Month: August 2017

Victoria’s mandatory sheep and goat EID roll-out gets federal funds boost

DATA-DRIVEN value adding and innovation in Victoria’s sheep and goat meat supply chain will be developed through a unique agreement between the state and Meat & Livestock Australia’s Donor Company. The post Victoria’s mandatory sheep and goat EID roll-out gets federal funds boost appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s mandatory sheep… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 16, 2017

EUR-USD tipped back under 1.1700 amid a bout of general euro selling during the European morning. EUR-JPY also fell, despite gains in USD-JPY, and other euro crosses traded lower. There didn’t appear to be a specific data or news catalyst, though yesterday’s perky U.S. data (retail sales and Empire State index) continued to have some… Read more »

Weekly property review: Size does matter – the bigger the better

Large-scale beef assets are in hot demand, especially if they are well-stocked, well-developed and come with a sound reputation, according to the latest Rural and Agribusiness Research and Forecast report issued by Colliers. The post Weekly property review: Size does matter – the bigger the better appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 16, 2017

The dollar majors settled in narrow ranges. USD-JPY lost upside steam as global stock market performance turned more mixed following a rebound phase. The pair settled in the mid 110.00s after a three-day rally capped out yesterday at 110.84, an eight-day peak. EUR-USD planted itself around 1.17740 after logging a one-week low at 1.1687 yesterday,… Read more »

Unpopular cuts of meat get a makeover

Celebrity chef cooks up the idea of using unpopular cuts of meat with locally-sourced produce. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Unpopular cuts of meat get a makeover

Federal Govt makes strategic water acquisition in Queensland’s Condamine-Balonne

The Federal Government has made a strategic acquisition of more than 28 gigalitres of water in Queensland’s Condamine–Balonne River system. The deal, said to have cost almost $79 million, was struck with Eastern Australia Agriculture, comprising mostly overland flows from the company’s southern Queensland properties Kia Ora and Clyde. The post Federal Govt makes strategic… Read more »

Victorian saleyard managers told EID implentation dates are ‘locked in’

VICTORIAN saleyard managers have been told sheep and goat electronic identification implementation dates would not be changed despite rumours some stock agents might seek an extension. The post Victorian saleyard managers told EID implentation dates are ‘locked in’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian saleyard managers told EID implentation dates are… Read more »

Tax breaks for crop insurance would save Govt $7 for every $1 spent

A 150-per-cent tax incentive on multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) premiums would save the Federal Government $7 for every dollar spent, according to a Williams Hall Chadwick report. The post Tax breaks for crop insurance would save Govt $7 for every $1 spent appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Tax breaks for crop… Read more »

New season lamb prices trend lower as numbers lift and buyers get selective

LAMB prices fell nationally in saleyards early this week as more new season lambs came onto the market. The National Livestock Reporting Service recorded an increase in domestic buyer demand, but less export enquiry, with heavy and extra heavy weight lamb prices falling by up to $22 in New South Wales markets. The post New… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grid prices continue to track lower, as seasonal conditions push cattle forward

Slaughter cattle supply continues to confound earlier predictions that processors would struggle for supply during the third quarter this year. Many direct consignment grids continued to fall this week, with prices now back 50-60c/kg since June, yet there is no real sign of ‘push-back’ from producers yet over price. The post Weekly kill: Grid prices… Read more »

Organic cattle suppliers in it for the ‘long haul’ argues supply chain manager

In this comment piece, CEO of Arcadian Organic, Alister Ferguson, responds to comments made by northern cattleman Peter Hughes about premiums for Certified Organic cattle, published in this Beef Central article last week…. The post Organic cattle suppliers in it for the ‘long haul’ argues supply chain manager appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Domestic and in-market challenges limit July live exports to 40,000 head

Feeder and slaughter cattle live exports in July reached just below 40,000 head, as Australian livestock exports continue to be restricted by a variety of domestic and in-market challenges. The post Domestic and in-market challenges limit July live exports to 40,000 head appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Domestic and in-market challenges… Read more »

Woolmark musters Australian Rugby Union into the wool flock

WOOL has joined forces with Australian Rugby Union to produce the first Woolmark ARU supporter jerseys and promote the strong heritage and natural connection between the great Australian icons. The post Woolmark musters Australian Rugby Union into the wool flock appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Woolmark musters Australian Rugby Union into… Read more »

