Month: September 2017

Three MLA board directors nominated

Fourth generation South Australian sheepmeat and wool producer Andrew Michael is one of three nominations to fill three vacant MLA board posts, to be voted-on by members at November’s annual general meeting.  The post Three MLA board directors nominated appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Three MLA board directors nominated

Most descriptions struggle to gain traction in dry-affected AuctionsPlus market

Many categories struggled to gain traction in a dry-affected AuctionsPlus cattle market again this week. Cattle numbers were considerably back on the online marketing platform, with 5957 head offered, down about 4400 head from the week before. The post Most descriptions struggle to gain traction in dry-affected AuctionsPlus market appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 29, 2017

The dollar was driven by U.S. data in N.Y. on Friday, initially falling on cooler income and consumption figures, then rallying on a much stronger Chicago PMI outcome. EUR-USD peaked at .1.1832, before falling back to 1.1792 lows, then steadying near 1.1800. USD-JPY touched 112.22 lows, and a peak of 112.73. USD-CAD rallied to highs… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Weak U.S. Inflation Clouds Fed Outlook

OVERVIEW Mixed bag from the US sees the Dollar claw back lost ground. The Pound has slipped back from recent highs as YoY growth slows to 1.5%. Canadian economy grinds to a halt in July, with 0% growth reported. The Euro is firm despite unchanged CPI for September. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 29, 2017

There was limited directional impulse for most dollar pairings, with this being the last trading say of both the month- and quarter-end, while the weekend brings the usual risk for another North Korean antic. Cable was the main exception, as it dove following sub-forecast GDP and house price data, along with some negative Brexit related… Read more »

Feeding the Pregnant Sow

Feeding pregnant (gestation) sows is very important for future production. Gestation can be divided into 4 feeding stages: the first 0-4 weeks, following 5-11 weeks, then increasing feed during the next 12-15 weeks and in the final week reducing feed. In the first week following mating keep the sows or gilts on a low feeding… Read more »

Cattlemen challenge biosecurity signage

Biosecurity is a major issue for all farmers, they don’t want pests or diseases but nor do cattle producers want big biosecurity signs posted at their front gate Source: ABC Livestock Cattlemen challenge biosecurity signage

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 29, 2017

USD-JPY picked up some demand while most other dollar pairings have traded narrow ranges so far today. USD-JPY recovered from yesterday’s 112.25 low to the upper 112s. There had been reports yesterday of yen demand into the end of the first half of the fiscal year in Japan, though USD-JPY still has rallied, returning focus… Read more »

Next generation bandsaw takes workplace safety to another level + VIDEO

Bandsaws have a reputation for being one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in use in any meat processing, meat-cutting or wholesale/retail butchery establishment. But new technology is providing WH&S solutions which take operator safety when using bandsaws to a whole new level. The post Next generation bandsaw takes workplace safety to another level… Read more »

Strong potential for resumption of Saudi Arabia live sheep export trade

THE potential for a resumption of Australian live sheep exports to Saudi Arabia is strong, according to Western Australian exporter Graham Daws. The post Strong potential for resumption of Saudi Arabia live sheep export trade appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Strong potential for resumption of Saudi Arabia live sheep export trade

Recruitment: ICMJ students signal that beef is back on the radar as a career path

Beef Central publisher Jon Condon sat down with participants in the ICMJ Brisbane training session yesterday. “What a great bunch of young people,” he writes in today’s report.  “Their boisterous enthusiasm, energy and optimism for the meat and livestock industry was infectious.” The post Recruitment: ICMJ students signal that beef is back on the radar… Read more »

Fine wools fare well at auction, but mid-break discounts climb higher

FINE Merino wool prices lifted this week despite general discounting of clips with high mid-staple break readings. The post Fine wools fare well at auction, but mid-break discounts climb higher appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Fine wools fare well at auction, but mid-break discounts climb higher

South Australian grain harvest underway

The South Australian harvest has kicked off with Viterra receiving its first load of new season grain yesterday. The post South Australian grain harvest underway appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australian grain harvest underway

