Month: July 2018

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 31, 2018

The Dollar has traded mixed, rising against the Yen, which has underperformed in the wake of the BoJ’s policy announcement, while losing ground to the Euro and some other currencies, and trading flat against others. USD-JPY rallied to a fresh high at 111.59, marking the highest level seen in eight sessions, after the pledged to… Read more »

Agriculture minister Littleproud urged to meet WA live sheep exporters

AUSTRALIA’S Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has refused to meet with a Western Australian exporter seeking clarification on the pathway forward for live sheep exports to the Middle East. The post Agriculture minister Littleproud urged to meet WA live sheep exporters appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture minister Littleproud urged to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 31, 2018

The Yen looks to be coming back under pressure as the early European interbank crowd start to make their presence felt. USD-JPY has lifted back above 111.30, returning focus back on the post-BoJ announcement high that was pegged at 111.43 (which is a one-week peak). The AUD-JPY cross is showing the biggest movement out of… Read more »

Before you stump up for 'hormone-free' steaks tonight, read this

Organic farming and grass feeding are promoted as having some social and environmental benefits compared with conventionally produced red meats, but are they any healthier? Leah Dowling and Louise Dunn investigate. Source: ABC Livestock Before you stump up for ‘hormone-free’ steaks tonight, read this

AA Co shareholders subdued over recent performance during AGM

Given the dramatic events of the past three months including the closure of its Livingstone beef plant near Darwin and a substantial financial year loss, Australian Agricultural Co shareholders at this this morning’s AGM remained surprisingly subdued. The post AA Co shareholders subdued over recent performance during AGM appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Correction over references in last week’s story about slow progress in DEXA carcase yield analysis

We’ve corrected a factual error made in last week’s story on slow progress in DEXA trials at Teys Australia’s Lakes Creek abattoir near Rockhampton. The post Correction over references in last week’s story about slow progress in DEXA carcase yield analysis appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Correction over references in last… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids fall again, as flow of drought cattle continues

The continued strong flow of slaughter cattle over the past month has seen Queensland and NSW beef processors entering August in much better shape, numbers wise, than they had anticipated earlier – but it is coming at enormous cost in terms of national beef herd recovery. The post Weekly kill: Grids fall again, as flow… Read more »

Annual cattle slaughter revised upward to 7.8 million head

Ongoing drought conditions combined with a surge in female turn-off has seen Australian cattle slaughter forecasts revised upwards to 7.8 million head for 2018, 9 percent higher than the 2017 total, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Cattle Industry Projections mid-year update. The post Annual cattle slaughter revised upward to 7.8 million head appeared… Read more »

NSW offers freight subsidies as drought’s grip tightens

The NSW Goverment is offering subsidies of up to 50 per cent to cover costs incurred by farmers having to truck in fodder and water or sell off livestock in the state’s worsening drought. The post NSW offers freight subsidies as drought’s grip tightens appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central NSW offers… Read more »

Cattle tick outbreaks a greater risk due to lack of resources: AgForce

Queensland cattle producers are frustrated and worried a lack of State Government resources is leaving them more exposed to tick outbreaks, AgForce says. The post Cattle tick outbreaks a greater risk due to lack of resources: AgForce appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle tick outbreaks a greater risk due to lack… Read more »

Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ vintage ale

Malt made from Westminster barley grown on Kangaroo Island features in Coopers Brewery’s 2018 Vintage Ale, and marks the company’s first use of single-origin malt in a seasonal beer. The post Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ vintage ale appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ vintage ale

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 30, 2018

The Dollar index faded lower through the N.Y. session on Monday, bottoming at 94.26 after opening near 94.55. Firmer pending homes sales and a lower but better than expected Dallas Fed index had negligible impact on the FX market. Yields were steady, while stocks were lower, with tech again under performing. EUR-USD opened near 1.1680… Read more »

Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

As her family’s farm started being destroyed by what she calls “the disease”, teenager Zara King picked up a camera and drone to record it. Source: ABC Livestock Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

