Month: August 2018

Feedgrain Focus: Values flatten on boat news, rain hopes

Prices for feedgrain have steadied in the past week as rain forecast for New South Wales and southern Queensland, and news of domestic grain shipments to Newcastle and Port Kembla, temper demand for wheat, barley and pulses. The post Feedgrain Focus: Values flatten on boat news, rain hopes appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Mars is next frontier for meat robotics pioneer

ROBOTICS researcher Professor Koorosh Khodabandehloo wants to go to Mars, but not as a space tourist. The post Mars is next frontier for meat robotics pioneer appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Mars is next frontier for meat robotics pioneer

Update: China’s African Swine Fever outbreak worsens

A fourth case of African Swine Fever was found in domestic pigs in China yesterday – the first case of the disease found in southern China. Unless it is rapidly brought under control, the outbreak in China’s massive pig population has the potential to dramatically disrupt world meat protein trade flows for all species, including… Read more »

Wool growers hold as prices dip at Australian auctions

AUSTRALIAN wool prices slumped this week and the national auction bale pass-in rate almost doubled as growers opted to hold clips rather than sell. The post Wool growers hold as prices dip at Australian auctions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers hold as prices dip at Australian auctions

Vale Keith Lansdowne

Former Northern Territory cattle industry identity Keith Lansdowne passed away recently, aged 84. The post Vale Keith Lansdowne appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Vale Keith Lansdowne

Robotics professor pushing boundaries in this world and beyond

UK-based scientist and USQ adjunct professor pushing boundaries in robotics in meat procesing automation says space is the next frontier and in the next 10 years humans need to find out how to produce food on Mars. The post Robotics professor pushing boundaries in this world and beyond appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Drought leaves farmer without winter crop for the first time

In 62 years of farming, Neil Barwick never thought he would see a time when he would be unable to plant a winter crop. But that is exactly what this drought has meant. Source: ABC Grain Drought leaves farmer without winter crop for the first time

Drought forces Queensland to import grain as stock runs out

A shipment of grain worth more than $15 million arrives in Queensland, destined for drought-stricken farmers struggling to feed their stock as the drought takes its toll on local crops. Source: ABC Grain Drought forces Queensland to import grain as stock runs out

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 23, 2018

The dollar index headed higher in N.Y. trade on Thursday, topping at 95.67. The implementation of fresh U.S./China tariffs, and only muted expectations that current trade talks will yield progress supported the Greenback. Incoming data revealed in-line jobless claims, but softer new home sales. EUR-USD fell to 1.1531 lows from opening levels around 1.1580. USD-JPY… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Sterling Slumps Further on Brexit "No Deal"

OVERVIEW Sterling slips on Brexit “No Deal” US Dollar gains as the Fed’s Jackson Hole conference begins Loonie slips as NAFTA talks continue HIGHLIGHT The Pound slid against all currencies today after the UK government made further plans for a “no deal” Brexit. The currency has now fallen more than 10% against the US Dollar… Read more »

Recruitment: 9 Tips for building a top team for your business

Running a wool or lamb operation, or a production team in a meat processing business is a lot like running a television show. A business owner is just like the TV show’s executive producer – responsible for the look, feel and overall direction of the production. But how do you achieve it? The post Recruitment:… Read more »

Changes to Farm Household Allowance passed by Parliament

The Coalition Government yesterday passed legislation to amend the Farm Household Allowance to deliver the $12,000 FHA supplement from 1 September for couples and $7,200 for singles. The post Changes to Farm Household Allowance passed by Parliament appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Changes to Farm Household Allowance passed by Parliament

Dubbo sale 23 Aug 2018: Prices lift as rain forecast slows numbers down

The forecast for good rains for the weekend slowed the numbers down considerably with agents yarding 2400 less than the previous sale. The smaller yarding had a very positive effect on the market with most sections enjoying healthy gains. The post Dubbo sale 23 Aug 2018: Prices lift as rain forecast slows numbers down appeared… Read more »

NSW DPI releases drought guide in time for spring

The NSW Department for Primary Industries (DPI) has launched its ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’, just in time for spring to give the State’s primary producers relevant information to help them make informed decisions. The post NSW DPI releases drought guide in time for spring appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 23, 2018

The Dollar lifted during the Asian session before settling to a consolidation following the open of European markets. The USD index (DXY) is showing a 0.2% gain heading into the New York interbank open, at 95.35, earlier posting a two-day high at 95.48, remaining well below the 14-month high seen last week at 96.98. The… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 23, 2018

The Dollar has lifted after five straight down sessions. The USD index (DXY) is showing a 0.3% gain heading into the London interbank open, at 95.41, rising above yesterday’s high but remaining well below the 14-month high seen last week at 96.98. EUR-USD has concurrently sank to a two-day low of 1.1542, putting in some… Read more »

Coastal farmers working through their 'green drought' struggles

NSW coastal farmers may still have patches of green on their properties, but they are still facing tough times during the drought, even though they won’t admit it. Source: ABC Livestock Coastal farmers working through their ‘green drought’ struggles

Australia on the brink of running out of hay

Hay almost impossible to find on the eastern seaboard as demand in drought regions continues unabated. Source: ABC Livestock Australia on the brink of running out of hay

MSA on track for adoption by European beef producing countries

An international beef quality grading system based on the Meat Standards Australia program is being developed to improve the eating quality of beef produced in Europe.  The post MSA on track for adoption by European beef producing countries appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MSA on track for adoption by European beef… Read more »

China beef trade surge hits 48pc: What’s behind it?

There’s been a dramatic lift in Australian beef trade into China this year, with volume up 48pc year to date, and grainfed exports up 74pc. We’ve asked some prominent meat exporters and traders what’s behind it. The post China beef trade surge hits 48pc: What’s behind it? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Property: No ceiling in sight for climbing ag land prices

Agricultural land prices in Australia are set to continue to climb over the next two years with no peak in sight, according to a new report issued by Rabobank. This is driven in the most part, the report says, by projected continuing high demand for ag properties, which in most regions will continue to far… Read more »

NTCA appoints new CEO

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has this morning announced a new chief executive officer to replace Paul Burke who resigned from the position after an eight-month tenure in June. The post NTCA appoints new CEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NTCA appoints new CEO

WA domestic abattoir closes, looking to re-emerge as dedicated wholesaler

Western Australian meat processor Goodchild Meats has gone into administration this week, blaming a combination of declining throughput due to diminishing livestock supply in the region, and higher sheep and cattle prices. The post WA domestic abattoir closes, looking to re-emerge as dedicated wholesaler appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA domestic… Read more »

ACCC considering collective bargaining exemption for agribusinesses

The ACCC is seeking feedback about a potential ‘class exemption’ to allow small businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees to negotiate collectively with their customers or suppliers, including franchisors. The post ACCC considering collective bargaining exemption for agribusinesses appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ACCC considering collective bargaining exemption for agribusinesses

Weather will determine if WA harvest records are broken

On the back of nine-year-high prices, grain farmers in Western Australia are expected to have one of their biggest and most profitable harvests in the state’s history. Source: ABC Grain Weather will determine if WA harvest records are broken

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 22, 2018

The dollar fell in tandem with yields after the FOMC minutes, with trade and tariffs being mentioned as points of uncertainty going forward. The DXY fell to 94.96 from over 95.10 after the minutes. The Fed revealed concern over how more tariffs would impact consumer spending, saying prolonged trade disputes could impact business sentiment and… Read more »

Dalby Sale 22 Aug 2018: Rain prediction lifts buyer activity

The prediction of some rain resulted in increased buyer activity, with most classes going to a dearer trend. The post Dalby Sale 22 Aug 2018: Rain prediction lifts buyer activity appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 22 Aug 2018: Rain prediction lifts buyer activity

