Category: External News

Milk recalled over cleaning product contamination fears

Eight popular milk brands sold in supermarkets across Victoria and southern New South Wales are being recalled over fears a cleaning solution made its way into the batch. Source: ABC Livestock Milk recalled over cleaning product contamination fears

Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

More women than ever before are now choosing professions in the agricultural sphere, fulfilling roles which are highly technical, and developing and displaying extremely advanced skillsets. With this in mind, it should follow that females are now highly sought after employees, and that their employment rate in this industry is high, recruitment specialist Agricultural Appointments… Read more »

Live: NSW Now: Urgent recall over milk contamination, Silverwater inmate murdered

MORNING BRIEFING: Eight varieties of milk sold in southern NSW are recalled over fears they may contain cleaning solution and a prisoner at Sydney’s Silverwater Jail is charged with the murder of another inmate. Source: ABC Livestock Live: NSW Now: Urgent recall over milk contamination, Silverwater inmate murdered

Vegie burgers and sustainability are opportunities for natural meat protein

AUSTRALIA’S red meat sector should not over-react to animal activism or veganism, but nor should it underestimate the advent of alternative proteins or the importance of sustainability, the first Herefords Australia Beef Forum was told at Hamilton yesterday…Read More Source: Sheep Central Vegie burgers and sustainability are opportunities for natural meat protein

DEXA plus robotics cost payback in three years on lamb

MEAT processor JBS Australia paid back its lamb chain investment in DEXA carcase measurement and robotics technology at its Bordertown plant in three years, the Hereford Australia’s Breed Forum was told yesterday…Read More Source: Sheep Central DEXA plus robotics cost payback in three years on lamb

Red meat industry needs to sharpen response to changing consumer preferences

MLA managing director Jason Strong told yesterday’s Herefords Australia forum that the red meat sector should not over-react to animal activism or veganism or the advent of alternative proteins, but the bigger changes in consumer preferences were in the amount of information about food that is available and wanted, and the expectations on how it… Read more »

DEXA payback contingent on automation, Hereford conference told

The financial payback to justify installation of DEXA equipment in meat processing plants was driven by opportunities in robotics and automation, rather than advances in meat yield, a Herefords Australia conference in Hamilton was told yesterday. ..Read More Source: Beef Central DEXA payback contingent on automation, Hereford conference told

Dalby sale 12 June 2019: Cow flow continues

Numbers remained virtually unchanged to remain relatively high at 5954 head, and the trend of large supply of cows continued…Read More Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 12 June 2019: Cow flow continues

Riverina rice harvest wraps up with small crop, strong yields + VIDEO

Low water availability and high water prices have seen just 54,000 paddy tonnes of rice harvested in the Riverina this season, a fraction of the 2018 crop of 623,000 tonnes…Read More Source: Grain Central Riverina rice harvest wraps up with small crop, strong yields + VIDEO

When is a drought man-made?

An unexpected outcome and a sobering email prompted RCS’s Terry McCosker to ask, “What has caused our National Estate to be in the condition it is in?” Many would say lack of rain, but Terry disagrees…Read More Source: Beef Central When is a drought man-made?

Tickets available for AFI ‘Farming in a risky climate’ conference

The Australian Farm Institute mid-year conference “Farming in a risky climate” to be held in Brisbane is now less than two weeks away. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Tickets available for AFI ‘Farming in a risky climate’ conference

ACCC scrutinises proposed Landmark/Ruralco deal

The ACCC has raised concerns about Landmark’s proposed acquisition of Ruralco, asking for stakeholder comment on the competition impact a merged national agency business might have on the agriculture sector…Read More Source: Grain Central ACCC scrutinises proposed Landmark/Ruralco deal

Orphaned lambs don knitted NRL jumpers as winter frost bites

A colourful initiative to help lambs left orphaned by the drought has gained worldwide traction and has been saving lives — as well as bringing joy to farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Orphaned lambs don knitted NRL jumpers as winter frost bites

ICMJ’s 2019 Wagga workshop to celebrate 30 years

One of the red meat industry’s most successful capability-building programs, the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, will celebrate its first 30 years in July, during the 2019 Australian ICMJ workshop and competition being held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, ..Read More Source: Beef Central ICMJ’s 2019 Wagga workshop to celebrate 30 years

Ag to explore the potential of virtual and augmented reality technology

From the mining sector to the military, augmented and virtual reality, known as mixed reality, is being used in a range of settings that have the potential to be applied to Australian agriculture from on-farm, through processing and in retail…Read More Source: Beef Central Ag to explore the potential of virtual and augmented reality… Read more »

Hendra virus claims horse in NSW, further south than ever before

The potentially deadly Hendra virus has spread further south, with a case confirmed in the heart of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest thoroughbred breeding region. Source: ABC Livestock Hendra virus claims horse in NSW, further south than ever before

Movement at the Station: Properties for sale, passed in or withdrawn

Gulf cattle country listed for $10m | Well known sheep breeders downsize | Flamin’ good feed in southern Qld | NSW cattle operation listed for $10m after falling short at auction | Negotiations for Winton breeding country | Marmboo withdrawn from sale..Read More Source: Beef Central Movement at the Station: Properties for sale, passed… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Recent sale highlights

Prominent Central Qld breeders secure Epenarra | CPC offloads Manbulloo in leaseback deal | Hughes Grazing buys grass | Record price paid for cool climate grazing in NSW | St Lawrence neighbours expand | Prairie grass block sells at auction ..Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly Property Review: Recent sale highlights

Property: Edmunds boomerangs back into Central Australia

Prominent NT cattleman Tim Edmunds decision to offloaded the historic Kadlunga aggregation in South Australia after just two years ownership, is connected with his decision to return to his roots, expanding his pastoral footprint in Central Australia…Read More Source: Beef Central Property: Edmunds boomerangs back into Central Australia

Historic Kadlunga sale will add to Collinsville Merino operations

The historic Kadlunga aggregation in South Australia’s Clare Valley has been bought in an off-market deal by Collinsville Merino Stud’s George and Sophie Millington…Read More Source: Beef Central Historic Kadlunga sale will add to Collinsville Merino operations

Industry starts to take stock of likely EU quota change impact

The Australian beef industry is starting to explore the implications in Friday’s confirmation that the EU will direct a larger portion of its High Quality grainfed quota to the United States. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Industry starts to take stock of likely EU quota change impact

NZ considering live cattle export ban

New Zealand’s agriculture minister Damien O’Connor says the country is considering a conditional ban on the live export of cattle as one of several options being examined as part of a review of the country’s trade in live animals. ..Read More Source: Beef Central NZ considering live cattle export ban

NSW drought funding boost

NSW Farmers has welcomed a critical boost to NSW Government drought assistance that extends to backing town water and infrastructure projects for drought affected communities. ..Read More Source: Beef Central NSW drought funding boost

Roma store sale 12 June 2019: Heifer rates lift

Light weight yearling steers saw prices ease, while the heavy end of the yearling steers saw improvements. Heifers primarily increased overall, while medium weight cows improved slightly…Read More Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 12 June 2019: Heifer rates lift

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 June 2019

AN upper-level trough produced moderate falls in Queensland’s northern and central interior, while a series of strong cold fronts produced moderate falls in south-west Western Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 June 2019

RIC launches natural disaster loan for NQ flood victims

FEDERAL Government-backed specialist finance provider, the Regional Investment Corporation, is this week launching a new loan product specifically for livestock producers struggling to recover for north-west Queensland’s February flood event…Read More Source: Sheep Central RIC launches natural disaster loan for NQ flood victims

Farmers hail heavy rain in SA, but 'worst season so far' continues for many

Heavy rain has fallen over parts of South Australia, providing desperately-needed relief for some of the state’s farmers — but unfortunately some areas have missed out. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers hail heavy rain in SA, but ‘worst season so far’ continues for many

Livestock export industry conference heads to Townsville

In a time of change and re-calibration for the livestock export industry, around 400 delegates are expected to attend the sector’s national conference in Townsville in October…Read More Source: Beef Central Livestock export industry conference heads to Townsville

Australian winter crop to bounce back, ABARES says

After a disastrous season last year, the national winter crop is set to rise significantly as rains arrive in WA, the national forecaster says. Source: ABC Grain Australian winter crop to bounce back, ABARES says

Matching stocking rate to pasture productivity is crucial

MORE than 25 percent of pasture productivity could be lost by not matching stocking rate to carrying capacity during dry times, according to grazing consultant Bart Davidson…Read More Source: Sheep Central Matching stocking rate to pasture productivity is crucial

