Category: External News

Pearls of wisdom from Day 1 of Roma’s Young Beef Producers Forum + PICS

More than 200 young cattle producers from almost every state of Australia have gathered in Roma, the home of Australia’s largest cattle selling centre,  this week for the 2017 Young Beef Producers Forum. The post Pearls of wisdom from Day 1 of Roma’s Young Beef Producers Forum + PICS appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO

The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall outlook for December to February released today shows northeast NSW and regions surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria are likely to be drier than average. Elsewhere across the country, there is no strong signal showing wetter or drier conditions for summer. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO… Read more »

Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities

A resurgence in student enrolments in the agricultural sciences at universities across Australia has exposed the need for stronger linkages to be built between universities and the agricultural industry. The post Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens… Read more »

Feeder cattle permits for China are ‘close,’ live exporters told

While Australia’s modest live cattle trade into China so far has been in slaughter-ready cattle, indications that the release of import permits for feeder cattle into China appears to be “quite close” delegates attending the LIVEXchange conference in Perth heard yesterday. The post Feeder cattle permits for China are ‘close,’ live exporters told appeared first… Read more »

RSPCA urged to drop campaigns to shut down livex

A call for animal welfare groups to drop their campaigns to shut down the live export trade has been rejected by the RSPCA at the 2017 LIVEXchange conference in Perth. Immediate past Livecorp chairman David Galvin made the call at the conference yesterday after outlining the difficulties faced by the trade in the past year,… Read more »

Early spring rain triggers buffalo fly spike, three-day sickness outbreaks

Warm winter conditions followed by early spring rains have triggered an earlier and more aggressive onset of buffalo fly pressure this year. There are also reports of “quite savage” three-day sickness outbreaks occurring in Central Queensland where recent rains have increased the population of biting midges. The post Early spring rain triggers buffalo fly spike,… Read more »

Property leasing: A North Queensland perspective

Over the past five years, leasing is becoming more prevalent in the ownership and operation of North Queensland agricultural assets, suggests Herron Todd White’s Townsville-based valuer, Roger Hill. Such agreements need to be win-win for both the business and the landlord, he suggests. The post Property leasing: A North Queensland perspective appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Momentum to China building as Phoenix Exports sends Australia’s third beef cattle shipment

Australia’s emerging beef cattle export trade to China has gathered further momentum this week, with WA-based Phoenix Exports yesterday sending its first, and the trade’s third, shipment of cattle from Portland, Victoria. The post Momentum to China building as Phoenix Exports sends Australia’s third beef cattle shipment appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Heritage Seeds extends coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

Heritage Seeds has strengthened its position as one of the largest seed companies in Australia after acquiring three key Queensland-based seed businesses. The post Heritage Seeds extends coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Heritage Seeds extends coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

AA Co delivers half-year pre-tax earnings of $16.1m

AA Co this morning announced pre-tax earnings for the six months to September 30 of $16.1m, up 16pc versus the same period last year. Difficult trading conditions continue to plague the company’s Livingstone Beef processing plant near Darwin, however. The post AA Co delivers half-year pre-tax earnings of $16.1m appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

JBS shrugs off recent troubles with solid third quarter

JBS has shrugged off its recent dramatic public exposure in Brazil surrounding the activities of major shareholders, the Batista family, to post strong third quarter financials for the period ended 30 September. The post JBS shrugs off recent troubles with solid third quarter appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central JBS shrugs off… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate falls in parts of the west, north and east of Australia. A persistent easterly onshore flow produced moderate to heavy falls over the north tropical coast of Queensland The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Roma store 14 Nov 2017: Yearling steers to 424c

Buyers were optimistic with the impending general rain predicted. Restockers were offered a mixed yarding and paid well for quality. Feeders were sourcing heavier cattle, as grain prices soar. The post Roma store 14 Nov 2017: Yearling steers to 424c appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 14 Nov 2017: Yearling… Read more »

Livestock Productivity Partnership to be expanded

A major collaborative research partnership aimed at lifting the productivity of Australia’s livestock industry has been expanded – with the potential for up to $50 million worth of projects over the next five years. The post Livestock Productivity Partnership to be expanded appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livestock Productivity Partnership to… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 14 Nov 2017: Store market up on rain, trade demand more selective

Store cattle continued to attract premium rates on the back of rain and the prediction of more this week, but bidding for trade cattle became more selective as pressure mounts with increased supplies at southern markets. The post NVLX Wodonga 14 Nov 2017: Store market up on rain, trade demand more selective appeared first on… Read more »

Weekly kill: Numbers continue to ease, pushing some grids higher

The NLRS restored its eastern states weekly slaughter report this week after a six-week absence, confirming what everybody suspected – that there’s been a substantial decline in rates of kill since rain started in early October. Some QLD grids rose this week as a result of the declines, while offers in southern Australia eased, in… Read more »

Iconic Brownes Dairy sold to Chinese

One of Western Australia’s most recognised household dairy names — the 130-year-old Brownes Dairy — is sold to Chinese firm Shanghai Ground Food Tech. Source: ABC Livestock Iconic Brownes Dairy sold to Chinese

Grainfed cattle numbers drop 6pc in September quarter

Cattle on feed across Australia for the September quarter decreased about 64,000 head or 6pc from the June quarter, according to the results of the latest grainfed beef industry survey. Normal seasonal declines in some states, combined with high grain prices were the mean reasons for the reduction. The post Grainfed cattle numbers drop 6pc… Read more »

SA’s Allan Piggott elected to lead new Sheep Producers Australia Ltd

AUSTRALIA’S sheep sector has a new team of leaders after the election of the inaugural board of Sheep Producers Australia Ltd in Perth this afternoon. The post SA’s Allan Piggott elected to lead new Sheep Producers Australia Ltd appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central SA’s Allan Piggott elected to lead new Sheep… Read more »

Ruralco announces record full year result

Ruralco Holdings has today announced record second half and full year earnings for the 12 months to September 30, 2017, headlined by a 95 percent rise in net profit after tax to $26.2 million. The post Ruralco announces record full year result appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ruralco announces record full… Read more »

On-board live export insights highlighted at LIVEXchange conference

THE unique perspectives of the professionals who work on board livestock export vessels in animal welfare roles will be shared at this week’s LIVEXchange 2017 conference in Perth. The post On-board live export insights highlighted at LIVEXchange conference appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central On-board live export insights highlighted at LIVEXchange conference

Heritage Seeds extends its coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

HERITAGE Seeds has strengthened its position as one of the largest seed companies in Australia after acquiring three key Queensland-based seed businesses. The post Heritage Seeds extends its coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Heritage Seeds extends its coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

Online wool sales increase as auction price benchmark hits record level

ONLINE wool sales strengthened last week as demand increased through the physical auction market. The post Online wool sales increase as auction price benchmark hits record level appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales increase as auction price benchmark hits record level

South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market

A 23,000-tonne cargo of South Australian barley is being discharged into trucks on a Brisbane wharf this week, and trade sources say the grain will be absorbed by feedlots on the Darling Downs and west of the port city. The post South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Wagga sale 13 Nov 2017: Weaner steers 4-5c dearer

In early sales there was a lift in the level of demand for secondary yearlings, inspired by the prediction of more rain mid-week. Northern and southern store orders were plentiful and weaner steers returning to the paddock sold 4-5c dearer. The post Wagga sale 13 Nov 2017: Weaner steers 4-5c dearer appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Weekly kill figures return, after six-week standoff – but for how long?

Full Eastern States weekly slaughter figures have been compiled by the NLRS for the first time in six weeks this afternoon, since a dispute emerged between the nation’s largest processor and MLA in early October over the accuracy of NLRS reporting of kill numbers. But there’s no guarantees yet that the truce will last. The… Read more »

Feeder cattle pre-vaccination programs gaining momentum

Sharp rises in the value of feeder cattle over the past three years, together with advances making vaccination programs more ‘user friendly’ have seen a rapid expansion in the uptake of pre-vaccination to better protect cattle from Bovine Respiratory Disease. The post Feeder cattle pre-vaccination programs gaining momentum appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Killara sees sharp productivity impact from pre-vaccination

Direct improvement in reduced animal health issues, better weightgain in feeder cattle and reduced use of antibiotics are among the key benefits achieved by Elders Killara feedlot’s adoption this year of an incentive-driven pre-vaccination program to protect against Bovine Respiratory Disease. The post Killara sees sharp productivity impact from pre-vaccination appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

WA crop potential continues to rise as harvest cranks up

Winter crop prospects continue to improve in Western Australia as late season grain fill moves the 2017 harvest from ‘ordinary’ to ‘average’ and lifts WA’s production potential to 12.326 million tonnes. The post WA crop potential continues to rise as harvest cranks up appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA crop potential… Read more »

Australian Wool Innovation shareholders in three states claim no voting papers

WOOL growers in three states have claimed they had not received their Australian Wool Innovation election voting papers with only days before the 2017 poll closes. The post Australian Wool Innovation shareholders in three states claim no voting papers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation shareholders in three states… Read more »

Lifetime Ewe Management course gets new app, online hub and website update

A NEW online Lifetime Ewe Management hub and website, and the launch of the new android app highlight the latest opportunities for sheep producers accessing the popular course. The post Lifetime Ewe Management course gets new app, online hub and website update appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lifetime Ewe Management course… Read more »

Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17

STRONG cattle and sheep prices and an expanded business network helped Elders Limited to almost double its net profit in the 2017 financial year, the publicly-listed agribusiness announced this morning. The post Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Elders announces 6m net profit for FY17

Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers will be able to order subsidised ear tags of any colour in 2018. The post Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018

Demand for Australian has grown and there is still room to move

AUSTRALIAN lamb exports have grown by 50 percent in the past 10 years, but there are still opportunities for growth in some key markets, according to MLA’s general manager – international markets, Michael Finucan said. The post Demand for Australian has grown and there is still room to move appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation

MORE than 4440 Australian red meat producers have updated their Livestock Production Assurance accreditation as part of changes implemented to strengthen the program. The post Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation

Central Queensland council sticks by bounty on 'monster' feral cats

The Banana Shire Council says despite receiving a “fair few ridiculous letters and phone calls”, it will continue its $10 bounty on feral cats, providing residents present the scalps of the dead animals to collect. Source: ABC Livestock Central Queensland council sticks by bounty on ‘monster’ feral cats

WA producer help sought on spread of Red Leaf Sub Clover Syndrome

WESTERN Australian livestock producers are being surveyed to increase understanding of the spread of Red Lead Sub Clover Syndrome across the state’s southern region. The post WA producer help sought on spread of Red Leaf Sub Clover Syndrome appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WA producer help sought on spread of Red… Read more »

One Aussie, two Kiwis named 2018 Zanda McDonald Award finalists

Three finalists from Australia and New Zealand have been named for the 2018 Zanda McDonald Award, which recognises agriculture’s most innovative young professionals from both sides of the Tasman. The post One Aussie, two Kiwis named 2018 Zanda McDonald Award finalists appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central One Aussie, two Kiwis named… Read more »

Cattle price incentives needed to shift focus from volume to quality, says report

The red meat industry needs to develop clear price incentives to encourage producers to focus on quality rather than volume, if it is to withstand intense competitive pressures from other global producers and proteins, according to a recently-released industry report. The post Cattle price incentives needed to shift focus from volume to quality, says report… Read more »

Young boss takes the helm of farming empire after family tragedy

College graduate James Paterson took a big step when he finished studying agribusiness five years ago — straight to the top of his family’s farming empire. Source: ABC Livestock Young boss takes the helm of farming empire after family tragedy

AuctionsPlus catalogue tops 11,200 head, with most young cattle firmer

Cattle numbers remained high on AuctionsPlus this week, with 11,278 head listed – about 500 less than the previous week. Most steer and heifer descriptions were moderately higher in price, with the exception of light heifers which eased about 20c/kg on average. The post AuctionsPlus catalogue tops 11,200 head, with most young cattle firmer appeared… Read more »

