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Japan’s magnificent Zenkyo Wagyu show, in pictures and words

Jon Condon, 21 September 2017

One of the highlights for participants on the recently-returned Japan Wagyu trade mission organised by the Australian Wagyu Association was the opportunity to visit the All Japan Wagyu Show (Zenkyo) held this year in Sendai, north of Tokyo. Think Brisbane or Sydney show stud beef judging, on steroids. These images capture some of the event’s colour and pagentry.

Dry times bring reports of botulism – and why it’s not only phosphorous-deficient areas at risk

James Nason, 21 September 2017

The risk posed by drying seasonal conditions has triggered timely warnings from veterinarians and cattle nutrition experts about the importance of preventative vaccinations and nutritional supplementation to offset protein and phosphorus deficiencies.

TFI takes over Angus Pure grassfed natural brand

Jon Condon, 21 September 2017

Angus Australia and the Certified Angus Group have transferred ownership of the Angus Pure grassfed natural beef brand program to processor partner, Thomas Foods International.

Australian rural R&D investment grows 26pc in 10 years

Beef Central, 21 September 2017

The value of Australian investment in rural Research, Development and Extension grew from $2.6 billion in 2005-06 to $3.3 billion in 2014–15 in real terms, according to a new Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report.

Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain

Beef Central, 21 September 2017

The northernmost section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail corridor will cross valuable Darling Downs agricultural land on its route announced in Toowoomba today by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester.

Weekly property review – ‘Movement at the station’

Guest Author, 20 September 2017

Conways Station, NT | Kalala Station, NT | Katandra Station, Qld | Kensleigh, Qld | Carraman Station, NSW | Merran Vale & Cooinda Park, NSW | Bogee, NSW | Wigelmar, NSW | Chatham, NSW | Binnaway abattoir, NSW | Wagga, NSW | Noorama Station, Qld |

Bindaree’s Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets

Beef Central, 20 September 2017

The Hong Kong based investors who recently took a 51pc stake in northern NSW export beef processor, Bindaree Beef have plans to further develop their Western Australian grazing property investments, purchased in April last year.

JBS Cobram plant and Longford sheep processing closed indefinitely

Guest Author, 20 September 2017

JBS Australia’s Cobram abattoir in Victoria and Longford plant small stock chain in Tasmania will be closed indefinitely after redundancies were offered to staff this week.

ABARES winds down saleyard price forecast

Beef Central, 20 September 2017

Deteriorating seasonal and market conditions in the past three months have caused ABARES to significantly downgrade its forecast cattle price average for 2017-18.

Wodonga, Geelong producers share Victoria’s best MSA suppliers awards

Beef Central, 20 September 2017

Beef producers from Wodonga and Geelong have received the two top awards at the 2017 Meat Standards Australia Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for Victoria, presented last night.

Beef Central news briefs – 20 Sept 2017

Jon Condon, 20 September 2017

Certainty in energy markets essential, says AMIC | China plant suspensions: Suddenly…. nothing happens | Malaysia suspends three Australian plants | MLA levies notice deadline draws near | Beef abattoir projects on King Island | Can the age of cattle be determined using the skin? | Study finds livestock production improves global food security | Mandatory CCTV coming to British abattoirs | Chinese invest in Uruguan beef processor | JBS investment in fertiliser factory | Recall of sausage over e.coli

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017

Beef Central, 20 September 2017

An upper-level trough triggered moderate rainfall over the Far North Queensland tropical coast. A vigorous westerly air stream with embedded cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in Victoria and Tasmania.

Roma store 19 Sep 2017: Quality varies with season

Beef Central, 20 September 2017

Quality was varied and cattle directly from the paddock were showing signs of the harsh conditions as larger runs of western cattle were being presented. Cattle on feed stood out amongst those sold younger and lighter due to the dry.

NVLX Wodonga 19 Sep 2017: Sales soften as numbers rise

Guest Author, 20 September 2017

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator closed last week 14c down week-on-week and the Wodonga market followed suit. The indicator is trending 194.25c/kg below the same time last year and has dropped more than 20.11c/kg in the last month.

Weekly genetics review: Top spring bulls make big money, but its been patchy

Guest Author, 19 September 2017

The 2017 spring bull market, burdened by seasonal challenges in many areas except Australia’s south-east corner, has so far lacked the consistency of the earlier autumn sales, but there is still big money around for bulls carrying exceptional genetics. There are also some bargains around for astute buyers, however.

Genetics: Bull buying is a long-term investment + VIDEO

Beef Central, 19 September 2017

BUYING bulls is one of the most important tasks in Steven and Claire Farmer’s Central Queensland cattle business.

Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China

Beef Central, 19 September 2017

Australia’s largest livestock exporting company Wellard Limited says it has agreed to commercial terms to deliver the company’s first shipment of beef cattle to China.

Global, Australian sustainability roundtables find common ground in Canberra

Jon Condon, 19 September 2017

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and its Australian equivalent, the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, are meeting in Canberra this week, and are apparently finding a great deal of common ground.

Elderly founder returns to head JBS, as Batista brothers remain in jail

Jon Condon, 19 September 2017

Global meat processor JBS’s elderly founder José Batista Sobrinho has been elected chief executive of the company, as his two sons Wesley and Joesley Batista remain in jail in Brazil this week.

Weekly kill: Numbers continue to flow, due to worsening conditions

Jon Condon, 19 September 2017

Rates of slaughter across eastern Australia continue to defy earlier predictions that numbers would slow during the third quarter this year, as the dry conditions in many grazing areas turn from serious to desperate.

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