Processing

Weekly kill: Export weight grass steers crash through 700c/kg

Slaughter cattle direct consignment price grids have surged deeper into record territory this week, driven by a rise in international beef demand in some countries as COVID confidence grows, at a time when mid-winter supply becomes chronically tight across large parts of eastern Australia…Read More

Jon Condon, 20/07/2021

Red meat R&D: Working towards greater sustainability in water use

Red meat processors have reduced water intensity by nine percent in their operations since 2009, mostly through water efficiency actions. The next big challenge is advanced water recycling, using reverse osmosis…Read More

Beef Central, 08/07/2021

Hides and co-product prices surge higher in 2021

Hides and most other beef co-product prices are higher than month-ago and year-ago levels…Read More

Beef Central, 06/07/2021

Weekly kill: Mid-winter rain impacts processing operations

Areas of heavy unseasonal winter rain across parts of Central and eastern Queensland, plus NSW and Victoria have disrupted processing operations over the past week. Last week’s national kill fell 10pc from the week before, as saturated paddocks and flooded creeks made consignment challenging in some areas. ..Read More

Jon Condon, 06/07/2021

Meat processors embrace 3D printing for equipment parts

Red meat processors are working to establish a world-first, industry-owned 3D printing service model to help operators to print replacement equipment parts, revolutionising equipment maintenance and helping underpin continuous supply of meat products…Read More

Beef Central, 01/07/2021

Weekly kill: Rain could slow kills further

Mid-winter slaughter cattle supply shortages are in clear evidence this week, with saleyards and direct consignment numbers tighter heading into the end of the financial year…Read More

Jon Condon, 29/06/2021

Red meat R&D: Up close and personal – Engaging Innovation

AMPC is working on a major industry innovation event for next year which promises a significant increase in immersive and tactile experiences that will get people ‘up close and personal’ with new ideas and technology…Read More

Beef Central, 24/06/2021

Weekly kill: High slaughter cattle prices continue to sail along, despite big processor losses

Weight and grade direct consignment slaughter cattle prices continued their period of remarkable stability this week – sailing along at or near record highs, despite big losses being racked-up by export processors.   ..Read More

Jon Condon, 22/06/2021

Weekly kill: Direct consignment grids mostly steady, as all major players return to the market

The return of JBS to the slaughter cattle market this week has seen little or no substantive change to direct consignment grid pricing, having missed offering quotes since the company’s dramatic cyber attack back on 30 May…Read More

Jon Condon, 15/06/2021

Red meat R&D: Shadow robot technology mimics human actions

Improving safety and reducing workplace fatigue and injury are high priorities for the processing industry, and that means a big focus on the way staff use technology and tools within processing plants.  ‘Shadow robots’ are one new technology being studied, which promise to leverage the skills of operational staff, while removing their hands from the dangerous tasks such as bandsaw operations…Read More

Beef Central, 10/06/2021

Weekly kill: JBS closure has little effect on cattle markets, but some rises seen in beef

Direct consignment and saleyards cattle markets have shown little or no effect from JBS Australia’s week-long closure last week, following the dramatic cyber-security breach of the company’s operating systems on either side of the Pacific. JBS is yet to re-activate its direct consignment offers, having a backlog of cattle still to process, but export competitors in southern QLD this week are offering 680c/kg on four-tooth grassfed steer and 620c/kg on heavy cows..Read More

Jon Condon, 08/06/2021

Weekly kill: Cow grids lift, in response to export grinding meat trends

SOME export processor cow grids have lifted by up to 20c/kg in the past week – partly in response to substantial improvement being seen in export manufacturing beef prices…Read More

Jon Condon, 01/06/2021

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