Month: February 2017

Australian consumers behind international markets in online beef sales

Online sales of branded beef could be improved in Australia with better marketing and value adding less popular cuts according to a Queensland producer. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Australian consumers behind international markets in online beef sales

Platform shearing has shearer safety and sheep welfare advantages

HAWKESDALE prime lamb producer Phil O’Toole thinks sheep shearing on raised platforms seems to be the way to go for shearer safety and sheep welfare. The post Platform shearing has shearer safety and sheep welfare advantages appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Platform shearing has shearer safety and sheep welfare advantages

Australian milk production lowest in 21 years

Despite droughts, floods, deregulation and a global financial crisis in recent memory, the dairy industry has never had it as tough as this financial year. Source: ABC Livestock Australian milk production lowest in 21 years

NSW saleyard lamb prices dip as Bendigo rates lift despite quality

SALEYARD lamb prices started to generally retreat from record levels this week, as more lambs were offered and buyers showed resistance to current rates. The post NSW saleyard lamb prices dip as Bendigo rates lift despite quality appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW saleyard lamb prices dip as Bendigo rates lift… Read more »

Carcase grading to improve feedback to farmers

A Victorian beef farmer, processor and retailer says investing in carcase grading benefits the entire red meat supply chain. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Carcase grading to improve feedback to farmers

New Lifetime ewe app version launched with cloud capability

SHEEP producers can now do instant energy estimates on paddocks with the latest version of the popular Lifetime Ewe Management smartphone app. The post New Lifetime ewe app version launched with cloud capability appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Lifetime ewe app version launched with cloud capability

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 21, 2017

The dollar traded inside a narrow trading range in N.Y. on Tuesday, and was mixed overall, making modest gains against the euro and CAD, while losing ground to the yen and pound. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.0525, weighed down by French polling indicating LePen continuing to gain altitude. USD-JPY idled on either side of 113.50, while… Read more »

Roma store 21 Feb 2017: Numbers jump 30pc

Quality continues to be mixed and restockers provided plenty of competition on young light weight yearling steers, with average prices improving by 6c/kg. The post Roma store 21 Feb 2017: Numbers jump 30pc appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 21 Feb 2017: Numbers jump 30pc

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Rises on Rate Hike Talk

OVERVIEW U.S. stock markets set fresh record highs at the open, with oil prices also higher. Eurozone flash estimate PMIs showed growth unexpectedly in the services and manufacturing sectors, accelerated to a near six-year high last month, and job creation reached its fastest in almost a decade. UK public sector borrowing figures for last month… Read more »

BeefConnect webinar: Spelling strategies for recovery of pasture condition

In this webinar Senior Pasture Scientist, Paul Jones from DAF Emerald, will discuss spelling strategies, case studies and recommendations for producers. The post BeefConnect webinar: Spelling strategies for recovery of pasture condition appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central BeefConnect webinar: Spelling strategies for recovery of pasture condition

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 22 Feb 2016

An active monsoon trough produced moderate to heavy falls across northern Australia during the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 22 Feb 2016 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 22 Feb 2016

NVLX Wodonga 21 Feb 2017: Varied trends in bigger yarding

A mixed quality yarding of cattle at NVLX Wodonga created some varied price trends this week. The market showed gains on some categories, but losses on others in a bigger sized yarding of 1,900 The post NVLX Wodonga 21 Feb 2017: Varied trends in bigger yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 21, 2017

The dollar has remained buoyant, underpinned by expectations for further Fed tightening, while the euro has fared poorly amid rising Frexit anxieties, which poses a much bigger threat than Brexit ever did. The greenback was showing a 0.6% gain versus the euro heading into the New York interbank open, and a 0.5% rise versus the… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: What’s driving the fashion in black cattle?

