Category: External News

Silo art gets the stamp of approval in new series

After wowing the countryside, some of Australia’s iconic silo art is featured on four new postage stamps. Source: ABC Grain Silo art gets the stamp of approval in new series

Is CPC headed for a Stanbroke-style bust-up?

Consolidated Pastoral Co boss Troy Setter remained tight-lipped about the company’s future ownership prospects, but spoke in animated terms about the future potential for the business during a wide-ranging discussion staged as part of Beef 2018 in Rockhampton. The post Is CPC headed for a Stanbroke-style bust-up? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Manildra flour mill resumes operations after explosion

Operations have resumed at Australia’s largest flour mill, the Manildra Group’s home facility in central New South Wales, following an explosion on Saturday which injured one worker. The post Manildra flour mill resumes operations after explosion appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Manildra flour mill resumes operations after explosion

Lobbying begins after Ley introduces live sheep export phase-out Bill

LIBERAL MP Sussan Ley has proposed phasing out live sheep experts to the Middle East within five years in a Private Members Bill introduced to Federal Parliament this morning. The post Lobbying begins after Ley introduces live sheep export phase-out Bill appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lobbying begins after Ley introduces… Read more »

Aus cattle shipments up but Indonesia in doldrums

Australian cattle exports to all destinations from January to April 2018 were 25 percent above year-ago levels, according to the recently released shipment data. The post Aus cattle shipments up but Indonesia in doldrums appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aus cattle shipments up but Indonesia in doldrums

First quarter global beef prices 6pc higher, as volume grows

Global beef prices remained strong in the first quarter 2018 with increased global export supply expected throughout the rest of this year. The current global situation, analyst Simon Quilty argues, is due to a demand-driven market, as opposed to four years ago in 2014 which was supply-driven. Current indications show that present international beef demand… Read more »

Spike in stock theft leads to calls for action on rural crime

A spike in stock theft and rural crime in Victoria is testing the patience of farmers who want tougher penalties and more powers for police to address the growing problem. Source: ABC Livestock Spike in stock theft leads to calls for action on rural crime

Chinese and American trade stand-off is good news for wool industry

STEPS to avoid a looming trade war between China and the United States were good news for Australia’s wool industry, leading analyst Chris Wilcox said today. The post Chinese and American trade stand-off is good news for wool industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chinese and American trade stand-off is good… Read more »

Support for live export ban grows as shutdown bill begins voyage through Parliament

The live sheep exports sector could be entirely closed down in five years under a private member’s bill to be introduced by Liberal MP Sussan Ley, with Labor also set to throw its support behind the legislation. Source: ABC Livestock Support for live export ban grows as shutdown bill begins voyage through Parliament

Young sheep and wool scholars to present at MerinoLink conference

YOUNG sheep and wool scholars and innovators will have an opportunity to present their latest research at the “Hour of Power’’ during the MerinoLink annual conference next month. The post Young sheep and wool scholars to present at MerinoLink conference appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Young sheep and wool scholars to… Read more »

New South Wales sheep and lamb destocking continues online

NEW South Wales sheep and lamb sellers dominated online AuctionsPlus listings last week as producers continue to destock due to the dry conditions. The post New South Wales sheep and lamb destocking continues online appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New South Wales sheep and lamb destocking continues online

NQ cattleman donates cows to raise funds for new cattle body

Queensland gulf grazier and Burke Shire Council mayor Ernie Camp says he will donate the proceeds of a pen of 12 Brahman cross cows he is selling at the Charters Towers sale this Wednesday to help fund the creation of a new cattle representative organisation, Cattle Producers Australia. The post NQ cattleman donates cows to… Read more »

AuctionsPlus numbers lift, as vendor expectations align with market conditions

Numbers lifted to 9079 head on AuctionsPlus this week, an increase of 2000 on the previous seven-day cycle. Lighter steers tended firm to slightly better in price, while heavier steers softened a little. The post AuctionsPlus numbers lift, as vendor expectations align with market conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus… Read more »

