Month: July 2017

Vets and health experts take action against antimicrobial resistance

Vets and medical health experts attended an Antimicrobial Resistance Summit in Melbourne recently to discuss the actions that need to be taken in Australia to fight antibiotic resistance in humans and animals. The post Vets and health experts take action against antimicrobial resistance appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Vets and health… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 31, 2017

The dollar traded modestly firmer against the euro, sterling and other currenceis, while holding near net unchanged versus the yen, after USD-JPY recovered from a post-Japanese data dip to a six-week low of 110.31. EUR-CHF, which rallied over 3% last week, rallied back toward 1.1400 after consolidating in the mid 1.13s, bringing Friday’s 18-month high… Read more »

Grain Central’s July 2017 grain news quiz

Test your knowledge on current Australian grain industry news with Grain Central’s monthly quiz The post Grain Central’s July 2017 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s July 2017 grain news quiz

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 31, 2017

USD-JPY logged a six-week low at 110.31 in the Tokyo session before recouping above 110.50, returning to near last week’s closing level at 110.64. The low was the product of a phase of yen buying aa markets in Asia to a turn in reacting to North Korea’s test firing of another ICBM late on Friday…. Read more »

Polwarth breeders seek new AWEX wool description to boost demand

POLWARTH breeders are rebelling against the description of their wool as crossbred or comeback in the Australian auction system. The post Polwarth breeders seek new AWEX wool description to boost demand appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Polwarth breeders seek new AWEX wool description to boost demand

Central Australian cattle station sold for $13 million

Coniston Station, north-west of Alice Springs, is sold to a local pastoralist for $13 million, after passing through at auction last week. Source: ABC Livestock Central Australian cattle station sold for million

SustainaWOOL traditional superfine wool contract prices hit new heights

CONTRACT price premiums have never been higher for sustainably produced traditional superfine Merino wool accredited under New England Wool’s SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme, NEW managing director Andrew Blanch said. The post SustainaWOOL traditional superfine wool contract prices hit new heights appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central SustainaWOOL traditional superfine wool contract prices hit… Read more »

Queensland young auctioneers final includes first female contestant

THE 2017 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneer Competition will be contested by ten young auctioneers — including the first female contestant — at the Royal Queensland Show or Ekka in Brisbane next month. The post Queensland young auctioneers final includes first female contestant appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Queensland young auctioneers final… Read more »

Merino lamb flies into Life and Photo Competition contention

AN image of a flying Merino lamb is among the finalists in the 2017 Life and Light Photo Competition run by Western Local Land Services and Western Landcare NSW. The post Merino lamb flies into Life and Photo Competition contention appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino lamb flies into Life and… Read more »

Full-time security required for Pilbara cattle station

Think keeping your place secure is hard? Imagine working security for a 225,000-hectare cattle station in Western Australia’s Pilbara. Source: ABC Livestock Full-time security required for Pilbara cattle station

Welsh shearers triumphant against New Zealand shearers + VIDEO

NEW Zealand’s shearing team has ended an otherwise triumphant year with a disappointing end to its month-long tour of Scotland, England and Wales. The post Welsh shearers triumphant against New Zealand shearers + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Welsh shearers triumphant against New Zealand shearers + VIDEO

New National Sheep Health Declaration has extra weed question

THE new National Sheep Health Declaration has been released to replace the former sheep health statement, with an additional question on weeds. The post New National Sheep Health Declaration has extra weed question appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New National Sheep Health Declaration has extra weed question

Industry support growing for proposed $150m DEXA rollout

The future of the proposed $150 million spend to install DEXA carcase x-ray machines in abattoirs all over Australia now lies largely in the hands of peak industry councils, following the Australian Meat Processor Corporation Board’s decision last week to support the Meat & Livestock Australia rollout proposal. The post Industry support growing for proposed… Read more »

Central Australia’s Coniston Station makes above $12.5m after auction

Recent investor interest in extensive Central Australian grazing properties has continued, with the sale last Wednesday of 2170sq km Coniston Station, northwest of Alice Springs. The post Central Australia’s Coniston Station makes above $12.5m after auction appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Central Australia’s Coniston Station makes above .5m after auction