Fashion is fickle, but in the beef cattle industry, black-coated breeds that aren’t Angus have been around for decades, and their recent growing popularity shows no signs of waning. Numerous theories attempt to explain why ‘black is beautiful’. The post Weekly genetics review: What’s driving the fashion in black cattle? appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 21, 2017

The dollar is showing moderate gains ahead of the London interbank open, up by 0.3% versus the euro, 0.4% against the yen and by an average 0.3% versus the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dollars. In the mix is the pound, which has managed to hold its own versus the dollar, while both the dollar… Read more »

Wildlife carers prepare for influx of injured animals after Carwoola fire

Wildlife carers, already overwhelmed by bushfires in southern New South Wales in January, are expecting hundreds of injured kangaroos from the Carwoola blaze over the coming weeks. Source: ABC Livestock Wildlife carers prepare for influx of injured animals after Carwoola fire

What do I look for in judging cattle?

With show season getting started in many parts of eastern Australia, we’ve asked respected livestock consultant and Royal Show stud stock judge Alastair Rayner to provide some thoughts on judging cattle in the show ring, for the benefit of younger readers. See details about his upcoming Junior Judges’ Workshops at the base of this page…. Read more »

Is Australia’s reputation at risk with re-export of Aussie live cattle as beef?

Prospects of beef being produced in Asian countries from live cattle imported from Australia, only to be re-exported in cartons to other countries have raised concerns within the red meat industry. References have been made to the possibility of re-export of beef produced from Australian live-exported cattle in three Asian markets in the past 12… Read more »

Weekly kill: Are more plant closures likely, as processor losses rack-up?

Friday’s announcement of the closure of Manildra’s Cootamundra beef and lamb plant in NSW came as little surprise to many who watch the ebbs and flows of profitability across the red meat value chain. To some, it was a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if,’ and there’s a widely-held expectation that more processors will mothball plants… Read more »

Wheat price rise likely but much drier season ahead: NAB

Australian wheat prices are forecast to increase by the end of 2017, which will come as welcome news to grain growers who have so far seen the benefits of a record harvest tempered by very low prices. The post Wheat price rise likely but much drier season ahead: NAB appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

NZ shearer breaks eight-hour strong wool ewe record by two sheep

NEW Zealand shearer Leon Samuels has set a new world solo eight-hour strong wool ewe shearing record of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. The post NZ shearer breaks eight-hour strong wool ewe record by two sheep appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NZ shearer breaks eight-hour strong wool ewe… Read more »

Directors returned in CBH elections

Polls have closed in the 2017 CBH Group Member Director Elections, with incumbents Vern Dempster and Rod Madden both re-elected as Member Directors. The post Directors returned in CBH elections appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Directors returned in CBH elections

Clermont breeders share knowledge about breeding kelpies

The real origins of the kelpie working dog are still a mystery, but there is no doubting that the genetics of pups bred today are calculated and studied intently by their owners. Source: ABC Livestock Clermont breeders share knowledge about breeding kelpies

XE Market Analysis: British Pound Outperforms in Quiet Markets

OVERVIEW Markets are quiet with the U.S. closed for President’s Day. Japanese exports rose just 1.3% in January due to a decline in shipments to the U.S. ECB board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger said they need to wait to see if inflation stabilizes. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: British Pound Outperforms in… Read more »

ATO warning: Is your business claiming R&D tax incentives correctly?

A tax alert has been issued to businesses claiming the research and development (R&D) tax incentive, which includes specific advice for businesses claiming for agricultural activities. The post ATO warning: Is your business claiming R&D tax incentives correctly? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ATO warning: Is your business claiming R&D tax… Read more »

First Australian beef cattle sea shipment arrives in China

The first sea freight shipment of live slaughter cattle sent from Australia to China has arrived at its destination at the Port of Shidao today. The post First Australian beef cattle sea shipment arrives in China appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central First Australian beef cattle sea shipment arrives in China

Wagga sale 20 Feb 2017: Restocker competition underpins market

Steady NSW and Victorian restocker competition helped underpinned demand for weaner steers and heifers at Wagga on Monday. The post Wagga sale 20 Feb 2017: Restocker competition underpins market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 20 Feb 2017: Restocker competition underpins market

