Category: Beef

Bubbles and echo chambers constraining genetic progress: Strong

Despite the Australian beef industry’s fantastic technological base and world-leading systems, the influence of genetics in the value chain still only extends about as far as breeding better bulls, leading industry executive Jason Strong told yesterday’s MLA livestock breeding and genetics forum in Brisbane. The post Bubbles and echo chambers constraining genetic progress: Strong appeared… Read more »

Cameras to supercede manual MSA grading in Teys plants by mid-year

Teys Australia is confident it will be in a position to implement objectively-measured Meat Standards Australia and AusMeat chiller assessment grading in some of its beef processing plants by the middle of this year. The post Cameras to supercede manual MSA grading in Teys plants by mid-year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Super company invests in wagyu beef in regional town

A not-for-profit superannuation fund is sinking $6.7 million into a wagyu beef operation in north-west New South Wales. Source: ABC Livestock Super company invests in wagyu beef in regional town

Cargill releases statement in response to genetic patent appeal

Cargill Australia has issued a statement to Beef Central today in relation to the ongoing Federal Court of Australia court action by Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia seeking to overturn a patent granted to Cargill and Branhaven LLC over genetic cattle selection methods in Australia. The post Cargill releases statement in response to… Read more »

Theft charge after stray steer allegedly butchered to cover agistment fee

A 67-year-old Tumoulin man and a 20-year-old Moomin man have been charged with stealing and killing a steer which strayed onto the Tumolin man’s property in North Queensland three years ago. The post Theft charge after stray steer allegedly butchered to cover agistment fee appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Theft charge after… Read more »

Dalby sale 21 Feb 2018: Market firms after rain

Market holds firm for smaller yarding after some good falls of rain in the Dalby region. The post Dalby sale 21 Feb 2018: Market firms after rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 21 Feb 2018: Market firms after rain

NSW Govt takes direct stake in Wagyu supply chain

The NSW Government plans to take a $3.3 million stake in Wagyu beef supply chain, Stone Axe Pastoral, which last year made a significant property purchase near Ebor in the state’s far north. The post NSW Govt takes direct stake in Wagyu supply chain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW Govt… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Recent sales of note and significant new listings

This week’s property review focuses on some significant recent sales and noteworthy early 2018 listings. With exceptionally dry conditions still impacting large parts of eastern Australia, vendors emphasising available feed, and buyers chasing grass has been a trend noted in recent transactions and listings…   The post Weekly Property Review: Recent sales of note and… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 Feb 2018

Tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall between Broome and Port Hedland in Western Australia on 18 February, and brought very heavy rainfall to the western Kimberley. Broad areas of low pressure across western, northern and eastern Australia produced showers and storms. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 Feb 2018 appeared first on… Read more »

MLA genetics forum: Norton calls for Cargill to stop patent claim

Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton has publicly called upon Cargill to exercise its  power to put an end to a bid by US company Branhaven LLC to patent cattle selection methods in Australia. The post MLA genetics forum: Norton calls for Cargill to stop patent claim appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Cattle trucks on the move to feedlots, livex ports

A surge in cattle transport activity on Queensland’s rural highways has been visible in recent weeks as producers move to destock cattle cattle feedlots and take advantage of a recent increase in live export orders to Indonesia.  The post Cattle trucks on the move to feedlots, livex ports appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

‘Empty chair’ provides MSA with enduring consumer focus

An ‘empty chair’ has for 20 years provided a symbolic reminder of the need for Meat Standards Australia to remain consumer-focussed in its policy decision-making and strategic development. The post ‘Empty chair’ provides MSA with enduring consumer focus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Empty chair’ provides MSA with enduring consumer focus

NVLX Wodonga 20 Feb 2018: Rates hold up

Cattle numbers at NVLX Wodonga lifted marginally to just over 1640, as some producers move to capitalise on the price rise of the past week for heavy cattle. The post NVLX Wodonga 20 Feb 2018: Rates hold up appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 20 Feb 2018: Rates hold up

Roma store 20 Feb 2018: Market firms on rain for 11,000 head yarding

Yearling steers topped at 390c to average 296c/kg. Trade steers topped at 348c to average 283c/kg. The post Roma store 20 Feb 2018: Market firms on rain for 11,000 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 20 Feb 2018: Market firms on rain for 11,000 head yarding

Combination drenches likely to slow resistance and boost weightgain, research finds

Combination drenches can not only help southern beef producers prevent the development of worm resistance on their properties, but can also deliver measurable production benefits, a recent trial has suggested. The post Combination drenches likely to slow resistance and boost weightgain, research finds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Combination drenches likely… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Is it worth applying selection pressure for net feed intake?