US beef exporters challenge thinking behind Japan’s stiff tariff hike

US beef exporters have mounted a strong case for the waiving of Japan’s Safeguard market protection mechanism, which from today will see tariffs for the next eight months on US frozen beef heading to Japan rise from 38.5pc to 50pc. The post US beef exporters challenge thinking behind Japan’s stiff tariff hike appeared first on… Read more »

Weekly indicators: what's ailing rail? edition

June data included an increase in new home sales, but a decrease in existing home sales. Median sales prices for both types of housing showed YoY deceleration. The Case-Shiller index, however, did not. Durable goods orders and the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index both rose.      Source: XE news feed Weekly indicators:… Read more »

Steers steady to softer on AuctionsPlus

Dry weather across large parts of eastern Australia continues to exert an influence on AuctionsPlus results, with steers and heavier heifers generally easing in value this week, despite a reduced offering. The post Steers steady to softer on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Steers steady to softer on AuctionsPlus

SELX store cattle sale – 28 July 2017

Numbers were back at the monthly South Eastern Livestock Exchange store sale at Yass on Friday, with the reduction seen mostly in the weaners and PTIC cows offered. Weaner steers were best supplied by medium weights which ranged from $550 to $895 with heavier weights reaching $950/head. The post SELX store cattle sale – 28… Read more »

'Give us the choice': SA growers challenge state's GM-ban

South Australia is the only mainland state where it is still illegal for farmers to grow genetically modified crops, but grain growers there say the ban is restricting the growth of their industry. Source: ABC Grain ‘Give us the choice’: SA growers challenge state’s GM-ban

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 28, 2017

Disappointing U.S. Q2 GDP data weighed on the dollar in N.Y. trade on Friday, pushing yields lower in the process, and keep a lid on Wall Street. EUR-USD rallied from near 1.1720 ahead of the data, later topping at 1.1764. USD-JPY meanwhile, fell under 110.70 from highs near 111.30. USD-CAD fell sharply to 1.2420 from… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: U.S. Consumer Spending Boosts Economy

OVERVIEW The British Pound is stable today as a soft Brexit looks likely. Swiss Franc ends the week lower as central banker says the currency is still overvalued. The U.S. economy grew at it’s fastest pace in two years. HIGHLIGHT The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in two years in the second quarter… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 28, 2017

The Swiss franc, in its sudden new-found role of fund currency of choice, continued to march lower, while the euro found fresh demand after correcting yesterday on the back of strong data leads out of the Eurozone. EUR-CHF rallied nearly 1%, gaining for a fourth consecutive day and logging a fresh 18-month high at 1.1380…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 28, 2017

The Swiss franc tumbled for a four straight session, driving EUR-CHF to a 1.1363 high, a level not seen since the SNB abandoned its former 1.2000 floor in January 2015. USD-CHF, meanwhile, rallied to a one-month peak, at 0.9721. The price action affirms the sentiment sea-change that’s been afoot this week, underpinned by a combo… Read more »

Japan increases tariffs in US beef

Australia’s beef industry has been buoyed today by news that Japan is likely to announce it will dramatically increase tariffs on US beef imports. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Japan increases tariffs in US beef

NT pastoralist's plane crashed after stalling: ATSB

A report into a fatal plane crashed which killed a well-known NT pastoralist finds he was not wearing his seatbelt correctly and the plane was filled with the wrong type of fuel. Source: ABC Livestock NT pastoralist’s plane crashed after stalling: ATSB

Could sheep be the New Zealand dairy industry’s ‘great white hope’?

NITRATE run-off regulations imposed on New Zealand dairy farms are proving to be an unlikely ally of the country’s declining sheep industry. The post Could sheep be the New Zealand dairy industry’s ‘great white hope’? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Could sheep be the New Zealand dairy industry’s ‘great white hope’?

