Month: July 2017

Pingelly sheep producer takes on WA research council leadership

PINGELLY sheep producer and veterinarian Tim Watts has been appointed executive officer of the Western Australian Livestock Research Council, taking over the role from outgoing inaugural executive officer, Erin Gorter. The post Pingelly sheep producer takes on WA research council leadership appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Pingelly sheep producer takes on… Read more »

What are top of mind farm safety issues? GrainGrowers members have their say

As part of National Farm Safety Week, GrainGrowers asked members of its National Policy Group what they as grain growers believed were the top of mind issues for farm safety in the grains industry. The post What are top of mind farm safety issues? GrainGrowers members have their say appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

World solo eight-hour strong wool ewe shearing record to be telecast live

THE waiting and the weighing is over and it’s all systems go for Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith, who will tackle the world solo eight-hour strong wool ewe shearing record in England today. The record will be live-streamed at https://agricamera.co.uk/sheep-shearing-live-stream/, officially starting at 7am in the UK, which is 6pm New Zealand time today or… Read more »

Careers: Thought about the meat processing sector? You may be surprised

Just before 30 high-school principals, career advisors and employment agency staff embarked on a tour of the state-of-the-art Oakey Beef Exports processing plant last Friday, general manager Pat Gleeson warned they were in for a mind-changing experience. The post Careers: Thought about the meat processing sector? You may be surprised appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Sheep meat governance scholarship deadline approaching

SHEEP meat producers have a week to apply for industry governance scholarships being offered by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Sheep meat governance scholarship deadline approaching appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat governance scholarship deadline approaching

Ag tech entrepreneurs look to Israel

11 Queensland Ag Tech start ups will travel to Tel Aviv next month to learn from innovative Israeli companies revolutionising the agricultural sector, while the Victorian Government has also announced a partnership with an Israeli ag tech company to develop decision support platform for Victorian farmers. The post Ag tech entrepreneurs look to Israel appeared… Read more »

South Australian lamb forum to outline efficiency options

PRIME lamb producers will get insights into producing more lambs from lower inputs at a forum at Naracoorte tomorrow. The post South Australian lamb forum to outline efficiency options appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central South Australian lamb forum to outline efficiency options

Entries open for 2017 Australian Export Awards

Entry into the awards is through the state and territory export awards programs, with final closing dates for each State and Territory ranging from July to August. The post Entries open for 2017 Australian Export Awards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Entries open for 2017 Australian Export Awards

US Equity and Economic Week in Review: Hey — It's More Modest Growth

       This was a light economic news week for the U.S. economy.  The most important news came from the Conference Board, which released the latest LEI and CEI numbers on Thursday.  On Wednesday, The Census Bureau released building permits and housing starts data.  The markets saw modest advances on the back of solid earnings… Read more »

US Bond Market Week in Review: Memo to the Fed: Prices Just Aren't an Issue

      For the duration of this expansion, the Federal Reserve has continually predicted an increasing pace of inflation.  While their overall rate of projections has trended somewhat lower during the last five years, they still believe inflation will be somewhat higher in the next 12 to 18 months.  The data does not support their projections. … Read more »

International Economic Week in Review: Positive News Continues

     The overall tenor of news from the big G7 economies continues to be modestly bullish.  The EU, continues to grow at a slightly above trend pace, continuing a trend that started in the fourth quarter of 2016.  On the other side of the globe, Japan and Australia continue their modest expansions.  Canada, which… Read more »

Weekly Indicators: a return to positivity in all frames edition

June data was sparse, but an improvement in both housing permits and starts was enough for the most positive reading of the Index of Leading Indicators in several years.   Source: XE news feed Weekly Indicators: a return to positivity in all frames edition

Heywire: Young regional Australians telling it like it is

Breanna Cook grew up living on a 2000-acre beef cattle property in central Queensland. When she finished school, Breanna had a big decision to make – head to the city for uni or stay on the property and follow her dreams… Source: ABC Beef Cattle Heywire: Young regional Australians telling it like it is

Softer demand for joined females in 8940 head AuctionsPlus offering

Demand for joined females was soft on AuctionsPlus this week, seeing only proven breeders sell. PTIC cows averaged $1509 to a top of $1800, while cows and calves saw a larger offering this week of 498 units, averaging $2070. The post Softer demand for joined females in 8940 head AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 21, 2017

The dollar took another hit on Friday, taking the DXY to 13-month lows of 93.87. U.S. political concerns and generally shaking risk taking levels have weighed. EUR-USD topped 1.1680, a new 23-month high, while USD-JPY sank to one-month lows of 111.01. USD-CAD continued its losing ways, touching new lows of 1.2522 following strong Canadian retail… Read more »

Are purchase mortgage applications a housing outlier?