Online AuctionsPlus wool sales increase with resumption of AWEX auctions

ONLINE wool sales resumed last week, with the resumption of the physical market and AuctionsPlus sold more than 900 bales before this week’s auctions started. The post Online AuctionsPlus wool sales increase with resumption of AWEX auctions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online AuctionsPlus wool sales increase with resumption of AWEX… Read more »

XE Market Analysis – Strong U.S. Data Puts Dollar on The Front Foot

OVERVIEW U.S. retail sales and Empire State Manufacturing both stronger than expected. The German economy grew slightly less than expected in the second quarter, but domestic demand stayed solid. UK inflation was unchanged in July and price pressures eased sharply, putting the Pound under pressure. Australia’s central bank was upbeat over the economy’s prospects and… Read more »

Sheep meat, goat and beef production falling as chicken and pork lifts

AUSTRALIAN sheep, goat meat and beef production has collectively declined for the second consecutive year, while chicken and pork volumes have grown in the past 12 months, Meat and Livestock Australia has reported. The post Sheep meat, goat and beef production falling as chicken and pork lifts appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 15, 2017

The dollar rallied broadly after the better mix of U.S. data, where retail sales, the Empire State index, and home builder sentiment all beat expectations. Wall Street opened higher, though later faded to mildly red territory, as underlying geopolitical sentiment remained cautious. EUR-USD fell to 1.1688 lows after the data, before later rallying back to… Read more »

Casino meeting to focus on Johne’s and producer representation

A meeting to be held in Casino, NSW, this Monday will focus on new biosecurity and Johne’s management arrangements and cattle producer representation. The post Casino meeting to focus on Johne’s and producer representation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Casino meeting to focus on Johne’s and producer representation

Roma store 15 Aug 2017: Gaps widen in wait for spring rain

Cattle were of good quality for those who still have oats in the paddock or feed as the gap widens for those hanging on for Spring rain. The post Roma store 15 Aug 2017: Gaps widen in wait for spring rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 15 Aug 2017:… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 16 Aug 2017

A succession of cold fronts originating from deep low pressure systems crossed southern Australia, with moderate to heavy falls recorded in southwest Western Australia and western Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 16 Aug 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 15, 2017

The dollar remained bid for a second day, trading to three-session highs versus the euro, one-week highs against the yen, and in one-month high terrain in the case against the pound, with Cable finding extra bearish assistance from cooler than exepected inflation data out of the UK. Amid the firmer dollar theme, the yen underperformed… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Shorter gestation length can fine-tune a herd

There’s an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for just about everything these days. Gestation Length (GL) is one that doesn’t seem to rate as highly as others, but is associated with lighter birth weights, improved calving ease and faster re-breeding. The post Weekly genetics review: Shorter gestation length can fine-tune a herd appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Thousand Guineas wins Ekka’s Big Beef-Off

The Thousand Guineas beef brand, representing a collaboration between the Shorthorn breed and processor JBS Australia, earned the bragging rights after an annual consumer taste-test held during Brisbane Show week. The post Thousand Guineas wins Ekka’s Big Beef-Off appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Thousand Guineas wins Ekka’s Big Beef-Off

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 15, 2017

USD-JPY extended its rebound for a third session, today making a one-week high at 110.45. EUR-JPY also rose, logging a one-week peak just above 130.0, and other yen crosses also gained. The recovery in risk appetite, as cooler heads prevail in the North Korean situation, has remained the central theme behind broad yen weakening. USD-JPY… Read more »

Cattle Council to receive $1.9m from MLA, project to upskill producer leadership

Cattle Council of Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia have today finalised a new two year project through which the peak industry council will receive $1.9m in levy-funding from MLA to conduct specific project work, focused specifically on developing grassfed producer leadership skills. The post Cattle Council to receive $1.9m from MLA, project to upskill… Read more »

Nothing behind Labor’s claims of beef access blockages in China, AMIC says

Claims made in Federal Parliament yesterday that containers of Australian beef are about to be stranded on Chinese wharves, following last month’s suspension of Australian meat processing plants are incorrect, Beef Central has been told. The post Nothing behind Labor’s claims of beef access blockages in China, AMIC says appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

