Weaners and yearlings continue to dominate larger AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers totalled 9985 head on AuctionsPlus this week, up three percent or 312 head on last week. Weaners and yearlings continue to dominate the offering, totalling 7888 head. Impacts from the seasonal conditions remain present, with clearance dipping 13pc to total 64pc across all cattle offered…Read More

Beef Central, August 17, 2019

Eight messages from Senate grilling of new farm protection laws

New legislation which would introduce jail sentences for people who incite farm invasion and harassment was put under the microscrope by Senators in a public hearing in Canberra this week. ..Read More

James Nason, August 16, 2019

Casino veal supply chain wins national food industry award

One of Australia’s most successful and enduring veal supply chains has won a major national food industry award. Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s Three River Farms veal brand won a major accolade in the annual Food and Beverage Industry awards held at Darling Harbour in Sydney last month…Read More

Jon Condon, August 16, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Inverse stymies sales, prices ease on US tumble

Some growers in NSW are weighing up their options for grain, grazing or hay, while cereals trade flat to lower in the feed market to reflect Monday’s drop in US futures…Read More

Henry and Liz Wells, August 16, 2019

Project looks at farming seaweed for methane reduction in cattle + VIDEO

A puffy pink seaweed that can stop cattle from belching out methane is being primed for mass farming by researchers in Queensland.SC’s ..Read More

Beef Central, August 15, 2019

Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

On the back of a successful launch event in Melbourne in April, organisers of the Australian chapter of Meat Business Women have announced the network’s second event this year, to be held in Brisbane in October…Read More

Beef Central, August 15, 2019

Dubbo Sale 15 Aug 2019: Yarding increases to 6013 head

Prime bullocks reach 345c and prime grown heifers sell to 323c/kg in another good sized yarding…Read More

David Monk, August 16, 2019


Is there really a problem with F1 Wagyu?
Matt Dalgleish, Mecardo, August 15, 2019

Industry Dashboard

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Elders $6.49
Australian Agricultural Co $1.03
Graincorp $7.78
Ruralco $4.32
Ridley $0.98
Woolworths $34.99
Wellard $0.04
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Beef Kill

Eastern States, weekly

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146540
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EYCI

Eastern Young Cattle Indicator, c/kg

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528
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90CL Cow

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

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695.8
Source: Steiner Consulting, MLA

Live Export

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

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305
Source: Trade contacts

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Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

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-6.53
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Feeder Steer Graph

Shortfed feeder steer 380-500kg - c/kg paddock sales, eastern states.

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News

Eight messages from Senate grilling of new farm protection laws

New legislation which would introduce jail sentences for people who incite farm invasion and harassment was put under the microscrope by Senators in a public hearing in Canberra this week. ..Read More

James Nason, August 16, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Inverse stymies sales, prices ease on US tumble

Some growers in NSW are weighing up their options for grain, grazing or hay, while cereals trade flat to lower in the feed market to reflect Monday’s drop in US futures…Read More

Henry and Liz Wells, August 16, 2019

Project looks at farming seaweed for methane reduction in cattle + VIDEO

A puffy pink seaweed that can stop cattle from belching out methane is being primed for mass farming by researchers in Queensland.SC’s ..Read More

Beef Central, August 15, 2019

Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture for business success

Now, more than ever, employees are choosing red meat industry supply chain workplaces where they feel valued and believe in the overall mission of the business. It’s not surprising, then, that the most successful agribusinesses will always have a solid workplace culture in place…Read More

Beef Central, August 16, 2019

Markets

Weaners and yearlings continue to dominate larger AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers totalled 9985 head on AuctionsPlus this week, up three percent or 312 head on last week. Weaners and yearlings continue to dominate the offering, totalling 7888 head. Impacts from the seasonal conditions remain present, with clearance dipping 13pc to total 64pc across all cattle offered…Read More

Beef Central, August 17, 2019

Dubbo Sale 15 Aug 2019: Yarding increases to 6013 head

Prime bullocks reach 345c and prime grown heifers sell to 323c/kg in another good sized yarding…Read More

David Monk, August 16, 2019

Is there really a problem with F1 Wagyu?

Recent discussions among Wagyu industry stakeholders have suggested that the premiums are returning to the market, prompting Mecardo to go back to the data to assess if the anecdotal evidence stacks up against the AuctionsPlus sales figures…Read More

Matt Dalgleish, Mecardo, August 15, 2019

Dalby sale 14 Aug 2019: Firmer market for 4571 cattle

The trend of a large supply of cows continued, along with a relatively small sample of heavy grown steers and bullocks, and a good supply of yearling steers and heifers…Read More

Beef Central, August 15, 2019

Production

MSA Excellence in Eating Quality awards and forums set to return

Beef producers whose product consistently deliver superior eating quality are set to be recognised when the Meat Standards Australia 2019 Excellence in Eating Quality series is held nationally throughout September and October…Read More

Beef Central, August 9, 2019

Pay dirt: world first project paves way for soil carbon payments

Earlier this year Victorian cattle producers Niels and Marja Olsen achieved a world first by earning income for capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil on their property. The company behind the project has this week launched a $20,000 cash prize to encourage other landholders to follow suit…Read More

James Nason, August 7, 2019

Producer help sought for cattle parasite survey

Cattle producers are being asked to take part in a survey as part of Charles Sturt University research to understand the impact of parasites on the beef cattle industry…Read More

Beef Central, August 6, 2019

Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

A large scale collaborative family-owned grazing operation in western New South Wales is having a red hot crack at changing the Australian goat industry…Read More

James Nason, July 26, 2019

Processing

Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

On the back of a successful launch event in Melbourne in April, organisers of the Australian chapter of Meat Business Women have announced the network’s second event this year, to be held in Brisbane in October…Read More

Beef Central, August 15, 2019

Weekly kill: Softening trend in saleyards sees some grid offers follow-suit

Further easing in saleyards pricing on slaughter cattle in the past ten days, combined with adequate supplies of paddock cattle has produced a softer trend in some Queensland processor direct consignment grids this week…Read More

Jon Condon, August 13, 2019

Major US beef abattoir fire could disrupt beef and cattle markets

A fire which destroyed one of the largest beef processing facilities in the United States on Saturday (Australian time) has the potential to disrupt beef and cattle markets, analysts say…Read More

Jon Condon, August 12, 2019

Weekly kill: Grids steady, as saleyards prices trend lower

Queensland slaughter grid prices are unchanged this week, ending a five-week passage of steady advances in processor offers – partly influenced by an easing in parts of eastern Australia in saleyards prices over the past fortnight…Read More

Jon Condon, August 7, 2019

Lotfeeding

June cattle on feed numbers hit new record 1.147 million head

Cattle on feed across Australia hit a new record high of more than 1.147 million head in the June quarterly feedlot survey results released this morning…Read More

Beef Central, August 12, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Grower sales ramp up on southern rain

Rain this week in most South Australian and Victorian growing regions, and pockets of southern NSW, have prompted some forward selling of new-crop wheat and barley as yield prospects consolidate…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, August 8, 2019

Outstanding young lot feeders recognised by industry

Six young stakeholders from across Australia have been named as finalists in the Australian Lot Feeders Association’s Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award. ..Read More

Beef Central, August 1, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Trade tightens as eastern crop prospects split

The illusion of green crops could fade quickly as worsening conditions creep southward, growers nervous about committing further grain sales and export buyers adding impetus to the rise in new crop prices…Read More

Henry Wells and Liz Wells, July 29, 2019

Live Export

SE Asia Report: Strong Indonesian feeder imports continue in July

News from Dr Ross Ainsworth’s South East Asia report this month includes strong continued contined feeder imports from Indonesia in July, returning supplies of frozen Indian buffalo meat in Indonesia, but at very low volumes, and a chapter closes as PT Elders Indonesia closes its remaining business.
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Dr Ross Ainsworth, August 14, 2019

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Juli 2019

Impor sapi bakalan Indonesia terus berlanjut hingga bulan Juli; Daging kerbau beku India kembali tersedia di pasar, tetapi dalam jumlah yang sangat kecil; PT Elders Indonesia menutup bisnisnya yang masih tersisa di Indonesia; Harga sapi steer Darwin ditambahkan pada grafik di bawah ini.

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Dr Ross Ainsworth, August 14, 2019

Wellard reveals new buyer for Swagman

Wellard Limited says it is moving closer to selling the M/V Ocean Swagman after agreeing to a new $37.1 million purchase proposal for the vessel from a Panama based subsidiary of Nova Marine Holdings SA…Read More

Beef Central, August 6, 2019

ALEC welcomes bill to create livex Inspector General

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has welcomed the introduction of legislation to establish a Federal Inspector General for Live Animal Exports, describing the move as an important step towards driving cultural change and improved animal welfare outcomes…Read More

Beef Central, August 1, 2019

Trade

Casino veal supply chain wins national food industry award

One of Australia’s most successful and enduring veal supply chains has won a major national food industry award. Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s Three River Farms veal brand won a major accolade in the annual Food and Beverage Industry awards held at Darling Harbour in Sydney last month…Read More

Jon Condon, August 16, 2019

Indonesia to import 50,000t of beef from Brazil

Australian beef exports to Indonesia are facing more competition with the country yesterday announcing it will now open its market to imports of beef from Brazil…Read More

Beef Central, August 15, 2019

Beef brands perform with distinction in competitions across the nation

Best in class at Melbourne’s Food Awards for Mort & Co’s new Wagyu brand | JBS’s Yardstick program tops Regatta’s Beef-Off competition | Mobile abattoir-processed meat wins Australian Food Awards medal..Read More

Jon Condon, August 14, 2019

Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations enter important phase

Negotiations over the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement continue to build momentum, as shown by this week’s launch of public consultations on the use of Geographic Indications…Read More

Beef Central, August 13, 2019

Genetics

Weekly genetics review: For some, spring bull sale results better than expected

On the back of a third year in drought and declining cow numbers, there has been quiet concern among many over prospects for this year’s spring bull sales as the July sales commenced. However some strong results, underpinned by bulk purchases from Queensland producers, have combined to keep clearances reasonably strong over the past four weeks. ..Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 13, 2019

Australian Charolais evolve into ‘unique’ sub-type, carcase competition wins show

Few beef industry stakeholders today would recognise modern-day Charolais cattle from the parent breed that first came out to Australia in the 1960s, Palgroves David Bondfield said on Wednesday, while collecting a swag of major trophies from Brisbane Show s 100-day grainfed carcase competitions..Read More

Jon Condon, August 9, 2019

Success across breeds in RAS Beef Challenge + PICTURES

Now in its ninth year, the Sydney Royal Beef Challenge has grown to become a significant competition for cattle producers across NSW targeting export and domestic feeder specifications. Angus, Charolais, Simmental entries produced the major hoof division winners…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 7, 2019

Weekly genetics review: Selection for temperament has a positive impact on fertility

The association with poor temperament in cattle is generally associated with issues around safety in handling cattle, the impact on other cattle within a group and importantly, and the issues associated with stress and reduced eating quality outcomes. However a large amount of research has been done, particularly in the US, to assess the impact varying levels of temperament has on fertility…Read More

Genetics editor Alastair Rayner, August 6, 2019

Ag Tech

GPS tracking devices help underpin animal production claims

GPS tracking devices aren’t just revolutionising livestock monitoring and offering up a solution to cattle theft – they’re also delivering guaranteed best practice certifications for consumers. Farming technology company IDS Australasia’s ‘GFARM’ tracker, which works hand-in-hand with livestock management tools to draw on real-time information, is now commercially available to producers…Read More

Beef Central, August 12, 2019

CQUni agtech tested for Argentinean farming systems

CQUniversity researchers are investigating Argentinean beef production systems with a view to opening markets for emerging agtech company, DataMuster…Read More

Beef Central, August 8, 2019

Producers tap into ag innovation at livestock forum

Livestock producers have tapped into new research to improve productivity, profitability and animal welfare on their farms at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation’s Livestock Forum…Read More

Beef Central, July 30, 2019

Agtech: Cattle sales using immersive technology on the horizon

Immersive technology can be used as a tool to build trust between livestock buyers and sellers, AuctionsPlus chief executive officer Angus Street told a conference in Melbourne on Thursday. AuctionsPlus is planning to hold livestock sales using immersive technology within 12 months, but not initially for commercial sheep or cattle sales…Read More

Terry Sim, July 16, 2019

Property

Weekly Property Review: Recently completed sales

Rural identity Tim Fairfax expands his portfolio | TA Field secures Aberfeldy in $24m deal | Holbrook’s Stonehaven makes +$11m | Locals buy blue ribbon Riverina holding Wirralie for +$12m | SA family pays $9-$10m for Mt Skinner in first foray into NT | Well known Nth Qld producers secure Mt Surprise country..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, August 14, 2019

Movement at the station: recent property listings

Chinese-owned NT cattle stations return to the market | First class Cootamundra agricultural investment | Prized country in southern NSW | Riverina powerhourse Gundaline presents well, after rain | QLD’s Clark & Tait portfolio on the market after 120 years..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, August 14, 2019

Rolleston’s Billabalong sets $22m record for Arcadia Valley country

Located in the heart of arguably the best cattle country in Queensland, 3900ha Billabalong station has set a price record for the Arcadia Valley region of more than $22 million, following completion of an expressions of interest campaign this week..Read More

Jon Condon, August 13, 2019

Weekly Property Review: Weighing-up Expressions of Interest versus traditional sales methods

Expressions of interest campaigns, once the preferred method of sale only for large cattle operations or aggregations, are becoming more commonplace in the rural property market, as vendors seek to maximise sale values, property editor Linda Rowley writes…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, August 7, 2019

Sheep Central

Wool sellers balk at auction price drops of up to 200 cents

MORE than half the wool scheduled to sell at Australian auctions this week went unsold as growers balked at the biggest market downturn in more than 10 years...Read More

Russell blends innovation and skills to market wool and sheep

AUSTRALIAN Wool Network’s Russell Macgugan has taken a forward-looking approach to wool marketing in his eight years as a broker, with a strong focus on innovative development of the Merino…..Read More

Australia’s wool production tipped to hit lowest level in 95 years

AUSTRALIA’S wool production is forecast to hit its lowest level in almost 100 years this financial year, with market and seasonal conditions not indicating a quick turn-around...Read More

Wool market drop leaves forward marketers faltering

THE wool forward market could provide no solace for buyers nor sellers this week, with the rate of auction price decline leaving sellers out of range and buyers unable to..Read More

Grain Central

It’ll be hard, but we can feed the world with plant protein

There are plenty of barriers, but if we really want to we can feed the world on plant protein, largely from legumes...Read More

Can we feed the world without wrecking the planet?

Can agriculture meet the food demands of the world into the future and do it in a sustainable way?..Read More

Murray-Darling water markets inquiry begins

The ACCC has commenced an inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray-Darling Basin...Read More

Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Australia urgently needs a contemporary definition of sustainable agriculture, including agreed on-farm metrics, according to UNE senior research fellow and lecturer, Jacqueline Williams...Read More

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