All this year, purchase mortgage applications have been something of an outlier in the housing sector. Permits and starts are flat to lower since the end of last year: So are existing home sales, which are about 90% of the market: Source: XE news feed Are purchase mortgage applications a housing outlier?

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 21, 2017

EUR-USD clocked a new 23-month high at 1.1677 before tipping back under 1.1650. There appears to be at least some speculation in the interbank market that ECB officials may attempt to walk back some of the hawkish interpretation of markets to yesterday’s communication from Draghi, who perhaps didn’t envisage such a strong euro rally, which… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 21, 2017

EUR-USD logged a three-day low at 1.1504 ahead of the London open as markets prepare for the ECB’s policy announcement today, which is likely to signal largely unchanged dovish-leaning guidance while acknowledging economic improvement. EUR-JPY and other euro crosses have been holding up better, however, suggesting that markets are mostly satisfied with their positioning in… Read more »

2017 National Farm Safety Week – Riverina Safety Awareness

This week in Australia we recognise 2017 National Farm Safety Week, a week promoted by Farmsafe Australia Incorporated. This is an important week in our industry as injuries sustained on farms are a real problem. We all need to be more aware of this and consider the safety concerns before action takes place. According to… Read more »

The end of an era for Livestock SA's Geoff Power

After almost two decades of lobbying for the South Australian cattle and sheep industry, Geoff Power will step down as president of Livestock SA next month. Source: ABC Beef Cattle The end of an era for Livestock SA’s Geoff Power

Industry support for Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework

AUSTRALIAN sheep meat leaders are reviewing strategies to manage a range of risks to the sector, including mulesing, before starting work on an industry-wide sustainability framework. The post Industry support for Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Industry support for Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework

NSW Farmers backs WoolProducers Australia in AWI oversight push

WOOLPRODUCERS Australia has gained further support from NSW Farmers for its efforts to become the oversight body for Australian Wool Innovation. The post NSW Farmers backs WoolProducers Australia in AWI oversight push appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers backs WoolProducers Australia in AWI oversight push

Pulse rate rises – another big year for chickpeas

Chickpea plantings are set to top the 1.1-million-hectare mark this season as the final crops go in, with yield expectations tempered by high disease pressure and low rainfall in some areas. The post Pulse rate rises – another big year for chickpeas appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Pulse rate rises –… Read more »

Tough year for oats crops, but July rain gives second-wind

A smaller oats crop this winter is diverting more cattle that would normally be grazed on crops into saleyards, while also curtailing the number of buyers chasing cattle to feed on oats. The post Tough year for oats crops, but July rain gives second-wind appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Tough year… Read more »

Top young wool brokers set for national award judging next month

TOP young wool brokers from Victoria and New South Wales have been selected as finalists in the industry’s annual broker award. The post Top young wool brokers set for national award judging next month appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Top young wool brokers set for national award judging next month

Growers call for urgent overhaul of transport red tape

Transport rules for heavy agricultural vehicles are out of date and need to be overhauled urgently so Queensland primary producers can get on with the job of farming instead of being tied up in red tape, according to Queensland farmer representative body, AgForce. The post Growers call for urgent overhaul of transport red tape appeared… Read more »

Bill Gates’ AA Co visit holds lessons for third-world livestock systems + VIDEO

A visit last year by billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates to an AA Co cattle property in Queensland has opened his eyes to possibilities to improve livestock production in third world countries. The post Bill Gates’ AA Co visit holds lessons for third-world livestock systems + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Recruitment: Getting an entry-level start in the beef industry

If you’re a youngster looking to launch your career in the beef industry and don’t quite know where to start, here are a few resources that might help you on your way. The post Recruitment: Getting an entry-level start in the beef industry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Getting an… Read more »

