Month: June 2017

US imposes blanket ban on Brazilian beef imports, over safety concerns

The US has announced an immediate suspension of all beef imports from Brazil, over food safety concerns. The suspension of all imports of fresh and frozen beef was imposed because of recurring US concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The post US imposes blanket ban on Brazilian beef imports,… Read more »

NSW cotton farmer’s global search for more efficient irrigation

Cotton grower and 2015 Nuffield Scholar, Tom Quigley, says ongoing issues around water availability prompted him to look at new techniques from around the world to help grow more profitable, water efficient and sustainable cotton crops using pressurised overhead sprinkler irrigation. The post NSW cotton farmer’s global search for more efficient irrigation appeared first on… Read more »

PETA sponsors prize for vegan wool creation in US competition

VEGAN wool is the aim of a new prize being sponsored by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at the 2018 Biodesign Challenge in the United States. The post PETA sponsors prize for vegan wool creation in US competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central PETA sponsors prize… Read more »

Waltzing Australia – stories and ballads from under an outback sky

Amid the swirling dust and discordant bellows of a slow moving mob of cows and calves, a stockman sits on an idling ag bike, Akubra bowed down, pen scribbling away furiously in a notebook. This is how many of Tim Borthwick’s uniquely outback poems have come to life, capturing on the run the words that… Read more »

Betoota Advocate features on ABC Landline segment on Quilpie races

ABC Landline on Sunday will feature the boys from the Betoota Advocate, reporting from Quilpie in far western Queensland for the start of the bush racing season. The post Betoota Advocate features on ABC Landline segment on Quilpie races appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Betoota Advocate features on ABC Landline segment… Read more »

Have handpiece will travel – NZ shearing champions tour the UK

NEW Zealand’s shearing team of world champions, Hawke’s Bay guns John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith will shear seven test matches on a four-week CP Wool tour of the UK starting next week. The post Have handpiece will travel – NZ shearing champions tour the UK appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Have… Read more »

Purge at the top sets Herefords Australia in new direction

A new chairman and five new board directors have been appointed, as Herefords Australia strives to re-right the ship following dramatic internal events within the breed society over the past few months. The post Purge at the top sets Herefords Australia in new direction appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Purge at… Read more »

Positive outlook for Australian beef exports to Korea: MLA

Korea is the largest per capita consumer of beef in Asia and the third most valuable beef export market for Australia, a position it is expected to cement as it becomes increasingly reliant on imported product to fill the domestic production shortfall. The post Positive outlook for Australian beef exports to Korea: MLA appeared first… Read more »

Recruitment: Hints to help a new recruit shine

YOU have selected the most suited and ‘cream-of-the-crop’ new employee and you’re getting ready to welcome the new addition to your team. Getting the final steps right is crucial to ensuring your new recruit flourishes in their role. The post Recruitment: Hints to help a new recruit shine appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Wool prices lift for smallest seasonal bale offering

WOOL prices surged for the smallest seasonal bale offering this year at auctions in Sydney and Melbourne this week. The AWEX Eastern Market Indicator rose 27 cents to 1533c/kg clean as brokers offered 22,298 bales. The post Wool prices lift for smallest seasonal bale offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool… Read more »

Central Banks Signal Shift Away From Stimulus

OVERVIEW The Norwegian central bank kept interest rates on hold as expected, but signalled a change in bias, removing guidance that it could cut rates this year. The New Zealand central bank left rates on hold as expected. UK Manufacturing activity strengthened again in June as factory orders hit their highest level in nearly 30… Read more »

Latest in EID equipment and software at Bendigo showcase

SHEEP producers will be able to see the latest in electronic identification equipment and software at a showcase in Bendigo next Tuesday, June 27. The post Latest in EID equipment and software at Bendigo showcase appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Latest in EID equipment and software at Bendigo showcase

Last call for inaugural Australian wool medal nominations

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry has answered the call to nominate its outstanding achievers for the first Australian Wool Industry Medals. Nominations for the medals close today and Federation of Australian Wool Organisations secretary Bianca Heaney said the response to the inaugural medals initiative has been fantastic. The post Last call for inaugural Australian wool medal nominations… Read more »