XE Market Analysis: Slow Start to the Week in FX

OVERVIEW US Dollar slips across the board at the start of a busy data week. Pound sturdy ahead of BoE rate decision on Thursday. HIGHLIGHT There is no highlight for today. US DOLLAR The US Dollar is weaker today ahead of a week packed full of economic data releases and central bank meetings. The Dollar… Read more »

Littleproud lobbies for live trade in Israel

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has travelled to Israel to lobby for the country to continue to take live animals from Australia. The post Littleproud lobbies for live trade in Israel appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Littleproud lobbies for live trade in Israel

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 30, 2018

The dollar majors have been holding in narrow ranges in early-week trading so far. EUR-USD has been making time in the mid 1.1600s, while USD-JPY has held in a narrow range near 111.0. The PBoC lifted the USD-CNY reference to a new high of 6.8131 from Friday’s 6.7942. There is a sense that most market… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 30, 2018

The Dollar majors have been holding in narrow ranges in early-week trading so far. EUR-USD nudged higher, to a two-session peak of 1.1692 after breaching above Friday’s high at 1.1664, extending the rebound from the 11-day seen then 1.1620. There didn’t appear to have been an strong leads, with Eurozone confidence data and Spanish inflation… Read more »

Middle East importers act as Australian live sheep exports halt

AUSTRALIA’S Middle Eastern live sheep markets are turning to other sources as a stalemate between live exporters, the regulator and Animals Australia continues to stall shipments from Western Australia. The post Middle East importers act as Australian live sheep exports halt appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East importers act as… Read more »

Tick fever outbreak kills 18 cattle in tick-free zone near Wandoan

A cattle producer in Queensland’s tick-free zone who has lost 18 cattle to tick fever warned Government officials two years ago that moves to relax tick control procedures would compromise the integrity of hard-won tick-free areas. The post Tick fever outbreak kills 18 cattle in tick-free zone near Wandoan appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package

A $500 million emergency drought relief package has been welcome by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian today has been welcomed by farmers. The post NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Premier announces 0m drought subsidies package

Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

To better support farmers and their families we need to better understand the impact of drought on them and their communities. The post Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

New season lambs flood AuctionsPlus listings as tough season continues

EARLY marketing of new season lambs across New South Wales swelled the AuctionsPlus listings last week. The number of new season lambs more than tripled on Auctionsplus to 19,000 head, with most coming from New South Wales properties battling the continued dry and now cold conditions. The post New season lambs flood AuctionsPlus listings as… Read more »

AuctionsPlus lifts national manager Street to CEO role

AUSTRALIA’S leading online livestock marketing company AuctionsPlus has appointed former national sales and marketing manager as the company’s new chief executive officer. The post AuctionsPlus lifts national manager Street to CEO role appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus lifts national manager Street to CEO role

Farm Household Allowance review to look at why farmers don’t seek help

QUEENSLAND’S AgForce has welcomed a proposed review of the Farm Household Allowance to ensure drought-affected farmers can access and make the most of available assistance. The post Farm Household Allowance review to look at why farmers don’t seek help appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Farm Household Allowance review to look at… Read more »

It’s Ewe Time and early lamb weaning is worth considering – Duddy

SHEEP producers could look at weaning lambs early to reduce stocking rates and feed requirements in the challenging seasonal conditions, Sheep Solutions consultant Geoff Duddy said. The post It’s Ewe Time and early lamb weaning is worth considering – Duddy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central It’s Ewe Time and early lamb… Read more »

Last drinks as Darwin meatworks mothballed

Workers at the AACo abattoir near Darwin have clocked off for the last time. But is this really the end of the $100 million facility? Source: ABC Livestock Last drinks as Darwin meatworks mothballed

AuctionsPlus appoints new CEO

AuctionsPlus has made an internal appointment to find its new chief executive officer, appointing Angus Street to the position, effective from tomorrow. The post AuctionsPlus appoints new CEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus appoints new CEO

Farm Household Allowance under review + summary of drought measures

A review has been annonuced of the Farm Household Allowance, which provides help for farmers facing hardship, particularly during drought. The post Farm Household Allowance under review + summary of drought measures appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Farm Household Allowance under review + summary of drought measures

Vale Brian Burns

Respected northern beef industry genetics scientist Dr Brian Burns has passed away in Rockhampton, after an extended illness. He was 63. The post Vale Brian Burns appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Vale Brian Burns

Early spring bull season results a case of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’

The 2018 spring bull selling season is shaping up as one of the most erratic on record, with some excellent results defying the desperate seasonal conditions across Eastern Australia, interspersed with some near-disasters. The post Early spring bull season results a case of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

The big dry: 'See us, hear us, help us'

Ninety-eight per cent of NSW and 57 per cent of Queensland is in drought or is drought-affected. Farmers and communities are facing ruin and say it’s time their plight was recognised. Source: ABC Livestock The big dry: ‘See us, hear us, help us’

Drought-stricken farmers urged to apply for financial assistance

Drought has ravaged large swathes of Queensland and New South Wales for years, but about half the farmers eligible for an assistance payment have not applied for it, with many citing bureaucratic red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Drought-stricken farmers urged to apply for financial assistance

Clearance rates slip to 41pc in smaller AuctionsPlus offerings

Cattle numbers offered on AuctionsPlus declined 29 percent this week to 7224 head, with widespread drought conditions contributing to a low clearance rate of 41pc across all offerings. The post Clearance rates slip to 41pc in smaller AuctionsPlus offerings appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Clearance rates slip to 41pc in smaller… Read more »

Lamb turning into luxury item as prices continue to head north

Consumers are treating lamb as a treat rather than a staple as prices continue to climb, with overseas demand helping to keep prices high. Source: ABC Livestock Lamb turning into luxury item as prices continue to head north

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 27, 2018

The dollar slipped after the U.S. Q2 GDP report, which was near expectations at 4.1%, though well below the whispers of 5% heard this week. From there, FX trade slowed to a crawl, leaving major Dollar pairings inside of narrow trading bands. EUR-USD peaked at 1.1662, up from 1.1625 pre-data. while USD-JPY fell to 110.80… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US GDP Jumps, No Currency Moves, Uncle Sam Still Watching

OVERVIEW US Advance Q2 GDP rose 4.1%. GBP riding headlong into Brexit chaos. Geopolitical tensions keep oil futures close to $70 a barrel. HIGHLIGHT The South African Rand has appreciated nearly 4% against the greenback so far this quarter. USD/ZAR is consolidating after dropping close to the 13 handle. The SARB left its benchmark at… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 27, 2018

The USD index (DXY) has posted a fresh one-week high of 94.91 as market participants anticipate upside risk to today’s release of advance Q2 GDP out of the U.S. The latest price dynamic is part of an overall sideways chop that’s been persisting since mid June. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: North… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 27, 2018

The Dollar has been trading with a firming bias as markets anticipate a strong advance U.S. GDP report for Q2, which will be released later today (and which President Trump and members of his administration have been flagging), though trading ranges have remained narrow thus far today. EUR-USD edged out a one-week low of 1.1637,… Read more »

$300 lambs in sight as exporters keep demand strong for quality heavy weights

EVEN the beef producers in New South Wales are getting in on the price bonanza for heavy lambs in the nation’s saleyards, as the record national price inches closer to $300. The post $300 lambs in sight as exporters keep demand strong for quality heavy weights appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Rains shore up western/southern winter crop prospects

Handy rains across Australia’s western and southern regions through the week have bolstered winter crop prospects, particularly in Western Australia and the southern parts of South Australia and Victoria. The post Rains shore up western/southern winter crop prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rains shore up western/southern winter crop prospects

Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover listed for sale by shipping brokers

Shipping brokers have listed Wellard’s livestock export vessel the Ocean Drover for sale. The post Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover listed for sale by shipping brokers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover listed for sale by shipping brokers

Underdog Bill becomes giant killer at Bendigo yard dog championships

A RARE five complete runs within time by experienced farm Kelpie Jim with tough sheep won the Central Victorian Yard Dog Championships for Trawalla stockman Rob Hart at Bendigo last Sunday. The post Underdog Bill becomes giant killer at Bendigo yard dog championships appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Underdog Bill becomes… Read more »