LPA changes kick in from this Sunday

FROM this Sunday, October 1, new requirements to maintain accreditation under the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program officially commence. The post LPA changes kick in from this Sunday appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central LPA changes kick in from this Sunday

Mt Gambier, Wandearah producers claim SA’s best MSA producers awards

Beef producers from southern regions of South Australia have taken out the top awards at the 2017 MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the state, presented at Gawler last night. The post Mt Gambier, Wandearah producers claim SA’s best MSA producers awards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Mt Gambier, Wandearah… Read more »

Champion Poll Dorset ram looks good in wool or out of it

GOOD structure and muscling has won a Hillden Stud Poll Dorset ram a rare show double in two weeks. The post Champion Poll Dorset ram looks good in wool or out of it appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Champion Poll Dorset ram looks good in wool or out of it

Forward wool sale trading volumes moderate, expected to flatten

IT was an up and down week for wool at auction and on the forward markets, and the forward indexes traded near cash in November and December before falling away. The post Forward wool sale trading volumes moderate, expected to flatten appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool sale trading volumes… Read more »

Young trailblazers take out agronomy award

Two rising agricultural stars from Tasmania and NSW have been presented with the 2017 Agronomy Australia Young Agronomist Award at the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference in Ballarat, Victoria, this week. The post Young trailblazers take out agronomy award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Young trailblazers take out agronomy award

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 28, 2017

The dollar was mostly lower in N.Y. trade on Thursday, with month and quarter end conditions keeping ranges relatively narrow. Incoming U.S. data had little impact on the FX market, though revised GDP improved, jobless claims were lower than expected, and the advance trade deficit narrowed some. EUR-USD ranged between 1.1767 lows early, to a… Read more »

Cotton employment program to bridge gap

Cotton growers seeking operational staff to work on their farm are encouraged to connect with school leavers as part of the 2018 Cotton Gap program. The post Cotton employment program to bridge gap appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cotton employment program to bridge gap

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Slips Despite Q2 Growth Revision

OVERVIEW GBP supported by a slightly upbeat tone from the latest round of Brexit talks. BoE Governor, Mark Carney, warns it is unable to cancel out a likely negative economic hit from Brexit.   EUR recovers from 1-month lows, ECB members signal Q.E. reduction rather than an end. Reserve Bank of New Zealand keeps rates on hold… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 28, 2017

The dollar corrected after rallying yesterday and through to the early European morning against some currencies. EUR-USD lifted above 1.1783 after yesterday logging a low at 1.1717. USD-JPY fell back to the mid 112.0.s after logging a new two-and-a-half month high just ahead of the London open at 113.20. The dollar also ebbed back some… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 28, 2017

The dollar has rallied out of correction lows that were seen after the London interbank close yesterday. USD-JPY recouped to around 113.00, back within scope of yesterday’s two-and-a-half-month peak at 113.25, rebounding from a pullback low at 112.37. EUR-USD dropped back under 1.1730 after yesterday’s rebound from a five-month low at 1.1717 capped out at… Read more »

JBS aims high in food safety performance under new global head, Al Almanza

Australia was the first port of call for JBS’s new global head of food safety, Al Almanza, after he joined the world’s largest meat processor last month. Why was that? The post JBS aims high in food safety performance under new global head, Al Almanza appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central JBS… Read more »

Crop consultants face brave new world of farm advice

The changing role of farm advisers in an era where demand is not only for cropping advice, but environmental stewardship and supply chain needs, emphasises the importance of agronomists keeping up with the times and continuing their professional development. The post Crop consultants face brave new world of farm advice appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Lambs for slaughter should not be mulesed says peak meat body

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia takes a firm stance against the mulesing of lambs destined for slaughter, but regulation banning the practice has yet to be put in place. Source: ABC Livestock Lambs for slaughter should not be mulesed says peak meat body

