Month: February 2017

Awareness campaign aims to showcase meat processing careers and industry

A new awareness campaign aims to attract new employees and improve community perceptions of the red meat processing industry as a whole. AMPC’s ‘Meat: Your Future’ project highlights the wealth of career options available in the $23 billion Australian meat processing industry. The post Awareness campaign aims to showcase meat processing careers and industry appeared… Read more »

Dalby sale 8 Feb 2017: Market shows easing tend

Markets held reasonably firm to 10c cheaper in places at Dalby sale yesterday. The best of the cows made 253c, with good restocker cows making late 20s to 30s. The post Dalby sale 8 Feb 2017: Market shows easing tend appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 8 Feb 2017: Market… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 08, 2017

The euro came under more across-the-board pressure, while the dollar, outside the case of EUR-USD, traded consolidatively following yesterday’s gains. EUR-USD ebbed to a nine-day low at 1.0640, breaching yesterday’s nadir at 1.0656. This made it the fourth consecutive session the pair has clocked a lower low, breaching the 20-day moving average on route. … Read more »

Success at the 2017 Stanthorpe Show

  Chris Dearden, Sales Manager from Riverina Warwick, sashes the Grand Champion Led Steer from the 2017 Stanthorpe Show. The steer is led and prepared by Travis Luscombe. Travis attends a number of shows every year with his show team and is well known in the industry for his success. He uses Riverina Calf XLR8… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 08, 2017

The dollar and the majors have settled in relatively narrow trading ranges, EUR-USD in the mid 1.06s and USD-JPY in the lower 112s, the latter consolidating after hitting an 10-week low at 111.59 on Tuesday. Friday’s meeting in Washington between president Trump and Japan PM Abe will be a big focus as trade between the… Read more »

Legally speaking: Planning checklist before purchase of rural property

With rural property transactions getting back into swing following the holiday period, it is appropriate to consider some legal issues that might be reviewed before committing to an acquisition. Here’s a handy checklist to prevent surprise, save on costs and perhaps discover where the treasure is ‘buried’. The post Legally speaking: Planning checklist before purchase… Read more »

First shipment signals launch for Gina Rinehart’s new Wagyu beef brand

Gina Rinehart’s grand vision for her rapidly expanding Australian beef cattle operations took further shape yesterday when the first product bearing her new commercial beef brand was despatched for export to a customer in China. Here’s what we learned at yesterday’s launch. The post First shipment signals launch for Gina Rinehart’s new Wagyu beef brand… Read more »

Few cattle on the move with rain and high prices

Road Trains of Australia says business is slow, with just 10 out of its 32 drivers in action at the moment. Source: ABC Livestock Few cattle on the move with rain and high prices

Stockmen to drive cattle across Sydney Harbour Bridge

A group of Australian stockmen will cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with a herd of cattle in May to raise awareness about organ donation. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Stockmen to drive cattle across Sydney Harbour Bridge

Arcadian moves its Organic & Natural kills to NH Foods’ Qld plants

Australia’s largest organic meat supply chain, Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co, has moved its service kill requirements to NH Foods Australia’s Oakey Beef and Borthwicks Mackay plants in Queensland. The post Arcadian moves its Organic & Natural kills to NH Foods’ Qld plants appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Arcadian moves… Read more »

Queensland Merino growth needs more than wild dog fencing + VIDEO

RAIN, the viability of wool, sheep meat and beef production and industry promotion – not just wild dog fencing — seem set to be the keys to any revival of Merino sheep numbers in Queensland. The post Queensland Merino growth needs more than wild dog fencing + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

World shearing and wool handling titles start in $40 million woolshed

MORE 4000 sheep will be shorn and their wool prepared in a $40 million woolshed by 116 shearers and woolhandlers at the industry’s 40th world titles in New Zealand this week. The post World shearing and wool handling titles start in $40 million woolshed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central World shearing… Read more »

Graziers rally against defence land grab in Queensland

Cattle property owners in one of the Coalition’s most marginal seats are fighting plans for compulsory acquisitions of prime farming land – but the government says it doesn’t favour forced resumptions. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Graziers rally against defence land grab in Queensland