The bears are back in town…

The USDA ran a bearish shiver through agricultural commodity markets late last week when it released the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). The post The bears are back in town… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central The bears are back in town…

Lotfeeders’ SmartBeef conference to focus on supply chain relationships

Industry stakeholders with high-level expertise in a range of fields including supply chain relationships, collecting and effectively utilising data, and new and emerging technologies will feature in an information-packed speaker program for this year’s inaugural SmartBeef feedlot conference in Armidale. The post Lotfeeders’ SmartBeef conference to focus on supply chain relationships appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Wagga 14 Aug 2017: Trade prices lift

Trade prices lifted as buyers were more committed on competing for a market share on all the better finished lines. Young cattle suitable for the trade generally experienced a 10-12c rise, although there were times where plainer conditioned stock struggled to attract buyers. The post Wagga 14 Aug 2017: Trade prices lift appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 14, 2017

The dollar was little changed overall in N.Y. trade on Monday, with major pairings keeping inside of relatively narrow trading bands. Risk appetite returned after N. Korea/U.S. rhetoric was ratcheted down over the weekend, as a diplomatic path remains in favor, which kept the greenback underpinned. EUR-USD topped at 1.1802 early, and later managed 1.1770… Read more »

JBS’s second quarter performance shows little sign of Brazil’s recent dramas

JBS’s global operations appear to have been little affected by the dramatic events in Brazil surrounding major shareholders, the Batista family, and broader industry corruption allegations, with solid overall financial performance reported for the company’s second quarter this morning. The post JBS’s second quarter performance shows little sign of Brazil’s recent dramas appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Japan's Economy Surges as Domestic Demand Strengthens

OVERVIEW Risk sentiment has improved after U.S. military officials downplayed risks of imminent confrontation with North Korea. Safe-haven Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen are both weaker. Eurozone industrial output dropped more than expected in June. New Zealand retail sales beat expectations, rising 2% in the second quarter. Chinese industrial output, investment, and retail sales all… Read more »

$2.3m for sterile leucaena project in WA

The WA Government has announced a $2.3 million project which aims to prove the science behind developing a sterile form of leucaena that has all its production benefits but does not produce viable seed, eliminating a future weed risk. The post $2.3m for sterile leucaena project in WA appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 14, 2017

The dollar recovered some of Friday’s lost ground, seen after the tepid CPI data out of the U.S. EUR-USD ebbed back under 1.1800, putting in some distance from Friday’s 10-day high at 1.1847. USD-JPY led gains as the yen came under pressure concomitantly with an improvement in risk appetite, with stocks in both Asia and… Read more »

Partners complete buyout of WA’s Western Meat Packers business

One of the investors in WA’s Western Meat Packers Group’s Margaret River abattoir has completed a buyout of partners in the business. As part of expansion plans, a new integrated chiller and freezer unit will allow faster packing and freezing, minimising shrinkage while improving yields of offals, which are becoming increasingly sought-after by WMPG’s Asian… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 14, 2017

The dollar steadied after Friday’s tip lower in the wake of the Fed-outlook-muddying CPI data out of the U.S., while the yen came under general pressure as risk appetite made a recovery in early-week trading, and despite much stronger than expected Japanese GDP data. USD-JPY and EUR-JPY lifted to respective two- and four-session highs at… Read more »

Ballarat saleyards takes wand scanning initiative to get ready for EID change

BALLARAT has emerged as the first Victorian saleyard to consistently scan and upload data from electronically identified sheep and lambs at commercial sales in the lead-up to the 2018 statewide saleyards EID scanning deadline. The post Ballarat saleyards takes wand scanning initiative to get ready for EID change appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Reasons behind Strong’s AA Co departure a ‘riddle wrapped in an enigma’

AA Co’s announcement on the opening day of the Brisbane Ekka on Friday that managing director and chief executive officer Jason Strong is to leave the company provided fertile ground for speculation about the reasons behind the surprise move. Here’s some possible scenarios. The post Reasons behind Strong’s AA Co departure a ‘riddle wrapped in… Read more »

Roma agent wins 2017 ALPA Qld Young Auctioneers Competition

Ten young stock and station agents from across Queensland showcased their auctioneering talent at the 2017 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA) Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Royal Queensland Show last Friday. The post Roma agent wins 2017 ALPA Qld Young Auctioneers Competition appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma… Read more »

Superfine wool growers wrestle with animal welfare and mulesing policy

VICTORIAN superfine wool grower Noel Henderson has turned down leadership of the sector’s peak grower body as the sector struggles to reach a consensus on an animal welfare and mulesing policy. The post Superfine wool growers wrestle with animal welfare and mulesing policy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Superfine wool growers… Read more »

Wagyu cattle in the show ring?

A question was posed at last Friday’s RNA Paddock to Palate competition awards breakfast: Should Wagyu cattle be shown in the main ring alongside all the other breeds? The post Wagyu cattle in the show ring? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagyu cattle in the show ring?

GM crops 20 years on – the debate continues

The 20-year anniversary of the release of the first commercial genetically modified (GM) crops in Australia in 1996 provides an opportunity to review the progress of GM crops, the extent to which they have or have not delivered on their promise, and likely future developments in plant genetics. The post GM crops 20 years on… Read more »

July lamb exports strong despite higher $A-US exchange rate

AUSTRALIA’S export lamb trade was strong in July, despite the $A rising 4 percent year-on-year to average US78 cents for the month. The post July lamb exports strong despite higher $A-US exchange rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central July lamb exports strong despite higher $A-US exchange rate

Precision lambing yielding impressive survival results

  VICTORIAN sheep producers Tim and Georgie Leeming are building precision into reproduction by shrinking pregnant ewe mob sizes and paddock sizes, and using natural shelter to maximise lamb survival. Tim and Georgie Leeming run a self-replacing composite flock on 1530 hectares north of Coleraine at Pigeon Ponds in Victoria’s Western District. They also run… Read more »

South Australian producers join the National Farmers Federation

SOUTH Australian farmers will have federal representation with Primary Producers SA joining the National Farmers’ Federation. The announcement was made in Hahndorf today at the GROWING SA 2017 conference – the inaugural conference of South Australia’s grain and livestock industries. The post South Australian producers join the National Farmers Federation appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

WA winter crop forecast now 10 Mt – up from 7.8 MT last month

The outlook for Western Australian grain production has improved over the last month with several good rainfall events over most regions throughout July and the first week in August. The post WA winter crop forecast now 10 Mt – up from 7.8 MT last month appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA… Read more »

NSW virtual fencing trial shows promise in commercial cattle application

A New South Wales beef producer who took part in a recent commercial trial of virtual fencing systems says he can see applications using the technology to reduce expensive fencing and keep stock out of areas that are difficult to muster or control. The post NSW virtual fencing trial shows promise in commercial cattle application… Read more »

US Equity and Economic Week in Review: Is Softer Consumer Spending Fatal?

            Consumer spending – which accounts for 70% of U.S. gross domestic product – has softened since the beginning of the year.  The drop is not fatal and could be reversed over the next 6 to 12 months, allaying the concerns expressed here.  But the modest downtrend has occurred long enough to cause concern. … Read more »

US Equity and Economic Week in Review: The Markets Took A Technical Hit Last Week

     Thanks to geopolitical events, the markets sold off this week.  There was sufficient technical damage to change the market’s currently bullish sentiment.              Let’s start with several 5-minute charts: Source: XE news feed US Equity and Economic Week in Review: The Markets Took A Technical Hit Last Week

Think twice and count the cost before taking pets overseas

Taking the family pet overseas is not straightforward, and when you return there are some strict and expensive quarantine rules to follow. Still people do it. Here’s why. Source: ABC Livestock Think twice and count the cost before taking pets overseas

Weekly Indicators: dog days edition

July data consisted of a weakly positive CPI plus a weakly negative PPI. June data included a rise in both wholesale sales and inventories, a slight decline in the JOLTS measures of hires and quits, but a one year high in layoffs and discharges, and a new all-time high in openings. In the rear view… Read more »

Steer prices trend down on AuctionsPlus due to dry conditions

Persistent dry conditions saw steer prices in most weight categories trend downwards again this week on AuctionsPlus, while heifer market trends were mixed. The post Steer prices trend down on AuctionsPlus due to dry conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Steer prices trend down on AuctionsPlus due to dry conditions

