Shadow of earlier high feeder cattle prices has lifted for lotfeeders – with one big exception

The nature of lotfeeding cattle means that during periods of substantial livestock price decline, operators are left with animals on their books that can inevitably look very ‘expensive.’ How do the numbers stack up this week for domestic, 100-day and longfed cattle? ..Read More

Jon Condon, 22/11/2023

September quarter cattle on feed steady at 1.258m head

Cattle numbers on feed in Australian feedlots remained steady in the September quarter, but are still the second highest on record, results from the September quarterly grainfed industry survey show…Read More

Beef Central, 14/11/2023

Feedgrain Focus: Small tonnage limits new-crop sales

Modest yields from the harvest to date are limiting traded volume as consumers sit on their hands and wait for bigger crops further south to hit the bins…Read More

Beef Central, 12/11/2023

Cottonseed prices itself out of summer rations

Cottonseed has priced itself out of rations in the near term for feedlots not covered at cheaper prices booked months ago, with canola meal the go-to alternative…Read More

Liz Wells, 10/11/2023

Feedgrain Focus: High-speed harvest fills northern homes

With Queensland’s harvest all but over, the northern market is trading sideways and in minimal volume as near-term homes get harder to find…Read More

Liz Wells, 06/11/2023

Feeder steer indictor threatens to fall through 200c/kg, for first time since 2014

Saleyards feeder steer prices are in danger of falling below 200c/kg for the first time since late 2014, as young cattle values across eastern Australia continue to come under considerable pressure…Read More

Jon Condon, 31/10/2023

MLA launches manual for covered housing systems in Australian feedlots

Australian lot feeders have access to a new manual that can help them weigh-up the different options and considerations for covered housing systems…Read More

Beef Central, 30/10/2023

SmartBeef 2023: ALFA launches pen riding course, as experts show how it’s done

Elders Killara Feedlot’s Billie-Jean Svenson and Jorjia Edwards provided a masterclass in pen riding techniques to an attentive audience of feedlot owners and staff from all over the country at ALFA’s recent SmartBeef 2023 event earlier this month…Read More

James Nason, 26/10/2023

SmartBeef 2023: ‘MaxiMukMoover’ takes out niftiest innovation at ALFA SmartBeef event

The Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) has awarded Smithfield Cattle Company’s MaxiMukMoover as the winner of the ALFA Innovation Competition, which was determined by popular vote at the SmartBeef23 demonstration day held at Elders Killara Feedlot…Read More

Beef Central, 12/10/2023

SmartBeef 2023: The rise and rise of feedlot bunk scanning

More than one in 10 cattle on feed in Australia now have an automated bunk scanner contributing to their feed allocation process, ALFA’s SmartBeef 2023 event was told last week…Read More

James Nason, 18/10/2023

SmartBeef 2023: remote monitoring dialling in to help with vet work

With a shortage of rural vets well-documented in recent months, the use of wearable camera technology for remote diagnosis and veterinary assistance has been developing as a way of freeing up resources…Read More

Eric Barker, 17/10/2023

SmartBeef 2023: Lot feeders shine a light on shade

The managers of two large feedlots in northern New South Wales provided an update on their experiences with shade infrastructure at ALFA’s SmartBeef field day on Thursday…Read More

Beef Central, 13/10/2023

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