Quarterly Surveys

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: White grain choppy as market chews into stocks

Limited grower selling has helped the sorghum market maintain values in the past week, but wheat and barley prices had a turbulent week as millers and traders worked through stocks…Read More

Henry and Liz Wells, March 11, 2019

Melbourne investor takes stake in Warwick’s Rodgers Creek feedlot

A Melbourne-based investor family with strong business connections in North Asia has taken a strategic stake in the Rodgers Creek feedlot, which operates under the name B Feeders, near Warwick on Queensland’s southern Darling Downs…Read More

Jon Condon, March 7, 2019

December quarter cattle on feed remain above 1.1 million head

Cattle on feed across Australia during the October-to-December 2018 quarter decreased by 15,977 head or 1.4pc from the record set in the September quarter, according to the latest quarterly grainfed industry survey…Read More

Beef Central, March 7, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Trade selling drives down values

Southern wheat values were $15/t lower this week on trade liquidating longs, while the southern Queensland sorghum harvest passed two-thirds and cattle feeders await cotton picking to alleviate extreme high cottonseed prices…Read More

Liz Wells and Henry Wells, March 4, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum withers as WA grain feeds five ports

While sorghum’s harvest reality turns grimmer, transhipments of Western Australian grain arriving at every east coast port from Geelong to Brisbane continue to secure supply to livestock, weakened world prices allowing feedgrain values to drift lower this week…Read More

Guest Author, February 22, 2019

WA company fined $30,000 for illegal feedlot

A Victorian company has been fined $30,000 for constructing an unauthorised cattle feedlot at Warradarge in Western Australia’s Mid-West region…Read More

Beef Central, February 15, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive and cottonseed firms

Continuing hot and dry conditions are dimming yield prospects for sorghum in New South Wales and southern Queensland, where WA grain is supplying much of the feed market’s needs. ..Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, February 1, 2019

Decline in feeder prices improves grainfed trading budget result

A softer feeder cattle market since early January has contributed to an improved – albeit still loss-making – result in Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning…Read More

Jon Condon, January 31, 2019

Sorghum primed for re-entry into Downs feedlot rations

With numbers on feed in eastern Australian feedlots again under pressure due to desperately dry conditions, sorghum is coming back into calculations as a feedgrain in Queensland and northern regions of NSW. ..Read More

Jon Condon, January 16, 2019

Compensatory gain plays role in strong 2018 feedlot cattle performance

Compensatory gain has been a considerable factor in unusually good – in some cases exceptional – feeding performance in cattle in Australian feedlots during 2018…Read More

Jon Condon, December 20, 2018

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