Casino processor NCMC delivers scant $1.06m profit for 2016-17 year

Continued tough livestock supply conditions for meat processors were reflected in a $1.06 million pre-tax profit for the 2016-17 year for the Northern Cooperative Meat Co at Casino, which held its annual meeting this week. The post Casino processor NCMC delivers scant $1.06m profit for 2016-17 year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

SEALS and Yarra Corp announce partnership geared towards Asian livestock exports

Livestock exporter South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS) has today announced that Singapore’s Yarra Corporation (Yarra Corp) has taken a controlling stake in the company. The post SEALS and Yarra Corp announce partnership geared towards Asian livestock exports appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central SEALS and Yarra Corp announce partnership geared towards… Read more »

TFI releases forward lamb contracts of 600-620c/kg for December-March

COMPETITION for forward lamb supplies escalated today with the release of Thomas Foods International contracts paying 600-620c/kg for 18-32kg crossbred lambs delivered from December to March. The post TFI releases forward lamb contracts of 600-620c/kg for December-March appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central TFI releases forward lamb contracts of 600-620c/kg for December-March

Australian Wool Innovation director Sheil proposed as option to Merriman

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation director Meredith Sheil has thrown her support behind AWI chairman Wal Merriman, despite an industry call for her to replace the incumbent leader. The post Australian Wool Innovation director Sheil proposed as option to Merriman appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation director Sheil proposed as option… Read more »

Wool prices soar to record levels as exporters battle Chinese interests

WOOL prices soared to record levels this week, with Merino prices lifting 40-100 cents and crossbred rates rising 50-80 cents. The post Wool prices soar to record levels as exporters battle Chinese interests appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices soar to record levels as exporters battle Chinese interests

Victorian sheep producers to pay 45 cents for subsidised tags in 2018

VICTORIAN sheep producers will pay 45 cents for subsidised electronic sheep tags next year. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the 2018 tender tag price while on a Donald farm today. The post Victorian sheep producers to pay 45 cents for subsidised tags in 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian… Read more »

Wearable tech being trialed to automate disease detection in feedlot cattle

High-tech ear tags and computer algorithms are being tested in Australian feedlot conditions for their ability to more accurately and rapidly diagnose cattle with symptoms of Bovine Respiratory Disease. The post Wearable tech being trialed to automate disease detection in feedlot cattle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wearable tech being trialed… Read more »

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to future job security?

There is a digital revolution underway in Australian agriculture, with the timely confluence of record production levels marking agriculture as one of the key ‘industries of the future’. But will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the farm sector’s job opportunities of the future? The post Recruitment: Is automated farming… Read more »

SwarmFarm teams with Bosch to secure future for farming robots

SwarmFarm Robotics, the developer of lightweight, driverless robot farming machines, has taken the next step to commercialisation by joining in a new partnership with global technology and services provider, Bosch Australia. The post SwarmFarm teams with Bosch to secure future for farming robots appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central SwarmFarm teams with… Read more »

Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement

Australia and Peru have signed a Free Trade Agreement, the announcement being made at the APEC Summit in Vietnam today. The post Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement

System-wide analysis to improve live export supply chain

A national system-wide analysis of the cattle and sheep live export supply chains is being conducted to identify what creates inefficiencies and critical delays that increase costs or restrict supply. The post System-wide analysis to improve live export supply chain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central System-wide analysis to improve live export… Read more »

Dubbo sale 9 Nov 2017: Young cattle numbers up in bigger yarding

Most grades were represented with good numbers of young cattle to suit the feeders backgrounders and restockers along with a good selection of cows. There were not the numbers of well finished grown steers compared to the previous sale and there were a few consignments of plainer cattle in from the far west with loads… Read more »

