Meat yield and potential traceability gains in Nolan Meats’ new $20m boning room

Queensland export and domestic beef processor Nolan meats yesterday unveiled its expanded and modernised boning room, featuring technology that is already delivering results in increasing carcase yield, and laying a platform for individual cuts traceability…Read More

Jon Condon, April 16, 2021

Red meat R&D: Magnetic conveying could leverage high-speed train technology for beef processing

Readers who are familiar with Japan’s famous Shinkansen bullet trains may have also heard about the magnetic conveying system the service uses – an incredible technology that zips Japanese commuters from one stop to the next at breathtaking speeds. But speed is not the only advantage of magnetic conveying, and research is now looking at how the technology might fit into the red meat processing sector…Read More

Beef Central, April 16, 2021

TFI launches $10m automated lamb boning project at Tamworth

Australian meat processor Thomas Foods International has awarded a $10 million automated lamb boning systems contract to New Zealand’s Scott Technology Ltd…Read More

Beef Central, April 14, 2021

Weekly kill: Grids steady, as first hint of winter approaches

Direct consignment price grids are largely unchanged across eastern and southern Australia this week, as country starts to dry out after earlier rain and the first glimpse of winter appears on the horizon…Read More

Jon Condon, April 13, 2021

ICMJ Northern Conference offers meaty market and research insights

The 2021 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association’s (ICMJ) Northern Beef Conference has begun with more than 80 attendees arriving in Rockhampton for four days of action…Read More

Beef Central, April 9, 2021

Weekly kill: Rain forces some Qld direct consignment offers to rise

Faced by empty post-Easter kill slots, offers from some Queensland processors have lifted 20c/kg on heavy grass steers this week, while some slaughter cow rates have increased 10-15c/kg. Supply prospects look particularly bleak for processors for the next month, due to more widespread rain…Read More

Jon Condon, April 7, 2021

Weekly kill: Easter week kills heading towards record-low territory

Australia’s eastern states beef kills in coming weeks look like heading into record low territory for this time of year. While the two weeks either side of the Easter break inevitably record a sharp decline in throughput by around 15-20pc, a combination of very tight cattle supply following recent rain, and numerous short and longer-term plant closures across eastern Australia will make that drop even more acute this year, trade sources say…Read More

Jon Condon, March 30, 2021

Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

A year after the COVID virus was first reported among meatworkers, vaccination programs are now rolling out across Australia to provide an added layer of protection for plant staff. ..Read More

Jon Condon, March 29, 2021

Red Meat R&D: Upping our game in processing efficiency

What could video games and the Australian meat processing sector possibly have in common? If you’ve always thought of game-playing as an activity that happens outside work, it might be time to think again. AMPC is testing whether gamification could help red meat businesses upskill staff – from hands-on operators to console operators – to increase efficiency and productivity, enhance safety and open up roles to a wider field of candidates…Read More

Beef Central, March 25, 2021

Weekly kill: Rain impact adds further challenges for processing

Widespread and in some places, heavy rain this past week has added another layer of complexity to the already-difficult beef processing challenge across eastern Australia…Read More

Jon Condon, March 23, 2021

Weekly kill: forecast rain could have big bearing on supply

It still has to deliver, but BOM’s highly-promising eight-day forecast for rainfall across eastern Australia could have a major bearing on slaughter cattle supply, and potentially price, in coming weeks…Read More

Jon Condon, March 16, 2021

Red meat R&D: Could a futuristic exo-skeleton create new opportunity in the meat sector?

WELCOME to a new fortnightly series of articles focussing on red meat R&D, presented by Beef Central and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation. This ongoing series will highlight a range of R&D projects designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, product quality and safety of Australian red meat sold into the domestic market and around the world…Read More

Beef Central, March 11, 2021

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