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Big jump in steer prices on AuctionsPlus

Beef Central, 17 November 2018

All young steer weight categories produced a sharp rise in prices on AuctionsPlus this week, while heifer prices were largely unchanged.

Bondfields share Palgrove growth lessons with young beef producers

James Nason, 16 November 2018

Today Palgrove is one of Australia’s largest and best known seedstock and commercial cattle operations, but once it was a small business owned by a young couple with ‘lots of ideas and quite a bit of debt’. Yesterday at the Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma, Prue and David Bondfield shared their story with a room full of young beef producers and some of the lessons they have learned along the way.

54 years buying cattle – and still going strong

Jon Condon, 16 November 2018

Fifty-four years buying cattle across far-flung regions of eastern and central Australia has provided a rich tapestry of experiences and friendships for popular Victorian cattle buyer David Ronalds.

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

Beef Central, 16 November 2018

Hiring the best people for your 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 five tips to making great appointments when the candidate pool is looking thin.

Slowing global meat production signals good price news for beef and sheepmeat into 2019

Beef Central, 16 November 2018

Australia’s beef and sheepmeat producers are set to enjoy strong prices into next year, according to Rabobank’s 2019 Global Animal Protein Outlook report. However the productive capacity of the beef herd and sheep flock will be limited by the heavy culling of female cattle and sheep seen in 2018, with any upside dependent on improved seasonal conditions in the year ahead.

Not all forecasts predicting as dry a summer as BOM

Guest Author, 16 November 2018

The development of a positive Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and the chance of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) holding strength as it passes over Australia raises the possibility of increased moisture patterns over summer

Dubbo sale 15 Nov 2018: Cattle to restockers lose ground

Guest Author, 16 November 2018

As seasonal conditions continue to worsen in most districts the young cattle to the restockers are losing ground though there is still very solid competition on the good quality feeder cattle coming through

From young start to selling millions of Australian cattle

James Nason, 15 November 2018

Following his departure from the now publicly listed exporter Wellard earlier this month, Beef Central spoke to Indonesian based exporter Scot Braithwaite about his 40 years in the industry so far, his views on the current state of play and what he believes recent reviews and a new wave of regulation will mean for the trade.

Live export: ‘the greatest drought strategy Australia has’

James Nason, 15 November 2018

The livestock export industry is the greatest drought strategy Australia has, Scot Braithwaite maintains.

Australia faces growing beef exporter competition in China

Jon Condon, 15 November 2018

The imported beef market landscape in China is changing dramatically, with Australia facing competition from a rapidly growing number of approved beef suppliers from across the world. Judging by the current volume of imported beef trade, China’s total beef imports in 2018 are expected to exceed one million tonnes for the first time, up 48pc compared with last year’s figure of 680,000t.

Meatless Beyond Burger hits Australian supermarket shelves

Beef Central, 15 November 2018

Vegetarian beef pattie substitute Beyond Burger has started to appear on mainstream Australian supermarket shelves this month. Coles last week started stocking the product in its 200 NSW stores, and the IGA supermarket chain last week launched the patties across stores in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia.

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone back to champion Aussie beef

Beef Central, 15 November 2018

High-profile Australian chef Curtis Stone is back in Australia this month to help champion the Australian beef industry as he undertakes an epic road trip to film a new television series for a global audience.

BOM first-look climate outlook overview – December to February

Beef Central, 15 November 2018

The summer (December 2018 to February 2019) climate outlook indicates large parts of Western Australia are likely to be drier than average, BOM’s first-look climate outlook overview reported this morning.

Dalby Sale 14 Nov 2018: Most descriptions dearer

James Nason, 15 November 2018

The supply of stock lifted by 1842 head to 6267, with cattle drawn from a wide area of the state.

Weekly Property Review – It’s a dry market in anyone’s language

Guest Author, 14 November 2018

With dry seasonal conditions prevailing over much of eastern Australia, cattle property transactions have been relatively slow in 2018 – but its been due to a lack of listings due to the dry conditions, rather than any lack of buyer interest, according to Herron Todd White’s Tim Lane.

NH Foods latest to make cattle price grids available

Jon Condon, 14 November 2018

Export and domestic beef processor NH Foods is the latest to make its direct consignment slaughter and feeder cattle price grids publicly available to cattle producers. There are now ten processing businesses across eastern Australia making their grids freely available.

Property: Dress circle Northern NSW grazing values plateau

Beef Central, 14 November 2018

Premium grazing property values in the prime beef production area of northern NSW have plateaud in the past 12 months, following five or six years of consistent rises., according to property agents, Colliers

Ruralco lifts profit, announces 6c dividend

Beef Central, 14 November 2018

Ruralco has announced an underlying net profit after tax of $28.8million for the full year ended 30 September 2018, up 10 percent on last year.

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

Guest Author, 14 November 2018

A cloudband produced moderate falls from central to southeast Australia, and surface troughs resulted in moderate falls across the west, central and east of Australia.

Roma store sale 13 Nov 2018: Mixed quality in smaller yarding

James Nason, 14 November 2018

The reduction in prices from the previous sale combined with some very isolated falls of rain in parts of the supply area reduced the number of stock by 3,637 head to 6,663.