Category: External News

WoolProducers Australia calls for bi-partisan support for trade agreement

AUSTRALIA’S wool growers are calling for bi-partisan support for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in the country’s Senate. The post WoolProducers Australia calls for bi-partisan support for trade agreement appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia calls for bi-partisan support for trade agreement

Minister blasts 'slippery' Coles, tells Aldi to 'go jam it' over milk levy

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud launches a scathing attack on Coles over its handling of the 10c milk levy for drought relief, calling it a “media stunt”, and accusing German-owned rival Aldi of doing “bugger all” for Australian farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Minister blasts ‘slippery’ Coles, tells Aldi to ‘go jam it’ over milk levy

Small spring improvements for some NSW farmers

The latest NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Seasonal Update for September indicates 98 percent of the state remains in drought. The post Small spring improvements for some NSW farmers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Small spring improvements for some NSW farmers

Shooting high-powered firearms on remote station a tourism drawcard

A remote pastoral station in Western Australia is attracting firearms enthusiasts from around the world who are keen to spend time in the outback shooting high-calibre rifles. Source: ABC Livestock Shooting high-powered firearms on remote station a tourism drawcard

'Take no passenger' year for Murray River dairy farmers facing cull pain

Drought conditions are beginning to affect farmers in northern Victoria, who say they are selling cows for meat due to the pressure of rising feed and water costs. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Take no passenger’ year for Murray River dairy farmers facing cull pain

Prices push higher for AuctionsPlus young steer and heifer categories after rain

All young steer and heifer weight categories trended higher in price on AuctionsPlus this week, in some cases by 10-20c/kg. Widespread, mostly light rainfall across parts of the eastern states, and more rain in prospect may have been the trigger for a 15pc spike in clearance rates, with 70pc of lots finding buyers. The post… Read more »

Eastern posts undergo 'reverse engineering' amid drought creep

Grain handlers have stepped up the amount of grain being domestically imported into eastern Australia and are considering importing product from overseas. Source: ABC Livestock Eastern posts undergo ‘reverse engineering’ amid drought creep

'Devastating' hail kills hundreds of chickens in Queensland town

Thursday afternoon’s wild hail storm leaves egg producer Leanne Geri from Tansey with the unenviable task of composting hundreds of chickens who were pelted to death. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Devastating’ hail kills hundreds of chickens in Queensland town

Major Middle East live sheep importer expecting ‘imminent’ licence decision

A MAJOR Middle East live sheep importer is hopeful its Australian subsidiary will gain export licence approval within days. The post Major Middle East live sheep importer expecting ‘imminent’ licence decision appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Major Middle East live sheep importer expecting ‘imminent’ licence decision

Meat sheep mulesing declaration on peak body’s agenda this month

SHEEP Producers Australia will discuss the issue of a mulesing declaration for meat sheep – lambs and mutton – at its next board meeting on October 22. The post Meat sheep mulesing declaration on peak body’s agenda this month appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Meat sheep mulesing declaration on peak body’s… Read more »

Kwinana zone leads new storage capabilities ahead of big WA harvest

Significant storage and handing investment will be completed in time for harvest in Western Australia’s central and southern zones as CBH prepares to handle everything the 2018 winter crop can deliver. The post Kwinana zone leads new storage capabilities ahead of big WA harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Kwinana zone… Read more »

WA cattle exporter assures government on sheep export intentions

WESTERN Australian exporter International Livestock Export has assured the industry regulator it has no intention of exporting sheep, but is nervous about the future of its cattle operation after it was issued with a show cause notice. The post WA cattle exporter assures government on sheep export intentions appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Australia wool prices jump with low dollar and forward supply forecast

FAVOURABLE exchange rates and further evidence of declining forward greasy wool supplies helped Australian wool prices recover this week. The post Australia wool prices jump with low dollar and forward supply forecast appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australia wool prices jump with low dollar and forward supply forecast

Agtech startup raises $1.4m for first commercially licensed mobile abattoir

Agtech startup Provenir has announced it has closed a $1.4 million investment round as it gears up to build Australia’s first commercial mobile abattoir. The Victorian-based business proposes to provide a fully integrated meat-processing service which would enable livestock to be processed on-farm, eliminating the need for livestock to travel to an abattoir. The post Agtech… Read more »

Wool forward market pushes higher, pre-empting spot auction rise

THE wool forward market pushed higher early in the week, pre-empting the consolidation in the spot auction sector on Wednesday. The post Wool forward market pushes higher, pre-empting spot auction rise appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward market pushes higher, pre-empting spot auction rise

Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds

Melbourne-based grain exporter, Societa Cofica, has purchased long-established Queensland Darling Downs seed business, Deacon Seeds, at Dalby. The post Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds

WA cattle exporter issued with ‘show cause’ notice

Western Australian livestock exporter International Livestock Export is concerned about the future of its cattle export operation after it was issued with a ‘show cause notice’ by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The post WA cattle exporter issued with ‘show cause’ notice appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA cattle… Read more »

Making the queen and other mail bees comfortable for an overseas posting

Tarantulas, dung beetles and queen bees — while many of us routinely collect letters from the mailbox, there are people who eagerly await living parcels. Source: ABC Livestock Making the queen and other mail bees comfortable for an overseas posting

Recruitment: What makes an effective leader – can you tick these boxes?

Some lucky people are born to lead, with skills and values either instinctive, or instilled in them from an early age. However, for the rest of us who don’t naturally possess leadership qualities, thankfully there are methods and qualities to learn that can help anyone become a better leader. How do you measure up? The… Read more »

Donkeys: Where science, religion and pop culture collide

Scientists, storytellers and Christians have all tried explaining why donkeys around the world have a peculiar marking resembling a cross. Source: ABC Livestock Donkeys: Where science, religion and pop culture collide

Dubbo sale 11 Oct 2018: Healthy gains in smaller yarding

Last weeks fantastic rains combined with some patchy falls throughout this week has certainly given people a little confidence to hold onto their remaining cattle. The post Dubbo sale 11 Oct 2018: Healthy gains in smaller yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 11 Oct 2018: Healthy gains in smaller… Read more »

Fresh talent takes on ag problems in one helluva weekend

One of the greatest benefits to agriculture that agtech brings, aside from its innovative solutions, is new talent. There was plenty of evidence of this at last weekend’s ‘Agtech X Fintech Hackathon’ in Melbourne. The post Fresh talent takes on ag problems in one helluva weekend appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Juicy steaks guaranteed using adapted medical probes

Guaranteeing the eating quality of a steak or lamb chop is the aim of an agriculture technology start up. Source: ABC Livestock Juicy steaks guaranteed using adapted medical probes

Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit from broking

Sydney-based agribusiness firm, Agfarm, has ceased its grain-broking function, but will continue to operate with an eye to expanding its other operations, including grower finance and grain marketing. The post Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit from broking appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit… Read more »

Animal-free ag would mean major nutrient deficiencies for marginal greenhouse gains

WHAT would happen if every animal was removed from agriculture tomorrow and the world suddenly moved to a plant-only diet? The post Animal-free ag would mean major nutrient deficiencies for marginal greenhouse gains appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Animal-free ag would mean major nutrient deficiencies for marginal greenhouse gains

Feedgrain Focus: Rain flattens market in limited volume ahead of new-crop

Hay cutting in the south remained active and recent scattered falls of rain renewed hope of pasture growth. Little consumer activity was seen in feedgrain markets in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. The post Feedgrain Focus: Rain flattens market in limited volume ahead of new-crop appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

‘First look’ climate outlook released for Nov 18-Jan 19

The ‘first-look’ November 2018 to January 2019 rainfall and temperature outlook forecast issued today suggests below-average rainfall will be likely for much of eastern Australia, with warmer than average temperatures for much of the continent. The post ‘First look’ climate outlook released for Nov 18-Jan 19 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Should plant-based food be called 'meat' or 'milk'?

The Federal Government wants to change food standards to stop plant-based products being labelled ‘meat’ or ‘milk’. Source: ABC Livestock Should plant-based food be called ‘meat’ or ‘milk’?

Pastoralists left reeling after 'show-cause' notice issued to major exporter

A question mark over the licence of one of the main cattle exporters out of northern Western Australia, has left pastoralists in the Kimberley and Pilbara feeling nervous for the future of the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Pastoralists left reeling after ‘show-cause’ notice issued to major exporter

Drought Finance Taskforce established

A new Drought Finance Taskforce has been established to leverage the resources of banks, government and farm representative groups as part of ongoing efforts to support drought-affected farmers and rural and regional small businesses. The post Drought Finance Taskforce established appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Drought Finance Taskforce established

Chance of El Nino increases to 70pc likelihood

The Bureau of Meteorology has revised its ENSO Outlook to “El Niño Alert” meaning the chances of an El Nino forming during Spring is now 70 per cent, or roughly three times the normal risk. The post Chance of El Nino increases to 70pc likelihood appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chance… Read more »

Safety, efficiency savings in BeefEx’s animal handling equipment innovation winner

Greater operator safety and efficiency were the key features in a new piece of animal handling equipment which claimed the Integrated Animal Production Innovation Award judged during the feedlot industry’s BeefEx 2018 conference in Brisbane today. The post Safety, efficiency savings in BeefEx’s animal handling equipment innovation winner appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Weekly property review: Same faces, different places

Beef producers chasing grass or seeking expansion are competing for properties, with many QLD agents reporting high demand for the current tight supply of holdings. This week we talk to three prominent property agents in Roma, Blackall and Mackay about supply and demand in their regions. The post Weekly property review: Same faces, different places… Read more »

Valuers Taylor Byrne and Landmark White agree to merge

Prominent land valuers and advisors Taylor Byrne and ASX-listed Landmark White have merged, forming one of the largest valuation entities in Australia.    The post Valuers Taylor Byrne and Landmark White agree to merge appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Valuers Taylor Byrne and Landmark White agree to merge

Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop forecast lower

Australian winter crop production estimates continue to tumble as drought grips the eastern cropping regions, with INTL FCStone the latest crop-watcher to downgrade its projections for wheat, barley and canola. The post Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop forecast lower appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop… Read more »

BeefEx: A new fuel is driving business, says former Facebook Australia boss

There’s a new fuel in town that will hand a strong competitive advantage to businesses that move first to understand it, use it and embrace it, advises former Facebook Australia boss and digital advisor, mentor and speaker Stephen Scheeler. The post BeefEx: A new fuel is driving business, says former Facebook Australia boss appeared first… Read more »

BeefEx: Feedlot sector impact worth $4.4b annually, study shows

The Australian grainfed beef sector contributes $4.4 billion in value to the nation’s economy, supporting 31,000 direct and indirect jobs, mostly in regional areas. These are some of the bottom line figures produced by an independent study of the feedlot sector’s economic impact released at the BeefEx conference in Brisbane yesterday. The post BeefEx: Feedlot… Read more »

Lamb lot-feeding figures stack up with new forward contract prices

LAMB restockers and finishers can make money at recent Christmas-New Year forward contract price levels, and especially if lambs can be backgrounded on pasture, Sheep Solution principal Geoff Duddy said today. The post Lamb lot-feeding figures stack up with new forward contract prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lamb lot-feeding figures… Read more »

Federal Government’s Drought Finance Taskforce gets NFF nod

A DROUGHT Finance Taskforce bringing banks, government and farmer representatives together will be a vital forum for taking the pulse of rural communities managing drought, National Farmers Federation Fiona Simson said today. The post Federal Government’s Drought Finance Taskforce gets NFF nod appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Federal Government’s Drought Finance… Read more »

First Australian RWS-certified wool garments launched + VIDEO

AUSTRALIA’S first wool garments from non-mulesed sheep certified under the Responsible Wool Standard are now available through global brands. The post First Australian RWS-certified wool garments launched + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central First Australian RWS-certified wool garments launched + VIDEO

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 10 Oct 2018

WELCOME rain over the past week in parts of New South Wales experiencing rainfall deficiencies, while low pressure systems and associated troughs produced rainfall for south west and south east Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 10 Oct 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain… Read more »

BeefEx: ACC’s Ben Attewell named 2018 Young Lot Feeder of the Year

The 2018 Young Lot Feeder of the Year Ben Attewell knows all about responsibility. At any given time the 27 year old has tens of million dollars of cattle under his direct care as the manager of Australian Country Choice’s 22,000 head Brindley Feedlot at Roma. The post BeefEx: ACC’s Ben Attewell named 2018 Young… Read more »

Pilbara partnership turns booms into beef and bucks

Wastewater from the production of explosives is being used as a valuable fertiliser for a pastoral station in the Pilbara. Source: ABC Livestock Pilbara partnership turns booms into beef and bucks

Qld lotfeeder elected ALFA president

Queensland lotfeeder Bryce Camm was elected president of the Australian Lot Feeders Association at the peak council’s annual general meeting in Brisbane this afternoon, replacing Tess Herbert. The post Qld lotfeeder elected ALFA president appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Qld lotfeeder elected ALFA president

BeefEx awards: Condabri 2018 Top Gun | Excellence medal for Jindalee’s Jane Reid

The Drury family from the Condabri Feedlot between Miles and Condamine has taken out the 2018 Coopers Animal Health Revalor Top Gun program, with an impressive 99 percent success rate across 400 audited implanted cattle. The post BeefEx awards: Condabri 2018 Top Gun | Excellence medal for Jindalee’s Jane Reid appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Strong, and growing, demand for polled bulls in the north

Results from bull sales in northern Australia this spring suggest there is strong and growing demand from both stud and commercial breeders for polled animals, provided they meet all other buyer requirements with regard to growth, muscling and structure. The post Weekly genetics review: Strong, and growing, demand for polled bulls in the north appeared… Read more »

Roma store sale 9 Oct 2018: Prices increase on quality lines

Prices increased across the better quality lines with both light weight and medium weight yearling steers improving by up to 18c/kg. The post Roma store sale 9 Oct 2018: Prices increase on quality lines appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 9 Oct 2018: Prices increase on quality lines

TFI releases Christmas-New Year lamb contract at 750-800c/kg

A LAMB contract of 750-800 cents a kilogram for the Christmas-New Year period from South Australian-based processor Thomas Foods International is expected to give producers and restockers incentive to finish lambs in the difficult season. The post TFI releases Christmas-New Year lamb contract at 750-800c/kg appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central TFI… Read more »

CTLX Carcoar 9 Oct 2018: Rates rally on rain forecasts

Following the previous weeks rain and the forecast for more all sections rallied selling at dearer rates in the smaller but much better quality yarding. The post CTLX Carcoar 9 Oct 2018: Rates rally on rain forecasts appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 9 Oct 2018: Rates rally on rain… Read more »

Ag responds to Four Corners’ glyphosate expose

FARMER representative bodies have rallied in defence of glyphosate following last night’s ABC Four Corners program, “The Monsanto papers”, that condemned the herbicide and its manufacturer, Monsanto (now Bayer). Grower groups have criticised the program for dealing largely in opinion rather than science, and for raising points out of context and omitting key findings. The… Read more »

Australia at risk of losing valuable EU beef access

Australia is in danger of losing prized access to one of its highest value beef export markets as the United States moves to assert its trade weight in Europe. The post Australia at risk of losing valuable EU beef access appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia at risk of losing valuable EU… Read more »

Fundamental shift occurring in Australia’s beef exports, feedlot conference told

Australia may never rebuild its lean manufacturing beef exports to the US to historic levels around 350,000 tonnes, as more diversified and segmented product is diverted into Asia and other markets, delegates attending this morning’s BeefEx 2018 feedlot industry conference in Brisbane were told. The post Fundamental shift occurring in Australia’s beef exports, feedlot conference… Read more »