Australian alpacas stuck in NZ after quarantine mix-up

Dozens of top Australian-bred alpacas, worth well over $1 million, are stuck in quarantine in New Zealand after the Ministry of Primary Industries refuesed to sign off on EU import regulations. Source: ABC Livestock Australian alpacas stuck in NZ after quarantine mix-up

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 11, 2017

The dollar nose-dived after the cooler U.S. CPI data in N.Y. trade on Friday, sending yields lower in the process. Equity futures, which had been under water ahead of the numbers, bounced on a bad new is good news effect, and later, Wall Street posted modest gains. EUR-USD popped to one-week highs of 1.1835 from… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Risk Off Sentiment Dominates World Markets

OVERVIEW US Dollar slides as CPI disappoints. Sterling ends the week down across the board on a poor economic outlook. Euro remains strong on positive sentiment for the single currency. Korean Won continues its slide on the growing tensions between the US and North Korea. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Risk… Read more »

US Bond Market Week in Review: Another Underwhelming Inflation Report

        Today’s inflation report was underwhelming, further confirming that upward price pressures are contained.  Core and overall CPI are 1.7% Y/Y: Source: XE news feed US Bond Market Week in Review: Another Underwhelming Inflation Report

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 11, 2017

After modest gyrations overnight, the dollar is little changed from Thursday’s N.Y. closing levels. EUR-USD trades near 1.1765, with USD-JPY at 109.15, after printing new two-month lows of 108.91 in London. Risk-off conditions have again largely prevailed, with the U.S/N. Korea war of words driving market fears. USD-CAD has remained over the 1.2700 mark, as… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 11, 2017

USD-JPY dove to a new eight-week low, this time at 108.90, and EUR-JPY fell to a one-month low at 128.18 as the yen continued to rally as investors flocked to safe haven assets and currencies. The Swissie has been relatively soft, weakening over the last day versus the yen, illustrating that Swiss currency has lost… Read more »

Celebrity butcher with food for thought

Feather and bone butcher Grant Hilliard has a lot to say about the ethics of eating animals. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Celebrity butcher with food for thought

Shock announcement as Jason Strong resigns from AA Co

The Board of Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has announced the resignation of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Strong. The post Shock announcement as Jason Strong resigns from AA Co appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Shock announcement as Jason Strong resigns from AA Co

Organics segment fails to maintain adequate price premiums, says northern producer

After converting a large proportion of his cattle operations to certified organic production over the past three years, QLD cattleman Peter Hughes is currently ignoring the Organic grassfed slaughter option and selling his steer turnoff a year earlier, as conventional feeders. What’s behind it? The post Organics segment fails to maintain adequate price premiums, says… Read more »

Putting competition policy into words

There are only four weeks left to enter the John Ralph Essay Competition run by the Australian Farm Institute. The post Putting competition policy into words appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Putting competition policy into words

All the winners from the 2017 Paddock to Palate comp

This competition takes some winning: More than 1000 steers entered by over 50 individual exhibitors, judged on their liveweight performance on the hoof as well as their processing and eating quality performance on the hook. The post All the winners from the 2017 Paddock to Palate comp appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

AWI Wool Exchange Portal on track, working on an E-speci

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovations Wool Exchange Portal is on track, with the completion of the project’s discovery phase this week. The post AWI Wool Exchange Portal on track, working on an E-speci appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI Wool Exchange Portal on track, working on an E-speci

Coming back to Corriedales for more lambs and wool

MERINO rams sold for a record average at Hamilton’s Sheepvention ram sale this week, helped along by the Moorundie Poll Merino stud’s top price of $17,000. The post Coming back to Corriedales for more lambs and wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Coming back to Corriedales for more lambs and wool

SE Asia Report: AUD adds to importer strain | Vietnam increases buffalo imports | Ethiopia feedlot project

Australian dollar rise delivers more pain to Importers; Australian producers continue to enjoy good prices while exporters, shipping companies and importers are all making losses; Vietnamese importers cut costs by increasing imports of cows and buffalo. The post SE Asia Report: AUD adds to importer strain | Vietnam increases buffalo imports | Ethiopia feedlot project… Read more »

Dubbo sale 10 Aug 2017: New yards make big impression

A much better quality yarding than the previous sales plain yarding with some good lines of well finished yearlings and grown steers most of which were grain assisted. The post Dubbo sale 10 Aug 2017: New yards make big impression appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 10 Aug 2017: New… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 10, 2017

Risk-off remained front and center in N.Y. trade on Thursday, leaving the dollar mostly lower. Softer U.S. PPI data didn’t help the greenback, which lost ground to the euro and yen, while making marginal gains against the CAD and pound. EUR-USD topped at 1.1772 from lows of 1.1718, as USD-JPY printed nearly two-month lows of… Read more »

Recruitment: How to give effective employee feedback

We’ve all been there ourselves. We have received feedback and certainly know the way it’s delivered impacts the way it’s received. For managers of agribusinesses anywhere along the red meat supply chain, there are important aspects to consider when delivering feedback to employees. The post Recruitment: How to give effective employee feedback appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: New Zealand Dollar Slides After RBNZ Warning

OVERVIEW  Fed Vice Chairman, Dudley, said he expects U.S. inflation to increase over the medium term to 2%. U.S. producer prices fell at the fastest pace in nearly a year. U.K. RICS survey showed house price growth at its weakest in over 4 years. U.K. trade deficit widened unexpectedly in June as exports fell almost… Read more »

Top Tasmanian operation wins Elders supreme southern clip award

WELL-MANAGED wool, prime lamb and first cross ewe production from a Merino base is a proven formula for the Bowden family on Weasel Plains at Cluny in central Tasmania. The post Top Tasmanian operation wins Elders supreme southern clip award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Top Tasmanian operation wins Elders supreme… Read more »

Wool auction prices improve despite big bale offering

WOOL prices rose despite a bigger offering in auction centres across Australia this week. The post Wool auction prices improve despite big bale offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool auction prices improve despite big bale offering

After-school hours with grandad pay off for Josh

WORKING after school with his grandfather in the Warrnambool saleyards has paid off for young stock agent Josh McDonald. The post After-school hours with grandad pay off for Josh appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central After-school hours with grandad pay off for Josh

Recruitment: How to give effective employee feedback

We’ve all been there ourselves. We have received feedback and certainly know the way it’s delivered impacts the way it’s received. For managers of agribusinesses anywhere along the grains industry supply chain, there are important aspects to consider when delivering feedback to employees. The post Recruitment: How to give effective employee feedback appeared first on… Read more »

Virtual tour showcases beef from paddock to plate at EKKA

Visitors to next week’s Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane can immerse themselves in the story of Australia’s beef production, from the farm right through to the consumer, using innovative 360 degree virtual reality technology. MLA will launch its new virtual reality Paddock to Plate 360 Experience at next week’s Ekka – bringing to life Australia’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 10, 2017

Risk aversion remained in play despite U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s reassurances. USD-JPY turned back under 110.00 after failing to sustain gains above here during the Tokyo session, making an intraday low at 109.76 but remaining above yesterday’s eight-week low at 109.56. EUR-JPY and other yen crosses also turned lower, with the yen remaining in… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 10, 2017

The dollar majors have been steady, while the New Zealand dollar has taken a hit following dovish guidance from the RBNZ policymakers in the wake of its expected decision to leave its cash rate at 1.75%. While the Kiwi central bank’s SMP wasn’t as dovish as markets had anticipated, RBNZ’s McDermott subsequently advised markets to… Read more »

Industry leadership risks turning ‘vanilla’ warns ACC head

In a sweeping call-to-action address – heavily punctuated by a series of searching rhetorical questions – ACC’s David Foote this morning challenged an Ekka breakfast audience over current industry fragmentation and disunity…. The post Industry leadership risks turning ‘vanilla’ warns ACC head appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry leadership risks turning… Read more »

Senators frustrated at lack of grassfed cattle restructure progress

Senators leading an inquiry into the beef industry have expressed frustration at the lack of progress in long-running efforts to create a single, powerful body to represent levy-paying grassfed cattle producers across Australia. The post Senators frustrated at lack of grassfed cattle restructure progress appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Senators frustrated… Read more »

Grain farmer's mission for Malawi's poor

After witnessing widespread poverty in Malawi on a trip to the Central African country last year, grain farmers Gary and Kerry Butcher returned to Australia determined to do something to help. Source: ABC Grain Grain farmer’s mission for Malawi’s poor

Case IH’s driverless tractor to make Australian debut at AgQuip

Case IH’s Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV) is coming to Australia for the first time with the AgQuip field days in northern NSW preparing to host the machine when it opens its gates at Gunnedah from August 22 to 24. The post Case IH’s driverless tractor to make Australian debut at AgQuip appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Record grain shipments from Eyre Peninsula

Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal in South Australia has reached 2 million tonnes (Mt) of grain shipping in its busiest October to July period in five years. The post Record grain shipments from Eyre Peninsula appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Record grain shipments from Eyre Peninsula

NTCA announces new CEO

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has announced a new CEO to replace Tracey Hayes who announced she was stepping down from the position earlier this year. The post NTCA announces new CEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NTCA announces new CEO

New partnership to boost Qld ag training

Ensuring primary producers and the next generation of agricultural workers are well-trained and have the right skills for the jobs of the future will be the focus of a new partnership between AgForce and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. The post New partnership to boost Qld ag training appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food

CSIRO scientists have developed BARLEYmax™, a new type of barley with significant health benefits that is finding its place in food products throughout Australia and beyond. The post Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food

XE Market Analysis: North Korea Threat Unsettles Markets

OVERVIEW Markets are in a very risk averse mood following North Korea’s missile threat. Trump is vowing to respond with “fire and fury” adding to nervousness. Chinese factory price inflation held steady in July which is a positive sign for businesses. South Africa’s president survived another no-confidence vote. Australian consumer sentiment fell to its lowest… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 09, 2017

The dollar firmed up some in morning N.Y. trade on Wednesday, with gains coming from comments from U.S. SecState downplaying the chances of conflict with N. Korea. General risk-off conditions prevailed however, following Trump’s “fire and fury” statement, and Pyongyang’s subsequent threat to attack Guam. Wall Street ended lower, though losses were relatively narrow. EUR-USD… Read more »

Elders chief issues challenge to rural development corporations

Elders chief executive officer Mark Allison has issued a challenge to Australia’s rural development corporations to achieve more with their levy dollars and government contributions. The post Elders chief issues challenge to rural development corporations appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Elders chief issues challenge to rural development corporations

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 09, 2017

A risk-off sentiment supported the yen and Swiss franc as safe haven currencies and assets came into demand amid an escalation in threatening rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S, with Trump promising Pyongyang “fire and fury” and North Korea responding by threatening to strike Guam. USD-JPY dove to a seven-week low at 109.65, and… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 09, 2017

A risk-off sentiment supported the yen and Swiss franc as safe haven currencies and assets came into demand amid an escalation in threatening rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S, with Trump promising Pyongyang “fire and fury.” North Korea’s development of nuclear warhead carrying ICBM capability is the issue, and the flare up in tensions… Read more »

Australia tagged as strong investment target at NY’s Global AgInvesting conference

Australia, along with Brazil and North America, were cited as key agricultural investment destinations during the annual Global AgInvesting conference held in New York recently. The post Australia tagged as strong investment target at NY’s Global AgInvesting conference appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia tagged as strong investment target at NY’s… Read more »

Vertical integration solution to fragmented beef industry, says AA Co chief

A smaller, leaner and more focused Australian Agricultural Co is proving that vertical integration is a powerful tool in the beef industry, managing director Jason Strong told a producer audience in northern NSW last week. The post Vertical integration solution to fragmented beef industry, says AA Co chief appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Sheepvention: Are producers aware they need a biosecurity plan? VIDEO + PICS

A straw poll by Sheep Central of sheep producers at Sheepvention suggests there is still a lack of knowledge at producer level about a fast-approaching requirement to have farm biosecurity plans in place. The post Sheepvention: Are producers aware they need a biosecurity plan? VIDEO + PICS appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

AWI seeks nominations for three director positions

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has called for nominations for three director positions available to be filled this year, consistent with the body’s constitution requiring that at least a third of the seven-member board must retire their positions every two years. The post AWI seeks nominations for three director positions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »