Month: September 2018

NSW’s large-scale Ceres aggregation could make $200m

One of the largest beef and cropping aggregations in NSW will be put to the market this month under an expressions of interest process, after failing to secure a buyer in earlier off-market activity. Ceres Agriculture is an integrated cropping, cattle backgrounding and finishing business turning off around 100,000 MSA-graded cattle and 40,000 tonnes of… Read more »

Wonder Weeds: Leucaena could help reduce cattle methane emissions

Leucaena has been seen as a wonder fodder adding as much as a kilogram a day to cattle. But new evidence suggests that it doesn’t just help beef up livestock, it’s also helping the planet by reducing the amount of methane cattle produce. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Wonder Weeds: Leucaena could help reduce cattle… Read more »

Numbers surge above 10,000 head on AuctionsPlus

Numbers offered jumped to 10,171 head in AuctionsPlus this week, a sharp 46pc rise from the previous seven days. Listing was again dominated by the weaner and yearling sale with 7400 head offered. The post Numbers surge above 10,000 head on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Numbers surge above 10,000… Read more »

Solar-powered abattoir plan approved for central Queensland

The Queensland Government has given the nod to a plan to build an abattoir in Gladstone that will be powered by its own renewable energy facility. Source: ABC Livestock Solar-powered abattoir plan approved for central Queensland

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 28, 2018

The Dollar index pulled back from levels last seen on September 10, topping at 95.36, before falling back to 95.02 lows into the London close on the back of week- and month-end position squaring. U.S. data was mixed, and include about in-line income and spending figures, though Chicago PMI and Michigan sentiment missed the marks,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Closes Quarter Strongly as G-10 Peers Lag Behind

OVERVIEW The Dollar Index swings back into positive territory on strong data and a hawkish Fed The Euro slides lower on Italian budget deficit concerns The Canadian Loonie gains strength as GDP beat estimates Oil futures up as WTI trades near $72.22 a barrel Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Closes… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 28, 2018

The Dollar and Yen have continued to rally against most other currencies. The USD index (DXY) was slightly off its highest but still showing a 0.4% gain heading into the New York interbank open. EUR-USD continued what is now a three-day tumble in posting a 16-day low at 1.1581. The Euro has also been trading… Read more »

High-tech abattoir project floated for Gladstone

An ambitious new greenfield export abattoir project has been floated for the Gladstone region in coastal Central Queensland. If it goes ahead as planned, the first stage of the project would see the construction of a facility capable of processing 600 head per day in a single shift, with the ultimate aim to process 2400… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 28, 2018

The Dollar has remained buoyant, with USD-JPY printing a new 2018 high at 113.63, with the aid of a measure of specific yen weakness, and EUR-USD posted an 11-day low at 1.1633. Cable ebbed to a four-day low, USD-CAD saw a two-week high, and AUD-USD a 10-day low. The strong 4.2% y/y outcome in U.S…. Read more »

South Australia formally acknowledges drought for first time

South Australia’s government formally acknowledges the drought afflicting the state for the first time, as crop production drops an estimated 2 million tonnes lower than the 10-year average. Source: ABC Grain South Australia formally acknowledges drought for first time

MLA to take Catalyst concerns further after ABC dismisses complaint

Meat & Livestock Australia has vowed to pursue a complaint with a higher authority about an ABC Catalyst program that depicted Australian beef production as an unsustainable user of land and water, after an internal ABC review concluded the program had not breached editorial standards. The post MLA to take Catalyst concerns further after ABC… Read more »

Australian red meat targets China’s dumpling market

A new line of frozen dumplings featuring Australian beef and lamb is set to be launched in China, challenging other proteins traditionally used in the popular Chinese cuisine staple, opening up new opportunities for red meat. The post Australian red meat targets China’s dumpling market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian… Read more »

Frozen dumplings with Aussie lamb and beef set to take on China

A NEW line of frozen dumplings featuring Australian beef and lamb is set to be launched in China, challenging other proteins traditionally used in the popular Chinese cuisine staple. The post Frozen dumplings with Aussie lamb and beef set to take on China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Frozen dumplings with… Read more »

Australian wool discounted by buyer resistance to high prices

AUSTRALIAN wool prices met stronger resistance from buyers this week, leading to general discounts of 50-90 cents a kilogram across all categories. The post Australian wool discounted by buyer resistance to high prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool discounted by buyer resistance to high prices