NZ shearer Rowland Smith is on final run to UK world record attempt

NEW Zealand shearer and former world champion Rowland Smith is preparing for one of the busiest times of his life with a world record attempt and two test matches against Wales in just six days. The post NZ shearer Rowland Smith is on final run to UK world record attempt appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Applications open for 2017 NAB Agri Rising Beef Industry Champion

The call is out for young beef producers across the country to apply for the 2017 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion. The post Applications open for 2017 NAB Agri Rising Beef Industry Champion appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Applications open for 2017 NAB Agri Rising Beef Industry Champion

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 20, 2017

The dollar slumped in N.Y trade on Thursday, with action led by the ECB announcement and press conference, which saw EUR-USD rally to near two-year highs of 1.1658. Chief Draghi attired things up as he attempted to downplay timing and details of next policy moves, the upbeat comments on EU economic strength, and the fact… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Euro Soars After ECB Announcement and Latest Trump News

OVERVIEW The ECB kept monetary policy on hold as expected but unexpectedly kept their guidance unchanged. The Euro hit its highest level since August 2015. UK retail sales were stronger than expected in June, rising 0.6% from May. UK trade minister says the UK could survive without an EU trade deal, reigniting concern over a… Read more »

Dubbo sale 20 July 2017: Prices lift with quality

It was a much better quality yarding than the previous sale with a pretty good selection of young cattle to suit the trade and feeder orders along with good numbers of grown steers and cows. The post Dubbo sale 20 July 2017: Prices lift with quality appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Recruitment: Getting an entry-level start in the livestock industry

If you’re a youngster looking to launch your career in the sheep or wool industry and don’t quite know where to start, here are a few resources that might help you on your way. The post Recruitment: Getting an entry-level start in the livestock industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment:… Read more »

Japan’s Marubeni makes US processing investment to target China trade

Japanese trading house Marubeni has purchased a US beef processing business, anticipating greater exports to China after Beijing lifted its long-standing ban on meat from American cattle last month. Marubeni has purchased the Kansas-based Creekstone Farms, a processor and distributor of premium US beef, in a deal worth about A$212m. The post Japan’s Marubeni makes… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 20, 2017

The dollar traded firmer today, rebounding from intraday weakness in the cases against the pound and Australian dollars. EUR-USD slipped to three-day lows under 1.1500 as markets prepare for the ECB’s policy announcement today. EUR-JPY and other euro crosses have been holding up better, however, suggesting that markets are mostly satisfied with their positioning in… Read more »

MLA board stands behind Norton despite AWI mulesing comment criticism

‘SHOOTING the messenger’ to stifle industry discussions on mulesing has not worked for Australian Innovation chairman Wal Merriman this time. Meat and Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton confirmed today the MLA board has stood behind him and his recent mulesing and sheep welfare strategy comments, despite complaints from the AWI leader. The post MLA… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 20, 2017

EUR-USD logged a three-day low at 1.1504 ahead of the London open as markets prepare for the ECB’s policy announcement today, which is likely to signal largely unchanged dovish-leaning guidance while acknowledging economic improvement. EUR-JPY and other euro crosses have been holding up better, however, suggesting that markets are mostly satisfied with their positioning in… Read more »

Year Round Supplementation

“It’s the consistent lift in productivity and overall herd health that impress me most.” We found a great article in today’s Queensland Country Life, written by Mark Phelps. Check it out here. The current values to be received from Merino wool and fat lambs certainly justifies the maintenance of a strong plane of nutrition for these animals.

