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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: Southern rain lifts prompt prices

Rain has stemmed the supply of new-crop wheat to the market, and rebooted the inverse as consumers in Victoria and southern NSW look to cover nearby positions…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, November 12, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Weaker barley price buys demand

Supply-side pressure is weighing on barley and buying it some demand from wheat as tonnage starts to roll into bulk-handling sites across southern Australia…Read More

Liz Wells, November 5, 2019

Zoetis, AA Co dig deep to support mental health

Animal Health company Zoetis has hit its yearly target, raising $100,000 to support mental health in rural Australia over the past three months. ..Read More

Beef Central, November 1, 2019

Lift in feeder prices keeps grainfed trading budget in the red

Recent strengthening in feeder steer values have kept a handbrake on profitability in Beef Central’s latest monthly 100-day grainfed steer trading budget calculated this morning, despite modest rises in forward contract grainfed steer slaughter price for February.  ..Read More

Jon Condon, October 23, 2019

Feedgrain focus: Barley price fall signals shift in buying tempo

Rapid onset of early barley harvest explains why the barley price fell 8pc while wheat prices delivered feedlot didn’t. But feedlots entering a third year of hard grind might welcome the chance briefly to shut the order book. ..Read More

Henry Wells, October 21, 2019

SmartBeef hears feedlot bedding stacks up

The use of bedding in feedlots is stacking up commercially for Iranda Beef in South Australia, and also in a research trial conducted by the University of New England (UNE), as a means of increasing weight gain and improving cattle and human welfare…Read More

Liz Wells, October 15, 2019

Beef industry today ‘almost unrecognisable’ from 2005, SmartBeef forum told

Highlighting the change and innovation that has occurred in the Australian meat industry during a panel session at ALFA’s SmartBeef conference in Dalby, Teys Australia’s Tom Maguire said the industry today was almost unrecognisable from the industry he joined 14 years ago…Read More

Neil Lyon, October 14, 2019

Industry achievers celebrated at SMARTBEEF 2019

Industry achievers who strive to ensure the Australian cattle feedlot industry remains at the forefront of best practice and innovation were celebrated at the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) SMARTBEEF 2019 event at Dalby, Queensland, last week…Read More

Beef Central, October 9, 2019

Narromine pitches case for feedlot developments at SmartBeef

The Narromine Shire is ready to accommodate at least three new feedlots, and it exhibited at SmartBeef in Dalby last week to spread the word…Read More

Liz Wells, October 8, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Prices up in thin market

Feedgrain prices were up this week as consumer and supplier haggle over the cheapest new-crop prices for earliest possible delivery…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, October 7, 2019

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