Council knocks back proposed broiler farm in Victoria's south-east

A small south-east Victorian community celebrates the local council’s decision to knock back a proposed 400,000 bird broiler farm, but the applicant could lodge an appeal. Source: ABC Livestock Council knocks back proposed broiler farm in Victoria’s south-east

Southern WA rain leaves inland farmers relieved but coastal crops soaked

A series of cold fronts over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 100 millimetres of rain over the Great Southern and 120 to 160mm over the heavier-hit parts of the south coast since last week. Source: ABC Livestock Southern WA rain leaves inland farmers relieved but coastal crops soaked

Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017

The chances of above average rainfall during October are looking better for large parts of Eastern Australia according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s seasonal climate outlook forecast for October to December, released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017

Three MLA board directors nominated

North Queensland beef producer Russell Lethbridge is one of three nominations to fill three vacant MLA board posts, to be voted-on by members at November’s annual general meeting in Alice Springs. The post Three MLA board directors nominated appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Three MLA board directors nominated

Australia’s Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging team announced

Following a successful training session in Brisbane and surrounding areas over the past five days, the 2018 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team was announced yesterday. The post Australia’s Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging team announced appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia’s Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging team announced

$1.1m boost for Uni of Adelaide grains research capacity

South Australia’s grains research capacity has received a major boost with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) announcing the University of Adelaide had been awarded a grant for more than $1,100,000 to establish new research facilities at the Waite precinct. The post $1.1m boost for Uni of Adelaide grains research capacity appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 27, 2017

The dollar started Wednesday’s N.Y. session on a firmer footing, aided slightly by a stronger U.S. durables report. The greenback later gave back ground to the euro and yen. EUR-USD bottomed at better than one-month lows of 1.1719, before topping later at 1.1776. USD-JPY meanwhile, peaked at 113.25, a two-month peak, though profit taking over… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Bullish Yellen Sends Dollar Higher

OVERVIEW The US Dollar appreciated against a basket of currencies as a rate hike before the end of the year looks possible.  The Pound hit a 10-week high against the Euro today on the back of strong retail sales numbers.  The South African Rand has slumped as the African country strikes against government corruption.  HIGHLIGHT … Read more »

Beef sustainability group selects six priority areas for improvement

The Australian Beef Sustainability Steering Group has selected six high-priority areas for focus by the Australian beef industry. The post Beef sustainability group selects six priority areas for improvement appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef sustainability group selects six priority areas for improvement

Even leaving out the hurricane affected South, new home sales decline

Yesterday’s new home sales report, on a nationwide basis anyway, can be thrown into the trash basket.  As the Census Bureau made clear, about 30% fewer counties in Florida and Texas were unable to report. Further, those two states combined accounted for 14% of the total market in 2016. Note, by the way, that Irma… Read more »

$1bn National Landcare Program investment includes $134m for ‘Smart Farms’

The Coalition Government is continuing its longstanding commitment to natural resource management, investing more than $1 billion for phase two of the National LandcareProgram, which will be delivered from July 2017 to June 2023 as announced in this year’s Budget. The post $1bn National Landcare Program investment includes $134m for ‘Smart Farms’ appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 27, 2017

The dollar saw a fresh upward phase, with USD-JPY gaining some 0.6 in making a two-and-a-half-month high at 112.88, and EUR-USD losing 0.5% in making a one-month low at 1.1731. The dollar also posted new highs versus the pound, the Canadian dollar and other dollar bloc currencies, and most other developed- and developing-world currencies. The… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Waiting for the rush

For most property agents across the country, cattle listings are far and few between – but that’s about to change according to one industry player who believes the market is poised to experience something of a rush. The post Weekly Property Review: Waiting for the rush appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Will weaker cattle markets lead to softening property values?