The man who keeps the doctors flying

Keeping planes in tiptop condition is all part of the job for an outback Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft engineer. Source: ABC Beef Cattle The man who keeps the doctors flying

The key uncertainties for Australia's beef industry in 2017

As a live cattle shipment sails to China, Australia navigates global uncertainties with Brexit, President Trump threatening partner Mexico with tariffs, and bigger US beef production. Source: ABC Beef Cattle The key uncertainties for Australia’s beef industry in 2017

Premium Beef

Beef producers are excited about new opportunities at the premium end of the Chinese market. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Premium Beef

New Cattle Council CEO surprised by innovation in WA's north

He’s been in the job just two weeks, but the new head of the Cattle Council of Australia has already made his way to the north of WA to visit pastoralists. Source: ABC Beef Cattle New Cattle Council CEO surprised by innovation in WA’s north

Central Australian soil mapped with promising results

A soil mapping study in Central Australia has shown potential to grow watermelons, hay, chia, grapes, mangoes, stone fruit and asparagus, just to name a few. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Central Australian soil mapped with promising results

Advice for Aussie producers for tapping into China

China may be a place of endless business opportunity and excitement but Elders China CEO Craig Aldous shares some advice about patience and sticking to what you know. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Advice for Aussie producers for tapping into China

Big wet season unfolding in WA's north

The wet season is quickly turning into one of the best on record for many parts of Western Australia’s north. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Big wet season unfolding in WA’s north

Insecticide found to reverse herbicide resistance

Scientists discover what they hope will extend the life of chemicals used to control expensive agricultural weeds. Source: ABC Grain Insecticide found to reverse herbicide resistance

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Feb 2017

The biggest falls of the past week fell in the Kimberley and Top End regions, with more good falls in the southern Gascoyne, the Goldfields, central interior, Pilbara districts in Western Australia; western South Australia, central southern Victoria and north Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Feb 2017 appeared first… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Feb 2016

The biggest falls of the past week fell in the Kimberley and Top End regions, with more good falls in the southern Gascoyne, the Goldfields, central interior, Pilbara districts in Western Australia; western South Australia, central southern Victoria and north Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Feb 2016 appeared first… Read more »

Funding pledged for new Boyanup saleyard land purchase

A $2 million commitment for land to house a revamped saleyard in WA’s south-west meets with a mixed reaction from stakeholders. Source: ABC Livestock Funding pledged for new Boyanup saleyard land purchase

Jade applies her moxie to fireweed to win national science award + VIDEO

ASPIRING forensic scientist 16-year-old Jade Moxey has challenged current thinking on fireweed control options in her award-winning home farm research. The post Jade applies her moxie to fireweed to win national science award + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Jade applies her moxie to fireweed to win national science award… Read more »

Genetics: What can the beef industry learn from $251,000 dairy heifer sale?

Last month a 12-week-old Australian Holstein dairy heifer calf sold at auction for $251,000. Given the dairy industry’s current problems, why would an untested youngster bring the second highest price ever paid for a bovine (beef or dairy cattle) in Australia’s history? The use of genomics testing is part of the answer, and it has… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 07, 2017

The dollar started the N.Y. session on a stronger footing, though squandered its gains through the remainder of the morning. The December trade deficit was slightly narrower than forecast, but had little impact on markets. Wall Street too started out strong, though fade by mid-session. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.0663 before printing 1.0700 highs, as USD-JPY… Read more »

Roma store 7 Feb 2017: Yarding jumps 75pc

The heat haying off even the feed that has had rain, combined with the current market, has encouraged producers to offload stock to cash in on current prices. The post Roma store 7 Feb 2017: Yarding jumps 75pc appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 7 Feb 2017: Yarding jumps 75pc

NVLX Wodonga 7 Feb 2017: Feedlot demand eases back

The market seemed to lose some heat, with easier prices trends over most yearling categories. The post NVLX Wodonga 7 Feb 2017: Feedlot demand eases back appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 7 Feb 2017: Feedlot demand eases back

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Rises on March Hike Talk

OVERVIEW The US Dollar is back on the rise today after comments were made from a Fed member on a March rate hike. German industrial production posted its biggest monthly drop in nearly eight years in December. ECB board member, Francois Villeroy, echoed similar comments made by ECB president, Mario Draghi, that policymakers should refrain… Read more »

Vietnam’s Beef and Dairy Livestock Asia expo offers genetics showcase

With the beef and dairy sectors growing at a rapid rate throughout Asia, an upcoming event in Vietnam offers an opportunity to impact production in these emerging markets through sharing knowledge and modern technologies in genetics and a host of other fields. The post Vietnam’s Beef and Dairy Livestock Asia expo offers genetics showcase appeared… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 07, 2017

The dollar rebound picked pace during the London AM session, with the buck near its highs heading into the New York interbank open, showing an 0.8% gain versus the euro, sterling, Canadian dollar, amongst other currencies, and a 0.6% advance in the case against the yen. Remarks from Philadelphia Fed president (and FOMC voter) Harker… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 07, 2017

The euro is underperforming heading into the London interbank open, showing a 0.5% decline versus the dollar, a 0.4% loss against the yen while trading 0.3% for the worse against the pound. The shared currency is also trading as the second weakest of the currencies we track on the week so far, with sterling being… Read more »

CBH director elections prompt robust debate

Campaigning is underway in Western Australia for two positions on the board of Australia’s largest exporter of grain, the CBH Group. Source: ABC Grain CBH director elections prompt robust debate

Gina Rinehart launches wagyu brand bound for China

Hot on the heels of their Kidman cattle empire purchase, Gina Rinehart and her Chinese business partner are forging new beef pathways into China launching a wagyu beef brand. Source: ABC Livestock Gina Rinehart launches wagyu brand bound for China

Supermarket suppliers to keep feeling price squeeze

The Food and Grocery Council is warning producers and manufacturers the supermarket price squeeze will continue for some time yet. Source: ABC Grain Supermarket suppliers to keep feeling price squeeze

Indian buffalo hitting boxed beef exports as well as live cattle

Australian boxed beef exports to Indonesia have also been heavily impacted by competition from cheaper Indian buffalo meat, and are likely to experience a substantial fall in volume this quarter, WA beef exporter Geoff Bull from Allegro Meat Exports has warned. The post Indian buffalo hitting boxed beef exports as well as live cattle appeared… Read more »

Defence Dept drops controversial Qld grazing land grab

The Federal Government has backed away from its controversial move to allow Defence Department to forcibly acquire dozens of Central Queensland grazing properties to create a training base for Singaporean troops The post Defence Dept drops controversial Qld grazing land grab appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Defence Dept drops controversial Qld… Read more »

Beef prices predicted to drop by 30 per cent

A Queensland meat processor says the price of red meat could fall if the US starts exporting beef to Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Beef prices predicted to drop by 30 per cent

January beef exports slump on the back of cattle supply constraints

The desperately tight slaughter cattle supply environment is being clearly reflected in latest export statistics released yesterday, showing January exports at little more than 50,000t. Export beef capacity has slumped over the past 12 months, as two years of drought across eastern Australia pushes the national beef herd to 20 year lows. The post January… Read more »

Wagga sale 6 Feb 2017: Numbers lift to 4200

Young vealers and yearlings were pushed along by backgrounders and restockers, while slaughter cattle varied according to quality. The post Wagga sale 6 Feb 2017: Numbers lift to 4200 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 6 Feb 2017: Numbers lift to 4200

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 06, 2017

The dollar perked up some in morning N.Y. trade on Monday, though later pulled back to session lows against the yen and euro. USD-JPT based at 112.00 early, though found support at the level. later, as yields and stocks faded, the pairing tripped stops at the figure, resulting in a move to 111.66 lows. EUR-USD… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: French Politics Weigh on The Euro

OVERVIEW German factory orders soared 5.2% in December, the biggest monthly increase in around 2 in a half years as domestic and foreign demand strengthened. Australian retail sales fell unexpectedly in December as household spending remained soft. Wages in Japan fell in December for the first time in a year as a rise in the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 06, 2017

The dollar has continued to trade buoyantly, and was near intraday highs versus the euro, yen, pound, Australian dollar, along with a number of other currencies, as of the early European PM session. EUR-USD was down by 0.4%, at 1.0742 bid, while USD-JPY was up 0.2%, at 112.44. The U.S. data calendar is pretty thin… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 06, 2017

