Month: May 2017

What does it mean to be FeedSafe accredited?

Riverina (Australia) Pty Ltd  are proud members of the Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia (SFMCA). This membership has at its’ heart a Quality Assurance Program called FeedSafe®. All full members of the SFMCA are required to comply with this stringent program which has a focus on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). FeedSafe® requires members to… Read more »

Not quite a Kelpie, drones help farmers muster in rugged terrain

Mustering merinos in a 4,000 hectare paddock is not usually a one-person job, but add a drone to the mix and it is the new norm for Balranald famer Cameron Nield. Source: ABC Livestock Not quite a Kelpie, drones help farmers muster in rugged terrain

Glencore confirms 'informal' approach to grain trader Bunge

With a major restructure of its agricultural unit complete, commodities giant Glencore looking to reinvest in the sector. Source: ABC Grain Glencore confirms ‘informal’ approach to grain trader Bunge

Vet surgery uses humidicrib for cats and dogs

A North Queensland veterinary practice repurposes a humidicrib, originally designed for human use, for its cat and dog patients. Source: ABC Livestock Vet surgery uses humidicrib for cats and dogs

Restaurant busted telling porkies over free-range menu item

A Queensland pig farmer busts a Brisbane restaurant claiming to be selling her free-range, ethically raised pork, when it was not. Source: ABC Livestock Restaurant busted telling porkies over free-range menu item

Veteran cattle buyer reflects on changes in feeder landscape

In this comment piece, veteran cattle buyer Richard Eldershaw reflects on the changing nature of the feeder cattle market over the past quarter century… The post Veteran cattle buyer reflects on changes in feeder landscape appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Veteran cattle buyer reflects on changes in feeder landscape

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 May 2017

A low pressure system brought falls of 25 mm to a band of inland stretching from western Queensland to Victoria and South Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 May 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 May 2017

Total grazing pressure in Australia’s rangelands is new research focus

AN investment plan to benefit sheep, goat and cattle production across Australia’s rangelands will be developed in a project supported by Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Total grazing pressure in Australia’s rangelands is new research focus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Total grazing pressure in Australia’s rangelands is new research… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 23, 2017

The dollar was mostly higher in N.Y. trade on Tuesday, taking the DXY off its 6-month lows of 96.80 seen on Monday, to a high of 97.35. The greenback turned a bit softer after weak U.S. new home sales, though recovered broadly into the London close. EUR-USD came from 1.1249 highs to a low of… Read more »

Roma store 23 May 2017: Quality boosts market

Supply and demand had its way with all buyers present feeling the pinch as prices were driven higher by quality. The post Roma store 23 May 2017: Quality boosts market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 23 May 2017: Quality boosts market

XE Market Analysis: Shocks Remain After Horrific Attack in Manchester

OVERVIEW  Markets were shocked by the suicide attack in Manchester where lots of children were enjoying an Ariana Grande concert. Sterling trades toward the bottom end of its 1.15 range against the Euro. The Euro remains as the favored currency backed up by robust economic data. The US Dollar continues to trade under pressure as… Read more »

Livestock financier makes senior management appointments

Leading Australian and New Zealand livestock finance provider, StockCo, has made two senior appointments this week, adding to its Australian executive team. The post Livestock financier makes senior management appointments appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livestock financier makes senior management appointments

NVLX Wodonga sale 24 May 2017: Prices up in bigger yarding

Best presented young slaughter cattle generally sold significantly dearer, while plainer conditioned stock saw rates spike depending on the breed and level of feedlot demand. The post NVLX Wodonga sale 24 May 2017: Prices up in bigger yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga sale 24 May 2017: Prices up… Read more »

Project targets rangelands grazing pressure management

The demand for forage by grazing animals across more than 1.9 million sq km of Australian rangelands will be the focus of a new project to assess total grazing pressure management and determine associated research, development and adoption needs. The post Project targets rangelands grazing pressure management appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – May 23, 2017

The dollar remained on softening tack, posting, for instance, a fresh six-month low versus the euro and one-month lows versus the Canadian dollar. USD-JPY remained relatively steady, chopping around 111.00. EUR-USD’s trend peak is at 1.1268. A slew of data releases out of the Eurozone today included strong May German Ifo business conditions survey and… Read more »

Farm Management Deposits set to smash records: NAB

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is predicting Farm Management Deposits (FMDs) will smash the record set last year, as producers better manage their finances in good years to prepare for the more challenging ones. The post Farm Management Deposits set to smash records: NAB appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Farm Management… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – May 23, 2017

The dollar majors have been in consolidation mode so far today. USD-JPY has settled to an oscillation around the 111.00 level, lower on the day, concomitantly with a mostly-bearish session across Asian stock markets today. A three-session low was logged at 110.86. EUR-JPY and other yen crosses saw a similar price action. EUR-USD has drifted… Read more »

Building producer education and trust next big challenge in move to VBM

Building producer trust in value-based marketing systems, including elements like lean meat yield and offal value, is the next big challenge faced by processor Teys Australia as it moves along a pathway towards VBM adoption. The post Building producer education and trust next big challenge in move to VBM appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Dairy farmers hold bobby calves for better prices

High beef prices are driving dairy farmers to hold onto their bobby calves and fatten them up. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Dairy farmers hold bobby calves for better prices

More SA saleyard inspections to lift sheep and goat movement compliance

IMPROVEMENT is needed in key areas of sheep and goat identification and movement compliance in South Australia, Biosecurity SA said today. The post More SA saleyard inspections to lift sheep and goat movement compliance appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central More SA saleyard inspections to lift sheep and goat movement compliance

Locust threat eases in Western Australia

Locust activity across Western Australia’s cropping regions seems to be diminishing as cooler weather sets in, although they still pose a background threat to young, green, emerging winter crops in some pockets. The post Locust threat eases in Western Australia appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Locust threat eases in Western Australia

Weekly kill: Mild start to winter holds some cattle back

Unusually mild weather for late May is bearing some influence over slaughter cattle flows across eastern Australia at present. The post Weekly kill: Mild start to winter holds some cattle back appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Mild start to winter holds some cattle back

ARTC eyes 2020 start to Inland Rail Toowoomba tunnel

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is eyeing a start date of 2020 for the tunnel through the Great Dividing Range which will be a crucial piece of infrastructure for the Inland Rail project. The post ARTC eyes 2020 start to Inland Rail Toowoomba tunnel appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ARTC… Read more »

Northern NSW sheep losses prompt call for quick action

NEW South Wales sheep producers have been urged to more quickly investigate cases of poor growth and condition in their flocks after a spate of deaths across the northern tablelands region. The post Northern NSW sheep losses prompt call for quick action appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Northern NSW sheep losses… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 22, 2017

FX trade was fairly quiet in N.Y. to start the week, though the dollar overall remained under pressure. There was no U.S. data to move markets, though Wall Street managed decent gains, while yields were marginally higher. EUR-USD opened near 1.1230, later topping at 1.1263 before succumbing to minor profit taking. USD-JPY topped at 111.40… Read more »

Farm Management Deposits set to smash records: NAB

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is predicting Farm Management Deposits (FMDs) will smash the record set last year, as producers better manage their finances in good years to prepare for the more challenging ones. The post Farm Management Deposits set to smash records: NAB appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Farm Management… Read more »

Wagga sale 22 May 2017: Rain inspires restocker competition

Recent rain inspired restockers and feedlots who had the greatest influence over most categories. Weaner steers back to the paddock sold 6-22c/kg dearer. Steers weighing 330-400kg benefited from the strongest demand with store buyers who payed from 332-392c to average $1358. The post Wagga sale 22 May 2017: Rain inspires restocker competition appeared first on… Read more »

WA cattle owners reminded of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) deadline

Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Food is reminding WA cattle owners that the transitional arrangements for the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) will end on 30 June 2017. The post WA cattle owners reminded of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) deadline appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA cattle owners reminded… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – May 22, 2017

The euro picked up demand after a bout of weakness in the early London session. EUR-USD rallied to a fresh six-month high of 1.1235, over 80 pips up on the intraday low. EUR-JPY, EUR-GBP and other euro crosses also rose, while the narrow USD index, which has a close inverse correlation with EUR-USD, ebbed to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – May 22, 2017

The dollar has lifted moderately against most currencies in early-week trading following its biggest weekly loss in 13 months. The narrow USD index is showing a 0.2% gain, at 97.17, up from Friday’s six-month low at 96.97. EUR-USD has ebbed back under the 1.1200 level, down from Friday’s six-month peak at 1.1211. USD-JPY lifted moderately… Read more »

Braford’s Stud Cattle Win in Warialda Show 2017

Last weekend on 13 May, the Braford Society, for whom we are major sponsors, featured their stud cattle at this year’s Warialda Show, a major annual event where the best studs of the region are showcased. The Bennett family from Little Valley Brafords are our loyal customers, and they had a big day at the… Read more »

Rainfall shortfall stalls Qld winter crop program

The heavy rains forecast for Queensland’s cropping zones last Friday and Saturday failed to live up to expectations with recordings barely enough to make a difference to emerging crops in Central Queensland (CQ) or kick start sowing in earnest on the Darling Downs. The post Rainfall shortfall stalls Qld winter crop program appeared first on… Read more »

Gas-impacted groundwater plan set to stifle future feedlot growth

As a premier grain and cattle growing region with access to groundwater from the Great Artesian basin below, it is easy to see how an area of inland Queensland has developed to become the epicentre of Australia’s lot feeding industry. However, it is hard to see how the economically important industry can expand much further… Read more »

AWI’s mother-in-law approach on animal rights’ wool criticism ‘accepted’

A ‘MOTHER-IN-LAW’ approach by Australian Wool Innovation to not fight animal right activist criticism of the wool industry has received qualified acceptance from international risk communication specialist Peter Sandman. The post AWI’s mother-in-law approach on animal rights’ wool criticism ‘accepted’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI’s mother-in-law approach on animal rights’… Read more »

MLA pursues DEXA roll-out with $10 million red meat processor project

MEAT & Livestock Australia is going ahead with its campaign to install objective measurement systems across the red meat processing sector, despite an industry review of the initiative. MLA today said it will invest up to $10 million to co-fund the installation of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry or DEXA objective measurement systems in sheep meat… Read more »

On-farm storage on shopping lists after record harvest

Increased marketing options and last year’s record yields across the Australian grainbelt have prompted an upswing in grower orders for on-farm storage units and systems. The post On-farm storage on shopping lists after record harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central On-farm storage on shopping lists after record harvest

Ag start-ups crying out for investment boost

There is an urgent need to build capacity and ‘deal flow’ if innovative start-up businesses in the Australian agricultural sector are to have any chance of becoming successful companies, according to SproutX and Agri Innovation general manager at Findex, Sam Trethewey. The post Ag start-ups crying out for investment boost appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Qld plan must give feedlots better access to groundwater: ALFA

The Australian Lot Feeders Association, the peak Industry council representing Australian lot feeders, says access to safe, reliable and sufficient groundwater is crucial for future investment in the Queensland feedlot sector. The post Qld plan must give feedlots better access to groundwater: ALFA appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Qld plan must… Read more »

Can benchmarking your prime lamb production achieve what is possible?