Deteriorating seasonal conditions in southern Queensland have put significant negative pressure on the cattle market in recent months, and questions are now being asked whether land values will now level off, in response. The post Will weaker cattle markets lead to softening property values? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Will weaker… Read more »

Thailand's ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

A Thai court has delivered a guilty verdict to Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, holding her personally and criminally responsible for a failed rice subsidy policy. Source: ABC Grain Thailand’s ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 27, 2017

The dollar has remained buoyant. USD-JPY rallied to a four-session peak at 112.54, more than reversing the declines of late last week when markets were fretting about the escalation in the war in words between Trump and Kim. Remarks yesterday from Fed’s Yellen, that the central bank “should be wary of moving too gradually,” along… Read more »

Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company

Namoi Cotton Co-operative grower members and capital stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the proposed restructure of Namoi Cotton from a cooperative to an ASX listed public company. The post Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company

Sheepmeat Council of Australia declares prime lambs should not be mulesed

AUSTRALIA’S leading sheep meat producer body has declared that prime lambs should not be mulesed, and genetics and management changes should be made to enable prime lamb mothers not to be mulesed. The post Sheepmeat Council of Australia declares prime lambs should not be mulesed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheepmeat… Read more »

AuctionsPlus lifts sheep and lamb turnover with more sales and agents

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers marketed more lambs online last financial year as seasonal conditions, more lamb-specific sales and market dynamics influenced their decisions. The post AuctionsPlus lifts sheep and lamb turnover with more sales and agents appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus lifts sheep and lamb turnover with more sales and agents

Technology and data revolution challenges the role of farm advisers

Increased competition, industry consolidation and the rising adoption of technology could spell the end to the traditional way the agronomic consulting industry goes about its business. The post Technology and data revolution challenges the role of farm advisers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Technology and data revolution challenges the role of… Read more »

WA’s best MSA producers recognised in awards + VIDEOS

Beef producers from Western Australia’s southwest region and central grain-belt have taken out the top awards at the 2017 MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the state, presented at Dunsborough last night. The post WA’s best MSA producers recognised in awards + VIDEOS appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA’s best… Read more »

Helping farmers break through the cloud barrier

A new collaboration between eight innovative Australian agribusiness companies, called The Farming Team, has been launched at Xerocon Melbourne. The post Helping farmers break through the cloud barrier appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Helping farmers break through the cloud barrier

Federal Government announces $1.1 billion Landcare commitment timetable

A $1.1 billion dollar Federal Government commitment to the National Landcare Program will help Australia’s farm sector continually improve the sustainability of its farming practices, the National Farmers Federation said today. The post Federal Government announces $1.1 billion Landcare commitment timetable appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Federal Government announces .1 billion… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Euro Tumbles as German Coalition Talks Loom

OVERVIEW Euro slips under 1.1800 against the Dollar for the first time in a month. Sterling slips as EU President Tusk say Brexit negotiations are not ready for the next stage yet. Euro is set for its worst day this year on political instability in Germany. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis:… Read more »

Aust beef production worth over $16 billion a year

A new “fast facts” summary released this week by Meat & Livestock Australia provides an updated snapshot of the Australian beef industry and the dominant role it plays within Australia’s agricultural economy.  The post Aust beef production worth over $16 billion a year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aust beef production… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 26, 2017

The dollar was on the uptick through the morning session, then rallied broadly following Yellen’s comments, where she left a December rate hike firmly on the table, saying the Fed should be “wary of moving too gradually.” EUR-USD initially moved up to 1.1795 from 1.1780, before falling to new one-month lows of 1.1758. USD-JPY topped… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 27 Sep 2017

Cold fronts and associated troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate to heavy falls recorded through southern Western Australia. Vigorous cold fronts produced moderate falls over western Tasmania, with light falls through much of the State, extending into Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 27 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Roma store 26 Sep 2017: Quality weaners top at 373.2c

All buyers were present, with the right article and superior cattle continuing to reach solid prices however averages were affected by lesser quality lines. The post Roma store 26 Sep 2017: Quality weaners top at 373.2c appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 26 Sep 2017: Quality weaners top at 373.2c

NVLX Wodonga 26 Sep 2017: Vealers recover some of last week’s losses

The market showed mixed price trends, with some young cattle to the processors dearer. The post NVLX Wodonga 26 Sep 2017: Vealers recover some of last week’s losses appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 26 Sep 2017: Vealers recover some of last week’s losses

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 26, 2017

The dollar has been in rally mode today, especially against the euro and kiwi dollar, currencies that have both been left reeling following weekend election results in Germany and New Zealand, respectively. EUR-USD dove to a one-month low of 1.1793. EUR-JPY and other euro crosses also came off, though the biggest magnitude of decline was… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Yearling bulls increasingly finding favour with buyers

Is this the year of the yearling? Vendors of yearling bulls are making progress in wooing buyers with the advantages of taking on Bos Taurus bulls at a younger age. The post Weekly genetics review: Yearling bulls increasingly finding favour with buyers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Yearling… Read more »

Diesel fuel prices start to rise, after eight months of steady decline

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia started to rise during August and September, after seven months of gradual declines.   The post Diesel fuel prices start to rise, after eight months of steady decline appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Diesel fuel prices start to rise, after eight… Read more »

Genetics: The importance of recording the performance of your cattle

The saying “You only get out of something what you put into it” is particularly true of performance recording for genetic evaluation purposes. While it is possible for animals which have little or no performance data recorded to have EBVs, its important for bull breeders to understand the benefits of recording as much trait information… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 26, 2017

USD-JPY tumbled to around 111.50 after North Korea said Trump’s threats of last week were tantamount to a declaration of war. EUR-JPY and other yen crosses also dropped as the yen’s safe haven premium came back into play. We expect USD-JPY, which is coming out of a five big figure rally from early September levels… Read more »

Police investigating alleged theft of Brahman heifers from Marlborough property

Queensland police are investigating the alleged theft of 17 Brahman heifers from a property near Marlborough last month.  The post Police investigating alleged theft of Brahman heifers from Marlborough property appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Police investigating alleged theft of Brahman heifers from Marlborough property

Waterbirds die near Crown Perth, new stadium worksite

At least 12 waterbirds — including one black swan — have died in a lake near Crown Casino and the new Perth Stadium, which is still under construction. Source: ABC Livestock Waterbirds die near Crown Perth, new stadium worksite

Two serious horse accidents can't keep this ringer from the Top End

After two skull fractures and a few broken ribs in two separate horse accidents, a Top End ringer keeps his dream alive of working with animals. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Two serious horse accidents can’t keep this ringer from the Top End

Farmer dies in quad bike accident on Victorian sheep property

THE death of a Victorian man in a quad bike accident on a sheep farm north of Melbourne has sparked a WorkSafe investigation. The post Farmer dies in quad bike accident on Victorian sheep property appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Farmer dies in quad bike accident on Victorian sheep property

Weekly kill: Extreme dry pushes tally close to 2017 season high

The rapid and widespread deterioration in spring seasonal conditions across large parts of eastern Australia has pushed last week’s five-states weekly kill close to 2017 record highs. While southern QLD grid prices remain unchanged, there has been further deterioration in offers in southern states, as cattle are offloaded in increasing numbers. The post Weekly kill:… Read more »

Fine wool keenly sought on AuctionsPlus online platform

FINER wool was keenly sought online via AuctionsPlus last week, as the benchmark auction market indicator held firm. The post Fine wool keenly sought on AuctionsPlus online platform appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Fine wool keenly sought on AuctionsPlus online platform

Agros gather to sow seeds of the future at Ballarat + conference pics

More than 300 agronomists and researchers from around the nation have gathered in Ballarat, Victoria, for the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference that takes in three days of presentations and a day of field tours. The post Agros gather to sow seeds of the future at Ballarat + conference pics appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or run…

Peter McMeekin follows the rollercoaster of the dry season leading to high prices. As the critical month of September passes, the stakes get higher. Something has to give, eventually. The post Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or run… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Euro Slumps as Angela Merkel Scrapes by Into Fourth Term