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 20, 2017

The main movers in a subdued European AM session were the yen, which retreated as stock markets in Asia and Europe rebounded from recent weakness, and the pound, which bounced back some of the ground lost during last week’s underperformance. GBP-JPY was consequently showing a 0.8% gain, as of the early European PM. USD-JPY steadied… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 20, 2017

The dollar has traded mixed relative to the main currencies so far today, lifting versus the yen and consolidating Friday’s gains versus the euro and other currencies. USD-JPY has traded at moderately firmer levels today after three consecutive down sessions though to Friday last week. EUR-JPY and other yen crosses has also up after a… Read more »

Stanbroke gains approval for feedlot expansion to 40,000 SCU

Vertically-integrated Queensland beef supply chain Stanbroke has received verbal approval to expand its feedlot on the Darling Downs to a capacity of 40,000 Standard Cattle Units. The post Stanbroke gains approval for feedlot expansion to 40,000 SCU appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Stanbroke gains approval for feedlot expansion to 40,000 SCU

No change to CBH Board after elections

The board of Australia’s largest exporter of grain, the CBH Group, will remain unchanged after the latest round of grower elections. Source: ABC Grain No change to CBH Board after elections

Corriedale ewes sell to $252 at historic Cheviot Hills dispersal

COMMERCIAL Corriedale ewes sold for what is believed to be an Australian record price of $252 at the Cheviot Hills flock sale at Penshurst last week. The post Corriedale ewes sell to $252 at historic Cheviot Hills dispersal appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Corriedale ewes sell to 2 at historic Cheviot… Read more »

Calicivirus release to go ahead despite RSPCA delay suggestion

A NATIONAL release of a new calicivirus agent against rabbits will go ahead next month despite the RSPCA suggesting it be delayed. The post Calicivirus release to go ahead despite RSPCA delay suggestion appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Calicivirus release to go ahead despite RSPCA delay suggestion

The grazier who rounds up sheep with flying 'pumpkin'

This far-west sheep grazier could not do without his brightly-coloured ‘pumpkin’ plane when it comes to getting around his remote station. Source: ABC Beef Cattle The grazier who rounds up sheep with flying ‘pumpkin’

Effluent spills on city streets no joke for cattle industry

Images of a flashy convertible drivers being splashed with sloshing manure might have their comical elements, but this issue is no joke for Australian cattle producers, transporters and processors. The post Effluent spills on city streets no joke for cattle industry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Effluent spills on city streets… Read more »

Dairy Australia leaked email angers farmers

A leaked email from Dairy Australia warns of “misinformation” from dairy farmers on social media. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy Australia leaked email angers farmers

Understanding price grids and carcase feedback – join our free Webinar

Beef Central and Future Beef are hosting a free webinar on March 10 to pinpoint topics that producers need to be mindful of when assessing carcase feedback that directly influence the farm gate price of cattle. The post Understanding price grids and carcase feedback – join our free Webinar appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Western NSW Landcare award nominations sought

WESTERN New South Wales landholders and groups involved in land management and environmental initiatives have been invited to submit entries for the 2017 Western Local Landcare Awards. The post Western NSW Landcare award nominations sought appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Western NSW Landcare award nominations sought

New Zealand shearer gets go-ahead for first of four record attempts

NEW Zealand shearer Leon Samuels is attempting another world record today – tackling the current record of 603 strong wool ewes in eight hours. The post New Zealand shearer gets go-ahead for first of four record attempts appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand shearer gets go-ahead for first of four… Read more »

NZ shearing champion Smith gets 100th win, Henare on 92 with wool

NEW Zealand shearing champion Rowland Smith became possibly only the fourth person to win 100 open class shearing titles, with three victories about 24 hours and 1700 kilometres apart during the weekend. The post NZ shearing champion Smith gets 100th win, Henare on 92 with wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Livestock agent fined $1500 for livestock ‘not fit to travel’