Live trade threat turns biggest importer of Australian sheep to breeding

AUSTRALIA’S biggest sheep buyer Kuwait is turning to building its own flocks, concerned about the plans to halt the Middle East live trade despite its importance to the nation’s food security. The post Live trade threat turns biggest importer of Australian sheep to breeding appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live trade… Read more »

Darling Downs feedgrain hits record $400/t

Prices for wheat and barley delivered Darling Downs have hit a record-equalling $400 per tonne delivered this week, as domestic feedgrain shipped into Brisbane from Port Adelaide makes its way into the market. The post Darling Downs feedgrain hits record $400/t appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Darling Downs feedgrain hits record… Read more »

Forward wool market moves up with spot auction rises

IT was another very solid week at the spot auction market with the 19 micron Micron Price Guide breaching 2200 cents and the 21 micron MPG 2100 cents. The post Forward wool market moves up with spot auction rises appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market moves up with spot… Read more »

Wool prices surge again to give growers their best prices in decades

AUSTRALIA’S wool price benchmark exceeded the 1900-cent mark for the first time this week to reach 1943 cents a kg clean as demand for medium Merino wools surged, giving some growers their best wool prices in decades. The post Wool prices surge again to give growers their best prices in decades appeared first on Sheep… Read more »

Qld’s rail stock transport looks close to resuming

Rail livestock shipments look set to resume soon in Queensland, following an eight-month suspension caused by design flaws in Chinese-made stock crates which caused serious safety issues. The post Qld’s rail stock transport looks close to resuming appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Qld’s rail stock transport looks close to resuming

Outback cattle station finds market for feral camels

Many remote cattle stations manage feral camel numbers through culling, but one station north of Alice Springs has found selling the animals to market a better way to go. Source: ABC Livestock Outback cattle station finds market for feral camels

Recruitment: Palgrove talks online rural property induction at Beef 2018

The name, Palgrove, might be famous for its Charolais and Ultrablack seedstock, but an online staff induction course which it has adopted was also a hot topic of conversation at the company’s Beef 2018 trade site. The post Recruitment: Palgrove talks online rural property induction at Beef 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Sheep Producers of Australia starts search for a new CEO

SHEEP Producers Australia has started its search for a new chief executive officer after implementing new governance structures and processes over the past six months. The post Sheep Producers of Australia starts search for a new CEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers of Australia starts search for a new… Read more »

Australian beef farm incomes projected to be highest in 20 years

ABARES farm financial performance data released today shows Australian beef farm cash incomes this year are projected to be the highest in 20 years. The post Australian beef farm incomes projected to be highest in 20 years appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian beef farm incomes projected to be highest in 20… Read more »

Recruitment: Palgrove talks online rural property induction

The name, Palgrove, might be famous for its Charolais and Ultrablack bull breeding business, but an online staff induction course which it has adopted was also a hot topic of conversation at the company’s Beef 2018 trade site in Rockhampton last week. The post Recruitment: Palgrove talks online rural property induction appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

New shelf-life prediction tool set to reduce red meat waste

Commercial trials of a new model designed to more accurately predict the shelf-life of red meat and ultimately reduce retail and food service industry waste have shown promising results in a domestic supply chain. The post New shelf-life prediction tool set to reduce red meat waste appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Dubbo sale 17 May 2018: Prices lift with processor competition

The cow market and the grown steer market both lifted with solid support coming from both northern and southern processors. The cow market enjoyed gains of up to 6c while the grown steers lifted by as much as 12c/kg. The post Dubbo sale 17 May 2018: Prices lift with processor competition appeared first on Beef… Read more »

WA minister flags live sheep trade “pause” and increased ban calls

PROPOSED changes to live sheep export stocking density rules were inadequate and would fuel demands for a Middle East trade ban, Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said today. The post WA minister flags live sheep trade “pause” and increased ban calls appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Beef 2018: Key snapshots from MLA’s global markets forum

Meat & Livestock Australia’s team of international business managers flew into Rockhampton from all corners of the world last week to share the latest insights on consumer trends and the work MLA does in various markets to promote Australian red meat. The post Beef 2018: Key snapshots from MLA’s global markets forum appeared first on… Read more »

