Category: Beef

Seasonal climate outlook May-July 2018

Below-average rainfall is likely from May to July for parts of southwest Western Australia and western Victoria, while temperatures are likely to be warmer than average in far southern and northern parts. The post Seasonal climate outlook May-July 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook May-July 2018

Toyota launches new models for bush workhorse, Hilux

Toyota is today launching three new Hilux models in Australia. The post Toyota launches new models for bush workhorse, Hilux appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Toyota launches new models for bush workhorse, Hilux

Beef 2018: Stud beef judges announced

Judges have now been announced for next month’s 1700-head, 32-breed Beef 2018 stud beef competition. The post Beef 2018: Stud beef judges announced appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef 2018: Stud beef judges announced

Weekly Property Review – Will veg management threat impact on banks’ lending confidence?

This week’s property review continues in the second part of our study into the Queensland Government’s vegetation management bill, asking whether bank confidence will be a casualty of the continuing uncertainty. The post Weekly Property Review – Will veg management threat impact on banks’ lending confidence? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Local producers gearing-up for growth need to be ‘investment ready’

With local and international investor interest in Australian beef operations at an all-time high in recent years, producers are being encouraged to consider their growth options and how they can make the most of the investment opportunities in front of them. The post Local producers gearing-up for growth need to be ‘investment ready’ appeared first… Read more »

Roma store 24 Apr 2018: Drier season reflected in yarding

It was a widely ranging market with lots showing the effects of the dry season from Western Queensland and NSW through to quality feed assisted stock The post Roma store 24 Apr 2018: Drier season reflected in yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 24 Apr 2018: Drier season reflected… Read more »

CTLX sale 24 Apr 2018: Feeder heifers lift up to 30c/kg

The feeder heifer market was a highlight in the sale lifting by as much as 30c/kg compared to the previous sale’s cheaper market. The post CTLX sale 24 Apr 2018: Feeder heifers lift up to 30c/kg appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX sale 24 Apr 2018: Feeder heifers lift up to… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Selling yearling bulls a winner

Most herd bulls in Australia are offered for sale at around two years of age, but some bull breeders sell their bulls as yearlings and believe the strategy has many advantages – for both buyer and vendor. For this week’s report we’ve canvassed opinion from a selection of stud breeders who follow the strategy across… Read more »

Weekly kill: Slaughter market ‘decline’ approaches ‘slump’ stage

At what point does a slaughter cattle market ‘decline’ turn into a ‘slump’? That question can be posed this week, as some serious corrections take place in meatworks cattle pricing across eastern Australia. Processor grids in QLD have fallen 20c/kg since this time last week, on top of 10-15c the week before, taking some prices… Read more »

Landholder fury after inquiry recommends tree laws pass without change

Queensland landholder group AgForce says farmers are angered and bitterly disappointed by a Parliamentary committee recommendation to allow proposed vegetation new management laws in the State to be passed without any changes. The post Landholder fury after inquiry recommends tree laws pass without change appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Landholder fury… Read more »

Insights series to examine opportunities for beef businesses

A series of insight sessions covering ‘getting investment ready’ for businesses looking to grow, the global outlook for beef, and succession planning will be hosted by National Australia Bank Agribusiness as part of its presence at Beef Australia 2018 in Rockhampton next month. The post Insights series to examine opportunities for beef businesses appeared first on… Read more »

Tree laws – There is a better way!

If the Queensland Government cared to listen and embark on genuine consultation with food producers, it would learn that at fault is not what adjustment is made to the Vegetation Management Act, but the very basis of the Act itself, writes Wandoan beef producer Dale Stiller in this opinion piece. The post Tree laws –… Read more »

Wagga sale 23 Apr 2018: Dry autumn pressure builds

Cattle prices continue to struggle under the pressure of a dry autumn and supplies of unfinished stock being pushed into the market. There were 5150 cattle yarded at Wagga which equated to 1200 fewer. The post Wagga sale 23 Apr 2018: Dry autumn pressure builds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga… Read more »

What are the most widely-used Angus AI sires?

Ranked in order of number of registered progeny, this list summarises the most widely used Angus AI/ET sires in Australia over the past two years. The post What are the most widely-used Angus AI sires? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central What are the most widely-used Angus AI sires?

