Month: September 2017

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 »

US Bond Market Week in Review: There is an Inherent Weakness in the PCE Price Deflator That the Fed Isn't Considering

            For most of this expansion, the Fed has publicly stated that it is using a 2% inflation target.  In addition, their models have continually had a “just around the corner” feature, where, despite currently weak PCE measures, higher inflation would occur in the near future.             Unfortunately, a historical… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 13 Sep 2017: Erratic trend continues

Cattle markets in the past week have been somewhat erratic and NVLX Wodonga experienced the same fluctuating price trends, depending on quality and competition. Agents yarded just over 1200 cattle with numbers similar to the previous market. The post NVLX Wodonga 13 Sep 2017: Erratic trend continues appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 13, 2017

The dollar’s post-weekend “relief” recovery ran out of gas today, although the buck still saw a fresh higher versus an underperforming yen. Cable, extending the sharp gains seen after yesterday’s perky UK inflation data, also traded softer after wage data came in off expectations, despite a new cycle low in unemployment.[EUR, USD] Source: XE… Read more »

Weekly property review: Is the goat ‘bubble’ about to burst?

Last week’s property review looked at how goats are becoming a serious sideline to extensive dry-area beef and sheep operations in southern states. This week the theme continues, with particular emphasis on Queensland, and where the future lies. The post Weekly property review: Is the goat ‘bubble’ about to burst? appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 13, 2017

The dollar rebound rally has lost gas, with EUR-USD edging out a two-day high and the buck trading softer versus sterling, the Australian dollar, among others, although USD-JPY still managed to eke out a 12-day high. The dollar had been shorted into the weekend, when concerns about the impact of Hurricane Irma and fresh ratcheting… Read more »

Government will force reforms if industry doesn’t: Rural senate committee

After several years of conducting inquiries into various elements of the red meat sector, Senators have communicated in their latest report released overnight that they have lost patience with what they see as a lack of genuine progress by industry to address pricing, market transparency and representational concerns that have been repeatedly voiced by producers…. Read more »

Agents say call for Standards of Practice not necessary

Senators have told the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association it has just three months to lead the development of industry Standards of Practice that cover all commercial livestock transactions. The post Agents say call for Standards of Practice not necessary appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agents say call for Standards… Read more »

Poor practices lead to export deaths: vet group

A group of vets against the live export trade allege poor practices and a lack of bedding were to blame for a high mortality rate on a voyage from Townsville to Vietnam. Source: ABC Livestock Poor practices lead to export deaths: vet group

Industry reaction to Senate Report: RMAC, MLA, CCA, AMIC

Here’s how various red meat industry councils and organisations have responded to the red meat Senate Inquiry report released overnight. The post Industry reaction to Senate Report: RMAC, MLA, CCA, AMIC appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry reaction to Senate Report: RMAC, MLA, CCA, AMIC

Japanese memorial provides sobering lessons about FMD disease risk

A Japanese memorial to close to 300,000 animals put to death as a consequence of the country’s catastrophic 2010 FMD outbreak provided a sobering reminder of biosecurity risk to Australian beef industry stakeholders on the Japan Wagyu study tour this week. The post Japanese memorial provides sobering lessons about FMD disease risk appeared first on… Read more »

Property: Hughenden showcase Katandra makes close to $14m

Large-scale Hughenden district (Qld) downs country grazing property Katandra has been bought by expanding fund manager Gunn Agri, for a price believed to be approaching its earlier listed price of around $14 million, bare of stock and plant. The post Property: Hughenden showcase Katandra makes close to $14m appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Director search for new Sheep Producers Australia body begins

AUSTRALIA’S national sheep meat producer body is calling for non-executive director nominations as it transitions to a new company structure. The post Director search for new Sheep Producers Australia body begins appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Director search for new Sheep Producers Australia body begins

AWI Wool Exchange Portal plan hit by data and ownership rift with AWEX

AUSTRALIA’S proposed Wool Exchange Portal has hit a major obstacle after failing to negotiate agreement on industry data access and ownership proposals with the Australian Wool Exchange. The post AWI Wool Exchange Portal plan hit by data and ownership rift with AWEX appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI Wool Exchange Portal… Read more »