Middle East sheep shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties

MIDDLE East live sheep shipments will be allowed to continue this year under tougher stocking, animal welfare and penalty rules, against the advice of Australia’s peak veterinary body and the RSPCA. The post Middle East sheep shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East… Read more »

Global investors ready to use Australia as path to Asian markets

Investment capital from around the globe is ready to buy into the Australian beef industry, but businesses need to choose their investment partners with care and ensure a cultural fit which delivers for both parties. That was the message from a seminar held at Beef 2018 last week, which brought together representatives from the banking,… Read more »

Chilled mutton exports growing into Middle East live sheep markets

CHILLED Australian mutton exports to some Middle Eastern countries are growing while the nation’s governments, live exporters, farmers and animal welfare bodies argue over the future of the live sheep trade. The post Chilled mutton exports growing into Middle East live sheep markets appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chilled mutton exports… Read more »

Middle East livex shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties

Middle East live sheep shipments will be allowed to continue this year under tougher stocking, animal welfare and penalty rules, against the advice of Australia’s peak veterinary body and the RSPCA. The post Middle East livex shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Middle East… Read more »

‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook released for June-Aug 2018

For most of the country there is no strong indication that winter will be particularly wetter or drier than average – the likelihood of exceeding median rainfall is near 50 percent – according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s “first look” rainfall forecast for June throught to August, released this morning.  The post ‘First look’ seasonal… Read more »

Dalby Sale 16 May 2018: Numbers jump 30pc

Prices tended to turn around in places with a number of classes improving in price. The post Dalby Sale 16 May 2018: Numbers jump 30pc appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 16 May 2018: Numbers jump 30pc

Movement at the Station – properties for sale and sold

Contracts on NT’s Mt McMinn | Deloraine on Melbourne’s fringe makes $200m | Moura’s Shauna Hills sells for $10.75m | VIC almond aggregation could make $350-400m | The Two Mile Nowendoc’s showcase | Warrawee and Hillcrest under negotiation | Alice Springs Yambah Station includes 4800 branded cattle | Stanley House has picturesque Somerset Dam frontage… Read more »

Drought still biting in more than half of Queensland

Farming families in more than half of Queensland are still battling drought, while primary producers in some areas are now entering the recovery phase following welcome summer rainfall, state farm organsiation AgForce said today. The post Drought still biting in more than half of Queensland appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Drought… Read more »

Traditional owners to acquire 100pc of gulf cattle stations Lawn Hill & Riversleigh

In the final stage of an agreement struck between traditional owners and miners in 1997, the Queensland Gulf country’s Waanyi People will soon assume 100 percent ownership of 540,000ha Lawn Hill and Riversleigh cattle stations on the Gregory River, south of Burketown. The post Traditional owners to acquire 100pc of gulf cattle stations Lawn Hill… Read more »

Ag tech drives Beef 2018 interest for young WA cattleman

The emerging prospects to adopt more ag technology was the primary motivator for a young Pilbara, Western Australia cattle producer to make the long trip to Rockhampton last week to attend Beef 2018. The post Ag tech drives Beef 2018 interest for young WA cattleman appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ag… Read more »

Live exports won't be banned in coming months

There will be no ban on live sheep exports to the Middle East over the northern summer this year, despite the RSPCA and Australian Veterinarians Association saying there is no way to protect sheep against potentially fatal heat stress. Source: ABC Livestock Live exports won’t be banned in coming months

After years of little change, Australia fights to seize new EU beef opportunity

After 40 years of relative stability, the European market landscape is undergoing tectonic shifts, and Australia’s beef industry is working to seize the opportunity to increase it’s share of the fiercely contested, high-value beef import market. The post After years of little change, Australia fights to seize new EU beef opportunity appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Dry conditions push cattle numbers on feed above 1 million head

