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Animal welfare, supply chain relationships front-of-mind for producers at Alice Springs

Jon Condon, 23 November 2017

Animal welfare, ways to improve technology adoption and how to cultivate better collaborative supply chain relationships were the front-of-mind challenges raised by red meat producers during question time at industry forum sessions held yesterday in Alice Springs as part of the annual industry AGMs.

In search of the best steak in Bali

Guest Author, 23 November 2017

Beef Central’s southeast Asian correspondent Ross Ainsworth recently conducted an interesting consumer experiment: Seeking out the best restaurant steak available on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Included were samples from quality boxed beef imports from Australia, as well as Australian cattle imported live, and fed and slaughtered in Indo. Some of the results may surprise …    

Two new directors voted onto MLA board

Beef Central, 23 November 2017

MLA members supported the election of three directors to the MLA board at yesterday’s industry AGM in Alice Springs – an incumbent and two first-time boardmembers – one each from Queensland and South Australia.

Brand Australia to underpin Australian exports

Beef Central, 23 November 2017

The Federal Government will develop a unified and cohesive national brand to promote Australian products in export markets.

Dalby sale 22 Nov 2017: Feeder steer prices rise

Beef Central, 23 November 2017

Wide spread rain in some of the Western areas restricted some movements of cattle, although there were consignments from the Channel country, resulting in a smaller yarding of 4,043 head, down by 1,284.

Australian Beef Sustainability Framework backs MLA’s carbon-neutral commitment

Beef Central, 23 November 2017

The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework has backed MLA’s commitment made yesterday that the red meat industry should aim to be carbon-neutral by 2030.

Weekly property review: Wagyu interest generating its own mini property boom

Guest Author, 22 November 2017

Property buying activity specifically for Wagyu cattle production has been increasingly evident over the past two years, with several regions across the eastern seaboard emerging as favoured locations. Areas like the Hunter Valley and New England region in northern NSW have become Wagyu grazing ‘conversion hot-spots’ since 2016 and the trend has created its own pent-up buyer demand for suitable targets.    

Hassad sells showcase Raby, plus Glendale and Ungarra aggregations

Beef Central, 22 November 2017

Hassad Australia has entered into contracts for the sale of its showcase Warren district (NSW) grazing property Raby, plus the South Australian Glendale aggregation near Burra and Ungarra aggregation on the Eyre Peninsula.

Red meat industry can be carbon-neutral by 2030, says MLA

Beef Central, 22 November 2017

Australia’s red meat industry can become carbon neutral by 2030, putting it head and shoulders above its global competitors, MLA managing director Richard Norton told the company’s AGM in Alice Springs this afternoon.

Satellites and helicopters watch the grass grow at Sundown Valley

James Nason, 22 November 2017

The Statham family’s Sundown Pastoral Company at Kingstown west of Armidale in the New England area of NSW is Australia’s largest high performance pasture program, and one of the country’s largest cattle backgrounding operations.

Slaughter reporting issue raises concerns over transparency, competitiveness, says ACCC

Jon Condon, 22 November 2017

ACCC’s Mick Keogh explained to red meat stakeholders attending the industry AGMs in Alice Springs today why reliable market information and objective performance data will be essential to future productivity gains in the red meat industry.

Coles defends its actions in legal challenge by beef processor ACC

Jon Condon, 22 November 2017

National supermarket retailer Coles has defended its actions, following the filing of an injunction by the company’s northern beef supply chain partner Australian Country Choice over breach of contractual obligations in beef/offal export.

Weekly rainfall wrap, 22 Nov 2017

Beef Central, 22 November 2017

For the week to 21 November, rainfall was recorded in all States and Territories, except in the Pilbara, northern Gascoyne and central interior districts of WA. At the beginning of the week, a large cloudband associated with a cold front and surface trough tracked across southeastern Australia. Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate to locally heavy falls in the eastern half of SA, VIC, southwestern NSW and parts of southern Tasmania.

Roma store sale 21 Nov: Market holds strong for smaller yarding

James Nason, 22 November 2017

Yarding 3717 Change -2069 1900 steers and 1500 heifers were penned along with 600 cows and a small number of bulls. Quality was varied, being either exceptional or plain. All usual buyers were operating or represented and the market held very strong, even for the lesser quality. Yearling steers made to a top of 412.2c for

Weekly kill: Price shift suggest southern cattle should flow north, but will it happen?

Jon Condon, 21 November 2017

There’s been a sharp rise in beef kills across eastern Australia last week, but the response has been artificially inflated by coming off a low base the week before due to weather, maintenance closures and other factors. Meanwhile a big price gap has opened up between grids in QLD and southern states – will there be some cross border raids going on by marauding northern processors?

Young Beef Producers Forum: Tech enhancing, but also challenging, our comfort levels

James Nason, 21 November 2017

Feeling uncomfortable yet? That question was posed more than once by AuctionsPlus’ CEO Anna Speer to 200 young beef producers on Friday as she took them on a fascinating, and at times confronting, journey into how emerging technologies are rapidly reshaping the rural and global landscape before our eyes.

Ten quick farm facts to share, as Australia celebrates National Agriculture Day + VIDEO

Jon Condon, 21 November 2017

National Agriculture Day, being celebrated today, has resonated strongly with Australian citizens, with social media, morning TV and city newspapers alive with conversations this morning about the contribution being made by people engaged in the ag sector.

Qld’s Kylie Stretton named 2017 Beef Industry Rising Champion

Beef Central, 21 November 2017

Queensland’s Kylie Stretton was named 2017 NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champion at a gala dinner in Alice Springs tonight.

ACC takes round one in legal fight against Coles

Beef Central, 21 November 2017

National supermarket retailer Coles today gave an undertaking at a Supreme Court of Queensland injunction hearing to not sell integrated beef producer and processor Australian Country Choice’s products to its overseas customers until a court hearing is heard next May.

Wagga sale 20 Nov 2017: Export processors retreat

Guest Author, 21 November 2017

Export prices continued to soften this week with one major processor buying the bulk of the offering.

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