WoolProducers Australia seeks three new independent directors

PEAK national wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has opened nomination for three independent director positions on its board. The post WoolProducers Australia seeks three new independent directors appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia seeks three new independent directors

More Livestock Production Assurance events announced for Victoria

VICTORIAN livestock producers will be able to choose from three Livestock Production Assurance events in the state over the next four weeks, as the October 1 deadline for the filing of farm biosecurity plans draws closer. The Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Health and Biosecurity program will help livestock producers in the state understand and implement… Read more »

Roma store sale 12 September: Better quality pushes prices higher

There was a larger yarding of 6225 head at Roma store sale today, up 2300 head on last week, with quality demanding the elevated prices at times – especially on young cattle. The post Roma store sale 12 September: Better quality pushes prices higher appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Sep 2017

A cold southwesterly flow produced moderate rainfall totals and snow in southeastern Australia. A surface trough generated thunderstorms with moderate rainfall for the Gascoyne in Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook,… Read more »

Online wool demand restricted but consistent as auction market held firm

AUCTIONSPLUS had restricted but consistent online enquiry for wool last week and market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said with the physical wool market holding mostly firm, finer types attracted buyer interest. The post Online wool demand restricted but consistent as auction market held firm appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool… Read more »

The unholy triad of housing (un)affordability

One of the distressing trends I have been keeping track of for the last several years is the “rental affordability crisis.”  This is the moniker put on the trend by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the fact that rents have been rising far faster than income among the lower quartiles, causing the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 12, 2017

The dollar carved out new rebound highs versus the yen and euro, among some other currencies, though traded lower in some cases, most notably the pound, which rallied strongly following perkier than expected UK inflation data. USD-JPY continued to gain as markets react to a sense of reduced risks stemming from North Korea and Hurricane… Read more »

Senators hand down final red meat inquiry report

Cattle Council of Australia should be replaced as the grassfed cattle industry’s peak industry council by a new “a transparent and accountable producer-owned body” to be called Cattle Australia, and the Australian Government should provide immediate funding support to help the grassfed cattle sector to do this. The post Senators hand down final red meat… Read more »

Cattle Council should be disbanded and replaced, Senate report says

A long-awaited Senate report says the Cattle Council of Australia should be disbanded and calls for the Government to revoke its status as the official representative of cattle producers. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle Council should be disbanded and replaced, Senate report says

Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales head north

The bull selling season is moving along quickly with 84 bull sales completed in August and another 50 held in the first two weeks of September. The post Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales head north appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales head north

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 12, 2017

The dollar carved out new rebound highs during the Asia session. USD-JPY continued to lead the way as markets react to a sense of reduced risks stemming from North Korea and Hurricane Irma, with the former having refrained from further missile testing and the latter now having weakened to a tropical storm rating while tentatively… Read more »

Wagyu bull makes $88,000 on AuctionsPlus

A 13 months old Fullblood Wagyu bull with Breedplan figures in the top one per cent of the breed for Terminal Carcase Index, Marble Score and Marble Fineness sold for $88,000 during the September Premium Wagyu sale on AuctionsPlus. The post Wagyu bull makes $88,000 on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Genetics: Pre-joining check – test your bulls’ fertility

Imagine this scenario, you call your local vet to come and pregnancy test your herd of cows, only to find out most of them are empty. What do you do next? The post Genetics: Pre-joining check – test your bulls’ fertility appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Genetics: Pre-joining check – test… Read more »

Aus should allow beef imports from US and Japan: Dept review

Australia should permit beef imports from the United States, Japan and the Netherlands, a Federal Government review has concluded. The post Aus should allow beef imports from US and Japan: Dept review appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aus should allow beef imports from US and Japan: Dept review

Heavy reliance on imported feedstuffs big cost challenge for Japanese lotfeeders

An almost total reliance on imported feedstuffs is a heavy burden on cost of production for cattle feedlot operators in Japan. That was one of the clear impressions left on the Australian Wagyu Association’s 2017 Japan Wagyu tour group, currently in Sendai. The post Heavy reliance on imported feedstuffs big cost challenge for Japanese lotfeeders… Read more »