Drone adoption slow to get off the ground

While drones may have a big future in farming, uptake levels remain low as the new technology finds its place as a management tool for farmers and the rural service industry, according to Flying Ag Australia owner, Meg Kummerow. The post Drone adoption slow to get off the ground appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

DEXA roll-out agreement to have future industry technology benefits

RED meat industry agreement on the proposed DEXA meat yield technology roll-out would provide a model for future industry-wide projects, Australian Meat Processor Corporation chief executive officer Peter Rizzo said yesterday. The post DEXA roll-out agreement to have future industry technology benefits appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central DEXA roll-out agreement to… Read more »

US frozen beef exports to Japan hit by huge tariff rise

It’s looking increasingly likely that Japan will later today formally announce the imposition of its safeguard tariff protection mechanism on some US beef imports, creating a huge advantage for Australian beef exporters for the next eight months. The post US frozen beef exports to Japan hit by huge tariff rise appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Live export standards review welcomed by industry and RSPCA

EXPORTERS and the RSPCA have welcomed Australian government plans to establish a committee to review the nation’s standards for the live export of livestock. The post Live export standards review welcomed by industry and RSPCA appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export standards review welcomed by industry and RSPCA

Cow that survived three days in floodwaters gives birth

A cow that survived a 70-kilometre, three-day swim through floodwaters in the far north of New South Wales has just given birth to a healthy male calf. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Cow that survived three days in floodwaters gives birth

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 27, 2017

The dollar picked up some recently lost ground in N.Y. trade on Thursday, aided by outsized durable orders gains, and advance trade and inventory figures, which bumped up our Q2 GDP estimate to 3.0%. EUR-USD faded from overnight trend highs of 1.1776, dropping to 1.1650 lows. USD-JPY meanwhile struggled to 111.71 highs, though as Wall… Read more »

Recruitment: Overcoming the agriculture skills shortage

Evidence from government organisations, industry groups, academics and almost anyone who has ever tried to find highly-skilled candidates for agriculture job vacancies, is that the Australian agriculture sector faces a near critical skills shortage. While agriculture is the biggest employer in rural and regional Australia, workforce capacity looms as the sector’s most significant issue. The… Read more »

Win a copy of Tim Borthwick’s Waltzing Australia

Waltzing Australia hit the shelves of bookstores around Australia this week, and an audio version narrated by renowned Australian actor Jack Thomson has also been released. To mark the launch, Beef Central has some free copies of Waltzing Australia to give away courtesy of Harper Collins and ABC Books. The post Win a copy of… Read more »

Workshops to help producers understand Farm Biosecurity Plan

From 1 October 2017, sheep, goat and cattle producers will need to complete a Farm Biosecurity Plan (FBP) to maintain or obtain accreditation under the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA). The post Workshops to help producers understand Farm Biosecurity Plan appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Workshops to help producers understand Farm… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 27, 2017

The dollar rebounded during the European AM session after posting fresh lows versus the euro, yen, Canadian dollar, and many other currencies during the Asian session, where markets digested Fed’s statement of yesterday, which showed a higher degree of low-inflation angst than in the previous statement. The narrow trade-weighted USD index recouped to near 93.50… Read more »

Dubbo sale 27 July 2017: Western cattle dominate yarding

Earlier in the sale there was a large influence of far western cattle and the quality could only be described as fair with consignments from Broken Hill, Mungindi, Enngonia, Hungerford and Bourke. Later in the sale though there were some very well finished vealers and grown steers sourced from local districts. The post Dubbo sale… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2017

August to October rainfall is likely to be below average for most of southern mainland Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook statement released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2017

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 27, 2017

The Fed’s statement has put the dollar under the cosh, pushing the narrow trade-weighted USD index to a 14-month low of 93.0 while EUR-USD scaled to a 30-month high of 1.1776 and USD-JPY fell towards the six-week low at 110.62 that was seen earlier in the week. The dollar’s losses have been concomitant with a… Read more »

What yesterday’s China processing suspensions mean for Australian meat exports

Some clarity is starting to emerge over the reasons behind the surprise suspension by China of six Australian meat processing plants yesterday, and the likely short and longer-term implications. The post What yesterday’s China processing suspensions mean for Australian meat exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central What yesterday’s China processing suspensions… Read more »

