Month: September 2017

Livestock a much smaller challenge to global food security than often reported

Findings of a new United Nations report directly contrast with commonly repeated claims that livestock are a drain on resources, requiring a large amount of feed that could otherwise be used by humans to produce a small amount of meat. The post Livestock a much smaller challenge to global food security than often reported appeared… Read more »

Greenham supplier earns Tasmania’s best MSA producer award + VIDEO

North West Tasmanian beef producer Katrina Simpson has won the 2017 MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Most Outstanding Beef Producer award for her State, presented at Ulverstone last night. The post Greenham supplier earns Tasmania’s best MSA producer award + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Greenham supplier earns Tasmania’s best… Read more »

Wool price indicator holds firm, but fine wool and tender lines dip

WOOL prices steadied at auctions this this week, despite some discounts for some tender lines, indicating trade satisfaction with current price levels. The post Wool price indicator holds firm, but fine wool and tender lines dip appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool price indicator holds firm, but fine wool and tender… Read more »

Auction market issues reflected in wool forward trading

The forward wool market reflected the struggle in prices at auction this week, with all micron groups losing ground. The post Auction market issues reflected in wool forward trading appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Auction market issues reflected in wool forward trading

Ag tech: Data-led innovation drives international award win

A collaboration involving MLA and commercial cattle partners in Queensland has been awarded the inaugural Hitachi Transformation Award for its work in using data to help drive innovation in the red meat industry. The post Ag tech: Data-led innovation drives international award win appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ag tech: Data-led… Read more »

Recruitment: Five tips to retain your top performers in 2018

As the 2017 season starts to draw to a close, many in the cattle industry will be starting to contemplate how they might do things better next year. For employers and managers, this is a suitable time to consider how best to retain your top performers from the current season. The post Recruitment: Five tips… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 21, 2017

The dollar gave back some of its post-FOMC gains seen on Wednesday, losing modest ground to all the major currencies. The move came despite decent U.S. data, which saw jobless claims below expectations, and a firmer Philly Fed index and leading indicators. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.1899 after the early data, before making its way to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Rally Fades as Market Doubts Fed Plans

OVERVIEW USD had rallied strongly after FOMC announced an end to Q.E. and signaled a further rate rise. GBP firm after BBC reports PM May will announce €20 billion payments to EU. CAD recovering from a post-Fed dip on strong domestic data.  EUR steady as consumer confidence rises by more than expected. AUD weaker after… Read more »

Fred Troncone returns to Wellard operational role

Former Wellard Rural Exports chief executive officer Fred Troncone has returned to the now publicly listed livestock exporting company in a new executive operational role, Wellard Limited announced today. The post Fred Troncone returns to Wellard operational role appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Fred Troncone returns to Wellard operational role

Dubbo sale 21 Sep 2017: Southern restockers provide support

It was a mixed yarding with some good lines of young cattle to suit the feeders and trade buyers along with some well finished bullocks and cows with once again the bulk of the prime cattle coming off crops or have had access to grain. The post Dubbo sale 21 Sep 2017: Southern restockers provide… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 21, 2017

The dollar posted fresh highs versus the yen, Swiss franc and some other currencies, though the overall breadth and momentum of gains waned as markets digest the Fed’s hawkish up-gearing. EUR-USD floated back above 1.1900, leaving unchallenged yesterday’s post-Fed low at 1.1861. USD-JPY, by contrast, managed to lift to a new four-month high, at 112.71,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 21, 2017

The dollar has opened in London about 1% higher following the Fed’s announcement yesterday, which confirmed the start of a QT program, as had been widely anticipated, but showed via the dot plot that another rate hike is in the works before year-end followed by another three hikes in 2018. The BoJ subsequently announced unchanged… Read more »

Japan’s magnificent Zenkyo Wagyu show, in pictures and words

One of the highlights for participants on the recently-returned Japan Wagyu trade mission organised by the Australian Wagyu Association was the opportunity to visit the All Japan Wagyu Show (Zenkyo) held this year in Sendai, north of Tokyo. Think Brisbane or Sydney show stud beef judging, on steroids. These images capture some of the event’s… Read more »

Opinion: Objective evidence trumps sheep myth and mystery

FARM business consultant Phil Holmes has written an open letter to Australian Wool Innovation’s board urging its sponsorship of a challenge to visual sheep classers to prove the worth of their skills. The post Opinion: Objective evidence trumps sheep myth and mystery appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Opinion: Objective evidence trumps… Read more »

Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain

The northernmost section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail corridor will cross valuable Darling Downs agricultural land on its route announced in Toowoomba today by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester. The post Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail… Read more »

With dry times come reports of botulism (and why it’s not only phosphorous-deficient properties at risk)

The risk posed by drying season conditions has triggered timely warnings from veterinarians and cattle nutrition experts about the importance of preventative vaccinations and nutritional supplementation to offset protein and phosphorus deficiencies. The post With dry times come reports of botulism (and why it’s not only phosphorous-deficient properties at risk) appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

TFI takes over Angus Pure grassfed natural brand

Angus Australia and the Certified Angus Group have transferred ownership of the Angus Pure grassfed natural beef brand program to processor partner, Thomas Foods International. The post TFI takes over Angus Pure grassfed natural brand appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central TFI takes over Angus Pure grassfed natural brand

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 20, 2017

FX trade was quiet through the morning session, with activity muted ahead of the FOMC announcement. The dollar rose, then fell, then rose again following the Fed, as it detailed the kickoff of its QT program, as widely expected, and left another 2017 rate hike on the table. EUR-USD spiked to eight session highs of… Read more »

US Bond Market Week in Review: The Fed is Determined to Get Inflation Wrong

            Today, the Federal Reserve issued their latest monetary policy statement, keeping rates at 1%-1.25%.  They describe the economy as expanding moderately: the labor market continues to grow, households are spending and investment is picking up.  But they once again argued inflation would reach 2% in the medium term.  The… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Broadly Lower Ahead of the Fed

OVERVIEW NZD is out-performing on latest poll showing ruling National Party ahead of Labour.  GBP boosted by strong August retail sales fails to hold gains. AUD testing higher after comments from the RBA’s Luci Ellis on the global economy. Brent crude oil prices at highest since July 2015. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE… Read more »

Australian rural R&D investment grows 26pc in 10 years

The value of Australian investment in rural Research, Development and Extension grew from $2.6 billion in 2005-06 to $3.3 billion in 2014–15 in real terms, according to a new Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report. The post Australian rural R&D investment grows 26pc in 10 years appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Housing permits: restrain your enthusiasm (Part 1 of 2)

Hurricane Harvey almost certainly had an effect on the August housing report, and Irma will like join it in affecting the September report as well.  Here is the Census Bureau’s statement, in relevant part, on the effect of the hurricanes: Source: XE news feed Housing permits: restrain your enthusiasm (Part 1 of 2)

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 20, 2017

The dollar traded generally softer as markets anticipate the Fed’s policy announcement and statement. The pound was notable today as it rallied strongly on above-forecast retail sales data out of the UK, but subsequently gave back most of its gains as the latest tri-monthly BoE agents survey of anecdotal activity made for less rosy reading.[EUR,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 20, 2017

The euro has remained bid, despite a report of there not being a consensus among ECB policymakers about when to begin tapering. EUR-USD logged a nine-day high at 1.2020 and EUR-JPY remaining buoyant, although below the 22-month high seen yesterday. USD-JPY, meanwhile, has settled to a consolidation after rallying quite strongly over the last week… Read more »

Weekly property review – ‘Movement at the station’

Conways Station, NT | Kalala Station, NT | Katandra Station, Qld | Kensleigh, Qld | Carraman Station, NSW | Merran Vale & Cooinda Park, NSW | Bogee, NSW | Wigelmar, NSW | Chatham, NSW | Binnaway abattoir, NSW | Wagga, NSW | Noorama Station, Qld | The post Weekly property review – ‘Movement at the… Read more »

Bindaree’s Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets

The Hong Kong based investors who recently took a 51pc stake in northern NSW export beef processor, Bindaree Beef have plans to further develop their Western Australian grazing property investments, purchased in April last year. The post Bindaree’s Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