Life for a five-year-old on an outback station

Meet the five-year-old boy who calls the Northern Territory’s largest cattle station home. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Life for a five-year-old on an outback station

Forecast decrease for winter crop production: ABARES

Australia’s winter crop production is expected to decrease in 2017-18 as a result of unfavourable conditions in many key cropping regions, according to the latest Australian Crop Report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The post Forecast decrease for winter crop production: ABARES appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Jack’s back…

Frost has impacted on the yield potential of Australia’s 2017 chickpea crop, and on winter crops generally across much of eastern Australia. The post Jack’s back… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Jack’s back…

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Recovers as Irma Loses Strength

OVERVIEW Market risk sentiment improves after no new missile launches from North Korea. ECB board member, Benoit Coeure, warned that persistent Euro gains might weigh on inflation. Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis warns MP’s over voting against great repeal bill. Canadian housing starts unexpectedly rise in August. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 11, 2017

The dollar was broadly higher in N.Y. on Monday, as risk-on conditions returned. No missile/nuclear activity from N. Korea over the weekend, along with a less dmaging that feared outcome from Hurricane Irma combined to lift the greenback, stocks and Treasury yields. EUR-USD eased to lows under 1.1975 from opening highs near 1.2010. USD-JPY topped… Read more »

High dollar and low prices hit NAB Rural Commodities Index

The NAB Rural Commodities Index fell to a 15 month low in September, on the back of a high Australian dollar, retreating grain prices, and weakness in cattle prices. The post High dollar and low prices hit NAB Rural Commodities Index appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central High dollar and low prices… Read more »

Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association seeking staff

Western Australia’s northern beef industry is going from strength to strength with the recent opening of Jack Burton’s Yeeda Pastoral Company abattoir and US accreditation, as well as the first live shipment out of Port Hedland since 2013/14. The post Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association seeking staff appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

AA Co selling Brahman bulls

For the first time Australian Agricultural Company is selling company-bred Brahman bulls in a move that reflects a strategic shift in its breeding program. The post AA Co selling Brahman bulls appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central AA Co selling Brahman bulls

Wagga sale 11 Sep 2017: Feeder steer rates slip 10-20c

Prices varied amongst categories with secondary cattle bearing the brunt of a price correction. The post Wagga sale 11 Sep 2017: Feeder steer rates slip 10-20c appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 11 Sep 2017: Feeder steer rates slip 10-20c

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 11, 2017

The dollar was bid and safe haven currencies have been offered, reportedly on relief that North Korea didn’t conduct another missile test over the weekend (which had been widely feared on Friday). USD-JPY rallied over 0.5% in recouping about a half of the losses seen on Thursday and Friday last week. An intraday peak was… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 11, 2017

The dollar gained while safe haven currencies weakened in early week trade, concomitantly with stock market rallies amid relief that North Korea refrained from conducting a further missile test over the weekend (which had been widely feared heading into the weekend). USD-JPY and USD-CHF led the way, with both showing gains of more than 0.5%… Read more »

AWI backs ‘balanced’ Merino breeding approach in National Merino Challenge

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will “always present a balanced approach to breeding” after putting its National Merino Challenge under the oversight of sheep classer Stuart Hodgson, a spokesman said today. The post AWI backs ‘balanced’ Merino breeding approach in National Merino Challenge appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI backs ‘balanced’ Merino breeding… Read more »

Don’t ‘shoot’ Wally, he is only symptomatic of the problem – Small

Is AWI chairman Wal Merriman’s observation of a Merino breeders’ focus group behind a one-way mirror indicative of a broader problem with AWI’s levy-funded structure, and does it justify its abandonment for a research-focussed model? Western district wool grower and garment maker Peter Small thinks so. The post Don’t ‘shoot’ Wally, he is only symptomatic… Read more »

WA grain farmers share experiences with depression ahead of bleak harvest

A mental health awareness campaign coordinated by Australia’s largest grain exporter and two mental health organisations tells personal stories of depression in rural WA. Source: ABC Grain WA grain farmers share experiences with depression ahead of bleak harvest

Why are some of the world’s largest meat processors investing in lab-grown meat?