Merino breeders and wool growers flock to double their genetic gain

MERINOLINK breeders and commercial Merino producers looking for the ‘best bang for their buck’ have flocked to a $3 million project designed to double their flock’s rate of genetic gain by 2022. The post Merino breeders and wool growers flock to double their genetic gain appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Merino… Read more »

Light wool forward marketing reflects industry uncertainty

LIGHT trading in the wool forward markets this week reflected the uncertainty that surrounds the industry landscape on all levels, but the balance of supply and demand will ultimately decide the outcome. The post Light wool forward marketing reflects industry uncertainty appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Light wool forward marketing reflects industry… Read more »

Visas for overseas workers in the red meat processing sector need review

The Federal Government needs to reaffirm its commitment to an agricultural visa – one which allows overseas workers onto Australian farms and into agricultural processing plants such as abattoirs – according to the Australian Meat Industry Council. The post Visas for overseas workers in the red meat processing sector need review appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 27, 2018

The Dollar index rose to a near two-week high in N.Y. trade on Thursday, aided by generally good incoming U.S. data, and spillover buying following the Fed’s rate hike on Wednesday. The DXY topped at 94.89, after opening near 94.45. EUR-USD fell to 1.1554 from opening highs of around 1.1720. USD-JPY printed 2018 high of… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: USD/EUR Bear Morphs to Bull as trades above 50-day average

OVERVIEW EUR-USD found its feet after posting a one-week low at 1.1685 USD/CAD hits 1.31, retreats to mid-1.30s amidst continuing NAFTA negotiations.  HIGHLIGHT The EUR wavered between bearish and bullish today, following brisk sales of the Euro when the market opened. The FTSE is lagging, and the Eurozone ESI economic survey returns were below forecasts…. Read more »

Dubbo sale 27 Sep 2018: Cows cheaper, young cattle dearer

Cows were cheaper but the young cattle to the restockers were dearer in a fluctuating market. The post Dubbo sale 27 Sep 2018: Cows cheaper, young cattle dearer appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 27 Sep 2018: Cows cheaper, young cattle dearer

Sheep Producers Australia calls for director candidates

SHEEP Producers Australia is calling for applications to fill two member-based board positions made vacant by two retiring directors. The post Sheep Producers Australia calls for director candidates appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia calls for director candidates

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 27, 2018

The main theme has been dollar and yen firmness against most other currencies, amid a risk-off backdrop, though both currencies came off their highs. EUR-USD found its feet after posting a one-week low at 1.1685, settling back in the lower 1.1700s. There had bee a flurry of Euro selling a the European open, though the… Read more »

Agtech: Blocked brain on blockchain?

At a time in our history when Australians have the highest levels of mistrust and disregard for banks, politics, corporates and other centralised control systems, it’s no surprise that systems like blockchain are finding their feet. There’s no doubt the blockchain buzz is getting louder, and the technology is already infiltrating agriculture, in areas like… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 27, 2018

Both the dollar and yen have lifted against most other currencies, with the Japanese currency outperforming its North American counterpart. This comes a risk-off backdrop, with Asia stock markets, after starting firmly, having come under pressure. Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed 1% for the worse, while the Shanghai Composite reversed out of an AM-session gain, and… Read more »

Website aims to take the stress and time out of sourcing farm quotes

Sourcing quotes for farming inputs or services is a constant source of frustration for many producers. Not only is it time consuming, but it can often result in high levels of stress and anxiety. But after witnessing this first-hand for some time, a Mt Isa entrepreneur recognised the need for an on-line farm quoting system, leading… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: CQ users jump on local wheat

Central Queensland end-users are snapping up the small amount of wheat coming to the market from the first weeks of Australia’s 2018 harvest, amid talk that a cargo of feedgrain from southern Australian will be arriving at Gladstone in summer to help shore up supplies. The post Feedgrain Focus: CQ users jump on local wheat… Read more »

Agribusiness: Crowd-funding to support agtech company’s growth

An ag-tech company which has developed accurate, efficient and reliable delivery systems for liquid supplements for livestock will use crowd-funding to finance the next phase in the business’s growth. The post Agribusiness: Crowd-funding to support agtech company’s growth appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agribusiness: Crowd-funding to support agtech company’s growth

Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest seasonal climate outlook points to below average rainfall and warmer than average temperatures across Australia for the final three months of the year. The post Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2018

'Toxic' drought grain takes heavy toll on NSW poultry farm

An inability to source “top notch food” in dry times is seen as a key reason for the loss of a large number of award-winning heritage birds on a NSW poultry operation. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Toxic’ drought grain takes heavy toll on NSW poultry farm

Decision to allow NT cattle to graze invasive weed under fire

The NT Government has allowed several cattle stations to graze stock on gamba grass, a highly-flammable weed that’s easy to spread and hard to get rid of. Source: ABC Livestock Decision to allow NT cattle to graze invasive weed under fire

Push for more women in dairy despite drought crisis

Even as the big dry brings home the uncertainty and isolation of life on the land, the dairy industry is encouraging women to “get out there and do it”. Source: ABC Livestock Push for more women in dairy despite drought crisis

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 26, 2018

FX trade was quiet through the morning session, as traders largely sat on their hands ahead of the FOMC announcement. The Dollar turned modestly lower after the Fed raised rates by 25 basis points, as expected, and kept another December hike on the table. USD-JPY attempted to rally immediately following the announcement, topping at 113.00… Read more »

Nufarm posts $15.6 million loss

Nufarm Limited has announced a statutory net loss after tax of $15.6 million for the 12 months to 31 July 2018. The post Nufarm posts $15.6 million loss appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Nufarm posts .6 million loss

Webinar examines early weaning as drought management strategy

A webinar being held tomorrow will provide useful producer information about early weaning strategies for spring-weaned calves during times of drought. The post Webinar examines early weaning as drought management strategy appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Webinar examines early weaning as drought management strategy

Dalby Sale 26 Sep 2018: Prices vary in 5400 head yarding

Prices varied across a number of categories with light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock, experiencing a small improvement. The post Dalby Sale 26 Sep 2018: Prices vary in 5400 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 26 Sep 2018: Prices vary in 5400 head yarding

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 26, 2018

The Dollar has traded with a slight upside bias ahead of potential market-jolting events. USD-JPY briefly traded above 113.00 for the first time since mid July, posting a high at 113.02 just after the Tokyo fixing before settling to a narrow range in the upper 112.00s. AUD-JPY concurrently posted a three-session high and while EUR-JPY… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 26, 2018

Mostly narrow ranges have prevailed so far today. EUR-USD has continued to make time in the mid 1.1700s, holding below the two-month that was seen earlier in the week at 1.1815. USD-JPY traded above 113.00 for the first time since mid July, posting a high at 113.02 just after the Tokyo fixing before settling to… Read more »

Government energy policy changes needed to counter lamb processor’s costs

MAJOR Victorian processor Australian Lamb Company has employed solar technology and joined an energy purchasing group to counter a more than doubling of its power costs last year. The post Government energy policy changes needed to counter lamb processor’s costs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Government energy policy changes needed to… Read more »

Economic wherewithall essential part of licence to farm: Nuffield scholar

Financial literacy should be part of the essential criteria to becoming a farmer in Australia, according to Nuffield scholar and Booth Agriculture co-owner, Claire Osborn Booth. The post Economic wherewithall essential part of licence to farm: Nuffield scholar appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Economic wherewithall essential part of licence to farm:… Read more »

Be more assertive in talking-up red meat’s sustainability credentials, producers urged

Red meat producers should become more assertive in talking-up their sustainability credentials, a prominent member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef told an Australian beef and lamb producer audience recently. The post Be more assertive in talking-up red meat’s sustainability credentials, producers urged appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Be more… Read more »

Objective carcase grading: What’s coming down the technology super-highway?

Real-time, objective measurement of profitable carcase traits that determine elements of meat yield and eating quality are getting closer to being delivered commercially by modern scanning and digital imaging technology. Here’s a quick snapshot of where the process is up to… The post Objective carcase grading: What’s coming down the technology super-highway? appeared first on… Read more »

Sheep slaughter forecast increased as dry conditions intensify

INTENSIFYING poor conditions across many of Australia’s key sheep production areas have led to a significant upward revision of sheep slaughter forecasts for 2018 in Meat & Livestock Australia’s Sheep Industry Projections September update. The post Sheep slaughter forecast increased as dry conditions intensify appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep slaughter… Read more »

Reliable, affordable energy critical to processing sector’s survival

There’s an urgent need for development of government policies that ensure the reliable availability of affordable energy to all sectors of the Australian economy, including the red meat processing sector, the Australian Meat Industry Council says. The post Reliable, affordable energy critical to processing sector’s survival appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 26 Sept 2018

Rainfall was generally restricted to coastal areas of the east and south of the country, and Tasmania. Cold fronts and onshore flow produced moderate falls in western Tasmania, southern VIC, and the north coast of NSW, while isolated thunderstorms brought light falls in the Kimberley in WA and the NT’s southwest. The post Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

New Zealand sheep and beef farmers confident despite industry ‘headwinds’

MORE than two thirds of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers are positive about the future of the industry, according to research by Beef + Lamb New Zealand. The post New Zealand sheep and beef farmers confident despite industry ‘headwinds’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand sheep and beef farmers… Read more »

CTLX Carcoar 25 Sept: Restocker orders diminishing as dry conditions continue

The large numbers of young cattle lacking finish continue to struggle in the market however the better finished cows continue to sell to very solid competition. The post CTLX Carcoar 25 Sept: Restocker orders diminishing as dry conditions continue appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 25 Sept: Restocker orders diminishing… Read more »

Roma store sale 25 Sept 2018: Price trend eases in 6935 head yarding

Restocker demand for lightweight yearling steers was stronger in a yarding of 6774 head at Roma store sale yesterday. Medium weight steers improved up to 12c/kg, while grown steers across all weight ranges saw little change from last week. The post Roma store sale 25 Sept 2018: Price trend eases in 6935 head yarding appeared… Read more »

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

RAINFALL was generally restricted to coastal areas of the east and south of the country, and Tasmania. Cold fronts and onshore flow produced moderate falls in western Tasmania, southern Victoria, and the north coast of New South Wales, while isolated thunderstorms brought light falls in the Kimberley in Western Australia, and the south west of the Northern… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Greenback Trades in Negative Territory Ahead of Fed Meeting

OVERVIEW The Dollar Index is lower against G-10 peers amidst growing trade tensions The Euro is trading near a 3-month high following hawkish comments from ECB President Draghi  Still no breakthrough on NAFTA with talks reopening Wednesday Oil futures move higher, up 45 cents on the day to trade near a 4-year high HIGHLIGHT … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 25, 2018

The Euro traded firmer amid a sharp drop in BTP yields on fresh signs of budgetary prudence from the new populist government in Italy. The biggest mover was EUR-CHF, which was up 0.3% as of the early London PM. EUR-USD was choppy, posting a high at 1.1774, then dropping to a 1.1733 low before lifting… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Pastoral companies big on composite breeding programs

Australia’s large pastoral companies have initiated some impressive composite breeding programs over the last 30 years, with the goal of utilising complementarity in genetic traits and hybrid vigour to increase the productivity and meat quality of their traditionally purebred herds. NAPCo is recognised as the original pioneer of composite breeding among the nation’s large pastoral… Read more »

Opinion: Balancing eating quality and environmental adaption

Well known northern cattle vet and beef cattle consultant Dr Sandi Jephcott offers her thoughts on balanced breeding requirements in northern Australia, keeping MSA grading performance in mind The post Opinion: Balancing eating quality and environmental adaption appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Opinion: Balancing eating quality and environmental adaption

CQ’s best spring bull sales defying gravity

Just as the best of southern Australia’s recent spring bull sales defied seasonal gravity recently, early results out of the Central Queensland spring sale circuit have looked equally encouraging. The post CQ’s best spring bull sales defying gravity appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CQ’s best spring bull sales defying gravity

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 25, 2018

Most pairings and cross rates have posted narrow ranges so far today, although USD-JPY and some yen crosses saw some movement, rising during the Tokyo AM session before ebbing back. USD-JPY posted a two-month high of 112.98, capping out here in the face of Japanese exporter offers. EUR-USD settled in the mid 1.1700s, below the… Read more »

Wagyu sector make rapid progress towards objective carcase assessment

Five Japanese-designed objective carcase grading cameras have arrived in Australia, in the first phase of a project that could see almost all Wagyu carcases produced in this country being objectively graded for meat quality within two or three years. The post Wagyu sector make rapid progress towards objective carcase assessment appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Limited southern NSW water trims cotton area as fifth gin proposed

Queensland Cotton and Southern Cotton are jointly proposing to build the fifth gin in southern New South Wales, where bright longer-term prospects for the industry are seen, despite limited availability of irrigation water for the upcoming growing season. The post Limited southern NSW water trims cotton area as fifth gin proposed appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Wool surfboard is ‘a drop in the ocean’ of potential composite product uses

WOOL will replace fibreglass in revolutionary surfboards to hit the Australian market next year. The boards will be released in Australia in February next year under the Firewire Surfboards brand ‘Woolight’. The post Wool surfboard is ‘a drop in the ocean’ of potential composite product uses appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

AuctionsPlus wool bale sales halt as auction prices dip

ONLINE wool sales eased to a standstill with the downward movement of the physical auction market last week. The post AuctionsPlus wool bale sales halt as auction prices dip appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool bale sales halt as auction prices dip

Rural crime workshops underway across New South Wales

RURAL crime workshops are underway across New South Wales to provide practical solutions and education for farmers and regional communities. The post Rural crime workshops underway across New South Wales appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rural crime workshops underway across New South Wales

Longreach agtech company develops wild dog management technologies

A central western Queensland-based technology company is developing a suite of virtual dog fence products to supplement wild dog-proof exclusion fencing projects taking off across the region. The post Longreach agtech company develops wild dog management technologies appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Longreach agtech company develops wild dog management technologies

Assessors take stock after fire at Auscott’s Trangie gin

Fire has damaged Auscott’s Trangie gin in the Macquarie Valley of NSW, which is expected to be repaired in time for ginning of cotton picked in 2019. The post Assessors take stock after fire at Auscott’s Trangie gin appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Assessors take stock after fire at Auscott’s Trangie… Read more »

Weekly kill: relentless weather continues driving cattle to market

Relentless very dry conditions across eastern Australia are continuing to underpin slaughter cattle supply across the regions, with processors in NSW and Queensland this week suggesting available numbers now look solid until well into October. The post Weekly kill: relentless weather continues driving cattle to market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

About 1 million bees killed by poison in NT

A Northern Territory beekeeper says about 1 million of his bees have been deliberately killed with an insecticide, in the second suspected poisoning of commercial bee boxes near Katherine in a year. Source: ABC Livestock About 1 million bees killed by poison in NT

Red meat talent sought for industry review taskforce

The process to find the Taskforce that will oversee a significant reform for the red meat and livestock sector will remain open until 3 October with significant interest already received, according to the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC). The post Red meat talent sought for industry review taskforce appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 24, 2018

The Dollar index traded lower early in the N.Y. session on Monday, bottoming at 93.85, before finding a footing. The index later rallied back to 94.22, as U.S. political concerns remained front and center. EUR-USD peaked at 1.1815, then later pulled back to 1.1754 lows. USD-JPY bottomed at 112.44 before topping at 112.75, while USD-CAD… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Awaiting the Announcements of Fed Week

OVERVIEW The Euro is at an almost three-month high against the Dollar on Draghi inflation comment  The Pound recovers some losses after positive comments from Britain’s Brexit Minister The US Dollar is stable ahead of Fed announcements this week HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: US Awaiting the Announcements of Fed Week

Time running out to register for BeefEx 2018

With tickets almost sold out for BeefEx 2018, the Australian Lot Feeders Association is encouraging stakeholders interested in attending the biennial grainfed industry conference to book now to avoid disappointment. Registrations close this Friday, 28 September. The post Time running out to register for BeefEx 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Wagga sale 25 Sep 2018: Numbers double with dry conditions

Wagga market is struggling to find a base rate with increased supplies of plainer secondary cattle.  The post Wagga sale 25 Sep 2018: Numbers double with dry conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 25 Sep 2018: Numbers double with dry conditions

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 24, 2018

The Dollar reversed intraday gains that were seen during a thin Asian session (both Chinese and Japanese markets were closed). EUR-USD flipped back above 1.1770 after touching a 1.1724 low. EUR-USD remained comfortably below Friday’s two-month high at 1.1803. USD-JPY has flatlined in early-week trading so far, holding tightly around 111.50-60. AUD-USD lifted out of… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 24, 2018

