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Administrators hopeful of finding buyers for Tasman retail assets

Jon Condon, 24 September 2018

Administrators remain hopeful of finding buyers for most, if not all of the 15 retail outlets controlled by Victoria’s Tasman Market Fresh retail meat business, which went into voluntary administration a fortnight ago. The Tasman collapse ranks among the largest seen in the red meat retail industry since Super Butcher in 2012 and Sydney’s Peter’s Meats in 2015.

Holland’s ‘floating farm’ showcases urban agriculture

Beef Central, 24 September 2018

A Dutch company is launching the world’s first floating farm to meet demand for local food. The farm, built as an offshore facility in Rotterdam’s Merwehaven harbour will house 40 cows and deliver 800 litres of milk per day collected by robots.

Australian producers adopting pain relief: Cattle vet president

James Nason, 24 September 2018

Australian Cattle Veterinarians president Dr Alan Guilfoyle says there has been a noticeable uptake in the use of pain relief products for cattle by Australian producers in the past few years.

Australian cattle pain relief lick block wins global research grant

Beef Central, 24 September 2018

An Australian idea for a medicated lick block that allows cattle to self-administer pain relief has won a global animal welfare reserch grant.

Wingham grassfed product tops Sydney show’s branded beef competition

Jon Condon, 24 September 2018

A sample of premium grassfed beef from Wingham Beef Exports’ Manning Valley Naturally brand program in central NSW has topped entries in this year’s Sydney Royal Show Spring Fine Food branded beef competition. During Friday night’s awards presentation, 28 gold, silver and bronze medals were evenly shared among entries from brand programs across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

Applications open for on-farm producer demonstration sites

Beef Central, 24 September 2018

Funding is available for livestock producer groups to validate and demonstrate the business value of integrating new technologies and on-farm management practices into local farming systems.

Young steer categories ease in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Beef Central, 22 September 2018

Younger steer categories and most heifers trended down in value on AuctionsPlus this week. Numbers offered rose 13pc on the previous week to 6957 head, with listings again dominated by the Weaner and Yearling sale, where almost 5000 head were offered.

Lift financial literacy skills in ag, urges Nuffield scholar

Guest Author, 21 September 2018

Financial literacy should be part of the essential criteria to becoming a farmer in Australia, Booth Agriculture co-owner Claire Osborn Booth told delegates at the Nuffield Australia national conference in Melbourne yesterday.

150 year old tech still supplying clean, green energy for farmers

James Nason, 21 September 2018

Towering above the solar panels, state of the art machinery and high-tech agricultural gadgetry at the Henty Machinery Field Days this week was one piece of technology that has been silently serving Australian farmers for well over a century.

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to job security?

Guest Author, 21 September 2018

Will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the job opportunities in agriculture in the future? Agricultural Appointments’ Dr Ray Johnson offers some questions and answers …

Two nominees put forward for MLA board director posts

Beef Central, 21 September 2018

Two nominees with strong nutrition, consumer and strategic marketing skills backgrounds have been put forward by an industry selection committee to fill vacancies on the board of Meat & Livestock Australia.

Henty field days showcase + PICS

Guest Author, 21 September 2018

Dry conditions were the prevailing topic of conversation and a key source of inquiry and buying interest at the Henty Machinery Field Days in southern NSW this week.

Upcoming webinars: Tackling veg management laws; utilising the upgraded Long Paddock website

Beef Central, 21 September 2018

What the new vegetation management laws mean for managing landscapes in Queensland’s brigalow belt, and getting the most out of decision support tools on the recently-upgraded Long Paddock website will be topics explored in upcoming Beef Connect webinars.

Dubbo sale 20 Sep 2018: Cows get dearer

Guest Author, 21 September 2018

Cows continue to get dearer however the large numbers of young cattle to the restockers lost considerable ground in a larger yarding.

Kilcoy’s MSA adoption decision driven by opportunity

Jon Condon, 20 September 2018

Meat Standards Australia will receive a major momentum boost next month when the largest dedicated grainfed beef processing plant in Australia, Queensland’s Kilcoy Global Foods, starts MSA grading for the first time. The move will add another 400,000 head to MSA throughput each year, with potential to rise well above 600,000 over time.

Norton departs MLA to head back to agency role

Jon Condon, 20 September 2018

MLA managing director Richard Norton will leave the red meat industry service delivery company in December to take up a senior management appointment with Elders. He returns to his roots in the agency sector after serving for the past four years as the operational head of MLA.

Red meat industry MoU comes under review

Jon Condon, 20 September 2018

THE document that governs the Australian red meat industry will be reviewed, nearly twenty years after it was created. The Red Meat Advisory Council has announced that the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding  will undergo a comprehensive review led by consultant and businessman, Jim Varghese. The review will look at the industry’s MOU, and examine

Agriculture needs more field officers and ‘framers’

Terry Sim, 20 September 2018

A rallying call for more grass-roots engagement with farmers to arrest the decline in farming body memberships and secure agriculture’s future was made at the Nuffield Australia national conference in Melbourne yesterday.

August cattle exports hit 20-month high

Beef Central, 20 September 2018

Cattle exports in August brought the year-to-date total 24 percent above year-ago volumes, the latest monthly export data released by Meat & Livestock Australia yesterday shows.

Dalby Sale 19 Sep 2018: Far western Qld cattle boost yarding

Beef Central, 20 September 2018

Numbers increased by 1,638 head to 6,929, and included in the larger line up was 1,761 head from far Western Queensland, plus 114 from NSW with the balance from the usual local supply area

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