Month: April 2017

XE Market Analysis: UK Inflation Holds Steady

OVERVIEW Eurozone industrial output fell 0.3% in February, largely due a sharp drop of energy production.  Germany’s ZEW survey of economic sentiment surged to 19.5 in April, its highest level since August 2015. The British Retail Consortium reported that retail sales fell 1% annually in March and rose just 0.1% in Q1 compared to the… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 11 Apr 2017: Price boost in lead up to break

There was some big price gains recorded in the trade market as rain helped buoy demand over most categories. Price surges of another 11-18c were achieved. The post NVLX Wodonga 11 Apr 2017: Price boost in lead up to break appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 11 Apr 2017: Price… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 12 Apr 2017

In a drier week for Australia nationally rainfall was recorded in the coastal Top End in the Northern Territory; the Cape York Peninsula, the north tropical, central and southeastern coast, and southern Queensland; northern and eastern New South Wales; and in southeastern South Australia Victoria and Tasmania. Light falls were recorded about the far north… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Apr 11, 2017

EUR-USD ascended above 1.0600 following the forecast-smashing German ZEW confidence reading for March, which rose to 19.5 in the future expectations component, up from 12.8 in the month prior. A 0.3% m/m decline in Eurozone production can be downplayed as reflective of weather-related gyrations in the energy sector over the first quarter. EUR-USD clocked a… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Gardiner Ranch’s sale rises from the ashes

Last month, one of the world’s most influential Angus seedstock producers, Gardiner Ranch in the US, lost 500 cattle as fires razed 16,800ha of pasture on the family’s Kansas landholdings. Despite the challenges faced, the GAR operation managed within weeks to conduct its annual sale. What lessons are there for Australian bull breeders? The post… Read more »

Flooding causes postponement for Rocky low-stress stock handling clinic

Flooding and road damage in the Central Queensland area has caused the postponement of a low-stress stockmanship clinic near Rockhampton, originally planned to be held tomorrow, Wednesday 12 April. New dates have been set for May. The post Flooding causes postponement for Rocky low-stress stock handling clinic appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Considerations when performance recording in smaller seedstock herds

One of the most common questions asked by smaller seedstock breeders is “How big does my herd need to be to obtain effective results from Breedplan?” Here’s some useful answers to questions surrounding adoption of performance recording in a smaller herd. The post Considerations when performance recording in smaller seedstock herds appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Apr 11, 2017

The dollar is trading softer versus the yen and Australian dollar, and flat versus the euro and other currencies. The narrow USD index has ebbed back under 101.00 after yesterday logging a four-week peak at 101.22. USD-JPY has corrected bout two thirds of the run higher of the previous two sessions, settling today in the… Read more »

Woody the $9000 Kelpie tops the Wagga working dog auction

WOODY the Kelpie’s last-minute inclusion in the 2017 Wagga Yard Dog Club working dog auction turned out to be a nice $9000 afterthought for owner Mat Corby. The post Woody the $9000 Kelpie tops the Wagga working dog auction appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Woody the 00 Kelpie tops the Wagga… Read more »

Hundreds of chickens on death row rehomed using Facebook

When Julie O’Shea visited an organic farm in northern NSW, she only planned to walk away with 10 hens, but ended up rehoming nearly 400. Source: ABC Livestock Hundreds of chickens on death row rehomed using Facebook

End of an era, as AA Co veteran Henry Burke moves on

One of northern Australia’s most experienced and respected pastoral operations managers will transition to a new industry challenge next month. AA Co’s Henry Burke has stepped back from the company after 37 years, to take up a senior operations management position with CPC. The post End of an era, as AA Co veteran Henry Burke… Read more »

AuctionsPlus breaks monthly record

Record numbers of cattle are hitting the online market amid producers looking to sell off their cattle and an upward trending market. Source: ABC Beef Cattle AuctionsPlus breaks monthly record

Belinda the Black Angus heifer welcomes baby calf

A new herd of artificially inseminated calves are born on a northern stud bull property. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Belinda the Black Angus heifer welcomes baby calf