This week’s genetics review concludes our two-part series exploring net feed intake. Which breeds are measuring NFI and how are seedstock breeders using NFI in their selection decisions? The post Weekly genetics review: Is it worth applying selection pressure for net feed intake? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review:… Read more »

WQ desperately seeking agistment | List agistment needed on Beef Central for free

Hopes are high this week’s rain event will create some urgently needed agistment opportunities for producers in western areas of Queensland and NSW, many of whom are enduring a sixth failed summer wet season in a row. The post WQ desperately seeking agistment | List agistment needed on Beef Central for free appeared first on… Read more »

Weekly kill: Rain brings a late blessing to some

Encouraging, and in places substantial rain across areas of Central and Southern Queensland and into NSW overnight has added some relief to a rapidly deteriorating seasonal outlook for many cattle producers, and adds another factor to the upcoming slaughter cattle supply equation. The post Weekly kill: Rain brings a late blessing to some appeared first… Read more »

Global study cracks code for genetic trait of height in cattle, opens door to others

A massive global study headed by UQ professor Ben Hayes involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production.   The post Global study cracks code… Read more »

Fit to load? ‘Err on the side of caution’ is DAWR’s advice

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is encouraging cattle producers to ‘err on the side of caution’ in assessing whether cattle are fit to load. The post Fit to load? ‘Err on the side of caution’ is DAWR’s advice appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Fit to load? ‘Err on the… Read more »

Feedlot numbers ease 5pc in December quarter

Cattle on feed across Australia eased from record September highs, in the December quarterly industry survey released this afternoon. The post Feedlot numbers ease 5pc in December quarter appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Feedlot numbers ease 5pc in December quarter

Wagga sale 19 Feb 2018: Prices reflect broader market trend

Cattle prices at Wagga were generally weaker in a similar sized yarding of 3600. The market is facing pressure from plainer quality and bigger numbers at other selling centres due to the dry conditions. The post Wagga sale 19 Feb 2018: Prices reflect broader market trend appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Upcoming webinar: Beef bulls – measuring and mitigating the risks of failure

Well known cattle vet Dr Ben Gardiner will present an informative webinar for beef producers early next month, sharing information about optimising management of bulls. The post Upcoming webinar: Beef bulls – measuring and mitigating the risks of failure appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Upcoming webinar: Beef bulls – measuring and… Read more »

Find out what global digital disruption means for beef

The Beef Industry Symposium being staged at Beef Australia 2018 in May this year will feature a line-up of economic, political, digi-tech, and market and trade experts who will discuss the global disruption agenda, and how this affects the beef industry. The post Find out what global digital disruption means for beef appeared first on… Read more »

Unsure if it’s fit to load? Send a photo first, CCA urges producers

As seasonal conditions across eastern Australia deteriorate following a lack of summer rain, cattle producers are being urged not to gamble on animal welfare by transporting stock that are not fit to load. The post Unsure if it’s fit to load? Send a photo first, CCA urges producers appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Property: Victorian grazing showcase could make $35m, plus stock

One of Victoria’s largest high-country beef breeding enterprises is on the market, with price expectations around $35 million plus stock value. The post Property: Victorian grazing showcase could make $35m, plus stock appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Victorian grazing showcase could make m, plus stock

United Organics industry presents its credentials in Canberra

A two-day organics industry symposium in Canberra last week culminated in a barbecue at Parliament House on Wednesday night, showcasing a range of certified organically produced products from beer to beef. Earlier, Australia’s organic industries agreed to establish a new peak body to become the voice for Australia’s organic industries in policy and market access…. Read more »

‘Feeding plus breeding’ formula vital for fertility gains

Finding the right genetics to fast track the reproductive efficiency of a herd is only one component of feeding for fertility. Success, according to a facilitator delivering MLA’s new Bred Well Fed Well beef program, also hinges on nutrition and condition management. The post ‘Feeding plus breeding’ formula vital for fertility gains appeared first on… Read more »

