Category: External News

Liquid nitrogen sheep breech process to feature at Merino field day

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers are lining up for a new breech modification process developed as an alternative to surgical mulesing. The post Liquid nitrogen sheep breech process to feature at Merino field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Liquid nitrogen sheep breech process to feature at Merino field day

Burdekin awash but little rain in sight for Central Queensland sorghum

Central Queensland (CQ) sorghum growers have four weeks at most to plant their 2019 crop, with its total intended sorghum area only around one quarter planted, and looking unlikely to get sufficient planting rain going on current forecasts. The post Burdekin awash but little rain in sight for Central Queensland sorghum appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Grain Central’s January 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 January grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s January grain and cropping news quiz

Sheep getting harder to sell, but first cross ewe lambs make $300

A SMALLER online offering of sheep and lambs was harder to sell last week as hot dry conditions continued across most of Australia. The post Sheep getting harder to sell, but first cross ewe lambs make $300 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep getting harder to sell, but first cross ewe… Read more »

Shorthorns ponder move from Breedplan to IGS model

Australian Shorthorn seedstock producers are considering a move from the BreedPlan national performance recording system to the International Genetic Solutions’ (IGS) herd recording model. The post Shorthorns ponder move from Breedplan to IGS model appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Shorthorns ponder move from Breedplan to IGS model

Singing butcher returns in MLA’s latest beef campaign + VIDEO

The latest chapter of the popular ‘Australian Beef: The Greatest’ retail marketing campaign, reinforcing and promoting the provenance and high-quality of Australian beef, was launched today. The post Singing butcher returns in MLA’s latest beef campaign + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Singing butcher returns in MLA’s latest beef campaign… Read more »

100 jobs cut at Primo pig abattoir

About 100 workers at South Australia’s Port Wakefield abattoir are without work, after a decision by parent company JBS to move from two shifts to a single day-shift operation. Source: ABC Livestock 100 jobs cut at Primo pig abattoir

Important sheep parasite survey needs attention from producers

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers are being urged to participate in a national survey that aims to update regional benchmarks for internal and external parasite control. The post Important sheep parasite survey needs attention from producers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Important sheep parasite survey needs attention from producers

Why the town of Finley is losing farms, jobs, students and cricketers

It only takes a stroll down the quiet main street of Finley to see that the small New South Wales town is struggling, and locals say the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is to blame. Source: ABC Grain Why the town of Finley is losing farms, jobs, students and cricketers

New Zealand goes one-up in shears series against Wales at weekend

NEW ZEALAND’S shearing team of Southlander Nathan Stratford and Wairarapa farmer David Buick have maintained their country’s unbeaten record against Wales at home at Marton in the opening match of the CP Wool Series at the weekend. The post New Zealand goes one-up in shears series against Wales at weekend appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Chem certification training in limbo

MAJOR national chemical use training group ChemCert has declared it is unable to deliver accredited courses, enrol new students nor issue certification to those who have completed units. The post Chem certification training in limbo appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Chem certification training in limbo

Low-cost sheep genetic testing booming with new technology

SHEEP genetic testing is booming in Australia as genomic test costs come down and uptake of new sampling technology improves. The post Low-cost sheep genetic testing booming with new technology appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Low-cost sheep genetic testing booming with new technology

WA sheep producers urged to use confinement areas to save topsoil

SOUTHERN Western Australian wheatbelt and south coastal sheep producers are being advised to consider confinement feeding over summer to protect their paddocks from wind erosion. The post WA sheep producers urged to use confinement areas to save topsoil appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producers urged to use confinement areas… Read more »

Western Victorian Livestock Exchange sale 4 Feb 2019

A similar sized yarding to that of the last regular sale held two weeks ago due to the Australia Day public holiday contained a mixed but mainly good quality offering. The post Western Victorian Livestock Exchange sale 4 Feb 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Western Victorian Livestock Exchange sale 4… Read more »

Clearance rates below 50pc in smaller drought-impacted AuctionsPlus offering

Desperately tough seasonal conditions saw numbers continue to slip away on AuctionsPlus this week, with listings declining another 11pc to 5883 head. The seasonal impact was also seen in clearance rates, which remained below 50pc across all sales, and 35pc in the weaner and yearling sale offering. The post Clearance rates below 50pc in smaller… Read more »

Why couples are choosing to cut the wedding cheese over cake

Cheese-loving millennials ditch tradition by moving away from a white wedding cake and instead stacking wheels of cheese. Source: ABC Livestock Why couples are choosing to cut the wedding cheese over cake