South Australian processor pays record $366 for first cross ewes at Naracoorte

AUSTRALIA’S largest fully family-owned meat processor Thomas Foods International has paid a record price of $366 for 1.5 year-old first cross ewes at Naracoorte today, in what was seen as a strong gesture of confidence in the prime lamb industry. The post South Australian processor pays record $366 for first cross ewes at Naracoorte appeared… Read more »

Improved access agreed for Australian feeder and slaughter sheep into China

NEW and improved market access for Australian live feeder and slaughter sheep and goats into China will results from protocol conditions agreed to in high level negotiations. The post Improved access agreed for Australian feeder and slaughter sheep into China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Improved access agreed for Australian feeder… Read more »

US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the agency’s regulations of genetically engineered crops. The rule was proposed by the outgoing Obama administration in January. The post US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’ appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

China’s Sustainable Meat Declaration an opportunity for farmers, says WWF

World Wildlife Fund Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman provides an opinion about the recent Chinese Sustainable Meat Declaration, and its significance for the Australian beef industry The post China’s Sustainable Meat Declaration an opportunity for farmers, says WWF appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central China’s Sustainable Meat Declaration an opportunity for farmers, says… Read more »

International Beef Alliance lobbies for action against restrictive trade barriers

With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, the International Beef Alliance recently reconfirmed its commitment to trade reform and liberalisation, sustainable beef production and ensuring confidence amongst global beef consumers. The post International Beef Alliance lobbies for action against restrictive trade barriers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central International Beef Alliance… Read more »

Dalby sale 8 Nov 2017: Strong market for 4740 head

Competition was strong with feeder and restocker yearling steers holding firm. The medium weight feeder steers sold from 315c to a top of 331c/kg. Heavy yearling feeder steers reached 316c/kg. A good supply of light restocker yearling steers sold to 332c, to average 346c/kg. The post Dalby sale 8 Nov 2017: Strong market for 4740… Read more »

Abattoir project would give Qld beef producers market alternatives, says Govt

The proposed Hughenden abattoir project in North Queensland has been granted Major Project Status by the Australian Government, in a move designed to deliver an estimated 300 regional jobs and provide beef producers with market alternatives. The post Abattoir project would give Qld beef producers market alternatives, says Govt appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 7 Nov 2017: Vealer steers to 334c/kg

There were some exciting price gains recorded in the trade market as all domestic processors were keen to secure a market share. Price surges of another 7-12c were achieved. The post NVLX Wodonga 7 Nov 2017: Vealer steers to 334c/kg appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 7 Nov 2017: Vealer… Read more »

Weekly property review – the evolution of leasing creates opportunity

The investment landscape in Australian agriculture has been evolving over the last five years, with leasing now commonplace from corporate level to family farms. The post Weekly property review – the evolution of leasing creates opportunity appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review – the evolution of leasing creates opportunity

Legally speaking: Deadline for registration of foreign-owned water entitlements nears

Penalties will soon apply to foreign investors who have not yet registered their water entitlements for agricultural assets in Australia. The post Legally speaking: Deadline for registration of foreign-owned water entitlements nears appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Legally speaking: Deadline for registration of foreign-owned water entitlements nears

Coles 620-630c/kg January lamb contract prompts quick take-up

LAMB producers have reacted quickly to the release of a Coles forward contract offering up 620-630c/kg for 18-25kg lambs delivered to Gundagai and Colac during December and January. The post Coles 620-630c/kg January lamb contract prompts quick take-up appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Coles 620-630c/kg January lamb contract prompts quick take-up

JBS’s new super-premium grassfed beef brand blazes trail

The grassfed/natural beef sector reaches a new pinnacle in its evolution this week with the launch of a new, super-premium grassfed brand by JBS Australia. The company’s new ‘Little Joe’ brand carries a minimum marbling score of four, making it arguably the most exclusive grassfed beef ever offered in Australia, if not the world. The… Read more »

Agriculture on cusp of digital farming transformation

The digital revolution appears to be gaining some much-needed momentum in Australian agriculture as the market shows signs of upward movement in the uptake of digital technologies. The post Agriculture on cusp of digital farming transformation appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Agriculture on cusp of digital farming transformation