LIVESTOCK transporters, agents and producers have been reminded of their animal welfare obligations after a Victorian stock agent was fined transporting cattle not fit to travel. The 57-year-old livestock agent from Healesville has been fined $1500 in the Echuca Magistrate’s Court. The driver pleaded guilty to failing to inspect the health of cattle he loaded… Read more »

Livestock agent pleads guilty to cruelty charges

A 57-year-old livestock agent from Healesville has been fined $1500 in the Echuca Magistrate’s Court for transporting animals that were not fit to travel. The post Livestock agent pleads guilty to cruelty charges appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livestock agent pleads guilty to cruelty charges

WA, VIC, SA and NSW butchers claim National Sausage Kings crowns

Independent retail butchers from four states shared in the glory during the 2017 National Finals of the Australian Meat Industry Council’s ever-popular Sausage Kings competition, which was judged and announced in Tasmania over the weekend. The post WA, VIC, SA and NSW butchers claim National Sausage Kings crowns appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

US Equity and Economic Review: A Solid Week of Economic and Earnings News Move the Market Higher

     This week’s U.S. economic news was bullish.  A rise in retail sales indicates the consumer continues to spend while industrial production held its own.  Industrial production held its own. Building permits – a long-leading indicator – increased.  And while starts decreased slightly M/M, they were up strongly Y/Y.    As for the markets, solid… Read more »

US Bond Market Week in Review: The Fed Doesn't Want to Fall Behind the Curve

     Fed presidents generally agree that the economy is at or near full employment.  In Fed chair Yellen’s semi-annual Congressional testimony this week she made the following observations about the labor market: Source: XE news feed US Bond Market Week in Review: The Fed Doesn’t Want to Fall Behind the Curve

Weekly Indicators: negative noise (?) from tax withholding edition

Monthly data for January included a big jump in the Index of Leading Indicators, fed in part by positive housing starts and permits. Both producer and consumer prices also jumped higher, which means that even though retail sales were positive, real retail sales were slightly negative. Both industrial production and capacity utilization declined, although this… Read more »

Fire-affected farmers receive a helping hand

One week after devastating fires ripped through central western NSW, farmers are being given a helping hand with fodder being delivered from across Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Fire-affected farmers receive a helping hand

Dry weather outlook softens prices in small AuctionsPlus offering

Continued hot, dry conditions in many regions has had a negative impact on prices across most categories in a smaller AuctionsPlus cattle offering this week, where a catalogue of 7648 head was offered, back 42 percent on the previous week. The post Dry weather outlook softens prices in small AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: UK Consumer Stops Buying

OVERVIEW The Pound is sharply lower across the board after UK retail sales slow rapidly in January.   The US Dollar is stable yet vulnerable after Donald Trump’s hour long press conference yesterday.  Marine Le Pen gathers momentum as latest opinion poll shows a sharp rise to 40% in round two.  HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 17, 2017

The dollar staged an ex-USD-JPY rebound, with a drop in Cable following unexpectedly weakness in UK retail sales providing a staging cue for bullish participants, of which there are a few on the basis of expected Fed tightening relative to dovish-to-neutral stances at most other central banks. Cable was showing a 0.7% decline as of… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 17, 2017

The dollar has consolidated losses, with major pairings showing less than a net 0.2% chance since the New York close yesterday as London interbank traders take to their desks. USD-JPY has settled in the mid 113s after logging a low of 113.07 in the New York PM session yesterday, which completed a near two-big figure… Read more »

Grain growers to benefit from 10-year investment

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and NSW Government have announced an historic 10-year bilateral agreement which will see an investment of more than $130 million into grains research and development in NSW. The post Grain growers to benefit from 10-year investment appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain growers to… Read more »

Cootamundra plant closure could flag more widespread processor shut-downs

Casualties have started to emerge in the current very difficult meat processing environment, with confirmation this afternoon that the Manildra Meat Co beef, lamb and goatmeat plant at Cootamundra in NSW will close its doors. The post Cootamundra plant closure could flag more widespread processor shut-downs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Top End cattle station manager resigns after 20 years

Newry Station manager Tom Shephard resigns after 20 years working on stations across the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Top End cattle station manager resigns after 20 years

Restocker lambs hit 1200c/kg at Hamilton as supply scarcity hits

RESTOCKER lamb prices reached extreme levels of more than 1200c/kg carcase weight this week as the supply scarcity sweeping the industry boiled over at Hamilton on Wednesday. The post Restocker lambs hit 1200c/kg at Hamilton as supply scarcity hits appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Restocker lambs hit 1200c/kg at Hamilton as… Read more »

Red tape delays live sheep vessel Al Shuwaikh’s departure for three days

LIVE export vessel Al Shuwaikh was forced to delay its departure from Port Adelaide for three days after completing engine repairs last Sunday. The post Red tape delays live sheep vessel Al Shuwaikh’s departure for three days appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Red tape delays live sheep vessel Al Shuwaikh’s departure… Read more »

GPS-wearing cows may be clue to stopping cattle duffers

It is a crime evoking bushrangers and cattle duffers but stock theft has become a modern crime and researchers are hoping to find a technological solution. Source: ABC Beef Cattle GPS-wearing cows may be clue to stopping cattle duffers

Recruitment: Tips for conflict resolution in a family business

Conflict happens in any enterprise. However, when your co-workers are also your family, conflict can take on new levels of complication and affect both familial and business operations. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to build healthy communication into a family business. The post Recruitment: Tips for conflict resolution in a family business appeared… Read more »

Mixing it up as outback cattle station changes herd

A Red Centre cattle station has trucked in 350 new Droughtmaster heifers, sending its Herefords to Anna Creek Station in South Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Mixing it up as outback cattle station changes herd

Wagyu annual conference heads to Albury in May

The 2017 Wagyu industry annual conference heads to Albury in May, providing critical information for established Wagyu breeders, as well as an introduction to the Wagyu industry for those just getting starting or considering a move into Wagyu. The post Wagyu annual conference heads to Albury in May appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Stock squad shake up puts sex, drugs and fraud crime in focus

A plan to overhaul Queensland’s stock squad will see greater focus placed on tackling rural crime issues such as drugs, child exploitation and fraud. Source: ABC Livestock Stock squad shake up puts sex, drugs and fraud crime in focus

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 16, 2017

Position squaring again weighed on the dollar in N.Y. Trade on Thursday, leaving EUR-USD at one-week highs of 1.0679, and USD-JPY at one-week lows of 113.13. Incoming U.S. Data was decent, with jobless claims lower than forecast, and the Philly Fed index much higher than expected. Wall Street posted moderate losses, while yields edged lower…. Read more »

Six-year veterinary program boosts growth and marbling for WA Wagyu enterprise

Among Australia’s early adopters of the Wagyu breed, the Gilmour family has used AI, embryo transfer and pasture improvement to double carrying capacity, build their herd and accelerate genetic advancement in their West Australian enterprise. The post Six-year veterinary program boosts growth and marbling for WA Wagyu enterprise appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Interim Satellite Service to end this month

Rural and remote Australians still receiving internet through the old Interim Satellite Service are being urged to contact their local Sky Muster provider or NBN Co to switch across to the new Sky Muster Satellite. The post Interim Satellite Service to end this month appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Interim Satellite… Read more »

Dubbo sale 16 Feb 2017: Yarding contracts despite hot, dry conditions

There was a much larger percentage of young splitter calves than previous sales providing the restockers with a better selection to choose from. The post Dubbo sale 16 Feb 2017: Yarding contracts despite hot, dry conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 16 Feb 2017: Yarding contracts despite hot, dry… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 16, 2017

The softer dollar theme continued. EUR-USD extended to a two-week peak of 1.0641, and USD-JPY declined to a two-day low of 113.55. The dollar also posted losses versus sterling, and the dollar-bloc currencies. There have been little in the way fresh leads, with the calendars in both Asia and Europe thin.[EUR, USD] Source: XE… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 16, 2017

