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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

Australia’s best MSA feedlots awarded

Five feedlots across Australia have been awarded for consistently producing cattle that achieve outstanding compliance rates to Meat Standards Australia specifications…Read More

Beef Central, December 19, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Prices climb on deferred northern demand

Southern consumer demand saw prices climbing in Victoria and kept growers reluctant sellers. Port Pirie’s first shipment discharged in Brisbane, SA to become the major supplier into the north…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, December 13, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Some heat-related harvest bans and Wimmera growers’ willingness to hold sales after cashing hay and canola maintained upside pressure on cash and futures. Yields remain below average from WA to southern Queensland…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, December 9, 2019

Carted water charges proposed for feedlot customers

The stock water access situation for eastern states feedlots continues to deteriorate, with one large Queensland yard this week proposing to charge custom-feeding clients for carted water from early next year…Read More

Jon Condon, November 28, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Barley finds the floor as new-crop eases

Wheat prices are showing no signs of easing, but new-crop barley prices have dropped a few dollars per tonne in the past week to levels which are buying domestic slots in eastern Australia and exciting some export interest…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, November 28, 2019

Losses mount in November grainfed trading budget

A record-high breakeven figure has been recorded in Beef Central’s monthly 100-day grainfed steer trading budget calculated this morning. Using our standard set of variables, we’ve arrived at a $47 loss on our typical 450kg feeder steer entering a downs feedlot today, and closing out after a 105 day program in March next year…Read More

Jon Condon, November 27, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Warehousing trend, harvest heat lift prices

Wheat and barley bids to growers lift $5-10/t as growers remain reluctant sellers at current levels. Sorghum prices rally further as hopes for widespread early plant evaporate. ASX slides…Read More

Henry and Liz Wells, November 25, 2019

September quarter cattle on feed numbers remain close to record highs

Cattle on feed across Australia for the September quarter remained at close to record levels, with only minor seasonal declines recorded in some southern states…Read More

Beef Central, November 19, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Prices rally on wait for Victorian volume

Short covering for wheat and sorghum has lifted values for both grains, and supported barley prices, as the wait for Victorian grain in volume continues and GrainCorp issues its first 2019/20 harvest report…Read More

Guest Author, November 14, 2019

Feedlots start cutting back on numbers, as stock water reaches critical levels

Feedlots in some of the most seriously drought-impacted regions of eastern Australia have started reducing numbers on feed, as surface and underground supplies used for stock water reach a trigger-point…Read More

Jon Condon, November 13, 2019

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