Month: May 2017

2017 AWA Conference & Tour

Riverina has been a gold/silver sponsor for the last 10 years and has grown with the Australian Wagyu Association (AWA). Currently, from 1-5 May we are showing our continued support with our own display at the 2017 AWA Conference and Tour at the Albury Entertainment Centre. Stop by, say hello and learn more about Australian… Read more »

Teys forges own path to meet rising demand for pasture-fed certified beef

Teys Australia turns its back on an industry assurance scheme it helped to initiate, citing its inability to keep up with increased demand for certified grass-fed beef. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Teys forges own path to meet rising demand for pasture-fed certified beef

Can feedlot capacity keep pace with the Wagyu numbers coming forward?

There was no mistaking the “buzz” surrounding the Australian Wagyu industry at its conference at Albury over the last two days. The post Can feedlot capacity keep pace with the Wagyu numbers coming forward? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Can feedlot capacity keep pace with the Wagyu numbers coming forward?

Farmer tells Murray Goulburn 'where to go' with ploughed paddock

A dairy farmer has ploughed a blunt message to Australia’s largest milk processor, the embattled Murray Goulburn, into a 10-acre paddock. Source: ABC Livestock Farmer tells Murray Goulburn ‘where to go’ with ploughed paddock

More trial work needed, as study highlights key issues for industry over DEXA

Up to four commercial trials in different processing applications across northern and southern Australia might be necessary before the red meat industry commits serious funds to the installation of DEXA objective carcase yield measurement technology, and independent review has suggested. The post More trial work needed, as study highlights key issues for industry over DEXA… Read more »

Central Australian native title determination handed down

Pastoral leases Victory Downs, Mt Cavenagh, Mulga Park and Umbeara will be under native title as of today, totalling an area of 12,000 square kilometres. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Central Australian native title determination handed down

Partnership paves way for beef boning automation + VIDEOs

A new $3.7 million research and development project is expected to pave the way for the introduction of safer and more productive boning rooms in Australian beef abattoirs, through greater use of automation. The post Partnership paves way for beef boning automation + VIDEOs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Partnership paves… Read more »

Amendment brings cotton transport rules closer to national harmonisation

Federal and NSW transport regulators have moved to bring NSW road train rules into line with those already in place in Queensland with a regulation amendment that standardises the transport of cotton modules throughout the two states. The post Amendment brings cotton transport rules closer to national harmonisation appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Free quad bike safety training for NSW farmers

NSW farmers will now receive free training and a helmet as part of a major boost to the state’s quad bike safety improvement program. The post Free quad bike safety training for NSW farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Free quad bike safety training for NSW farmers

Elite Wagyu auction: Bulls to $105k, heifers to $95k, straws to $28k

Semen sold for $28,000 a straw, bulls to $105,000 and a heifer in utero made $95,000 at the Elite Wagyu sale at the Wagyu Expansion Conference in Albury MSW on Wednesday. All three are Australian record prices for the breed and stunned the 400 delegates in attendance. The post Elite Wagyu auction: Bulls to $105k,… Read more »

Got milk? Labelling of plant-based alternatives 'hurting dairy industry'

Dairy farmers call for “truth in labelling” laws to stop soy and almond drinks being named “milk”, arguing consumers are confused by the “misleading and deceptive” term. Source: ABC Livestock Got milk? Labelling of plant-based alternatives ‘hurting dairy industry’

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 03, 2017

The FX market was quiet through the morning session, with traders sidelined ahead of the FOMC announcement. The dollar initially rallied, then fell, then rallied again after the Fed, where there was no shift in policy, as expected. The statement indicated the Fed remains on track for a gradual pace of rate increases, and said… Read more »

Tasmanian farmer fined $50,000 for cruelty to cattle

A 76-year-old farmer from Tragowel in northern Victoria has been fined $50,000 with conviction and received a five year Conditional Order for failing to feed and provide veterinary attention to his cattle. The post Tasmanian farmer fined $50,000 for cruelty to cattle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Tasmanian farmer fined ,000… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Markets Waiting on Fed's Rate Decision

OVERVIEW Markets are quiet today as investors await the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision. The US non-manufacturing PMI jumped to 57.5 in April, beating expectations of 55.8. German unemployment fell by 15,000 and the unemployment rate remained at its lowest level since 1990. UK Brexit Minister David Davis dismissed reports in the Financial Times that… Read more »

WA set to host annual livestock export industry conference

Australia’s annual livestock export industry conference, LIVEXchange 2017, will be held on November 15-16 at the Crown Towers in Perth. The post WA set to host annual livestock export industry conference appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA set to host annual livestock export industry conference

Housing and cars: update for April

It’s time for a monthly update on houses, and let’s take a little look at vehicle sales as well.  If there is going to be a consumer downturn, generally the first thing that gets turns down is housing, over a year before the actual downturn, and then car sales, about 6 to 9 months before… Read more »

Weekly Property Review – Is Chinese off the menu?