OVERVIEW Sterling opened lower today after Moody’s downgraded the UK’s sovereign rating late on Friday. The Euro is firmly on the backfoot after the German election results over the weekend.  FED member Dudley says US economy is in a pretty good place.  Kiwi elections fail to produce a majority, so coalition negotiations are set to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 25, 2017

The dollar firmed up some in N.Y. on Monday, taking the DXY to 92.72 highs, levels last seen on September 5. The notable exception was USD-JPY, which fell from over 112.30 to under 111.50 as N. Korea equated Trump’s recent comments to a declaration of war, saying it had the right to shoot down U.S…. Read more »

Moongool bull sets new $83,000 Charolais breed record

The Charolais breed is the latest to re-set its bull record price during the 2017 spring bull selling season, with an $83,000 sale notched-up at yesterday’s Moongool sale hosted by the Price family near Yuleba, on Queensland’s western downs. The post Moongool bull sets new $83,000 Charolais breed record appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Scientist-farmer research backs spot-spraying to control African lovegrass

A research project involving scientists from the New South Wales Government and the Queensland University of Technology and 15 landholders from the Bega region has identified roller-wiping or spot spraying as a more effective control technique for African lovegrass than mechanical slashing. The post Scientist-farmer research backs spot-spraying to control African lovegrass appeared first on… Read more »

Q fever is serious so get vaccinated, warns VFF

A $100,000 campaign has been launched by the Victorian Farmers Federation to encourage livestock producers to get vaccinated for Q fever. The post Q fever is serious so get vaccinated, warns VFF appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Q fever is serious so get vaccinated, warns VFF

Wagga sale 25 Sep 2017: Spring dry starts to bite

Secondary cattle prices lost momentum with several categories recording cheaper rates. Weaker feedlot competition across lighter weight categories caused a notable drop in rates. Not all major feedlots were operating, however due to the price levels some feedlots commenced buying midway into the sale The post Wagga sale 25 Sep 2017: Spring dry starts to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 25, 2017

The euro has come under across-the-board pressure following the German election result, which has left Merkel in place as Chancellor but in a weakened position, heralding a lengthy period of coalition-building talks. The September German Ifo business confidence survey also underwhelmed. EUR-USD dove over 0.6% in logging a three-session low at 1.1881. EUR-JPY and other… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 25, 2017

The euro has come under pressure following the election in German, which produced the expected win for Merkel but saw her party and the SPD coalition partner lose ground to the nationalist AfD, the upshot of which is political uncertainty as there is no easy coalition options. EUR-USD and euro crosses are likely to remain… Read more »

Win a trip for two to Beef 2018 in Rocky

There’s still some time left for Elders’ merchandise customers around Australia to enter the company’s “Win a trip for two to Beef 2018” competition, valued at up to $4000. The post Win a trip for two to Beef 2018 in Rocky appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Win a trip for two… Read more »

AuctionsPlus trading surges to new financial year record

The AuctionsPlus national online livestock trading platform continues to surge to new highs as a preferred marketing tool among buyers and vendors, hitting a new record turnover for the 2016-17 financial year of 436,578 head. The post AuctionsPlus trading surges to new financial year record appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus… Read more »

Mill productivity is Chinese wool focus, not raw material prices

CHINA’S wool industry focus on productivity, quality and export growth rather than raw wool prices, has encouraged Australian representatives at the recent Nanjing Wool Market conference in Tongxiang. The post Mill productivity is Chinese wool focus, not raw material prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Mill productivity is Chinese wool focus,… Read more »

NSW goat musterers dominate Henty sheep dog trial

CENTRAL New South Wales dog trialler Mick Hudson dominated the Exelpet Sheep Dog Trial at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days. The post NSW goat musterers dominate Henty sheep dog trial appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW goat musterers dominate Henty sheep dog trial

Chinese interests launch electronic wool and product trading platforms

ELECTRONIC wool and wool product platforms have been launched in China for domestic transactions and to import commercial parcels. The post Chinese interests launch electronic wool and product trading platforms appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chinese interests launch electronic wool and product trading platforms

Keyneton wool producer takes on Livestock SA leadership

KEYNETON livestock producer Joe Keynes has been appointed president of Livestock SA, replacing former leader Geoff Power. The post Keyneton wool producer takes on Livestock SA leadership appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Keyneton wool producer takes on Livestock SA leadership

Animal rights report offers insights into anti-animal farming strategies

A report from a recent Animal Rights National Conference provides several insights into methods vegans and vegetarians are adopting in their ongoing efforts to try to turn the public against animal farming, and how they rate their success to date. The post Animal rights report offers insights into anti-animal farming strategies appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Why are WA farmers excited about watching beetles eating dung?

No one would normally blink an eye at new animals arriving at an agricultural school, but 50 or so farmers have braved wet weather to watch the state’s first widescale spring-active dung beetle release. Source: ABC Livestock Why are WA farmers excited about watching beetles eating dung?

Peer-to-peer mentors needed for western NSW landholders support program

WESTERN New South Wales landholders have until this Friday to take part in a mentoring program aimed at providing support and guidance to fellow farmers who want to make a positive change to their property. The Western Resilient Landscapes Program is a unique opportunity being offered by Western Local Land Services and Soils for Life with support… Read more »

NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat

Over 100 different weather recording stations reported their hottest September day or night in at least a decade over the weekend. The post NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat

International Economic Week in Review: The Positive Trend Continues

            The OECD released their latest global growth forecast this week, calling for a slight uptick in overall activity.  OECD GDP is projected to be 3.5% this year – the highest in four years.  Russia and Brazil are projected to grow as well.  But global structural issues remain.  Trade and… Read more »

US Equity and Economic Week in Review: Hurricane Damage Looks To Be Contained

            There are four elements of a time series: the actual trend (which is determined using moving averages of various lengths), cyclical movements (regular events that occur over more than 12-months), seasonal movements (regular events that occur over less than 12 months) and irregular events.  Hurricanes Irma and Harvey provide… Read more »

Sydney Show branded beef win for TFI’s grassfed/natural product

In and era when blockbusting, super-rich Wagyu entries tend to dominate major results in branded beef competitions across the country, a natural/grassfed yearling product claimed the 2017 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show grand champion beef exhibit award on Friday night. The post Sydney Show branded beef win for TFI’s grassfed/natural product appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Young cattle values continue to trend down in larger AuctionsPlus offering

There was a sharp 50pc rise in listing numbers offered on AuctionsPlus this week, aided by turnoff momentum due to dry conditions, and several large lines out of northern Australia. Listings rose to 10,370 head, up just shy of 3500 head from last week. Most young cattle weight categories continued their trend downwards in price…. Read more »

101 Not Out: Queensland's centenarian farmer still going strong

The saying “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life” could not be truer for 101 year old farmer Max Hockey. He hung up his spurs a few years ago, but Max still firmly holds the reigns over his grazing property. The secret to his longevity, he says, is simple… Read more »

Have you been vaccinated for Q-fever yet?

While it rarely causes clinical disease in livestock, Q fever is an infectious disease which can cause serious illness in humans. Producers, farm workers, agents and other people exposed to cattle, sheep and goats are the most likely to be impacted. The post Have you been vaccinated for Q-fever yet? appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Have you been vaccinated for Q-fever yet?

While it rarely causes clinical disease in livestock, Q fever is an infectious disease which can cause serious illness in humans. Producers, farm workers, agents and other people exposed to cattle, sheep and goats are the most likely to be impacted. Have you been vaccinated? The post Have you been vaccinated for Q-fever yet? appeared… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 22, 2017

The dollar was marginally firmer in N.Y. trade on Friday, with end of week position squaring behind the move. EUR-USD slipped under 1.1940 from over 1.1980 at the open, while USD-JPY stumbled early, reportedly on pre-weekend safe-haven yen buying the driver. The pairing later recovered the 112 handle. USD-CAD spiked up on softer Canada CPI… Read more »