Month: November 2018

Herefords logo re-brand reflects move into genomics era

Herefords Australia is rolling out a new breed logo to reflect the move into the genomic era. The post Herefords logo re-brand reflects move into genomics era appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Herefords logo re-brand reflects move into genomics era

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 30, 2018

The Dollar picked up, which sent the USD index (DXY) to a two-day high of 97.01, up from yesterday’s one-week low at 93.63. EUR-USD, Cable and AUD-USD to concurrently posted respective intraday lows at 1.1357, 1.2743 and 0.7295. USD-JPY lifted to the mid 113.0s, though the magnitude of movement remained limited. USD-CAD, meanwhile, vaulted back… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Nov 30, 2018

The Dollar majors have been directionally challenged as market participants sit on their hands into the Trump-Xi meeting at the G20 gathering in Argentine. EUR-USD has remained buoyant, in the upper 1.1300s, holding just below yesterday’s one-week high at 1.1401. Cable has remained settled in the upper 1.2700s after failing to sustain gains above 1.2800… Read more »

Crop sciences to shoulder third of Bayer’s job losses

Bayer is set to shed 12,000 jobs worldwide, with 4100 expected to be lost from its crop sciences division, according to an announcement overnight from the company’s global headquarters in Germany. The post Crop sciences to shoulder third of Bayer’s job losses appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Crop sciences to shoulder… Read more »

Argentina to regain US market access after 17 years

Argentina is set to regain access for its beef into the United States for the first time in almost two decades years after proving its sanitary credentials to the USDA. The post Argentina to regain US market access after 17 years appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Argentina to regain US market… Read more »

Australia needs more independent live export observers

AUSTRALIA’S live export regulator is under fire over delays in the release of independent observer reports from live sheep and cattle shipments, including from some voyages completed seven months ago. The post Australia needs more independent live export observers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia needs more independent live export observers

Australian vet group signs deal to double Chinese sheep flock meat output

A JOINT Australian-Chinese initiative to boost China’s sheep meat production by doubling the production of local flocks over the next 3-5 years was announced this week. The post Australian vet group signs deal to double Chinese sheep flock meat output appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian vet group signs deal to… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus:  Dip in barley shifts ration mix, cottonseed cheaper

Overall the feedgrains sector reported cautious trading this week as demand slowed and rain in the southern half of NSW further eased fodder supply. Barley priced itself back into feedlot rations in the short term in the hope of a better sorghum crop growing over summer. The post Feedgrain Focus:  Dip in barley shifts ration… Read more »

Fine crossbred and Merino wool prices lift to keep indicator steady

FLAGGING Chinese domestic demand for woollen garments has been partially blamed for Australian wool prices this week, which lifted for fine crossbred and Merino fleece, and for skirtings, but fell for medium Merino types. The post Fine crossbred and Merino wool prices lift to keep indicator steady appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Basin Plan blamed for SunRice job losses as water shortage bites

SunRice is closing one of its Riverina mills and scaling back operations at the other three in response to what it expects to be a small 2019 crop from southern New South Wales, where a scarcity of affordable irrigation water looks set to slash production. The post Basin Plan blamed for SunRice job losses as… Read more »

Bayer to exit its global animal health business

Pharmaceutical giant Bayer plans to sell its global animal health product business next year, in order to focus on ‘core business’ in the life sciences field. The post Bayer to exit its global animal health business appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bayer to exit its global animal health business

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Steadies After Powell's Speech

OVERVIEW Traders now only price in one rate hike for the US in 2019. Sterling continues to hover around vital 1.2750 level as Brexit concerns mount. The South African Rand is supported by Fed’s dovish tone. HIGHLIGHT The South African Rand has strengthened against the Greenback today following Fed Chair Powell’s speech where he eyed… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Nov 29, 2018

