDEO

As comparisons between this year’s result and last year’s results clearly indicate, the opening to Victoria’s beef weaner selling season has set a blistering pace…Read More

Murray Arnel, 02/12/2021

Dalby sale 2 Dec: Stronger market as rain cuts yarding

Export buyer attendance was good, however one major exporter processor was not very active in the cow portion…Read More

Beef Central, 02/12/2021

Production

Research to focus on delivery of methane-inhibiting supplements to paddock cattle

A new research project in Central Qld is examining methane-reducing compounds and how they can be effectively distributed to grazing cattle using water medication systems…Read More

Jon Condon, 22/11/2021

Buffalo fly treatments in high demand with parasite challenge rising early

Large parts of the country are in for a long buffalo fly season, with the pests already being spotted in southern and northern parts of Australia. The high demand for chemical treatments have coincided with shipping problems across the world…Read More

Eric Barker, 17/11/2021

COP26 and net zero talks fuel carbon farming interest + PICS

Months of talks about reducing emissions and carbon trading has fuelled significant interest in soil carbon farming…Read More

Eric Barker, 15/11/2021

Manufacturer plans to scale-up production of methane-inhibiting feed additive

The Netherlands-based manufacturer of methane-inhibiting livestock feed additive Bovaer has announced plans during the COP26 gatherings in Scotland to greatly expand its manufacturing capacity.  ..Read More

Beef Central, 11/11/2021

Processing

Weekly kill: Processor losses in October ‘worst on record’

ANY way you slice and dice it, beef processors have had their worst year in a generation this year, profit wise. TEM’s processor margin model shows average monthly margins sliding from a loss per head of $357 in September to a loss of nearly $433 in October, the worst monthly margin on record since early 2000.
..Read More

Jon Condon, 30/11/2021

Red meat R&D: Technology trial for small stock electronic ID

AMPC is investing in a technology trial which aims to improve Australia’s traceability and biosecurity capability by identifying individual small stock (sheep, lamb, and goats) at processing plants. The trial will see RFID readers installed in seven sheep, lamb and goatmeat processing plants across NSW, South Australia and Western Australia, to enable tracking of EIDs in small stock…Read More

Beef Central, 26/11/2021

Weekly kill: Grids finishing the year at record highs

Stronger export trading terms are helping offset some of the pain for export beef processors forking-out record money for slaughter cattle across eastern Australia this week, as the 2021 season heads towards its final stages ..Read More

Jon Condon, 23/11/2021

Processors join calls regulatory changes to ease shipping gridlock

The Australian Meat Industry Council has thrown its support behind calls for sweeping regulatory changes to the shipping industry after a report relesed by the ACCC earlier this year…Read More

Beef Central, 19/11/2021

Lotfeeding

Feedgrain Focus: Rain exacerbates shorts in delayed harvest

Price for feedgrain for delivery in coming weeks have risen by $5-$40 per tonne to reflect the lateness of harvest and the shorts created as wet weather persists across much of New South Wales…Read More

Liz Wells, 03/12/2021

Feedgrain Focus: Trade thin ahead of further rain

The wet and late wheat harvest in NSW has created some shorts in the market as exporters and consumers chase some near-term coverage…Read More

Liz Wells, 29/11/2021

September quarter cattle on feed decline 4.6pc, but remain above 1m head

Numbers of cattle on feed have reduced across all states in the past three months, with the industry’s latest quarterly survey showing a 54,559 head reduction…Read More

Beef Central, 19/11/2021

ACC gains approval for 65,000 head feedlot – but has no immediate plans for construction

Australian Country Choice has received council approval to construct a greenfield 65,000 head feedlot near Moonie on Qld’s Western Darling Downs – however the company has stressed that it has no immediate plans for construction…Read More

Jon Condon, 15/11/2021

Live Export

The changing face of Australia’s cattle export sector since 2011

The evolution of specialist stand-alone exporters has been one of the defining trends of change in the cattle export sector in the 10 years since the climactic events of the June 2011 Indonesian trade suspension…Read More