TOP prime lamb producers in a leading Australian benchmarking dataset achieved a $25/dry sheep equivalent profit last financial year, more than double the return of other participants. But opinions differ on what this means to other sheep producers and how they should rank the importance of benchmarking. The post Can benchmarking your prime lamb production… Read more »

MLA approves $10m for DEXA installations

MLA will invest up to $10 million to co-fund the installation of DEXA objective measurement systems in red meat processing plants following multiple requests to accelerate the adoption of the technology. The post MLA approves $10m for DEXA installations appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA approves m for DEXA installations

Buffalo used instead of cattle in Top End campdraft

The Northern Territory’s, and possibly Australia’s, first buffalo campdraft was held in Mataranka over the weekend. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Buffalo used instead of cattle in Top End campdraft

Sheep and goat producers get almost $690,000 for electronic ID equipment

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers have been allocated almost $690,000 of the $750,000 allocated to them for electronic identification software and equipment grants. The post Sheep and goat producers get almost $690,000 for electronic ID equipment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep and goat producers get almost 0,000 for electronic ID… Read more »

First cross ewes with lambs to $351.50 and Merino ewes $244 online

SCANNED in-lamb ewes and ewe-lamb units topped the AuctionsPlus listings online last week – with first cross ewes with lambs selling for up to $351.50, first cross ewes selling to $324 and Merino ewes making $244. The post First cross ewes with lambs to $351.50 and Merino ewes $244 online appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Indigenous cattle company has big plans for the Kimberley

One of the newest players in northern Australia’s cattle industry is working on a number of promising initiatives. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Indigenous cattle company has big plans for the Kimberley

Red meat and livestock quality assurance now under one roof at MLA

AUSTRALIA’S livestock and red meat quality assurance programs are to be rolled into a single streamlined management structure. The post Red meat and livestock quality assurance now under one roof at MLA appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Red meat and livestock quality assurance now under one roof at MLA

Ag start-ups crying out for investment boost

There is an urgent need to build capacity and ‘deal flow’ if innovative start-up businesses in the Australian agricultural sector are to have any chance of becoming successful companies, according to SproutX and Agri Innovation general manager at Findex, Sam Trethewey. The post Ag start-ups crying out for investment boost appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Svalbard seed vault safe from meltdown threat

Water from melting permafrost has entered the Svalbard seed vault – the facility in the Arctic that holds the world’s largest and most diverse seed collection – but there has been no damage to seeds, including the 11,000 Australian seed packets stored there. The post Svalbard seed vault safe from meltdown threat appeared first on… Read more »

International Economic Week in Review: 2017 is Looking to be a Good Year

     In the last 6-9 months, international data has turned more bullish.  Not only has the overall strength of numbers increased, but economies have better absorbed adverse shocks.  Recent increases in the Markit Economics sentiment indicators along with consistent GDP growth all point to a growing EU.  Just as importantly, the region has absorbed… Read more »

US Equity and Economic Review: A Moderately Growing Economy and an Expensive Market

     The US leading indicators rose .3% with 8/10 indicators contributing to the increase.  More importantly, the rolling 6-month rate of change continues to increase (bottom table in red): All 4 components of the coincident indicator index rose, meaning this indicator points towards moderate but consistent growth (above table in green).  The release concluded: … Read more »

US Bond Market Week in Review: Who Are the Hawks and Doves, Part 1?

     There are nine voting members on the Fed.  The next two columns will be devoted to ascertaining each voting members position on rate hikes.          Fed Chair Yellen is now in the rate increase camp: Source: XE news feed US Bond Market Week in Review: Who Are the Hawks and Doves, Part… Read more »

Big NT listings help maintain high AuctionsPlus throughput

Almost 1600 Heytesbury Pastoral Co Brahman steers and heifers cattle listed on AuctionsPlus on Friday provided some valuable guidance about price trends for live export cattle in the north. The post Big NT listings help maintain high AuctionsPlus throughput appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Big NT listings help maintain high AuctionsPlus… Read more »

Chinese ag investors need social license to operate in Australia, says report

Chinese investors in Australian agriculture and agribusiness need to obtain a “social licence” to operate in the market if their investments are to succeed, a new report suggests. The post Chinese ag investors need social license to operate in Australia, says report appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Chinese ag investors need… Read more »