JBS Cobram plant and Longford sheep processing closed indefinitely

JBS Australia’s Cobram abattoir in Victoria and Longford plant small stock chain in Tasmania will be closed indefinitely after redundancies were offered to staff this week. The post JBS Cobram plant and Longford sheep processing closed indefinitely appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central JBS Cobram plant and Longford sheep processing closed indefinitely

NSW ewe diet and lamb sex research has Merino flock impact potential

EWE diet and fertility research findings in New South Wales which could dramatically boost Australia’s Merino ewe flock are being fine-tuned in on-farm trials. The post NSW ewe diet and lamb sex research has Merino flock impact potential appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW ewe diet and lamb sex research has… Read more »

Nuffield announces 2018 scholarship awardees

Twenty-four Australian primary producers and managers from a diverse range of backgrounds and with interest in a broad range of study topics, have been awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships for 2018, showcasing the depth and breadth of Australian agriculture. The post Nuffield announces 2018 scholarship awardees appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Nuffield… Read more »

South Australian sheep producers fined in saleyard blitz

ALMOST a quarter of sheep consignments examined in a South Australian saleyard blitz earlier this year were found to have tag and National Vendor Declaration issues. The post South Australian sheep producers fined in saleyard blitz appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central South Australian sheep producers fined in saleyard blitz

ABARES winds down saleyard price forecast

Deteriorating seasonal and market conditions in the past three months have caused ABARES to significantly downgrade its forecast cattle price average for 2017-18. The post ABARES winds down saleyard price forecast appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ABARES winds down saleyard price forecast

Wodonga, Geelong producers share Victoria’s best MSA suppliers awards

Beef producers from Wodonga and Geelong have received the two top awards at the 2017 Meat Standards Australia Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for Victoria, presented last night. The post Wodonga, Geelong producers share Victoria’s best MSA suppliers awards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wodonga, Geelong producers share Victoria’s best MSA… Read more »

Sheep producers, agents and buyers focus on live export at WA field day

SHEEP producers, agents and buyers focussed on the preparation of stock for live export at a recent field day in Western Australia. The post Sheep producers, agents and buyers focus on live export at WA field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producers, agents and buyers focus on live export… Read more »

Beef Central news briefs – 20 Sept 2017

Certainty in energy markets essential, says AMIC | China plant suspensions: Suddenly…. nothing happens | Malaysia suspends three Australian plants | MLA levies notice deadline draws near | Beef abattoir projects on King Island | Can the age of cattle be determined using the skin? | Study finds livestock production improves global food security |… Read more »

Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites?

Forget the random audits – why not use satellites to monitor everywhere in the Murray-Darling Basin, all the time? The post Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites?

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017

An upper-level trough triggered moderate rainfall over the Far North Queensland tropical coast. A vigorous westerly air stream with embedded cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in Victoria and Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14… Read more »

New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight

A new state-of-the-art grain handling facility being built near Emerald in Central Queensland will help make it safer and cheaper to transport grain, but much more needs to be done to revitalise Queensland’s agricultural rail freight network. The post New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Remains Soft as Fed Meeting Begins

OVERVIEW US housing starts fell for a second straight month, and building permits rise. German ZEW survey stronger than expected, economic sentiment index rises to 17.0 from 10.0 in August. GB Pound jumps 0.5 cents versus US Dollar after reports on Boris Johnson resign. Euro slips after ECB sources say board split on setting an… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 19, 2017

The dollar stumbled some early in the session in N.Y. on Tuesday, though was little impacted by the combination of firmer import prices, a wider current account deficit, and near in-line housing starts. Risk appetite perked up some, allowing the greenback to hold its own through the close. USD-JPY sold off on the back of… Read more »

Roma store 19 Sep 2017: Quality varies with season

Quality was varied and cattle directly from the paddock were showing signs of the harsh conditions as larger runs of western cattle were being presented. Cattle on feed stood out amongst those sold younger and lighter due to the dry. The post Roma store 19 Sep 2017: Quality varies with season appeared first on Beef… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 19 Sep 2017: Sales soften as numbers rise

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator closed last week 14c down week-on-week and the Wodonga market followed suit. The indicator is trending 194.25c/kg below the same time last year and has dropped more than 20.11c/kg in the last month. The post NVLX Wodonga 19 Sep 2017: Sales soften as numbers rise appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 19, 2017

The dollar has traded mixed into the New York interbank open and into the start of the two-day FOMC, posting fresh highs versus the yen and Swiss franc, firming against the pound, while seeing new lows against the euro and Australian dollar. This partly reflects that markets have low expectations from the Fed with regard… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Top spring bulls make big money, but its been patchy

The 2017 spring bull market, burdened by seasonal challenges in many areas except Australia’s south-east corner, has so far lacked the consistency of the earlier autumn sales, but there is still big money around for bulls carrying exceptional genetics. There are also some bargains around for astute buyers, however. The post Weekly genetics review: Top… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 19, 2017

The yen continued to weaken and the euro outperform, which drove EUR-JPY, now up in eight of the last nine sessions, to a 22-month peak at 134.14. USD-JPY, meanwhile, logged a new two-month high, at 111.88. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 19, 2017

Genetics: Bull buying is a long-term investment + VIDEO

BUYING bulls is one of the most important tasks in Steven and Claire Farmer’s Central Queensland cattle business. The post Genetics: Bull buying is a long-term investment + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Genetics: Bull buying is a long-term investment + VIDEO

AWI approves WEP group chairman and NSW broker for 2017 election

WOOL Exchange Portal working group chairman Will Wilson and New South Wales wool broker and grower Don Macdonald have successfully nominated for the 2017 Australian Wool Innovation board election. The post AWI approves WEP group chairman and NSW broker for 2017 election appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI approves WEP group… Read more »

MLA lamb ad survives religious complaints to advertising regulator

MORE than 200 complaints against Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2017 ‘You Never Lamb Alone’ spring campaign have been dismissed by the Advertising Standard’s Bureau. The post MLA lamb ad survives religious complaints to advertising regulator appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA lamb ad survives religious complaints to advertising regulator

Global, Australian sustainability roundtables find common ground in Canberra

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and its Australian equivalent, the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, are meeting in Canberra this week, and are apparently finding a great deal of common ground. The post Global, Australian sustainability roundtables find common ground in Canberra appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Global, Australian sustainability roundtables… Read more »

Elderly founder returns to chair JBS, as Batista brothers remain in jail

Global meat processor JBS’s elderly founder José Batista Sobrinho has been elected chief executive of the company, as his two sons Wesley and Joesley Batista remain in jail in Brazil this week. The post Elderly founder returns to chair JBS, as Batista brothers remain in jail appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Malaysia halts meat imports from three Australian establishments

The Australian Government confirms that Malaysia has suspended meat imports from three Australian meat processing facilities, but it is unclear why. Source: ABC Livestock Malaysia halts meat imports from three Australian establishments

Live-export ship back in business after 95 deaths

Live-cattle export vessel GL Kaihou, suspended from shipping after its maiden voyage, has been reaccredited. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Live-export ship back in business after 95 deaths

Queensland wearing its import parity cap…

Market signals delivered Brisbane and Darling Downs are telling sellers not to expect future values to outperform values in the southern markets. The post Queensland wearing its import parity cap… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Queensland wearing its import parity cap…

Weekly kill: Numbers continue to flow, due to worsening conditions

Rates of slaughter across eastern Australia continue to defy earlier predictions that numbers would slow during the third quarter this year, as the dry conditions in many grazing areas turn from serious to desperate. The post Weekly kill: Numbers continue to flow, due to worsening conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China

Australia’s largest livestock exporting company Wellard Limited says it has agreed to commercial terms to deliver the company’s first shipment of beef cattle to China. The post Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China

XE Market Analysis: British Pound Slips as Governor Warns of "Considerable Risks"

OVERVIEW Majority of FX relatively quiet ahead of the FOMC meeting. GBP under pressure after the best week in years. US stocks hit fresh highs and safe-haven Yen under pressure as risk sentiment improves. Eurozone CPI confirmed at 1.5% in August. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: British Pound Slips as Governor… Read more »

Store market: enter the speculator

A widespread lack of feed following a dry winter and the return of spring heat is fuelling a speculators market for store buyers, with decisions to buy equating to a roll of the dice and a punt on when rain will fall. The post Store market: enter the speculator appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Wagga sale 18 Sep 2017: Vealers most affected in cheaper market

In a similar sized yarding cattle prices continued to ease with bidding from buyers at much lower levels across export and domestic categories. The post Wagga sale 18 Sep 2017: Vealers most affected in cheaper market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 18 Sep 2017: Vealers most affected in cheaper… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 18, 2017

The dollar started the new week on a mixed footing, managing to eke out a fresh two-month high versus the yen, at 111.44, recouping of the ground lost last week against the pound, while oscillating well within Friday’s range in the case against the euro and the Canadian dollar, among other currencies. The main event… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 18, 2017

The dollar majors have been in consolidation mode in thin early-week trading, in the absence of Tokyo markets, where were closed in observance of a Japanese public holiday. USD-JPY firmed up some early on, settling above 111.10 but holding below Friday’s 111.33 two-month peak. EUR-USD made time in the mid 1.19s. Sterling has started the… Read more »

Life under rising power costs

As power companies and the Federal Government try to find solutions to high power prices three people try to find their own solutions. Source: ABC Livestock Life under rising power costs

Wool industry stakeholders urge settlement of AWI-AWEX WEP rift

WOOL Industry stakeholders have urged settlement of the rift between the Australian Wool Exchange and Australian Wool Innovation over data and ownership of the proposed Wool Exchange Portal. The post Wool industry stakeholders urge settlement of AWI-AWEX WEP rift appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool industry stakeholders urge settlement of AWI-AWEX… Read more »

SE Asia Report: Indo/Aus live trade at unprecedented crossroads

Stalemate: For the first time since the beginning of the trade, producers don’t have to drop their prices in the face of reduced Asian demand, and at the same time importers can’t pay any more because they they will make a loss if they do. Meanwhile, China is defying the currency and pricing challenges being… Read more »

AWI seeks applicants for 2018 Breeding Leadership course

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is calling for applicants for its 2018 Breeding Leadership course, as it continues to develop the leadership skills of young people as a key feature of its investment in wool education and training. The post AWI seeks applicants for 2018 Breeding Leadership course appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI… Read more »

WAFarmers announces new ‘stand-out’ chief executive officer

WAFARMERS has appointed New South Wales-born agronomist Trent Kensett-Smith as its chief executive officer. Mr Kensett-Smith’s appointment was announced last Friday at the annual Heart of WA gala, held at HBF Stadium, Perth. The post WAFarmers announces new ‘stand-out’ chief executive officer appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WAFarmers announces new ‘stand-out’… Read more »

Religious festivals boost August live sheep shipments

RELIGIOUS festivals have boosted Australia’s live sheep exports in August to the highest level of any month this year, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported. The post Religious festivals boost August live sheep shipments appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Religious festivals boost August live sheep shipments

Ceased Mulesing loophole closed with National Wool Declaration change

THE Australian Wool Exchange has moved to close a loophole in the National Wool Declaration’s definition of ‘Ceased Mulesing’ after its recent NWD review. The post Ceased Mulesing loophole closed with National Wool Declaration change appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ceased Mulesing loophole closed with National Wool Declaration change

Victorians encouraged to consider 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

AGRICULTURE Victoria is encouraging women in agriculture to apply for the 2018 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. The post Victorians encouraged to consider 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorians encouraged to consider 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

Live export volumes to August 2017 down 33 percent

Total Australian feeder and slaughter cattle exports for the calendar year-to-August were down 33 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s latest livestock export trade data. The post Live export volumes to August 2017 down 33 percent appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export… Read more »

