Vale Geoff Tancred

Geoff Tancred, who was a towering presence across the Australian meat and livestock industry for more than 40 years, died recently in Brisbane, aged 84. His business interests extended from the Tancred Brothers export and domestic meat processing operations, one of the largest in Australia, to a portfolio of 23 grazing properties scattered across Queensland, and a wholesale/retail business that at one point included 150 butcher shops…Read More

Jon Condon, April 9, 2020

RPC webinar with David Littleproud: ‘Australia awakening to importance of ag’

Australia has awoken to the importance of agriculture which is underpinning the nation’s security by providing food assurity during the current COVID-19 crisis, according to Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud…Read More

Neil Lyon, April 9, 2020

SE Asia Report: Virus disruptions mount, $A collapses

In his latest monthly South East Asian beef market report, Dr Ross Ainsworth, writing from a livestock ship in the Arafura Sea, analyses how coronavirus response is continuing to disrupt markets and the critical role food supplies play in a crisis. ..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, April 9, 2020

Indonesian customer uses force majeure clause on live export shipment

Livestock export industry leaders have called for “calm and perspective” after reports that a shipment of Australian cattle cancelled by an Indonesian importer under force majeure earlier this week raised producer concerns about coronavirus impacts on the trade. ..Read More

James Nason, April 9, 2020

Dalby sale 8 Apr 2020: Prices hold in smaller yarding

The trend of much smaller numbers across most selling centres in recent days continued at Dalby, with the supply of stock reducing by 1,050, to 1,274 head…Read More

Beef Central, April 9, 2020

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Maret 2020

In his latest monthly South East Asian beef market report, Dr Ross Ainsworth, writing from a livestock ship in the Arafura Sea, analyses how coronavirus response is continuing to disrupt markets and the critical role food supplies play in a crisis. ..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, April 9, 2020

Movement at the Station: $150m worth of Qld, NSW properties hit the market

Substantial grazing property assets across Queensland and NSW worth at least $150 million have hit the market in the past fortnight, in what has emerged as a mini property listing boom, following earlier rain. Here’s a summary of what’s on offer in recent listings. ..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, April 8, 2020



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Vale Geoff Tancred

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News

Vale Geoff Tancred

Geoff Tancred, who was a towering presence across the Australian meat and livestock industry for more than 40 years, died recently in Brisbane, aged 84. His business interests extended from the Tancred Brothers export and domestic meat processing operations, one of the largest in Australia, to a portfolio of 23 grazing properties scattered across Queensland, and a wholesale/retail business that at one point included 150 butcher shops…Read More

Jon Condon, April 9, 2020

RPC webinar with David Littleproud: ‘Australia awakening to importance of ag’

Australia has awoken to the importance of agriculture which is underpinning the nation’s security by providing food assurity during the current COVID-19 crisis, according to Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud…Read More

Neil Lyon, April 9, 2020

Opinion: Trust – not food security – is what’s under threat from COVID-19 consumer behaviour

In this opinion piece, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, Juergen Voegele, argues that it is trust, not food security that is under threat under COVID-19..Read More

Beef Central, April 8, 2020

Groups propose $4 billion stimulus to create 24,000 land improvement jobs

70 farming and conservation groups are proposing Federal and State Governments provide a $4 billion economic stimulus package to fund 24,000 workers to undertake practical conservation activities across Australia such as weed and pest control, river restoration and bushfire recovery and resilience…Read More

Beef Central, April 8, 2020

Markets

Dalby sale 8 Apr 2020: Prices hold in smaller yarding

The trend of much smaller numbers across most selling centres in recent days continued at Dalby, with the supply of stock reducing by 1,050, to 1,274 head…Read More

Beef Central, April 9, 2020

Roma store 7 April 2020: Prices rise in smaller yarding

Prices improved from the previous week across most categories, and agents advise that the upwards trend could be attributed to the reduced supply of cattle available across the markets this week…Read More

Beef Central, April 8, 2020

Wagga sale 6 Apr 2020: Numbers drop with rain, Easter break

Cattle markets in the past week have been somewhat erratic and Wagga experienced the same fluctuating price trends, depending on quality and competition…Read More

Leann Dax, April 7, 2020

Lighter steers and heifer prices rise, while feeder weights decline in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Lighter steers and heifer categories rose in value, while heavier feeder weights declined in a smaller offering of 18,027 head on AuctionsPlus this week. PTIC females, and cows with calves all showed solid gains in price…Read More

Beef Central, April 5, 2020

Production

Will feral pig culls be ramped up if ASF reaches Australia?

Would Australia go in ‘all guns blazing’ to cull feral pig populations if an African Swine Fever outbreak is detected here?..Read More

James Nason, April 8, 2020

Excess feed opens opportunity to rebuild fodder stocks

Now’s the time to plan for the spring fodder harvest and help rebuild the nation’s hay stocks, according to the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) chair Frank McRae…Read More

Beef Central, April 7, 2020

First NSW case of pasture dieback confirmed

The first NSW case of pasture dieback, which kills sown and native summer growing grasses, has been identified on the state’s North Coast…Read More

Beef Central, April 6, 2020

Fall armyworm detected in NT and WA

The invasive pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been found in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, following its first detection in Australia on Queensland’s Cape York in January 2020…Read More

James Nason, April 2, 2020

Processing

Weekly kill: Some grid offers continue to soften, in slower pre-Easter period

With two short production weeks this week and next caused by the Easter break, slaughter cattle demand softened this week across much of eastern Australia, and some processor grid offers continued to soften…Read More

Jon Condon, April 7, 2020

Weekly kill: Rates decline continues, as beef demand uncertainty mounts

Eastern states cattle slaughter leapt a remarkable 17pc last week, despite continuing downwards pressure on finished cattle prices. There’s been some further downwards adjustments in slaughter cattle direct consignment rates, but mostly to align offers with other competitors in a deteriorating market, rather than pushing still lower…Read More

Jon Condon, March 31, 2020

JBS logs record pre-tax profit for 2019 year

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has logged an adjusted pre-tax profit of R$19.9 billion (equivalent to about A$6.76b) in full-year financial results announced this morning, Australian time…Read More

Jon Condon, March 26, 2020

Weekly kill: Grids slide further on pessimistic trade outlook

Queensland processor direct consignment grid offers came under considerable pressure last week, as further reports about export trade difficulty surrounding COVID-19 surfaced…Read More

Jon Condon, March 24, 2020

Lotfeeding

Feedgrain Focus: New crop values for wheat and barley ease

New-crop values for wheat and barley have eased this week on rain which is improving prospects by the day for a big winter-cereal planting in eastern Australia, while price movements in nearby markets have been mixed…Read More

Liz Wells, April 3, 2020

Never say never: Nuffield learnings about lotfeeding in the tropics

North Queensland cattleman Stewart Borg is using lessons learned from his 2018 Nuffield Scholarship to explore the development of his own commercial feedlot, in a region where unique challenges have limited feedlot development up to now…Read More

Beef Central, April 3, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Australia’s grain supply chain is operating efficiently amid COVID-19 measures in place across the country, and wheat, barley and new-crop sorghum are in hot demand…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, March 27, 2020

Cautious industry mood evident in latest 100-day grainfed trading budget

Uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is bearing an influence on Beef Central’s latest monthly 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning. Both forward contract finished grainfed cattle prices and feeder cattle prices have softened in the past week, delivering a result not dissimilar to our previous monthly trading budget calculated back on February 18…Read More

Jon Condon, March 23, 2020

Live Export

SE Asia Report: Virus disruptions mount, $A collapses

In his latest monthly South East Asian beef market report, Dr Ross Ainsworth, writing from a livestock ship in the Arafura Sea, analyses how coronavirus response is continuing to disrupt markets and the critical role food supplies play in a crisis. ..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, April 9, 2020

Indonesian customer uses force majeure clause on live export shipment

Livestock export industry leaders have called for “calm and perspective” after reports that a shipment of Australian cattle cancelled by an Indonesian importer under force majeure earlier this week raised producer concerns about coronavirus impacts on the trade. ..Read More

James Nason, April 9, 2020

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Maret 2020

In his latest monthly South East Asian beef market report, Dr Ross Ainsworth, writing from a livestock ship in the Arafura Sea, analyses how coronavirus response is continuing to disrupt markets and the critical role food supplies play in a crisis. ..Read More

Dr Ross Ainsworth, April 9, 2020

Northern cattle trade sails into busy shipping period

Cattle shipments from northern Australia are continuing to navigate their way through the logistical challenges created by the COVID-19 restrictions and a slowdown in consumption being experienced in major South East Asian markets…Read More

James Nason, April 7, 2020

Trade

Are Aussie consumers eating more red meat in the COVID-19 era?

While some of the evidence is still anecdotal, there’s a convincing case emerging that Australian consumers are eating more beef and lamb, as society adjusts to the unusual work and home life cycles under COVID-19 pandemic control measures…Read More

Jon Condon, April 8, 2020

March monthly exports slightly higher for China, but sharply down to the US

There was a modest recovery in beef exports to China in March, while shipments to the US declined sharply, monthly export figures released by the Department of Agriculture this morning showed…Read More

Jon Condon, April 3, 2020

Contrasting approaches: Aus deems food supply essential, NZ closes butchers

Australian meat industry leaders have praised the Federal Government for “stepping up to the plate” and ensuring the essential nature of the agricultural supply chain in feeding the nation is recognised…Read More

James Nason, April 1, 2020

$110m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

The Federal Government has launched a $110 million package designed to get air freight exports of red meat and other perishable food commodities moving again. The cancellation of international passenger flights into, and out of Australia as part of COVID-19 management saw airfreight of chilled red meat exports grind to a halt a fortnight ago…Read More

Beef Central, April 1, 2020

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: Net feed efficiency within a breeding herd

Is improving Net Feed Intake across the broader industry as straightforward as using new genomic technologies? This week noted industry researchers Drs David Johnston and Brad Walmsley of the Animal Genetics Breeding Unit offer some insights into the challenges associated with understanding and identifying superior animals for NFI…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 7, 2020

Weekly genetics review: Is the industry making progress in net feed efficiency

Improving feed efficiency within the beef industry has long been a topic of great interest to breeders as well as those involved in finishing cattle on either grass or grain. This week’s review starts a series of reports looking into NFI from a range of perspectives – breeders, lotfeeders and researchers included.  ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, April 1, 2020

Does genetic progress have to slow during herd rebuilding phase?

With the current lack of stock across the country, many herd managers will not have the luxury of culling that they normally would. This raises the question of how genetic progress is affected by, and should be managed in, different seasonal conditions…Read More

Michael Wellington and Karissa de Belle, Bush AgriBusiness, March 31, 2020

Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Bull breeders across Australia have been quick to respond to latest government restrictions over gatherings of people, swinging quickly to online auctions in place of face-to-face bull sales this year…Read More

Beef Central, March 25, 2020

Ag Tech

Webinar: Options for a connected northern beef industry

This free webinar to be held on Monday, March 30, will explore current farm connectivity opportunities that provide best returns on effort and investment…Read More

Beef Central, March 23, 2020

Cattle producers size up agtech opportunities at EvokeAg

Several groups of North Queensland cattle producers travelled from one end of the country to the other last week to find out first-hand what is happening in the agtech space. What did they find?..Read More

Beef Central, February 24, 2020

GPS-enabled livestock monitoring tags reach the commercial market

A GPS-enabled cattle ear tag providing accurate and timely information about livestock location and movement has been commercially released for the first time…Read More

Beef Central, March 17, 2020

Reality check for agtech startups

Amidst the hype, polished pitches and slick branding of agtech startups at EvokeAG last week also came some words of wisdom from experience, and the reality check that any new innovation must still meet a genuine need if it is to become a commercial success…Read More

James Nason, February 26, 2020

Property

Movement at the Station: $150m worth of Qld, NSW properties hit the market

Substantial grazing property assets across Queensland and NSW worth at least $150 million have hit the market in the past fortnight, in what has emerged as a mini property listing boom, following earlier rain. Here’s a summary of what’s on offer in recent listings. ..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, April 8, 2020

Recently completed property sales

NQ’s Granitevale secured for breeding | Toowoomba grazing identity secures The Patrick | Bonus Downs snapped up for expansion | Leeora Downs finds a buyer prior to auction..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, April 8, 2020

Terrick purchase to provide beef foundation for AAM’s new investment fund

Showcase large-scale Blackall district grazing property Terrick Terrick will provide the cornerstone asset for the beef component of a new Australian investment fund’s investments in agriculture…Read More

Jon Condon, April 7, 2020

Property: RIFA offloads large Warialda backgrounding aggregation

Chinese-owned RIFA Salutary has sold its large Ashleigh Station property aggregation near Warialda, on the NSW northwest slopes, continuing its sell-down of Australian farming and grazing assets…Read More

Jon Condon, April 7, 2020

Sheep Central

Victorian mutton goes on first meat airfreight flight to Wuhan

A MUTTON shipment sourced from Cedar Meats in Victoria has been airfreighted to Wuhan in China as the backload on a flight that arrived in Sydney yesterday with COVID-19-related medical..Read More

Watch AuctionsPlus Wool run its first test online auctions

AUSTRALIA’S wool producers, brokers and exporters will be able to watch the first in a series of live online test wool auctions at 11am and 4pm today...Read More

Australian wool prices improved this week as growers withdrew bales

AUSTRALIAN wool prices improved his week, with overall increases in all Merino fleece types, as growers refused to sell about 35 percent of the scheduled offering at current rates...Read More

Australian Co-operative Farming Hotline launched

A CO-OPERATIVE Farming Hotline has been launched to support Australian farmers, fishers and foresters in establishing farm co-operatives...Read More

Grain Central

Nation beholden to agriculture in testing times: Littleproud

Australia has awoken to the importance of agriculture which is underpinning the nation's security by providing food assurity during the COVID-19 crisis...Read More

New ryegrass herbicide to debut on Australian market

A new herbicide for controlling annual ryegrass has received full registration in Australia and will be available for the 2021 winter crop season...Read More

CBH app complies with competition laws: ACCC

An investigation by the ACCC has concluded there is no evidence that CBH's Paddock Planner App breaches any competition or consumer laws...Read More

Demand for organic produce surges as certification adapts to COVID-19

Australia’s organic certification bodies are adapting their auditing processes as the COVID-19 crisis drives a surge in demand for organic produce, including grain...Read More

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