Best of Beef in 2012

Beef Central 21/12/2012


Beef Central produced more than 1500 articles about the Australian beef and cattle industry in 2012,  ranging from daily news updates to opinion pieces from industry experts and in-depth analysis.

Here we have drafted-out 100 that generated particular interest, reader comment and feedback throughout the year.

In the past 12 months Jon, James, Roger, Cath and the team have worked hard to establish Beef Central as the leading source of reliable, accurate and relevant news for Australia’s beef and cattle industry, and as the most targeted and cost-effective advertising platform for companies that service the industry.

In 2012 we have expanded our editorial resources to include regular contributions from respected industry journalists including Tom Dawkins in Southern Australia and Steve Kay in the United States, and have introduced several new initiatives including a recruitment section and a mobile version of the website to make our news more accessible to people on the move (click here to learn more)

We take this opportunity to wish our valued readers a Happy Christmas and hopefully wet new year,  and look forward to keeping all industry stakeholders up to date and well-informed with our free daily industry news service in 2013.

Beef Central will take a short publishing break over the Christmas/New Year period. Our daily news emails will resume from Monday, January 7, however our website will continue to be updated with breaking news over the next two weeks.

Click on the links highlighted in red, below, to access the full story:


Cattle production

Grassdale’s record breakers bend the ADG curve

Does pen shade, coat colour matter in summer?

2012 bull buying season: It’s a numbers game

From claypan to green feed: carbon flows in action

Putting Victoria’s Hopkins River beef brand on the map

UltraBlacks form basis for ‘third generation’ Lake Nash outcross

Key role for Santas remains in an evolving Kidman business

Measuring Angus genetic progress

World’s largest composite program delivers for NAPco

Newly identified traits key to future northern profitability

Brahmans could become ‘hardy foot soldiers’ for meat quality genetics

Carcase merit, profit in young bull meat better than expected



Host of factors contribute to high feedlot gain performance

Veteran lotfeeder’s achievements saluted with live membership

Beef City stands test of time

Angus high-performers under JBS feedlot program KPIs

Has the tide turned on grainfed profitability?

Prime City feedlot closure sign of the times



T&R rides-out southern supply cycle bumps

Calm cattle have a dark side, researchers find

Bindaree departures signal unrest

Carbon tax burden sweeps across the beef supply chain

Small country abattoirs making a comeback

Big get bigger in global processing consolidation

Technology: Very Fast Chill process adds product flexibility

Productivity: Cootamundra’s robotic carcase cutter wins innovation award

Sous vide offers great potential to re-value secondary beef cuts

US grinder collapses under weight of LFTB

Former Innisfail meatworks to be ‘exported’

Gympie a snapshot of a changing industry

Domestic markets

Woolworths warns over industry’s MSA segmentation claims

McDonald’s counter-cyclical growth presents beef supply challenge

Supplier, customer relationships key to Coles’ retail strategy

Opinion: are supermarkets making cattle producers pay for retail price wars?

DR Johnston’s Sydney cattle centre takes meat wholesaling to an epic scale

MSA grading cracks two million head milestone

Packaging: ‘eco-friendly’ trays hit retail mainstream

Butchers fight back in latest retail market survey

Woolworths retail share grows under MSA momentum

Comment: is there a future for warehouse retailing?

Export diversion pressure looms in domestic beef market

Export markets

‘Other’ export customers increasingly shaping export picture

Satisfying US consumers craving for indulgence on the cheap

Export to US lift, as big hole emerges in US beef production

The Batistas' canny buying touch

MAC Asia Pacific’s role in filling insatiable global burger demand role

Australia seen as key McDonald’s beef source during tight global supply

New players lead global trade in 2012

Long term beef demand picture positive: global analyst

Brazil’s beef export surge

Mexico’s drought impacts on Australian lean trim prices

Major non-packer exporters announce merger

Breakthrough in EU grainfed quota distribution process


Live export

Santori builds China’s largest feedlot

Indonesian lotfeeders rebuild after export ban

Why northern abattoirs can’t replace live exports

Indo FMD-risk: scare mongering or genuine biosecurity threat?

Tapping Indonesia’s market potential

Govt must act to avoid northern crisis: Warriner

Indonesia tests “breedlots” as a self-sufficiency solution

Import cuts trigger crossbred push in Indonesia

Indonesia one year on: a stunning change

Budget papers reveal live export legal action


Opinion: 10 key challenges facing northern beef industry

Anyone for a Reuben Junior sandwich for lunch?

RSPCA should applaud saleyards: agents

Saleyards, fire-branding, dehorning on RSPCA hit list

Cattle producers face nervous wait after Qld BJD detection

Former Cattle Council chief calls for MLA changes

Higher global meat prices likely over next decade: report

Super Butcher saga ends in liquidation

Can beef warm up Australia’s coldest relationship?

Processors on alert for $1m worth of stolen cattle

Northern debt burden unlikely to ignite fire sales

Grassfed producers want bigger slice of MLA pie

Industry wary over US E.coli claim

How will CSG manage the salt time-bomb?

Aussie farmers apply Hadrick’s social media message

Northern financial management issues exposed

Meatless Mondays and baseless claims

Sustainable beef on menu at roundtable seminar

Droughtmasters dominate Beef 2012 trade show

Getting social all about cost-effective promotion

MLA’s mission to ‘sell the sizzle’ on secondary cuts

Last ditch effort to save Super Butcher from collapse

The cost of promoting a positive public image

Oversupply signals prompt word of caution from meat chief

New foreign minister strong advocate for Voiceless

Forum gives endorsement for grinding meat futures

Thames Pastoral signs contract on Tanumbirini

Moray sale heightens “two-speed economy” claims

What is a living area these days?

Govt says foreign investment controls adequate


Rural life

Scott Bridle: aerial artistry

Beef industry’s rally-call for the Foodbank cause

Ag’s inspiring generation next

Irony of blood disorder not lost on Wagyu beef producer

Year of the Farmer – reaffirmation or requiem?

Stock squad legend hangs up his spurs

Noel Grant looks to new challenges after GDL retirement

A flooded bridge, one goat and six wild dogs


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