New Hilton/Woolworths processing facility promises to set world standards

European meat processing giant Hilton Food Group will shortly start work on its third Australian centralised portioning, further-processing, value-adding and packaging facility to service the needs of Woolworths supermarkets. The post New Hilton/Woolworths processing facility promises to set world standards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New Hilton/Woolworths processing facility promises to… Read more »

Weekly Indicators: Harvey hits the data edition

August data was all affected by Harvey, and included declines in both industrial production and retail sales, but an increase in whole business sales and inventories. YoY PPI and CPI both rose.    Source: XE news feed Weekly Indicators: Harvey hits the data edition

Downs producers feature in QLD’s best MSA supply awards + VIDEOS

Beef producers from Queensland’s western Darling Downs region have received the top awards at the 2017 Meat Standards Australia Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for Qld/NT, presented at Gympie on Friday night. The post Downs producers feature in QLD’s best MSA supply awards + VIDEOS appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Downs… Read more »

Cow & calf prices softer in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Strong listings out of NSW boosted numbers offered on the AuctionsPlus online marketing platform to 6903 head this week.Clearance at auction was 50pc, with a softening cattle market due to lack of rain in many areas likely attributing to the decline. The post Cow & calf prices softer in larger AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Sterling Soars on Interest Rate Hike Expectation

OVERVIEW Sterling hit its highest level against the Dollar since the Brexit vote. Dollar gives back ground after poor retail sales figures. Risk aversion after missile launch hurts exotic currencies.  HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Sterling Soars on Interest Rate Hike Expectation

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 15, 2017

The dollar traded mostly softer, although gained against the yen, and fell sharply in the case against sterling, which rallied strongly following hawkish remarks by a reputationally dovish BoE MPC member. USD-JPY logged a two-month high at 111.32, despite news that North Korea had launched another missile over Japan, achieving a range that would reach… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 15, 2017

USD-JPY dove only briefly on news of missile test by North Korea, which was again the Japan vaulting kind, similar to the missile test of a couple weeks back. The pair logged a 109.55 low after dropping about 70 pips amid a bout of safe haven positioning, though subsequently more than recovered, to around 110.60…. Read more »

Farmers nervous about weather impact on NSW canola

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair is confident further research into canola will help protect future crops from volatile seasonal conditions. Source: ABC Grain Farmers nervous about weather impact on NSW canola

Merino breeders welcome senator interest in one-way mirror incident

MERINOSELECT ram breeders have questioned Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough’s account of a research focus group observed by AWI chairman Wal Merriman behind a one-way mirror. The post Merino breeders welcome senator interest in one-way mirror incident appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino breeders welcome senator interest in… Read more »

Woolies completes interim northern service kill deal with Teys

Woolworths, the nation’s largest red meat retailer, has completed an interim deal with Teys Australia to get a service kill done for Woolies’ northern beef supply chain at the Teys Beenleigh plant. The post Woolies completes interim northern service kill deal with Teys appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Woolies completes interim… Read more »

Australian wool prices dip on demand, clip quality and exchange rate

A FURTHER correction in Australian wool prices this week has been attributed to strong buying earlier in the season, currency exchange rates and current offering quality. The post Australian wool prices dip on demand, clip quality and exchange rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices dip on demand, clip… Read more »

Recruitment: Assertiveness vs aggression in the workplace

FROM birth to the inevitable, we are always learning. Improving communication is a great way to assist with workplace relationships. The post Recruitment: Assertiveness vs aggression in the workplace appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Assertiveness vs aggression in the workplace

Dromedary dairy offers camel cuddles to tourists

A Queensland couple works to improve the image of camels by offering cuddles at their dromedary dairy. Source: ABC Livestock Dromedary dairy offers camel cuddles to tourists

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 14, 2017

The dollar rallied early in the N.Y. session on Thursday, driven by hotter U.S. CPI numbers, and better than expected jobless claims data. Initial gains were largely negated however, as reports that N. Korea was preparing a new ICBM test hit the wires. EUR-USD fell from 1.19 to 1.1839 lows, before spiking to session highs… Read more »