The Dollar has traded moderately firmer into the London interbank open in thin conditions in the absence of Chinese and Japanese markets (for the Mid-Autumn and Equinox holiday’s, respectively). EUR-USD has ebbed under 1.1740, continuing the correction from Friday’s two-month high at 1.1803. The biggest mover on our grid is AUD-USD, which is down 0.3%,… Read more »

A century of tractor evolution that transformed agriculture

The revolution in tractor technology that has transformed farming over the past 100 years was captured in striking contrast when the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ lined up side by side at last week’s Henty Machinery Field Days in southern New South Wales. The post A century of tractor evolution that transformed agriculture appeared first on… Read more »

Woodward Foods lamb beats beef and pork in Sydney Royal competition

LAMB has reigned supreme over beef and pork in the 2018 Sydney Royal Show Taste of Excellence Awards, with a Woodward Foods entry sashed as the branded meat grand champion and Dick Stone Perpetual Trophy winner. The post Woodward Foods lamb beats beef and pork in Sydney Royal competition appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Research partnership to develop unique livestock pain relief system

RESEARCH into delivering a pain relief agent via feed supplements to cattle about to undergo surgical procedures will also have applications for sheep, Medical Ethics managing director Allan Giffard said today. The post Research partnership to develop unique livestock pain relief system appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Research partnership to develop… Read more »

Holland’s ‘floating farm’ showcases urban agriculture

A Dutch company is launching the world’s first floating farm to meet demand for local food. The farm, built as an offshore facility in Rotterdam’s Merwehaven harbour will house 40 cows and deliver 800 litres of milk per day collected by robots. The post Holland’s ‘floating farm’ showcases urban agriculture appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Australian shearing and wool handling teams defeat Kiwis in Perth

QUICK crossbred shearing and attention to detail with wool has given Australian machine shearers and wool handlers surprise wins in the trans-Tasman tests at the Australian national shearing and wool handling titles at the Perth Royal Show on the weekend. The post Australian shearing and wool handling teams defeat Kiwis in Perth appeared first on… Read more »

MLA calls for grass-roots producer event proposals

MEAT & Livestock Australia is calling on those with grass-roots, producer events in the first half of 2019 to submit an application as part of its second-round sponsorship process. The post MLA calls for grass-roots producer event proposals appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA calls for grass-roots producer event proposals

New season lambs boost AuctionsPlus listings by more than 40pc

NEW season lambs helped boost online sheep and lamb numbers on AuctionsPlus last week. Sheep and lamb listings increased from all states except Victoria last week, lifting the offering by 43,000 head to 101,208. The post New season lambs boost AuctionsPlus listings by more than 40pc appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Australian producers adopting pain relief: Cattle vet president

Australian Cattle Veterinarians president Dr Alan Guilfoyle says there has been a noticeable uptake in the use of pain relief products for cattle by Australian producers in the past few years. The post Australian producers adopting pain relief: Cattle vet president appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian producers adopting pain relief:… Read more »

Grain, lamb and wool prices lift NAB rural commodities index

SOLID grain, lamb and wool prices drove a 0.7 percent rise in the National Australia Bank Rural Commodities Index in August. The post Grain, lamb and wool prices lift NAB rural commodities index appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Grain, lamb and wool prices lift NAB rural commodities index

Wingham grassfed product tops Sydney show’s branded beef competition

A sample of premium grassfed beef from Wingham Beef Exports’ Manning Valley Naturally brand program in central NSW has topped entries in this year’s Sydney Royal Show Spring Fine Food branded beef competition. During Friday night’s awards presentation, 28 gold, silver and bronze medals were evenly shared among entries from brand programs across NSW, Victoria,… Read more »

Applications open for on-farm producer demonstration sites

Funding is available for livestock producer groups to validate and demonstrate the business value of integrating new technologies and on-farm management practices into local farming systems. The post Applications open for on-farm producer demonstration sites appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Applications open for on-farm producer demonstration sites

'The fire was roaring': Battling flames in a bushfire with a leaf blower

When a bushfire came to Woolooga near Gympie in south-east Queensland last week, Ilse Heidegger was alone. She watched the small flames in one corner of the landscape rush “like a freight train” across the horizon. Source: ABC Livestock ‘The fire was roaring’: Battling flames in a bushfire with a leaf blower