WA sheep producers warned about early return on grazing

WESTERN Australian livestock producers have been urged to continue their supplementary feeding programs, despite widespread – yet variable – rainfall over the past week…Read More Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producers warned about early return on grazing

NSW Police report sheep thefts at Dubbo, Tullamore and O’Connell

RECENT sheep thefts are being investigated by New South Wales Police at O’Connell in the central tablelands, Tullamore in the central west and near Dubbo in the Orana region…Read More Source: Sheep Central NSW Police report sheep thefts at Dubbo, Tullamore and O’Connell

Sheep and beef producers to converge on Bendigo

VICTORIA’S sheep and beef producers will enjoy a packed two-day program at the combined BetterBeef and BestWool/BestLamb 2019 Annual Conference in Bendigo next week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Sheep and beef producers to converge on Bendigo

Online wool sales falter as physical auction demand wanes on quality

ONLINE wool sales on the AuctionsPlus platform dried up as the price benchmark for Australia’s physical auctions lost ground again last week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales falter as physical auction demand wanes on quality

Mixed start for Australia’s winter crop season: ABARES

ABARES’s latest crop report released today reflects mixed conditions across Australia and lower than average performance of the 2018-19 winter crop…Read More Source: Grain Central Mixed start for Australia’s winter crop season: ABARES

Strong hay demand at clearing sales

Hay prices hit record levels and, as the national supply continues to shrink, there is hot competition for fodder in unconventional markets such as clearing sales. Source: ABC Livestock Strong hay demand at clearing sales

Sydney team awarded $1m grant for BRD vaccine research

An all-female team of scientists at the University of Sydney has been awarded a $1 million grant develop a novel vaccine to combat Bovine Respiratory Disease – the most common cause of illness and death in feedlot cattle…Read More Source: Beef Central Sydney team awarded m grant for BRD vaccine research

Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, as rates of kill continue to climb

The prolonged and lingering impact of drought across eastern Australia continues to be reflected in unusually high rates of kill, especially for cows. Grid price offers remained steady across Queensland and NSW last week, as processors are well supplied with slaughter stock until mid-July…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grid prices steady, as… Read more »

Open letter to the non-agricultural community: Gladigau

A heartfelt open letter written and posted to social media on Sunday night by South Australian grain grower John Gladigau seeking to explain “what farmers do and why” has attracted thousands of shares and comments…Read More Source: Grain Central Open letter to the non-agricultural community: Gladigau

Casterton working dog auction gets online boost to $15,000 top price

Online bidding has opened up Australia’s premier working dog auction at Casterton in Victoria to a new group of buyers from across the nation…Read More Source: Beef Central Casterton working dog auction gets online boost to ,000 top price

Wellard issues debt restructure update, Balazarini ceases director role

The Board of publicly listed livestock shipping company Wellard Limited has advised the ASX today it is considering options to restructure its balance sheet, including the possible sale of a vessel, after the end of a standstill period triggered increased debt repayment commitments…Read More Source: Beef Central Wellard issues debt restructure update, Balazarini ceases… Read more »

Rural crime: Campdraft theft | Missing Qld steers | NSW animal cruelty fine

Police in Queensland are seeking information in relation to the theft of clothes and equipment from last month’s Paradise Lagoons Campdraft and missing steers from Proserpine in Northern Queensland, while police in NSW have issued infringement notices to 57 year old female truck driver related to animal cruelty. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Rural… Read more »

Teys applies 10c/kg distinction on HGP cattle, as China demand booms

In a clear recognition of the growing influence that China is having on the Australian beef export industry, Teys Australia has applied a 10c/kg carcase weight price distinction between HGP-treated and untreated cattle in its slaughter grid offers from today…Read More Source: Beef Central Teys applies 10c/kg distinction on HGP cattle, as China demand… Read more »

NSW Government drought funding boost

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the upcoming NSW State Budget will include $170 million in funding to fast track investment in regional infrastructure surrounding drought. NSW Farmers has welcomed the critical boost to drought assistance that extends to backing town water and infrastructure projects for drought affected communities…Read More Source: Sheep Central NSW… Read more »

Technology should make lamb quality via dentition ‘history’

DEFINING lamb quality through dentition should become history with the development of proposed new meat quality measurement technology, according to University of New England meat scientist Dr Peter McGilchrist…Read More Source: Sheep Central Technology should make lamb quality via dentition ‘history’

Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours

An ex-Cattle Council of Australia vice president, a former Queensland Merino Stud Master of the year, the founding president of the Australian Campdraft Association and a prominent WA farm management consultant are among the agricultural sector identities to have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced today…Read More Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

GM wheat plants discovered in Washington State

Genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants have been discovered growing in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington State in the United States…Read More Source: Grain Central GM wheat plants discovered in Washington State

Carbon neutrality part of NAPCo’s new beef brand program

As part of its move towards launching a branded beef program in coming months, the North Australian Pastoral Co has strengthened its environmental credentials, becoming Australia’s first corporate cattle producer to embrace carbon neutral status. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Carbon neutrality part of NAPCo’s new beef brand program

Feedgrain Focus: Mixed new-crop outlook befuddles market

Consolidating prospects in south eastern Australia, forecast rain in WA and fading hopes in north west NSW befuddled markets, pushing feedgrain prices in various directions this past week…Read More Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Mixed new-crop outlook befuddles market

Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours

An ex-Cattle Council of Australia vice president, a former Queensland Merino Stud Master of the year, the founding president of the Australian Campdraft Association and a prominent WA farm management consultant are among the agricultural sector identities to have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced today…Read More Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Warning of lantana 'catastrophe' as poisonous weed spreads unchecked

A lantana removal expert claims the spread of the poisonous weed is a “catastrophe” on a scale that has not been properly recognised or resourced. Source: ABC Livestock Warning of lantana ‘catastrophe’ as poisonous weed spreads unchecked

Carrots destined for landfill used to produce new 'wagyu' lamb

A West Australian company converting thousands of tonnes of carrots destined for landfill into animal feed is hoping to produce a new type of lamb with the same marbling as wagyu beef. Source: ABC Livestock Carrots destined for landfill used to produce new ‘wagyu’ lamb

Tackling activism and telling red meat’s story are important, says MLA

With anti-meat extremism attracting more attention in the media recently, the Australian red meat and livestock industry has been working to inform consumers about the health, welfare and environmental credentials of red meat and share the story of its production – however producers want industry leaders to do more in this space and give them… Read more »

Big drops in lighter steer market on AuctionsPlus

Cattle numbers bucked the recent trend on AuctionsPlus this week, with catalogue numbers totalling 10,679 head, up 45pc or 3309 head on the week before. Lighter steers less than 280kg found an 82pc clearance, with prices ranging from 150-292c, to average 228c – down 68c on last week. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Big… Read more »

Forward wool trading discounts increase marginally

FORWARD wool trading discounts have increased marginally with the market seeing spring supply outstripping demand…Read More Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading discounts increase marginally

GrainCorp smoothes cash flow with insurance deal

In a move to limit the downside risk of Australian east coast droughts damaging future earnings, listed agribusiness GrainCorp has teed up a safety-net deal with the help of a global insurer…Read More Source: Grain Central GrainCorp smoothes cash flow with insurance deal

No ramifications for consumers from lamb definition change

CONSUMERS will not be negatively affected by a proposed redefinition of lamb in Australia, the nation’s peak sheep producer and processor bodies said this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central No ramifications for consumers from lamb definition change

Best style Merino and coarse crossbred wool holds value

GOOD style high yielding sound Merino wool and coarse crossbred fleece fared best in another general fall in the Australian auction market this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Best style Merino and coarse crossbred wool holds value

Aus loses out in EU-US beef quota deal

The EU has agreed to provide the United States’ with a dedicated country specific quota for high quality beef imports, settling an historic trade dispute at the expense of EU market share held by other beef exporting nations including Australia…Read More Source: Beef Central Aus loses out in EU-US beef quota deal

Lack of climate policy failing farmers: FCA

Farmers for Climate Action is calling on the Federal Government to develop a coherent policy framework underpinned by appropriate RD&A investment to curb greenhouse gas emissions following the release of a new report…Read More Source: Beef Central Lack of climate policy failing farmers: FCA

Kay’s Cuts: Technology and innovation transform US industry

In his monthly column for Beef Central, US market commentator Steve Kay examines the US industry’s move away from selling cattle on the negotiated cash market, to the widespread use of formula pricing ..Read More Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Technology and innovation transform US industry

Murray Arnel: NVLX Wodonga – flash in pan, or new dawn? + PICS/VIDEO

Southern store cattle values took a welcome but unexplained rise this week as prices at Wodonga’s NVLX complex jumped $50 to, in places, $100 a head in an impressive offering of 2171 on Thursday…Read More Source: Beef Central Murray Arnel: NVLX Wodonga – flash in pan, or new dawn? + PICS/VIDEO

Recruitment: Employee retention – how to keep your best talent

A large Australian pastoral company has estimated that it costs the business almost $10,000 to advertise, attract, recruit, induct and embed a new lower-to-mid level employee within its northern cattle operations, including the productivity sacrificed until the new staffmember comes up to speed in their new job. Employee retention creates intellectual capital within your workforce,… Read more »

Livestock financier StockCo secures new $150m funding platform with Goldman Sachs

Specialist livestock financier StockCo has negotiated a three-year, $150 million securitisation facility with Goldman Sachs, providing a more efficient funding structure for StockCo and its customers, and a platform to fund future growth in the business…Read More Source: Beef Central Livestock financier StockCo secures new 0m funding platform with Goldman Sachs

Restocking paperwork reminder for western NSW producers

LANDHOLDERS in New South Wales western region are being reminded of the importance of doing their homework prior to re-stocking following recent rain events…Read More Source: Sheep Central Restocking paperwork reminder for western NSW producers

South Australia to look west for sheep when OJD rules change

SOUTH Australia will deregulate its Ovine Johne’s Disease restrictions on sheep entering the state from July 1 this year, but authorities and stock agents are still urging caution…Read More Source: Sheep Central South Australia to look west for sheep when OJD rules change

Flammable panels force up insurance costs

Food processing plants with expanded polystyrene panels are having to shop around for insurance due to skyrocketing premiums. Source: ABC Livestock Flammable panels force up insurance costs

Beef industry achieving ‘major milestones’ towards more sustainable production

A report card released today into the sustainability of the Australian beef industry highlights the advances being delivered by producers, and demonstrates that consumers can have trust in the way red meat is produced, from paddock to plate. RMAC’s 2019 Australian Beef Sustainability Annual Update shows an industry that is achieving major milestones in its care… Read more »

Viterra consolidation shuts 17 sites in country network

Viterra has permanently closed 17 of its smaller up-country sites as part of a rationalisation that signals changes in South Australia’s bulk-handling system…Read More Source: Grain Central Viterra consolidation shuts 17 sites in country network

Abattoir to employ thousands after old plant gutted by fire

It was a South Australian town’s biggest employer before a huge fire gutted it. Now, 18 months on, a new abattoir will be built promising up to 2,000 jobs for locals. Source: ABC Livestock Abattoir to employ thousands after old plant gutted by fire

New Redlands Leucaena ‘game changer’ for north

The opportunity to open up large areas for leucaena-based grazing systems in the north’s high rainfall zones is now here, with the commercial release of a psyllid-resistant variety…Read More Source: Beef Central New Redlands Leucaena ‘game changer’ for north

Cluster fencing funding flows into Qld’s Central West

Two-point nine million dollars of Federal Government funding is about to be deposited into the bank accounts of four local governments in central western Queensland to be spent on wild dog exclusion fencing, which will increase economic growth in the region…Read More Source: Beef Central Cluster fencing funding flows into Qld’s Central West

Dalby sale 5 June 2019: Prices stabilise for 5927 head

Isolated light falls of rain across parts of the supply area combined with the market tending to stabilise on the previous week, resulted in the supply of stock increasing by 745 head to 5927…Read More Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 5 June 2019: Prices stabilise for 5927 head

TFI to build new world-class meat processing facility at Murray Bridge

LEADING Australian family-owned meat processor Thomas Foods International will build a new advanced world-class multi-species meat processing plant at Murray Bridge with increased sheep and lamb processing capacity just 17 months after fire ravaged its flagship facility in the south-east South Australian town…Read More Source: Sheep Central TFI to build new world-class meat processing… Read more »

TFI to re-build Murray Bridge processing facility after 2018 fire

Seventeen months after fire ravaged its Murray Bridge meat processing plant in South Australia, Thomas Foods International has announced plans to rebuild on a site not far from the original facility. The project, which the company said would cost ‘some hundreds of millions of dollars’ is expected to see the first stage for beef processing… Read more »

Darling Downs property market influenced by lack of supply

Queensland’s Darling Downs property market continues to tick along, with a number of transactions occurring for both traditional family-scale grazing or mixed farming assets – however the market is considered to be influenced by lack of supply, which in part is underpinning land values, valuer Herron Todd White says…Read More Source: Beef Central Darling… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Boulia region is sweet country, no Boulia about it

