Category: External News

Beef briefs: research shows no detectable effect from livestock on climate

Beef Central beef briefs 13 Dec 2018: Cattle exports pass one million mark; Israel claims to have produced first ‘cell-grown steak’; MV Jawan’s Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock revoked; Celebrities promote red meat in UK; Research: No detectable effect on climate from livestock methane emissions; Global tree cover has increased 7pc since 1982,… Read more »

Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat industry is proceeding with projects on eating quality, kid loss and breeding doe management after a mid-term review showed it was making good progress under its strategic plan. The post Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian goat meat industry… Read more »

Defining cattle property sales across Australia in 2018

In our final weekly property review for 2018, we present this state-by-state snapshot of the defining grazing property sales across Australia, as reported over the past 12 months. The post Defining cattle property sales across Australia in 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Defining cattle property sales across Australia in 2018

‘Smart’ NSW sheep producers will use electronic identification tags – Vallance

“SMART” New South Wales farmers who usually sell sheep and lambs into Victoria will be putting electronic ear tags in their livestock, Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock president Leonard Vallance said today. The post ‘Smart’ NSW sheep producers will use electronic identification tags – Vallance appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central ‘Smart’ NSW… Read more »

SE Asia report: Indo challenges mount | Swine fever ramifications | French frog legs

Market consensus points to further price falls in Indonesia given large feedlot inventories and static demand, while an important deadline is fast approaching for the trade, as Dr Ross Ainsworth reports this month. The post SE Asia report: Indo challenges mount | Swine fever ramifications | French frog legs appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Melbourne wins out in bidding contest for Lambex 2020

VICTORIA has won the right to hold the prestigious Lambex conference in 2020, returning the lamb industry expo to the state for the first time since 2012. The post Melbourne wins out in bidding contest for Lambex 2020 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Melbourne wins out in bidding contest for Lambex… Read more »

McDonald’s commits to antibiotic reduction policy for beef

Global burger chain McDonald’s has established a new beef antibiotic policy that will apply to 85 percent of its global beef supply chain, including Australia. The company says it ultimately wants to replace antibiotics with long-term solutions to prevent diseases and protect animal health and welfare, The post McDonald’s commits to antibiotic reduction policy for… Read more »

Can commercial beef production create prosperity?

Agribusiness consultant Dr Phil Holmes looks at whether commercial beef production can create prosperity for the typical family business, and why operating return and capital return are both important. The post Can commercial beef production create prosperity? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Can commercial beef production create prosperity?

Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs

INFRARED technology was employed to help eliminate thousands of feral pigs across the Riverina, Murray and western regions of New South Wales. The post Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs

Agtech startup Datamuster appoints GM

Agtech start-up company DataMuster, an online livestock monitoring and reporting platform, has appointed an experienced executive as its first general manager to steer the business through its start-up phase. The post Agtech startup Datamuster appoints GM appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agtech startup Datamuster appoints GM

Two severe weather systems to impact eastern Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning of the potential for severe weather throughout significant areas of eastern Australia in the coming days as two weather systems bring rain and thunderstorms across a large area. The post Two severe weather systems to impact eastern Australia appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Two severe… Read more »

GrainGrowers’ calendar photos showcase cropping industry

This year’s winning entries in GrainGrowers’ calendar photo competition feature inspiring shots from around Australia that showcase the grains industry. The post GrainGrowers’ calendar photos showcase cropping industry appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainGrowers’ calendar photos showcase cropping industry

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018

Broad low pressure troughs produced moderate falls through Western Australia and northern and eastern Australia, while heavy falls were recorded in the north tropical Queensland coast after ex-tropical cyclone Owen crossed near Port Douglas. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Agtech: Pathways for improving connectivity in the bush

Feedlot operators and others in the red meat supply chain remote areas looking to assess their connectivity requirements and identify potential solutions have access to a new guide to help them navigate through the often grey area of connectivity. The post Agtech: Pathways for improving connectivity in the bush appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Lamb and wool prices expected to hold high during rest of 2018-19

LAMB and wool prices are expected to maintain higher levels throughout 2018-19 due to supply constraints, the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences’ commodities Report said today. The post Lamb and wool prices expected to hold high during rest of 2018-19 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and… Read more »

Modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus platform

THERE was modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus Wool last week as buyers sought superfine and ultrafine lines online. The post Modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus platform appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Modest enquiry for wool on AuctionsPlus platform

