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Veteran cattle buyer reflects on changes in feeder landscape

Guest Author, 24 May 2017

In this comment piece, veteran cattle buyer Richard Eldershaw reflects on the changing nature of the feeder cattle market over the past quarter century…

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 May 2017

James Nason, 24 May 2017

A low pressure system brought falls of 25 mm to a band of inland stretching from western Queensland to Victoria and South Australia.

Roma store 23 May 2017: Quality boosts market

Beef Central, 24 May 2017

Supply and demand had its way with all buyers present feeling the pinch as prices were driven higher by quality.

NVLX Wodonga sale 24 May 2017: Prices up in bigger yarding

Guest Author, 24 May 2017

Best presented young slaughter cattle generally sold significantly dearer, while plainer conditioned stock saw rates spike depending on the breed and level of feedlot demand.

Building producer education and trust next big challenge in move to VBM

Jon Condon, 23 May 2017

Building producer trust in value-based marketing systems, including elements like lean meat yield and offal value, is the next big challenge faced by processor Teys Australia as it moves along a pathway towards VBM adoption.

Weekly kill: Mild start to winter holds some cattle back

Jon Condon, 23 May 2017

Unusually mild weather for late May is bearing some influence over slaughter cattle flows across eastern Australia at present.

Grainfed cattle numbers surge 8.6pc to all-time record one million head in March quarter

Beef Central, 23 May 2017

Cattle in grainfed programs across Australia increased 80,687 head, or 8.6pc to an all-time record high at the end of March, according to the results of the quarterly ALFA/MLA survey released earlier this evening.

Farm Management Deposits set to smash records: NAB

Beef Central, 23 May 2017

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is predicting Farm Management Deposits (FMDs) will smash the record set last year, as producers better manage their finances in good years to prepare for the more challenging ones.

Wagga sale 22 May 2017: Rain inspires restocker competition

Guest Author, 23 May 2017

Recent rain inspired restockers and feedlots who had the greatest influence over most categories. Weaner steers back to the paddock sold 6-22c/kg dearer. Steers weighing 330-400kg benefited from the strongest demand with store buyers who payed from 332-392c to average $1358.

WA cattle owners reminded of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) deadline

Beef Central, 23 May 2017

Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Food is reminding WA cattle owners that the transitional arrangements for the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) will end on 30 June 2017.

Gas-impacted groundwater plan set to stifle future feedlot growth

James Nason, 22 May 2017

As a premier grain and cattle growing region with access to groundwater from the Great Artesian basin below, it is easy to see how an area of inland Queensland has developed to become the epicentre of Australia’s lot feeding industry. However, it is hard to see how the economically important industry can expand much further under a new groundwater allocation plan proposed by the Queensland Government.

Qld plan must give feedlots better access to groundwater: ALFA

James Nason, 22 May 2017

The Australian Lot Feeders Association, the peak Industry council representing Australian lot feeders, says access to safe, reliable and sufficient groundwater is crucial for future investment in the Queensland feedlot sector.

MLA approves $10m for DEXA installations

Beef Central, 22 May 2017

MLA will invest up to $10 million to co-fund the installation of DEXA objective measurement systems in red meat processing plants following multiple requests to accelerate the adoption of the technology.

Ag start-ups crying out for investment boost

Guest Author, 22 May 2017

There is an urgent need to build capacity and ‘deal flow’ if innovative start-up businesses in the Australian agricultural sector are to have any chance of becoming successful companies, according to SproutX and Agri Innovation general manager at Findex, Sam Trethewey.

Big NT listings help maintain high AuctionsPlus throughput

Beef Central, 21 May 2017

Almost 1600 Heytesbury Pastoral Co Brahman steers and heifers cattle listed on AuctionsPlus on Friday provided some valuable guidance about price trends for live export cattle in the north.

Chinese ag investors need social license to operate in Australia, says report

Beef Central, 21 May 2017

Chinese investors in Australian agriculture and agribusiness need to obtain a “social licence” to operate in the market if their investments are to succeed, a new report suggests.

Aussies come out on top in international butchery challenge in NZ

Beef Central, 20 May 2017

Australia’s national retail butchery team has won a tough international challenge against a crack New Zealand team in an important lead-up to next year’s World Butchers’ Challenge being held in Ireland.

Plant-based burgers could take a big bite from beef, expert warns

James Nason, 19 May 2017

Plant-based beef burgers could be about to have a much bigger impact on global beef consumption than many may realise, the 400M Ag Tech Investment conference in Toowoomba was told yesterday.

400M conference: What’s next in Ag Tech?

James Nason, 19 May 2017

What’s coming next in ag tech? A wealth of insights were shared at Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre yesterday where ag tech innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and regulators from around Australia gathered for the second annual 400M Ag Tech conference organised by Food Leaders Australia.

Integrity Systems Company launched to oversee all red meat integrity systems

Beef Central, 19 May 2017

Meat & Livestock Australia says Australia’s world leading red meat and livestock quality assurance programs will be strengthened by move to a single management structure, via the newly created Integrity Systems Company.

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