Why would major meat companies want to invest in meat-substitute start ups seemingly determined to destroy their businesses? The post Why are some of the world’s largest meat processors investing in lab-grown meat? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Why are some of the world’s largest meat processors investing in lab-grown meat?

Why making soil 'sexy' can help stop erosion

A Central Australian erosion specialist wants to make soil a priority for pastoralists, giving it the same importance as weeds, fire and feral animal management. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Why making soil ‘sexy’ can help stop erosion

Q fever spreading to outer urban areas

The rate of Q fever cases is now highest in outer urban areas of north Queensland, and it is believed many patients have caught the disease from mowing the lawn. Source: ABC Livestock Q fever spreading to outer urban areas

Little change expected in Australian goat population and slaughter

LITTLE change is expected in Australia’s goat population and slaughter figures this financial year, the first projection from a new forecasting committee has indicated. The post Little change expected in Australian goat population and slaughter appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Little change expected in Australian goat population and slaughter

Wangaratta stock agent wins 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers final

WANGARRATTA Landmark agent Murray Bennett has won the 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition winner. Runner-up in the Australian Livestock and Property Association’s state final the at the Victorian Livestock Exchange’s Pakenham saleyards today was Joe Allen from Elders in Euroa. The post Wangaratta stock agent wins 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers final appeared first… Read more »

New leader sows his grassland agenda for southern livestock producers

NEW Grassland Society of Southern Australia president, Hamilton livestock consultant Steve Cotton, says farmers should consider themselves first and foremost as grass growers. The post New leader sows his grassland agenda for southern livestock producers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New leader sows his grassland agenda for southern livestock producers

Indian government joins world religious leaders’ protest to MLA lamb ad + VIDEO

AMERICAN-BASED religious leaders protesting to Meat & Livestock Australia’s latest ‘You Never Lamb Alone’ video advertisement have received the backing of the Indian Government. The post Indian government joins world religious leaders’ protest to MLA lamb ad + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Indian government joins world religious leaders’ protest… Read more »

Auctioneering win for Wangaratta agent

TEN young auctioneers from across Victoria competed in the 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition ato the Victorian Livestock Exchange (VLE), Pakenham earlier today. The post Auctioneering win for Wangaratta agent appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Auctioneering win for Wangaratta agent

Massive water development underway at Top End station

One of Australia’s largest water development projects is underway at the Northern Territory’s Walhallow Station, which aims to more than double the number of cattle on the property to around 140,000 head. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Massive water development underway at Top End station

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open

Every Australian can now nominate individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of our $60 billion agricultural industries and the health of our animals, plant and people through the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards. The post Nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

US Equity and Economic Week in Review — Is the Market Topping Out?

            This week, the Institute of Supply Management released their latest manufacturing and service sector surveys.   Both indicate broad swaths of the economy are on solid ground.  The only bearish news this week were a continued weakness in auto sales, as the annual sales pace once again declined.  The equity… Read more »

Weekly Indicators: brace for hurricane impacts edition

August data consisted of a positive ISM services index. July data included a decline in factory orders, but a rise in both sales and inventories at the wholesale level. The ratio of inventory to sales was flat.   Source: XE news feed Weekly Indicators: brace for hurricane impacts edition

Young Gun: The can do country teenager with big cattle dreams

An ambitious teenager has started Western Australia’s first Ultrablack cattle stud. The agricultural student hitched a ride across the Nullarbor in an old cattle truck with his Mum and Dad to buy the foundation stock needed to get the stud off the ground. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Young Gun: The can do country teenager… Read more »

Cows & calves sell to $2580 in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers slid this week on AuctionsPlus to a total of 4927 head across commercial sales, while clearance eased to 53pc. Joined females sold to a $2220 top, averaging $1518. The post Cows & calves sell to $2580 in smaller AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cows & calves sell… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Slide Continues