Yandeyarra cattle deaths could double to 2,000, industry says

The number of dead cattle on a remote Western Australia property is expected to double, a peak industry group warns, as evidence surfaces of an earlier incident. Source: ABC Livestock Yandeyarra cattle deaths could double to 2,000, industry says

ChemCert unable to deliver accredited courses/certification

Major national chemical use training group ChemCert has declared it is unable to deliver accredited courses, enrol new students nor issue certification to those who have completed units. The post ChemCert unable to deliver accredited courses/certification appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ChemCert unable to deliver accredited courses/certification

ChemCert withdrawal from industry training prompts questions

MAJOR national chemical use training group ChemCert has declared it is unable to deliver accredited courses, enrol new students nor issue certification to those who have completed units. The post ChemCert withdrawal from industry training prompts questions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central ChemCert withdrawal from industry training prompts questions

Beef Central’s beef quiz – January 2019

Test your knowledge of beef industry news and events in January with Beef Central’s latest monthly quiz. The post Beef Central’s beef quiz – January 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – January 2019

Ag responds to Murray Darling Royal Commission

The South Australian Royal Commissioner’s report into the Murray Darling Basin released yesterday is a lengthy document of 746 pages, but has already prompted a range of initial statements in response by stakeholders. The post Ag responds to Murray Darling Royal Commission appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ag responds to Murray… Read more »

Govt response to senate red meat inquiry: Producer groups react

The Federal Government’s official response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee inquiry into consolidation in the red meat processing sector, which was tabled just before Christmas, has met a mixed reaction from cattle producer groups. The post Govt response to senate red meat inquiry: Producer groups react appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Crossbred wool prices lift as buyers seek to maintain mill production

AUSTRALIAN crossbred and fine Merino wool prices increased this week, with resultant prices in foreign currencies reflecting strong underlying demand. The post Crossbred wool prices lift as buyers seek to maintain mill production appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred wool prices lift as buyers seek to maintain mill production

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive and cottonseed firms

Continuing hot and dry conditions are dimming yield prospects for sorghum in New South Wales and southern Queensland, where WA grain is supplying much of the feed market’s needs. The post Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive and cottonseed firms appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive… Read more »

Government under pressure over live sheep export observer reports

INDEPENDENT live sheep and cattle observer reports released by the Australian Government are under question after the RSPCA released details of heavily redacted documents this week. The post Government under pressure over live sheep export observer reports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Government under pressure over live sheep export observer reports

Recruitment: Stoking the ‘passion fire’ within your business

Taking deliberate steps toward keeping employees passionate and engaged is like preventative healthcare for your business. When employees are passionate about when they do, it can be infectious; however, disengagement can also spread like a disease, affecting those around them. The post Recruitment: Stoking the ‘passion fire’ within your business appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Crop of young farmers revitalise farming, create baby boom

A new generation of farmers brings youth, resilience and lots of babies to a small farming district in north-west NSW, fuelling a strong sense of optimism for the future. Source: ABC Grain Crop of young farmers revitalise farming, create baby boom

Diversification the key to sweet success for fig farmers

Two regenerative farmers are relishing the fruits of their labour as they prepare to harvest figs on their mixed-venture property, which has “coped well” through the current drought. Source: ABC Livestock Diversification the key to sweet success for fig farmers

Chris Howie’s sheep and beef market wrap: Opportunities emerging

FORMER Elders national livestock manager Chris Howie offers his take on southern livestock market trends in January, drawing from both his own observations and from a wide contact network of producers, agents, processors, industry associates and leaders developed during his extensive career as a livestock agent.  The post Chris Howie’s sheep and beef market wrap:… Read more »

Wool supply concerns prompt lift in forward market contracts

WOOL volumes through the forward market increased this week as buyers looked to cover positions due to ongoing concerns of supply. The post Wool supply concerns prompt lift in forward market contracts appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool supply concerns prompt lift in forward market contracts

FAO sets the record straight – 86pc of livestock feed is inedible by humans

As the media frenzy caused by a ‘planetary health diet’ proposed in a new report from an EAT-Lancet commission this month continues, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has set the record straight regarding not just the level of greenhouse gases that livestock emit, but also incorrect information about how much food (crops… Read more »

Jan 2019 Australia’s hottest month since records began in 1910

The Bureau of Meteorology will today release its January climate summaries, showing the month was Australia’s warmest on record. The post Jan 2019 Australia’s hottest month since records began in 1910 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Jan 2019 Australia’s hottest month since records began in 1910

Dubbo sale 31 Jan 2019: Cow market creeping upwards

The cow market continues to creep upwards following the excellent rains in north Queensland and the report that a major northern processor is about to commence a second shift. The post Dubbo sale 31 Jan 2019: Cow market creeping upwards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 31 Jan 2019: Cow… Read more »

More than 1,000 cattle expected to die on Pilbara property

It is expected more than 1,000 cattle from Yandeyarra will perish, following a ‘catastrophic failure of management’ in harsh summer conditions. Source: ABC Livestock More than 1,000 cattle expected to die on Pilbara property

Decline in feeder prices improves grainfed trading budget result

A softer feeder cattle market since early January has contributed to an improved – albeit still loss-making – result in Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning. In our first monthly projection for 2019, our standard set of variables has produced a negative $81 result on a typical 450kg flatback feeder steer… Read more »

Headwinds ahead for Australian agriculture: Rabobank

Low rainfall expectations and global price pressures will be among the challenges facing the Australian grain industry in 2019, according to Rabobank’s Agribusiness Outlook 2019 report. The post Headwinds ahead for Australian agriculture: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Headwinds ahead for Australian agriculture: Rabobank

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap: Weaner sales better than expected

Former Elders national livestock manager Chris Howie offers his take on southern livestock market trends in January, drawing from both his own observations and from a wide network of producers, agents, processors, industry associates and leaders developed during his previous roles. The post Chris Howie’s southern market wrap: Weaner sales better than expected appeared first… Read more »

Recruitment: Stoking the ‘passion fire’ within your business

Taking deliberate steps toward keeping employees passionate and engaged is like preventative healthcare for your business. When employees are passionate about when they do, it can be infectious; however, disengagement can also spread like a disease, affecting those around them. The post Recruitment: Stoking the ‘passion fire’ within your business appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Employing farm labour – what you should know

Proper planning, careful documentation, knowing your obligations and complying with them are the keys to successfully employing farm labour, according to Pacer Legal director Stephen Park. The post Employing farm labour – what you should know appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Employing farm labour – what you should know

Dalby Sale 30 Jan 2019: firm to dearer market

Prices improved for a number of classes with cows, heavy grown steers and bullocks receiving the largest gains. The post Dalby Sale 30 Jan 2019: firm to dearer market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 30 Jan 2019: firm to dearer market

Recall notice issued for Kawasaki 700cc side-by-sides

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued an Australia-wide recall notice for Kawasaki Mule Pro-MX 700cc side-by-side vehicles purchased between 1 July 2018 and 24 January 2019. The post Recall notice issued for Kawasaki 700cc side-by-sides appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recall notice issued for Kawasaki 700cc side-by-sides

Online drought map and farm assistance hub launched

A new online resource launched today brings together information on drought support available for individual farmers. The post Online drought map and farm assistance hub launched appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Online drought map and farm assistance hub launched

Weekly kill: Grid prices stabilise after earlier falls

After a sequence of downward grid price movements over the past three weeks as large numbers of drought impacted cattle hit the market following the Christmas break, direct consignment offers from processors have largely stabilised this week. The post Weekly kill: Grid prices stabilise after earlier falls appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Nervous wait for rain after eight dry summers

Cattle producers in Queensland’s Central West, now entering their eighth successive year of drought conditions, are waiting with ‘nervous anticipation’ today to see if one of the more positive rainfall forecasts for their region in recent times delivers desperately-needed relief. The post Nervous wait for rain after eight dry summers appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Call for analysis of VIC sheep EID system before national roll-out decision

SHEEP Producers Australia has proposed an independent analysis of Victoria’s mandatory electronic ear tag identification system for sheep and goats prior to consideration of its national roll-out. The post Call for analysis of VIC sheep EID system before national roll-out decision appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Call for analysis of VIC… Read more »

Mining charity to fund $2 million tri-state camel cull

A land management group backed by the BHP Billiton Foundation will fund a $2 million feral camel culling program on Aboriginal land in Central Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Mining charity to fund million tri-state camel cull

Adelaide to host 2019 Wagyu conference in May

Australian Agricultural Co managing director Hugh Killen will be keynote speaker at the Australian Wagyu Association’s 2019 annual conference, this year being held in Adelaide on 8-10 May. The post Adelaide to host 2019 Wagyu conference in May appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Adelaide to host 2019 Wagyu conference in May

Getting people ‘right’ the real key to farm profit

When it comes to success on-farm, agribusiness consultant Ken Solly has some simple advice: ‘get the people right and production and profit will follow’. The post Getting people ‘right’ the real key to farm profit appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Getting people ‘right’ the real key to farm profit

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Jan 2019

The monsoon trough enhanced convective activity over the northern tropics during the week, with heavy falls recorded on Queensland’s north tropical coast. Tropical cyclone Riley developed off the Kimberley coast in Western Australia and brought moderate falls to the Pilbara. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Jan 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Pilbara cattle deaths investigated

Officers from Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are investigating the deaths of more than 500 cattle on a Pilbara cattle station. The post Pilbara cattle deaths investigated appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Pilbara cattle deaths investigated

Roma store sale 29 Jan 2019: Quality mixed in 6200 head yarding

The yarding was dominated by steers and heifers and quality was again mixed. Better quality lines continued to sell to strong demand. The post Roma store sale 29 Jan 2019: Quality mixed in 6200 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 29 Jan 2019: Quality mixed in 6200… Read more »

Industry projections: Cattle herd, beef production buckle under drought pressure

Drought has bitten another huge chunk out of Australia’s beef production capacity, with the national cattle herd this year expected to sink to a size not seen since the mid-1990s. MLA’s 2019 cattle industry projections released today anticipates that the national beef herd will decrease to 26.2 million head by mid-year – a further 3.8pc… Read more »

Industry projections: Cattle on feed numbers to decline 10pc from record levels

Cattle numbers on feed could drop about 10 percent to around one million head this year from the record levels reached in 2018, MLA’s 2019 beef industry projections released today suggests. The post Industry projections: Cattle on feed numbers to decline 10pc from record levels appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry… Read more »

Cattle exports to fall below 1 million head again in 2019

Australian live cattle exports are forecast to decline in 2019 to 950,000 head, as a contraction in the northern herd limits the availability of cattle suitable for export. The post Cattle exports to fall below 1 million head again in 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle exports to fall below… Read more »

AWI to come under pressure to fight PETA’s anti-wool campaigns

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will be urged to defend the wool industry against the latest campaign by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The post AWI to come under pressure to fight PETA’s anti-wool campaigns appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI to come under pressure to fight… Read more »

Australian sheep industry ambassadors wanted

YOUNG Australian sheep men and women are being urged to apply for the Sheep Industry Ambassador award and potentially win a study tour of New Zealand. The post Australian sheep industry ambassadors wanted appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep industry ambassadors wanted

Crash claims life of former Qld grain leader

Former Queensland AgForce Grains president and third-generation Darling Downs grain grower, Lyndon Pfeffer, died on Friday evening from injuries he received in a two-truck collision on December 27 on the Gore Highway not far from his family farm at Pampas. The post Crash claims life of former Qld grain leader appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Early online wool sales indicate continued demand

SUSTAINED auction market demand for sound quality wool flowed through to online AuctionsPlus sales last week and continued today. The post Early online wool sales indicate continued demand appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Early online wool sales indicate continued demand

Hot and dry conditions hit AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb clearance rates

FEWER buyers were found for a reduced online offering of sheep and lambs on AuctionsPlus last week. AuctionsPlus offered 81,690 sheep and lambs last week, 3781 fewer, but the clearance rate dropped to 52 percent in the face of the continued hot and dry conditions. The post Hot and dry conditions hit AuctionsPlus sheep and… Read more »

Hamilton first cross ewes sell to $282 and Merinos make to $164

FIRST cross ewes sold to $282 and Merino ewes made to $164 at the annual Hamilton store ewe sale in Victoria last week. On January 24, the combined Hamilton agents offered about 4000 ewes and ewe lambs in the sale, which was described as solid, despite the season. A small line of 78 1.5 year-old… Read more »

Cow underpass secures dairy farm's future

After years of uncertainty about whether a motorway would close a historic NSW dairy farm, a cow underpass will now be built to secure the property’s future. Source: ABC Livestock Cow underpass secures dairy farm’s future

Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards

Several rural Australians with strong connections to the nation’s cattle, sheep and grain industries have been honoured in the the 2019 Australia Day awards. The post Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards

Steer categories easier in smaller 6644 head AuctionsPlus weekly offering

Most steer categories eased 10-20c/kg in value, while heifer prices were mixed on AuctionsPlus this week. The continuing drought conditions again exerted an effect on the market, where total cattle numbers dropped to 6644 head, a 27pc decline on the previous week. The post Steer categories easier in smaller 6644 head AuctionsPlus weekly offering appeared… Read more »

AWI schedules special meeting for March 15 after industry consultation

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has confirmed it has scheduled an extraordinary general meeting on March 15 to consider resolutions based on key recommendations of the AWI review of performance and governance. The post AWI schedules special meeting for March 15 after industry consultation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI schedules special meeting… Read more »

Premiums for sound wool hold Australian auction market up

PREMIUMS for sound Australian wool of consistent length helped maintain benchmark price levels at auctions this week. The post Premiums for sound wool hold Australian auction market up appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Premiums for sound wool hold Australian auction market up

Cobram police investigate theft of Suffolk cross lambs

COBRAM police are investigating the theft of more than 180 Suffolk-Merino cross lambs from a Tungamah property last month. The post Cobram police investigate theft of Suffolk cross lambs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Cobram police investigate theft of Suffolk cross lambs

Trade Minister urges EU to uphold WTO compliance in beef quota deals

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has told European Union officials during meetings in Brussels this week Australian beef exporters are ‘understandably concerned’ about potential changes to EU import quotas for beef. The post Trade Minister urges EU to uphold WTO compliance in beef quota deals appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Trade… Read more »

Aussies rack up meat judging success in Denver

The Australian national meat judging team, currently in the US on a month-long study and competition tour of the North American meat industry, has finished third overall at the recent National Western Stock Show competition in Denver, Colorado. The post Aussies rack up meat judging success in Denver appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Water for struggling WA farmers cut to save town's supply

Agricultural water usage from state-owned water pipes are compromising drinking water supply to a regional WA town. Source: ABC Livestock Water for struggling WA farmers cut to save town’s supply

Forward wool markets stagnant in higher risk landscape

FORWARD wool markets were stagnant this week, with very little interest coming from the grower side. The post Forward wool markets stagnant in higher risk landscape appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool markets stagnant in higher risk landscape

Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest

Cotton pickers are rolling through the first of this season’s crops in Central Queensland (CQ), bringing in promising yields from the big percentage of crops that were sown early this season. The post Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Early pickings herald promising… Read more »

Tough market conditions blamed for meat wholesaler/retailer’s collapse

Tough trading conditions in a competitive wholesale/retail meat environment and the closure of Thomas Foods International’s Murray Bridge processing plant after fire last year have been blamed for a South Australian meat business going into voluntary administration. The post Tough market conditions blamed for meat wholesaler/retailer’s collapse appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Labor seeks to build roadmap for red meat’s future

Relieving regulatory burdens, lifting international competitiveness and addressing labour shortage issues are among the key objectives canvassed in a Labor Party Red Meat Strategy discussion paper released yesterday. Processing sector representatives have welcomed the study. The post Labor seeks to build roadmap for red meat’s future appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Deputy PM blasts activists behind Aussie Farm site: ‘You should be ashamed’

Australia’s deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has blasted animal rights activists behind the Aussie Farms website and ‘farm-shaming map’, saying they should be ashamed of themselves for demonising hard working Australian farmers to suit a vegan agenda, and increasing the risk of serious biosecurity incursions by encouraging trespass.  The post Deputy PM blasts activists behind… Read more »

From wool to meat sheep — risky, but it worked for this farming family

As drought and wild dogs have taken a hold on this area of western Queensland, some wool graziers have looked to take advantage of recent meat sheep prices. Source: ABC Livestock From wool to meat sheep — risky, but it worked for this farming family

Livex: Heat Stress Risk Assessment consultation extended

The consultation period on the Heat Stress Risk Assessment draft report has been extended by one month to 1 March 2019. The post Livex: Heat Stress Risk Assessment consultation extended appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livex: Heat Stress Risk Assessment consultation extended

Dalby Sale 23 Jan 2019: Market firms for 5009 head

A full panel of buyers was present and operating across all classes. Lightweight yearling steers suitable for restockers were well supplied and despite the dry seasonal outlook buyers were prepared to pay for quality and average prices improved. The post Dalby Sale 23 Jan 2019: Market firms for 5009 head appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019

Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls in northern Australia, while a surface trough and upper level disturbance led to thunderstorms and moderate rainfall over parts of eastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan… Read more »

UPDATED: Court rules on US company bid to patent Aus cattle genome

In a decision with potentially concerning implications for future cattle industry research in Australia, the Federal Court has today ruled against Meat and Livestock Australia’s bid to block a US company from being granted a patent over genomic methods of identifying desirable traits of Australian cattle. The post UPDATED: Court rules on US company bid… Read more »

Competitor watch: Brazilian beef exports close out 2018 with record shipments

The Brazilian beef industry closed 2018 with record exports totalling 1.64 million tonnes, an 11 percent increase in volume compared to 2017, reflecting the resurgent state of the nation’s beef industry, despite recent regulatory, market access and logistical headwinds. The post Competitor watch: Brazilian beef exports close out 2018 with record shipments appeared first on… Read more »

Live sheep export heat stress assessment consultation extended

CONSULTATION on a draft report on heat stress risk assessment for live sheep exports from Australia has been extended by a month as producers lobby over the implementation of the report’s main recommendation. The post Live sheep export heat stress assessment consultation extended appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export… Read more »

Roma store sale 15 Jan 2019: Rates ease in 6200 hd yarding

Overall prices fell when compared to last year, however demand was strong for better quality lines of cattle. The post Roma store sale 15 Jan 2019: Rates ease in 6200 hd yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 15 Jan 2019: Rates ease in 6200 hd yarding

Weekly kill: Supply pressure again forces grid prices lower

Mounting weather-driven slaughter cattle supply pressure has pushed direct consignment processor grid prices in southern Queensland and NSW lower again this week. The post Weekly kill: Supply pressure again forces grid prices lower appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Supply pressure again forces grid prices lower

Early musters as seasonal pressure builds in Barkly and Western Qld

Drought-forced supply pressure is starting to show up in pricing for northern cattle, with big areas facing critical turnoff decisions in coming weeks if rain is not received. The post Early musters as seasonal pressure builds in Barkly and Western Qld appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Early musters as seasonal pressure… Read more »

Department of Agriculture investigates live sheep export payment claims

VIDEO footage of heat-stressed sheep on live export vessels is being formally investigated by the Australia’s Department of Agriculture following claims whistleblowers were paid to produce it. The post Department of Agriculture investigates live sheep export payment claims appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Department of Agriculture investigates live sheep export payment… Read more »

Billionaire-style Indigenous cattle company

An Indigenous-owned cattle company is building a portfolio of stations akin to those of Australian and foreign billionaires, but their endgame is radically different. Source: ABC Livestock Billionaire-style Indigenous cattle company

Solid crossbred wool demand at auctions continues online

ONLINE wool sales followed the trends in physical auctions last week, with AuctionsPlus Wool selling 174 bales. The post Solid crossbred wool demand at auctions continues online appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Solid crossbred wool demand at auctions continues online

Growers get $95m rebate from CBH Group in year to Sept

CBH Group has returned $95 million to growers in rebates for the year to September 2018, with its marketing and trading division generating $48m through activity in domestic and international markets. The post Growers get $95m rebate from CBH Group in year to Sept appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Growers get… Read more »

Wagga sale 21 Jan 2019: Price ease in smaller yarding

The looming public holiday and the deteriorating season as extreme temperatures bring no stormy weather for parched dry land, Lucerne and precariously low water storages.  Many Riverina farmers have been forced to reassess the number of stock they can hold. The post Wagga sale 21 Jan 2019: Price ease in smaller yarding appeared first on… Read more »

Minister orders probe into suspected payment for footage of dead and dying sheep

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud wants his department to investigate how footage showing dead and dying sheep onboard a ship bound for the Middle East between May and October 2017 was obtained. Source: ABC Livestock Minister orders probe into suspected payment for footage of dead and dying sheep

Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault

Helicoverpa caterpillar numbers have dropped significantly in the past week after the damaging pest gave northern sorghum crops a torrid time over recent months. The post Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault

Australia’s 10 largest cattle export markets in 2018

AUSTRALIAN cattle exports recovered in 2018 to surpass one million head for the fourth time in the past five years. The post Australia’s 10 largest cattle export markets in 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia’s 10 largest cattle export markets in 2018

Wool supply and demand keeps auction prices in the positive

GLOBAL wool demand and supply continues to be in growers’ favour, despite world economic condition concerns. The post Wool supply and demand keeps auction prices in the positive appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool supply and demand keeps auction prices in the positive