Stop worrying and trust the evidence: it’s very unlikely glyphosate causes cancer

As glyphosate once again features in the national news, University of Adelaide senior lecturer in Pharmacology, Ian Musgrave, discusses the issues surrounding the most widely-used herbicide in farming. The post Stop worrying and trust the evidence: it’s very unlikely glyphosate causes cancer appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Stop worrying and trust… Read more »

City commentary dooming live trade ‘dangerously ignorant’: Cattle Council

The Cattle Council of Australia has rejected commentary in the past fortnight foreshadowing the end of Australia’s livestock export industry. The post City commentary dooming live trade ‘dangerously ignorant’: Cattle Council appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central City commentary dooming live trade ‘dangerously ignorant’: Cattle Council

Queensland police seek offenders in Merino ewe shooting and theft

QUEENSLAND police are investigating the shooting of Merino ewes on a property near St George in the state’s south west. The post Queensland police seek offenders in Merino ewe shooting and theft appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Queensland police seek offenders in Merino ewe shooting and theft

AuctionsPlus Wool bale sales recover as auction market finds new level

ONLINE wool sales recommenced last week as the physical auction market continued on a downward trend. AuctionsPlus Wool market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said reports suggest the physical auction market may have found a base to work off. The post AuctionsPlus Wool bale sales recover as auction market finds new level appeared first on Sheep… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Trade wars inflict terrible damage

The tariff war between the US and China has become a dark cloud over US agriculture, with the impact of lost opportunities on beef, alone, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, says US columnist, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: Trade wars inflict terrible damage appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Keeping crocodile farming sustainable and on trend

The International Crocodile Farmers Association is working on a new global standard to ensure the humane treatment of crocodiles and provide information to fashion houses about the ethics of production. Source: ABC Livestock Keeping crocodile farming sustainable and on trend

Plucky youngster cracks global chook fashion market, donates to good cause

Eleven-year-old Max Cosgrove has a growing business selling his homemade chicken clothing across the world, and he’s giving some of the proceeds to a charity close to his heart. Source: ABC Livestock Plucky youngster cracks global chook fashion market, donates to good cause

2019 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging team announced

The Australian national meat judging team was announced in Brisbane last week, with five of the best students set to represent their country on a USA tour in January 2019. The post 2019 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging team announced appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 2019 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging team announced

Wagga sale 8 Oct 2018: Erratic trends as quality slips with dry

Cattle markets in the past week have been erratic and Wagga experienced the same fluctuating price trends, depending on quality and competition. Agents yarded 5000 cattle, 1000 less than the previous market. The post Wagga sale 8 Oct 2018: Erratic trends as quality slips with dry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

US grain imports add up, says veteran Downs lotfeeder

Veteran Darling Downs lotfeeder Kev Roberts thinks its not too late for the feedlot industry to consider mounting a case for feedgrain importation. The post US grain imports add up, says veteran Downs lotfeeder appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central US grain imports add up, says veteran Downs lotfeeder

Wool growers urged to vote, and preferentially, in WoolPoll 2018 ballot

USTRALIA’S wool growers are being urged to vote in the 2018 WoolPoll and to make their choices carefully using the optional preferential voting system. The post Wool growers urged to vote, and preferentially, in WoolPoll 2018 ballot appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers urged to vote, and preferentially, in WoolPoll… Read more »

CPC sells Nockatunga in first phase of divestment

The much-anticipated sale of Consolidated Pastoral Co has started, with the company announcing overnight that it has sold its prized large-scale channel country bullock fattening depot Nockatunga Station. The post CPC sells Nockatunga in first phase of divestment appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CPC sells Nockatunga in first phase of divestment

Victorian Saxon flock wins prestigious VBC Wool Excellence Award

LEADING superfine Saxon wool-growing family, the Crawfords of Victoria Valley, has won the prestigious annual Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Excellence Award. The post Victorian Saxon flock wins prestigious VBC Wool Excellence Award appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Saxon flock wins prestigious VBC Wool Excellence Award

Master New Zealand blade shearer reaches milestone after 35 years

NEW Zealand blade shearing champion Tony Dobbs reached a personal milestone when he won the New Zealand Spring Shears Open blade shearing final in Waimate at the weekend. The post Master New Zealand blade shearer reaches milestone after 35 years appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Master New Zealand blade shearer reaches… Read more »

$500,000 industry funding for carcase measurement technology

An Adelaide-based agtech startup has received $500,000 in industry and corporate funding to test a new piece of technology to objectively measure eating quality traits in red meat. The post $500,000 industry funding for carcase measurement technology appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 0,000 industry funding for carcase measurement technology

Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook

The Bureau of Meteorology’s 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook released this morning shows fewer tropical cyclones than usual are likely for the coming cyclone season from October through to April 2019. The post Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone… Read more »

UK sheep producers suggest meat import halt in ‘no-deal’ Brexit

THE United Kingdom should close its doors to sheep meat imports if a Brexit deal with the European Union could not be negotiated, the country’s peak National Sheep Association has suggested. The post UK sheep producers suggest meat import halt in ‘no-deal’ Brexit appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central UK sheep producers… Read more »

AuctionsPlus online sheep and lamb clearance drops as price hopes lift

AUCTIONSPLUS sheep and lamb listings increased last week, but clearance rates decreased as rainfall boosted vendor price expectations for the 88,403 head offered. The post AuctionsPlus online sheep and lamb clearance drops as price hopes lift appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online sheep and lamb clearance drops as price hopes… Read more »

Why grazing land values continue to rise despite years of drought

Despite being officially drought declared since 2013, outback grazier Rick Britton’s land values have increased dramatically in the last three years. Source: ABC Livestock Why grazing land values continue to rise despite years of drought

Goat meat prices lift as lower slaughter undermines export volumes

EASTERN states goat slaughter in 2018 has continued to track below both the five-year average and year-ago levels as hook prices steadily increase, Meat & Livestock Australia said. The post Goat meat prices lift as lower slaughter undermines export volumes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices lift as lower… Read more »

Farmer Household Allowance feedback sought in national face-to-face events

FACE-TO-FACE consultations seeking farmer views on the Farm Household Allowance payment process have started across Australia. The post Farmer Household Allowance feedback sought in national face-to-face events appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Farmer Household Allowance feedback sought in national face-to-face events

$40 million Buntine Highway upgrade underway

A $40 million upgrade to the Buntine Highway, funded through the $600m Northern Australian Roads Program, will deliver strong benefits to the region’s cattle industry, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack. The post $40 million Buntine Highway upgrade underway appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Recruitment: Three things to consider when a key employee resigns

It is often inevitable that an invaluable employee will one day leave a business, whether to pursue another role or because they need a change from their current position. While it can be difficult for a manager or team leader to accept and deal with, there are some strategies that can lessen the blow to… Read more »

Young steers trend down on AuctionsPlus

Most young steer categories trended down in AuctionsPlus trading this week. Cattle numbers dropped back, with 7649 head offered, a decline of 25 percent on the week before. The weekly Weaner and Yearling sale continued to dominate the offerings with 5629 head listed, representing 74pc of cattle presented. The post Young steers trend down on… Read more »

Could the drought drive up the cost of Christmas lunch?

The drought across parts of Australia has driven up the cost of grain which is not only bad news for farmers, but also for consumers looking forward to tucking into turkey at Christmas. Source: ABC Livestock Could the drought drive up the cost of Christmas lunch?