Administrators hopeful of finding buyers for Tasman meat retail assets

Administrators remain hopeful of finding buyers for most, if not all of the 15 retail outlets controlled by Victoria’s Tasman Market Fresh retail meat business, which went into voluntary administration a fortnight ago. The Tasman collapse ranks among the largest seen in the red meat retail industry since Super Butcher in 2012 and Sydney’s Peter’s… Read more »

Administrators hopeful of finding buyers for Tasman retail assets

Administrators remain hopeful of finding buyers for most, if not all of the 15 retail outlets controlled by Victoria’s Tasman Market Fresh retail meat business, which went into voluntary administration a fortnight ago. The Tasman collapse ranks among the largest seen in the red meat retail industry since Super Butcher in 2012 and Sydney’s Peter’s… Read more »

Young steer categories ease in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Younger steer categories and most heifers trended down in value on AuctionsPlus this week. Numbers offered rose 13pc on the previous week to 6957 head, with listings again dominated by the Weaner and Yearling sale, where almost 5000 head were offered. The post Young steer categories ease in larger AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef… Read more »

School dux surprises teachers by taking on her family's dairy farm

Sally Downie’s teachers knew she had a bright future, but the school dux’s move to take on her family’s dairy farm was unexpected by some. Source: ABC Livestock School dux surprises teachers by taking on her family’s dairy farm

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 21, 2018

The Dollar index printed two-plus month lows of 93.82 into the N.Y. open on Friday, though managed a recovery to 94.32 through the morning session. Pre-weekend short covering was cited behind the move. The only data were weaker PMIs, though they had little impact on the FX market. EUR-USD faded from 1.1803 lows in London,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 21, 2018

The Dollar rebounded some today after seeing fresh lows against some currencies. Specific weakness in both the Euro and Sterling indirectly lent support to the U.S. currency. EUR-USD drifted back to the mid 1.1700s after posting a fresh two-month high at 118.03. EUR-JPY has also come off from a five-month high, while EUR-CHF has fallen… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 21, 2018

The dollar and yen have continued to underperform most other currencies amid a backdrop of rallying global stock markets, which has seen new record highs scaled on Wall Street and the MSCI Asia-Pacific (ex Japan) index rise by over 0.5% today. EUR-USD posted a fresh two-month high at 117.87, while EUR-JPY has lifted to five-month… Read more »

Lift financial literacy skills in ag, urges Nuffield scholar

Financial literacy should be part of the essential criteria to becoming a farmer in Australia, Booth Agriculture co-owner Claire Osborn Booth told delegates at the Nuffield Australia national conference in Melbourne yesterday. The post Lift financial literacy skills in ag, urges Nuffield scholar appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Lift financial literacy… Read more »

Australia untouched, but US-China trade escalaction expected to hurt wool

ESCALATION of the growing China-American trade war will hurt the global wool industry, although no direct impact on Australia’s raw wool exports with China is expected at this stage, leading wool market analyst Chris Wilcox said today. The post Australia untouched, but US-China trade escalaction expected to hurt wool appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Financial literacy should be part of the ‘licence’ to farm – Nuffield scholar

FINANCIAL literacy should be part of the essential criteria to becoming a farmer in Australia, Booth Agriculture co-owner Claire Osborn Booth told delegates at the Nuffield Australia national conference in Melbourne yesterday. The post Financial literacy should be part of the ‘licence’ to farm – Nuffield scholar appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

150 year old tech still supplying clean, green energy for farmers

Towering above the solar panels, start of the art machinery and high tech agricultural gadgetry at the Henty Machinery Field Days this week was one piece of technology that has been silently serving Australian farmers for well over a century. The post 150 year old tech still supplying clean, green energy for farmers appeared first… Read more »

Abattoir roof protest over

Activists have moved off of the roof of a South Australian abattoir after earlier protesting footage they allege shows sheep, cattle and pigs being killed inhumanely at the site. Source: ABC Livestock Abattoir roof protest over

Wool prices fall 10-50 cents amid supply and affordability concerns

AUSTRALIAN wool prices corrected around quality, forward supply and price uncertainty, and exchange rates, at auctions this week. The post Wool prices fall 10-50 cents amid supply and affordability concerns appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices fall 10-50 cents amid supply and affordability concerns