Weekly Indicators: the yield curve tightens edition

April data included an increase in the index of Leading Indicators, despite the fact that both housing permits and starts declined.  Industrial production and capacity utilization both increased strongly.   Source: XE news feed Weekly Indicators: the yield curve tightens edition

Aussies come out on top in international butchery challenge in NZ

Australia’s national retail butchery team has won a tough international challenge against a crack New Zealand team in an important lead-up to next year’s World Butchers’ Challenge being held in Ireland. The post Aussies come out on top in international butchery challenge in NZ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aussies come… Read more »

Space Cows: Managing stock and pasture from space

The Northern Australian properties adopting precision farming to manage stock and pasture. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Space Cows: Managing stock and pasture from space

Aussie farmers monitoring cows from space

Imagine being able control cattle yards and keep an eye on your farm from space. It sounds like science fiction, but that’s exactly what’s happening on a handful of cattle stations in Australia’s north. Source: ABC Livestock Aussie farmers monitoring cows from space

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 19, 2017

The dollar was mostly lower in N.Y. trade on Friday, leaving the DXY at six month lows of 97.09. EUR-USD led the charge, as it topped 1.1210. USD-JPY was supported by risk-on conditions, though struggled over the 111.50 mark, which represents the 50-day moving average. Cable rallied to 1.3040 highs, though was unable to take… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar on Track for the Worst Week In 10 Months

OVERVIEW Markets have turned more positive as we head towards the weekend although the US Dollar remains under pressure. Canadian inflation was steady last month with CPI rising 1.6% year-on-year, just below forecasts of 1.7%. Canadian retail sales beat expectations rising 0.7% in March driven by strong sales of new cars. The British Pound’s slide… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – May 19, 2017

The dollar has given back nearly all of yesterday’s gain, with the narrow USD index presently showing a 0.4% decline at 97.35, down from the high seen during the New York PM session at 97.97. Yesterday’s low is at 97.28, which is the lowest level seen since the U.S. presidential election last November. EUR-USD has… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – May 19, 2017

The dollar has ebbed back some in Asian trade today after rallying after the London close yesterday amid reports, cited by the Zerohedge website, of a May 3 video of FBI’s Comey suggesting there was no obstruction of justice from the Trump administration. The narrow USD index spiked over 0.5% on the news, to a… Read more »

400M conference: What’s next in Ag Tech?

What’s coming next in ag tech? A wealth of insights were shared at Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre yesterday where ag tech innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and regulators from around Australia gathered for the second annual 400M Ag Tech conference organised by Food Leaders Australia. The post 400M conference: What’s next in Ag Tech? appeared first… Read more »

400M conference: Innovation generation unveils cropping solutions of the future

Visionary entrepreneurs with ideas for developing and commercialising innovative agricultural technology projects ‘pitched’ their ideas to the AgTech Investment Conference in Toowoomba, Qld, yesterday. The post 400M conference: Innovation generation unveils cropping solutions of the future appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central 400M conference: Innovation generation unveils cropping solutions of the future

Plant-based burgers could take a bigger bite from beef than you think

Plant-based beef burgers could be about to have a much bigger impact on global beef consumption than many may realise, the 400M Ag Tech Investment conference in Toowoomba was told yesterday. The post Plant-based burgers could take a bigger bite from beef than you think appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Plant-based… Read more »

Farmers' friend: Miners turn to agriculture in the Hunter Valley

Two industries that have often found themselves at loggerheads are now finding ways to work together to get the most out of the land and turn a profit. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers’ friend: Miners turn to agriculture in the Hunter Valley

Plant-based burgers – challenge for beef, opportunity for wheat?