Call for non-mulesed question on sheep and lamb National Vendor Declaration

NON-MULESING flock owners should be able to declare the animal welfare status of lambs and sheep on Australia’s National Vendor Declaration, according to Merino and White Suffolk breeder Andrew Michael. The post Call for non-mulesed question on sheep and lamb National Vendor Declaration appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Call for non-mulesed… Read more »

Numnuts gets nod from sheep producers before 2019 launch

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers will be able to use the world’s first hand-held combined pain relief delivery, and lamb castration and tail docking tool – Numnuts – next year. The post Numnuts gets nod from sheep producers before 2019 launch appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Numnuts gets nod from sheep producers before… Read more »

Australian Government will not ban sheep mulesing – Littleproud

MULESING would not be banned by the current Federal Government, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has told South Australian sheep producers. The post Australian Government will not ban sheep mulesing – Littleproud appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian Government will not ban sheep mulesing – Littleproud

SE Asia report: Encouraging trends as Indo prices gain strength

Indonesian prices break through the $4 per kg barrier for the first time since May 2017, Chinese prices move higher in the wake of the African Swine Fever outbreak, and Vietnamese prices have surged again, writes Dr Ross Ainsworth in this month’s SE Asia report. The post SE Asia report: Encouraging trends as Indo prices… Read more »

Cargill to shut NSW crush plant as cottonseed supplies run dry

Cargill is set to close its crush plant at Narrabri in north west New South Wales by the end of November as cottonseed supplies dry up due to the drought. The post Cargill to shut NSW crush plant as cottonseed supplies run dry appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cargill to shut… Read more »

Opinion: Producing more from less land + VIDEO

In this contributed article, former S. Kidman CEO Greg Campbell, a member of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, presents evidence of how the beef industry is ‘doing more with less.’ The post Opinion: Producing more from less land + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Opinion: Producing more from less land… Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – September 2018

Test your knowledge of Australia’s beef and cattle industry and recent news developments with our monthly quiz. The post Beef Central’s beef quiz – September 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – September 2018

Australian wool prices drop despite big slump in tested volumes

AUSTRALIAN wool auction prices fell further this week, despite the latest testing figures highlighting the recent drop in greasy fibre production due to the drought and seasonal conditions. The post Australian wool prices drop despite big slump in tested volumes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices drop despite big… Read more »

Cargill to shut NSW crush plant as cottonseed supplies run dry

Cargill is set to close its crush plant at Narrabri in north west New South Wales by the end of November as cottonseed supplies dry up due to the drought. The post Cargill to shut NSW crush plant as cottonseed supplies run dry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cargill to shut… Read more »

Wool forward market bidding stable as auction indicator falls again

THE Australian spot wool auction market continued its steady decline, with the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator dropping 21 cents/kg this week. The post Wool forward market bidding stable as auction indicator falls again appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward market bidding stable as auction indicator falls again

R&D showcase at lotfeeders’ BeefEx conference

A range of grainfed research and development projects will be on show at the Australian Lot Feeders Association’s biennial BeefEx conference event being held in Brisbane next month. The post R&D showcase at lotfeeders’ BeefEx conference appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central R&D showcase at lotfeeders’ BeefEx conference

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

No rest for rural kids as burden of drought continues

With all of NSW in drought the children of farming families must roll up their sleeves and work on their farms as they return home from boarding school for the holidays. Source: ABC Livestock No rest for rural kids as burden of drought continues

Changing of the guard at GrainGrowers

North West NSW farmer, John Eastburn, is stepping down from the helm of grower representative body, GrainGrowers, opening the way for the election of a new chairman at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Dubbo, NSW, on Thursday, October 18. The post Changing of the guard at GrainGrowers appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

NSW Farmers appoints new chief executive officer

NSW Farmers has appointed agribusiness executive Peter Arkle as its new chief executive officer to replace former CEO Matt Brand. The post NSW Farmers appoints new chief executive officer appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers appoints new chief executive officer

Dubbo sale 4 Oct 2018: 20mm rain lifts spirits and prices

Approximately 20mm of local rain certainly lifted spirits with young cattle to the restockers lifting another 30c on the previous sales dearer market. Cows were also dearer regaining the previous sales falls. The post Dubbo sale 4 Oct 2018: 20mm rain lifts spirits and prices appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo… Read more »