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December feedlot numbers hit record, but fail to capture more recent industry trend

Cattle numbers in Australian feedlots rose to record levels at the end of December, but deliberately-imposed lags in the collection and distribution of data have failed to capture the most recent downwards trend in cattle feeding since recent rain…Read More

Jon Condon, February 16, 2015

Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop $10/tonne on US softness, WA rain

Bearish factors including the recent tumble in US grain futures’ values have overpowered the chronic deficit of local grain in Queensland and New South Wales to see values ease by $10 per tonne in this week’s feedgrain market…Read More

Liz Wells, July 8, 2019

Grainfed sector’s SmartBeef technical forum set for Dalby in October

Registrations are open for the grainfed beef industry’s premier technical event, SMARTBEEF 2019, being held this year over two jam-packed days from 2-4 October at Dalby Events Centre on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The program features a range of speakers, demonstrations and social events, designed to appeal to participants across the beef supply chain…Read More

Beef Central, July 5, 2019

‘Curve-benders’ and ‘orphans’ show the extremes in cattle weightgain performance

Two large lines of cattle passing through feedlot programs recently have exposed the extreme weightgain performance differences being seen among cattle heading into exactly the same 100-day grainfed market segment…Read More

Jon Condon, June 28, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: CQ wheat guides new-crop pricing

Consolidating prospects for the Central Queensland crop have allowed its wheat to price into the southern Queensland market as a curtain-raiser for new crop…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, June 28, 2019

Roughage access reaching crisis point for lotfeeders

Access to roughages is becoming a major headache for eastern Australia’s feedlot industry as the prolonged drought wears on – and unless seasonal conditions turn around, could at some point limit the number of cattle that can be fed, some stakeholders believe…Read More

Jon Condon, June 24, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: First WA new-crop booked for Brisbane

NEW-CROP wheat and barley from Western Australia has started to trade into Brisbane to reflect the reality of the poor winter-crop outlook for most of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales…Read More

Henry and Liz Wells, June 21, 2019

$32 loss in latest grainfed trading budget, as GF slaughter prices creep higher

A moderate lift in finished slaughter cattle value and easier feeder cattle prices have had positive impact on Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget projection calculated on Friday…Read More

Jon Condon, June 17, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Diverging seasons split wheat, barley market

Much-needed rain from WA to southern NSW has seen wheat and barley values in southern markets ease, but prices in the northern markets have been steady to higher as prospects for late planting get slimmer by the day…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, June 14, 2019

Sydney team awarded $1m grant for BRD vaccine research

An all-female team of scientists at the University of Sydney has been awarded a $1 million grant develop a novel vaccine to combat Bovine Respiratory Disease – the most common cause of illness and death in feedlot cattle…Read More

Beef Central, June 11, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Mixed new-crop outlook befuddles market

Consolidating prospects in south eastern Australia, forecast rain in WA and fading hopes in north west NSW befuddled markets, pushing feedgrain prices in various directions this past week…Read More

Henry Wells, June 10, 2019

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