Dry conditions across large parts of eastern Australia have pushed numbers on feed above one million head for only the third time in history, in the March quarter industry survey results released this morning. Cattle on feed for the January-March quarter reached 1.025m head, up five percent from the December quarter. The post Dry conditions… Read more »

Middle East live sheep export review report delay prompts criticism

AUSTRALIA’S Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud will release the McCarthy Review into northern summer Middle East live sheep shipments tomorrow, Sheep Central has been told. The post Middle East live sheep export review report delay prompts criticism appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East live sheep export review report delay prompts… Read more »

Diverse, novel ideas presented in Beef 2018’s Pitch in the Paddock

A PROBIOTIC additive which could cut the use of antibiotics in the feedlot industry won the Pitch in the Paddock at Beef 2018 last week. ProAgni was judged the best of eight ideas, which included pitches from across Australia as well as the United States. It was an eclectic group of winners and placegetters, with… Read more »

Roma store 15 May 2018: Prices lose ground in 6000 head yarding

Quality ranged from very good to poor as some cattle presented were from drought affected areas. The post Roma store 15 May 2018: Prices lose ground in 6000 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 15 May 2018: Prices lose ground in 6000 head yarding

CTLX sale 15 May 2018: Rain forecast spurs competition

The forecast for some useful rain for the following Friday and Saturday created very solid competition for the young cattle going to the restockers with the young cattle going back to the paddock selling up to 20c/kg dearer with a number of fresh orders operating with growers wanting to make sure they have some stock on hand when it does rain. The post… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 16 May 2018

A complex low pressure system and vigorous cold front produced moderate falls across southeastern Australia. Heavy rainfall associated with a strong and gusty southerly airflow resulted in flooding in southeastern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 16 May 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Disagreement over ‘acceptable’ live sheep export death rate

DISAGREEMENT between farmers and RSPCA Australia over what is an acceptable live export sheep death rate is still a core issue despite the latest Middle East shipment reporting a mortality rate of 0.25 percent. The post Disagreement over ‘acceptable’ live sheep export death rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Disagreement over… Read more »

Black sesame – new crop on the block

Black sesame is showing early promise as a speciality cropping option for Australian farmers with trials near Rockhampton in Queensland revealing its credentials, particularly its capacity to perform in tough, dry seasons. The post Black sesame – new crop on the block appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Black sesame – new… Read more »

T-Ports transhipment vessel launches in China

A transhipment vessel which will enable the T-Ports development in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf to load export vessels starting in December 2018 has been launched in Shanghai. The post T-Ports transhipment vessel launches in China appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central T-Ports transhipment vessel launches in China

The pulse of Beef 2018: ten defining features from the event

Now that we’ve all got home and had a chance to digest the wall of information gathered over five days of Beef 2018 in Rockhampton, here are Beef Central’s picks of the event’s ten defining features The post The pulse of Beef 2018: ten defining features from the event appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Victorian livestock farmers want laws against artificial meat products

VICTORIAN farmers want to back the French in outlawing the labelling of artificially manufactured protein products as ‘meat’ or meat by-products. The post Victorian livestock farmers want laws against artificial meat products appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian livestock farmers want laws against artificial meat products

Mentor program empowers young beef stakeholders

A wave of projects which could benefit the cattle industry is just one of the outcomes from the Graeme Acton Beef Connections Program, staged as part of Beef 2018 in Rockhampton last week. The post Mentor program empowers young beef stakeholders appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Mentor program empowers young beef… Read more »

Southern Australian livestock producers sought for research committees

LIVESTOCK producers in south-eastern Australia with a keen interest in industry research, development and adoption needs are being encouraged to apply for positions with the Southern Australia Meat Research Council. The post Southern Australian livestock producers sought for research committees appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Southern Australian livestock producers sought for… Read more »

Exploring the potential of Indigenous branded beef

A collaborative project launched at Beef 2018 last week will explore the potential for bringing indigenous branded beef products and services to both Australia’s domestic and international beef markets. The post Exploring the potential of Indigenous branded beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Exploring the potential of Indigenous branded beef

Diversification delivers growth for Ruralco half-year result

Diversified agribusiness Ruralco Holdings has delivered a statutory net profit after tax of $16.1 million for the six months ended 31 March, a 30pc increase on the same period last year. The post Diversification delivers growth for Ruralco half-year result appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Diversification delivers growth for Ruralco half-year… Read more »

Wagga sale 14 May 2018: Feedlots chase number into winter

Prices for young cattle at Wagga have lifted again as feedlots chase numbers heading into winter and after producers receive much needed rain. The post Wagga sale 14 May 2018: Feedlots chase number into winter appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 14 May 2018: Feedlots chase number into winter

Global megatrends: Bad for sugar, good for beef

Global megatrends which include intensifying health concerns around sugar hold some good news for Australian beef producers, as the world’s population and its shopping habits change, a Beef 2018 audience heard last week. The post Global megatrends: Bad for sugar, good for beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Global megatrends: Bad… Read more »

Elders posts first-half net profit of $41.4m

Elders Limited has posted a statutory net profit after tax of $41.4 million for the first half of its 2018 financial year, up 8pc on its $38.3 million profit in the prior corresponding period. The post Elders posts first-half net profit of $41.4m appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Elders posts first-half… Read more »

AuctionsPlus sells nearly 700 bales as wool auction prices surge

WOOL buyers stepped up their online AuctionsPlus bale purchases as the physical auction market lifted to a record level last week. The post AuctionsPlus sells nearly 700 bales as wool auction prices surge appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sells nearly 700 bales as wool auction prices surge

Live exporter says shipping standards must be made tougher again

AUSTRALIA may be recognised as having world-leading shipping standards for livestock, but the country’s biggest live exporter says regulations must be toughened further to prevent poor outcomes. The post Live exporter says shipping standards must be made tougher again appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live exporter says shipping standards must be… Read more »

Livex shipping standards must be made tougher again: Wellard

Australia may be recognised as having world-leading shipping standards for livestock, but the country’s biggest live exporter says regulations must be toughened further to prevent poor outcomes. The post Livex shipping standards must be made tougher again: Wellard appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livex shipping standards must be made tougher again:… Read more »

New Zealand to launch its first online wool trading platform

NEW Zealand’s first online wool trading platform will hold its inaugural sale on May 22, focussing initially on selling coarse and slipe wool. The post New Zealand to launch its first online wool trading platform appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand to launch its first online wool trading platform

Qatar-owned Hassad Australia to change its focus to quality lamb

HASSAD Australia is changing its focus from fat tail sheep to prime lamb production with the help of an MLA Donor Company project. The post Qatar-owned Hassad Australia to change its focus to quality lamb appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Qatar-owned Hassad Australia to change its focus to quality lamb

Veteran cattleman reflects on 30 years of Rockhampton beef expos

If there was a role of honour for Rockhampton’s Beef 2018 event, then surely Russell Pearson from Bull Creek at McKinlay in the state’s northwest should be on it. The well-known cattleman has been to each and every event since it started in 1988, and he’s seen plenty of changes along the way. The post… Read more »

Elders posts first-half net profit of $41.4m

ELDERS Limited has posted a statutory net profit after tax of $41.4 million for the first half of its 2018 financial year, up 8 percent on its $38.3 million profit in the prior corresponding period. The post Elders posts first-half net profit of $41.4m appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Elders posts… Read more »

Elders posts first-half net profit of $41.4m

Elders Limited has posted a statutory net profit after tax of $41.4 million for the first half of its 2018 financial year, up 8pc on its $38.3 million profit in the prior corresponding period. The post Elders posts first-half net profit of $41.4m appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Elders posts first-half… Read more »

Alleged $14,000 wool bale theft prompts Victoria Police warning + VIDEO

RISING wool prices and the alleged theft of wool bales worth more than $14,000 in Victoria have prompted a police warning for farmers to be vigilant. The post Alleged $14,000 wool bale theft prompts Victoria Police warning + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Alleged ,000 wool bale theft prompts Victoria… Read more »