Graziers give up on wet season in drought-stricken Queensland

There is an exodus of cattle leaving drought-stricken parts of western Queensland as graziers give up on seeing a wet season, two months before the rains are usually due to finish. Source: ABC Livestock Graziers give up on wet season in drought-stricken Queensland

Farmer pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

A 65 year old farmer from Miners Rest, near Ballarat in Victoria, has been fined $20,000 with conviction in the St Arnaud Magistrates Court for offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The post Farmer pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Farmer pleads guilty… Read more »

Lower clearance rates on AuctionsPlus as dry exerts pressure

Large lines of cattle from very dry areas of eastern Australia continued to feature on AuctionsPlus this week. Listings eased a little to total 9374 head across three commercial sales, but still noticeably higher than earlier volumes. The post Lower clearance rates on AuctionsPlus as dry exerts pressure appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Miners are using cow poo to power a dairy farm

Minerals processing specialists Gekko Systems are turning manure into a precious resource. Source: ABC Livestock Miners are using cow poo to power a dairy farm

Call for MSA to progress saleyards procurement pathways issue

Northern NSW beef processor Andrew McDonald used yesterday’s Meat Standards Australia 20th anniversary gathering in Brisbane to lobby for greater access for saleyards cattle to the MSA program. The post Call for MSA to progress saleyards procurement pathways issue appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Call for MSA to progress saleyards procurement… Read more »

Drier autumn ahead for mainland; wetter for Tassie: BOM

Large parts of central Australia are likely to have a drier than average autumn, while Tasmania is likely to have a wet autumn, according to the Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook. The post Drier autumn ahead for mainland; wetter for Tassie: BOM appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Drier autumn… Read more »

Is Australia’s beef herd again entering liquidation phase?

With drought now well entrenched or rapidly approaching across large parts of eastern Australian cattle country, is the industry again entering the realm of herd liquidation? Independent industry analyst Simon Quilty has done some analysis on the recent seasonal impact on herd composition and its likely impact on 2018 beef exports. The post Is Australia’s… Read more »

Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire

A significant amount of farming assets will be passed on to the next generation as the baby boomer population looks to retire in the next decade, representing a great opportunity for farming families to expand, add staff and diversify their businesses. The post Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire appeared first on… Read more »

Feed grain update: heat wave drives market surge

February has been a shocker for crops with record breaking heat waves and extremely dry conditions creating supply concerns for the market and causing grain prices to surge as a result. The post Feed grain update: heat wave drives market surge appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Feed grain update: heat wave… Read more »

Dubbo sale 15 Feb 2018: Numbers rise with dry conditions to 5160

The quality of the yarding is really showing the effects of the dry conditions with only a limited selection of prime cattle in all sections. Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of some feeder buyers The post Dubbo sale 15 Feb 2018: Numbers rise with dry conditions to 5160 appeared first… Read more »

MSA proves one of red meat industry’s greatest success stories

The red meat industry paused to celebrate and reflect on one of its outstanding success stories this morning, when the Meat Standards Australia program officially notched-up 20 years of commercial operations. The post MSA proves one of red meat industry’s greatest success stories appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MSA proves one… Read more »

MSA 20 years: Genesis of a world class beef grading system

This is the first in a series of articles appearing in coming weeks marking the 20th anniversary of the start of the MSA program, launched in 1998. Today’s item looks at the mood for change that emerged across the industry in the early 1990s in the need to address product quality issues, and the groundbreaking… Read more »

Final outcome of genetic cattle patent case likely soon

The final outcome of a Federal Court challenge to the granting of an application to two US companies to patent genetic cattle selection methods in Australia should be known in coming weeks.  The post Final outcome of genetic cattle patent case likely soon appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Final outcome of… Read more »

Research targets new technologies to manage cattle fertility

A single-shot vaccine to sterilise female cattle and boost productivity in northern breeding herds is being developed using ground-breaking biotechnologies. The post Research targets new technologies to manage cattle fertility appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Research targets new technologies to manage cattle fertility

Dalby sale 14 Feb 2018: Biggest yarding since Sep 2015

Numbers climbed to the highest level since September 2015 and also included in the much larger line up was over 1000 head from South Australia, plus 2,300 head from far Western Queensland. The post Dalby sale 14 Feb 2018: Biggest yarding since Sep 2015 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale… Read more »

Weekly property review: What lies ahead for 2018 year?

This week property industry leaders peer into the crystal ball, with most predicting that the strong cattle property market conditions evident in 2017 will continue on an even keel. As always, seasonal conditions will have a big bearing in performance, and many are still looking for a late summer seasonal break to reinvigorate the market…. Read more »

Smithfield Cattle Co appoints Jason Strong as CEO

Former Australian Agricultural Co managing director Jason Strong has been appointed chief executive officer of prominent large-scale Queensland grainfed beef producer, Smithfield Cattle Co. The post Smithfield Cattle Co appoints Jason Strong as CEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Smithfield Cattle Co appoints Jason Strong as CEO

Ag tech: Pioneering ‘autonomous technology’ study underway

A pioneering study into the role of autonomous drones and sensors to help with feedbase, fence and livestock monitoring and other functions within the Australian red meat and livestock industry is underway. The post Ag tech: Pioneering ‘autonomous technology’ study underway appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ag tech: Pioneering ‘autonomous technology’… Read more »

Producer wins approval to create ‘grainfed and grassfed beef’ trademark

One of Australia’s largest private cattle producing companies has won ACCC approval to create a new Certified Trade Mark for “free range grain and grass fed beef’. The post Producer wins approval to create ‘grainfed and grassfed beef’ trademark appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Producer wins approval to create ‘grainfed and… Read more »

If it’s not real beef, don’t call it beef: US cattle producers

US cattle producers have urged the US Government to enshrine a new definition for beef in food labelling laws, as they respond to the growing assault on conventional beef production by commerical lab-grown and plant-based meat manufacturers. The post If it’s not real beef, don’t call it beef: US cattle producers appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Former Kidman CEO casts doubts over ‘intensive’ northern grazing strategy

Is large-scale investment in fencing and waters development designed to lift cattle production capacity in Australia’s extensive north sustainable as a model? The question came up before former S. Kidman & Co chief executive Greg Campbell yesterday, while he was speaking to an Agribusiness Australia breakfast in Brisbane. The post Former Kidman CEO casts doubts… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018

Broad areas of low pressure across northern Australia produced storms and showers. A deepening surface trough and low pressure system inland of the west coast of Western Australia produced moderate falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Roma store 13 Feb 2018: Yarding swells to 12,118

Yearling steers topped at 390c to average 296c/kg. Trade steers topped at 348c to average 283c/kg. The post Roma store 13 Feb 2018: Yarding swells to 12,118 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 13 Feb 2018: Yarding swells to 12,118

NVLX Wodonga 13 Feb 2018: Export cattle prices firm

Numbers decreased slightly to 1540 and results were on par with the previous market; however at times some domestic buyers become more selective across vealer categories. The post NVLX Wodonga 13 Feb 2018: Export cattle prices firm appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 13 Feb 2018: Export cattle prices firm

Multi-breed tools seek to fast-track genetic performance for fertility

Researchers are honing-in on bulls that will breed fertile females as one way to double the rate of genetic gain in the northern commercial beef industry. The post Multi-breed tools seek to fast-track genetic performance for fertility appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Multi-breed tools seek to fast-track genetic performance for fertility

Mixed fortunes in early autumn bulls sales

The bull selling season has gotten off to an excellent start in most areas, with good results and strong clearance rates across five states. A $52,500 national record for a Black Simmental bull sold at Woonalee’s sale in South Australia was one of the highlights. The post Mixed fortunes in early autumn bulls sales appeared… Read more »

Weekly kill: Ominous signs as dramatic surge seen in Qld saleyards numbers

Heatwave conditions and little prospect of rain relief in the immediate future are driving big numbers of cattle from central and western Queensland to market, helping underpin processors’ access to slaughter cattle for the time being, at least. The post Weekly kill: Ominous signs as dramatic surge seen in Qld saleyards numbers appeared first on… Read more »

Ceres Tag and CSIRO partner on next-gen smart ear tags for livestock

A new smart ear tag designed to give cattle producers more flexibility over grazing management, to locate livestock remotely and alert them to stock theft has moved a step closer to commercialisation this week. The post Ceres Tag and CSIRO partner on next-gen smart ear tags for livestock appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

The darker side of lab-grown meat

Despite all the popular media frenzy that’s circulated about prospects to produce ‘lab-grown’ conscience-free meat for your burger patty some time in the next few years, there’s a darker side to culturing muscle cells in a laboratory for food production. The post The darker side of lab-grown meat appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Could an exotic disease outbreak happen in northern Australia?

While it may be easy to think many parts of northern Australia are isolated from biosecurity threats, the opposite is actually the case. In this contributed article, the Livestock Biosecurity Network’s Jess Rummery explains Northern Australia’s key biosecurity challenges and risks. The post Could an exotic disease outbreak happen in northern Australia? appeared first on… Read more »

Victorian beef and sheep producers to convene together in Bendigo

VICTORIAN sheep and beef producers will come together for the first time to hold annual conferences on consecutive days in Bendigo this year. The post Victorian beef and sheep producers to convene together in Bendigo appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian beef and sheep producers to convene together in Bendigo

Beef 2018 industry symposium speakers focus on digital disruption

With the countdown to Beef Australia 2018 in Rockhampton now less than 12 weeks away, speakers have been finalised for the Industry Symposium, this year focusing on digital disruption and its impact on the beef industry. The post Beef 2018 industry symposium speakers focus on digital disruption appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Wagga sale 12 Feb 2017: Jump in numbers brings mixed price trends

Changes to feeder cattle prices in the past few weeks show how the market is still struggling to find a balance between supply and demand. There were fewer orders this week and prices dipped 18c for lighter steer weights 330-400kg to make from 242-303c/kg. The post Wagga sale 12 Feb 2017: Jump in numbers brings… Read more »

Does it really take 20,000L of water to produce 1kg of beef?

The fake meat movement is staking its future on the premise that conventional meat production is destroying the planet. But how accurate are the claims the proponents are using to position real meat as the problem, and lab-grown meat as the solution? The post Does it really take 20,000L of water to produce 1kg of… Read more »

Five key issues on Cattle Council’s radar for 2018

The rising prominence of fake meat and what it could mean for the cattle industry is one of several issues currently on the peak grassfed producer body’s radar as it looks ahead to 2018. The post Five key issues on Cattle Council’s radar for 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Five… Read more »

NSW, SA, QLD and WA butchers claim National Sausage Kings crowns

Independent retail butchers from four states shared in the glory during the 2018 National Finals of the Australian Meat Industry Council’s ever-popular Sausage Kings competition, which was judged in Victoria’s Yarra Valley over the weekend. Here’s this year’s big winners The post NSW, SA, QLD and WA butchers claim National Sausage Kings crowns appeared first… Read more »

New IndoBeef program aims to lift Indonesian smallholder capability

A new $11.7m joint Australian-Indonesian program called IndoBeef aims to improve the capability of Indonesia’s smallholder-based beef industry, while lifting demand for Australian grower cattle. The post New IndoBeef program aims to lift Indonesian smallholder capability appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New IndoBeef program aims to lift Indonesian smallholder capability

AuctionsPlus offering surges, but clearance rates soften

Cattle numbers on AuctionsPlus surged to 10,201 head this week, reflecting the prolonged dry conditions across many regions. Prominent among listings, and reflecting the still desperate conditions across large parts of Queensland, were numerous lines of cows and calves and PTIC cows out of the state’s central west and northern regions. The post AuctionsPlus offering… Read more »

MLA welcomes Federal Court decision on cattle patents

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has welcomed today’s decision in the Federal Court of Australia that effectively requires Cargill USA and Branhaven LLC to wind back the broad scope of their Australian patent application for cattle selection methods.  The post MLA welcomes Federal Court decision on cattle patents appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

SE Asia report: Lower Indo imports likely in 2018 | China prices climb

Prices in China continue to climb, while most other Asian markets remain stuck in a narrow band, Dr Ropss Ainsworth writes in his February Southeast Asian markets report. The post SE Asia report: Lower Indo imports likely in 2018 | China prices climb appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central SE Asia report:… Read more »

Esperance abattoir re-opens on beef cattle, will kill sheep within weeks

SOUTH-EAST Western Australian sheep and cattle producers are welcoming the re-opening of the Esperance abattoir this week. The post Esperance abattoir re-opens on beef cattle, will kill sheep within weeks appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Esperance abattoir re-opens on beef cattle, will kill sheep within weeks

Know thy customer: new snapshots provide key beef market insights

A series of reports launched by MLA this week give Australian beef and sheepmeat producers deeper insights into what end-customers in 11 key markets are thinking about their product, as well as the trends driving current and future demand. The post Know thy customer: new snapshots provide key beef market insights appeared first on Beef… Read more »

WA beef, sheepmeat plant re-opens for business

The Esperance beef and sheepmeat abattoir in Western Australia’s southeast has re-opened this week. The plant closed under the ownership of Shark Lake Holdings in May last year, but has been sold to businessman Rami Koyu’s PT Central Agri Group and re-opened on Tuesday, employing about 70 former workers. The post WA beef, sheepmeat plant… Read more »

Recruitment: Greater diversity will benefit rural industries

Australian agriculture is on the brink of enormous growth, and increasing diversity in rural industries will play an important part in unlocking the innovation necessary for the agriculture sector to grow and prosper, says AgriFutures Australia managing director, John Harvey. The post Recruitment: Greater diversity will benefit rural industries appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

What’s in a name? Allflex’s new title reflects changing business focus

Allflex, the agribusiness company best-known for its livestock identification systems, is changing its name to better reflect the company’s vision for the future as a provider of integrated livestock monitoring and identification platforms. The post What’s in a name? Allflex’s new title reflects changing business focus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

High steaks involved as Ekka branded beef entries open

RED meat supply chains will soon be looking to carve up a championship title or two, with entries opening today for the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show’s branded beef and lamb competition. A team of judges including top chefs, butchers and food consultants will taste their way through some of the finest beef and… Read more »

Loss blows out to $155 in latest grainfed trading budget

Highlighting the difficult trading conditions for lotfeeders over the past 12 months driven primarily by elevated grain prices, Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning has produced a record loss of $155. The post Loss blows out to $155 in latest grainfed trading budget appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Should commercial cattle competitions emphasise weight or eating quality?

It is a question attracting some interest as two of Australia’s major commercial cattle competitions gear up for 2018. The post Should commercial cattle competitions emphasise weight or eating quality? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Should commercial cattle competitions emphasise weight or eating quality?

Nothing in Australian asset sale speculation, says JBS

JBS has vigorously denied speculation in this morning’s financial press that the company may be sizing-up the sale of its Australian processing and feedlot assets. The post Nothing in Australian asset sale speculation, says JBS appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Nothing in Australian asset sale speculation, says JBS

Global hides market a ‘complex business,’ by China still drives the bus

China increasingly dominates the global trade in hides used to produce leather goods, but synthetic leather is providing a serious obstacle to demand and price, a well-connected Australian hides consultant has told Beef Central. The post Global hides market a ‘complex business,’ by China still drives the bus appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Cattle prices expected to drop in 2018

Sky high Australian cattle prices are expected to tumble as Australians fork out top dollar for their favourite red meat cuts. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle prices expected to drop in 2018

Dalby sale 7 Feb 2018: Market dearer by 10-15c/kg

Buyer attendance was good and all were operating in a generally dearer market. The post Dalby sale 7 Feb 2018: Market dearer by 10-15c/kg appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 7 Feb 2018: Market dearer by 10-15c/kg

Weekly Property Review: Agents working hard to achieve summer sales

Over the quieter December and January period, the cattle property market traditionally slows down. However some agents, especially in areas like southern Queensland, have been working hard to achieve new sales over the summer months. The post Weekly Property Review: Agents working hard to achieve summer sales appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Live exporter Wellards turns its ship around and signals renewed sheep interest

WESTERN Australian live exporter Wellard has signalled a potential lift in its involvement in the Middle East live sheep trade as it posted an $8.9 million increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of the current financial year. The post Live exporter Wellards turns its ship around and… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Drought might end further US herd expansion

US cattle herd size trends have a direct bearing on the competitive position of the Australian export beef industry, and this month’s column from Beef Central’s US market commentator Steve Kay looks at the impact that encroaching drought might have on the resurgent US cattle numbers and beef production…..  The post Kay’s Cuts: Drought might… Read more »

How animal activists took on the cattle industry and won

Animals Australia’s role in bringing about a temporary ban on live exports from Brazil shows that animal activism, like the supply chains it targets, is going global, writes Peter Chen. Source: ABC Livestock How animal activists took on the cattle industry and won

Big rise in Beef Australia 2018 stud entries – is it a record?

