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MLA genetics forum: Norton calls for Cargill to stop patent claim

James Nason, 21 February 2018

Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton has publicly called upon Cargill to exercise its  power to put an end to a bid by US company Branhaven LLC to patent cattle selection methods in Australia.

Cattle trucks on the move to feedlots, livex ports

James Nason, 21 February 2018

A surge in cattle transport activity on Queensland’s rural highways has been visible in recent weeks as producers move to destock cattle cattle feedlots and take advantage of a recent increase in live export orders to Indonesia. 

‘Empty chair’ provides MSA with enduring consumer focus

Jon Condon, 21 February 2018

An ‘empty chair’ has for 20 years provided a symbolic reminder of the need for Meat Standards Australia to remain consumer-focussed in its policy decision-making and strategic development.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 Feb 2018

Beef Central, 21 February 2018

Tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall between Broome and Port Hedland in Western Australia on 18 February, and brought very heavy rainfall to the western Kimberley. Broad areas of low pressure across western, northern and eastern Australia produced showers and storms.

NVLX Wodonga 20 Feb 2018: Rates hold up

Guest Author, 21 February 2018

Cattle numbers at NVLX Wodonga lifted marginally to just over 1640, as some producers move to capitalise on the price rise of the past week for heavy cattle.

Roma store 20 Feb 2018: Market firms on rain for 11,000 head yarding

James Nason, 21 February 2018

Yearling steers topped at 390c to average 296c/kg. Trade steers topped at 348c to average 283c/kg.

Combination drenches likely to slow resistance and boost weightgain, research finds

Beef Central, 20 February 2018

Combination drenches can not only help southern beef producers prevent the development of worm resistance on their properties, but can also deliver measurable production benefits, a recent trial has suggested.

Weekly genetics review: Is it worth applying selection pressure for net feed intake?

Guest Author, 20 February 2018

This week’s genetics review concludes our two-part series exploring net feed intake. Which breeds are measuring NFI and how are seedstock breeders using NFI in their selection decisions?

WQ desperately seeking agistment | List agistment needed on Beef Central for free

James Nason, 20 February 2018

Hopes are high this week’s rain event will create some urgently needed agistment opportunities for producers in western areas of Queensland and NSW, many of whom are enduring a sixth failed summer wet season in a row.

Weekly kill: Rain brings a late blessing to some

Jon Condon, 20 February 2018

Encouraging, and in places substantial rain across areas of Central and Southern Queensland and into NSW overnight has added some relief to a rapidly deteriorating seasonal outlook for many cattle producers, and adds another factor to the upcoming slaughter cattle supply equation.

Global study cracks code for genetic trait of height in cattle, opens door to others

Beef Central, 20 February 2018

A massive global study headed by UQ professor Ben Hayes involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production.  

Fit to load? ‘Err on the side of caution’ is DAWR’s advice

Beef Central, 20 February 2018

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is encouraging cattle producers to ‘err on the side of caution’ in assessing whether cattle are fit to load.

Feedlot numbers ease 5pc in December quarter

Beef Central, 19 February 2018

Cattle on feed across Australia eased from record September highs, in the December quarterly industry survey released this afternoon.

Wagga sale 19 Feb 2018: Prices reflect broader market trend

Guest Author, 19 February 2018

Cattle prices at Wagga were generally weaker in a similar sized yarding of 3600. The market is facing pressure from plainer quality and bigger numbers at other selling centres due to the dry conditions.

Upcoming webinar: Beef bulls – measuring and mitigating the risks of failure

Beef Central, 19 February 2018

Well known cattle vet Dr Ben Gardiner will present an informative webinar for beef producers early next month, sharing information about optimising management of bulls.

Find out what global digital disruption means for beef

Beef Central, 19 February 2018

The Beef Industry Symposium being staged at Beef Australia 2018 in May this year will feature a line-up of economic, political, digi-tech, and market and trade experts who will discuss the global disruption agenda, and how this affects the beef industry.

Unsure if it’s fit to load? Send a photo first, CCA and Teys urge producers

Guest Author, 19 February 2018

As seasonal conditions across eastern Australia deteriorate following a lack of summer rain, cattle producers are being urged not to gamble on animal welfare by transporting stock that are not fit to load.

Property: Victorian grazing showcase could make $35m, plus stock

Beef Central, 19 February 2018

One of Victoria’s largest high-country beef breeding enterprises is on the market, with price expectations around $35 million plus stock value.

CPC’s annual management muster salutes leadership and excellence + photos

Jon Condon, 19 February 2018

Managers and senior staff from Consolidated Pastoral Co’s 20 cattle properties scatted across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland gathered in Darwin last week for their annual conference and get-together, including a series of staff awards.

United Organics industry presents its credentials in Canberra

Beef Central, 19 February 2018

A two-day organics industry symposium in Canberra last week culminated in a barbecue at Parliament House on Wednesday night, showcasing a range of certified organically produced products from beer to beef. Earlier, Australia’s organic industries agreed to establish a new peak body to become the voice for Australia’s organic industries in policy and market access.

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