Category: External News

Passion for agriculture underscores high-profile agribusiness career

Peter Reading’s passion and enthusiasm for Australian agriculture, and the cropping industry in particular, continues to burn fiercely after a long career at the upper levels of Australia’s agribusiness sector. The post Passion for agriculture underscores high-profile agribusiness career appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Passion for agriculture underscores high-profile agribusiness career

Rod Polkinghorne: Why beef cuts should get the chop

By 2040 beef should no longer be sold by individual cut, such as rump steak or round steak or tenderloin, but by meal outcome descriptions, says MSA pathways committee chair and meat eating quality pioneer Rod Polkinghorne. The post Rod Polkinghorne: Why beef cuts should get the chop appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Big lift in JBS second quarter results

Processing operations in the US and Australia were among the better performers during the second quarter in JBS’s global business, financial results released this morning suggest. The post Big lift in JBS second quarter results appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Big lift in JBS second quarter results

Eyre Peninsula fodder fund points to depth of SA’s drought pocket

South Australia’s Lower Eyre Peninsula is responding to the need for feed on the drought-hit Upper Eyre Peninsula as crops fail and feed for sheep gets harder to find. The post Eyre Peninsula fodder fund points to depth of SA’s drought pocket appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eyre Peninsula fodder fund… Read more »

Dry triggers record high numbers on feed for June quarter

Cattle numbers on feed across Australia hit a new record high of 1.12 million head in the June quarter, driven by continental-scale drought across large parts of Eastern Australia. The post Dry triggers record high numbers on feed for June quarter appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dry triggers record high numbers… Read more »

NSW appoints advisor to watch for drought freight subsidy rorting

The New South Wales Government has appointed an independent advisor to monitor its Drought Transport Subsidy program and freight prices during drought, warning it will not tolerate anyone rorting or gaming the system.  The post NSW appoints advisor to watch for drought freight subsidy rorting appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW appoints… Read more »

FTAs set to deliver more benefits to Australian exporters: Coulton

New benefits are on the way for Australian exporters and investors through the continual upgrading of market access arrangements and Free Trade Agreements. The post FTAs set to deliver more benefits to Australian exporters: Coulton appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central FTAs set to deliver more benefits to Australian exporters: Coulton

Australia needs more lambs from its fewer ewes to unlock value

AUSTRALIA’S sheep producers will need to produce more lambs from fewer ewes to meet world sheep meat market demand and unlock value in a differentiated product, consultant Jason Trompf told the recent Lambex 2018 conference in Perth. The post Australia needs more lambs from its fewer ewes to unlock value appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Grass works best for small-scale WA lamb operation

LAMB feeding costs can be as cheap as $120/tonne of dry matter in pasture-based systems, according to a Western Australian consultant and producer. The post Grass works best for small-scale WA lamb operation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Grass works best for small-scale WA lamb operation

Traditional owners concerned by ILC's exit strategy on NT cattle station

Traditional owners are concerned about the exit strategy of the Indigenous Land Corporation as it looks to handover the running of a cattle station in the Northern Territory. Source: ABC Livestock Traditional owners concerned by ILC’s exit strategy on NT cattle station

Hey honey! Want to keep bees? Here's what you need to know

Before going out to buy your first colony, here are some tips, tricks and common mistakes novice beekeepers make. Source: ABC Livestock Hey honey! Want to keep bees? Here’s what you need to know

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Two cold fronts generated moderate falls in southwestern and southeastern Australia, while Western Tasmania had wet and windy conditions throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Roma store 14 Aug 2018: Drought-affected lines dominate yarding

Buyer attendance was not as good as the previous week and similar to other markets most were operating very selectively. The post Roma store 14 Aug 2018: Drought-affected lines dominate yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 14 Aug 2018: Drought-affected lines dominate yarding

CTLX Carcoar 14 Aug 2018: Young cattle prices lose further ground

The prices for the young cattle in store condition continue to struggle dropping another 15c to 20c as the drought worsens. The post CTLX Carcoar 14 Aug 2018: Young cattle prices lose further ground appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 14 Aug 2018: Young cattle prices lose further ground

Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15

STRONG demand from restockers helped push goat prices up to $15 higher at Dubbo’s quarterly sale on Tuesday. The post Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up

Steady online enquiry for wool during auction recess

AUCTIONSPLUS had steady enquiry for wool during the three-week recess in physical auction sales. The post Steady online enquiry for wool during auction recess appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Steady online enquiry for wool during auction recess

Weekly genetics review: Getting rewarded for superior genetics

Inaugural winner of the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association young breeder scholarship, Brad Cavanagh, has just returned from a four-week trip to the US where he investigated the US Premium Beef Company, whose major goal is to capture the full value of superior genetics right through to slaughter for cattle breeders. The post Weekly genetics… Read more »

Where do I buy my bulls? Phil Holmes’ 10-point checklist

Well known beef industry consultant Phil Holmes provides his ten-point check-list on what to look for in a supplier, when buying your next replacement herd bulls. The post Where do I buy my bulls? Phil Holmes’ 10-point checklist appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Where do I buy my bulls? Phil Holmes’ 10-point… Read more »

Technologies offer solutions to protect beef brands against counterfeiting

Technologies are providing some exciting new possibilities to authenticate meat products and protect against substitution and counterfeiting, an international meat science congress being held in Melbourne was told yesterday.   The post Technologies offer solutions to protect beef brands against counterfeiting appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Technologies offer solutions to protect beef… Read more »

SE Asia report: Indo prices firm for second month

Indonesian slaughter prices have firmed again for the second month in a row, Vietnam slaughter prices have also continued their movement upwards and Chinese prices are rising, Dr Ross Ainsworth in this month’s SE Asia market report. The post SE Asia report: Indo prices firm for second month appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

20 years of MSA: Where to next?

A 20 year journey to develop and evolve the MSA program has established a valuable foundation for the Australian cattle industry, with price signals going back to producers that reward eating quality and for meeting market specifications. The post 20 years of MSA: Where to next? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Exploring the risks and rewards of a vertically-integrated beef enterprise

A significant change in consumer behaviour is prompting some beef producers to look beyond the farm gate and into the realm of vertical integration, as communities place greater emphasis on quality, welfare and transparency. The post Exploring the risks and rewards of a vertically-integrated beef enterprise appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Wagga sale 13 Aug 2018: Drover’s weaners expand yarding

Cattle numbers at Wagga increased to 4264 as a big mob of drover’s weaners and yearlings went under the hammer owing to the extremely dry conditions. However, the increased numbers and mixed quality did cause some price variations throughout the sale. The post Wagga sale 13 Aug 2018: Drover’s weaners expand yarding appeared first on… Read more »

Grain prices drive commodities higher in July

Higher grain prices drove the National Australia Bank’s Rural Commodities Index up 1.3pc in July, with prolonged dry conditions across Eastern Australia continuing to push feed prices higher. The post Grain prices drive commodities higher in July appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Grain prices drive commodities higher in July

Middle East cattle orders held up by live sheep trade uncertainty

CATTLE export shipments from Western Australia have been disrupted by the uncertainty over the continuation of the Middle East live sheep trade from the state. The post Middle East cattle orders held up by live sheep trade uncertainty appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East cattle orders held up by live… Read more »

WA winter crop heading towards record

It’s not just the wild flowers that have sprung into life in Western Australia, the state’s winter crop is going from strength to strength, spurred on by timely growing-season rains that have set the scene for a potential record production year. The post WA winter crop heading towards record appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

English shepherd urges Australian sheep farmers to tell their story

AN English sheep producer who has more followers on Twitter than any other farmer in the world says he could return to the social media platform. The post English shepherd urges Australian sheep farmers to tell their story appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central English shepherd urges Australian sheep farmers to tell… Read more »

AuctionsPlus listings increase with WA lamb sale

SHEEP and lamb numbers increased last week and clearance rates improved with a successful forward lamb sale in Western Australia. The post AuctionsPlus listings increase with WA lamb sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus listings increase with WA lamb sale

Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush

Headaches loom for specialist livestock feeders using cottonseed meal and hulls in their rations as cottonseed crushers, amid droughty market demand, strive to increase production. The post Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush

WA sheep producer juggles sheep trade fall-out

WESTERN Australian sheep producers like Glenn Woodhams are juggling the fall-out from the halting of the live export trade to the Middle East. The post WA sheep producer juggles sheep trade fall-out appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producer juggles sheep trade fall-out

Profitable Black Sea grain makes its mark on Victorian delegation

A Victorian grower delegation back from a crop tour of the Black Sea region is coming to terms with the profitability and potential of a region now going head to head with Australia. The post Profitable Black Sea grain makes its mark on Victorian delegation appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Profitable… Read more »

Eating quality cipher replacing dentition attracts solid uptake

Twelve months after the launch of the industry’s new Eating Quality Graded trading language cipher, used in place of dentition, there has been surprisingly strong adoption in export and domestic beef markets. The post Eating quality cipher replacing dentition attracts solid uptake appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Eating quality cipher replacing… Read more »

Boyanup saleyard closure plan prompts expressions of interest call

EXPRESSIONS of interest for alternative livestock selling options for Western Australia’s south-west producers were called today. The post Boyanup saleyard closure plan prompts expressions of interest call appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Boyanup saleyard closure plan prompts expressions of interest call

Why did a chicken cross 6,400km of roads?