A ram for Ronald as Eyre Peninsula family gives back

A family on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula will donate the money made from one of its stud rams to Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide, after they stayed there when their daughter was born prematurely. Source: ABC Livestock A ram for Ronald as Eyre Peninsula family gives back

Rural Bank takes over Profarmer/ACF

Rural Bank has acquired Australian agri-data and information services companies Profarmer Australia (Profarmer) and Australian Crop Forecasters (ACF) from NZX Limited. The post Rural Bank takes over Profarmer/ACF appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rural Bank takes over Profarmer/ACF

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 26, 2018

The Dollar index rebounded from 94.21 lows to top at 94.72 in N.Y. trade on Tuesday. The index was supported by a weaker Euro, which came following ECB Draghi’s relatively dovish press conference. EUR-USD slipped to 1.1650 from opening highs of 1.1730. Incoming U.S. data was tepid, though had only a brief negative impact on… Read more »

End of an era for MLA’s longest serving staffmember

MLA longest-serving staff member Allister Lugsdin will have notched up 41 years and 132 days with the industry service delivery company when he retires on Monday. Here he reflects on the past four decades working in three successive industry service delivery companies. The post End of an era for MLA’s longest serving staffmember appeared first… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Prices rise as dry conditions add fuel to fire

Dwindling seasonal prospects drove higher prices in eastern Australia this past week in the feed ingredients sector as those holding onto stock extended their cover, booking prices $10/t to $20/t higher than might have dealt a fortnight ago. The post Feedgrain Focus: Prices rise as dry conditions add fuel to fire appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Consultation opens on Great Artesian Basin plan

A consultation process has opened on a draft Strategic Management Plan developed for the Great Artesian Basin. The post Consultation opens on Great Artesian Basin plan appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Consultation opens on Great Artesian Basin plan

Recruitment: Five questions great job candidates ask

During any job interview, great candidates ask questions they genuinely want answers to, because they’re evaluating you and your company, and whether they really want to work for you. Here’s five questions that are likely to arise – do you have the right answers? The post Recruitment: Five questions great job candidates ask appeared first… Read more »

Dubbo sale 26 July 2018: Dry keeps cattle keep rolling in

Similar market trends continue with the lighter young cattle getting cheaper as both feeders and restockers are prepared to pay more per kilogram for the heavier weights. The post Dubbo sale 26 July 2018: Dry keeps cattle keep rolling in appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 26 July 2018: Dry… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 26, 2018

EUR-USD has tipped moderately lower, back to the 1.1710 area after capping out at a four-day high of 1.1743 earlier in Asia, which marginally extended the gain seen after the unexpectedly cordial meeting between President Trump and the EU’s Juncker (with the former agreeing to hold off on car tariffs, at least for now, and… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 26, 2018

The Yen has been trading firmer while the Dollar has been steady against most currencies. EUR-USD edged out a fresh four-day high of 1.1743 earlier in Asia, marginally extending the gain seen after the unexpectedly cordial meeting between President Trump and the EU’s Junker. USD-JPY has remained heavy as the 10-year JGB yield lifted to… Read more »

Slow progress in DEXA beef carcase yield analysis

Trial work analysing the performance of DEXA yield assessment technology for beef carcases is taking much longer than originally anticipated, and is unlikely to be completed for at least another 12 months. Teys Australia says it ‘remains keen’ to validate DEXA’s yield predictive ability as part of the current Lakes Creek beef trial, while also… Read more »

Managers of McArthur River Station retire after 25 years

The managers of McArthur River Station in the Northern Territory are retiring after 25 years at the property. Source: ABC Livestock Managers of McArthur River Station retire after 25 years

Sheepmeat industry poised for DEXA-led advance

The sheepmeat industry is on the cusp of a processing revolution that will pave the way for a long overdue change in the way producers are paid for their livestock, MLA said in a press release issued today. Managing director Richard Norton said 90pc of Australia’s sheepmeat processing capacity had now been ‘costed’ for the… Read more »