Indian cattle-slaughter ban in limbo

India’s Supreme Court intervenes in the nation’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter, but there are questions about how long it will last. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Indian cattle-slaughter ban in limbo

92,500 megalitres to be released in Flinders and Gilbert River catchments

92,500 megalitres of water will be made available from late August in Flinders and Gilbert River catchments, a move that AgForce says will help to unlock the enormous potential that exists for irrigated agriculture in north-west Queensland. The post 92,500 megalitres to be released in Flinders and Gilbert River catchments appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Stand by your ram: Lost sheep befriends giant statue

A lost sheep befriends a giant ram statue at a saleyard in Katanning in Western Australia’s Great Southern, standing by its side for the past nine days. Source: ABC Livestock Stand by your ram: Lost sheep befriends giant statue

Kay’s Cuts: US beef to China is a trickle

To great fanfare, US beef re-entered the China market three weeks ago for the first time since 2003. But Australia need not be concerned about US beef gaining a significant market share in China at least for several years, writes regular US market commentator, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: US beef to China is… Read more »

Silo art puts Thallon on the map

A striking set of giant murals depicting the natural beauty of the district around Thallon, west of Goondiwindi in southern Queensland, has been officially launched today at the small town’s GrainCorp silos. The post Silo art puts Thallon on the map appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Silo art puts Thallon on… Read more »

Both Origin, anti-fracking NT pastoralist describe inquiry report as 'balanced'

Origin Energy’s chief geologist and a major pastoralist opposed to fracking have described the interim report by the Northern Territory’s independent inquiry into fracking as balanced. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Both Origin, anti-fracking NT pastoralist describe inquiry report as ‘balanced’

Clarification: Mallonland Pty Ltd v Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd

Clarification in relation to Qld Supreme Court Proceeding No. 4103/07: Mallonland Pty Ltd -v- Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd. The post Clarification: Mallonland Pty Ltd v Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Clarification: Mallonland Pty Ltd v Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd

Destination Hong Kong for Aussie ag entrepreneurs

When a chartered Qantas B747-400 jumbo jet takes off from Toowoomba’s privately-built Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on September 3, it will be taking a lucky group of agricultural producers, processors, exporters, financers and local government representatives on a specially-tailored trip to Hong Kong. The post Destination Hong Kong for Aussie ag entrepreneurs appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 19, 2017

The dollar steadied some in N.Y. trade on Wednesday, leaving the DXY slightly higher. EUR-USD eased back to 1.1510 lows, largely on position squaring activity ahead of Thursday’s ECB announcement and press conference. USD-JPY printed three-week lows of 111.56, before moving back over 111.80 on a higher Wall Street. USD-CAD briefly printed fresh 14-month lows… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: The Euro Drifts Lower Ahead of the ECB

OVERVIEW Major currencies are generally quiet, though the Australian Dollar hit a fresh 2-year high versus the US Dollar. U.S. homebuilding rebounded more than expected in June, ending three months of declines. Canadian manufacturing sales rose to a record level in May due to higher sales of motor vehicles and parts.  Global stocks and oil… Read more »

Bureau says strike action will not affect forecasts and warnings

The Bureau of Meteorology says it will continue to deliver timely forecasts and warnings while staff take strike action for the next three weeks. The post Bureau says strike action will not affect forecasts and warnings appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bureau says strike action will not affect forecasts and warnings

11 reasons to join the Access Hong Kong tour

When a chartered Qantas B747-400 jumbo jet takes off from Toowoomba’s privately-built Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on September 3, it will be taking producers, processors, exporters, financiers and local government representatives on a specially-tailored agricultural trip to Hong Kong. The good news is, there is still a chance to join the tour. The post 11… Read more »

Housing improves, but still not positive

Last month the housing permits and starts report was poor enough for me to score it a negative.  Further, because neither permits nor starts had made new highs since winter, it was sufficient to tip the scales in how I look at the long leading indicators.   Source: XE news feed Housing improves, but… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 19, 2017

EUR-USD logged an intraday low at 1.1514 before recouping above 1.1530, leaving yesterday’s 1.1511 low unchallenged. EUR-JPY, EUR-GBP and other euro crosses saw a similar price action. The move comes ahead of the ECB’s policy meeting tomorrow, with markets anticipating a “no change yet in guidance” message from President Draghi, with policymakers likely to take… Read more »

Weekly Property Review – Producers look outside the box for additional capital injection

There is increasing interest from cattle producers seeking joint venture and equity partners to inject capital into their operations to gain efficiencies, scale and add value, Linda Rowley writes in this week’s Property Review. The post Weekly Property Review – Producers look outside the box for additional capital injection appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Funding farm ownership transition to the next generation

Supporting young people wanting to get into agriculture is about more than talking up career options, as the massive ownership transition that has to happen is going to cost billions to fund, says NAB. The post Funding farm ownership transition to the next generation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Funding farm… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 19, 2017