The dollar has remained on a back foot, marginally extending the correction from post-U.S. data highs of yesterday. USD-JPY has fallen back under 114.00, logging a low of 113.76 in Tokyo trade today. The move comes after the pair topped out at near three-week highs of 114.95 in the aftermath of yesterday’s hotter U.S. CPI… Read more »

Cotton ginning kicks off in north, heatwave stifles crops in south

Ginning has begun of this season’s first cotton crops in Central Queensland where Queensland Cotton’s Emerald gin whirred into life on Monday and went onto 24-hour shifts yesterday. The post Cotton ginning kicks off in north, heatwave stifles crops in south appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cotton ginning kicks off in… Read more »

Ruralco expands its water and rural services portfolio

Agribusiness giant, Ruralco Holdings Limited, has been granted a trading halt on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) while it adds to its portfolio of irrigation holdings with the acquisition of Irrigation Tasmania, Mildura Irrigation Centre in north-west Victoria and River Rain in South Australia. The post Ruralco expands its water and rural services portfolio appeared… Read more »

Indonesia suspends importation of Indian buffalo meat

Despite the Indonesian Government suspending the importation of Indian buffalo meat, many still believe the ban will not last. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Indonesia suspends importation of Indian buffalo meat

Plate freezers – one of the ‘hidden secrets’ driving Australian beef’s international success

What’s driven the massive investment made by Australian red meat processors in large-scale plate freezing technology over the past few years? Just part of the answer is strong processor profits seen in 2014-15, which are now being ploughed-back into leading-edge technology like plate freezers, to protect Australia’s track record as the world’s best beef exporter…. Read more »

Optum CVT tractor is coming to Australia in mid-2017

Case IH today announced the impending release of the Optum CVT tractor to the Australian market at their national dealer conference in Uluru, NT. The post Optum CVT tractor is coming to Australia in mid-2017 appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Optum CVT tractor is coming to Australia in mid-2017

Meat prices eating into Coles’ shelf margin, shareholders told

Input cost increases in meat were a significant factor in a deterioration in retail shelf margins, Coles boss John Durkan told shareholders attending parent company Wesfarmers’ half-year financial briefing held yesterday. The post Meat prices eating into Coles’ shelf margin, shareholders told appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Meat prices eating into… Read more »

WA flood disaster funding, fire mitigation reform

Western Australian farmers who have been affected by the flooding caused by recent heavy rains are now able to access the WA Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) fund. The post WA flood disaster funding, fire mitigation reform appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA flood disaster funding, fire mitigation reform

More live export markets equals greater stability, says Crean

Economic growth in Asia presented ongoing opportunities for Australia’s livestock exports, but it also demanded that the industry step-up to the challenge of maintaining control and traceability in its supply chains, ALEC chair Simon Crean told a Brisbane audience earlier today. The post More live export markets equals greater stability, says Crean appeared first on… Read more »

Can Dame Edna convince Aussie women they're better on beef?

Meat and Livestock Australia enlists Dame Edna Everage to push its latest advertising campaign aimed at getting women to eat more beef. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Can Dame Edna convince Aussie women they’re better on beef?

Pasture dieback impacting more Qld grazing country

Indian couch invasion and pasture dieback are impacting large areas of previously very productive central Queensland pastures and the State’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries says it is stepping up moves to work with graziers to address the issue. The post Pasture dieback impacting more Qld grazing country appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Bushfires in NSW, floods in WA – funds opened for impacted farmers

An appeal has been launched in NSW to assist landholders and residents affected by the devastating Merriwa-Sir Ivan bushfire, while farmers affected by widespread flooding in Western Australia are now able to access assistance from a State emergency relief fund. The post Bushfires in NSW, floods in WA – funds opened for impacted farmers appeared… Read more »

New program provides innovation fast-track for cutting-edge producers

Producers looking to grow their business and gain a competitive edge through accelerated innovation and adoption of new technologies will be able to access expertise and support to achieve their goals as part of a new support program called Innovation Fast-Track. The post New program provides innovation fast-track for cutting-edge producers appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Strengthens as Inflation Jumps