OVERVIEW Euro hit a 2.5 year high against a weaker US Dollar as Hurricane Irma storms towards Florida.  UK factory output increased at the fastest pace this year in July, but the trade deficit remained large at £11.58 billion. German trade surplus narrowed in August with exports growing less than expected.  China’s trade surplus fell short… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 08, 2017

The dollar managed a dead cat bounce from overnight trend lows, which saw the DXY print 91.02, the weakest since the beginning of 2015. EUR-USD retreated to 1.2015 lows from 1.2092, as USD-JPY recovered briefly to 108.07 highs, from 107.32. USD-CAD bounced from 28-month lows of 1.2062 to 1.2165 following a mixed Canada jobs report…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 08, 2017

USD-JPY continued to lead broader dollar declines amid a mix of bearish drivers, including year lows in U.S. Treasury yields, risks for a further ratcheting up in North Korea tensions as the rogue nation nears nuclear ICBM capability, and the dollar-bearish narrative being generated by Hurricane Irma’s track toward the south east U.S. USD-JPY clocked… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 08, 2017

USD-JPY has led broader dollar declines amid a mix of bearish drivers, including year lows in U.S. Treasury yields, risks for a further ratcheting up in North Korea tensions as the rogue nation nears nuclear ICBM capability, and the dollar-bearish narrative being generated by Hurricane Irma’s track to Florida and the south east U.S., and… Read more »

Competitor watch: US beef exports stay red-hot in July

US beef exports remained well above last year’s pace in July, posting one of the highest monthly export value totals on record, according to statistics compiled by the USMEF. Exports to Japan were the largest since July 2013. The post Competitor watch: US beef exports stay red-hot in July appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Inland Rail success demands dedicated freight line to Brisbane Port

Agricultural exports through the Port of Brisbane will not benefit from the construction of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Corridor until a dedicated freight line through Brisbane’s south-eastern suburbs is built. The post Inland Rail success demands dedicated freight line to Brisbane Port appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail… Read more »

MERINOSELECT ram breeders support role of AWI genetics manager Neil Judd

MERINOSELECT Merino stud breeders have defended the role of AWI’s genetics program manager Neil Judd in the controversial focus group research session attended by AWI chairman Wal Merriman. The post MERINOSELECT ram breeders support role of AWI genetics manager Neil Judd appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MERINOSELECT ram breeders support role… Read more »

AWI-funded focus group session fails ‘wool grower’ pub test

NATIONAL wool producer bodies have backed MERINOSELECT Merino ram breeders who believe an Australian Wool Innovation-funded focus group session in Sydney earlier this year has failed AWI’s own ‘wool grower test’. The post AWI-funded focus group session fails ‘wool grower’ pub test appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI-funded focus group session… Read more »

WoolProducers Australia queries AWI board focus group governance stance

WHAT is the Australian Wool Innovation board and management’s corporate stance on the AWI-funded focus group of MERINOSELECT breeders on June 15 in Sydney? The post WoolProducers Australia queries AWI board focus group governance stance appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia queries AWI board focus group governance stance

MLA launches pasture trial website at Grassland Society conference

SOUTHERN Australian livestock producers will be able to access comparative quantitative pasture data online with the new Pasture Trial Network website launched today. The post MLA launches pasture trial website at Grassland Society conference appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA launches pasture trial website at Grassland Society conference

Wagyu tour: Oono Farm and feedlot packs a lot of punch into 130ha

Cattle feedlot, cropping, Wagyu restaurant, solar power farm, composting business and value-added beef products – Japanese farmer Yasuhiro Oono squeezes an awful lot out of his busy 130ha enterprise on the northern island of Hokkaido. The post Wagyu tour: Oono Farm and feedlot packs a lot of punch into 130ha appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Agriculture tops most dangerous jobs list

If you are working in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry, then you are working in the country’s most dangerous industry. The post Agriculture tops most dangerous jobs list appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Agriculture tops most dangerous jobs list

Prices for wool under 19 micron drop in the eastern states’ auctions

PRICES for wool under 19 micron dipped on Australia’s eastern states’ auction floors this week and the benchmark AWEX Eastern Market Indicator closing slightly lower. The post Prices for wool under 19 micron drop in the eastern states’ auctions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Prices for wool under 19 micron drop… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 07, 2017

The dollar was weaker again in N.Y. trade on Thursday, largely prompted by a hawkish tilting ECB press concerence. Improved Q2 U.S. prductivity, and a hurricane related spike in jobless claims had little impact on the FX market. At his press concerence, Draghi revealed concern over euro strength, as he downplayed any tightening timing, and… Read more »

Recruitment: 10 tips for better teamwork

Have you ever wondered how some work groups exhibit effective teamwork and others remain dysfunctional for the life of the team? Effective workplace teamwork is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. The post Recruitment: 10 tips for better teamwork appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: 10 tips for… Read more »

Dubbo sale 7 Sep 2017: Numbers roll in with dry weather

Not all the regular buyers were present in a mostly cheaper market. The post Dubbo sale 7 Sep 2017: Numbers roll in with dry weather appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 7 Sep 2017: Numbers roll in with dry weather

Finalists announced for MSA Awards

The finalists in the 2017 Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Excellence in Eating Quality Awards have been announced, with the first of the awards to be presented in Queensland on 15 September. The post Finalists announced for MSA Awards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Finalists announced for MSA Awards

Are consumer long leading indicators rolling over?

The various long leading indicators that I have been parsing for years can be divided up into three basic groups: Source: XE news feed Are consumer long leading indicators rolling over?

Pasture data now at producers’ fingertips

For the first time, southern livestock producers will have access to quantitative data about the performance of pasture varieties at their fingertips, with the launch of the Pasture Trial Network (PTN) website at the Grassland Society of Southern Australia Annual Conference in Nagambie, Victoria. The post Pasture data now at producers’ fingertips appeared first on… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 07, 2017

The dollar came under pressure during the London AM session as Hurricane Irma tracks toward Florida, and as general euro gains contributed to EUR-USD demand, lifting the pair to a nine-day peak at 1.1994. USD-JPY, meanwhile, drifted back under 109.00, unwinding a good portion of the gains seen yesterday. The pair had rallied late yesterday… Read more »

Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese counterparts

Australian Wagyu industry representatives in Japan this week for the National Wagyu Exhibition have for the first time held talks with their counterparts from Japan’s National Wagyu Registry Association. The post Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese counterparts appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 07, 2017

The dollar consolidated during the pre-Europe session in Asia after seeing volatile price action during the NY afternoon. The main movement was a gain in USD-JPY as news of Trump’s deal with the Democrats to extend the debt limit mollified market anxieties. The pair rallied some 70 pips to a 109.39 peak, subsequently drifting moderately… Read more »

Processors call for Govt to deliver certainty around energy costs

Meat processors across the country are feeling the effects of rising energy prices, which are impacting shifts, employment levels and livestock purchase numbers, according to the Australian Meat Industry Council. The post Processors call for Govt to deliver certainty around energy costs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Processors call for Govt… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: What’s behind the big slide in US cattle prices?

Beef Central’s US market analyst Steve Kay seeks some explanations behind the big cattle price slide experienced over the northern hemisphere summer, and what lies ahead The post Kay’s Cuts: What’s behind the big slide in US cattle prices? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: What’s behind the big slide… Read more »

American farmers using dirty undies to test soil

Undies, jocks, drawers, there’s plenty of names for underwear all over the world and a group of farmers in Tennessee have found a new use for them: testing their soil. Source: ABC Grain American farmers using dirty undies to test soil

Rural fire mascot to help keep country kids safe

Bushy the bushfire wallaby is his name and keeping rural and remote children and their families safe from dangerous wildfires is his game. Source: ABC Livestock Rural fire mascot to help keep country kids safe

Mustering camps used in new tourism venture

While swags and corned beef are the usual order of the northern Australian mustering camp, one grazier hopes to use her camp as a holiday destination with a difference. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Mustering camps used in new tourism venture