The dollar has been trading mixed in pre-London Asian trade, softer versus the yen but firming against the euro and Australian dollar, and holding steady relative to some other currencies. USD-JPY has settled to a relative steady trade after whipsawing last week amid a flow of key data and market-moving Trump tweets. The pair edged… Read more »

Viterra smashes January grain export records across SA

South Australian grain exports continue to break records, with 814,000 tonnes shipped through Viterra’s ports last month — the company’s biggest January on record. Source: ABC Grain Viterra smashes January grain export records across SA

Report points to positive season for Australian farmers

A Rabobank report points to a strong season for most Australian farmers, but over the longer term, shifting attitudes to free trade could dent profits. Source: ABC Livestock Report points to positive season for Australian farmers

Prices and production puts wool industry on track for $3 billion in exports

AUSTRALIA is on track to hit the $3 billion mark in wool exports for the first time since 2003. The post Prices and production puts wool industry on track for $3 billion in exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Prices and production puts wool industry on track for billion in exports

How GPS keeps up with a continent in constant motion

With the Australian continent drifting at about seven centimetres a year to the northeast, how can we keep the global positioning devices used in sectors such as agriculture up to date? That is a challenge faced by today’s geodesists. The post How GPS keeps up with a continent in constant motion appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Charlie Dunn the young shearer might be a champion in the making

YOUNG Charlie Dunn might be oblivious to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand this week. But on enthusiasm alone, the five-year-old is behaving like a champion in the making, having already shorn his pet lambs with the mulesing shears. The post Charlie Dunn the young shearer might be a champion in the… Read more »

Aussies ranked high, but Kiwis favoured in world shearing and wool titles

AUSTRALIA’s national wool handling champion Sophie Huf has been ranked among the top six chances for the world title in New Zealand this week. The post Aussies ranked high, but Kiwis favoured in world shearing and wool titles appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Aussies ranked high, but Kiwis favoured in world… Read more »

MLA launches new online services for sheep meat and beef producers

MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched a package of new online services for producers to access information through a single online platform that can be tailored to their individual needs. The post MLA launches new online services for sheep meat and beef producers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA launches… Read more »

TPP agreement future and post-Brexit trade on sheep meat forum agenda

THE future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the post-Brexit trade landscape for Australia’s red meat industry will feature at Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2017 Global Markets Forums for sheep and beef producers next month. The post TPP agreement future and post-Brexit trade on sheep meat forum agenda appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Entries open for Queensland branded lamb and beef competition

Entries for the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show’s (RQFWS) Branded Beef and Lamb Competition presented by Super Butcher official open today. The post Entries open for Queensland branded lamb and beef competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Entries open for Queensland branded lamb and beef competition

US Equity and Economic Review: The Market is Setting Up For Another Rise

     This week’s U.S. economic releases were uniformly bullish.  The strong year over year numbers contained in the personal consumption expenditures report indicate the U.S. consumer continues to spend at strong rates.  Because this represents 70% of U.S. growth, the economy should continue to grow at least modestly.  But the strong readings from the ISM… Read more »

Cattle auction raises $50,000 for LifeFlight emergency helicopter

Queensland graziers raise tens of thousands of dollars at a charity auction for LifeFlight, which spends about $13,000 per rescue to the southern border region. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle auction raises ,000 for LifeFlight emergency helicopter

Western Australia wraps up record winter crop harvest

The news just gets better and better for Western Australian grain growers as a bumper harvest draws to a close, with analysts revising upwards the state’s total winter crop production to a record 18 million tonnes (Mt) plus. The post Western Australia wraps up record winter crop harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Farmer recycles food waste from local supermarket

A small-holding cattle producer in New South Wales supplements her pastures with fodder from an unusual source of farm supplies — the local supermarket. Source: ABC Livestock Farmer recycles food waste from local supermarket

CBH board election candidates divided over corporatisation

Deputy chair of the CBH Group, Vern Dempster, is hosing down allegations that Australian Grains Champion (AGC) is attempting to stack the co-op’s board via the current grower elections. Source: ABC Grain CBH board election candidates divided over corporatisation