OVERVIEW Fed Chair, Janet Yellen, signaled yesterday that the central bank could raise rates at its next meeting as all meetings are “live”, leaving an optimistic note on the economy in testimony to Congress. BoJ Governor, Kuroda, said he now has plans to raise the central bank’s bond yield targets, despite global yields rising as… Read more »

Dalby sale 15 Feb 2017: Market eases 10-14c

The market was by 10-14c easier in a 4800 head yarding, down by 460 head on the previous week. The post Dalby sale 15 Feb 2017: Market eases 10-14c appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 15 Feb 2017: Market eases 10-14c

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 15, 2017

The dollar remain underpinned in the wake of Yellen’s Senate testimony. EUR-USD forayed into new one-month low territory under 1.0550, and USD-JPY lifted to 16-day highs above 114.50. Cable got a helping push from an unexpected deceleration in UK wage data, which offset a dubiously large claimant count fall. The pair posted and eight-day low… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Northern Territory market in good shape

There has been a massive turnaround in the Northern Territory cattle property market during 2015-2016, following years of sluggish sales. Herron Todd White’s Darwin-based valuer Frank Peacocke said the rising cattle and live export markets kick-started beef property values and transactions in the region. “Better cattle prices, an influx of foreign money and corporate investment… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 15, 2017

The dollar consolidated post-Yellen gains in the pre-London session in Asia. USD-JPY steadied after rallying over a big figure to a 114.50 high in the wake of Fed Chair Yellen’s testimony before the Senate, where she left the door open for a March hike, which was enough of a surprise from the normally dovish Yellen… Read more »

Cooma saleyards receives $650,000 facelift

The new-look Cooma saleyards officially open to the public after $650,000 worth of upgrades to serve the growing calf market. Source: ABC Livestock Cooma saleyards receives 0,000 facelift

Tabro Meats fails to pay farmer suppliers

Farmers are out of pocket by tens of thousands of dollars as Chinese-owned abattoir Tabro Meats continues to delay payments. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Tabro Meats fails to pay farmer suppliers

Big plate freezer investment adds flexibility, efficiency for John Dee

Queensland export beef processor John Dee recently commissioned the latest plate freezer installation seen in Australian red meat processing, at an all-up cost of around $6.5 million. What’s behind the investment? The post Big plate freezer investment adds flexibility, efficiency for John Dee appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Big plate freezer… Read more »

Property: Prime farming country in hot demand from investors, expanders

Investors seeking to gain a foothold in prime grain, pulse and dryland cotton areas, or expand existing holdings, are driving demand for carefully managed country in southern QLD and northern NSW. They are meeting some heady competition from family farming operations also seeking to expand, who have not been put off by relatively low wheat… Read more »

Improving Vietnamese beef farming

Tasmanian researchers hope to transform the way Vietnamese farmers raise their cattle, and dramatically improve their standard of living in the process. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Improving Vietnamese beef farming

Extreme livestock rescues underway after WA flooding

From swimming cattle across the creek to using jet skis to tow dinghies loaded with sheep, farmers in WA are doing all they can to save their livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Extreme livestock rescues underway after WA flooding

Queensland research into livestock sensors has no beef with sheep

SHEEP producers will be able to assist in Queensland research into smart sensors to prevent and detect livestock theft, although the initial CQUniversity project will focus on cattle. The post Queensland research into livestock sensors has no beef with sheep appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Queensland research into livestock sensors has… Read more »

ASIC lodges appeal against court ruling on former AWB officer

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has lodged an application in the Victorian Court of Appeal for leave to appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court dismissing ASIC’s proceeding against former AWB group general manager trading, Peter Geary. The post ASIC lodges appeal against court ruling on former AWB officer appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 14, 2017

The dollar rallied broadly in N.Y. on Tuesday, with moves driven by Fed chair Yellen’s congressional testimony, as she kept a March rate hike in the picture, saying a rate hike would be appropriate “at our upcoming meetings”. All meetings are “live”, though this statement appeared to have been the driver to bump up the… Read more »