More than 90pc of sheep meat processing capacity costed for DEXA

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat industry is on the cusp of a processing revolution that will pave the way for a long overdue change in the way producers are paid for their livestock, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton said. The post More than 90pc of sheep meat processing capacity costed for DEXA appeared first… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018

August to October is likely to be drier than average for most of mainland Australia. Chances are highest in the southeast, where there is a greater than 80pc chance of a drier season for northern Victoria and southern NSW. The post Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Farmers plead for bullets to put down emaciated stock

The harsh reality of drought continues to be felt across New South Wales, with some farmers claiming they don’t have enough ammunition to euthanase starving stock. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers plead for bullets to put down emaciated stock

AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics signs NZ deal, Profarmer & ACF sold

LEADING Australian animal pain relief product Tri-Solfen is expected to be launched in New Zealand by German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer early next year. The post AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics signs NZ deal, Profarmer & ACF sold appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 25, 2018

The Dollar index posted moderate gains to 94.64 through the morning session, though headed toward one-week lows at 94.30 into the close. Softer new home sales had little impact on the FX market, though a solid 5-year Treasury auction weighed on the dollar in afternoon dealings. EUR-USD rallied to 1.1711 highs, up from a 1.1665… Read more »

Dalby Sale 25 July 2018: Prices ease in 8000 head yarding

Prices for the better end of the light weight yearling steers and heifers returning to the paddock managed to hold firm, while lesser quality lines were considerably cheaper. The post Dalby Sale 25 July 2018: Prices ease in 8000 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 25 July 2018:… Read more »

Meet CCA’s 2019 Rising Champions finalists

Cattle Council of Australia has announced the seven state and territory finalists for the 2019 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champions initiative, which aims to empower and support young, passionate members of the beef industry. The post Meet CCA’s 2019 Rising Champions finalists appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Meet CCA’s 2019… Read more »

$30m project to improve road train access to Gracemere

Road train access to Rockhampton and the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange at Gracemere will be improved under a $30 million funding agreement between the Queensland and Federal Governments.  The post $30m project to improve road train access to Gracemere appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central m project to improve road train access… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 25, 2018

The Dollar has traded mixed so far today. EUR-USD tracked moderately higher, recovering above 1.1700 but remaining shy of yesterday’s peak at 1.1716. A better than forecast German Ifo survey aided the Euro higher, along with an attempt by Italy’s President to calm concerns about the more strident Eurosceptic voices in the populist government. USD-JPY… Read more »

Weekly Property Review – Chinese boom turns into Chinese whisper

Not so long ago, China appeared to have an insatiable appetite for Australian cattle properties, with numerous Chinese companies investing hundreds of millions of dollars in large-scale and showcase Australian beef operations. But the tide has dramatically turned, with few significant Chinese purchases recorded in the past 12 months. The post Weekly Property Review –… Read more »

More discussion on whether pasture condition can influence property value

In our previous weekly property review, HTW’s north Queensland regional property valuer Roger Hill posed some questions about whether pasture condition can influence property value. This week, Mr Hill concludes his discussion, using a motel as an analogy to explain the gross margin parameters of land and soil condition. The post More discussion on whether… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 25, 2018

The Aussie Dollar took a dip on Australian CPI data, which came in at 0.4% q/q in Q2. below the median forecast for 0.5%. AUD-USD fell nearly 0.5% in making an intraday low of 0.7392. Elsewhere, the Dollar majors have shown little net change. Commitment in markets has been limited, with strong corporate earnings and… Read more »

Dry drives farmer to feed sheep onions

A South Australian farmer feeds onions to his sheep because of a shortage of feed caused by the dry conditions. Source: ABC Livestock Dry drives farmer to feed sheep onions

Australian farmers say Trump's $12 billion aid package will hurt them

In the latest move in the US-China trade war, the American government has announced it will spend $12 billion dollars to help farmers cope with huge tariff increases, but Australia’s national farm lobby group says this will hurt farmers in this country. Source: ABC Grain Australian farmers say Trump’s billion aid package will hurt… Read more »

Do global pork glut and US tariff wars threaten beef pricing?

Global beef prices could fall by as much as 17pc in 2019, followed by a second year of price falls of close to 11pc if impacts from a global glut in pork production and tariff wars between the US and major protein trading partners are not resolved, warns independent analyst Simon Quilty. The post Do… Read more »

US stumps up $12 billion assistance package for farmers impacted by tariff war

The United States has initiated a US$12 billion package in emergency assistance to its farmers caught up in the escalating trade war triggered by US tariffs on China and other trading partners. The post US stumps up $12 billion assistance package for farmers impacted by tariff war appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Saleyard lamb price surge yields $292 national record at Tamworth

LAMB prices leapt higher in eastern states saleyards this week, with a new national record of $292 at Tamworth and centre records at Dubbo, Bendigo, Dublin and Ballarat for extra heavy weight lambs. The post Saleyard lamb price surge yields $292 national record at Tamworth appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Saleyard… Read more »

'Scruffy' alpacas 'probably targeted' for abduction, Tasmanian police say

Three alpacas stolen from a property in north-west Tasmania have about three years’ wool on them and are “quiet scruffy in appearance”, police say. Investigators believe the animals were targeted for abduction after their owner died. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Scruffy’ alpacas ‘probably targeted’ for abduction, Tasmanian police say

George’s 96-year-old mother shares Montrose Hill’s supreme Merino joy

THE first phone calls Illabarook Merino breeder George McKenzie’s wife Helen made when their Montrose Hill stud ewe reigned supreme at the 2018 Australian Sheep and Wool Show were to his 96 year-old mother Lucy. The post George’s 96-year-old mother shares Montrose Hill’s supreme Merino joy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Tasmania’s Trefusis Merino Stud enters third grand champion fleece

TASMANIAN Merino stud Trefusis has won the prestigious Australian Fleece Competition’s grand champion fleece award for the third time in four years, with a three year-old ewe fleece. The post Tasmania’s Trefusis Merino Stud enters third grand champion fleece appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Tasmania’s Trefusis Merino Stud enters third grand… Read more »

Roma store 24 July 2018: Restocker prices ease in 8200 yarding

Light weight yearling steers to restockers or background struggled to remain firm, yearling heifers eased 5-12c/kg, however medium and heavy weight yearling steers meeting feedlot specifications sold to a strong market and medium weight yearling heifers to feed for the domestic market experienced no change in price. The post Roma store 24 July 2018: Restocker… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018

A series of cold fronts and troughs embedded in a vigorous westerly flow brought moderate falls to the north and west of Western Australia’s South West Land Division and southern Goldfields and southeastern South Australia, parts of western Victoria and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018 appeared… Read more »

MLA members encouraged to secure their full voting entitlement

MEAT & Livestock Australia members are being encouraged to return their levy notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections held by MLA in 2018-19. The post MLA members encouraged to secure their full voting entitlement appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA members encouraged… Read more »

Weekly kill: Slaughter rates defy sluggish US demand

Export trade performance is being impacted at present by US demand for Australian imported manufacturing meat described this week as ‘sluggish’ by the trade. The post Weekly kill: Slaughter rates defy sluggish US demand appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Slaughter rates defy sluggish US demand

Hogwash! NSW farmer produces soap from pigs

Declaring his own war on waste, a NSW pig farmer uses fat from his heritage pigs to make soap and help fill the purse. Source: ABC Livestock Hogwash! NSW farmer produces soap from pigs

Nominations open for 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award

Every two years, a Landcarer with a passion for improving the health of soils, vegetation and biodiversity through sustainable agricultural and land management practices is awarded the Bob Hawke Landcare Award and up to $50,000 to develop their knowledge and skills. The post Nominations open for 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award appeared first on Grain… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 24, 2018