Beef exporters see need for stronger Chinese-Australian relationship

The China-Australia FTA may be in place, but beef industry sources say more work needs to be done to bolster existing arrangements and ensure a framework where Australia’s exports can expand to capture China’s increasing appetite for beef. In an address during MLA’s Global Markets Forum at Beef 2018 last week, the audience heard that… Read more »

Scanned in-lamb first cross ewes to $238.50 on AuctionsPlus

SCANNED in-lamb ewes topped AuctionsPlus’ online sales last week, selling to $238.50, as listings increased again to 35,056 sheep and lambs. The post Scanned in-lamb first cross ewes to $238.50 on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Scanned in-lamb first cross ewes to 8.50 on AuctionsPlus

Livestock transporters seek better sheep export standards and oversight

LIVESTOCK transporters today supported calls by Australian farmers and exporters to urgently improve animal welfare standards, monitoring, reporting and penalties applicable to live exports. The post Livestock transporters seek better sheep export standards and oversight appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Livestock transporters seek better sheep export standards and oversight

$43,000 penalty for labour hire manager of abattoir workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced $43,000 in penalties has been awarded against the former general manager of a labour hire company, over what the ombudsman refers to as “the deliberate exploitation of migrant workers” at an abattoir at Scone in NSW. The post $43,000 penalty for labour hire manager of abattoir workers appeared first on… Read more »

Turning dust into dollars: How farmers deal with the dry

Even for those with the greenest of thumbs, the simple act of keeping a backyard garden or front lawn alive when rain doesn’t fall is a struggle. So how do Australian farmers plan to keep the country fed? Source: ABC Livestock Turning dust into dollars: How farmers deal with the dry

Stockyard, JBS share top honours in Brisbane show branded beef

Some of the biggest and best-known commercial beef brands in Australia flexed their muscles during the 2018 Brisbane Show branded beef contest decided earlier this week. Grand champion branded beef of show went to Stockyard’s premium Kiwami Wagyu brand, while JBS Australia and associated companies won all four remaining classes. The post Stockyard, JBS share… Read more »

30 years of shearing pants, singlets and jumpers

From humble beginnings in a family’s loungeroom on South Australia’s west coast, Courela has grown to be a globally recognised shearing clothing brand. Source: ABC Livestock 30 years of shearing pants, singlets and jumpers

GrainCorp turns profit in tough environment

Eastern Australia’s largest grain handler, GrainCorp, today reported its half year results to 31 March 2018 with underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) at A$36.1 million, compared to $90m in the corresponding 2017 half year, and reconfirmed its full year profit expectation at between $50-70 million. The post GrainCorp turns profit in tough environment appeared first… Read more »

Wool indicator tops $20 mark in Western Australia with buying ‘squeeze’

WOOL officially became a $20 a kilogram fibre in Western Australia this week with the state auction market’s indicator lifting 66 cents to an historic 2018c/kg clean. The post Wool indicator tops $20 mark in Western Australia with buying ‘squeeze’ appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool indicator tops mark in Western… Read more »

Workshop tragedy sparks warning about cutting or welding drums

The death of a worker in Queensland last month is a sobering reminder of the dangers involved in cutting or welding drums, a common practice on farms to create storage, feed or water troughs, or as it gets colder, ready-made fire pits The post Workshop tragedy sparks warning about cutting or welding drums appeared first… Read more »

Livestock farmers need to reclaim emotional space around animal welfare

LIVESTOCK farmers need to reclaim the emotional space in animal welfare policy discussions and align with community and consumer expectations or risk their farming practices being determined by activists. The post Livestock farmers need to reclaim emotional space around animal welfare appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Livestock farmers need to reclaim… Read more »

GrainCorp profit withers under prolonged dry weather

Growing conditions are again looking challenging after last year’s east coast cereal harvest fell by 40 per cent. Source: ABC Grain GrainCorp profit withers under prolonged dry weather

Two Bills are coming to end Australia’s live sheep export trade

POLITICAL pressure against live sheep exports increased this week with a second Bill aimed at phasing out of the trade, possibly within five years. The post Two Bills are coming to end Australia’s live sheep export trade appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Two Bills are coming to end Australia’s live sheep… Read more »