Roma saleyards to hold drought relief store sale

The Roma Saleyards will conduct a drought relief store sale at the Roma Saleyards on Tuesday September 4, the Maranoa Regional Council announced this week. The post Roma saleyards to hold drought relief store sale appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma saleyards to hold drought relief store sale

Cruel treatment of sheep in Victorian abattoir condemned

CRUEL treatment of lambs in a Victorian abattoir exposed in an online video has been condemned by Sheep Producers of Australia and the Australian Meat Industry Council. The post Cruel treatment of sheep in Victorian abattoir condemned appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Cruel treatment of sheep in Victorian abattoir condemned

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 22, 2018

The Dollar has been trading mixed, edging out a fresh low against a generally firmer Euro while gaining on the Pound and Australian Dollar, among other currencies, and settling at near net unchanged levels in the case against the Yen. EUR-USD carved out a fresh two-week low at 1.1602, which surpassed yesterday’s peak by 1… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Drought fosters grass-driven demand

With virtually every corner of New South Wales now impacted by drought, some southern cattle producers are ‘chasing grass’ in the form of land purchases further north in southern Queensland. This week, rural property agents in Qld’s Maranoa district give their insight into what’s happening. The post Weekly Property Review: Drought fosters grass-driven demand appeared… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 22, 2018

The Dollar has managed to find a footing during the Asian session after posting fresh lows against most currencies during the New York PM session yesterday following news that two former associates of President Trump had been convicted of various crimes, including fraud (with Trump’s ex-long serving personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, directly implicating Trump in… Read more »

Cottonseed demand falters as prices continue to climb

It is becoming increasingly likely that high prices will cause the premature shutdown of Australia’s biggest cottonseed crush at Narrabri as the seasonal disaster escalates the price of the crush facility’s commodity input, whole fuzzy white cottonseed. The post Cottonseed demand falters as prices continue to climb appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Emanuel Exports to appeal live export licence cancellation

WESTERN Australian company Emanuel Exports will appeal the cancellation of its livestock export licence by the Federal Government. The post Emanuel Exports to appeal live export licence cancellation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Emanuel Exports to appeal live export licence cancellation

Griffith’s $318 heavy lambs and $260 suckers makes threel records

GRIFFITH’S saleyard in southern New South Wales has punched above its weight to now hold three Australian lamb price records in the heavy export, new season and Merino categories. The post Griffith’s $318 heavy lambs and $260 suckers makes threel records appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Griffith’s 8 heavy lambs and… Read more »

NT Govt demands Fed Govt abolish plans for observers on short-haul livex ships – UPDATED

The Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources is demanding the Federal Government abolish plans to introduce independent observers on short-haul live export voyages, saying the move would cripple the NT’s live export industry, kill its growing buffalo trade and destroy jobs. The post NT Govt demands Fed Govt abolish plans for observers on short-haul livex ships… Read more »

New govt website, guidelines launched to improve water quality

A new website has been created to publish an extensively revised, nationally-supported strategy and guidelines for improving water quality in Australian waterways.  The post New govt website, guidelines launched to improve water quality appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New govt website, guidelines launched to improve water quality

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 22 August 2018

A series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia, producing moderate falls in southwest and southeastern Australia. Heavy falls were recorded across western Tasmania, due to vigorous cold fronts and associated low pressure systems. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 22 August 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Live sheep trade 'under cloud' after Emanuel cancellation, farmers say

The Pastoralists and Graziers Association says it is shocked by the cancellation of the live export licence granted to Emanuel Exports, which accounted for 80 per cent of the trade, and believes others will struggle to fill the gap. Source: ABC Livestock Live sheep trade ‘under cloud’ after Emanuel cancellation, farmers say

Federal government cancels Emanuel Exports licence

Australia’s largest live sheep exporter, Emanuel Exports, has lost its livestock export licence. The licence has been cancelled following a thorough investigation and show cause process, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources said today. The post Federal government cancels Emanuel Exports licence appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Federal government cancels Emanuel… Read more »

Cattle tick management: Letter to the editor – Denis Conway, Taroom

Taroom (Central QLD) cattleman Dennis Conway has written this response to a recent Beef Central article on the impact of new cattle tick treatment arrangements in Queensland, and a subsequent letter to the editor received from Dr Allison Crook, general manager for animal biosecurity with Biosecurity Qld The post Cattle tick management: Letter to the… Read more »

Roma store 21 Aug 2018: Rain forecast lifts restocker enthusiasm

Light weight yearling steers were in the largest numbers, along with a good number of light weight yearling heifers. Around 880 cows were penned and close to 60% of the cows offered were returned to the paddock. The post Roma store 21 Aug 2018: Rain forecast lifts restocker enthusiasm appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Live export company Emanuel Exports loses its licence

Australia’s largest live sheep exporter and the company at the heart of the live export scandal, Emanuel Exports, loses its licence, the Department of Agriculture and Water confirms. Source: ABC Livestock Live export company Emanuel Exports loses its licence

Social program underpins grainfed industry’s BeefEx conference

While the conference speaking program remains a major drawcard to the grainfed beef industry’s BeefEx conference held every two years, delegates consistently nominate the opportunity to mix socially with peers and colleagues across the industry as an important motivator to attend. The post Social program underpins grainfed industry’s BeefEx conference appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 21, 2018

The Dollar remained under broad pressure as markets continued to digest President Trump’s latest verbal intervention on U.S. monetary policy, yesterday expressing that he was “not thrilled” with Fed rate hikes while calling on the central bank to do more to boost growth. EUR-USD posted a 12-day peak at 1.1543 during the Asian session before… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Breed society registrations trend lower in 2017

The total number of animal registrations within beef breeds in 2017 was down by 5.1 percent on the record registrations the year before, according to statistics released at the recent Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association annual general meeting in Brisbane. What were this year’s ten largest breeds, by registration numbers? The post Weekly genetics review:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 21, 2018

The Dollar has come under broad pressure at the inspiration of President Trump saying that he was “not thrilled” with the Fed for raising interest rates and that the Fed should do more to boost the economy. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 21, 2018

Genetics: The big cow myth – measuring the economic impact

Prominent Angus seedstock breeder Harry Lawson shares his views on cow size and ‘frame creep’ in the seedstock industry. Despite the fact that eastern Australia is experiencing one of the worst droughts ever, beef producers are paying record prices for bulls with record Mature Cow Weight EBVs, and don’t seem to be connecting the dots,… Read more »

Record commodity prices undermine grainfed trading budget result

The explosive rise in ration ingredient prices over the past couple of months has pushed results in Beef Central’s latest grainfed trading budget deep into loss territory – but the financial impact has been moderated somewhat by declining feeder cattle prices. The post Record commodity prices undermine grainfed trading budget result appeared first on Beef… Read more »

New genomic test offers more informed selection decisions for Angus

A new genotyping platform for Angus cattle called HD50K for Angus will be available from September 1, promising to deliver more informed selection decisions for seedstock breeders. The post New genomic test offers more informed selection decisions for Angus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New genomic test offers more informed selection… Read more »

Changes to WA’s grain transport scheme

After proposed changes to the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) were forecasted by Main Roads WA, the effectiveness and the future of the scheme was uncertain. The post Changes to WA’s grain transport scheme appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Changes to WA’s grain transport scheme

Wellard releases FY2018 financial results

Wellard released its 2018 financial year results overnight, reporting a net loss after tax of $36.4 million, which compares to a net loss in FY 2017 of $75.3 million and a $14.1m net profit in FY 2016, since the company’s public float in late 2015. The post Wellard releases FY2018 financial results appeared first on… Read more »

Catalyst’s claims about beef don’t hold water

A television presenter standing in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall with 20 litres of water and a 500-gram steak asks passing shoppers how much beef they think could be produced on a farm using that amount of water. The post Catalyst’s claims about beef don’t hold water appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Catalyst’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 20, 2018

The Dollar index came under modest pressure in N.Y. on Monday, touching 95.94 lows, and down from 96.40 into the open. There was no data to move the market, leaving trading conditions on the quiet side. Treasury yields and the dollar hit session lows after a Bloomberg report said Trump complained about Powell not being… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: The US Dollar Gained Before Proposed US-China Trade Talks

OVERVIEW Sterling steadies, although still close to 14 month lows against the US Dollar. US Dollar gained against the Euro early in session. HIGHLIGHT The Euro strengthened later in the day as risk-on caused the US Dollar to drop back. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: The US Dollar Gained Before Proposed US-China… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids steady as slaughter cattle supply keeps moving

The sharp contrast in weekly slaughter numbers between 2017 and 2018 continues through August, as the flow of slaughter cattle, especially cows, out of drought affected areas continues to make its way to market. The post Weekly kill: Grids steady as slaughter cattle supply keeps moving appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Wagga sale 20 Aug 2018: Sell-off hits prices

The sell-off of light weight cattle at Wagga hit prices hard. Rates varied amongst categories, with rates falling up to 40c and more in places despite the smaller offering 3100. The post Wagga sale 20 Aug 2018: Sell-off hits prices appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 20 Aug 2018: Sell-off… Read more »

Can we repair the Great Barrier Reef or is it already too late?

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular wonders of the world, earth’s largest living organism, home to almost 4000 coral reefs and over 1600 species of fish. But can it survive environmental pressures coming from multiple fronts – climate change, onshore industries and storms? Source: ABC Beef Cattle Can we repair… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 20, 2018

The Dollar saw moderate firming during the London AM session, led by a flip higher in USD-TRY, which rose back above 6.000 as markets digested Friday’s after-hours rating downgrade announcements by S&P and Moody’s, though the Lira remained above the lows it saw on Friday. EUR-USD ebbed to a low of 1.1403 after opening in… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 20, 2018

The Dollar majors have been showing little net directional change in thin, early-week trading. The biggest movement heading into the London interbank open are AUD-USD and NZD-USD, with both showing gains of 0.2%. Stock markets in Asia have been mixed, while EUR-USD and USD-JPY have been treading sideway paths, the former in the low 1.1400s… Read more »

MSA index driving greater brand opportunities

The advent of the Meat Standards Australia’s carcase index system has driving ever-stronger development and uptake of branded beef programs across the Australian meat industry, an international meat science community audience heard last week. The post MSA index driving greater brand opportunities appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MSA index driving greater… Read more »

An AWI under fire shoots for 2pc wool grower levy

AUSTRALIAN wool growers have been urged to make their WoolPoll 2018 vote count as the industry’s research, development and marketing body seeks to maintain a 2 percent levy for another three years. The post An AWI under fire shoots for 2pc wool grower levy appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central An AWI… Read more »

Ekka adopts cattle surveillance for new accommodation facility

Queensland’s peak agricultural show, the Brisbane Exhibition, has started using surveillance cameras for exhibitors to keep an eye on cattle. Source: ABC Livestock Ekka adopts cattle surveillance for new accommodation facility

Tough season leads to big cut in wool supply forecast

AUSTRALIA’S wool production is forecast to fall by almost 6 percent in 2018/19 due to the tough seasonal conditions. The post Tough season leads to big cut in wool supply forecast appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Tough season leads to big cut in wool supply forecast

Making the most of triplets lambs – Lambex 2018

A PUSH to have more fertile flocks is leading to more triplets, but making the most of these extra foetuses is the basis of a new research project. The post Making the most of triplets lambs – Lambex 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Making the most of triplets lambs –… Read more »

Sheep say a smorgasbord is better – Lambex 2018

STOCK prefer to eat a smorgasbord of feed types rather than a single species, and the ability to provide diversity in diet will make animals perform better. The post Sheep say a smorgasbord is better – Lambex 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep say a smorgasbord is better – Lambex… Read more »

Oakey tour highlights Australian beef’s world-leading food safety standards

One of the great advantages Australian beef has in export markets is the long-term shelf life of its product, based on world-leading food safety standards in export processing plants. The post Oakey tour highlights Australian beef’s world-leading food safety standards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Oakey tour highlights Australian beef’s world-leading… Read more »

Bendigo saleyards sheep EID system gets minister’s approval

THE Bendigo saleyards’ new electronic sheep tag scanning system was formally opened by Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford last week. The post Bendigo saleyards sheep EID system gets minister’s approval appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Bendigo saleyards sheep EID system gets minister’s approval

NSW ewe sell-off continues on AuctionsPlus

SHEEP and lamb numbers dropped about 10,000 to 54,387 on AuctionsPlus last week. The post NSW ewe sell-off continues on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW ewe sell-off continues on AuctionsPlus

Farm organisations welcome big jump in federal government drought support

State farm organisations in NSW and QLD have welcomed additional funding and new initiatives announced yesterday as part of the Federal Government’s drought support package for farmers and regional communities. The post Farm organisations welcome big jump in federal government drought support appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Farm organisations welcome big… Read more »

Greenlight for roadside effluent disposal facility on Warrego Highway

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has secured $400,000 as part of the Australian Government’s 2018-19 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program, to construct and operate a roadside livestock effluent disposal facility.   The post Greenlight for roadside effluent disposal facility on Warrego Highway appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Greenlight for roadside… Read more »

Prices soften for young steer and heifer categories on AuctionsPlus

Prices in most young steer and heifer weight categories trended down on AuctionsPlus this week, in places sharply. Two thirds of this week’s offering those comprising young cattle listed on the weekly Weaner & Yearling Sale, where lotfeeders were active. The post Prices soften for young steer and heifer categories on AuctionsPlus appeared first on… Read more »

The 101-year-old Darwin icon that holds more than water

Earthquakes, bombing raids and cyanide pills. This is the extraordinary, century-long story of a mighty industrial structure that continually dodged destruction to eventually become a gymnasium. Source: ABC Livestock The 101-year-old Darwin icon that holds more than water

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 17, 2018

The Dollar index dipped early N.Y. trade on Friday, bottoming at 96.22 after opening near 96.50. Incoming U.S. data was mixed, with consumer sentiment missing the mark, while leading indicators were better than consensus. The data has little impact on FX, with the Greenback slipping ahead of the numbers. A calm Turkish Lira allowed the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 17, 2018

A fresh 6%-plus dive in the Turkish Lira, which broke a four-day recovery run, rattled global markets, and pushed the likes of the South African Rand lower while buoying both the Dollar, Yen and Swiss Franc, as European stock markets and S&P 500 futures turned lower. EUR-USD earlier pegged a three-day high at 1.1419 on… Read more »

Animal-source foods remain critical to the world’s rural poor

The vital role of livestock to the health, nutrition and incomes of the world’s poor is often ignored or omitted from current global narratives about the impact of the livestock sector on the environment or human health. The post Animal-source foods remain critical to the world’s rural poor appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 17, 2018

The Dollar majors have been trading within yesterday’s ranges, lacking fresh leads and with market participants keeping a weather eye on how developments from this era of tariffs and sanctions will evolve. EUR-USD has been making time in the upper 1.1300s while USD-JPY has been lodged in the upper 110.0s. Stock markets have remained stable,… Read more »

Tears flow as WA hay donations arrive in NSW

Drought-stricken NSW farmers had tears in their eyes as a convoy of trucks rolled in from Western Australia with a delivery of donated hay. Source: ABC Livestock Tears flow as WA hay donations arrive in NSW

China’s African Swine Fever detection in pigs could change global meat dynamics

The discovery this week of a serious and highly infectious disease in China’s massive pig population has the potential to dramatically disrupt world meat protein trade flows for all species, including beef, independent analyst Simon Quilty suggests….. The post China’s African Swine Fever detection in pigs could change global meat dynamics appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Scientists finally crack the wheat code

Scientists have finally cracked the genome sequence of bread wheat, paving the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability. The post Scientists finally crack the wheat code appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Scientists finally crack the wheat… Read more »

AWI ignores national wool grower calls for 1pc levy option in WoolPoll 2018

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has ignored grower calls to include a 1 percent option in the WoolPoll 2018 options to be announced next week, despite a recent claim the company was listening to its levy payers. The post AWI ignores national wool grower calls for 1pc levy option in WoolPoll 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Heavy lambs hit new national record price of $305.20 at Wagga Wagga

STRONG demand for heavy export lambs has led to Wagga Wagga stock agents achieving a new Australian record of $305.20. The post Heavy lambs hit new national record price of $305.20 at Wagga Wagga appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Heavy lambs hit new national record price of 5.20 at Wagga Wagga

Photo project sheds light on farmers’ resilience in drought

A University of Southern Queensland (USQ) student is working with the community in one of Queensland’s hardest hit drought regions on a project showcasing resilience in hard times. The post Photo project sheds light on farmers’ resilience in drought appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Photo project sheds light on farmers’ resilience… Read more »

BeefConnect Webinar: Phosphorous supplementation for improved productivity and profitability

In this webinar, join Tim Schatz (NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources) and Simon Quigley (University of QLD) when they discuss the research findings of two phosphorous projects in more detail and how phosphorous supplementation can improve productivity and profitability of northern beef businesses. The post BeefConnect Webinar: Phosphorous supplementation for improved productivity and… Read more »

The Google map for wheat — scientists crack crop's genome sequence

It took 13 years to complete and involved scientists from 20 countries, but in a major global breakthrough the mapping of wheat’s genome sequence offers new hope for allergy sufferers and global food security. Source: ABC Grain The Google map for wheat — scientists crack crop’s genome sequence

Recruitment: The impact of poor Human Resources practices

Whether yours is a large agribusiness organisation with a dedicated Human Resources department, or a small cattle grazing business where you look after the personnel function yourself, you need to take care of this important part of your business. The post Recruitment: The impact of poor Human Resources practices appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Spyglass Research Station to host BeefUp Forum

North Queensland beef producers can hear how genetics and new technologies can boost the performance of their herds at MLA’s BeefUp Forum at Spyglass Research Station via Charters Towers on 7 September. The post Spyglass Research Station to host BeefUp Forum appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Spyglass Research Station to host BeefUp… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 16, 2018

The dollar index slipped early in N.Y. trade on Thursday, driven down by softer U.S. data, and a rallying Turkish Lira. By mid-morning, however, the Greenback had perked up again, lifting the DXY to 96.76 highs from 96.32 lows. EUR-USD fell from 1.1409 highs to 1.1349. USD-JPY rallied from 110.56 lows to peak at 111.11…. Read more »

SA Fullblood Wagyu supply chain program earns national food award

The de Bruin family’s Mayura fullblood Wagyu supply chain produced on South Australia’s Limestone Coast has won a major trophy in the 2018 Delicious awards, one of the country’s most prestigious national food industry recognitions. The post SA Fullblood Wagyu supply chain program earns national food award appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Dubbo sale 16 Aug 2018: Cows to restockers lift

The cow market is certainly the highlight at the moment with plain conditioned cows to the restockers lifting by as much as 25c and the better finished cows to the processors holding their own selling at firm rates. The post Dubbo sale 16 Aug 2018: Cows to restockers lift appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Property: Hassad’s $70m Telopea Downs sale sets Vic record

Qatar-owned Hassad Australia has offloaded its 47,677ha Telopea Downs Station in western Victoria for more than $70 million, in what could be the largest single farm transaction in the state’s history. The post Property: Hassad’s $70m Telopea Downs sale sets Vic record appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Hassad’s m Telopea… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 16, 2018

The Dollar and Yen retreated against most other currencies amid a revival in risk appetite on news that U.S. and China have agreed on a new round of trade talks, while the Turkey Lira gain for a third straight session. The USD index (DXY) pegged a two-day low at 96.41 before recouping to the 96.60… Read more »