Processing

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

$14m expansion for Fletcher’s Dubbo sheep plant

The flexibility of one of Australia’s largest integrated sheep meat processors – Fletcher International Exports – to meet market demands will be enhanced by a multi-million dollar investment…Read More

Beef Central, 31/05/2021

Deal may be close to secure Tabro processing plant’s resurrection

Victoria’s troubled Tabro export beef processing plant may yet return to operations, with reports this week suggesting a buyer may have been found for the mothballed facility…Read More

Jon Condon, 31/05/2021

Greenham expands Tongala operations to embrace global demand for high quality chilled beef

Victorian beef processor HW Greenham plans to expand and transform its Tongala beef plant in the Goulburn Valley from a hot-boning only manufacturing beef facility into a high quality chilled beef processing site over the next 12 months…Read More

Beef Central, 27/05/2021

Red Meat R&D: Frenched lamb – no knives, no water

Australian consumers love a classic rack of lamb, especially one that has been beautifully frenched. But frenching cutlets is a resource-intensive task and processors are keen to find an easier way…Read More

Beef Central, 27/05/2021

Weekly kill: Will herd recovery momentum expose processor labour crisis?

Direct consignment processor grids across eastern Australia have paused to catch their breath this week, after earlier 20-40c/kg rises since early May…Read More

Jon Condon, 25/05/2021

Lamb processor breaks through with first VBM grid, including yield and IMF

A world-first lamb grid paying producers on lean meat yield, weight and intramuscular fat, with feedback on animal health at an individual carcase level has been launched by Gundagai Meat Processors in southern New South Wales…Read More

Terry Sim, 20/05/2021

Weekly kill: Grids lift 20-40c across the eastern states, aided by better export sales outlook

Stronger demand and prices for Australian export beef is a helping underpin a 20-40c/kg rise in direct consignment slaughter cattle prices in Queensland and southern states over the past couple of weeks…Read More

Jon Condon, 18/05/2021

Local cattle producers offered share deal in Kimberley Meat Co operations

Australia’s most remote beef processing operation in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is in discussion with local cattle producers over a shareholding option on its future slaughter operations, after deciding not to open the plant during the 2021 season…Read More

Jon Condon, 01/05/2021

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