Cattle Council of Australia’s rising champions head to Canberra

State and territory finalists of Cattle Council of Australia’s 2017 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion have spent a busy two days in Canberra this week at the Process of Government and How to influence Change workshop developing their leadership and networking skills, as well as gaining an insight into government and political processes. The… Read more »

Animal welfare part of new LPA requirements effective from 1 October

LPA-accredited producers are being reminded to have a copy of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines on hand and be familiar with its contents prior to the changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program taking effect from 1 October. The post Animal welfare part of new LPA requirements effective from 1 October appeared… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: British Pound Surges as Bank of England Warns of Rate Hike

OVERVIEW Pound jumps as BoE hold rates, but turns more hawkish as housing survey improves. The US Dollar fails to hold gains after stronger inflation data.  The Swiss Franc is weaker despite central bank saying currency less overvalued. The Australian Dollar dips despite very strong jobs data. Japanese Yen strengthens after North Korea threatens to… Read more »

Dubbo sale 14 Sep 2017: All categories lose ground

As the dry weather continues cattle keep pouring in with numbers lifting by 840 compared to the previous sale for a yarding of 6375. The post Dubbo sale 14 Sep 2017: All categories lose ground appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 14 Sep 2017: All categories lose ground

Who is the next Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year?

Know an Aussie farmer who takes biosecurity seriously and goes the extra length to avoid diseases, pests and weeds coming on to their property? If so, now is the time to nominate them for the 2018 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year. The post Who is the next Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year? appeared first on… Read more »

SELX prime sale 14 Sept: Yearlings best supplied in larger yarding

Numbers lifted and the quality improved slightly at the SELX sale at Yass today. The post SELX prime sale 14 Sept: Yearlings best supplied in larger yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central SELX prime sale 14 Sept: Yearlings best supplied in larger yarding

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 14, 2017

The dollar traded perkily in Asia, spurred on by apparent fresh momentum behind the White House plans for tax reform. Republican congressional leaders talked up an “outline” on reforms by the week of September 25th, and the White House hosted a bipartisan dinner to keep the heat on both sides to step up on reforms…. Read more »

World-renowned Goshu Wagyu herd sold to Shamrock Station

Shamrock Vale Station in south-east Queensland buys the world renowned Goshu Wagyu cattle herd for an undisclosed price. Source: ABC Beef Cattle World-renowned Goshu Wagyu herd sold to Shamrock Station

Cattle Council says senate report misses the mark

The Cattle Council of Australia says this week’s senate inquiry report has missed the mark and disregards the important work it and State Farm Organisations do for the benefit of all grassfed producers, including those who don’t pay membership fees. The post Cattle Council says senate report misses the mark appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Marbling measurement challenge in grading Wagyu in Australia versus Japan

The inability of Australian beef grading systems to adequately report marbling performance in high-performing Wagyu cattle was exposed during a briefing with the Japan Meat Grading Association in Tokyo last week, as part of the Japan Wagyu study tour. The post Marbling measurement challenge in grading Wagyu in Australia versus Japan appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Wagyu investment surge continues, with large Vic Fullblood herd shifting to Qld

In one of the larger Wagyu cattle deals seen in the past 18 months, Victoria’s respected Goshu Fullblood Wagyu herd is shifting to Queensland, following its purchase by a wealthy Australian-based businessman who is just entering the Wagyu industry. The post Wagyu investment surge continues, with large Vic Fullblood herd shifting to Qld appeared first… Read more »

NSW Merino stud breeder defends AWI chairman’s focus group actions

WILLANDRA Merino Stud principal Ross Wells has come out in defence of Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s attendance of a MERINOSELECT breeders’ focus group in Sydney earlier this year. The fellow New South Wales breeder from Hillston believes Mr Merriman has been “cooked pretty badly” by recent media coverage, but his credibility is “still… Read more »

Automatic guided vehicles next phase in meat processing automation + VIDEO

The application of robotics and automation in the red meat processing industry continues to gather pace, with the latest technology – automated guided vehicles – now installed and working in a Qld meat plant. Automated guided vehicles, or AGVs, join existing automation systems like centralised robotic palletising and robotic rib-cutting machines. The post Automatic guided… Read more »