Breakthrough in Australia's beef with China over meat exports

Australian beef that was shipped to China before the Asian powerhouse slapped a temporary import ban on some producers will now be allowed into the country. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Breakthrough in Australia’s beef with China over meat exports

AMPC backs MLA’s DEXA rollout plan

The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) Board has unanimously supported Meat Livestock Australia’s request for processor levies to jointly fund an accelerated $150 million rollout of DEXA technology. The post AMPC backs MLA’s DEXA rollout plan appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central AMPC backs MLA’s DEXA rollout plan

Lotfeeders share their personal stories and industry passion via videos

Three passionate contributors to Australia’s grainfed beef sector share their personal stories and commitment to their industry in a new series of youtube videos released this week. The project, titled ‘Love Your Work’, is the latest engaging video series released by ALFA. The post Lotfeeders share their personal stories and industry passion via videos appeared… Read more »

NT croc industry valued at over $100m, four times previous estimates

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said a new report reinforced the Government’s plan to increase its investment with Indigenous rangers in remote communities. Source: ABC Livestock NT croc industry valued at over 0m, four times previous estimates

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2017

August to October rainfall is likely to be below average for most of southern mainland Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook statement released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2017

Nominees called for committee to review live export standards

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is establishing a technical advisory committee to conduct a review of Australia’s Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and is seeking applications for membership. The post Nominees called for committee to review live export standards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Nominees called for… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 26, 2017

The dollar was rangebound ahead of the FOMC in N.Y. on Wednesday. The greenback initially bounced, then eased back after the Fed announcement, where rates were left unchanged, as expected. EUR-USD fell to 1.1629 from near 1.1650 before bouncing to 1.1706. USD-JPY meanwhile, topped at session highs of 112.20, then slipped to 111.52 lows. The… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: UK Economy Remains in Low Gear

OVERVIEW FX relatively quiet as the market awaits the FOMC decision. U.S. new home sales rose 610k in June, a similar pace to May that is in line with market forecasts. Australian CPI slowed unexpectedly in the second quarter, dampening rate hike bets. Australia’s central bank governor Philip Lowe said he is “very comfortable” with… Read more »

Dalby sale 26 July 2017: Cheaper trend but stronger in patches

Most classes of feed and export slaughter lines sold to a cheaper market. Restockers were very selective on the lightweight yearling steers with only well-bred lines in demand while the remainder averaged 10c/kg less. However, a lift in the quality of the light weight yearling heifers to restockers went against this trend to average 8c/kg… Read more »

Do daily corporate tax receipts forecast quarterly profits?

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to show you something that doesn’t pan out, just to show you that I don’t cherry-pick data. It has to be worthwhile and reasonably consistent for me to include it in my surveys. Source: XE news feed Do daily corporate tax receipts forecast quarterly profits?

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 26, 2017

The trade-weighed USD index inched upwards, to a three-session high at 94.12 as market participants anticipate the Fed’s policy announcement and guidance later today. USD-JPY lifted briefly above 112.00 during the Tokyo session before settling lower, while EUR-USD extended the correction from yesterday’s 23-month high at 1.1711, ebbing to a low of 1.1612. Source:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 26, 2017

The Aussie dollar took a rap following sub-forecast CPI data out of Australia, which came in at 1.9% y/y in Q2 versus the median forecast for 2.2% y/y, while the underlying rate remained stubbornly below the RBA’s target range. AUD-USD is just off its lows, at 0.7884 bid presently, showing a 0.7% decline on the… Read more »

Italian processors pay 400 cent-plus premiums for non-mulesed superfine wool

AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers are for the first time being offered contract premiums for non-mulesed traditional-style wool of up to 400c/kg-plus clean above current market indicators. The post Italian processors pay 400 cent-plus premiums for non-mulesed superfine wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Italian processors pay 400 cent-plus premiums for non-mulesed… Read more »