Nathan Watson lives for his prized pedigree chickens and an epic road trip with his birds just scratches the surface of his commitment. Source: ABC Livestock Why did a chicken cross 6,400km of roads?

Grain Fed Finished standard introduced from September

A new Grain Fed beef standard, called Grain Fed Finished (or GFF) will be available for industry use from 1 September. With its minimum 35 days on feed and MSA overlay, the new standard will enable brand owners and feedlot operators increased flexibility in production of grainfed beef The post Grain Fed Finished standard introduced… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Slaughter data tells the story

The US beef industry is digesting new data that says that beef herd expansion is slowing considerably after aggressive expansion between 2014 and 2016. It’s also clear that the US herd expansion/contraction cycles are much flatter, with far fewer years between the low and high points than seen until the late 1970s, reports US columnist… Read more »

Defying the drought: Farmers who braced for the big dry

There is a drought spreading across eastern Australia and it is severe, but it is not our worst — at least not yet — and many farmers are prepared. Source: ABC Livestock Defying the drought: Farmers who braced for the big dry

NT producers to ‘BeefUp’ their businesses

Northern Territory beef producers can hear the latest regionally-relevant beef industry research and receive practical information to assist their businesses at a BeefUp Forum being held at Kidman Springs later this month. The post NT producers to ‘BeefUp’ their businesses appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NT producers to ‘BeefUp’ their businesses

Ceres Tag smart ear tag set for commercial trial near Alice Springs

AgTech startup Ceres Tag Pty Ltd and the Caason Group will partner to conduct a trial of the Ceres Tag smart ear tag at Caason’s Aileron Pastoral Holdings near Alice Springs next year. The post Ceres Tag smart ear tag set for commercial trial near Alice Springs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Trough-mounted EID device reader wins Sheepvention award

Electronic eartag data for Victoria’s recently mandated sheep and goat electronic ID system could soon be captured by readers attached to stock water water troughs in paddocks. The AgMesh start-up, founded by Peter Higgins and Cormac Dolen, won the Sheep and Wool Innovation Award at Sheepvention held near Hamilton, VIC last week, for their Smart… Read more »

Young cattle out of NSW dominate AuctionsPlus listings

Young cattle from desperately dry regions of NSW dominated listings on AuctionsPlus this week, accounting for 89 percent of the offering in the weekly Weaner and Yearling sale catalogue totalling 4464 head. Price trends for young cattle were mixed. The post Young cattle out of NSW dominate AuctionsPlus listings appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Top End's best beef country battles big dry

Large cattle properties in the NT’s Barkly region, often thought of as the ‘engine room’ behind the Top End beef industry, de-stock as dry conditions take hold. Source: ABC Livestock Top End’s best beef country battles big dry

For the first time ever, Dennis has run out of hay

Victorian Dennis Walker and his wife Judy are making the journey to Barraroo Station in western New South Wales to deliver the very last of their hay. The trip is an emotional one. Source: ABC Livestock For the first time ever, Dennis has run out of hay

Farm ownership is moving away from being a family business in Tasmania

Foreign ownership throws up a lot of challenges for farmers across the country but the north-west Tasmanian community of Circular Head is embracing the change and starting to see the benefits. Source: ABC Livestock Farm ownership is moving away from being a family business in Tasmania

Case for crop insurance mounts in crippling NSW drought

Multi-peril crop insurance is being looked at in a new light, as New South Wales and Queensland growers struggle in the face of drought, and governments and the farming lobby look to support them. The post Case for crop insurance mounts in crippling NSW drought appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Case… Read more »

Harmony diversifying cattle shipments, as it puts sheep export program on hold

Harmony Foods will send two loads of live cattle this month but has put its live sheep exports program on hold. The post Harmony diversifying cattle shipments, as it puts sheep export program on hold appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Harmony diversifying cattle shipments, as it puts sheep export program on… Read more »