The Dollar index faded through the morning session in N.Y. on Tuesday, bottoming at 94.40 before rallying to 94.68 highs. Incoming data had little impact, with the Markit manufacturing PMI edging slightly higher, and the Richmond Fed index printing better than expected levels. EUR-USD peaked at 1.1717, then fell to 116.73 into the close. USD-JPY… Read more »

NZ blade shearer considers record attempt after Irish tally success

NEW Zealand blade shearer Allan Oldfield is considering a possible world record attempt after helping an Irishman to one of the biggest one-day tallies ever shorn with the clippers. The post NZ blade shearer considers record attempt after Irish tally success appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NZ blade shearer considers record… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Currency Moves Subdued Under Uncle’s Sam’s Watch

OVERVIEW US Dollar Index marginally up after touching 9-day low. EUR/USD next move on hold ahead of EU Juncker and Trump meeting. Iran-US and tweets pushing WTI higher, up 25 cents to trade near $68.00 a barrel. HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Currency Moves Subdued Under Uncle’s Sam’s Watch

CTLX Carcoar 24 July 2018: Weaners to restockers, feeders firm

There were plenty of light and plain weaners, along with better supply of feeder steers and heifers. Additionally, there were a few better runs of medium weights. Grown steers were also better supplied and carrying some weight. The post CTLX Carcoar 24 July 2018: Weaners to restockers, feeders firm appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

MLA members encouraged to secure full voting entitlement

MLA members are being encouraged to return their Levy Notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections being held at this year’s AGM in Canberra in November. The post MLA members encouraged to secure full voting entitlement appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA members… Read more »

Entries open for 2018 Landcare award

Every two years, a Landcare stakeholder with a passion for improving the health of soils, vegetation and biodiversity through sustainable agricultural and land management practices is awarded the Bob Hawke Landcare Award, and up to $50,000 to develop their knowledge and skills. Nominations for the 2018 award are now open. The post Entries open for… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 24, 2018

The Dollar rose in Asia and then declined in the European AM session. EUR-USD recouped to around the 1.1700 after printing a two-session low of 1.1666 on the back of what had been broader Dollar gains (driven by a further rise in the U.S. 10-year T-note yield yesterday, which lifted to five-week highs and pushed… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: The Donoghues of beef + VIDEO

Brother and sister Kath and Andrew Donoghue have taken very different professional career paths in the beef industry, but both are making important contributions in the field of genetics in their own right, reports guest columnist Wayne Upton. The post Weekly genetics review: The Donoghues of beef + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Research explores genetic influence on methane production + VIDEO

NSW DPI researcher Dr Kath Donoghue, is undertaking some important research focused on the topical subject of genetic influence on methane production in beef cattle. The post Research explores genetic influence on methane production + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Research explores genetic influence on methane production + VIDEO

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 24, 2018

The Dollar is showing modest gains versus most currencies heading into the London interbank open, underpinned by the further rise in U.S. 10-year T-note yield yesterday, which lifted to five-week highs, pushing towards the 3.0% level again amid market speculation that Friday’s advance U.S. Q2 GDP report will top the median forecast for 4.1% y/y… Read more »

Farmers turn to fruit to keep cattle alive during drought

A farmer near Gunnedah is feeding his cattle orange peel, donated by a juice factory, in a bid to keep them alive as the drought wears on. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers turn to fruit to keep cattle alive during drought

NAB lets customers reduce interest with FMD offset

The National Australia Bank has become the first of Australia’s big four banks to allow its customers to use money held in Farm Management Deposits to reduce the size of agricultural borrowings on which interest is payable. The post NAB lets customers reduce interest with FMD offset appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

When producers sell on price alone, can they expect good livex outcomes?

How many producers selling to live export make a point of assessing an exporters’ animal welfare investments and standards before selling their stock, versus simply seeking the highest price they can find? The post When producers sell on price alone, can they expect good livex outcomes? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

RSPCA backs dehorning cattle using anaesthetic pain relief

The RSPCA backs the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority’s approval of pain relief gel Tri-Solfen for cutting the horns of young cattle. Source: ABC Livestock RSPCA backs dehorning cattle using anaesthetic pain relief