Victorian sheep and goat EID system transition grant push

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers have been urged to apply for electronic identification transition assistance and ignore concerns the State Government’s $17 million package might be insufficient. The post Victorian sheep and goat EID system transition grant push appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep and goat EID system transition grant… Read more »

Forward trades sluggish, but fine wool in demand

FORWARD contracts traded in light volume as buyers and sellers looked for guidance from the auction and offshore, following the Chinese New Year. The post Forward trades sluggish, but fine wool in demand appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward trades sluggish, but fine wool in demand

Wheat deliveries delayed at Geelong Port

Victorian grains growers say they are angry and disappointed as a wheat harvest delivery delay continues at GrainCorp’s Geelong Port site. Source: ABC Grain Wheat deliveries delayed at Geelong Port

Rooster 'Cluck Norris' thinks he's an outback Australian 'roo

This outback rooster has an identity crisis. He bites like a kangaroo, wants pats like a kangaroo and even kicks like a kangaroo. Source: ABC Livestock Rooster ‘Cluck Norris’ thinks he’s an outback Australian ‘roo

Joyce insists graziers won't be forced to sell to ADF

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says there is no intention to force Queensland graziers to sell their land as part of Australian Defence Force training area expansions, however the Prime Minister does not rule it out. Source: ABC Livestock Joyce insists graziers won’t be forced to sell to ADF

Dairy farmers trapped in 'demoralising' industry

Michelle and Graeme Hamilton are fifth-generation dairy farmers in South Australia. They haven’t made a cent in two years. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers trapped in ‘demoralising’ industry

Deadline extended for Basin Plan submissions

The deadline for submissions about proposed amendments to the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been extended by two weeks until Friday, February 24, 2017. The post Deadline extended for Basin Plan submissions appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Deadline extended for Basin Plan submissions

Graziers call on Joyce to veto Defence land grab

Queensland graziers will today ask Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to commit to stopping any forced land grab by the Australian Defence Force for training Singaporean troops. Source: ABC Livestock Graziers call on Joyce to veto Defence land grab

Cotton picking kicks off in Central Queensland

Picking is underway this week on the first of this season’s cotton crops in Central Queensland (CQ), marking an early start to a harvest program that is set to become the ‘norm’ following the introduction of the new Bollgard III varieties this season. The post Cotton picking kicks off in Central Queensland appeared first on… Read more »

Meet the Chinese billionaire investing in Australian agriculture

One of China’s richest men reveals plans to invest $1 billion in Australian agriculture businesses by the end of the decade after injecting $200 million into a Queensland beef exporter and a New South Wales dairy venture. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the Chinese billionaire investing in Australian agriculture

DAFWA resourcing levels must improve: WAFarmers

WAFarmers has condemned the state government’s cuts to the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and called for funding to be increased. The post DAFWA resourcing levels must improve: WAFarmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central DAFWA resourcing levels must improve: WAFarmers

New Queensland quad bike safety laws divide opinion

New quad bike laws in Queensland have re-ignited the debate about how to reduce high rate of deaths and accidents. Source: ABC Livestock New Queensland quad bike safety laws divide opinion

Grain ships heavily booked as they export a bumper grain crop

A record grain harvest is causing bottlenecks on the way to port terminals, where export ships are heavily booked for the next six months. Source: ABC Grain Grain ships heavily booked as they export a bumper grain crop

New road rules for quad bikes in Qld

Quad bike and utility off-road users must now wear helmets when riding on roads or road-related areas in Queensland under new laws that came into effect today. The post New road rules for quad bikes in Qld appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New road rules for quad bikes in Qld

Piggery development attracts thousands of submissions from animal activists

The farmer behind a controversial piggery development proposal in south-west NSW wants to see the planning process updated to take social media campaigns into account. Source: ABC Livestock Piggery development attracts thousands of submissions from animal activists

Analysts forecasting farmer milk prices increase next season

Despite a stalling world market, Australian dairy farmers are being told that their milk price will improve next season. Source: ABC Livestock Analysts forecasting farmer milk prices increase next season