Feedgrain Focus: New crop values for wheat and barley ease

New-crop values for wheat and barley have eased this week on rain which is improving prospects by the day for a big winter-cereal planting in eastern Australia, while price movements in nearby markets have been mixed…Read More

Liz Wells, April 3, 2020

Never say never: Nuffield learnings about lotfeeding in the tropics

North Queensland cattleman Stewart Borg is using lessons learned from his 2018 Nuffield Scholarship to explore the development of his own commercial feedlot, in a region where unique challenges have limited feedlot development up to now…Read More

Beef Central, April 3, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Australia’s grain supply chain is operating efficiently amid COVID-19 measures in place across the country, and wheat, barley and new-crop sorghum are in hot demand…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, March 27, 2020

Cautious industry mood evident in latest 100-day grainfed trading budget

Uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is bearing an influence on Beef Central’s latest monthly 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning. Both forward contract finished grainfed cattle prices and feeder cattle prices have softened in the past week, delivering a result not dissimilar to our previous monthly trading budget calculated back on February 18…Read More

Jon Condon, March 23, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Exports, weaker $A lift values

Export interest from China and others spurred by the sliding value of the Australian dollar has lifted values for wheat, barley and sorghum…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, March 23, 2020

Korea’s Lotte notches up first 12 months in Aussie lotfeeding operations

South Korean professional baseball stars visiting Australia recently for their pre-season training camp tucked into big, juicy, tender Australian grainfed beef steaks as part of their spring preparation. It’s part of the cultural and commercial impact being seen from Korea’s first investment in Australian lotfeeding infrastructure, following supermarket giant, Lotte’s purchase last year of the Sandalwood feedlot near Dalby…Read More

Jon Condon, March 13, 2020

Feedlot numbers dropping fast, as skyrocketing feeder prices weigh heavily

Feedlots across eastern Australia are dropping numbers rapidly, as skyrocketing feeder cattle prices driven by short supply and an abundance of new paddock feed fail to align with softening grainfed meat markets across the world. Many commercial yards in QLD and NSW are now 15-25pc below occupancy levels seen in January..Read More

Jon Condon, March 10, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Barley slides, wheat holds in minimal trade

Uncertainty about the direction of domestic and global markets has kept volume trading in the feedgrain market to a minimum this week…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, March 6, 2020

The ‘goldilocks zone’ for intensive ag in Australia

PROTEIN 2020: A Southern Queensland council brimming with feedlots and piggeries says intensive agriculture developments should be positioning themselves in the “goldilocks zone” – far enough away from built up urban areas to avoid biosecurity threats, but not too far from markets and ports…Read More

James Nason, March 5, 2020

Drought’s shadow lingers-on in compromised 2020 feeder cattle performance

While there is much rejoicing as grazing paddocks across large parts of eastern Australia turn various shades of green, the legacy of 18 months of punishing drought will reverberate on in sub-optimal feeder steer marbling performance throughout 2020, leading feedlot nutritionists and yard operators say…Read More

Jon Condon, March 2, 2020

Feedlot projects look to value-add WA grain

Initiatives from private and listed companies as well as the Western Australian Government point to an increase in value-adding for grains in WA in coming years.
The headline project is Harvest Road’s 40,000-head feedlot at Yathroo, which earlier this month received approval from the Mid-West Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel…Read More

Liz Wells, February 28, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat-to-barley spread widens

Barley values have eased to where they now appear to be buying demand, while a tightening balance sheet has seen wheat trade steady to higher in most markets…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, February 27, 2020

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