North Queensland farmers slowly recovering from Cyclone Debbie

Some north Queensland farmers are slowly getting back to some kind of normalcy as they continue to recover from Cyclone Debbie. Source: ABC Livestock North Queensland farmers slowly recovering from Cyclone Debbie

For Australia’s biosecurity, absolutely no RAM for the pet lamb

Livestock Biosecurity Network’s biosecurity and extension manager for New South Wales, Rachel Gordon, explains why the feeding of restricted animal material (RAM) to ruminants is prohibited; no RAM allowed for the lamb. The post For Australia’s biosecurity, absolutely no RAM for the pet lamb appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central For Australia’s… Read more »

China suspends six Australian beef plants

RED meat processors and trade personnel are perplexed about the reasons behind a surprise Chinese decision overnight to suspend six Australian export beef plants from supplying the Chinese market. The post China suspends six Australian beef plants appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central China suspends six Australian beef plants

Southern Queensland grazing land market may be levelling-off

The southern Queensland property market was still showing strong competition and firming values at the end of the financial year, although there are some signals indicating it is levelling off after the significant growth that occurred over a relatively short period, according to Herron Todd White’s July rural property report. The post Southern Queensland grazing… Read more »

Providing greater integrity over beef brand’s claims over sustainability

Putting some substance and integrity behind beef brand claims in areas like environmental management and sustainability was the theme behind a Queensland beef supply chain’s adoption of the Grazing Best Management Practices program at a launch in Brisbane yesterday. The post Providing greater integrity over beef brand’s claims over sustainability appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Clearing the roadblocks to autonomous tractors

The key ‘enabling elements’ for making and operating autonomous tractors have already been developed by the major tractor manufacturers, but roadblocks remain to the widespread commercial release of fully autonomous farming machines. The post Clearing the roadblocks to autonomous tractors appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Clearing the roadblocks to autonomous tractors

Opinion: Murray Darling revelations put into perspective

The fundamental design of the Murray Darling Plan is good, but the implementation of the plan has a number of shortcomings, according to Dr David Adamson from The Centre for Global Food and Resources. The post Opinion: Murray Darling revelations put into perspective appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Opinion: Murray Darling… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 26 July 2017

A series of cold fronts and low pressure systems tracked across southwest Western Australia, generating moderate falls. Cold fronts also produced moderate falls in southeastern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 26 July 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 26… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 25, 2017

Decent incoming U.S. data supported the dollar in N.Y. on Tuesday, while earnings beats helped Wall Street, resulting in higher Treasury yields, also dollar friendly. EUR-USD topped at 1.1712 before profit taking took the pairing to 1.1646 lows. USD-JPY meanwhile, was supported by risk-on conditions, topping at 111.68. USD-CAD edged higher from new trend lows… Read more »

Roma store 26 July 2017: Prices ease in bigger yarding

All buyers were present and operating in a market that remained easier, strengthening at times throughout the day however overall the market eased. The post Roma store 26 July 2017: Prices ease in bigger yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 26 July 2017: Prices ease in bigger yarding

XE Market Analysis: Euro Hits Fresh 23-month High as German Exporters "Euphoric"

OVERVIEW German business morale hits a record high in July, with Euro’s rise not a concern. U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in July, just shy of a 17-year high. U.S. house prices rose at a slower than expected pace in April. Market sentiment has improved with global stocks in positive territory and oil prices also… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 25 July 2017: Export processor demand eases

There were prices falls of 2-4c for trade and export cattle as domestic and export processor demand dropped away from last week’s levels. The post NVLX Wodonga 25 July 2017: Export processor demand eases appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 25 July 2017: Export processor demand eases

Producer reps sought for MLA board selection committee

Candidates are being sought to fill three producer representative positions to the MLA board selection committee at this year’s annual general meeting in November at Alice Springs. The post Producer reps sought for MLA board selection committee appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Producer reps sought for MLA board selection committee

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 25, 2017

The dollar trade mostly without direction during the Asian and European AM sessions. USD-JPY lifting to a two-session peak of 111.46 amid a broad-but-modest tick lower in the yen, while EUR-USD narrowly orbited the 1.1650 level, continuing the consolidation after the pair clocked a 23-month high on Friday at 1.1684. USD-CAD, and other commodity currency… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Brahman Poll genetics are different

A more precise DNA test to identify homozygous (PP) polled cattle in Brahman and Brahman derived breeds could result from recent work by researchers at the University of Queensland. The post Weekly genetics review: Brahman Poll genetics are different appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Brahman Poll genetics are… Read more »

World-first Poll Wagyu sale will create wide interest

A breeding syndicate called Polled Wagyu Pty Ltd will offer 20 young purebred Wagyu bulls, all tested heterozygous polls, at auction near Mackay in Central Queensland next month, in what is believed to be the world’s first sale of Poll Wagyu genetics. The post World-first Poll Wagyu sale will create wide interest appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 25, 2017

Narrow ranges have been the order of the day so far, with a combo of a dearth of fresh directional cues, summertime thinness, and the looming proximity of the Fed’s policy announcement (tomorrow) fostering a noncommittal market. USD-JPY dipped back under 111.00, reflective of a broad though moderate bid in the yen, which has been… Read more »

Weekly kill: Easing trend continues in grids, as rampant A$ bites hard

There’s been a general easing trend in northern slaughter cattle price grids again this week, as the full impact of the recent surge in the value of the Aussie dollar takes effect. Further ahead, at least one large east-coast process is planning a week’s break in September, as slaughter cattle numbers dwindle. The post Weekly… Read more »

Exploitation claims threaten integrity of Murray Darling Plan

The integrity of the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been thrown into question following revelations on last night’s ABC Four Corners program of alleged illegal water extraction and back room subterfuge. The post Exploitation claims threaten integrity of Murray Darling Plan appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Exploitation claims threaten integrity of… Read more »

Sound of grassfed cattle industry reform: crickets

It’s been two years since Cattle Council of Australia and various self-appointed grower groups agreed on a new restructure model to improve grassfed cattle producer representation in Australia. The sound of the reform process since that time: crickets. The post Sound of grassfed cattle industry reform: crickets appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Changes within MLA’s industry insights, data reporting ranks

In a series of personnel changes within MLA’s ranks, chief analyst Ben Thomas will move into a new role in the MLA Donor Company, and a new appointment made to head the service delivery company’s market intelligence team. The post Changes within MLA’s industry insights, data reporting ranks appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith sets new eight-hour ewe record of 644

NEW Zealand shearer Rowland Smith has broken the world eight hour strong wool shearing record by almost 40 sheep. shearing 644 to beat the former top tally of 605 ewes in four two-hour runs. The post New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith sets new eight-hour ewe record of 644 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Extreme El Niño events to stay despite stabilisation: CSIRO

The frequency of extreme El Niño events is projected to increase for a further century after global mean temperature is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The post Extreme El Niño events to stay despite stabilisation: CSIRO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Extreme El Niño events to stay despite stabilisation: CSIRO

CBH to expand capacity by 300 000 tonnes in 2017

The CBH Group has commenced expansion and maintenance projects at 12 sites across the Western Australian receival network as the $750 million Network Strategy enters the construction phase. The post CBH to expand capacity by 300 000 tonnes in 2017 appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central CBH to expand capacity by 300… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 24, 2017

The dollar has managed an up day today against most currencies (the Canadian dollar being the main exception), albeit fractionally so, with the narrow traded-weighted index showing a 0.1% gain after recouping from intraday losses. EUR-USD has settled around 1.1630-40, earlier edging out a fresh intraday low at 1.1625, which matched Friday’s low. USD-JPY recovered… Read more »

Bred Well Fed Well extends to beef

The key production benefits of using superior genetics when breeding and feeding to boost profitability will be the focus of the first Bred Well Fed Well workshop to be extended to beef producers, following the program’s success in the sheep industry. The post Bred Well Fed Well extends to beef appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Live exporters finalise charity auction plans for LIVEXchange 2017

