Weekly kill: Processor grids rise for second consecutive week – is the wind shifting?

A second round of processor grid price rises has occurred across parts of eastern states this week, in what may turn out to be the start of the much anticipated fundamental shift in the slaughter cattle supply/demand/price equation, following 18 months of severe drought…Read More

Jon Condon, July 16, 2019

Weekly kill: Grids rise 10-15c in parts of Queensland, a little less in the south

Processor direct consignment grid offers have lifted sharply in Queensland over the past few days, while smaller rises have also been seen in parts of southern Australia…Read More

Jon Condon, July 9, 2019

Beef boning automation next frontier for $32m Teys Rocky research project

The world’s first beef boning automation research & development room will be built at Teys Australia’s Lakes Creek processing facility near Rockhampton in Central Queensland, underpinned by the red meat industry’s need to reduce processing costs and increase boning room yield efficiency…Read More

Jon Condon, July 3, 2019

Weekly kill: Southern processors commence annual migration north

Like wild geese on their annual migration to warmer climes, southern beef processors are starting to head north in numbers in their annual quest for cheaper and more plentiful slaughter cattle, to keep kill tallies active. There’s been a sharp rise in slaughter cattle pricing across southern Australia over the past two weeks as numbers dwindle and processors struggle to maintain supply. ..Read More

Jon Condon, July 2, 2019

Weekly kill: Numbers lift 8pc after holiday break

Eastern states slaughter numbers produced a sharp 8pc rise for the week ended Friday – partly in reflection of the Queen’s Birthday holiday in a number of states the week before, but also because of continued strong meatworks bookings as frost impact takes hold on what’s left of winter pasture…Read More

Jon Condon, June 26, 2019

Woodward Foods in expansion mood, following deal with Chinese investor

Victorian lamb and beef processor Woodward Foods has completed a deal to sell a 49pc minority shareholding in the diversified business to a substantial Hong Kong based Chinese investor. The completion of the deal will provide a capital base for Woodward to embark on an expansion plan for both beef and sheepmeat production, targeted primarily at China. ..Read More

Jon Condon, June 18, 2019

ICMJ’s 2019 Wagga workshop to celebrate 30 years

One of the red meat industry’s most successful capability-building programs, the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, will celebrate its first 30 years in July, during the 2019 Australian ICMJ workshop and competition being held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga,
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Beef Central, June 13, 2019

Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, as rates of kill continue to climb

The prolonged and lingering impact of drought across eastern Australia continues to be reflected in unusually high rates of kill, especially for cows. Grid price offers remained steady across Queensland and NSW last week, as processors are well supplied with slaughter stock until mid-July…Read More

Jon Condon, June 11, 2019

TFI to re-build Murray Bridge processing facility after 2018 fire + VIDEO

Seventeen months after fire ravaged its Murray Bridge meat processing plant in South Australia, Thomas Foods International has announced plans to rebuild on a site not far from the original facility. The project, which the company said would cost ‘some hundreds of millions of dollars’ is expected to see the first stage for beef processing completed by November next year…Read More

Beef Central, June 6, 2019

Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers climb to three-year high

Drought pressure has pushed slaughter numbers to a three and a half year high last week, as freezing conditions and heavy frosts across large parts of eastern Australia prompt another wave of herd reduction heading into mid-year.The seven day kill to Friday showed last week’s eastern states kill at 158,991 head – the highest number seen since October 2015…Read More

Jon Condon, June 4, 2019

$60m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Drought and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in northwestern NSW, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More

Terry Sim, May 31, 2019

Weekly kill: Some cow grids softer as supply continues to surge

With first frosts making an appearance in some areas of eastern Australia in the past few days, large numbers of cows continue to flow into processing channels this week as more drought-impacted producers move to lighten-off numbers heading into winter…Read More

Jon Condon, May 28, 2019

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