NSW DPI seeks comment on draft wild dog management strategy

PUBLIC comment on a draft strategy to reduce the impact of wild dogs in New South Wales is being sought by the state’s Department of Primary Industries. The post NSW DPI seeks comment on draft wild dog management strategy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW DPI seeks comment on draft wild… Read more »

Weekly kill: Slaughter tallies likely to remain low into May

Beef processors across eastern Australia continued to register modest slaughter tallies last week, as the accumulated effect of earlier rain disruptions and underlying shortage of slaughter cattle undermines production. Despite the sequence of short weeks coming up, some QLD grids rose 10c/kg yesterday. The post Weekly kill: Slaughter tallies likely to remain low into May… Read more »

Farmers devastated as million dollar crops washed away

Farmers in central Queensland are left shocked after extensive flooding in the region destroyed millions of dollars worth of crops. Source: ABC Grain Farmers devastated as million dollar crops washed away

US edges closer to export access to China

Weekend discussions between US president Donald Trump and China’s visiting president Xi Jinping have apparently increased prospects of US beef entering China some time soon. The post US edges closer to export access to China appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central US edges closer to export access to China

Vic producers demand pre-sale weighing, ACCC says evidence inconclusive

The VFF says producers have been been left dismayed by inaction on the pre-sale weighing issue, while the ACCC says its investigations showed no conclusive evidence in favour of pre-sale or post-sale weighing. The post Vic producers demand pre-sale weighing, ACCC says evidence inconclusive appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Vic producers… Read more »

AACo appoints executive director

The Australian Agricultural Company has announced the appointment of Dr Shehan Dissanayake to the position of Executive Director. The post AACo appoints executive director appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central AACo appoints executive director

Wagga sale 10 Apr 2017: Trade and export categories strengthen

The tight supplies for both domestic and export processors strengthened prices across trade and export categories, with some of the better finished lines showing a hefty price rise. The post Wagga sale 10 Apr 2017: Trade and export categories strengthen appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 10 Apr 2017: Trade… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Apr 10, 2017

The dollar lost ground in N.Y. trade on Monday, reversing some of Friday’s gains. There was no U.S. data to provide direction, while the risk backdrop was mixed, with Wall Street moving between gains and losses. EUR-USD opened near 1.0575, later making its way to 1.0606 highs. USD-JPY faded from 111.40 to touch 110.81 lows,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: French Election Trips Up Euro

OVERVIEW The Eurozone Sentix investor sentiment index exceed market forecasts rising to 23.9, its highest level since August 2007. Fed Vice Chair Dudley said rates could still rise while reducing the central bank’s $4.5 trillion balance sheet. According to Visa, British consumer spending had the slowest annual increase in more than three years in Q1…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Apr 10, 2017

The dollar edged out fresh highs against a range of currencies during. The narrow USD index log a one-month high of 101.22, which was the mirror of EUR-USD’s posting of a one-month low at 1.0570. A run lower in AUD-USD continued for an eighth consecutive session as the pair clocked a three-month low at 0.7476…. Read more »

Small farming community gets together to shear for a cure

A small community in the Western Australian wheatbelt finishes rebuilding a shearing shed just in time for an annual shear for breast cancer event. Source: ABC Livestock Small farming community gets together to shear for a cure

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Apr 10, 2017

The dollar has held up, though has tracked moderately lower into the London open after earlier carving out fresh highs against a range of currencies. The narrow USD index log a one-month high of 101.22, which was the mirror of EUR-USD’s posting of a one-month low at 1.0570. A run lower in AUD-USD continued for… Read more »

Singleton saleyards moves step closer to $6m upgrade

The Hunter Valley’s Singleton livestock selling complex has moved a step closer to its proposed $6 million upgrade, with the awarding of tenders for the construction phase last week. The post Singleton saleyards moves step closer to $6m upgrade appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Singleton saleyards moves step closer to m… Read more »

Gulf station brings home the bacon

Meet the cattle producer who butchers and brines her own bacon. Source: ABC Livestock Gulf station brings home the bacon

From beef to buffalo: On-farm meat house expands

Local demand prompts an on-farm meat house in the Northern Territory to start processing buffalo. Source: ABC Beef Cattle From beef to buffalo: On-farm meat house expands

Bright spots in tough cotton season as picking gains momentum

Picking of irrigated cotton crops in the key growing areas of eastern Australia is set to step into full swing after Easter, wrapping up a season that has had its challenges from high insect pressure to water shortfalls and heatwaves. The post Bright spots in tough cotton season as picking gains momentum appeared first on… Read more »

Former AWB boss hit with fine, disqualification

The Supreme Court of Victoria has ordered the former chairman of AWB Limited, Trevor Flugge, to pay a pecuniary penalty of $50,000 and be disqualified from managing corporations for a period of five years following the Court’s finding that he contravened s180(1) of the Corporations Act. The post Former AWB boss hit with fine, disqualification… Read more »

Why isn’t Indian buffalo meat bringing down Indonesian beef prices?

Eight months after Indonesia began importing low-priced frozen Indian buffalo meat, wet market prices have remained stubbornly high at Rp120,000-130,000 throughout. Why aren’t prices coming down? The post Why isn’t Indian buffalo meat bringing down Indonesian beef prices? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Why isn’t Indian buffalo meat bringing down Indonesian… Read more »

Sheep and lamb prices expected to strengthen and hit near-record levels

AUSTRALIA’S sheep and lamb markets are predicted to strengthen further with near record prices, as production and slaughter forecasts are revised lower for 2017, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Sheep and lamb prices expected to strengthen and hit near-record levels appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep and lamb… Read more »

Young QLD Merino breeder Felicity Brumpton has a good day

MITCHELL Merino stud breeder Felicity Brumpton has had a good day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. On the same day two rams from her Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merino Stud were sashed medium and fine wool reserve champions, AgForce announced she was the winner of the $5000 Gus McGown bursary. The post Young QLD Merino… Read more »

CQ buffel grass aggregation could make top dollar

An aggregation of three showcase Central Queensland buffel grass finishing properties owned by coal miner Peabody Energy will test the market for premium cattle country when offered by expressions of interest in coming weeks. The post CQ buffel grass aggregation could make top dollar appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CQ buffel… Read more »

Lorraine Station uses feedlot to drought-proof cattle

A cattle station in the Gulf of Carpentaria uses its farm and feedlot as a means of drought-proofing for the future. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Lorraine Station uses feedlot to drought-proof cattle

Strong demand for Merino ewes in AuctionsPlus sales last week

MERINO ewes were in strong demand online last week, as 50,492 sheep and lambs were offered on AuctionsPlus, 2879 more than the previous week. The post Strong demand for Merino ewes in AuctionsPlus sales last week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Strong demand for Merino ewes in AuctionsPlus sales last week

Populate or innovate — more Merino wool ‘acres’ might not be of benefit

Western District wool grower Andrew Farran gives his take on the issues of the historically low Merino flock, the implications of increasing wool production and how innovation has contributed to industry viability and might in the future. The post Populate or innovate — more Merino wool ‘acres’ might not be of benefit appeared first on… Read more »

FAWO launches inaugural Australian Wool Industry Medal

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry now has its own medal, anyone can win it and nominations are open. The Federation of Australian Wool Organisations Inc. has announced the launch of the Australian Wool Industry Medal to recognise men and women who have made an exceptional and sustained contribution to the industry. The post FAWO launches inaugural Australian… Read more »

Australia’s beef industry needs to get productive, and fast

A clear message from two recent developments for the Australian beef industry is that there is an urgent and continuing need to improve biosecurity, product safety and quality, and ultimately industry productivity. The post Australia’s beef industry needs to get productive, and fast appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia’s beef industry… Read more »

Webinar: Johne’s Disease and maintaining market access post June 2017

New rules on entry requirements mean big changes for Queensland in how JD is managed post June 2017. This free webinar will discuss the current situation and inform producers of what they need to do to maintain market access from July onwards. The post Webinar: Johne’s Disease and maintaining market access post June 2017 appeared… Read more »