The Australian dollar continued to rally and logged a fresh 26-month peak against the U.S. buck, at 0.7947. The currency has now risen in eight out of the last nine sessions, making a convincing break of the 0.7700 level on route. An unexpected peppering of hawkishness in the RBA minutes from the early-July policy meeting,… Read more »

Hann Highway 'missing link' under construction

Work starts on a new section of the Hann Highway, which has been touted as a crucial inland link between Cairns and Melbourne. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Hann Highway ‘missing link’ under construction

Harvey the Merino ram finds Jock to make Australian sheep show history + VIDEO

NEW South Wales sheep classer Bill Mildren once told Victorian Merino breeder Jock MacRae that the top sheep will find themselves. After winning the Supreme Merino Exhibit sash with his two year-old ram Harvey at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the weekend, Jock firmly believes the ram found him. The post Harvey the… Read more »

Downs feedlot sale underpins momentum in grainfed beef

A small, but well-designed and equipped commercial feedlot on Queensland’s southern Darling Downs has sold for a price slightly above $4.5m, in another indication of the focus on grainfed production systems in Australia at present. The post Downs feedlot sale underpins momentum in grainfed beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Downs… Read more »

WA’s Harvey Beef claims national food industry award

Harvey Beef’s new retail packaging facility is behind a national Food & Beverage Industry Awards win in Sydney last night, for the company’s premium range of steak cuts being sold into Coles Supermarkets across WA. The post WA’s Harvey Beef claims national food industry award appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA’s… Read more »

Gippsland’s Amy Rogers wins state open wool handling final in Bendigo

GIPPSLAND wool handler Amy Rogers has won the Victorian state wool handling final in her first year as an open wool handler. The post Gippsland’s Amy Rogers wins state open wool handling final in Bendigo appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Gippsland’s Amy Rogers wins state open wool handling final in Bendigo

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 18, 2017

The dollar largely continued its losing ways in N.Y. on Tuesday, with EUR-USD topping at 14-month highs of 1.1585, and staying over 1.1450 through the remainder of the session: USD-JPY fell to three-week lows of 111.69before recovering over 112.10, as Wall Street pared losses. Cable stayed soft after cooler U.K. inflation figures, while USD-CAD bounced… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 19 July 2017

A series of cold fronts delivered rain across southern Australia throughout the week, including thunderstorms in the southeast at the end of week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 19 July 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 19 July 2017

Roma store 18 July 2017: Market firm for 6822 yarding

All buyers were in attendance and taking into consideration quality comparison to last week, there was unmentionable change, however with the rise in grain prices the feedlot entry money was back slightly. The post Roma store 18 July 2017: Market firm for 6822 yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Slumps Further on Healthcare Failure

OVERVIEW Dollar tumbles after Trump’s monumental failure on healthcare. Aussie Dollar storms higher after RBA meeting minutes.  UK inflation put the Pound under pressure as CPI slowed unexpectedly. Euro takes advantage of a weaker Dollar and Pound.  HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Slumps Further on Healthcare Failure

US detects another case of atypical BSE

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that an atypical case of BSE has been found in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama. The post US detects another case of atypical BSE appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central US detects another case of atypical BSE

NVLX Wodonga 18 July 2017: Shortage pushes prime stock prices higher

Vendors were rewarded when domestic processors became the market drivers for well finished trade and some export cattle in order to secure numbers. The post NVLX Wodonga 18 July 2017: Shortage pushes prime stock prices higher appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 18 July 2017: Shortage pushes prime stock prices… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 18, 2017

The dollar remained on a declining path, concomitant with the pricing out of Fed rate hike potential in the remainder of 2017. Fed fund futures were in late trade yesterday discounting a 44% probability for a rate 25 bp hike before year-end. EUR-USD rallied to a new 14-month high of 1.1564, despite a weaker than… Read more »

Merino rams sell to $32,000 three times at Bendigo sale

MERINO ram demand reached new heights at the Australian Sheep and Wool show’s annual sale in Bendigo on Sunday. The post Merino rams sell to $32,000 three times at Bendigo sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino rams sell to ,000 three times at Bendigo sale

Wellard share price falls as huge losses flagged

Livestock exporter Wellard Limited is expecting potential losses of between $55 million to $65 million for the 2016/17 financial year. Source: ABC Livestock Wellard share price falls as huge losses flagged

Weekly genetics review: The growing quest for polledness

Polledness is a trait of increasing importance to beef producers for a multitude of reasons. While animal welfare issues attached to dehorning are a key driver for some producers in horned breeds to select for poll genetics, many are discovering the added benefits such as reduced labour costs, increased workplace health and safety, reduced bruising,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 18, 2017

Dollar weakness remains the name of the game, which has been concomitant with the pricing out of Fed rate hike potential in the remainder of 2017. Fed fund futures were in late trade yesterday discounting a 44% probability for a rate 25 bp hike before year-end. This follows weak U.S. inflation data for June last… Read more »

Beef prices drop from record levels

The cattle market finally starts to wane after 56 weeks at record-breaking levels. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Beef prices drop from record levels

Farm Safety Week call to reverse trend in child injuries and fatalities on farms

FARMSAFE Australia is calling on farmers to reverse the trend in on-farm injuries and fatalities involving children. Children under the age of 15 years make up about 20 percent of on-farm injury fatalities and are over represented in all on-farm injuries. The post Farm Safety Week call to reverse trend in child injuries and fatalities… Read more »

Another step on the road to standardised national heavy vehicle rules

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is set to release its draft policy on proposed new national laws governing the movement of heavy vehicles, including farm machinery, on public roads. The post Another step on the road to standardised national heavy vehicle rules appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Another step on… Read more »

Improving structural soundness in a beef breeding herd

Structural soundness, a term commonly used to describe the conformation of an animal (e.g. feet, legs, udders), is an important trait in beef herds, with animals needing to conform to certain structural requirements to ensure high levels of mobility, production and adaptability. Importantly, structural soundness is heritable and can be improved in both the short… Read more »

Grids pull back in face of currency, meat sales pressures

Eastern states slaughter price grids are under pressure this week, due to currency movement and continued difficult export meat trading conditions. A large proportion of QLD and some southern grids have come back 5-10c/kg carcase weight since Monday, from grain-to-grass, steer-to-cow and all points in between. The post Grids pull back in face of currency,… Read more »

Supply chain field day marks Weebolla’s half-century in breeding bulls

Celebrating 50 years of Shorthorn bull breeding this year, the Munro family is inviting beef industry stakeholders to Weebollabolla, near Moree in late July for a field day exploring the theme ‘Taking it to the next level’. Speakers will include MSA’s Sarah Strachan, NH Foods’ Andrew McDonald, Sam Newsome from Newsome Ag and LambPro’s Tom… Read more »

It’s farm safety week

Agriculture employs less than three percent of Australia’s total workforce, but accounts for 23 percent of all workplace fatalities. Farm Safety Week is a nationwide initiative designed to highlight practical steps farmers can take to improve work health and safety on farms. The post It’s farm safety week appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Bullish Aussie dollar harming export competitiveness

The Australia dollar soared to a two-year high against the US currency yesterday, eroding competitiveness of Australian beef in export markets. The post Bullish Aussie dollar harming export competitiveness appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bullish Aussie dollar harming export competitiveness

MLA mid-year projections: Australian cattle market passes crossroads

For the first time in three years, cattle prices are now lower than year-ago levels, and production is higher, resulting in downward pressure on the market that is expected to continue throughout 2017, MLA says in its mid-year cattle industry projections update issued yesterday. The post MLA mid-year projections: Australian cattle market passes crossroads appeared… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 17, 2017

Aside from EUR-USD which was roughly flat through the N.Y. session on Monday, the dollar posted modest gains versus major currencies. The euro managed just a 1.1487 to 1.1462 trading band, failing to take out last week’s 14-month high, though unable to press much lower into Thursday’s ECB meeting. USD-JPY looked heavy in morning trade,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Chinese Economy Grows Faster Than Expected

OVERVIEW  Eurozone headline inflation slowed as forecast to 1.3%. Canadian home resales fell 6.7% in June from May. UK house prices stabilized after a drop in June according to property website called Rightmove. The first round of full Brexit negotiations kicks off in Brussels. The key market focus this week will be on the ECB… Read more »