A cluster of listings has emerged recently in the Boulia region in northwest Queensland, described as some of the best low-rainfall beef producing regions in Australia. Recent sales across the tightly-held region have risen 20pc since 2015, property editor Linda Rowley reports in this week’s property review ..Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly Property… Read more »

Lamb prices dip as supply lifts, and US demand and skin values falter

LAMB prices stepped back from record levels this week, as weather-disrupted supplies from Tasmania resumed, yardings at some major centres rose and export price resistance grew…Read More Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices dip as supply lifts, and US demand and skin values falter

Enough is enough: meat industry fed up after more illegal activism

The peak industry body for Australia’s red meat industry has expressed its disgust with an activist who vandalised a butcher shop in Brisbane today, and is calling on the Government to recognise that anti-meat activism is affecting businesses across the supply chain and must be stamped out…Read More Source: Beef Central Enough is enough:… Read more »

Brisbane butcher shop targeted in ‘meat is murder’ protest

AUSTRALIA’S peak meat processor body has called for tougher fines and jail terms against animal activists after police arrested a suspect following the vandalising of a Brisbane butcher shop overnight…Read More Source: Sheep Central Brisbane butcher shop targeted in ‘meat is murder’ protest

CCA CEO Margo Andrae resigns to take on pork leadership role

Cattle Council of Australia president Tony Hegarty has today announced the Council will initiate a leadership transition process ahead of CEO Margo Andrae’s commencement as the new CEO of Australian Pork Limited…Read More Source: Beef Central CCA CEO Margo Andrae resigns to take on pork leadership role

Mort & Co moves into new Toowoomba HQ

Leading Darling Downs grainfed beef producer Mort & Co last night celebrated its relocation into an expansive new modern headquarters in Toowoomba, a move that positions the business for further expansion while maintaining a deft nod to its rich heritage in both the region and the Australian beef industry.  ..Read More Source: Beef Central Mort… Read more »

Coles to deal directly with farmers, cutting out milk processors

The supermarket giant announces it will bypass processors and contract milk directly from dairy farmers in New South Wales and Victoria from July 1. Source: ABC Livestock Coles to deal directly with farmers, cutting out milk processors

Drought tips balance for end of financial year cattle markets

June store cattle markets are normally a busy period for livestock traders balancing their ledgers for the taxation year, and this year drought conditions in southern Australia have tipped the balance squarely in favour of those seeking to buy rather than those wanting to sell…Read More Source: Beef Central Drought tips balance for end… Read more »

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – May 2019

Plain cows are also becoming increasingly hard to place yet do provide an opportunity on a short term “feed and freshen” where feedlot space is spare, writes Chris Howie writes in his latest monthly wrap on southern market trends and opportunities…Read More Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – May 2019

Roma store sale 5 June 2019: Quality steer rates lift

Demand for the quality lines of cattle saw prices increase in isolated patches, however overall prices for steers were down from the previous week, while lightweight yearling heifers rose…Read More Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 5 June 2019: Quality steer rates lift

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 June 2019

A SURFACE and upper-level trough generated moderate falls in southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, while strong cold fronts produced moderate falls in southeast Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 June 2019

Weekly kill: Slaughter numbers climb to three-year high

Drought pressure has pushed slaughter numbers to a three and a half year high last week, as freezing conditions and heavy frosts across large parts of eastern Australia prompt another wave of herd reduction heading into mid-year.The seven day kill to Friday showed last week’s eastern states kill at 158,991 head – the highest number… Read more »

Barkly drought destock operations might top 750,000 head

The scale of destocking that’s taking place on the NT’s Barkly Tableland region is reaching unprecedented proportions, with well-informed stakeholders suggesting between 500,000 and 750,000 head of cattle may have been, or are being be uplifted out of the region as feed runs out…Read More Source: Beef Central Barkly drought destock operations might top… Read more »

FarmFest 2019: Ag Tech for cattle + VIDEO

Beef Central went in search of ag tech for cattle on the opening morning of Farmfest near Toowoomba today and found plenty to keep us busy from DNA ear-tissue sampling kits and solar pumps to a ‘hydropanel’ that literally turns the air around you into drinkable water…Read More Source: Beef Central FarmFest 2019: Ag… Read more »