International Economic Week in Review: The Global Productivity Slowdown Makes Headlines

     Christine Lagarde of the IMF gave a speech that discussed the global productivity slowdown.  She observed three main causes of this development: One is population aging in most advanced economies. Research suggests that worker skills tend to increase until a certain age and then to decline—with negative effects on innovation and productivity, although… Read more »

US Equity and Economic Review: Don't Worry About the Employment Report Just Yet

     This week, the Institute for Supply Management released their manufacturing and service sector indexes.  Both were generally positive and each contained bullish anecdotal comments.  While the service number declined a few points, it fell to a still very positive 55.2.  Production and new orders were also off a bit, but each is still high… Read more »

US Bond Market Week in Review: A Closer Look at the 10-Year, 3-Month Spread

     It is now clear that the Federal Reserve will be increasing interest rates this year.  Therefore, it seems appropriate to look at the yield curve, specifically the 10 year-3 month spread, to determine the impact of the Fed’s actions on the curve.      Let’s start with a long-term look at the 10 year (in… Read more »

Carbon abatement helping farmers but not doing much for emissions

As the money runs out for carbon abatement, landowners have been winners, but Australia will fall short of its emissions reduction target. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Carbon abatement helping farmers but not doing much for emissions

Carbon farming and the Emissions Reduction Fund

As the pot of money for carbon farming projects runs out, ABC Rural explains what the Emissions Reduction Fund actually is. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Carbon farming and the Emissions Reduction Fund

Weekly Indicators: bank lending indicators diverge sharply edition

March data started out with a miss on payrolls, but significant declines in both unemployment and underemployment. ISM manufacturing and services both decelerated but were both still very positive.  Motor vehicle sales declined significantly.  February data included an increase in factory orders and construction spending, while both wholesale sales and inventory increased. Source: XE… Read more »

Pocock the ram's rear wins over judges at Sydney Easter Show

Big bottoms are in fashion and at this year’s Sydney Easter Show young ram Pocock — named after rugby union player David Pocock — has taken out first prize thanks to his rotund rump. Source: ABC Livestock Pocock the ram’s rear wins over judges at Sydney Easter Show

PTIC heifers to $2320 in ‘sizeable’ AuctionsPlus offering

There was another solid offering of 11,832 cattle across all commercial sales on AuctionsPlus this week. Heifers less than two years of age dominated numbers in the PTIC category, where prices averaged $1749 and topped at $2230. The post PTIC heifers to $2320 in ‘sizeable’ AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Apr 07, 2017

The dollar dropped following the much weaker than expected U.S. jobs report, though quickly recovered through the remainder of the session. The overnight U.S. missile raid on Syria brought some safe haven dollar buying to bear into the weekend, which lifted the unit across the board. EUR-USD topped at 1.0665 after the jobs data, before… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Employment Up

OVERVIEW FX Markets are relatively calm despite global activity that includes US missile attacks on Syria and a suspected terrorist attack in Sweden.  German industrial output surged 2.2% in February as demand at home and abroad increased. Germany’s trade balance swelled to €21bn, as exports rose 0.8%. UK industrial and manufacturing production both declined unexpectedly… Read more »

TopX auctioneer wins ALPA national young auctioneer title

Queensland stock agent Lincoln McKinlay has won the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association National Young Auctioneers Competition at his second attempt. The post TopX auctioneer wins ALPA national young auctioneer title appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central TopX auctioneer wins ALPA national young auctioneer title

XE Market Analysis: North America – Apr 07, 2017

The USD index clocked a fresh three-week high at 100.70, which largely reflected a drop in EUR-USD to the 1.0630 area that tested yesterday’s three-week low at 1.0629, though so far no exceeding it, and a decline Cable following a sub-forecast set of data out of the UK. The dollar has also scraped out highs… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Apr 07, 2017

The yen rallied and then ebbed back to near neat unchanged levels in the wake of the U.S. strike in Syria. The dollar, meanwhile, has traded near flat against most currencies outside the case against the yen. USD-JPY retreated to a one-month low at 110.13 before recouped to near net unchanged levels above 110.50. The… Read more »

Hay production increase on central Australian pastoral property

A pastoral property north of Alice Springs is granted a 45-hectare expansion to grow more hay, as its crop is being trucked out at a rapid rate. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Hay production increase on central Australian pastoral property

Northern-most wheat farm beating the odds

The Penna family in Queensland pushes the boundaries by growing the northern-most crop of wheat in Australia. Source: ABC Grain Northern-most wheat farm beating the odds

Barkly stations talk animal welfare and pasture at beef forum

Middle management from stations across the Barkly descended on Helen Springs Station for a herd management forum, to learn about pasture, finance and animal welfare. Source: ABC Livestock Barkly stations talk animal welfare and pasture at beef forum

March beef exports show modest recovery, but still trending low

Australia’s March beef exports have mounted a modest recovery after a particularly slow start to the trading year, but remain well down in monthly comparisons against the previous few years. The post March beef exports show modest recovery, but still trending low appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central March beef exports show… Read more »

Strong result for Paraway Pastoral’s 2016 full year

Paraway Pastoral Company has posted a pre-tax profit for its financial year ended December 31 of $56.3 million, reflecting the current strong state of the cattle market and generally favourable seasonal conditions. The post Strong result for Paraway Pastoral’s 2016 full year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Strong result for Paraway… Read more »

Oats plantings on a roll throughout Australia

HIGH cattle prices and ideal sowing rains have fired up forage oat plantings in mixed farming regions across Australia, and milling oat growers are underway sowing what is expected to be a reduced crop due to low prices. The post Oats plantings on a roll throughout Australia appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

TopX auctioneer Lincoln McKinlay wins ALPA national award for QLD

QUEENSLAND stock agent Lincoln McKinlay has won the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association National Young Auctioneers Competition at his second attempt. The post TopX auctioneer Lincoln McKinlay wins ALPA national award for QLD appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central TopX auctioneer Lincoln McKinlay wins ALPA national award for QLD

McTaggart family to sell Bidgemia Station

After 70 years of ownership, the McTaggart family is looking to sell Bidgemia Station in Western Australia. Source: ABC Beef Cattle McTaggart family to sell Bidgemia Station

Top End abattoir applies to access Chinese beef market

The Livingstone Beef abattoir says it hopes to soon sell meat to China, capitalising on increased market access. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Top End abattoir applies to access Chinese beef market

Cows and calves stolen from SE Qld property

Queensland Police are appealing for public assistance in locating six cows and six calves/weaners stolen from a property at Moorang near Rosevale, between Toowoomba and Brisbane. The post Cows and calves stolen from SE Qld property appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cows and calves stolen from SE Qld property

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Apr 06, 2017

FX trade was quiet in N.Y. on Thursday, as the market remained sidelined ahead of Friday’s key U.S. jobs report. Major dollar pairings were stick inside of familiar ranges, with the greenback posting marginal gains overall. Lower jobless claims had little impact, though between those and the higher ADP jobs report earlier in the week,… Read more »

New oilseed crop produces mustard seeds without mustard flavour

The University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to harsh growing conditions and diseases than oilseed rape or canola. The post New oilseed crop produces mustard seeds without mustard flavour appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New oilseed… Read more »

Recruitment: Internships support next generation of livestock consultants

Nine young people throughout Australia are on their way to becoming the red meat industry’s next generation of livestock consultants, two years after starting as interns in the inaugural Future Livestock Consulting Internship program, designed to ensure the continuation of new consultants to the industry through a structured program that underpins the cost of livestock… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Czech Crown Jumps as Central Bank Ends Cap

OVERVIEW The minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting revealed that most members think they should take steps to begin trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet later this year. Mario Draghi strengthened the ECB’s message that their current monetary stimulus is still appropriate despite improving economic data, saying there is “scant” evidence of higher underlying… Read more »

Dubbo sale 6 Apr 2017: Numbers lift in solid to dearer market

Overall though it was a plainer quality yarding with a large influence of far western cattle throughout the yarding. Not all the regular buyers were in attendance with the absence of a northern feeder operator. The post Dubbo sale 6 Apr 2017: Numbers lift in solid to dearer market appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

New southern WA sheep and beef research co-ordinator needed

WESTERN Australia’s southern sheep meat and grass-fed beef sector needs a new co-ordinator for its research, development and adoption activities. The post New southern WA sheep and beef research co-ordinator needed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New southern WA sheep and beef research co-ordinator needed

XE Market Analysis: North America – Apr 06, 2017

The dollar majors stuck to narrow ranges as risk events and key data loom. EUR-USD has settled back above 1.0650 after a brief dive-and-rebound action in the early London AM session, which left a three-week low at 1.0629. Markets are lacking positioning staying power ahead of the Trump-Xi meeting and into tomorrow’s U.S. jobs report,… Read more »

New products: Innovative helmet design suits bush ATV, bike riders

The new Shark ATV X16 helmet has been specifically designed to overcome many customer criticisms around ease of use, ventilation and hearing disruption caused by conventional helmets, and aims to foster positive attitudes toward helmet use by ATV and SSV riders/drivers. The post New products: Innovative helmet design suits bush ATV, bike riders appeared first… Read more »

To frack or not to frack: The debate dividing the Top End

Last year controversial drilling tests were carried out in the NT to see if fracking was viable and but the big environmental questions are still being asked and the issue continues to polarise people. Source: ABC Livestock To frack or not to frack: The debate dividing the Top End

Be careful of additional regulatory burden, processors warn

The red meat supply chain must be careful not to add additional regulatory burden in responding to recommendations raised in the ACCC’s Cattle and Beef Market Study, red meat processors said this week. The post Be careful of additional regulatory burden, processors warn appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Be careful of… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Brazil episode flags that all meat plants must be squeaky clean

There’s some big lessors to be learned by red meat supply chains everywhere, in the washout from Brazil’s unfortunate meat inspection crisis, writes Beef Central’s US commentator, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: Brazil episode flags that all meat plants must be squeaky clean appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts:… Read more »

First framework for beef sustainability released

The first Australian Beef Sustainability Framework – a guide for the industry to use when monitoring, measuring and reporting sustainability – has been released by the Red Meat Advisory Council today. The post First framework for beef sustainability released appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central First framework for beef sustainability released

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Apr 05, 2017

An outsized ADP jobs report took the dollar, stocks and yields higher early in the session, and the greenback largely maintained altitude into the close. EUR-USD fell from 1.0686 highs, as USD-JPY rallied from lows near 110.80. Later, the dollar rallied, then fell, the rallied again following the FOMC minutes. EUR-USD slipped to session lows… Read more »

OMG it's a slight pullback! We're DOOOMED!!!

After several months of utter silence, the Doomers are back!  What was remarkable is that they literally couldn’t find anything since the beginning of the year to hang their hats on. But OMG March was slightly weaker than February, so that must mean that the long hoped for, er, dreaded, economic crash is imminent. Sigh. … Read more »

Call for future Nuffield scholars to step forward

The call is out for the next wave of dynamic, young primary producers who want to join the world’s pre-eminent agricultural study program and become 2018 Nuffield Scholars. The post Call for future Nuffield scholars to step forward appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Call for future Nuffield scholars to step forward

MLA seeking applications for WA Livestock Research Council coordinator role

Meat & Livestock Australia is calling for applications for the position of Coordinator of the Western Australian Livestock Research Council (WALRC). The post MLA seeking applications for WA Livestock Research Council coordinator role appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA seeking applications for WA Livestock Research Council coordinator role

XE Market Analysis: Markets Quiet Ahead of Fed Minutes

OVERVIEW Private employers added more jobs than expected again last month, with ADP reporting an increase of 263,000 payrolls.    The UK service sector provided a welcome surprise to the upside as the PMI rose to 55.0 in March from 53.3 in February, beating market forecasts of 53.5. Bank of England member, Gertjan Vlieghe, said… Read more »

Brazil lifts export bans on three meat plants, but will international media report it?

Brazilian authorities yesterday lifted suspensions on three meat processing facilities at the centre of the country’s recent meat inspection crisis, after an audit found no irregularities in their activities. The post Brazil lifts export bans on three meat plants, but will international media report it? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Brazil… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Apr 05, 2017

The dollar traded net steady for the most part, with EUR-USD near net unchanged at 1.0668 bid and likewise for USD-JPY at 110.90 bid heading into the New York interbank open. The dollar lost ground to the pound, which rallied on an unexpected rise in UK services PMI data, while AUD-USD picked up amid a… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: WA’s Pilbara Gascoyne comes into investor focus

This week completes our two-part Western Australia grazing property scrutiny, with a closer look at the state’s Pilbara and Gascoyne regions. Both present their own challenges, and opportunities for investors. The post Weekly Property Review: WA’s Pilbara Gascoyne comes into investor focus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly Property Review: WA’s… Read more »

Crowdfunder signs-off on world-first ag land acquisition deal

The crowdfunder which made headlines last year when it tried to mount a bid to buy S.Kidman & Co during the pastoral giant’s torturous path to sale has made its first grazing property purchase – albeit on a much more modest scale. The post Crowdfunder signs-off on world-first ag land acquisition deal appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Apr 05, 2017

The dollar and yen are trading softer versus other currencies today, while USD-JPY itself has drifted lower in Tokyo before finding a footing at 110.53, leaving yesterday’s 8-day low at 110.27 unchallenged. This puts a break on a run of three consecutive down sessions, though risk sentiment remains fragile, suggesting rebound potential is limited. North… Read more »

Australian Lamb Company pitches first winter export forward contract prices

LAMB exporter Australian Lamb Company has released a winter forward contract of up to 660c/kg cwt for 18-32kg crossbred and Dorper lambs, delivered from May to July, with lower discounts on heavier lambs. The post Australian Lamb Company pitches first winter export forward contract prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian… Read more »

Kiwis crack world record wheat crop

New Zealand farmers Eric and Maxine Watson have entered the renowned book of Guinness World Records after producing the world’s highest yielding crop of wheat on their 490-hectare farm near Ashburton. The post Kiwis crack world record wheat crop appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Kiwis crack world record wheat crop

Sheep meat prices second only to beef, but demand set to grow

SHEEP meat prices are second only to beef for consumers, but demand from developing countries is expected to continue to drive demand up, a new Meat & Livestock Australia report indicates. The post Sheep meat prices second only to beef, but demand set to grow appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep… Read more »

Dow DuPont merger conditions open door to new R&D player

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont, subject to conditions which include DuPont’s divestment of its global R&D division and some of its herbicides. The post Dow DuPont merger conditions open door to new R&D player appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Dow DuPont… Read more »

Virtual Reality put to use in live export trade

Anyone who walked by the LiveCorp trade booth at the NTCA conference last Friday would have noticed conference delegates sitting on stools and staring into enclosed headsets, and moving a little like astronauts as they were transported into an immersive visual environment. The post Virtual Reality put to use in live export trade appeared first… Read more »

Tri-Solfen creators sign $18m deal to tap $350m-plus livestock pain relief market

GLOBAL registration of the Australian pain relief and wound treatment product Tri-Solfen will be fast-tracked after the signing of an A$18 million share capital and licensing deal with English company Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC. The post Tri-Solfen creators sign $18m deal to tap $350m-plus livestock pain relief market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Managing generational change key focus for 2017 PPP award winner

How multi-generational family farming businesses adapt to change will be one of the key areas of interest for a progressive young NZ farmer, as he embarks on a unique interactive study opportunity as the 2017 PPP Zanda McDonald award winner. The post Managing generational change key focus for 2017 PPP award winner appeared first on… Read more »