Vale Ken Coombe

Respected Brahman breed pioneer Ken Coombe has passed away in Rockhampton, aged 87. Mr Coombe left an indelible stamp on the northern Australian beef industry, contributing to the transformation in genetics to tropically adapted cattle from the region’s original British breeds…Read More

Jon Condon, November 14, 2019

Top End empathy for south after horrendous fire year

As fierce winds fan huge fire fronts across tinder dry regions of northern NSW and southern and central Queensland, cattle producers who have endured a horrendous fire season further north are watching on with a strong sense of empathy for their southern counterparts…Read More

James Nason, November 14, 2019

ACC and Coles go separate ways in processing, brands and retail-ready work

National supermarket group Coles and its long-term northern beef supply chain partner Australian Country Choice are further decoupling their businesses, as both explore opportunities in export and brand development…Read More

Jon Condon, November 13, 2019

Drought impacts on 2019 MSA index performance, but broader trend is up

Drought has had an inevitable impact on MSA eating quality index performance in 2018-19, however the longer-term trend remains up. The national average MSA Index figure last financial year was 57.62, down from about 57.75 the year before, but still improving 0.73 index points since 2010-11…Read More

Beef Central, November 13, 2019

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Oakey manager Pat Gleeson leaves NH Foods | New operations director at ACC | Lotfeeder Mort & Co appoints chief executive | CSIRO Climate Science appoints new director | 46 year connection with industry ends for Qld ag department leader | MINTRAC award to TAFE SA meat trainer..Read More

Jon Condon, November 11, 2019

Kay’s Cuts: Faux meat ain’t the real thing

The US beef industry is not sitting back and watching plant-based ‘meat’ sales grow. In fact, it has been on the attack for months and its campaign to prohibit the use of the word ‘meat’ is bearing fruit, US red meat market commentator Steve Kay reports in hist latest monthly column for Beef Central…Read More

Steve Kay, US Cattle Buyers Weekly, November 11, 2019

Strong FY2019 result for Elders despite drought

Australian agribusiness Elders Limited this morning released its financial results for the 12 months to September 2019, showing a strong performance despite widespread drought conditions, underlined by a statutory net profit after tax of $68.9 million…Read More

Beef Central, November 11, 2019

Landmark and Ruralco rebrand announced

Merged rural service companies Ruralco and Landmark will have their agricultural retail businesses rebranded as Nutrien Ag Solutions, it was announced today…Read More

Terry Sim, November 11, 2019

Meat wholesale business remains in administration, with debts above $5m

A Queensland-based meat wholesale business remains in voluntary administration this week, after creditors expressed opposition to a Deed of Company Arrangement proposed during a meeting on Friday…Read More

Jon Condon, November 8, 2019

Indonesia reports first African Swine Fever outbreak

As the viral disease continues to spread across southeast Asia, Indonesia has reported its first outbreak of African Swine Fever, with reports of up to 4000 pigs dying at several sites near Medan, in Northern Sumatra…Read More

Beef Central, November 8, 2019

Recruitment: Workplace safety remains key industry priority, statistics show

Despite greater attention being placed on workplace health and safety across the sector, agriculture remains the most dangerous place to work in Australian industry…Read More

Beef Central, November 8, 2019

$1 billion drought package for hard-hit farmers and rural communities

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for a $1 billion Federal Government cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, businesses open, locals in work and pump funds into local economies, as part of a major drought stimulus package announced earlier today…Read More

Beef Central, November 7, 2019

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