Feedgrain focus: Feverish market climbing $5 a day; wheat ex downs hits $450/t

Daily price rises of around $5/t have been the hallmark of the past week for feedgrain markets, with Australia’s benchmark, the January 2019 ASX eastern wheat futures price, lifting A$25/t to finish Wednesday’s trading day at $409/t. What delivered Darling Downs is this week being quoted at an unheard-of $450/t. The post Feedgrain focus: Feverish… Read more »

Grain Central’s July 2018 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 July 2018 grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s July 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

Southern Downs exhibitors scoop the pool with Ekka Paddock to Palate wins

If Stanthorpe is the Granite Belt, the Warwick region could be re-branded the ‘genetics belt’ after the results of this year’s RNA Paddock to Palate competition decided this morning in Brisbane. The post Southern Downs exhibitors scoop the pool with Ekka Paddock to Palate wins appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Southern… Read more »

Crombie rates maiden carcase comp win among his ‘memorable’ achievements

Industry luminary David Crombie has racked-up a long and impressive list of career achievements over the past 40 years across the red meat industry. But it was clear that his first-up win in this morning’s 70-day Paddock to Palate competition held as part of Brisbane Show was ‘right up there’ with his most memorable milestones…. Read more »

WA live exporter reassesses investment amid sheep trade uncertainty

WESTERN Australian-based live exporter Harmony Agriculture and Food will send two loads of cattle this month, but has put its sheep export program on hold. The post WA live exporter reassesses investment amid sheep trade uncertainty appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA live exporter reassesses investment amid sheep trade uncertainty

Fine wool sellers happy with $3230 bale average for six months’ shearing

FINE wool producers like the Lawrance family at Vasey were happy with the improved 16-19.5 micron prices in the Australian auction market this week. The post Fine wool sellers happy with $3230 bale average for six months’ shearing appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Fine wool sellers happy with 30 bale average… Read more »

Charters Towers-based agent tops Qld young auctioneers

Charters Towers-based livestock agent Brent Williams has earned the 2018 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka this morning. The post Charters Towers-based agent tops Qld young auctioneers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Charters Towers-based agent tops Qld young auctioneers

Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover

High employee turnover is costly for any agribusiness. It typically costs thousands of dollars in advertising charges, interview costs, training time and other expenses every time an employee decides to leave your business. Here’s five tools that can help with retention and reducing turnover. The post Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover appeared… Read more »

Dubbo sale 9 Aug 2018: Cows dearer, younger cattle lacking finish cheaper

Cows were the highlight with most selling at dearer rates in a smaller yarding however the large number of young cattle lacking finish continues to struggle as restockers fill their orders. The post Dubbo sale 9 Aug 2018: Cows dearer, younger cattle lacking finish cheaper appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo… Read more »

New online platform shares red meat’s story with consumers

A new online platform providing consumers with an open and trusted source of information about the production of beef, sheep and goat meat in Australia was launched during the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane last night. The post New online platform shares red meat’s story with consumers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Moorundie Poll’s $20,000 ram tops strong Sheepvention sale

ONGOING confidence in the wool market pushed the Sheepvention ram sale to another record in Hamilton this week. The post Moorundie Poll’s $20,000 ram tops strong Sheepvention sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Moorundie Poll’s ,000 ram tops strong Sheepvention sale

EID tag-reading system wins Sheepvention innovation award

EAR tag data for Victoria’s recently mandated sheep and goat electronic identification system could soon be captured by a paddock trough. The post EID tag-reading system wins Sheepvention innovation award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central EID tag-reading system wins Sheepvention innovation award

Wool supply concerns, but prices encourage innovation

SUPPLY concern is the dark cloud over an otherwise buoyant wool industry, Australian Wool Exchange chair Robyn Clubb said this week. The post Wool supply concerns, but prices encourage innovation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool supply concerns, but prices encourage innovation

Cats don't just kill with their claws; 'toxo' hitting native wildlife hard

Two years ago, Kevin Knowles was releasing possums, bettongs, bandicoots and quolls trapped during his annual survey in the Tasmanian bush. This year, not a single native animal was found — something experts blame on a disease known as ‘toxo’. Source: ABC Livestock Cats don’t just kill with their claws; ‘toxo’ hitting native wildlife… Read more »

Start the conversation over animal welfare with broader community, industry urged

Well-defined value chains such as branded beef programs could play a valuable role in engaging with the broader community over animal welfare issues, a senior processing industry stakeholder told a Brisbane audience this morning. The post Start the conversation over animal welfare with broader community, industry urged appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Who will Australia back in US/China tussle?

Australia will ultimately have to choose a side in the escalating trade and political spat between the United States and China, a move that will have big implications for Australia’s agricultural exports, according to Rabobank’s Hong Kong-based senior Asia Pacific strategist, Michael Every. The post Who will Australia back in US/China tussle? appeared first on… Read more »

Two oats crops tell story of a century of breeding progress

Two forage oats varieties growing a few metres apart at the DAF Kingsthorpe Research Facility near Toowoomba are separated by exactly 100 years of breeding history. The post Two oats crops tell story of a century of breeding progress appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Two oats crops tell story of a… Read more »

Pimelea warning to livestock producers ahead of spring

Livestock producers in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia are being warned to be alert to the potential emergence of pimelea as research continues into solutions to treat livestock poisoning from the potentially fatal plants. The post Pimelea warning to livestock producers ahead of spring appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Westpac commits $100 million to support lending under new Drought Assistance Package

In response to the exceptional drought circumstances affecting all Australian states, Westpac has today announced it is extending its support to customers under a new Drought Assistance Package. The post Westpac commits $100 million to support lending under new Drought Assistance Package appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Westpac commits 0 million… Read more »

Canberra event next week to explore reshaping agriculture for better nutrition

The imperative to reshape agriculture to meet the competing nutritional needs of the hungry and the obese, in poor and wealthy countries alike, within the finite resources of our environment is the focus of ‘Reshaping Agriculture for Better Nutrition: The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, Health Nexus’, to be held in Canberra this coming Monday and Tuesday, August… Read more »

Dalby Sale 8 Aug 2018: Prices firm on good quality cattle

Prices varied according to quality with well-bred lines generally in demand, however light weight young cattle from drought affected areas sold to a very difficult market. The post Dalby Sale 8 Aug 2018: Prices firm on good quality cattle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 8 Aug 2018: Prices firm… Read more »

Weekly property review: Do wind turbines or solar panel arrays add or subtract from property value?

Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications towers are popping up on farms and grazing properties from northern Queensland through to Tasmania, providing producers with a steady, passive income stream, particularly valuable now as many battle drought. The question is how will they affect property values? The post Weekly property review: Do wind turbines or… Read more »

New world order of biotech cotton on the horizon

A new generation of biotech insect and herbicide tolerant cotton under development by Monsanto is set to be released to the Australian cotton industry in the next decade. The post New world order of biotech cotton on the horizon appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New world order of biotech cotton on… Read more »

Cotton aims for $2 billion lift in production value

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) has launched a five-year strategic research and development plan from 2018 to 2023 that aims to create an additional $2 billion in gross value of production for Australia cotton. The post Cotton aims for $2 billion lift in production value appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

June beef herd liquidation at near record levels – Is this a drought on steroids?

In this comprehensive summary, independent analyst Simon Quilty raises the question of whether the 2018 seasonal conditions represent a ‘drought on steroids’, and estimates that herd liquidation based on a two-year drought scenario could strip two million cattle out of the Australian production system. The post June beef herd liquidation at near record levels –… Read more »

Dairy farmers plan to walk away from industry

Low milk prices and high input costs are pushing dairy farmers to the brink with some saying despite farming for generations they cannot remain in the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers plan to walk away from industry

Rinehart purchases showcase Sundown Valley and Gunnee feedlot

Mining baron Gina Rinehart has continued on her relentless expansion path in the beef industry, purchasing Sundown Valley, west of Armidale – one of the state’s largest-scale backgrounding operations – and Gunnee feedlot near Inverell. The post Rinehart purchases showcase Sundown Valley and Gunnee feedlot appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rinehart… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 8 August 2018

Thunderstorms produced moderate falls in western, central and northeastern Victoria, elevated areas of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and in northwest Tasmania, while another cold front moved north over the South West Land Division, bringing cold southwest to southerly winds in the wake of the front and further moderate falls to the South West… Read more »

Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock launched near Toowoomba

Livestock producers from central Queensland to central New South Wales can expect earlier grazing and higher feed yields with the launch of the new Warlock forage oat variety today. The post Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock launched near Toowoomba appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock… Read more »

Beekeeping industry abuzz over new biosecurity safeguards

A major biosecurity incident in the bee industry could cost Australian agriculture billions, which is why beekeepers must get on board with a new code of practice, according to the Apiary Alliance. Source: ABC Livestock Beekeeping industry abuzz over new biosecurity safeguards

Littleproud works on live sheep trade resumption

WESTERN Australian farmers are hoping live sheep shipments will resume with changes to export licence approval regulations discussed with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud in Perth yesterday. The post Littleproud works on live sheep trade resumption appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud works on live sheep trade… Read more »