Wool forward market opportunities available in volatile market

THE volatile nature of the spot auction wool market was shown again last week, with the crossbreds giving back gains and the Merinos tightening slightly under short supply. The post Wool forward market opportunities available in volatile market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward market opportunities available in volatile market

Weekly kill: Big late-season surge in slaughter numbers, as grid prices dip again

The unusually large late-season flow of cattle has seen a sharp check in processor direct grid offers, with four-tooth grassfed heavy steer in southern Queensland market falling another 10c/kg late last week. Last week’s eastern states beef kill was the fourth largest of the year. The post Weekly kill: Big late-season surge in slaughter numbers,… Read more »

African swine fever factors into cattle price forecast

ABARES analysts are still tipping lower Australian cattle prices this financial year compared to last, but not by as much as previously thought. The post African swine fever factors into cattle price forecast appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central African swine fever factors into cattle price forecast

America's love of burgers sees rise in demand for Aussie beef

An abattoir in WA says the US has become a key market for their lean beef, with plans they will take up to 50 per cent of their annual beef exports. Source: ABC Livestock America’s love of burgers sees rise in demand for Aussie beef

John Kaus remembered as a pioneering cattle exporter to Philippines

John Kaus, a man who helped to build Australia’s northern cattle trade into south east Asia for the past 40 years, has been remembered as a pioneer of the Australia-Philippines cattle trade, an approachable and generous leader, a tireless marketing man, a fighter against insurmountable odds and someone to whom personal relationships and trust were… Read more »

New Grain Fed Finished standard comes into play

Beef supply chains will now be able to market their cattle as ‘Grain Fed Finished’ after feeding them grain for 35 days before slaughter. The new standard, or trade description, will apply both domestically and in overseas markets. The post New Grain Fed Finished standard comes into play appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Wagga sale 10 Dec 2018: Market bounces on rain forecast

The market reacted to the prediction of heavy rains to hit late this week. The post Wagga sale 10 Dec 2018: Market bounces on rain forecast appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 10 Dec 2018: Market bounces on rain forecast

$7m loss for Casino processor, NCMC, after tough year

Low rates of throughput combined with the loss of market access into China and historically low hides values have pushed the Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s 2017-18 annual result to a $7 million loss after tax. The post $7m loss for Casino processor, NCMC, after tough year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Junee processor claims Woolies 2018 livestock supplier award

A NSW lamb processor and supply chain manager has pipped two well-known beef feedlots on opposite sides of the continent to claim the 2018 Woolworths Meat and livestock Supplier of the Year award during a glittering dinner in Sydney last week.   The post Junee processor claims Woolies 2018 livestock supplier award appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Wool growers present new baggy green cap fabric for Aussie cricketers

WOOL growers have handed the Australian cricket team enough woollen cloth to make the prized baggy green caps for the next 100 years. The post Wool growers present new baggy green cap fabric for Aussie cricketers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers present new baggy green cap fabric for Aussie… Read more »

Australia set for record year of lamb exports to the United States

AUSTRALIA is still on track for a record year of lamb exports to the United States, despite fewer shipments in the past two months and high cold store inventories. The post Australia set for record year of lamb exports to the United States appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia set for… Read more »

Have some salt with your lucerne, say NSW lamb researchers

A SALT supplement could help lamb producers make better use of dryland lucerne, according to research from the  Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. The post Have some salt with your lucerne, say NSW lamb researchers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Have some salt with your lucerne, say NSW lamb researchers

Southern buyers dominate bidding for bigger AuctionsPlus offering

SOUTHERN buyers dominated the bidding in online sheep and lamb sales last week, as rain increased demand for a bigger AuctionsPlus offering. The post Southern buyers dominate bidding for bigger AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Southern buyers dominate bidding for bigger AuctionsPlus offering

NSW stock water levels critically low as drought re-intensifies

STOCK water levels are critically low across large parts of New South Wales as drought conditions re-intensify across large parts of the state. The post NSW stock water levels critically low as drought re-intensifies appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW stock water levels critically low as drought re-intensifies

Transport report shows high livex performance rates

Updated live export transport performance statistics show Australia recorded 867 mortalities from 860,000 cattle exported in 2017, a mortality rate of 0.1 percent. The post Transport report shows high livex performance rates appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Transport report shows high livex performance rates

Unfair trade barriers targeted

IT is not just foreign markets where Australian exporters need help to remove unjustified non-tariff trade barriers, but within Australia itself. The post Unfair trade barriers targeted appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Unfair trade barriers targeted

‘Hand ag colleges back to industry’

The National Farmers’ Federation has backed a call by AgForce for the Queensland Government to hand the keys of two agricultural colleges it plans to axe next year back to industry.  The post ‘Hand ag colleges back to industry’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Hand ag colleges back to industry’

Kangaroos kept eating Martin's grass — so now he's eating them

Frustrated with the waste that comes with being forced to cull kangaroos, farmers in the NSW town of Braidwood learn to harvest and eat the animals that invade their land. Source: ABC Livestock Kangaroos kept eating Martin’s grass — so now he’s eating them

A community rebuilds after fires wreak havoc

Eleven months ago 12,000 hectares of land and 2,000 livestock were destroyed in a fire in regional South Australia. Today members of the community say it is more important than ever to look out for each other. Source: ABC Livestock A community rebuilds after fires wreak havoc

Larger weaner and yearling offerings from NSW boost AuctionsPlus numbers

Large numbers of weaners and yearlings out of New South Wales boosted the offering on AuctionsPlus this week, with catalogue numbers rising 20 percent to 8129 head across all sales. A clearance rate of 80pc was achieved. Weaned heifer prices were up 12c on last week, while weaned steers were down 5c. The post Larger… Read more »

Chatsworth House lamb brand for sale with historic property

A rare opportunity to purchase an established premium lamb brand with provenance and a large commercial ewe flock  is being offered to rural property purchasers in Victoria. The post Chatsworth House lamb brand for sale with historic property appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chatsworth House lamb brand for sale with historic… Read more »

Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia have eased by up to 12c/litre in some states, after hitting four-year highs a month ago. The post Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Grain Central’s November grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s November grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s November grain and cropping news quiz

Seednet to pay $1m penalty for misleading barley performance claims

The Federal Court has ordered Landmark Operations Limited (trading as Seednet) to pay a $1 million penalty for making false, misleading and deceptive claims in a fact sheet for its barley variety known as Compass. The post Seednet to pay $1m penalty for misleading barley performance claims appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

2018 bull sales: Your complete guide to how each major breed fared

On the back of a record year in 2017 and in the face of widespread drought across much of eastern Australia, bull sale volumes and average prices held up remarkably well in 2018, reports genetics central editor Dr Alex McDonald, in our annual wrap-of of national bull sales across the ten most popular breeds. The… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Heifers add surprising value to US beef quality

Grainfed heifers are the unsung heroes of the US beef industry this year, helping deliver record proportions of USDA Prime beef, writes US industry analyst, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: Heifers add surprising value to US beef quality appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Heifers add surprising value to… Read more »

How to grow crops on Mars

With the recent landing on Mars of NASA’s InSight lander, bringing closer the prospect of humans one day visiting the planet, scientists are puzzling over how to grow the food to feed them there. The post How to grow crops on Mars appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central How to grow crops… Read more »

Imported molasses delivered to graziers in an Australian first

With an Australian molasses shortage, Vietnam delivers the sugarcane by-product used by graziers to sustain livestock through dry times. Source: ABC Livestock Imported molasses delivered to graziers in an Australian first

Merino breeders buy Victorian showcase Mt Fyans for $37 million

  NEW South Wales stud Merino breeders Ian and Camilla Shippen have paid $37 million for Mt Fyans, one of the largest and most highly regarded agricultural holdings in the Western district of Victoria. The 5946ha Dundonnell grazing and cropping enterprise changed hands three years ago when the Western Australian-based Harmony Agriculture and Food Company… Read more »

Recruitment: Using effective story-telling to attract job candidates

Most meat and livestock industry supply chain stakeholders are fortunate to have the ‘gift of the gab’, but we don’t necessarily transfer that well into talking about our business and culture to potential staff that might consider working for us. Here are seven tips for getting your message across through a story. The post Recruitment:… Read more »

Federal inquiry into vegetation laws and cool burns

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced a House of Representatives inquiry into the impact of vegetation and land management policies on the agricultural sector. The post Federal inquiry into vegetation laws and cool burns appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Federal inquiry into vegetation laws and cool burns

Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia have eased by up to 12c litre in some states, after hitting four-year highs a month ago. The post Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia have eased by up to 12c litre in some states, after hitting four-year highs a month ago. The post Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Dubbo sale 6 Dec 2018: Yarding doubles to 4770

A week of hot windy weather following the previous week’s good rains certainly dried things out which doubled the size of the yarding with a total of 4770. The post Dubbo sale 6 Dec 2018: Yarding doubles to 4770 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 6 Dec 2018: Yarding doubles… Read more »

Dubbo to host Sheep CRC and Sheep Genetics events

DUBBO will host four consecutive days of important sheep breeding business in March next year, when it hosts the Sheep CRC’s final conference and the Sheep Genetics Leading Breeder Forum. The post Dubbo to host Sheep CRC and Sheep Genetics events appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo to host Sheep CRC… Read more »

‘Crop circle’ artwork marks World Soil Day

‘Crop circle’ artists from the University of Sydney’s IA Watson Grains Research Centre at Narrabri in north west New South Wales have been at it again, scribing the word SOIL! into a field of wheat stubble to mark the United Nations World Soil Day. The post ‘Crop circle’ artwork marks World Soil Day appeared first… Read more »

Trend towards rewarding higher carcase merit gains momentum

Should cattle producers whose slaughter or even feeder animals producer higher carcase merit within a broader brand or category specification range be better rewarded for that performance? It’s a topic which has come up in a number of beef producer forums over the past six months, in both northern and southern Australia. In this report,… Read more »

Former Murray Goulburn boss slapped with $200,000 fine

The Federal Court has approved a settlement reached between Murray Goulburn and the ACCC which will see its former managing director hit with a $200,000 fine. Source: ABC Livestock Former Murray Goulburn boss slapped with 0,000 fine

Greenhams ‘early adopter’ in carcase merit price incentive trend

Victorian and Tasmanian beef processor HW Greenham is one of the ‘early adopters’ in the advent of livestock payments for higher-performing carcases within a brand segment’s broader acceptable carcase criteria range. The post Greenhams ‘early adopter’ in carcase merit price incentive trend appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Greenhams ‘early adopter’ in… Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – November 2018

Which e-commerce giant did JBS sign a major beef supply agreement with in November? From which State is Australia’s new Cattle Council president? Test your knowledge with Beef Central’s latest monthly quiz. The post Beef Central’s beef quiz – November 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz –… Read more »

Anger over ag college closures

A sudden announcement from the Queensland Government that two iconic agricultural colleges will close has left the State’s peak farming body fuming, saying it was staggered the broadacre sector was not asked for input.  The post Anger over ag college closures appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Anger over ag college closures

New drought coordinator says struggling farmers won't be left behind

The newly-appointed New South Wales drought coordinator says he is determined to ensure farmers get the support they need in the state’s billion-dollar response to the drought. Source: ABC Livestock New drought coordinator says struggling farmers won’t be left behind

It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

NEW research hopes to boost goat kid production and survival, as slaughter figures flag nationally despite strong international demand for Australian goat meat. The post It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

Review recommends 10 changes to regional telecommunications

A Government pulse check of regional telecommunications has made 10 recommendations to improve the service experience of regional, rural and remote users. The post Review recommends 10 changes to regional telecommunications appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Review recommends 10 changes to regional telecommunications

Weekly Property Review: Recent properties sold

Blue ribbon property sells prior to auction | Queensland property with substantial water under contract | Ivanhoe’s Rosewood sale result defies the NSW drought The post Weekly Property Review: Recent properties sold appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly Property Review: Recent properties sold

Live export trade survives parliamentary attack by Labor and independents

LIVE sheep exports survived a sustained attack in Federal Parliament today as a motion supporting concurrent debate on a Private Member’s Bill to phase the trade out was narrowly lost in the House of Representatives. The post Live export trade survives parliamentary attack by Labor and independents appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 Dec 2018

BROAD low pressure troughs produced moderate falls in northern and central Australia, while a deep low pressure system off the New South Wales coast produced locally heavy falls in Sydney, the Illawarra and Central Tablelands districts. The highest weekly total was 222 mm at Faulconbridge in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The post… Read more »

World-first claim as beef supplier goes 100pc carbon-neutral

Victorian food service meat distribution company Flinders + Co has laid claim to being the first meat supplier in the world to become 100 percent carbon neutral. The company says the emissions from every kilogram of meat it sells are now being offset – with leading restaurants now able to claim the products as ‘carbon neutral’… Read more »

NH Foods’ Angus Reserve wins inaugural Darling Downs beef battle

More than 150 steak connoisseurs packed into Toowoomba’s Spotted Cow hotel last night to participate in a steak judging event featuring seven of the Darling Downs region’s top grainfed beef brands. The post NH Foods’ Angus Reserve wins inaugural Darling Downs beef battle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NH Foods’ Angus Reserve wins… Read more »

Wellard reduces live sheep trade exposure with feed mill and facility sale

LISTED live export shipping company Wellard has sold its Western Australian feed mill and sheep feeding operations for an undisclosed sum. The post Wellard reduces live sheep trade exposure with feed mill and facility sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wellard reduces live sheep trade exposure with feed mill and facility… Read more »

Rocky, Casino – now Toowoomba steaks claim as Australia’s beef capital

For years Rockhampton and Casino have locked horns over the right to be called Australia’s beef capital, but now a third contender is steaking a claim for the title. The post Rocky, Casino – now Toowoomba steaks claim as Australia’s beef capital appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rocky, Casino – now Toowoomba… Read more »

Livestock 'couldn't escape the fire' say farmers pointing finger at National Parks

As Queensland recovers from its bushfire crisis, farmers and volunteer firefighters are claiming not enough has been done to stop bushfires spreading from National Parks onto people’s properties. Source: ABC Livestock Livestock ‘couldn’t escape the fire’ say farmers pointing finger at National Parks

Emus suffer in the drought, laying fewer eggs

Emu farmers are feeling the effects of the drought, with birds laying fewer eggs and cutting production by half. Source: ABC Livestock Emus suffer in the drought, laying fewer eggs

UQ/Manildra team up for sugarcane fertiliser research project

The University of Queensland and Manildra have launched a project which aims to develop a blend of wheat starch as a fertiliser with reduced run-off for use in Queensland’s sugarcane industry. The post UQ/Manildra team up for sugarcane fertiliser research project appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central UQ/Manildra team up for sugarcane… Read more »

Roma store sale 4 Dec 2018: Demand strong for better cattle

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 4 Dec 2018: Demand strong for better cattle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 4 Dec 2018: Demand strong for better… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids soften by 5-10c/kg under supply and currency pressure

A resurgent Australian dollar combined with a sharp rise in slaughter cattle supply after recent heatwave conditions in some areas has pushed many eastern states processor direct consignment grids 5-10c/kg lower during the past week. The post Weekly kill: Grids soften by 5-10c/kg under supply and currency pressure appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

Australian live sheep exporters will next year impose a three-month moratorium on Middle East shipments during the Northern Hemisphere summer. The post Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

AUSTRALIAN live sheep exporters will next year impose a three-month moratorium on Middle East shipments during the Northern Hemisphere summer. The post Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian live sheep exporters impose Middle East summer moratorium

Solid online demand for crossbred lines on AuctionsPlus Wool

AUCTIONSPLUS Wool followed the physical market to last week experience solid demand for its online offering, and especially for cheaper crossbred lines. The post Solid online demand for crossbred lines on AuctionsPlus Wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Solid online demand for crossbred lines on AuctionsPlus Wool

China on track for record Australian beef import year

China remains on track to set a calendar year volume record for Australian beef imports this year, following the release of November export data yesterday. The post China on track for record Australian beef import year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central China on track for record Australian beef import year

AWI to invest $2.5 million in sheep flystrike vaccine research

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will spend $2.5 million over four years to research a flystrike vaccine for sheep, seen as a potential option to mulesing. The post AWI to invest $2.5 million in sheep flystrike vaccine research appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI to invest .5 million in sheep flystrike vaccine research

Australia's crop production takes hammering as drought, frosts bite

With harvests underway across most of the country, Australia’s winter crop looks worse than initially predicted after the driest September on record and significant frost damage. Source: ABC Grain Australia’s crop production takes hammering as drought, frosts bite

Fracking policies are wildly inconsistent across Australia, from gung-ho development to total bans

Last week, the Western Australian Government lifted its state-wide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Unconventional gas industries were given the green light to develop on existing petroleum leases, especially in WA’s vast Kimberley region. Following the Northern Territory government’s April decision to lift its temporary fracking ban, this decision paves the way for future growth… Read more »

Winter crop production down after poor start to spring: ABARES

National winter crop production is forecast to be 20 per cent below the 20-year average, coming in at 29.3 million tonnes (Mt) for 2018–19, according to the latest Crop Report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The post Winter crop production down after poor start to spring: ABARES appeared… Read more »

$5 billion Future Drought Fund Bill introduced to Parliament

The Coalition Government has introduced the “Future Drought Fund Bill 2018” to Parliament, which, if passed, will create a future drought fund  of initially $3.8 billion, growing to $5 billion over the next decade. The post $5 billion Future Drought Fund Bill introduced to Parliament appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central billion… Read more »

Wagga sale 3 Dec 2018: Price corrections in bigger yarding

The start of summer has seen some unexpected price corrections at Wagga in a bigger yarding of 4300. Buyer demand was erratic and at lower levels, with some classes of yearlings and some vealers falling 10-15c/kg. The post Wagga sale 3 Dec 2018: Price corrections in bigger yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid for GrainCorp

A new vehicle for Australian investors, Long-Term Asset Partners Pty Ltd (LTAP), has bounded into view with a bid to buy out eastern Australia’s major bulk handler, GrainCorp, for $10.42 per share. The post LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid for GrainCorp appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid… Read more »

Analysis underscores value of live export trade to cattle industry

An analysis of the value of live exports in the Australian cattle industry shows that over $620 million of the industry’s average annual revenue is returned to the farmgate. The post Analysis underscores value of live export trade to cattle industry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Analysis underscores value of live… Read more »

Australia needs one traceability system for sheep says SPA leader

DIFFERENT traceability systems for sheep in Australia’s states will not help the nation’s international competitiveness, according to Sheep Producers of Australia chief executive officer Graham Smith. The post Australia needs one traceability system for sheep says SPA leader appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia needs one traceability system for sheep says… Read more »

Northern cattle industry gets its day in court

Former Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association chief executive officer and facilitator of the class action stemming from the 2011 live export ban, Tracey Hayes, will be in Sydney this week as those affected by the ban get their opporuniity to describe the impacts on their businesses and livelihoods. The post Northern cattle industry gets its day… Read more »

Rainfed rice on the rise in NSW Northern Rivers

Rainfed rice production is on the rise in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, and is being milled at Slater Farms near Casino for sale in the domestic market. The post Rainfed rice on the rise in NSW Northern Rivers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rainfed rice on the rise… Read more »

Last chance to speak up on cattle lay pregnancy testing

AgForce is urging Queensland cattle producers to have their say on the need for increased access to reliable and affordable pregnancy testing services before a State Government consultation process closes next week. The post Last chance to speak up on cattle lay pregnancy testing appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Last chance… Read more »

Clunes Quick Shear to support shearer with Motor Neurone Disease

A SPECIAL Quick Shear event to raise funds for well-known Clunes district shearer Anthony ‘Bushy’ Hill will be held at the town’s show ground on December 8. The post Clunes Quick Shear to support shearer with Motor Neurone Disease appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Clunes Quick Shear to support shearer with… Read more »

Victorian and NSW lambs swell AuctionsPlus online listings

RESTOCKER and prime lambs met strong competition on AuctionsPlus last week, with the national lamb and 14th Annual North East Victorian lamb sales swelling the online offering. The post Victorian and NSW lambs swell AuctionsPlus online listings appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian and NSW lambs swell AuctionsPlus online listings

NSW DPI releases profit and performance data on 73 Merino bloodlines

A NEW report detailing performance data from 73 Merino bloodlines will give a reliable indication of potential bloodline profitability, according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. The post NSW DPI releases profit and performance data on 73 Merino bloodlines appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW DPI releases profit… Read more »

Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline

GOAT meat prices have held steady at above average levels as exports continue to flag on the back of lower eastern states slaughter figures. The post Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and… Read more »

Ag sector confidence showing signs of recovery, but drought concerns linger: Rabobank

Seasonal concerns continue to hang over the outlook for Australia’s agricultural sector, despite much-needed rains have finally fallen over some of the country’s drought-affected regions, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found. The post Ag sector confidence showing signs of recovery, but drought concerns linger: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »