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Foreign ownership of Australian farmland grows

Jon Condon, 17 January 2019

Foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land rose by more than two million hectares last financial year, but the longer-term trend is reasonably stable, according to a report released by the Australian Taxation office.

African Swine Fever detected in travellers’ baggage entering Australia

Beef Central, 17 January 2019

In a sharp wake-up call for all livestock industries, African Swine Fever has been detected in samples of pig meat being smuggled into Australia through the post or by incoming travellers in their luggage, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2019

Guest Author, 17 January 2019

Rainfall from February to April is likely to be below average for much of Western Australia, western South Australia, and much of eastern and southeastern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights are likely across the country. according to BOM’s latest three monthly outlook released today.

Bureau statement on widespread and extended heatwaves

Beef Central, 17 January 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a special climate statment describing the high temperatures that began over much of Australia in early December 2018 and have continued into January 2018 as an unusual extended period of heatwaves. 

Local Land Services’ tips on managing livestock in heat

Beef Central, 17 January 2019

With heat maximums exceeding 40 degrees Celcius this week, Local Land Services veterinarians in New South Wales are providing reminders to producers about steps that can be taken to minimise heat impacts on livestock.

Dalby Sale 16 Jan 2019: Prices cheaper in 8200 head opening sale

Beef Central, 17 January 2019

All the usual restocker and feeder buyers operated, however compared to the last sale of 2018 prices were cheaper.

First cattle shipment from Port Alma to China

James Nason, 16 January 2019

Cattle exporter North Australia Cattle Company has notched another first after successfully completing a shipment of 2200 cattle from Port Alma near Rockhampton to China over the Christmas/New Year period.

EYCI drops below 500c, northern livex steers edge higher to 335c

James Nason, 16 January 2019

The Eastern Cattle Market Indicator dropped below 500c/kg for the first time in three months yesterday as cattle markets came under pressure from high temperatures, worsening dry conditions and big opening yardings.

Sorghum primed for re-entry into Downs feedlot rations

Jon Condon, 16 January 2019

With numbers on feed in eastern Australian feedlots again under pressure due to desperately dry conditions, sorghum is coming back into calculations as a feedgrain in Queensland and northern regions of NSW. Some Darling Downs lotfeeders that have not fed sorghum for the past six or seven years, says they would now have to ‘pull out the instruction book’ on effectively processing and feeding sorghum in a balanced ration.

Roma store sale 15 Jan 2019: Market opens with almost 10,000 head

Beef Central, 16 January 2019

Overall prices fell when compared to last year, however demand was strong for better quality lines of cattle.

Natural woody weed control claims an Australian first

Beef Central, 16 January 2019

A natural control agent that will help manage Parkinsonia, one of Australia’s most invasive introduced woody weeds, has become the first woody weed bioherbicide to be granted federal regulatory approval.

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Jan 2019

Guest Author, 16 January 2019

A trough linked with remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Penny and produced moderate falls in northern Queensland, while a trough brought moderate falls to eastern New South Wales.

SE Asia report: Oversupply impacts Indo prices | Trade awaits clarity on breeder import policy

Guest Author, 15 January 2019

Oversupply in Indonesian feedlots continues to push slaughter prices lower, as the trade waits for clarity on the future of the 5:1 feeder-breeder import policy.

Weekly kill: Grid offers on the slide, as scorching dry conditions continue into 2019

Jon Condon, 15 January 2019

The disappointing lack of significant summer rain relief over the Christmas/New Year period is being reflected in opening gambit slaughter cattle offers from beef processors in Queensland and NSW this week. Saleyards markets have followed a similar trend.

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – December 2018

Guest Author, 15 January 2019

Oversupply in Indonesian feedlots continues to push slaughter prices lower, as the trade waits for clarity on the future of the 5:1 feeder-breeder import policy.

Hides and offal prices continue to falter

Beef Central, 15 January 2019

Hides and most offal and by-product prices continued to come under pressure during 2018, reducing processor returns from each slaughter animal’s so-called ‘fifth quarter.’

Heatwave conditions spread across Australia

Beef Central, 15 January 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe to locally extreme heatwave conditions for large areas of South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the ACT, along with parts of northern Tasmania and southern Queensland for the remainder of this week, challening heat records and elevating fire danger ratings.

Wagga sale 14 Jan 2019: Grain prices curb feedlot demand

Guest Author, 15 January 2019

Rising numbers took the sting out of rates in a bigger yarding of 5100 at Wagga.

Southern Riverina aggregation sells for reported $60m

Beef Central, 14 January 2019

Prominent Melbourne businessman Tim Roberts-Thomson has sold his 33,000ha Southern Riverina aggregation, Juanbung and Boyong stations near Oxley, for a reported $60 million.

Beef Central coverage resumes after holiday break

Beef Central, 14 January 2019

Beef Central is back at work this week, after our usual Christmas/New Year publishing break.