Forward prices for wool expected to contract next week

IT was an interesting week on the wool forwards market. Volume was moderate in a week where unprecedented spring levels where paid. The post Forward prices for wool expected to contract next week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward prices for wool expected to contract next week

1800 one-brand weaners at Tuesday’s Roma store sale

One of Australia’s largest annual one-brand, vendor-bred weaner offerings will go under the hammer at Roma store sale next Tuesday, when 1800 Kindee Pastoral steers and heifers go under the hammer. The post 1800 one-brand weaners at Tuesday’s Roma store sale appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 1800 one-brand weaners at Tuesday’s… Read more »

Dubbo sale 22 June 2017: Season steers market down

As the seasonal conditions continue to worsen young cattle to the restockers were 12c to 22c cheaper with the young steers selling from 295c to 376c while the young heifers to the restockers sold from 270c to 315c/kg. The post Dubbo sale 22 June 2017: Season steers market down appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jun 22, 2017

The dollar has remained on a softer tack during the pre-Europe session in Asia. The narrow trade-weighted USD index logged a three-day low at 97.12 as EUR-USD lifted to a three-session high at 1.1177, and USD-JPY to a three-day low at 110.95. Oil prices managed to find a toehold after tumbling 6% since last week’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jun 22, 2017

The dollar has remained on a softer tack during the pre-Europe session in Asia. The narrow trade-weighted USD index logged a three-day low at 97.12 as EUR-USD lifted to a three-session high at 1.1177, and USD-JPY to a three-day low at 110.95. Oil prices managed to find a toehold after tumbling 6% since last week’s… Read more »

Cattle industry gives x-ray technology a tick of approval

Australian cattle and sheep producers, lot feeders and red meat processors publicly back the introduction of controversial x-ray technology that promises to provide farmers with a better indication of the actual meat content of a carcase. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Cattle industry gives x-ray technology a tick of approval

Controlled traffic adoption stuck in the slow lane

Adoption rates of controlled traffic farming (CTF) remain disappointingly low despite years of supporting research and a long list of tangible benefits, according to one of CTF’s enduring proponents, Don Yule. The post Controlled traffic adoption stuck in the slow lane appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Controlled traffic adoption stuck in… Read more »

Processors consider representation model based on ‘manufacturing’ instead of ‘ag’

IS there a better or more effective model for red meat processing sector representation than that which currently exists? The question is being explored within the Australian processing industry currently, with some surprising options under consideration. The post Processors consider representation model based on ‘manufacturing’ instead of ‘ag’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Sheep meat and wool earnings to help keep export earnings above average

INCREASES in wool, lamb, beef, live cattle and dairy export earnings are forecast to keep Australia’s gross value of farm production above average next financial year. The post Sheep meat and wool earnings to help keep export earnings above average appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool earnings to… Read more »

El Nino watch cancelled

The potential for an El Nino event later in 2017 has passed following a cooling of far eastern Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures in May and June, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The post El Nino watch cancelled appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central El Nino watch cancelled

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jun 21, 2017

The yen firmed up and dollar gains stalled today as a more risk-off tone took hold in global markets, USD-JPY settled I the lower 111.0s, down from yesterday’s four-week high at 111.79. Yesterday’s 3%-plus plunge in oil prices agitated a pullback in stock markets, which has been supportive of the yen. The minutes to April… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jun 21, 2017

The dollar traded modestly softer today for the most part today. USD-JPY settled in the lower 111.0s, down from yesterday’s four-week high at 111.79. Yesterday’s 3%-plus plunge in oil prices agitated a pullback in global stock markets, which has been supportive of the yen. The minutes to April 26-27 BoJ policy meeting, pre-dating last week’s… Read more »

Three charts showing the NBN and Australia’s digital divide

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is widely considered to be failing Australians, but it isn’t failing them equally. Research suggests areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage overlap with regions typically receiving NBN infrastructure of poorer quality. The post Three charts showing the NBN and Australia’s digital divide appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Sterling Jumps as Rate Debate Intensifies

OVERVIEW BoE’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, says a vote for a rate hike could happen in the coming months.  U.S. existing home sales unexpectedly rose 1.1% in May. UK government borrowing narrowed more than expected in May as VAT receipts increased. The ECB remains cautious about the outlook for global growth noted by the positive… Read more »

Dalby sale 21 June 2017: Prices ease on bigger yarding, dry conditions

Numbers again increased further and buyer attendance was not as good as the previous week in the export slaughter sections. The post Dalby sale 21 June 2017: Prices ease on bigger yarding, dry conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 21 June 2017: Prices ease on bigger yarding, dry conditions

Movement at the station: A round-up recent cattle property sales and listings

Hong Kong group secures SA’s Martins Well for $6m | Strong interest leads to Wimmera sale contract |Stone Axe pays $17.5m for Ebor’s Glen Alvie | Guyra’s Glenfield falls to locals |Locals seeking expansion secure Merriwa’s Faversham | Dingo’s Namoi has Brangus seedstock future | NAPCo pounces on Roma’s Myrnong for $4.9m | Neighbours buy… Read more »

Cotton grower Tandou to sell water entitlements in switch to lamb business

Far west cotton grower Tandou will decommission its irrigation system at Menindee and convert the property into a dorper lamb business, its owner Webster Limited announces. Source: ABC Livestock Cotton grower Tandou to sell water entitlements in switch to lamb business

NT’s Bullo River sells to BRW rich-lister

One of Australia’s wealthiest couples, Alexandra and Julian Burt, have been revealed as the new owners of Bullo River – the scenic Northern Territory cattle station west of Darwin. While eco-tourism will play a part, cattle production will continue to play a pivotal role in the station’s operations. The post NT’s Bullo River sells to… Read more »

Riverina at 2017 Primex

While there may have been grey skies, rain & mud, it didn’t stop the crowds coming to this year’s Primex in Casino, looking for information to make the right purchase choice for their needs – and Riverina was happy to help. Primex is an annual event held in Casino, NSW, and is a trade exhibition… Read more »

Teys launches feedback data project for feeder cattle

It’s long been recognised that one of the beef industry’s ‘Achilles heels’ in getting carcase performance feedback to the stakeholders that matter most – the breeders – has been in livestock sold to feedlots as feeder cattle. But that ‘black hole’ is starting to change, with an important new feedback facility launched this week. The… Read more »

Old lamb and sheep prices fall, but new season lambs make 660-700c/kg-plus

SALEYARD lamb prices fell further early this week and some processors dropped over-the-hook lamb and mutton rates as supply and quality declined. However, early new season lambs are still making to 700c/kg in saleyards and more than 800c/kg online through AuctionsPlus. The post Old lamb and sheep prices fall, but new season lambs make 660-700c/kg-plus… Read more »

‘Digital disruption’ set to reform agricultural supply chain

The wave of ‘digital disruption’ sweeping across the agricultural sector is revolutionising the way farmers, buyers, processors and financiers transact business, according to Agridigital co-founder and executive chairman, Bob McKay. The post ‘Digital disruption’ set to reform agricultural supply chain appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ‘Digital disruption’ set to reform agricultural… Read more »

Industry taskforce to drive DEXA adoption

Red meat industry peak councils representing grassfed cattle and sheep producers, lotfeeders and processors will establish an Objective Carcase Measurement adoption & commercialisation taskforce to assist in managing the various aspects of industry OCM adoption and commercialisation. The post Industry taskforce to drive DEXA adoption appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry… Read more »

Sheep meat and beef industry taskforce to drive DEXA adoption

RED meat industry peak councils representing grass-fed cattle and sheep producers, lotfeeders and processors will establish an objective carcase measurement adoption and commercialisation taskforce to assist in managing the various aspects of OCM uptake. The post Sheep meat and beef industry taskforce to drive DEXA adoption appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Easing of Indian cattle slaughter ban to impact export

The Indian Government’s watering down of an outright ban on slaughtering cattle could still affect quantities of meat sent for export, according to an industry analyst. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Easing of Indian cattle slaughter ban to impact export

Why you should brush your dog's teeth daily

As barking mad as it may sound, brushing your dog’s teeth can help you save a fortune in vet bills. Source: ABC Livestock Why you should brush your dog’s teeth daily

Paraway’s Burindi Station tops Killara’s feedlot performance awards

Cattle sourced from Paraway Pastoral Co’s Burindi Station near Barraba on the NSW New England have earned the major award at the 2017 Elders Killara feedlot supplier of the Year awards announced on Friday. The post Paraway’s Burindi Station tops Killara’s feedlot performance awards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Paraway’s Burindi… Read more »