Stud beef entries for Beef Australia 2018 closed on Friday, attracting a total entry of 1676 registered cattle – a huge 20pc rise on the 2015 event, and possibly an all-time record for the 30-year-old Rockhampton event. The post Big rise in Beef Australia 2018 stud entries – is it a record? appeared first on… Read more »

Red meat report outlines 26 practical ways Govt can help sector in 2018

The Red Meat Advisory Council has today handed a report to the Australian Government, spelling out 26 tangible actions it can implement this year to help sustain the competitiveness of the multi-billion dollar red meat sector. The post Red meat report outlines 26 practical ways Govt can help sector in 2018 appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Weekend rain falls short of the break Western Queensland needed

Despite official reports of 50-60mm in Queensland’s central west the reality was far more hit and miss and exasperatingly erratic in an area now entering its sixth and seventh years of unrelenting drought. The post Weekend rain falls short of the break Western Queensland needed appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekend… Read more »

Wellard announces 2018 financial year first-half results

Publicly-listed livestock exporter Wellard Limited has announced its 2018 financial year first half results to the ASX this morning, reporting a net loss after tax of $7.5 million, and an improved EBITDA of $8.9m. The post Wellard announces 2018 financial year first-half results appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wellard announces 2018… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Feb 2018

A monsoon trough brought continued heavy rain over the Cape York Peninsula. Moderate falls recorded from showers associated with surface and upper level troughs over the north, eastern Queensland, and parts of central and southern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Roma store 6 Feb 2018: Market lifts 7c/kg on average

After the recent rain morale was high along with the bidding, and supply and demand dictated the resilient market. The post Roma store 6 Feb 2018: Market lifts 7c/kg on average appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 6 Feb 2018: Market lifts 7c/kg on average

NVLX Wodonga 6 Feb 2018: Varied price trends in quality yarding

There was another round of good competition for European vealers and their crosses of 8c/kg across most classes including heavier types. It comes amid tighter supplies at most selling centres. The post NVLX Wodonga 6 Feb 2018: Varied price trends in quality yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NVLX Wodonga 6… Read more »

Pick your best genetic team

New South Wales ram breeder Tom Bull will throw down a challenge for beef and sheep producers to embrace new ‘disruptive’ tools to focus on what he thinks really counts – genetic potential – when he speaks at MLA’s Livestock Breeding and Genetics Forum in Brisbane later this month. The post Pick your best genetic team appeared… Read more »

Weekly kill: Rain puts handbrake on larger kills, as some grids rise

Widespread beneficial rain across cattle country in QLD and northern NSW in the past week has applied a handbrake on recent sizeable kills, and pushed some meatworks grid offers higher as ‘wet weather money’ appears. The softening in the A$ has also helped the cause. The post Weekly kill: Rain puts handbrake on larger kills,… Read more »

Sales of side-by-side vehicles overtaking quads in Australia

Sales of side-by-side vehicles are on the verge of overtaking sales of quad bikes in Australia, according to a major manufacturer. The post Sales of side-by-side vehicles overtaking quads in Australia appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Sales of side-by-side vehicles overtaking quads in Australia

Legal limbo for live export in Brazil

The live export of cattle from Brazil is in limbo and legal wrangles continue after a court bans the practice. So what will this mean for Australian producers? Source: ABC Livestock Legal limbo for live export in Brazil

Review of Australian livestock export standards opens today

Public consultation on stage one of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) review opened today. The post Review of Australian livestock export standards opens today appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Review of Australian livestock export standards opens today

Brazil court overturns live cattle export injunction

Reuters has reported overnight that the Brazilian Government has won a court decision allowing the export of live cattle, overturning an injunction obtained by an animal rights group late last week. The post Brazil court overturns live cattle export injunction appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Brazil court overturns live cattle export… Read more »