Sheepvention ram pen victory is Roseville’s relief

WINNING the champion pen of rams sash at Hamilton’s Sheepvention gave Matthew Coddington some welcome relief from the crippling drought his Roseville Park Merino stud at Dubbo is experiencing. The post Sheepvention ram pen victory is Roseville’s relief appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheepvention ram pen victory is Roseville’s relief

Wearable sheep tech needed for virtual fencing progress

THE ability for sheep producers to use virtual fencing will be stymied until there are suitable devices for the sheep to wear. The post Wearable sheep tech needed for virtual fencing progress appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wearable sheep tech needed for virtual fencing progress

Roma store 7 Aug 2018: Rates ease with plainer quality

The overall quality was not up to the standard of the previous week. Prices eased for most classes of yearling steers by 2c to 10c/kg, with some of the losses related to the quality penned. The post Roma store 7 Aug 2018: Rates ease with plainer quality appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

American Millennials are US lamb sales focus

ADVENTUROUS Millennials and ‘infrequent lamb users’ have been identified as key American lamb lovers, a visiting US industry leader said at Lambex 2018 this week. The post American Millennials are US lamb sales focus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central American Millennials are US lamb sales focus

Sheep tech can deliver big returns, WA study reveals

INVESTMENT in technology for the sheep industry can deliver returns of more than $25 for each dollar invested according to a new study. The post Sheep tech can deliver big returns, WA study reveals appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep tech can deliver big returns, WA study reveals

Three generations of superfine Merinos produce top clip

THE Hayes family were justly rewarded for what could be the final clip from their Dunkeld property Balintore this week. The post Three generations of superfine Merinos produce top clip appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Three generations of superfine Merinos produce top clip

Genetics: Producers’ experiences with customised Breedplan Indexes

Andrew Chapman and his wife Kate, of Rowanlea Santa Gertrudis developed a customised index a couple of years ago that targeted EU production, as the couple had a number of prospective bull buyers who were producing EU cattle. Was it worthwhile? The post Genetics: Producers’ experiences with customised Breedplan Indexes appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Learn more about Angus AI sire prospects via online Spring Bull Night

Adopting a concept that is widely used in the dairy industry, Angus Australia will host a virtual “Spring Bull Night” via social media at the end of August, allowing producers to engage and source information as they make decisions for upcoming AI programs. The post Learn more about Angus AI sire prospects via online Spring… Read more »

‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep management

An online tool that provides timely and accurate predictions for sheep wellbeing and productivity using climate, stock and pasture information is now available online for sheep producers throughout Australia. The post ‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep management appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Pocket shepherd’ online tool delivers predictive sheep… Read more »

Cotton comes to town – 2350 delegates at Gold Coast conference

The cotton industry has descended on the Gold Coast in force with a record 2350 delegates gathering at this week’s 2018 Australian Cotton Conference. The post Cotton comes to town – 2350 delegates at Gold Coast conference appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cotton comes to town – 2350 delegates at Gold… Read more »

Producer cost warning if more three-yearly bank valuations enforced

Increasing scrutiny on rural banks may mean greater enforcement of rules requiring rural borrowers to pay for independent property valuations every three years, regardless of how strong their equity and cash flow position is, while the Banking Royal Commission raises question about the ‘value of valuations’. The post Producer cost warning if more three-yearly bank… Read more »

Record price heavy lambs are concern for sheep meat industry

HEAVY weight lambs might be commanding attention and record prices, but they are causing concern for parts of the sheep meat industry. The post Record price heavy lambs are concern for sheep meat industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Record price heavy lambs are concern for sheep meat industry

Use trust and look forward to build agriculture’s social licence

PRODUCERS looking to defend their industry against attack should rely on trust rather than science and facts. The post Use trust and look forward to build agriculture’s social licence appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Use trust and look forward to build agriculture’s social licence

Wholesale market sees big discounting on surplus Wagyu beef

Reports continue to circulate out of the meat trade this week about large volumes of Wagyu beef, mostly lower marbling scores from crossbred animals, looking for a home in the domestic market. The post Wholesale market sees big discounting on surplus Wagyu beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wholesale market sees… Read more »

Crops and livestock 'polluted' by plastic' along major SA highway

Farmers are considering their legal options after rubbish associated with trucks offloading at a dump in Adelaide’s north is blamed for polluting grain and potentially causing the death of livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Crops and livestock ‘polluted’ by plastic’ along major SA highway