Kay’s Cuts: The pitfalls of new beef industry technologies

In a timely follow-up to Beef Central’s article yesterday about developments in instrument based meat quality and yield grading systems, US meat and livestock market commentator Steve Kay discusses recent experiences in this space in the North American industry. The post Kay’s Cuts: The pitfalls of new beef industry technologies appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

South Australian Merino breeders back Merriman AWI election picks

SOUTH Australia’s peak stud Merino stud breeder body, Merino SA, has come out in support of Australian Wool Innovation’s recommended 2017 election candidates in a clear call for maintenance of the AWI board’s positions on marketing, mulesing, research and development, and pest control. The post South Australian Merino breeders back Merriman AWI election picks appeared first… Read more »

MLA leader Norton to talk on building lamb consumer trust at Victorian field day

LAMB value chain support and building consumer trust will be discussed by Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton at a north east Victorian field day next week. The post MLA leader Norton to talk on building lamb consumer trust at Victorian field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA… Read more »

Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds

AUSTRALIA’s peak communication consumer and competition bodies have demanded the National Broadband Network and retailers make achievable internet speed data available to customers at their premises. The post Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow… Read more »

Incubating the missing link in livestock pedigree matching

A system that allows livestock producers to collect vital pedigree information – potentially saving money and boosting productivity – is one of the many early success stories of University of New England’s Smart Regional Incubator (SRI). The post Incubating the missing link in livestock pedigree matching appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Strong AuctionsPlus wool sales last week are continuing

ONLINE wool trading platform AuctionsPlus had strong buyer and exporter enquiry last week, as auction market prices lifted, and the trend was continuing this week. The post Strong AuctionsPlus wool sales last week are continuing appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Strong AuctionsPlus wool sales last week are continuing

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017

Broad surface troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in the north and east of Australia. An intensifying low pressure system tracked across New South Wales, producing moderate to locally heavy falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Roma store 7 Nov 2017: Prices lift with wet conditions

Prices increased, with all buyers were in attendance and operating in wet conditions. The post Roma store 7 Nov 2017: Prices lift with wet conditions appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 7 Nov 2017: Prices lift with wet conditions

Sheep Producers of Australia candidates set for new peak sheep meat board

STATE farming organisation delegates will elect the inaugural board of Sheep Producers Australia in Perth next week, replacing the peak body, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia. The post Sheep Producers of Australia candidates set for new peak sheep meat board appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers of Australia candidates set… Read more »

Instrument grading making rapid progress, in both meat yield and eating quality

The rapid pace of change in instrument-based grading technology for both meat yield and eating quality assessment was on display at last week’s SmartBeef conference in Armidale. “Technology in all these fields is moving very fast, and examples of various objective systems are out there being used in different parts of the world meat industry… Read more »

Rain spells good news for Queensland beekeepers

Soaking spring rain in many parts of Queensland spreads some sunshine for local bee keepers and their insects, following a dry winter, which drained nectar and pollen supplies. Source: ABC Livestock Rain spells good news for Queensland beekeepers

The opportunity for Australian beef lies in genuine supply chains

The continued growth of large, relationship-based beef supply chains in recent years, linking producers able to consistently supply cattle within precise quality specifications to customers able to pay more for a premium article, was a dominant theme at ALFA’s 2017 SmartBeef conference in Armidale. The post The opportunity for Australian beef lies in genuine supply… Read more »

Miniature bulldog inspires Kevin, the Fragrance, for man's best friend

There is a new brand of toiletries in town that’s going off called Kevin, the Fragrance, and it’s not for the man or woman in your life, it’s for your best friend — your dog. Source: ABC Livestock Miniature bulldog inspires Kevin, the Fragrance, for man’s best friend

Opinion: Grassfed restructure against spirit of Senate recommendations

Opinion article on the grassfed cattle industry restructure process submitted by Central Queensland cattle producer and member of the grassfed cattle industry restructure Implementation Committee, Ashley McKay. The post Opinion: Grassfed restructure against spirit of Senate recommendations appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Opinion: Grassfed restructure against spirit of Senate recommendations