This time last year China appeared to have an insatiable appetite for Australian cattle properties, with numerous Chinese companies buying or pledging to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in large-scale beef operations. However, the anticipated frenzy of buying activity has halted, with the last significant sale made eight months ago. The post Weekly Property… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – May 03, 2017

The dollar majors have been lacking directional ambition into the Fed’s policy announcement later today, where Bloomberg calculates there is a 12.8% chance for a 25 bp rate hike. EUR-USD settled moderately lower after eking out a three-session peak at 1.0936 during a thin, holiday-affected Asia session (markets in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong… Read more »

Property: Dry may impact on western Qld sales

Continued dry conditions this year in the western half of Queensland may hamper the property market in the region, valuer Herron Todd White suggests. The post Property: Dry may impact on western Qld sales appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Dry may impact on western Qld sales

XE Market Analysis: Europe – May 03, 2017

The dollar majors have been plying narrow ranges into the Fed’s policy announcement later today, where Bloomberg calculates there is a 12.8% chance for a 25 bp rate hike. EUR-USD eked out a three-session peak at 1.0936, and is presently settled near net unchanged on the day at 1.0921 bid. USD-JPY has settled to an… Read more »

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Tracey Hayes to step down

The Board of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association released a statement on Wednesday announcing that CEO Tracey Hayes, has decided not to renew her contract, and will step down from the role and the Association in September 2017. The post NTCA Chief Executive Officer Tracey Hayes to step down appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Dry weather delays canola planting in Western Australia

Dry weather in April and a poor long-term forecast forces farmers in Western Australia to delay planting their canola crops. Source: ABC Grain Dry weather delays canola planting in Western Australia

Property: Cobbora land auctions turn over $12.7m

The second installment of a six-stage dispersal of land held by the Cobbora Holding Co in NSW has generated sales totalling $12.69 million for the NSW Government. The post Property: Cobbora land auctions turn over $12.7m appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Cobbora land auctions turn over .7m

Shearing young gun Nicki Guttler off to England to take a stand

After just two years on the boards, 23-year-old Riverina shearer Nicki Guttler has some impressive tallies that will stand her in good stead as she shears across England. Source: ABC Livestock Shearing young gun Nicki Guttler off to England to take a stand

AWI set to re-boot alternative shearing tech research with extra levy funds

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is set to undertake a major strategic research direction change to address rapidly rising wool harvesting costs and the largest single on-farm direct expense for wool growers – shearing. The post AWI set to re-boot alternative shearing tech research with extra levy funds appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Livestock exporters and meat processors should work together – AFI

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters should work with red meat processors on common and complementary interests, according to an Australian Farm Institute research report on the live export industry. The post Livestock exporters and meat processors should work together – AFI appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Livestock exporters and meat processors should work… Read more »

Qld farming couple takes on challenge of farm interconnectivity

Darling Downs farmers, John and Jill Alexander, are cautiously finding their way into the modern technology age, trying to sift the ‘hay from the chaff’ and adopt those technologies they think will add value to their farming business. The post Qld farming couple takes on challenge of farm interconnectivity appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Crop Care farm chemicals to be absorbed into Nufarm Australia merger

Some of Australia’s most well-known farm chemical lines will be brought under the one banner when the sales teams from Nufarm Australia and Crop Care merge from August 1, 2017. The post Crop Care farm chemicals to be absorbed into Nufarm Australia merger appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Crop Care farm… Read more »

Visitors to Australia caught with almost 42 tonnes of illegal meat

MEAT items continue to be the most common biosecurity contraband seized at Australian airports among the 273,000-plus items confiscated by authorities in 2016. The post Visitors to Australia caught with almost 42 tonnes of illegal meat appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Visitors to Australia caught with almost 42 tonnes of illegal… Read more »

Weekly kill: Normal service set to resume, after six-week hibernation

Beef kills across eastern Australia will get somewhere near back to normal next week, after the sequence of six weeks where production has been significantly hampered by public holidays. Many QLD grids have fallen 10c/kg this week, as slaughter cattle start to flow. The post Weekly kill: Normal service set to resume, after six-week hibernation… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 3 May 2017

Rainfall was recorded in the Kimberley district in Western Australia, the northern Top End of the Northern Territory, Cape York Peninsula, east coast and southern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, southeastern South Australia and Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 3 May 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 02, 2017

FX trade was again quiet in N.Y. on Tuesday, with narrow ranges the rule. There was little in the way of data to drive the market, and traders now will largely hunker down into the FOMC announcement on Wednesday, and the U.S. jobs report on Friday. EUR-USD idled between 1.0889 and 1.0917 through the day,… Read more »

Roma store 2 May 2017: Prices back with holiday disruption

All buyers were present and operating. Quality was average to good across the board. Prices generally were back possibly due to the Anzac day holiday. The post Roma store 2 May 2017: Prices back with holiday disruption appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 2 May 2017: Prices back with holiday… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Fragile State of Debt Deal

OVERVIEW Volatility hits the Euro this week as the brakes are put on the Greek debt deal. Sterling hits a three-year high against the US Dollar after impressive manufacturing figures.  US Treasury Secretary Munchin suggests a possibility of issuing long-term bonds. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Fragile State of Debt Deal

NVLX Wodonga 2 May 2017: Market searching for level

The cattle market is still trying to find its level after three weeks with interruption to supply due to Easter and the Anzac public holiday last week. Most categories recorded mixed trends due to the plainer offering. The post NVLX Wodonga 2 May 2017: Market searching for level appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Agribusiness: Cargill exits US feedlot industry, selling its yards to major ethanol producer

One of the largest ethanol producers in the United States has made a large strategic investment in the US cattle feedlot industry, agreeing to purchase Cargill’s remaining US feedyards for A$49 million as a means of value-adding its distillers’ grain by-product. The post Agribusiness: Cargill exits US feedlot industry, selling its yards to major ethanol… Read more »

2017 Wagyu Branded Beef competition showcases ‘best of the best’

21 premium Wagyu entries in four classes were assessed by a panel of 16 judges in mid-March, with the winners announced at a gala dinner during the Australian Wagyu Association’s annual conference in Albury on Tuesday night. The post 2017 Wagyu Branded Beef competition showcases ‘best of the best’ appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – May 02, 2017

The euro has traded generally firmer so far today, led by EUR-JPY, which is off its highs but still showing a 0.6% advance, earlier logging a seven-week peak at 122.60. The common currency also posted a five-day high versus sterling, and a four-month peak in the case against the Swiss franc. As for EUR-USD, the… Read more »

US cattle prices outpace Australia, South America

Fed cattle prices in the US have continued to strengthen throughout 2017, breaking away from the Australian market yet again, and pushing higher against the major South American producers. The post US cattle prices outpace Australia, South America appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central US cattle prices outpace Australia, South America

XE Market Analysis: Europe – May 02, 2017

USD-JPY has lifted for a second consecutive day, this time logging a new six-month peak at 112.10. EUR-JPY and other yen crosses are also up quite sharply, reflecting general underperformance of the Japanese currency. EUR-JPY clocked a seven-week high at 122.46. The reflects rising global investor risk appetite, which has been weighting on the safe… Read more »

Rail strike costing transport company, causing produce backlog

Ongoing industrial action between Pacific National and its workforce costs transport companies thousands of dollars as they are forced to switch from rail to road transport. Source: ABC Grain Rail strike costing transport company, causing produce backlog

‘Quiet achiever’ of the Wagyu industry honoured

One of Australia’s earliest Wagyu industry pioneers was honoured for his contribution to the breed’s spectacular development in this country during the opening stages of the 2017 Australian Wagyu Association Conference at Albury earlier today. The post ‘Quiet achiever’ of the Wagyu industry honoured appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Quiet achiever’… Read more »

Cargill opens oilseed crushing plant in northern China

Cargill last week officially opened a 1.3 million-tonnes-per-annum oilseed crushing plant in Hebei Province in northern China. The post Cargill opens oilseed crushing plant in northern China appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cargill opens oilseed crushing plant in northern China

Adam listed to put his brand on Dubbo Show prime lamb competition

COUNTRY singer Adam Brand is on the short list to judge some prime lambs and perhaps sell one at a charity auction at the Dubbo Show on May 26. The post Adam listed to put his brand on Dubbo Show prime lamb competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Adam listed to… Read more »

Goats the answer to cattle producer's woes

Sheep and beef producer Mike Pratt transitions to goats, admitting his former enterprise was not suited to the outback Queensland environment. Source: ABC Livestock Goats the answer to cattle producer’s woes

CBH Group exploring receival site potential

The CBH Group has announced it is exploring the potential for a new receival site at Roelands, near Bunbury, to enhance services to growers in the region. The post CBH Group exploring receival site potential appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central CBH Group exploring receival site potential