Buyers’ market as weather impacts AuctionsPlus clearance rates

Low clearance rates continued on AuctionsPlus this week, with only half the total cattle offered sold at auction. Cattle listings dropped back to 7000 head, falling 1000 head on the previous week. The post Buyers’ market as weather impacts AuctionsPlus clearance rates appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Buyers’ market as weather… Read more »

Future supply fears and lower dollar lift Australian wool prices

GROWING fears about future supplies and a weakening Australian dollar helped lift wool prices to historic levels at auctions this week. The post Future supply fears and lower dollar lift Australian wool prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Future supply fears and lower dollar lift Australian wool prices

Beef 2018: All the colour and action from the centre ring + PICS

Three days of judging, 32 breeds and 1676 stud cattle culminated in interbreed glory for Cecil Plains, Qld, Simmental stud Meldon Park and Yuelba, Qld, Charolais Stud Moongool at Beef 2018 in Rockhampton on Thursday The post Beef 2018: All the colour and action from the centre ring + PICS appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Consortium aims to put evidence behind cattle welfare claims

Tail-hair tests could soon be used on Australian cattle properties to objectively measure and assess the welfare of cattle, under a new national research consortium launched at Beef 2018 on Thursday. The post Consortium aims to put evidence behind cattle welfare claims appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Consortium aims to put… Read more »

Yarra Corp and JT Johnson & Sons buy Adelaide Plains Feedlot

Singapore’s Yarra Corporation  and South Australia’s JT Johnson & Sons have joined forces to purchase the Adelaide Plains Feedlot at Dublin. The post Yarra Corp and JT Johnson & Sons buy Adelaide Plains Feedlot appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Yarra Corp and JT Johnson & Sons buy Adelaide Plains Feedlot

Wool auction price increases trigger forward market trades

WOOL auction price rises triggered better volumes in the forward market this week, with trades made through to June 2019. The post Wool auction price increases trigger forward market trades appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool auction price increases trigger forward market trades

Heytesbury critical of industry response over live export events

One of Australia’s biggest cattle producers has taken aim at the industry’s peak bodies saying they have been missing in action over the recent live export events. Heytesbury Cattle Co’s marketing manager Hugh Barnet was critical of the response of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Livecorp to recent challenges to the industry, during a… Read more »

Industry groups respond to ACCC review: AMIC, CCA, CPA

Industry responses continue to flow in response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) update report on the Cattle and Beef Market Study released last week. The post Industry groups respond to ACCC review: AMIC, CCA, CPA appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry groups respond to ACCC review: AMIC, CCA,… Read more »

Dubbo sale 10 May 2018: Stronger market for smaller yarding

Strong support from the south on the grown steers and cows combined with solid support from the trade buyers and northern restockers resulted in a stronger market for most sections in a much smaller yarding. The post Dubbo sale 10 May 2018: Stronger market for smaller yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Low interest loans available to assist drought affected producers

Some financial relief is still available through the Australian Government’s low interest Drought Assistance Concessional Loans. The post Low interest loans available to assist drought affected producers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Low interest loans available to assist drought affected producers

Euro breeds take Beef 2018 interbreed titles

It was a case of Eurovision meets the beef industry at Beef 2018 in Rockhampton tonight with two of the three interbreed stud beef championship titles going to European breeds of cattle. The post Euro breeds take Beef 2018 interbreed titles appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Euro breeds take Beef 2018… Read more »

More than 19,000 bales of hay donated for Victoria’s fire-affected farmers

FODDER support for fire-affected farmers in south-west Victoria has been extended until May 15 this year. The post More than 19,000 bales of hay donated for Victoria’s fire-affected farmers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central More than 19,000 bales of hay donated for Victoria’s fire-affected farmers

Maggots could be answer to world's waste problems

Could insects be the solution to the world’s sustainability problem, turning waste into food for livestock and humans? Source: ABC Livestock Maggots could be answer to world’s waste problems