Wagga sale 6 Nov 2017: Buyers active after widespread rain

All buyers were active in a dearer market for secondary yearlings, while domestic and export prices varied depending on quality. High yielding supplementary fed stock were paid premium prices for the better finished lines, with all southern processors having to compete strongly against each other for a market share. The post Wagga sale 6 Nov… Read more »

Herefords join move to single-step genetic evaluation

The Hereford breed has become the second beef cattle breed in Australia to deliver a single-step genetic evaluation to members.   The post Herefords join move to single-step genetic evaluation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Herefords join move to single-step genetic evaluation

NSW wool grower claims Wool Exchange Portal at risk from AWI election moves

UPROAR in the Australian Wool Innovation 2017 election escalated today with claims the proposed Wool Exchange Portal has been politicised and put at risk by the actions ofAWI chairman Wal Merriman and board candidate Will Wilson. The post NSW wool grower claims Wool Exchange Portal at risk from AWI election moves appeared first on Sheep… Read more »

Rain boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering

RAIN across Australia helped boost AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings to 91,290 last week, up just over 9000 more than the previous week. The post Rain boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rain boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offering

Merinos and cropping working well on the Yorke Pensinsula

MERINOS are a vital part of the enterprise mix at Craig and Abigail Hickman’s Curramulka property Seaview, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, producing $130 per winter grazed hectare per 100mm of growing season rainfall in 2016. The post Merinos and cropping working well on the Yorke Pensinsula appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Sheep reproductivity, survival and technology projects win levy funding

NEW approaches to increase the national flock’s weaning rate and improve the survival of triplet dams and their lambs are among projects to benefits from $9.5 million in levy funding from Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Sheep reproductivity, survival and technology projects win levy funding appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Inland wool brokers voice lack of support for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal

AUSTRALIA’S inland wool brokers have joined other peak trade bodies in rejecting a claim by Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman that there was unanimous agreement for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal project to proceed. The post Inland wool brokers voice lack of support for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended for another week

VICTORIA’S on-farm energy survey deadline has been extended for another week. The state’s farmers are being urged to complete the Agriculture Victoria On-Farm Energy Survey before its deadline of midnight November 12. The post Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended for another week appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s on-farm energy survey extended… Read more »

Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange

FORMER Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, will be a keynote speaker at LIVEXchange 2017 later this month. The post Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange

Preparation for a major disease outbreak on track: CSIRO scientist

A group of Australian scientists recently met in Canberra at a workshop hosted by Animal Health Australia to discuss the work being undertaken to prepare Australia for a major disease outbreak like Foot and Mouth Disease.  The post Preparation for a major disease outbreak on track: CSIRO scientist appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Former Ambassador set for LIVEXchange keynote address

Former Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, has been unveiled as a keynote speaker at LIVEXchange 2017 conference in Perth next week. The post Former Ambassador set for LIVEXchange keynote address appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Former Ambassador set for LIVEXchange keynote address

Producer consultation guides $9.5m in on-farm research

  LIVESTOCK producers, through consultation with Meat & Livestock Australia, have directly influenced the investment of $9.5 million of levy funds into 12 new research & development projects aimed at building the prosperity of the grassfed beef and sheepmeat sectors. The projects address key industry priorities that fit within three themes: whole farm breeder productivity… Read more »

Recent beef export slump continues, with October trade at 86,200t

The sharp slowdown in Australian beef kills seen since August is reflected in latest export statistics, with October trade to all markets below 86,300 tonnes. The post Recent beef export slump continues, with October trade at 86,200t appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recent beef export slump continues, with October trade at… Read more »

Sharp lift in cattle prices drives agri-index higher

NAB’s Rural Commodities Index rose 2.1pc in October – the first increase since May this year – driven largely by an increase in cattle prices. However, even if seasonal conditions remain strong, key export markets remain a challenge, as Australian cattle prices remain detached from US fundamentals in many ways. The post Sharp lift in… Read more »