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters will support two charitable causes with strong links to rural and regional communities – Ronald McDonald House Perth and St John Ambulance – at their annual conference in November. The post Live exporters finalise charity auction plans for LIVEXchange 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live exporters finalise… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Remains Under Pressure from Russia Investigation

OVERVIEW The Euro dipped back from 23-month highs following softer economic data. IHS Markit said its monthly UK Household Finance Index dropped to 41.8 from June’s 43.7, its lowest in 3 years. The US existing home sales fell more than expected last month, but price median prices hit a record high. Markit’s US manufacturing and… Read more »

Wagga sale 25 July 2017: Erratic trends in smaller yarding

Store cattle categories were anything from dearer to 30c/kg cheaper. Agents said the unsettled market made it difficult to value cattle and gave no confidence to some farmers to trade cattle. The post Wagga sale 25 July 2017: Erratic trends in smaller yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 25… Read more »

Biosecurity update: Responsibility shared by all in vigilance over BSE

A timely reminder from the Livestock Biosecurity Network about the need for vigilance when it comes to Australia’s ruminant feed ban, as part of our biosecurity efforts to minimise risk of a BSE event in this country. The post Biosecurity update: Responsibility shared by all in vigilance over BSE appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 24, 2017

EUR-USD settled under 1.1650 after drifting lower from the London open, putting in some space from the Asia-session 23-month high at 1.1684. Softer than expected Eurozone PMI readings in flash estimates for June weighed on the common currency. Reuters also reported an unnamed source saying that the ECB is won’t making a decision on the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 24, 2017

USD-JPY carved out a five-week low at 110.86 during the Tokyo session. The move reflected a bout of broad dollar selling, with yen crosses generally holding narrow ranges over this phase. EUR-USD edged out a new 23-month high at 1.1684, despite Reuters reporting an unnamed source saying that the ECB won’t be making a decision… Read more »

Australian superfine wool growers asked to support ‘cease mulesing’ policy

AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers are being asked to consider supporting a ‘cease mulesing’ policy. Seven years after the passing of the industry’s ill-fated 2010 mulesing ban deadline, Sheep Central has been told the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association executive is canvassing membership support for a ‘cease mulesing’ clause in an animal welfare policy. The post… Read more »

Heavy traffic in feeder cattle will rob 2018 of grassfed ox

Beef processors are becoming increasingly wary about the number of young cattle being sold this year as feeders into grainfed programs, that would otherwise appear in their kill rosters in 2018 as grassfed heavy ox. What’s driving it? The post Heavy traffic in feeder cattle will rob 2018 of grassfed ox appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Uri Park sells in lively southern NSW property market

Darlington Point property Uri Park has been sold privately by the Shaw family to a European interest for an undisclosed price. The post Uri Park sells in lively southern NSW property market appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Uri Park sells in lively southern NSW property market

Vietnam processing facility aims at preserving ‘integrity’ of Australian beef

In an export beef market where product substitution is said to be rife, an Australian-driven project in Vietnam is developing a beef business model aimed at guaranteeing the integrity of the term, ‘product of Australia.’ The post Vietnam processing facility aims at preserving ‘integrity’ of Australian beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Policy complacency looks likely to see multi-peril insurance fail

As a looming drought in WA appears increasingly likely to decimate grain production and farm incomes, there is some irony in the lack of enthusiasm shown by governments to firmly establish multi-peril insurance as a preferred option for farmers to reduce drought risk. The post Policy complacency looks likely to see multi-peril insurance fail appeared… Read more »

Popular Lambing Planner tool goes digital as a mobile phone app

WESTERN Australia’s Lambing Planner has gone digital after several reprints to satisfy national and international demand for the popular paper-based tool. The post Popular Lambing Planner tool goes digital as a mobile phone app appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Popular Lambing Planner tool goes digital as a mobile phone app

Drought leaves western Queensland graziers facing more tough choices

Sheep grazier Peter Clark finally has lambs in his flock again, but the unrelenting drought might soon force him into another heart-wrenching stock reduction. Source: ABC Livestock Drought leaves western Queensland graziers facing more tough choices