Tasmanian man fined for animal cruelty managing new cattle farm

A farmer who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and was fined $12,000 after he and his wife abandoned 200 cattle in Tasmania is again running a cattle farm, this time in Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Tasmanian man fined for animal cruelty managing new cattle farm

MLA seeks director applications from sheep meat and beef ranks

MEAT & Livestock Australia is calling for applications to fill three non-executive director positions on its board. The post MLA seeks director applications from sheep meat and beef ranks appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA seeks director applications from sheep meat and beef ranks

XE Market Analysis: Asia – May 01, 2017

The dollar was largely directionless through the N.Y. session on Monday, with conditions on the thin side due to May Day holidays in Europe and the U.K. EUR-USD traded between 1.0902 and 1.0923, while USD-JPY based at 111.43 before heading up to one-month highs of 111.93 as Wall Street perked up. USD-CAD was mired inside… Read more »

NH Foods takes stake in Uruguayan processor, as Uruguay seeks Japan access

Japanese food producer NH Foods, which hold extensive meat processing and lotfeeding assets in Australia, has made its first move into South America, buying a Uruguayan beef processing business for about A$180 million. The post NH Foods takes stake in Uruguayan processor, as Uruguay seeks Japan access appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Victoria lifts quarantine after anthrax outbreak around Swan Hill

VICTORIA today lifted quarantine restrictions on all properties involved in an anthrax outbreak near Swan Hill in north west Victoria, but the incident has highlighted traceability issues with the mob-based visual tag system being phased out in the state. The post Victoria lifts quarantine after anthrax outbreak around Swan Hill appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Itochu’s Hamilton Lambswool man to speak at superfine re-union

SUPERFINE wool growers will get an insight into a new wool clothing line – Itochu’s Hamilton Lambswool – at their annual re-union dinner in Hamilton, Victoria, this month. The post Itochu’s Hamilton Lambswool man to speak at superfine re-union appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Itochu’s Hamilton Lambswool man to speak at… Read more »

Australian Wool Innovation fills top research role

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has announced its new General Manager – Research will be Dr Jane Littlejohn. She will replace Dr Paul Swan at the wool industry’s research, development and marketing body. The post Australian Wool Innovation fills top research role appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation fills top research… Read more »

Wool customers to play bigger role in National Wool Declaration campaign

WOOL buyers and customers will play a bigger role in National Wool Declaration promotion and NWD verifications will double to improve awareness and the rigour of the mulesing status and dark/medullated fibre risk statement. The post Wool customers to play bigger role in National Wool Declaration campaign appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

South Australian first cross ewes sell to $297 on AuctionsPlus

FIRST cross ewes lambs sold to $297 as buyer competition remained strong for a reduced number of sheep and lambs on AuctionsPlus last week. The post South Australian first cross ewes sell to $297 on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central South Australian first cross ewes sell to 7 on AuctionsPlus

NSW wild dog management strategy feedback deadline extended by a week

LOCAL communities, groups and individuals have been granted an extra week until May 12 to have their say in developing the NSW Wild Dog Management Strategy 2017-2021. The post NSW wild dog management strategy feedback deadline extended by a week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW wild dog management strategy feedback… Read more »

Freight train drivers on strike in Victoria

Transport of Victoria’s record grain crop will come to a halt this week, after the breakdown of negotiations between freight rail company Pacific National and its workforce. Source: ABC Grain Freight train drivers on strike in Victoria

Bump in beef price sees agricultural price index rise

Higher than average rainfall across much of Australia has boosted restocker demand for cattle and set up good planting conditions for grain growers according to the latest Rural Commodities Wrap from NAB Agribusiness. Higher prices for beef, lamb, chickpeas, and fruit and vegetables saw the NAB Rural Commodities Index rise 4.1 percent in April after… Read more »

$10.5m Govt support for developing exotic plant and animal control measures

Wild dogs, rabbits, foxes, feral pigs, blackberry, prickly acacia, rubber vine and parkinsonia are among the pest plant and animal species targeted under a new $10.5m Federal Government grant designed to improve control measures. The post $10.5m Govt support for developing exotic plant and animal control measures appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Three directors sought, as MLA 2017 board selection process gets started

Expertise in northern cattle production systems, sheepmeat production systems and financial, audit and risk framework oversight are the core skills being sought as MLA seeks to elect three board-members later this year. The post Three directors sought, as MLA 2017 board selection process gets started appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Three… Read more »

Wagga sale 1 May 2017: Prices strengthen again

Cattle prices strengthened again following on from the significant price surge the previous week, due to damp conditions and limited supplies at most southern selling centres. The post Wagga sale 1 May 2017: Prices strengthen again appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 1 May 2017: Prices strengthen again