Beef 2018: Slow-barbecued Brahman humps a cut above

‘Something magical happens with rosewood smoke and low heat and time, that just turns it into something a bit special’ – Marlborough Brahman breeder Matthew Noakes describing the 10 hour slow-barbecued Brahman humps the Smokin’ Yak team will be serving for the public at Beef 2018 this year. The post Beef 2018: Slow-barbecued Brahman humps… Read more »

Blockchain could enhance live export reporting: Aus Veterinary Assn

Leveraging technology solutions such as Blockchain could help to deliver a better and more transparent livestock export reporting system, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) believes. The post Blockchain could enhance live export reporting: Aus Veterinary Assn appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Blockchain could enhance live export reporting: Aus Veterinary Assn

Elders feedlot buyer confident in future of Aus-Indo cattle trade

THE head of the joint venture company behind the purchase of the Elders’ feedlot and abattoir in Indonesia says the company sees a strong future for the Australia to Indonesia cattle trade, despite the current challenges confronting the sector. The post Elders feedlot buyer confident in future of Aus-Indo cattle trade appeared first on Beef… Read more »

McDonald’s draws fire over Wagyu breed content claims

The issue of breed content in beef entitled to use the word ‘Wagyu’ in its description, promotion and marketing has resurfaced, with Brisbane’s Courier Mail on Saturday devoting three pages to the topic in reference to McDonald’s new ‘Wagyu burger’. The post McDonald’s draws fire over Wagyu breed content claims appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

WA farm leaders defend conditions on second Fremantle livex shipment

Western Australian farmer leaders have backed live exporter Livestock Shipping Services in rejecting criticism of conditions on board the live export vessel MV Maysora before it departed Fremantle last week. The post WA farm leaders defend conditions on second Fremantle livex shipment appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA farm leaders defend… Read more »

Brain-injured cattleman walks for first time in 18 years

A central Queensland cattle breeder was unable to walk or use the right side of his body after he fell off his horse while mustering. Almost two decades later, he is walking again. Source: ABC Livestock Brain-injured cattleman walks for first time in 18 years

Big drops seen in young cattle values on AuctionsPlus

Young cattle prices trended sharply downwards on AuctionsPlus this week, where listings eased to 10,393 head across five commercial sales. Tough seasonal conditions prevail across large parts of southern Australia, pushing large numbers through physical saleyards nationally. Steer categories from less than 250kg to +350kg were back at least 20c/kg, and in places more than… Read more »

Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane

Two recent developments have improved prospects of more efficient refrigerated container rail freight to the Port of Brisbane – easily the largest departure point for beef exports from Australia. The post Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rail developments promise smoother container… Read more »

Due diligence on land purchases critical for long-term returns

It is possible to have beef businesses that generate reasonable returns during ownership, rather than only upon sale, but performing comprehensive due diligence on any land purchases is a key factor in achieving this for growing businesses, agribusiness advisors Ian McLean and Phil Holmes suggest. The post Due diligence on land purchases critical for long-term… Read more »

Beef 2018 seminar will examine NH Foods’ Angus supply chain to Costco

A detailed ‘conception to consumption’ study of a large, successful Angus supply chain will feature during the large seminar program at Beef Australia 2018 being staged in Rockhampton next month. The post Beef 2018 seminar will examine NH Foods’ Angus supply chain to Costco appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef 2018… Read more »

Recruitment: Replacement demand, not new jobs, driving ag employment

Employment opportunities in agriculture are largely being driven by the replacement of older, retiring workers, moreso than the creation of new jobs, according to a recent report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The post Recruitment: Replacement demand, not new jobs, driving ag employment appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Ongoing stable methane emissions from cattle doesn’t change the climate

Could it be that a lot of cattle producers world-wide are being unfairly blamed for progressing climate change because of the methane released by their cattle? Going one step further, in this contributed article Alan Lauder, long-time grazier and author of the book Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link,  suggests that the methane emissions of the Australian… Read more »

2000 producers embrace online grazing management program

More than 2000 Queensland grazing businesses managing more than 28 million hectares of land across the state, have now taken advantage of an industry-led initiative to help improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of their grazing enterprise. The post 2000 producers embrace online grazing management program appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Beef briefs: Failed Angus investment scheme handed to liquidators

Liquidators appointed to failed Angus cattle investment scheme | Ireland becomes first EU country to enter Chinese beef market | Supermarket caters to Millennials who ‘hate touching raw meat’ | UK to introduce mandatory CCTV in abattoirs, eyes live export ban | Japan’s beef bowl chain Yoshinoya enters Indian market | NT lifts fracking ban… Read more »

Dalby Sale 18 April 2018: Smaller yarding hits cheaper market

Numbers reduced by 39pc and buyer attendance was generally good and most were operating in a cheaper market. The post Dalby Sale 18 April 2018: Smaller yarding hits cheaper market appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 18 April 2018: Smaller yarding hits cheaper market

Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says exporters meeting in Brisbane yesterday committed to a range of additional initiatives to improve animal welfare transparency and accountability, as the industry struggles to maintain public support in the wake of the latest televised footage of animal mistreatment. The post Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’… Read more »

Mt Gambier Angus entries top Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic

Angus entries from Kalangadoo, near Mt Gambier in South Australia topped results in the 2017-18 Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic, finalised over the weekend. The post Mt Gambier Angus entries top Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Mt Gambier Angus entries top Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic

Toowoomba connects with Beef 2018, with one-day air charter visit

Darling Downs beef industry stakeholders wishing to make a short, convenient visit to Beef 2018 in Rockhampton next month now have the option to join one-day return jet charter flight out of Toowoomba’s Wellcamp airport. The post Toowoomba connects with Beef 2018, with one-day air charter visit appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Weekly property review: Grazing property values to plunge under Veg Management Laws

Thousands of producers face the prospect of decimated property values, following the decision by the Queensland Government to introduce a vegetation management bill into parliament, property editor Linda Rowley reports. The post Weekly property review: Grazing property values to plunge under Veg Management Laws appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly property… Read more »

Strong international investment support for $200m Gunn Agri Cattle Fund

Institutional and sophisticated investor commitments from Europe, North America and Australia are included in the Gunn Agri Cattle Fund, which held its fourth and final equity-raising closure on Monday. The post Strong international investment support for $200m Gunn Agri Cattle Fund appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Strong international investment support for… Read more »

Tree clearing laws – Queensland’s political football

Now backed by a parliamentary majority, Queensland’s Labor Government is set to soon pass tougher tree clearing controls it was unable to get through Parliament during its last minority term. But at what cost to landholder certainty, Queensland’s future food needs, and indeed, the environment itself? The post Tree clearing laws – Queensland’s political football… Read more »

Tree laws: farmers, environmentalists should work together and leave the politicians out of it

In this contributed opinion piece, North Queensland cattle producer Greg Brown, a former Cattle Council of Australia president and AgForce Cattle board chair, argues that farmers and environmentalists should bypass Governments and work together to find agreed long-term solutions to Queensland’s tree laws. The post Tree laws: farmers, environmentalists should work together and leave the… Read more »

Meat union joins processors in panning Govt’s Vietnam assistance package

In a rare display of unity, the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union has joined beef processors in condemning the Federal Government’s actions in financially supporting meat industry training in Vietnam. The post Meat union joins processors in panning Govt’s Vietnam assistance package appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Meat union joins processors… Read more »

EYCI crashes through 500c/kg barrier, under weather and meat market pressure

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator has fallen through the 500c/kg barrier for the first time since 2015. Under pressure from very dry conditions across large parts of southern Australia, a lack of follow-up rain in QLD, and mounting competitive pressure in export meat markets, the EYCI has slipped badly in the past few weeks. The… Read more »

Roma store 17 Apr 2018: Large yardings continue

Despite supply and demand pushing prices at times, the market was still back on last week in particular on lesser quality pens. The post Roma store 17 Apr 2018: Large yardings continue appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 17 Apr 2018: Large yardings continue

CTLX sale 17 Apr 2018: Feeder steer prices hold up

Feeder steer prices were a highlight of the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Carcoar, NSW, selling at fully firm rates in what was otherwise a mostly cheaper market. The post CTLX sale 17 Apr 2018: Feeder steer prices hold up appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX sale 17 Apr 2018: Feeder steer… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18 Apr 2018

Several cold fronts tracked across southeastern Australia, generating moderate falls, while broad low pressure troughs generated showers and storms in the coastal northern tropics. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18 Apr 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Genetic technologies on show at Beef 2018

Genetics and genetic technologies will feature prominently at the industry’s premier Beef Australia 2018 event in Rockhampton next month. From farm tours, to seminars, to the event’s dedicated ‘genetics supermarket’ featured as part of the trade exhibition, genetics will be front and centre during the week-long activity. The post Weekly genetics review: Genetic technologies on… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids drop sharply, on supply and demand factors

Queensland and NSW slaughter grids have dropped sharply in the past week, due to a combination of adequate cattle supply and increasingly difficult meat trading conditions in the US, where beef production this year is booming. The post Weekly kill: Grids drop sharply, on supply and demand factors appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Processors seething over Govt grant to back Vietnamese abattoir training

Beef processors are seething at Friday’s announcement by agriculture minister David Littleproud that Australia will spend $146m over the next five years supporting employment and training initiatives in Vietnam – including a significant meatworker training program. The post Processors seething over Govt grant to back Vietnamese abattoir training appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Survey shows Coles & Woolies now hold majority share of fresh meat sales

Australia’s two largest supermarket chains for the first time captured more than 50pc of Australia’s $13 billion fresh meat market between them in 2017, research shows. Along with third-placed Aldi (9.6pc share), all three retail chains have clearly taken substantial market share from traditional independent butchers, the Roy Morgan survey suggests. The post Survey shows… Read more »

Chinese beef imports to grow 8pc in 2018: USDA

China’s beef imports are expected to increase by eight percent in 2018, as rising demand continues to outpace domestic production growth, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s latest forecast for the market.  The post Chinese beef imports to grow 8pc in 2018: USDA appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Chinese… Read more »

Wagga sale 16 Apr 2018: Export prices under pressure

With increased store markets in NSW this week it’s difficult to judge just how severe the secondary cattle price decline was based on big numbers of young cattle held over for store markets across the region. The post Wagga sale 16 Apr 2018: Export prices under pressure appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Live export review terms released as trade continues

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced the terms of reference for his short, sharp review into sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer. The post Live export review terms released as trade continues appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export review terms released as trade continues

Dry conditions on Barkly spark big cattle uploads

The lack of a proper wet season across large parts of the north’s Barkly Tableland region has sparked some big cattle movements in the past few weeks, as the region’s pastoral companies adjust stock numbers to likely available feed for the rest of the year. The post Dry conditions on Barkly spark big cattle uploads… Read more »

NSW on higher state of alert as dry conditions continue

CONTINUING dry conditions across New South Wales will have a major negative impact on the state’s cropping and livestock sectors this year, NSW Department of Primary Industries’s leader on climate applications and digital agriculture Dr Anthony Clark said. The post NSW on higher state of alert as dry conditions continue appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Property: Resources company buys Central Qld cattle aggregation

An Australian-based resources company has secured a 41,500ha cattle aggregation in Central Queensland, in a move that’s been described as a revival in the state’s mining sector. A price around $60 million has been suggested. The post Property: Resources company buys Central Qld cattle aggregation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property:… Read more »

Littleproud launches new $146m Vietnam abattoir training program

The Australian Government is funding a new five-year, $146 million training program focusing on training workers in Vietnamese abattoirs handling imported Australian cattle. The post Littleproud launches new $146m Vietnam abattoir training program appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Littleproud launches new 6m Vietnam abattoir training program

Dubbo yards 60,000 head so far in 2018

The Dubbo Regional Livestock Market is hosting some of the largest cattle sales seen in the centre’s history, reaching almost 8000 head yarded at last week’s prime cattle sale. The post Dubbo yards 60,000 head so far in 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo yards 60,000 head so far in… Read more »

Cattle prices ‘off the boil, but continuing to simmer’, says Rabo report

While domestic cattle prices have come off the boil, they are expected to still ‘simmer nicely’ during 2018, with producers forecast to enjoy a profitable year ahead, according to an industry report released today. The post Cattle prices ‘off the boil, but continuing to simmer’, says Rabo report appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

16,000 head offered on AuctionsPlus as dry impacts NSW, VIC

Cattle numbers listed on AuctionsPlus surged past 16,000 head this week as the dry conditions continue in large parts of NSW and Victoria. Clearance rates also reflected the tough and worsening seasonal conditions as the southern industry moves towards winter. The post 16,000 head offered on AuctionsPlus as dry impacts NSW, VIC appeared first on… Read more »

Changing face of supermarket retail sector, as ALDI continues to expand

The traditional ‘two horse race’ in the Australian supermarket retail sector continues to unravel, as emerging competitor Aldi maintains growth in store numbers and market share, and new players emerge. The post Changing face of supermarket retail sector, as ALDI continues to expand appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Changing face of… Read more »

Are cattle left or right hoofed?

If people are left or right-handed, are cattle left or right hoofed? And if they are, would it have any implications for cattle handling or yard design? The post Are cattle left or right hoofed? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Are cattle left or right hoofed?

Dragging animal welfare through a kangaroo court

Activists tend to decry economics as a weak defence of poor behaviour, but this is a naive approach writes the Australian Farm Institute’s Katie McRobert The post Dragging animal welfare through a kangaroo court appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dragging animal welfare through a kangaroo court

New Q fever vaccine at least six years away: Microbiologist

A new Q fever vaccine for humans is at least six years away and further funding is needed to facilitate development research, according to a leading researcher into the debilitating disease. The post New Q fever vaccine at least six years away: Microbiologist appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New Q fever… Read more »

Beef steaks claim on The Coffee Club menu

A recent partnership between Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and national café chain, The Coffee Club, has resulted in Australian beef taking centre stage in a reinvention of the Australian classic, the steak sandwich. The post Beef steaks claim on The Coffee Club menu appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef steaks… Read more »

Recruitment: Six tips for improving workplace culture

A healthy workplace culture is the best bet for happy employees and low turnover. That statement applies as much in a small family-scale cattle operation with a single employee, as it does in a feedlot employing 35 staff, or a meatworks employing hundreds. If you’re wondering what the culture is like in your business, consider… Read more »

Beef 2018: Qld Govt to host five beef seminars

Queensland Government representatives will cover a wide range a topics including sustainable beef production, resilience and drones in a series of seminars during Beef Australia 2018. The post Beef 2018: Qld Govt to host five beef seminars appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef 2018: Qld Govt to host five beef seminars

Qld clearing laws could jeopardise major AA Co Gulf irrigation project

Australia’s largest cattle producer says proposed new vegetation management laws soon to be passed in Queensland will jeopardise a multi-million dollar irrigated fodder production and cattle finishing project it has planned for the State’s Gulf region. The post Qld clearing laws could jeopardise major AA Co Gulf irrigation project appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Importance of reliability emphasised in pioneering Blackmore Wagyu genomics work

The reliability and accuracy of performance data is a high priority for Blackmore Wagyu, one of the pioneers in genomic testing and research in Wagyu in Australia. Those traits are clearly evident in genomics performance figures Blackmore has released to the industry for the first time this week. The post Importance of reliability emphasised in… Read more »

‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook released for May-July 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its ‘first look’ monthly and seasonal Climate Outlooks for May to July 2018, which point to wetter than average conditions for Tasmania and eastern Victoria extending into southeast NSW.  The post ‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook released for May-July 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘First look’… Read more »

Great ag-tech ideas on show as Beef 2018’s Pitch in the Paddock finalists announced

A broad spectrum of technologies ranging from virtual fencing systems to mobile abattoirs, logistics solutions, livestock monitoring and tracking devices and objective meat quality assessment systems will line-up as finalists in the 2018 ag-tech Pitch in the Paddock event to be held at Beef 2018 in Rockhampton next month. The post Great ag-tech ideas on… Read more »

Dalby Sale 11 April 2018: Market eases under bigger numbers

The buyer panel was keen to go following the Easter break and prices for prime cows, grown steers and heifers showed an improvement. The post Dalby Sale 11 April 2018: Market eases under bigger numbers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 11 April 2018: Market eases under bigger numbers

SA’s Wanderribby feedlot re-released for sale, asking +$9m

The 2311ha Wanderribby feedlot in South Australia’s Upper Southeast is back on the market, after an investor described as an Australian and Chinese cattle company failed to settle on a deal. Expectations are for a price around $9 million. The post SA’s Wanderribby feedlot re-released for sale, asking +$9m appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Live export is a centuries-old Australian industry, but the cameras are new

New Animals Australia footage of sheep transport conditions has shocked many, but live export has a history that stretches back to colonisation, writes Nancy Cushing. Source: ABC Livestock Live export is a centuries-old Australian industry, but the cameras are new

Cattle exports 21pc higher year-on-year, but pace drops off Indonesian shipments

After outpacing 2017 export volumes for the first two months of the year, cattle shipments to Indonesia fell behind year-earlier figures in March. The post Cattle exports 21pc higher year-on-year, but pace drops off Indonesian shipments appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle exports 21pc higher year-on-year, but pace drops off Indonesian… Read more »

Testing deadline approaches for Johne’s 7-8 score herds

Under the new framework for managing Johne’s disease (JD) in beef cattle, producers nationwide have until 30 June 2018 to conduct their first laboratory test if they wish to maintain a Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) of 7 or 8 for their herd The post Testing deadline approaches for Johne’s 7-8 score herds appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 Apr 2018

Tropical cyclone Iris generated moderate falls along Queensland’s east coast. A surface trough across northern Australia produced thunderstorms with moderate falls about the Kimberley, the Top End and the Cape York Peninsula. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 Apr 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Applications for MLA sponsorship of producer events close Friday 20 April 2018

Organisers of events aimed at helping commercial red meat producers to increase the productivity, sustainability and profitability of their enterprises have until next Friday, April 20, to apply for event sponsorship from Meat & Livestock Australia of up to $10,000.  The post Applications for MLA sponsorship of producer events close Friday 20 April 2018 appeared… Read more »

Roma store 10 Apr 2018: NSW weaners bulk up yarding

Several consignments of young cattle were yarded from drought affected properties in NSW topping up the numbers for Roma Store Sale to 9,021 head, almost 6,000 up on week. The post Roma store 10 Apr 2018: NSW weaners bulk up yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 10 Apr 2018:… Read more »

US imported grinding meats slides, amid uncertainty

Concerns over potential trade tensions between China and the US has seen imported manufacturing beef customers in the US sit on the sidelines this week. The post US imported grinding meats slides, amid uncertainty appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central US imported grinding meats slides, amid uncertainty

US purchase makes Marfrig world’s second largest beef processor

Brazil-based Marfrig Global Foods, already one of the world’s largest animal protein producers, has reached an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in National Beef Packing Co, the fourth-largest beef processor in the United States. The post US purchase makes Marfrig world’s second largest beef processor appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Single-Step Breedplan making rapid progress

Twelve years ago, a respected Australian geneticist predicted that the genetic potential of an animal would be measured by analysing the DNA from a tail hair or tissue sample. and that herd books and traditional EBVs would no longer be relevant. It has not quite happened that way, but the introduction of Single-Step Breedplan genetic… Read more »

Weekly kill: Encouraging signs as processor shifts slowly return

After two years of drought-fuelled herd liquidation which pushed the national beef herd to 20-year lows, some small, but encouraging green shoots of optimism are emerging in the processing sector over future cattle supply outlook. The post Weekly kill: Encouraging signs as processor shifts slowly return appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Understanding the madness of a US/China trade war and its impact on Aussie beef

Independent industry analyst Simon Quilty explores some of the implications for Australian beef in the recent tariff war that has erupted between the Trump administration and China. The post Understanding the madness of a US/China trade war and its impact on Aussie beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Understanding the madness… Read more »

Outback campdraft competition held 200km from nearest town

While most sporting codes hold grand finals in locations convenient enough to draw large crowds, campdrafting chose to hold its national titles in one of the most remote parts of Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Outback campdraft competition held 200km from nearest town

Northern livex prices ease below 300c/kg

Export cattle prices are coming under pressure as the annual northern mustering season pushes more supply onto a market dominated by deteriorating demand conditions in Indonesia. The post Northern livex prices ease below 300c/kg appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Northern livex prices ease below 300c/kg

Japanese researchers announce potential Johne’s breakthrough

Japanese researchers say they have unraveled the process that leads to the development of Johne’s Disease, a discovery which could lead to the development of a new method to control the disease. The post Japanese researchers announce potential Johne’s breakthrough appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Japanese researchers announce potential Johne’s breakthrough

Japanes researchers announce potential Johne’s breakthrough

Japanese researchers say they have unraveled the process that leads to the development of Johne’s Disease, a discovery which could lead to the development of a new method to control the disease. The post Japanes researchers announce potential Johne’s breakthrough appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Japanes researchers announce potential Johne’s breakthrough

Elders confirms sale of Indonesian feedlot and processing assets

Elders Limited has confirmed that it has found a buyer for its feedlot and processing assets from Indonesia. The post Elders confirms sale of Indonesian feedlot and processing assets appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Elders confirms sale of Indonesian feedlot and processing assets

Kilcoy goes ‘global’ in move from processor to food solutions provider

Australia’s largest dedicated grainfed beef processor, Queensland’s Kilcoy Pastoral Co, is in the final stages of a strategic business transition from being simply a ‘beef abattoir’ to becoming a ‘global premium protein solution provider.’ The post Kilcoy goes ‘global’ in move from processor to food solutions provider appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

NAPCo secures western Qld’s Portland Downs in $23m deal

Well-known large-scale western Queensland grazing property Portland Downs is under contract for purchase by the North Australian Pastoral Co, for a price of $23 million, or $230/ha bare. The post NAPCo secures western Qld’s Portland Downs in $23m deal appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NAPCo secures western Qld’s Portland Downs in… Read more »

Recruitment: Three ways to attract the best candidates

Attracting the best job candidates is every employer’s goal, however it’s not always easy to find the top talent in the meat and livestock industry. Here’s some helpful hints to improve your strike-rate. The post Recruitment: Three ways to attract the best candidates appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Three ways… Read more »

Wagyu breeders move to single-step BreedPlan evaluation

Australian Wagyu cattle producers are now armed with genomic-based data enabling more robust selection decisions with faster gains and higher accuracy through a shift to a new own-breed genetic analysis model, the AWA says. The post Wagyu breeders move to single-step BreedPlan evaluation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagyu breeders move… Read more »

Beefing up biosecurity at Beef 2018

With 1676 stud cattle alone registered to exhibit at Beef 2018 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds next month, Queensland’s Chief Veterinary officer says preparation are well underway to ensure biosecurity risks are managed.  The post Beefing up biosecurity at Beef 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beefing up biosecurity at Beef 2018

Kay’s Cuts: High expectation, as US grilling season approaches

A monthly column written exclusively for Beef Central by US industry commentator, Steve Kay, publisher of US Cattle Buyers Weekly       THE US beef industry can’t wait for the annual summer grilling season to start, when Americans dust off their barbecues and grill a ribeye or New York (thick cut sirloin) steak. The… Read more »

Dry conditions across NSW, VIC limits clearance rates on AuctionsPlus

Catalogue numbers rose sharply on AuctionsPlus this week, with the passing of the holiday shortened Easter weeks. There were 11,136 head offered this week, up 44pc on the week before, with NSW cattle dominating the catalogue, making up 63pc of the offering. The post Dry conditions across NSW, VIC limits clearance rates on AuctionsPlus appeared… Read more »

AA Co share price plunges after financial disclosures: Is Joe Lewis about to pounce?

Shareholders have savaged AA Co’s stock value in the wake of Wednesday’s announcements to the market about operational reviews of the company’s poorly-performed Livingstone Beef processing plant near Darwin and some branded beef programs. Does it open the door for a privatisation bid by major shareholder, Joe Lewis? The post AA Co share price plunges… Read more »

Red centre feedlot eyes branded beef: “the opportunity here is unbelievable”

Red Centre cattle producer, irrigator and lot feeder Wally Klein says he has a great vision for what can be achieved in Central Australia – but it all hinges on the NT Government providing certainty on future water use. The post Red centre feedlot eyes branded beef: “the opportunity here is unbelievable” appeared first on… Read more »

New microwave red meat safety technology shows promise

The safety and integrity of Australian red meat is being further reinforced following recent trials of new cutting-edge microwave technology, in response to a growing trend towards eating under-cooked red meat, especially in the food service sector. The post New microwave red meat safety technology shows promise appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Trade mission aims to develop international demand for Australian Wagyu

Fourteen Wagyu cattle producers from across Australia are currently engaged in the Australian Wagyu Export Capability Development Program 2018, targeting Shanghai and Taipei. The post Trade mission aims to develop international demand for Australian Wagyu appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Trade mission aims to develop international demand for Australian Wagyu

Dubbo sale 5 April 2018: Extra restocker support holds market up for 7000

Most of the regular buyers were operating along with additional restocker support from Roma and Moree buyers. There were also two additional processor orders along with an extra feeder order from southern operators. The post Dubbo sale 5 April 2018: Extra restocker support holds market up for 7000 appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »