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Beef 2018: Slow-barbecued Brahman humps a cut above

James Nason, 23 April 2018

‘Something magical happens with rosewood smoke and low heat and time, that just turns it into something a bit special’ – Marlborough Brahman breeder Matthew Noakes describing the 10 hour slow-barbecued Brahman humps the Smokin’ Yak team will be serving for the public at Beef 2018 this year.

Elders feedlot buyer confident in future of Aus-Indo cattle trade

James Nason, 23 April 2018

THE head of the joint venture company behind the purchase of the Elders’ feedlot and abattoir in Indonesia says the company sees a strong future for the Australia to Indonesia cattle trade, despite the current challenges confronting the sector.

McDonald’s draws fire over Wagyu breed content claims

Jon Condon, 23 April 2018

The issue of breed content in beef entitled to use the word ‘Wagyu’ in its description, promotion and marketing has resurfaced, with Brisbane’s Courier Mail on Saturday devoting three pages to the topic in reference to McDonald’s new ‘Wagyu burger’.

WA farm leaders defend conditions on second Fremantle livex shipment

Terry Sim, 23 April 2018

Western Australian farmer leaders have backed live exporter Livestock Shipping Services in rejecting criticism of conditions on board the live export vessel MV Maysora before it departed Fremantle last week.

Blockchain could enhance live export reporting: Aus Veterinary Assn

Beef Central, 23 April 2018

Leveraging technology solutions such as Blockchain could help to deliver a better and more transparent livestock export reporting system, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) believes.

Big drops seen in young cattle values on AuctionsPlus

Beef Central, 21 April 2018

Young cattle prices trended sharply downwards on AuctionsPlus this week, where listings eased to 10,393 head across five commercial sales. Tough seasonal conditions prevail across large parts of southern Australia, pushing large numbers through physical saleyards nationally. Steer categories from less than 250kg to +350kg were back at least 20c/kg, and in places more than 40c/kg.

Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane

Jon Condon, 20 April 2018

Two recent developments have improved prospects of more efficient refrigerated container rail freight to the Port of Brisbane – easily the largest departure point for beef exports from Australia.

Due diligence on land purchases critical for long-term returns

Guest Author, 20 April 2018

It is possible to have beef businesses that generate reasonable returns during ownership, rather than only upon sale, but performing comprehensive due diligence on any land purchases is a key factor in achieving this for growing businesses, agribusiness advisors Ian McLean and Phil Holmes suggest.

Beef 2018 seminar will examine NH Foods’ Angus supply chain to Costco

Beef Central, 20 April 2018

A detailed ‘conception to consumption’ study of a large, successful Angus supply chain will feature during the large seminar program at Beef Australia 2018 being staged in Rockhampton next month.

Recruitment: Replacement demand, not new jobs, driving ag employment

Beef Central, 20 April 2018

Employment opportunities in agriculture are largely being driven by the replacement of older, retiring workers, moreso than the creation of new jobs, according to a recent report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Ongoing stable methane emissions from cattle doesn’t change the climate

Guest Author, 20 April 2018

Could it be that a lot of cattle producers world-wide are being unfairly blamed for progressing climate change because of the methane released by their cattle? Going one step further, in this contributed article Alan Lauder, long-time grazier and author of the book Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link,  suggests that the methane emissions of the Australian sheep and cattle industry are not changing the climate, because they have been stable since the 1970’s.

2000 producers embrace online grazing management program

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

More than 2000 Queensland grazing businesses managing more than 28 million hectares of land across the state, have now taken advantage of an industry-led initiative to help improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of their grazing enterprise.

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Jon Condon, 19 April 2018

Teys Australia snaps-up former AA Co acting CFO | New manager for Whyalla feedlot | MLA’s Simpson takes senior role with Bindaree | Re-worked management roles within NAPCo | New head of sales and marketing for Kilcoy | Respected legal eagle calls time | New chair for AMIC Retail Council | Transporters salute their peers | Leucaena Network appoints EO

Beef briefs: Failed Angus investment scheme handed to liquidators

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Liquidators appointed to failed Angus cattle investment scheme | Ireland becomes first EU country to enter Chinese beef market | Supermarket caters to Millennials who ‘hate touching raw meat’ | UK to introduce mandatory CCTV in abattoirs, eyes live export ban | Japan’s beef bowl chain Yoshinoya enters Indian market | NT lifts fracking ban | ‘Unsettled science’ should force vegetation law rethink

Strong international investment support for $200m Gunn Agri Cattle Fund

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Institutional and sophisticated investor commitments from Europe, North America and Australia are included in the Gunn Agri Cattle Fund, which held its fourth and final equity-raising closure on Monday.

Dalby Sale 18 April 2018: Smaller yarding hits cheaper market

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Numbers reduced by 39pc and buyer attendance was generally good and most were operating in a cheaper market.

Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says exporters meeting in Brisbane yesterday committed to a range of additional initiatives to improve animal welfare transparency and accountability, as the industry struggles to maintain public support in the wake of the latest televised footage of animal mistreatment.

Mt Gambier Angus entries top Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

Angus entries from Kalangadoo, near Mt Gambier in South Australia topped results in the 2017-18 Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic, finalised over the weekend.

Toowoomba connects with Beef 2018, with one-day air charter visit

Beef Central, 18 April 2018

Darling Downs beef industry stakeholders wishing to make a short, convenient visit to Beef 2018 in Rockhampton next month now have the option to join a one-day return jet charter flight out of Toowoomba’s Wellcamp airport.

Weekly property review: Grazing property values to plunge under Veg Management Laws

Guest Author, 18 April 2018

Thousands of producers face the prospect of decimated property values, following the decision by the Queensland Government to introduce a vegetation management bill into parliament, property editor Linda Rowley reports.

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