Plant-based beef burgers could be about to have a much bigger impact on global beef consumption than many may realise, the 400M Ag Tech Investment conference in Toowoomba was told yesterday. The post Plant-based burgers – challenge for beef, opportunity for wheat? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Plant-based burgers – challenge… Read more »

Mothers-in-law, profitability and wool’s social license AWI-style

ANIMAL rights activists have been likened to mothers-in-laws and profitability lauded as an important plank in the wool industry’s social license defence, during a Victorian farm tour last weekend. The post Mothers-in-law, profitability and wool’s social license AWI-style appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Mothers-in-law, profitability and wool’s social license AWI-style

Wool quality and preparation are still superfine essentials

WOOL quality and preparation will continue to be essential to the viability of superfine wool growers, according to former industry leader Kevin Dunn. The post Wool quality and preparation are still superfine essentials appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool quality and preparation are still superfine essentials

Red Centre cattle sale marks first of year in the NT

More than 3,800 head of cattle came to the Alice Springs Bohning Yards in Central Australia, attracting east coast and southern buyers hoping to get their hands on Red Centre beef. Source: ABC Livestock Red Centre cattle sale marks first of year in the NT

AGT’s plan to expand through purchase of InterGrain falls through

Negotiations between Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) and West Australian company InterGrain have fallen through and put an end to AGT’s plans to expand through the acquisition of one of its wheat and barley-breeding rivals. The post AGT’s plan to expand through purchase of InterGrain falls through appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Saleyard prices surge as Coles releases July forward lamb contract

COLES supermarket has released a forward contract of 690c/kg for 18-26kg lambs for July, as saleyard prices surged by up to $20 for the limited trade lamb supplies available mid-week. The post Saleyard prices surge as Coles releases July forward lamb contract appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Saleyard prices surge as… Read more »

Integrity Systems Company launched to oversee all red meat integrity systems

Meat & Livestock Australia says Australia’s world leading red meat and livestock quality assurance programs will be strengthened by move to a single management structure, via the newly created Integrity Systems Company. The post Integrity Systems Company launched to oversee all red meat integrity systems appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Integrity… Read more »

Auction wool prices are a tale of three markets this week

MERINO wool auction price trends varied across Australia this week; falling in Melbourne, while rising in Fremantle and holding relatively firm in Sydney. The post Auction wool prices are a tale of three markets this week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Auction wool prices are a tale of three markets this… Read more »

Selling the sizzle key to butchers’ future, says Perth’s Apprentice of the Year

Twenty year old Chris Lukaitis, the Australian Meat Industry Council’s 2017 apprentice of the year, suggests ‘selling the sizzle’ is the key to success for independent butchers in an increasingly competitive retail marketplace. The post Selling the sizzle key to butchers’ future, says Perth’s Apprentice of the Year appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Recruitment: Five steps to leading a great team

When you’re yearning for growth, increased profits or even just consistency in your business, how do you find and build a team that is just as enthusiastic as you, and more to the point, how do you keep them? The post Recruitment: Five steps to leading a great team appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

NSW farmers welcome $200,000 in Q Fever awareness funding

NSW Farmers has welcomed a NSW Government commitment of $200,000 for a Q fever awareness campaign, as well as better training for doctors to test for and vaccinate against Q fever. The post NSW farmers welcome $200,000 in Q Fever awareness funding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW farmers welcome 0,000… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 18, 2017

The dollar had been fairly steady through the N.Y. morning session, finding its feet to a degree. After the London close, however, the greenback rallied broadly, the move apparently prompted by a circulated Comey video, which seemed to let president Trump off the hook with regards to the Russia story, saying he was never pressured… Read more »

AgForce to begin search for new CEO as Charles Burke steps down

Charles Burke has announced he will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of AgForce in August after almost five years at the helm of the Queensland’s peak livestock and broadacre farming representative organisation. The post AgForce to begin search for new CEO as Charles Burke steps down appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Pound Jumps to an 8-Month High

OVERVIEW Risk aversion remains the main theme in markets which have reacted negatively to news of a special counsel investigation on Russian interference in the US presidential election. European stock markets are down around 1% after US stock markets suffered their biggest daily declines since Donald Trump’s victory.  The number of Americans receiving unemployment aid… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – May 18, 2017

The yen continued to rally as the risk-off theme continued, while the dollar saw fresh lows against a range of currencies, though managed to subsequently lift somewhat against some. The pound, along with the Japanese currency, was another outperformer, led by a spike in Cable above recent trend highs and the 1.3000 level following strong… Read more »

Off-grid power generation options to be explained at Hamilton forum

FARMERS will get tips on off-grid energy production at a unique forum in Hamilton, Victoria, next week. Speakers with specialist knowledge of the Australian energy market and the economics of renewable energy system options will feature at the forum on May 25. The post Off-grid power generation options to be explained at Hamilton forum appeared… Read more »

Adelaide summit to tackle drug and alcohol issue in wool industry

AUSTRALIA’S shearing industry does not know the extent of drug and alcohol use in wool sheds. But there have been enough anecdotal reports for Shearing Contractors Association of Australia secretary Jason Letchford and other industry leaders to appreciate there is a problem. The post Adelaide summit to tackle drug and alcohol issue in wool industry… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – May 18, 2017

The dollar steadied after posting fresh lows as the “Trump trade” unwind continued after the New York close. The main equity indicies in Asia fell, taking their cur from Wall Street amid concerns that the Trump growth agenda is in jeopardy. USD-JPY losses extended for a second day. A three-week low was made at 110.52… Read more »

May rain crucial for WA Wheatbelt

Farmers in the northern Wheatbelt of Western Australia are waiting for rain, and say the next few weeks are critical. Source: ABC Grain May rain crucial for WA Wheatbelt

Wellard plans further sheep shipments after 10,000 lambs go to Oman

WESTERN Australian exporter Wellard Ltd has re-established live sheep exports to the Gulf Region of the Middle East after a hiatus of almost two years. The post Wellard plans further sheep shipments after 10,000 lambs go to Oman appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wellard plans further sheep shipments after 10,000 lambs… Read more »

Rain front set to ‘ice the cake’ for NSW winter crop sowing

A RAIN band moving across NSW over the next few days will be a timely boost for this year’s winter cropping program that has already seen many areas finished sowing and only a few yet to get going. The post Rain front set to ‘ice the cake’ for NSW winter crop sowing appeared first on… Read more »

Farmer investment intentions at record levels: CommBank

Investment intentions among Australian farmers are at record levels, according to results released this week by the Commonwealth Bank from its biannual Agri Insights survey. The post Farmer investment intentions at record levels: CommBank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Farmer investment intentions at record levels: CommBank

North-west Queensland grazier has best season in 20 years

A north-west Queensland grazier says his property is looking the best it has in 20 years as he prepares for this year’s mustering season. Source: ABC Beef Cattle North-west Queensland grazier has best season in 20 years

China’s live export infrastructure development in overdrive

Infrastructure development is happening at breakneck pace in China, as the country readies itself for an anticipated start to commercially-significant volumes of live cattle exports out of Australia. The post China’s live export infrastructure development in overdrive appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central China’s live export infrastructure development in overdrive

Why do some graziers want to retain, not kill, dingoes?

Many pastoral areas require land managers to take “all reasonable and practical steps” to manage the risk of dingoes, which are classed as pest animals. But a growing body of research argues that dingoes can be effective at controlling kangaroo and feral goat populations, especially on cattle stations. The post Why do some graziers want… Read more »

Drone becomes invaluable tool for Arcadia Valley cattle producers

Of all the tools in cattleman Rowan Peart’s toolbox, a camera-mounted drone has quickly become one of the most useful. The post Drone becomes invaluable tool for Arcadia Valley cattle producers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Drone becomes invaluable tool for Arcadia Valley cattle producers