New series Arion tractors set for September arrival

Farm machinery manufacturer, CLAAS, is continuing to roll out its completely-redesigned range of advanced technology tractors with the ARION 400 due to arrive in Australia in September. The post New series Arion tractors set for September arrival appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New series Arion tractors set for September arrival

Butcher tackles State of Origin with blue and maroon sausages

Independent butchers fight to win back customers lost to supermarket meat aisles with clever marketing techniques, such as State of Origin sausages. Source: ABC Livestock Butcher tackles State of Origin with blue and maroon sausages

Outback butcher feeds waste to the dogs

An outback butcher grinds up his meat offcuts and sells it as dog food to make sure nothing is wasted. Source: ABC Livestock Outback butcher feeds waste to the dogs

Elders dominates 2017 ALPA South Australian young auctioneers final

ELDERS Jamestown livestock manager Jack Coleman will get a final go at winning a national ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition title next year after taking out his second state title yesterday. The post Elders dominates 2017 ALPA South Australian young auctioneers final appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Elders dominates 2017 ALPA South… Read more »

Cattle exports move in May

May exports were the largest monthly shipment of feeder and slaughter cattle this calendar year, at 77,000 head, underpinned by a significant increase in exports to Vietnam. The post Cattle exports move in May appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle exports move in May

XE Market Analysis: Sterling Caught Between Politics and Economics

OVERVIEW Sterling remains sensitive to politics and economics as the Brexit negotiations begin in a cordial manner. The Japanese economy reports solid exports at their highest level for two years. The Reserve Bank of Australia is becoming concerned about the increasing levels of credit. HIGHLIGHT The Pound has weakened in reaction to comments made by… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 June 2017

Low pressure troughs and an associated cloudband produced moderate rainfall in coastal areas of Western Australia, while moist onshore flow produced moderate rainfall in coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 June 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Roma store 20 June 2017: Weaners dominate yarding

All the usual buyers were present and operating with a multitude of tourists and kids on school holidays relishing the action of a market holding strong, the majority of the yarding being weaners with just a handful of cows and calves up for sale. The post Roma store 20 June 2017: Weaners dominate yarding appeared… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales set to roll

The divide between the traditional autumn and spring bull selling seasons is becoming increasingly blurred, as bull sellers jockey for sale-free calendar slots to avoid competition and ensure access to preferred agents and auctioneers, genetics editor Geoff Phillips reports, in the first of his 2017 spring bull selling season weekly reports. The post Weekly genetics… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 20 June 2017: Market feels drying season

Losses of 10-30c were recorded as the market felt the pressure from the drying season and poor outlook further into winter The post NVLX Wodonga 20 June 2017: Market feels drying season appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 20 June 2017: Market feels drying season

JBS announces plan to sell its Five Rivers US feedlot business

In the latest development in the series of dramatic events surrounding crisis-riddled global processor JBS, the Brazilian parent company has announced plans to sell its Five Rivers feedlot business in the US – the largest lotfeeding operation in the world. The post JBS announces plan to sell its Five Rivers US feedlot business appeared first… Read more »

Urethral bean the size of a mandarin removed from horse's penis

If you’re having a bad day, spare a thought for Mr Flea. A 300 gram ball of gunk has been removed from his penis. The vet who removed the “huge ball of smegma” says it might be the biggest ever found. Source: ABC Livestock Urethral bean the size of a mandarin removed from horse’s… Read more »

Australian JBS assets safe from Brazilian corruption fines

The country’s largest meat processor JBS confirms no funds will be required from the Australian wing of the business to help pay debt incurred by the company’s founders. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Australian JBS assets safe from Brazilian corruption fines

Fit to load data shows livestock industry taking welfare obligations seriously

The number of animals reported as arriving at export abattoirs in an unfit condition to load indicates that Australian livestock producers, agents and transporters are largely taking their responsibilities under Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock seriously. The post Fit to load data shows livestock industry taking welfare obligations… Read more »

Atkinsons, Gyranda, Stanbroke major winners in 2017 Paddock to Palate feedlot comp

Angus x Droughtmaster cattle entered by Atkinson Pastoral Co from Hughenden in North Qld and Santa Gertrudis cross cattle Joyce family’s Gyranda Pastoral Co from Theodore in Central Qld have won the 100 day and 70 day classes respectively in the feedlot section of the 2017 RNA Paddock to Palate Competition. The post Atkinsons, Gyranda,… Read more »

First livestock consultant interns graduate as a new class starts

THE first interns to complete the inaugural Livestock Consulting Internship program graduated from the two-year program last Thursday, marking a significant milestone along their career path as livestock consultants. The post First livestock consultant interns graduate as a new class starts appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central First livestock consultant interns graduate… Read more »

New-look GRDC overhauls business structure in major revamp

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has undergone a significant “realignment and refocus” of its structure and operations aimed at better positioning and resourcing its investment in RD&E. The post New-look GRDC overhauls business structure in major revamp appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New-look GRDC overhauls business structure in major… Read more »

WA sheep meat processor V&V Walsh launches chilled lamb brand in China

WESTERN Australian processor V&V Walsh is launching its Amelia Park chilled lamb range in China today, marketing product through high-end retail stores and in leading restaurants and hotels. The post WA sheep meat processor V&V Walsh launches chilled lamb brand in China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep meat processor… Read more »

Europe raises the red flag …

The benefits of widespread rainfall throughout Europe in May are being eroded by hot and dry weather across many parts of the continent in the first two weeks of June, jeopardising production, particularly in western European countries, where above average temperatures are forecast to continue for at least the next 10 days. The post Europe… Read more »

Rural internet speeds under scrutiny

A rural communications coalition is rousing its bush troops using fixed wireless and satellite technology to volunteer for a national monitoring program funded only to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services. The post Rural internet speeds under scrutiny appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rural internet speeds under scrutiny

Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers ease sharply heading into EOFY

Eastern states slaughter numbers fell sharply last week, as the industry moves within sight of the end of financial year. The post Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers ease sharply heading into EOFY appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers ease sharply heading into EOFY

Australian farmers' record breaking season confirmed at $62.8 billion

The value of Australian farm produce is expected to dip slightly for the coming season, but is still tipped to be 9 per cent higher than the five-year average to 2015-16. Source: ABC Grain Australian farmers’ record breaking season confirmed at .8 billion

Outback grazier turns to camels for weed control

An outback grazier employs the help of 350 camels to increase plant diversity on his cattle station and control weeds. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Outback grazier turns to camels for weed control

Polaris quad bikes to be recalled over asbestos risk

Australian quad bike supplier, Polaris, has notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of a recall of 12 models in its ‘youth’ range of quad bikes due to the presence of asbestos in component parts. The post Polaris quad bikes to be recalled over asbestos risk appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Uncertainly over Australian supply underpins US imported grinding meat prices

Uncertainty about the supply outlook for lean grinding beef out of Australia over coming months is contributing to imported beef prices in the US described as ‘very firm’ last week. The 90CL imported grinding beef indicator was quoted last week at A649c/kg, 46c/kg or 8pc better than this time last year. The post Uncertainly over… Read more »

The housing slowdown has arrived

On Friday housing permits and starts both declined, and significantly enough that they have become a negative.  Let’s take a closer look. First of all, here are permits for all structures (blue) and for single family homes (red): Source: XE news feed The housing slowdown has arrived

XE Market Analysis: Sterling Future is Uncertain as Brexit Negotiations Begin

OVERVIEW The Sterling remains stable on the day that the formal Brexit negotiations begin. The Federal Reserve’s Dudley has painted a positive picture of the U.S. economy. Euro is steady after Macron achieves a parliamentary majority. South African Rand plummets as political instability strikes again. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Sterling… Read more »

Wagga sale 19 June 2017: Export processor competition wanes

Even with a shortage of export cattle the market lacked competition from major export processors causing the market to slide 12c/kg. The cheaper trend was obvious at the commencement of the sale with only two processors operating fully. The post Wagga sale 19 June 2017: Export processor competition wanes appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

CSG survey results show need for continued landholder support

Rural Queensland landholders remain concerned about potential groundwater impacts and increased biosecurity risks from resource developments, an AgForce Projects survey has found. The post CSG survey results show need for continued landholder support appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CSG survey results show need for continued landholder support

Graduation a milestone for nine new livestock consultants

The first class of interns to complete the inaugural Livestock Consulting Internship program officially graduated from the two-year program last Thursday, marking a significant milestone along their career path as livestock consultants. The post Graduation a milestone for nine new livestock consultants appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Graduation a milestone for… Read more »

Thomas Foods International releases spring mutton contracts up to 500c/kg

SOUTH Australian-based processor Thomas Foods International has released its spring 18-32kg mutton contracts for 2017, offering up to 500c/kg for Merino wethers and to 480c/kg for Merino ewes in August. The post Thomas Foods International releases spring mutton contracts up to 500c/kg appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Thomas Foods International releases… Read more »

Australian meat branding for locally-processed product only: MPs

Crossbench MPs have introduced a bill to restrict ‘Brand Australia’ labels on meat that is both grown and processed in Australia. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Australian meat branding for locally-processed product only: MPs

Young auctioneers hone online skills as transactions go digital

Up and coming livestock auctioneers are being trained to embrace an increasingly digital marketplace as more business transactions go online. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Young auctioneers hone online skills as transactions go digital

Big live export order cancelled as customers push back on price

A large cattle export order to Indonesia was cancelled last week in a sign that importers facing difficult trading conditions are pushing back against high Australian cattle export prices. The post Big live export order cancelled as customers push back on price appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Big live export order… Read more »

Bill to ban sale of beef from live exported cattle as ‘Australian’ product

It would become illegal for beef processed from exported Australian cattle in another country to be sold and re-exported as “Australian product”, should a Private Members Bill introduced to Federal Parliament today be passed. The post Bill to ban sale of beef from live exported cattle as ‘Australian’ product appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Wireless Farm for livestock and water monitoring wins inaugural AWI award

A WIRELESS Farm initiative that enables remote monitoring of livestock and water infrastructure has won the inaugural Australian Wool Innovation Tech eChallenge. The post Wireless Farm for livestock and water monitoring wins inaugural AWI award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wireless Farm for livestock and water monitoring wins inaugural AWI award

Limited upside for wheat prices as ‘high-stocks’ game continues: Rabobank

As planting of the Australian wheat crop wraps up, any prospect of a significant recovery in global wheat prices in the 2017/18 season remains dampened by the high stocks-to-use (S/U) ratio, according to agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank. The post Limited upside for wheat prices as ‘high-stocks’ game continues: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Dark Mofo bull slaughter left 'chunks of meat' in performer's hair

Days after the Dark Mofo art show featuring a bull’s carcass being ripped apart, the festival’s organisers are labelled “sick bastards” while performers and audience members recount the gore-filled scene. Source: ABC Livestock Dark Mofo bull slaughter left ‘chunks of meat’ in performer’s hair

Rural web users urged to volunteer for ACCC internet speed program

A RURAL communications coalition is rousing its bush troops using fixed wireless and satellite technology to volunteer for a national monitoring program funded only to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services. The post Rural web users urged to volunteer for ACCC internet speed program appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rural… Read more »

More crossbred wool changes AWEX indicators, price guides unchanged

A HIGHER proportion of crossbred wool in the Australian clip and the continuing fining of the Merino wool component has led to slight changes to market indicators following a review by the Australian Wool Exchange. The post More crossbred wool changes AWEX indicators, price guides unchanged appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Land clearing rates in Queensland on par with Brazil: study

Land clearing in Queensland is the highest it has been in the last 10 years, researchers say, with the issue set to be a major battleground in the state election. Source: ABC Grain Land clearing rates in Queensland on par with Brazil: study

Rocky road train access breakthrough for central and north Qld cattle

Central and North QLD beef producers and processors will benefit from a Department of Transport decision announced on Friday allowing road train stock transport configurations to directly service both major beef processing plants near Rockhampton, from July 1. The post Rocky road train access breakthrough for central and north Qld cattle appeared first on Beef… Read more »

ACCC wants volunteers to help test broadband speeds

A rural communications coalition is rousing its bush troops using fixed wireless and satellite technology to volunteer for a national monitoring program funded only to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services. The post ACCC wants volunteers to help test broadband speeds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ACCC wants volunteers to… Read more »

Weighing up a piece of King Ranch cattle history at Reiland

A set of historic scales that once graced the cattle yards at the Australian headquarters of King Ranch now make a unique display on a southern NSW beef seedstock property. The old fashion cattle scales, complete with a life-sized statue of a bull and historical memorabilia, were unveiled at Killimicat Station, Tumut, to mark 45… Read more »

PTIC heifers to $2530 in larger AuctionsPlus offering

PTIC females were well represented and in strong demand on AuctionsPlus last week, with in-calf heifers selling to $2530 and averaging $1925, up significantly from the previous week. The post PTIC heifers to $2530 in larger AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central PTIC heifers to 30 in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Weekly Indicators: housing and the Fed overshadow weekly steadiness edition

 May data underwhelmed this week. Producer prices were unchanged, while consumer prices declined. That was the best news. But industrial production was flat, while capacity utilization declined. Retail sales declined, including in real terms. Consumer sentiment as measured by the University of Michigan declined. Housing starts and permits both declined significantly. Source: XE news… Read more »

Dark Mofo bull slaughter show gets mixed reviews

An art performance featuring a bull’s entrails and blood is “heartbreaking” and “amazing” for some, while others blast it as “arty boringness” and “crap”. Source: ABC Livestock Dark Mofo bull slaughter show gets mixed reviews

Dairy farmers' daughters highlight how $1 milk is killing industry

Three daughters of dairy farmers in Queensland’s Scenic Rim are launching a social media campaign to encourage consumers to ditch $1 supermarket milk in favour of branded products. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers’ daughters highlight how milk is killing industry

India to ease cattle slaughter ban following backlash

The Indian Government bows to widespread pressure and promises to ease an outright ban on selling cattle for slaughter, which has jeopardised billions in exports and ruined livelihoods. Source: ABC Livestock India to ease cattle slaughter ban following backlash

Australian farmer's weed-destroying invention draws world interest

An Australian farmer’s invention, which destroys weed seeds during harvest, has the potential to reduce the need for herbicides in grain farming and is gaining interest from around the world. Source: ABC Grain Australian farmer’s weed-destroying invention draws world interest

XE Market Analysis: U.S. Housing Market Shows Further Signs of Slowing

OVERVIEW U.S. housing starts fell 5.5% and building permits fell 4.9% last month. U.S. consumer sentiment dipped in June with the Uni Michigan index dropping from 97.1 to 94.5. Bank of Japan keeps interest rates on hold and rules out from an early exit from its stimulus due to weak inflation. Eurozone inflation data confirmed… Read more »

Gina adds to beef supply chain with Qld feedlot purchase

Confirming rumours circulating around the feedlot industry since the start of June, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has bought specialised Wagyu feeding business Maydan feedlot near Warwick in southern Queensland. The post Gina adds to beef supply chain with Qld feedlot purchase appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Gina adds to beef supply… Read more »

NCHA Cutting Futurity Tamworth – Jamie Seccombe

  Riverina Australia’s sponsored rider Jamie Seccombe of Jamie Seccombe Cutting Horses, recently competed at his very first NCHA Cutting Futurity in Tamworth and we are very proud! Jamie made the Open Futurity limited final on two out of three horses. These included “Truclass Samurai” owned by Truclass Quarter Horses & Angie Innes, and “She’s Smart… Read more »

Market kangaroo meat better or watch them starve, landholders say

Landholders in far west New South Wales say if there are not more incentives for professionals to hunt kangaroos their numbers will become unsustainable. Source: ABC Livestock Market kangaroo meat better or watch them starve, landholders say

Digital age opens path to cotton chain connectivity

The digital building blocks are in place throughout the cotton industry for it to move to a more integrated system of connectivity along the supply chain, but a more concerted effort is needed to bring it all together, according to Auscott CEO, Harvey Gaynor. The post Digital age opens path to cotton chain connectivity appeared… Read more »

Hong Kong tour opens doors for ag entrepreneurs

A special tour to Hong Kong in early September will give people involved in Australia’s agricultural industries the opportunity to learn more about the Asian market and connect with potential customers in the region. The post Hong Kong tour opens doors for ag entrepreneurs appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Hong Kong… Read more »

Weather drives up Australian grain prices

Over the past month, Australia has seen both current and new crop wheat and barley markets strengthen dramatically, especially compared to harvest prices. The post Weather drives up Australian grain prices appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Weather drives up Australian grain prices