James Nason, 03/12/2021

Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

A review of the Federal Department of Agriculture’s system for issuing livestock export permits and health certificates has identified several concerns with its processes, including its reliance on outdated IT systems…Read More

James Nason, 26/11/2021

Cattle exports continue downward trajectory in October

Australian livestock export trade volumes continued on a downward trajectory in October wth 45,106 cattle exported for the month, the lowest monthly trade volume since March 2013…Read More

James Nason, 18/11/2021

SE Asia Report: Indo price pain | Vietnam shipments slump in October

Indonesian importers are losing about AUD$280 per head on slaughter steers, while Australian cattle exports to Vietnam again slumped to zero for the second month this year, as Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asia Beef Report.
..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, 17/11/2021

Trade

Competitor watch: Three months on, Brazilian beef still excluded from China market

Three months after Brazil voluntarily suspended its beef exports to China after BSE detections, it remains locked out of the world’s biggest imported protein market…Read More

Jon Condon, 03/12/2021

November beef exports remain heavily constrained, at 75,700t

Strong international beef demand and a softening Australian dollar normally spell good times for beef exporters, but the supply side of the equation continued to muzzle Aussie beef exports during November – as it has all year…Read More

Jon Condon, 02/12/2021

Supply, demand factors push export manufacturing beef prices to record levels

The recent strength in manufacturing beef price fortunes is helping offset at least some of the pain for Australian export processors facing record high slaughter cattle procurement costs. The benchmark 90CL grinding beef price for Australian beef sold into the US hit A864c/kg on Friday, easily its highest point all year…Read More

Jon Condon, 24/11/2021

Korea set to trigger Safeguard mechanism on Australian beef imports

Imports of Australian beef into South Korea will be significantly impacted by tariff adjustments in coming days, as Australia approaches its Safeguard tariff mechanism trigger-point for the year…Read More

Jon Condon, 10/11/2021

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: 2021 proved to be a year to remember for bull breeders

Attempting to describe the 2021 bull selling season without using adjectives like ‘unprecedented’ or ‘record-breaking’ is a very difficult task for agents, industry observers, bull breeders and cattle producers following the seedstock sector’s fortunes. In his final weekly genetics column for the year, genetics writer Al Rayner ponders whether there is a risk of bull breeders over-reacting to the extraordinary 2021 results, in delivering bulls in future years ..Read More

Guest Author, 10/11/2021

Weekly genetics review: Is there an opportunity to select for male fertility?

A quick look at the various EBVs which address fertility traits in cattle shows almost all relate to aspects of female fertility. But can there be some genetic selection for bull fertility, beyond the use of scrotal circumference measurements? It’s possible using BBSE earlier that Age at Puberty can actually be a good method, and longer-term, genomic data may also hold promise to help develop an EBV for conception rate, writes genetics editor Al Rayner..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 03/11/2021

Weekly genetics review: Addressing cow reproduction through genetics

This week’s review looks at the value in enhancements to data and reference population work from the north to improve reproductive selection in cows. “Basically, the data we have now is enhancing reproductive EBVs such as Days to Calving to increase accuracy by almost 15pc in Brahmans – a significant shift forwards for producers to select earlier and with more confidence,” genetics editor Al Rayner says..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, 26/10/2021

Genetics: Incremental changes for a profitable future

Beef producer Marie Copley from Copley Pastoral Co near Crows Nest in southern Queensland delivered a presentation posing the question, “To EBV or not EBV?” at a field day held at Brahman bull breeder Alf Collins’ Collins Belah Valley (CBV) in August. Here is a summary of her address…..Read More

Beef Central, 26/10/2021

Ag Tech

Farmbot water monitor sales boost, with more than 5000 units sold

Australian agtech brand Farmbot has now sold more than 5,000 water monitoring units, with the company saying the COP26 summit in Glasgow has boosted sales in recent weeks.
..Read More

Beef Central, 09/11/2021

Assisted reality goggles finding a place in lotfeeding and processing

While virtual reality and augmented reality have been all the talk in the Ag Tech sector in recent years, assisted reality has started to find a practical position in the beef industry…Read More

Eric Barker, 25/10/2021

Smart navigation lifts visibility of livestock shipping operations

Most “ag tech” in the livestock industry is focused on the paddock, but one piece of smart technology has been delivering a range of gains for the sector on the open ocean…Read More

James Nason, 19/10/2021

Telstra invests $1m into agtech brand Farmbot

Telstra has invested $1 million into well-known agtech brand Farmbot, leading a $2.7 million capital raising by the company. Farmbot provides remote water monitoring and management services for livestock producers ..Read More

Beef Central, 11/10/2021

Property

Weekly property review: Recently completed sales

Tumut’s Kimball makes a record $33,600/ha | Benchmark sale for high-rainfall New England country | NSW’s Sylvania makes $13m | Locals pay high $20m for Walgett’s Marshmead | Renowned VIC Wagyu operation changes hands | Capella’s Mitchell Park doubles its money | New entrants secure CQ country for $8.9m | Droughtmaster family expands in QLD’s southwest | Canberra businessman adds to holdings | Excel Farms secures SA grazing block for $7m | $10m+ for diversity on SA’s Winavon | WA’s Hutt River Province sells to local producers | WA’s Balladonia sells after three years
Interstate sale for NSW’s Waldon..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 01/12/2021

Movement at the station: Recent property listings  

Rain delays sale of NSW’s Strathdarr | Three blocks in Cobar attract strong inquiry | Big body of feed in SA’s south east..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 01/12/2021

China’s Rifa sells last Australian grazing asset, Cooplacurrilpa, for $35m bare

China’s Rifa Salutary has offloaded the last of its Australian grazing assets – the renowned large-scale cattle breeding property Cooplacurripa Station to Phillip and Vanessa Bell from Goulburn for $35m…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 30/11/2021

Separate QLD property aggregations make $110m

Serious confidence in the cattle sector has been demonstrated yet again today, with close to $110 million paid for two separate Central and North Queensland grazing aggregations. One involved a North American buyer; the other a North American vendor…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, 29/11/2021

Sheep Central

EU welfare law proposals prompt WPA policy review

PLANS to upgrade European Union animal welfare laws to potentially ban tail docking and castration or introduce mandatory pain relief are pointing WoolProducers Australia toward new policy development...Read More

Avenel Station flock comes to Deniliquin for sale

OLD-FASHIONED face-to-face sheep selling without the back-up of an online interface returned to the Riverina today with the dispersal of the Avenel Station flock at the Deniliquin saleyards...Read More

Farm to customer data integration works for Argyle

PREMIUM lamb and beef processor Argyle Foods Group is utilising the integration of livestock enterprise management platform AgriWebb with blockchain-based track-and-trace provider KPMG Origins to focus on new markets and..Read More

Wool auction market firms slightly despite difficulties

AUSTRALIA’S wool auction market was slightly dearer this week and the gross value of clips sold this season passed the billion dollar mark to $1,021.81bn, 10 weeks earlier than last..Read More

Grain Central

Grain Central’s November 2021 grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz...Read More

110,000 megalitres of North Queensland water put to tender

A competitive tender process has started for 110,000 megalitres of water in the largely untapped Flinders River catchment of north-west Queensland...Read More

Irrigators turned to water allocation markets to cope with 2019-20 drought

Irrigators in the Murray–Darling Basin faced a challenging year in 2019-20 due to water scarcity and low allocations following persistent drought up until late 2019, according to an ACCC report...Read More

Food price turmoil to continue in 2022: Rabobank

Food prices will remain high in 2022 as adverse weather, inflation along supply chains and logistical strains stay likely to continue, according to Rabobank’s annual Agri Commodity Markets Outlook report...Read More

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