Deere purchases Italian sprayer manufacturer

Machinery manufacturer, John Deere, has announced that it has purchased Mazzotti, a privately-held sprayer manufacturer based in Ravenna, Italy. The post Deere purchases Italian sprayer manufacturer appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Deere purchases Italian sprayer manufacturer

Wellard anticipating ‘significantly higher’ losses for FY2016/17 second half

Wellard Rural Exports has informed the ASX it is expecting trading losses from the second half of the 2016-17 financial year to be “significantly higher” than the A$16 million loss it reported in the first half. The post Wellard anticipating ‘significantly higher’ losses for FY2016/17 second half appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Farm Safety Week: VFF quad safety rebate closes in on $2 million

Victorian farmers are still rushing to collect a rebate that enables them to fit operation protection devices (OPDs) to their quad bikes, as Farm Safety Week again drives home the message that a safe workplace is the foundation to creating a resilient, safe and healthy agriculture community. The post Farm Safety Week: VFF quad safety… Read more »

Wagga sale 17 July 2017: Feeder and restocker competition falls away

Lighter weight weaner cattle in general hit a brick wall as pressure from the ongoing dry weather wiped significant money from all categories. The post Wagga sale 17 July 2017: Feeder and restocker competition falls away appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 17 July 2017: Feeder and restocker competition falls… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 17, 2017

EUR-USD has settled in the mid 1.14s after edging out a three-session high at 1.1474 during thin Asian trade. While the pair logged 13-month highs last week, which was the culmination of a three-month rally phase, some momentum indicators are flagging, with the 14-day relative strength index, for instance, falling back despite the new highs…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 17, 2017

The dollar and other currencies consolidated. Trading has been thin with Japanese markets closed, and with northern hemisphere markets in summertime mode. USD-JPY, after posting its first down week since early June last week, settled in the mid 112.0s. EUR-USD edged out a three-session high at 1.1474 before ebbing to around 1.1450 in a market… Read more »

Tattykeel Australian White eating quality results highlight research needs

EATING quality research likening Tattykeel Australian White lamb as the Wagyu of the sheep world has highlighted the need for more purebred and crossbred-based meat tasting studies, according to James Cook University Associate Professor of animal nutrition and genetics Aduli Malau-Aduli. The post Tattykeel Australian White eating quality results highlight research needs appeared first on… Read more »

Tell the mulesing welfare story, but recognise the consumer is king

SHEEP breeders at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the weekend were told the consumer is king and that they just needed to tell consumers why they needed to mules their animals. The post Tell the mulesing welfare story, but recognise the consumer is king appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Meat industry ripe for disruption: start up

A new start-up business believes it has the right design to disrupt the red meat supply chain, by slaughtering cattle on-farm in a mobile abattoir. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Meat industry ripe for disruption: start up

TopX’s Lincoln McKinlay makes it back to back Aussie wins at Calgary auctioneering championships

Lincoln McKinlay from TopX Gracemere in Queensland has been named Rookie of the Year at the 2017 Calgary Stampede International Livestock Auctioneer Championship, held over the weekend. The post TopX’s Lincoln McKinlay makes it back to back Aussie wins at Calgary auctioneering championships appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central TopX’s Lincoln McKinlay… Read more »

Making the right moves with machinery investment – own, share or hire?

Return on investment has traditionally been the measure many farmers use to determine machinery investment strategies, but this doesn’t take into account a range of external factors that are often hard to quantify, according to Farm 360 consultant, Simon Craig. The post Making the right moves with machinery investment – own, share or hire? appeared… Read more »

Farmers warned they are losing ownership of their data

Australian farmers are surrendering ownership of their potentially valuable farm data without realizing it, by not reading the fine print before signing up to software service providers. The post Farmers warned they are losing ownership of their data appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Farmers warned they are losing ownership of their… Read more »

Cyclone survivor Banjo the horse on the road to recovery

A horse that washed up at a north Queensland pub during Cyclone Debbie in March makes a stunning recovery after his ordeal. Source: ABC Livestock Cyclone survivor Banjo the horse on the road to recovery