The Dollar was choppy in N.Y. trade on Thursday, though remained inside of a relatively narrow range through the session. Incoming income and spending data were stronger than expected, though jobless claims rose more than expected, and the pending home sales index fell more than forecast. EUR-USD ranged between 1.1402 and 1.1365, while USD-JPY found… Read more »

NT set to have a new abattoir in 2019

The NT is set to have a new abattoir in 2019 with renovations of an existing plant at Batchelor almost complete. Source: ABC Livestock NT set to have a new abattoir in 2019

Recruitment: Why job-seekers should keep up the search during the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, job-seekers in the red meat and livestock industry might be considering putting their search on hold. However, it is a common misconception that businesses do not hire at all over Christmas and it could in fact be the ideal time to rev-up the job search. The post Recruitment: Why job-seekers… Read more »

Dubbo sale 29 Nov 2018: Numbers back after rain

Despite the good rains and the smaller than expected yarding though most sections struggled to hold their levels compared to the previous sales strong market. The post Dubbo sale 29 Nov 2018: Numbers back after rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 29 Nov 2018: Numbers back after rain

Batchelor meatworks re-opening will help fill Livingstone void

The Northern Territory cattle industry will again have access to a meat processing facility, following a decision to re-open the mothballed Batchelor meatworks south of Darwin. The post Batchelor meatworks re-opening will help fill Livingstone void appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Batchelor meatworks re-opening will help fill Livingstone void

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 29, 2018

The Dollar lifted out of fresh lows, while the Yen outperformed as Europe stock markets pared opening gains, S&P 500 futures sank and after the main Chinese stock indexes closed with 1%-plus losses for a second day. EUR-USD fell back to 1.1350 after printing a four-session high at 1.1397 as the impact of Fed Powell’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Nov 29, 2018

The Dollar has come under broad pressure concomitantly with the 10-year U.S. T-note yield falling to a two-month low toward 3% after Fed Chairman Powell yesterday signalled a dovish turn at the central bank by saying that the Fed funds rate was “just below” neutral, revising the previous guidance of being “a long way from.”… Read more »

A nice to have, or a need to have? – Farm Management Software

Have you ever stood back at the enormous milk section in a Coles or Woolworths and thought ‘woah, where do I start’? Well, imagine if you had never tasted milk. You front up to the fridges and become overwhelmed with the labels, colours, brands and claims all over the place. The same experience could be… Read more »

Smartphone accessory calculates cattle weights from metres away + VIDEO

A new smartphone accessory developed in Europe claims to be able to help farmers calculate the weight of cattle from meteres away in a paddock or feedlot with 95 percent accuracy, without having to run them over a set of scales. The post Smartphone accessory calculates cattle weights from metres away + VIDEO appeared first… Read more »

Pre-vaccination, backgrounding helping lift Whyalla’s feeder performance

In a drought-impacted year when quality feeder cattle are both scarce and expensive, lotfeeders are looking to squeeze as much productivity from their purchases as possible through better respiratory disease protection and more structured backgrounding programs. A good example being practised on a large scale is being seen at NH Foods’ Whyalla feedlot near Texas,… Read more »

A message to the Knickers knockers: This giant steer really is enormous

Knickers the giant steer has become a global internet sensation, but some have called #FakeMoos about the massive bovine from Western Australia. Standing in his field, I can assure you he is absolutely huge. Source: ABC Livestock A message to the Knickers knockers: This giant steer really is enormous

MV Jawan leaves Portland empty while probe into instability continues

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has voiced its strong support for an investigation by industry regulators into the factors that caused a vessel loaded with 4327 dairy heifers to rock from side by side after departing from port last Wednesday. The post MV Jawan leaves Portland empty while probe into instability continues appeared first on… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

Summer rainfall is forecast to be below average across much of northern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights likely, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s three month seasonal climate outlook for December to February. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Nov 28, 2018

The Dollar was quiet in N.Y. morning trade on Wednesday, though was hammered lower after Fed Chairman Powell said U.S. rates were “just below” neutral from “a long way from” neutral, as he said in October. The DXY was pushed from 97.53 highs to 96.69 lows. EUR-USD rallied from near 1.1270 to highs over 1.1380,… Read more »

Xe Market Analysis: Dollar Retreats as Powell eyes more gradual rate hikes

OVERVIEW The US Dollar weakened as investors search Fed Chair Powell’s speech for clues on rate hikes, more gradual hikes now expected.  Sterling rose off of two-week lows only to be struck down by Bank of England Brexit forecasts The Canadian Dollar bounced off a 5-month low as the US, Canada and Mexico prepare to… Read more »

Dalby Sale 28 Nov 2018: Yarding hits five month high

It was 3560 head more than last week and the biggest yarding since early July. The yarding featured several lines of well-bred steers and cows, but there was a large portion of the yarding that were light to very light in condition and demand for these types was restricted. The post Dalby Sale 28 Nov… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 28, 2018

The Dollar has continued to trade mixed, posting a two-week high versus both the Euro and Yen before retreating, while losing ground to a generally firmer Pound today, and the Australian and New Zealand Dollars. EUR-USD recouped to the upper 1.1200s after printing a two-week low at 1.1267. The drop-and-rebound price action was concurrent with… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Nov 28, 2018

Yen softness has been the main theme so far today, with most Dollar pairings remaining in narrow ranges and comfortably within yesterday’s ranges. EUR-USD has retained a heavy tone, ebbing back under 1.1300, though remaining above the two-week low posted yesterday at 1.1277, which was seen after Trump threatened to a blanket rise in car… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Is it possible to fence-in value?

Is the growing momentum being seen in investment in exclusion fencing for wild dog and kangaroo control yet being reflected in property values? Property editor Linda Rowley puts the question to a number of rural land valuers and other stakeholders…. The post Weekly Property Review: Is it possible to fence-in value? appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Woolworths partners with WWF for a ‘more sustainable future’

National supermarket retailer Woolworths has partnered with WWF Australia to further improve sustainable sourcing in the meat protein sector. The post Woolworths partners with WWF for a ‘more sustainable future’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Woolworths partners with WWF for a ‘more sustainable future’

What does it cost your business to run a beast?

What it costs a beef producer each year to operate their property, per animal unit, has a big impact on the bottom line. The cause of a less than desirable profit per beast (adult equivalent or AE) will either be attributable to low income, high operating costs, or both, Bush Agribusiness’s Michael Wellington finds in… Read more »

AWI’s marketing versus research and development spend — is the split right?

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is prepared to consider changing its expenditure split between wool marketing and other research and development, company chair Colette Garnsey told shareholders last week. The post AWI’s marketing versus research and development spend — is the split right? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI’s marketing versus research and… Read more »

Cattle culvert provides solution for workplace safety award winners + VIDEO

A Central Queensland beef producing family recently earned an important state government- backed workplace safety award for their project designed to reduce risk associated with moving stock across a busy regional highway that dissects their property. The post Cattle culvert provides solution for workplace safety award winners + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Beef prices in China hit record highs

The Chinese beef market continues to perform strongly, with prices at their highest point in the past three years, and close to 15-year highs, as a result of growing demand for red meat and impacts caused by the spread of African Swine Fever in the country’s pig population. The post Beef prices in China hit… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Nov 27, 2018

The Dollar advanced some overall in morning trade on Tuesday, later giving back some of its gains. The DXY topped at twp-week highs of 97.50 before easing to to 97.31 lows. Softer U.S. consumer confidence briefly dented the dollar. Wall Street was down most of the session, though managed a comeback after NEC Director Kudlow… Read more »

Lamb processors search for quality as restockers get active after rain

QUALITY new season lambs and mutton sold generally dearer at saleyards early this week, with buyers chasing weight and finish among limited New South Wales and northern Victorian supplies. The post Lamb processors search for quality as restockers get active after rain appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb processors search for… Read more »

Giving voice to kids living in remote rural areas

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is bringing speech therapy to kids living in remote parts of Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Giving voice to kids living in remote rural areas

White Suffolk-Merino wool hits a soft spot with small Queensland spinner

WHITE Suffolk-Merino cross wool has proven to be a hit with one of Australia’s few fine worsted spinning mills, Paddock to Ply at Cooroy in Queensland. The post White Suffolk-Merino wool hits a soft spot with small Queensland spinner appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central White Suffolk-Merino wool hits a soft spot… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018

Surface troughs generated storms and showers in northern, central and eastern Australia, while a series of cold fronts and associated low pressure systems produced moderate fall in the southeast. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28… Read more »

Roma store sale 28 Nov 2018: Heavier yearling steers come forward

The yarding was again dominated by younger cattle and quality was mixed however, demand for the better quality lines of cattle remained strong. The post Roma store sale 28 Nov 2018: Heavier yearling steers come forward appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 28 Nov 2018: Heavier yearling steers come… Read more »

Graziers alerted to signs of toxic fungus in lupin stubbles

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has alerted farmers to early signs of a toxic fungus which causes lupinosis, a disease which can lead to production losses and deaths when livestock graze infected lupin stubble. The post Graziers alerted to signs of toxic fungus in lupin stubbles appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 27, 2018

The Dollar has traded steady-to-firmer, managing gains versus the Euro and Yen, and an underperforming Pound, while posting modest losses to the Aussie Dollar and holding steady versus the Canadian Dollar. Cable shed over 0.5% in pegging a 23-day low at 1.2733, while EUR-GBP lifted to four-session highs. Some market narratives pointed to Trump’s remarks… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Nov 27, 2018

Sterling has come under pressure ahead of the London interbank open, with Cable having pegged a five-session low at 1.2769 and EUR-GBP rising to three-session highs. Some are blaming Trump’s remarks yesterday about the UK not being able to negotiate a trade deal with the U.S. under the Brexit deal, which is true as the… Read more »

Australian red meat well positioned to ride China’s e-commerce boom

Australian red meat is in an excellent position to ride the e-commerce retail wave in China, producers attending a global markets forum as part of MLA’s annual meetings in Canberra heard last week. Alibaba’s director of business development for Australia and New Zealand, John O’Loghlen, told the gathering that fresh food was a big growth… Read more »

David Crombie reflects on 20 years of MLA, MSA operations

Building public support for ‘what we do as an industry’ is one of MLA’s key challenges in the years ahead, former MLA chairman David Crombie told a gathering in Canberra last week to mark the industry service delivery company’s 20th anniversary. The post David Crombie reflects on 20 years of MLA, MSA operations appeared first… Read more »

Full transparency on live exports needed to rebuild public trust – Littleproud

FULL transparency is needed to rebuild public trust in live exports, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said as he released the first independent observer report from a livestock export shipment. The post Full transparency on live exports needed to rebuild public trust – Littleproud appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Full transparency… Read more »

Online wool sales lift with turnaround in auction prices

ONLINE wool sales increased last week as overseas supply demands coupled with grower defiance at lower prices also led to an upward swing in physical auction rates. The post Online wool sales lift with turnaround in auction prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales lift with turnaround in auction… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids unchanged, as heatwave conditions set in

Hot, dry conditions and lack of follow-up rain across the eastern states has maintained a flow of slaughter cattle through November, leaving most processor grid offers little changed for another week. The post Weekly kill: Grids unchanged, as heatwave conditions set in appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids unchanged,… Read more »

China FTA worth an extra 8c/kg for Australian beef producers

There have been many headlines about Free Trade Agreements and the billions of dollars in value they represent for the Australian red meat industry through the removal of tariff imposts on exports. But what do these deals actually mean at the farm gate? The post China FTA worth an extra 8c/kg for Australian beef producers… Read more »

Live export: First independent observer report released

The first public Independent Observer’s live export summary report was released today, documenting the Bahijah voyage carrying sheep and cattle exported to Israel in June 2018. The post Live export: First independent observer report released appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export: First independent observer report released

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Nov 26, 2018

The Dollar started the N.Y. session on a softer footing, though spent the morning session moving higher, taking the DXY to seven-session highs of 97.07, and up from 96.71 early on. There was little data to drive the market, though the Dallas Fed index fell more than expected. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.1326, down from 1.1375,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Euro steadies as Italy rumoured to yield to EU Demands

OVERVIEW Euro holds firm against the US Dollar as a solution to Italy’s budget deficit challenges are thrashed out The Pound stays steady as PM May faces her first questions of the week The Canadian dollar strengthens as Oil rebounds by as much as 2.7% HIGHLIGHT The Euro gained today against the Pound as Italy… Read more »

CTLX Carcoar 27 Nov 2018: Feeder cattle lift 5-9c/kg

Feeder cattle continue to sell to very strong competition with most grades lifting in price a further 5c to 9c with feeder steers topping at 331c and feeder heifers 296c/kg. The post CTLX Carcoar 27 Nov 2018: Feeder cattle lift 5-9c/kg appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 27 Nov 2018:… Read more »

Wagga sale 26 Nov 2018: Market rallies following rain

The market rallied following heavy rain last week for secondary cattle, while the prime cattle sold to mixed price trends.  The post Wagga sale 26 Nov 2018: Market rallies following rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 26 Nov 2018: Market rallies following rain

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 26, 2018

The Dollar came under broad pressure against most currencies, particularly the Dollar bloc units, which underperformed amid a rebound in global stocks and oil prices. Yen underperformance lifted USD-JPY, however, as the Japanese currency shed some of its safe haven premium. EUR-USD rallied to an intraday high of 1.1383 before settling lower in the wake… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Nov 26, 2018

Both the Dollar and Yen lose ground to most other currencies, especially the Dollar bloc currencies, which rebounded concurrently with a revival in risk appetite, with oil prices staging a partial rebound of last week’s sharp losses and equity markets rising. EUR-USD lifted to around 113.60, up from an 11-day low at 113.26, while USD-JPY… Read more »

WoolProducers leader questions AWI’s online WoolQ Market move

THE need for Australian Wool Innovation’s proposed online WoolQ Market trading platform has been questioned just weeks before its launch. The post WoolProducers leader questions AWI’s online WoolQ Market move appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers leader questions AWI’s online WoolQ Market move

BCM expands Brisbane capacity to handle more interstate grain

Boolah Commodity Management is about to bring its fourth storage site at Pinkenba into operation to help service demand for interstate grain being shipped into Brisbane, and last week hosted a visit from the Queensland Agricultural Merchants keen to learn more about the logistics task. The post BCM expands Brisbane capacity to handle more interstate… Read more »

Goats help graziers through the drought

Their milk and meat have made goats a prized possession for many and now western Queensland producers are taking them on as they look to diversify because of the ongoing drought. Source: ABC Livestock Goats help graziers through the drought

World champion shearer to keep travelling despite NZ pay rise back home

Pay rates have risen for New Zealand shearers, but that will not stop Maori women’s speed shearing world champion Kerri-Jo Te Huia travelling to Australia and beyond to work. Source: ABC Livestock World champion shearer to keep travelling despite NZ pay rise back home

NSW wool grower to lead peak body WoolProducers Australia

NEW South Wales wool grower Ed Storey is the new president of peak body WoolProducers Australia and his new deputy as senior vice president is Gippsland grower Steve Harrison. The post NSW wool grower to lead peak body WoolProducers Australia appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW wool grower to lead peak… Read more »

Why red meat needs an overarching communications strategy

Does the red meat industry need a strategic and well-resourced communication plan to combat the dramatic acceleration of anti-meat messaging in mainstream media in recent times? The post Why red meat needs an overarching communications strategy appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Why red meat needs an overarching communications strategy

Property: Central Australian cattleman buys Clifton Hills

Central Australian cattleman Viv Oldfield and a partner are understood to be in the final stages of purchasing Australia’s second largest cattle property, Clifton Hills, located in South Australia’s northeast corner. The post Property: Central Australian cattleman buys Clifton Hills appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Central Australian cattleman buys Clifton… Read more »

780 cattle removed from detained livestock vessel

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources says it is investigating the circumstances that forced a livestock export vessel loaded with 4237 cattle to return to port soon after departing last week. The post 780 cattle removed from detained livestock vessel appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 780 cattle removed from detained… Read more »

Closing rates loophole may bite charities and not-for-profits

A WA local government association wants organisations with a charity or not-for-profit status but who make money to start paying rates. Source: ABC Grain Closing rates loophole may bite charities and not-for-profits

Women’s shearing events to take centre stage at major NZ championships

WOMEN’S shearing competitions will be held at New Zealand’s major championships’ early next year as their sport caters to growing numbers of women and capitalises on the success of new docu-movie She Shears. The post Women’s shearing events to take centre stage at major NZ championships appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Do you know the signs of Foot and Mouth Disease?

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is known to affect cloven hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, buffalo and camelids. Thankfully Australia is lucky enough not to have this highly contagious disease of livestock. The post Do you know the signs of Foot and Mouth Disease? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Guilty plea in water investigations

A guilty plea tendered today on behalf of Mungindi irrigator Anthony Barlow has been welcomed by the New South Wales Government.  The post Guilty plea in water investigations appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Guilty plea in water investigations

Sheep CRC forms RamSelect and flock profile advisory network

SHEEP producers needing help managing ram selection and progeny data and using digital tools will welcome a new advisory network established recently. The post Sheep CRC forms RamSelect and flock profile advisory network appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep CRC forms RamSelect and flock profile advisory network

NSW AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops 17,000 with more rain

AUCTIONSPLUS’ sheep and lamb listings eased almost 19,000 to 83,470 head last week, with the New South Wales’ offering falling by 17,000 as rain fell across the eastern half of the state. The post NSW AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering drops 17,000 with more rain appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW… Read more »

Wool market rally should deliver forward hedging opportunities

VOLATILITY has been the constant partner of the wool market this last twelve months and this was no more evident than during last week. The post Wool market rally should deliver forward hedging opportunities appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool market rally should deliver forward hedging opportunities

Sharp rise in heifer prices on AuctionsPlus

Heifer prices lifted substantially across all weight categories on AuctionsPlus this week, while young steers also showed gains, albeit more modest. Cattle listings were much the same as the week before, at 8052 head. Some regions experienced some much-needed rain over the past week, resulting in an overall clearance of 61pc. The post Sharp rise… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Nov 23, 2018

FX trade was relatively subdued in N.Y. on Friday, though the Dollar remained firm after climbing in London morning dealings. EUR-USD touched six-session lows under 1.1335. USD-JPY bottomed at 112.66 on weaker equities, though recovered to near 112.90 as Wall Street pared losses. USD-CAD was whipped around by warmer Canada CPI and another plunge in… Read more »

Why the Swiss are having a nationwide vote on cow horns

The people of Switzerland will decide on Sunday whether to subsidise farmers who allow their cows to grow horns, after an eight-year campaign by a single farmer who managed to collect 100,000 signatures to force the vote. Source: ABC Livestock Why the Swiss are having a nationwide vote on cow horns

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 23, 2018

The Dollar has traded firmer against most currencies outside the case versus the Yen, which saw its safe haven premium pick up after Chinese stocks came under heavy pressure, with the SSE index with a 2.5% closing loss, and as oil prices dove by over 4% to fresh 13-month lows. EUR-USD was a leader, tumbling… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Nov 23, 2018

A risk-off theme has been prevailing in Asia into the London interbank open, which has seen the Yen outperform and the Australian Dollar underperform. EUR-USD has lifted moderately, though has remained comfortably below yesterday’s 1.1433 high and has continued to narrowly orbit the 1.1400 level. An abatement in Fed tightening expectations has been keeping the… Read more »

AWI farewells 'man in the mirror', addresses levy reduction at AGM

Outgoing Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has been saluted as a “giant of the business” at the peak body’s AGM, which follows a historic ballot in which growers voted to reduce the levy they pay the organisation. Source: ABC Livestock AWI farewells ‘man in the mirror’, addresses levy reduction at AGM

Former AWI chairman Merriman ready to re-stand in 2019

Former Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman stands ready to stand again for the board in direct contravention of a recommendation of the company’s recent independent EY performance and governance review. The post Former AWI chairman Merriman ready to re-stand in 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former AWI chairman Merriman… Read more »

Could this new herbicide be an alternative to glyphosate? 400M forum

An organic, non-selective herbicide in the early stages of commercial development could have the potential to address some of the weed resistance issues facing the widely-used farming herbicide, glyphosate. The post Could this new herbicide be an alternative to glyphosate? 400M forum appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Could this new herbicide… Read more »

Industry advocacy for live exports a double-edged sword, MLA members told

A need for industry advocacy for live exports, calls for an independent arbiter in carcase grading disputes, and the direction of dung beetle research were some of the diverse topics on producers’ minds during question time at Wednesday’s MLA annual general meeting in Canberra. The post Industry advocacy for live exports a double-edged sword, MLA… Read more »

Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea

A livestock export vessel carrying 4237 cattle was forced to return to the Port of Portland yesterday when it began rolling from side to side soon after departure. The post Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea

NAB calendar stars share their stories + PICS

Every year NAB selects 12 leading agricultural businesses from its thousands of rural customers all over Australia to appear in its annual agribusiness calendar, and at a launch event in Toowoomba last night several stars of the 2019 version shared their stories and strategies for success. The post NAB calendar stars share their stories +… Read more »

Agtech: Remote WA station provides connectivity solution showcase

A remote location, whole-of-farm connectivity solution is helping drive productivity and efficiency improvement on Murchison House station, 650km north of Perth near Kalbarri in Western Australia, a digital forum held as part of MLA’s annual meetings in Canberra heard today. The post Agtech: Remote WA station provides connectivity solution showcase appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Industry advocacy for live exports a double-edged sword, MLA members told

A need for industry advocacy for live exports, calls for an independent arbiter in carcase grading disputes, and the direction of dung beetle research were some of the diverse topics on producers’ minds during question time at Wednesday’s MLA annual general meeting in Canberra. The post Industry advocacy for live exports a double-edged sword, MLA… Read more »

African cattle-tracking ear tag showcased at 400M conference

A livestock tracking system initially developed for the African rangelands is being adapted for application in the vast pastoral livestock spreads of Australia. The post African cattle-tracking ear tag showcased at 400M conference appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central African cattle-tracking ear tag showcased at 400M conference

Big live sheep shipment bound for new $70m Kuwait abattoir

Australia’s largest live sheep shipper is expecting its first shipment for several months to arrive in the Middle East in less than a week. The post Big live sheep shipment bound for new $70m Kuwait abattoir appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Big live sheep shipment bound for new m Kuwait abattoir

Grassfed and Organic: Opportunities for unconventional Wagyu in luxury niches

A global investigation into the production and marketing of grassfed and organic Wagyu to generate new opportunities for Australia’s beef industry was the focus of a Nuffield research report released today by central Queensland beef producer Sarah Hughes.   The post Grassfed and Organic: Opportunities for unconventional Wagyu in luxury niches appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Recruitment: Effectively managing remotely-located employees

The red meat industry supply chain is a classic example of a business sector where some staff may operate remotely from the main business. Having remote employees presents unique challenges to management that may be overlooked. However addressing a few key points will help improve morale, productivity and team cohesion. The post Recruitment: Effectively managing… Read more »