Category: Beef

Young Beef Producers Forum: Tech enhancing, but also challenging, our comfort levels

Feeling uncomfortable yet? That question was posed more than once by AuctionsPlus’ CEO Anna Speer to 200 young beef producers on Friday as she took them on a fascinating, and at times confronting, journey into how emerging technologies are rapidly reshaping the rural and global landscape before our eyes. The post Young Beef Producers Forum:… Read more »

Farmers cut out antibiotics amid superbug worries

Excessive use of antibiotics by farmers and doctors has health officials fearing millions could die each year from antimicrobial resistance as superbugs take hold. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers cut out antibiotics amid superbug worries

Ten quick farm facts to share, as Australia celebrates National Agriculture Day + VIDEO

National Agriculture Day, being celebrated today, has resonated strongly with Australian citizens, with social media, morning TV and city newspapers alive with conversations this morning about the contribution being made by people engaged in the ag sector. The post Ten quick farm facts to share, as Australia celebrates National Agriculture Day + VIDEO appeared first… Read more »

Surveying the red meat industries for improved profitability

How well does the red meat industry value product quality? It’s a question researchers at the University of New England are seeking answers for, and they are hoping to engage with lamb producers and other stakeholders along the supply chain to achieve it. The post Surveying the red meat industries for improved profitability appeared first… Read more »

Qld’s Kylie Stretton named 2017 Beef Industry Rising Champion

Queensland’s Kylie Stretton was named 2017 NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champion at a gala dinner in Alice Springs tonight. The post Qld’s Kylie Stretton named 2017 Beef Industry Rising Champion appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Qld’s Kylie Stretton named 2017 Beef Industry Rising Champion

ACC takes round one in legal fight against Coles

National supermarket retailer Coles today gave an undertaking at a Supreme Court of Queensland injunction hearing to not sell integrated beef producer and processor Australian Country Choice’s products to its overseas customers until a court hearing is heard next May. The post ACC takes round one in legal fight against Coles appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Wagga sale 20 Nov 2017: Export processors retreat

Export prices continued to soften this week with one major processor buying the bulk of the offering. The post Wagga sale 20 Nov 2017: Export processors retreat appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 20 Nov 2017: Export processors retreat

Surveying the red meat industries for improved profitability

How the does the red meat industry value product quality? UNE researchers are conducting pioneering research that seeks to place a value on product quality information, and to compare the values expressed at the different stages of the supply chain – and they need the help of industry stakeholders. The post Surveying the red meat… Read more »

Aussie producers play a role in the fight against antibiotic resistance

As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November), the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is highlighting the importance of veterinarians and farmers working together to use antibiotics responsibly in livestock. The post Aussie producers play a role in the fight against antibiotic resistance appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aussie producers play… Read more »

Young Beef Producers Forum: Five steps to getting started in ag

One of the most common questions Resource Consulting Services (RCS) general manager David McLean says he hears from young people in agriculture is this: with the price of land as high as it is, how do I actually make a start? The post Young Beef Producers Forum: Five steps to getting started in ag appeared… Read more »

Small rise in live exports in October, trade eyes Turkey opportunity

Feeder and slaughter cattle exports edged above 66,000 head in October, five percent higher year-on-year. Meat & Livestock Australia says there are increased prospects for cattle exports to Turkey to expand, as the Turkish government targets a 700,000 head import quota in order to control domestic beef prices.  The post Small rise in live exports in… Read more »

Lab-grown meat, insects, vege meat substitutes: Will they steal beef’s protein status?

Alternative proteins including plant-based meat substitutes, emerging insect or algae-based products and lab-grown meat patties are starting to successfully compete for the consumer’s ‘centre of the plate,’ an international report says. The post Lab-grown meat, insects, vege meat substitutes: Will they steal beef’s protein status? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Lab-grown… Read more »

Competitor watch: Is the US nearing the top of its beef production cycle?

US beef production is expected to continue to grow in the next two years, thanks to an expanding beef cow herd, good pasture conditions and ample feed supplies. The rate of herd growth is expected to slow, however, as US cow-calf producer profits have eroded considerably in the last two years. The post Competitor watch:… Read more »

Steer and heifer prices trend down in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

MOST steer and heifer prices trended downwards this week on AuctionsPlus, where cattle numbers on offer backed-off by 1186 head to total 10,092 head. The post Steer and heifer prices trend down in smaller AuctionsPlus offering appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Steer and heifer prices trend down in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

MLA to launch bold plan to improve on-farm connectivity

Meat & Livestock says it is preparing to tackle one of the biggest on-farm productivity constraints with a bold plan to improve connectivity on-farm and right through the red meat supply chain. The post MLA to launch bold plan to improve on-farm connectivity appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA to launch… Read more »

Outback Northern Territory hit with soaking rain, breaking dry stretch

It has been a wet week across much of the Northern Territory, with many cattle stations receiving their first rain of the season, and in some cases the first rain of the year. Source: ABC Livestock Outback Northern Territory hit with soaking rain, breaking dry stretch

Livestock exporters salute industry leaders

Australian livestock exporters have celebrated two of their highest achievers at the industry’s annual Gala Dinner in Perth earlier last night, held as part of the LIVEXchange 2017 conference. The post Livestock exporters salute industry leaders appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters salute industry leaders

Modest progress in chilled beef access to China

An additional beef abattoir and four cold storage facilities have been added to the list of approved establishments for chilled beef export to China, following high-level government-to-government dialogue last Friday. The post Modest progress in chilled beef access to China appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Modest progress in chilled beef access… Read more »

AA Co shares in sharp slide after half-year loss result

Shares in the listed AA Co have fallen sharply since Wednesday’s release of results for the April-to-September half-year showing a loss of $37.7 million, compared with earnings of $47.9m for the corresponding period the year before. The post AA Co shares in sharp slide after half-year loss result appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

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

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

Recruitment: Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities

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

Livestock Global Assurance Program gets industry tick of support

Australia’s live animal exporters have unanimously voted to implement the Livestock Global Assurance Program to extend animal welfare. The post Livestock Global Assurance Program gets industry tick of support appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livestock Global Assurance Program gets industry tick of support

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO

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

Dubbo sale 16 Nov 2017: Prices ease in 3550 head yarding

Most categories sold to easier rates in a yarding of 3550 head, down by 250 on the previous week. It was only a fair quality yarding with limited numbers of prime cattle throughout the yarding. The post Dubbo sale 16 Nov 2017: Prices ease in 3550 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

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

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

RSPCA urged to drop campaigns to shut down livex

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

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

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

Property leasing: A North Queensland perspective

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

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

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

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

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

JBS shrugs off recent troubles with solid third quarter

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

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017

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

Roma store 14 Nov 2017: Yearling steers to 424c

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

Livestock Productivity Partnership to be expanded

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

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

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

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

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

Grainfed cattle numbers drop 6pc in September quarter

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

Ruralco announces record full year result

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

South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market

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

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

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

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

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

Feeder cattle pre-vaccination programs gaining momentum

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

Killara sees sharp productivity impact from pre-vaccination

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

Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17

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

Thousands of red meat producers complete new LPA accreditation

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

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

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

One Aussie, two Kiwis named 2018 Zanda McDonald Award finalists

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

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

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

Young boss takes the helm of farming empire after family tragedy

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

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

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

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

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

SEALS and Yarra Corp announce partnership geared towards Asian livestock exports

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

Wearable tech being trialed to automate disease detection in feedlot cattle

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

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

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

System-wide analysis to improve live export supply chain

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

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

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

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

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

International Beef Alliance lobbies for action against restrictive trade barriers

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

Dalby sale 8 Nov 2017: Strong market for 4740 head

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly property review – the evolution of leasing creates opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds

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

Incubating the missing link in livestock pedigree matching

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

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017

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

Roma store 7 Nov 2017: Prices lift with wet conditions

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

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

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

The opportunity for Australian beef lies in genuine supply chains

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

Opinion: Grassfed restructure against spirit of Senate recommendations

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

Wagga sale 6 Nov 2017: Buyers active after widespread rain

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

Herefords join move to single-step genetic evaluation

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

Preparation for a major disease outbreak on track: CSIRO scientist

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

Former Ambassador set for LIVEXchange keynote address

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

Producer consultation guides $9.5m in on-farm research

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

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

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

Sharp lift in cattle prices drives agri-index higher

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

Steer, heifer prices trend downwards on AuctionsPlus

AuctionsPlus cattle numbers soared this week to 11,774 head, up 27pc on the week before. The three Eastern States sales represented the largest cattle listing since mid-June, attracting strong bidder interest. Most steer and heifer prices trended downwards. The post Steer, heifer prices trend downwards on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Operational changes ahead within ACC/Acton joint venture

North Queensland cattleman Evan Acton is to step back from his daily operational role within Australian Cattle and Beef Holdings, the joint venture company established by Acton Land & cattle Co and Australian Country Choice. The post Operational changes ahead within ACC/Acton joint venture appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Operational changes… Read more »

Recruitment: 3 tips for bridging the generation gap in family beef businesses

There’s a temptation to think most of the challenges in multi-generational family livestock businesses will revolve around the growth of wealth and discussions about money. However there are other very important factors that determine whether the family business will remain sustainable, says family business consultant, David Harland. The post Recruitment: 3 tips for bridging the… Read more »

Young lot feeder of the year proactively bridging the city-country divide

It’s easy to imagine the city-country divide would be much less of an issue if there were more people like Thomas Green working in agriculture. The post Young lot feeder of the year proactively bridging the city-country divide appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Young lot feeder of the year proactively bridging… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Nov 02, 2017

The dollar has been trading generally softer so far today, although was settled at near net unchanged levels against the yen heading into the New York interbank open and up versus the pound. Reports that Fed Governor Powell will be nominated to the Fed Chairmanship position later today imparted a downside spin on the greenback,… Read more »

Four-way tie for feedlot ‘Top Guns’ crown in implant performance

Four large commercial feedlots shared the honours in an important production award presented during the SmartBeef 2017 feedlot conference in Armidale earlier today. The economic and welfare benefits of best-practice HGP implant procedure were highlighted in the annual Coopers ‘Top Gun’ award. Coopers Animal Health in 2014 introduced its Revalor Top Gun program, designed to… Read more »

Smartbeef conference salutes feedlot industry’s achievers

The grainfed beef industry’s SmartBeef conference in Armidale recognised industry achievement with a series of awards and acknowledgements today, including the Zoetis Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal and the Communicate your Research medal. The post Smartbeef conference salutes feedlot industry’s achievers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Smartbeef conference salutes feedlot industry’s… Read more »

Aussie Meat Pies – in Jakarta

A pie shop specialising in selling pies made of high quality Aussie beef, and no Indian buffalo meat, is doing a roaring trade, having recently sold its 25,000th pie, as one very satisfied customer, Dr Ross Ainsworth, reports. The post Aussie Meat Pies – in Jakarta appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Bluetongue zone to remain around Echuca for another month

Bluetongue virus testing of cattle herds around Echuca has been completed, but maintenance of a temporary 100km zone around the area will be extended for another month while results are confirmed. The post Bluetongue zone to remain around Echuca for another month appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bluetongue zone to remain… Read more »

Dubbo sale 2 Nov 2017: Bullocks highlight of quality yarding

The outstanding display of large numbers of bullocks in prime condition was the highlight in mostly good quality yarding. The post Dubbo sale 2 Nov 2017: Bullocks highlight of quality yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 2 Nov 2017: Bullocks highlight of quality yarding

Recruitment: 3 tips for bridging the generation gap in family beef businesses

There’s a temptation to think most of the challenges in multi-generational family beef businesses will revolve around the growth of wealth and discussions about money. However there are other very important factors that determine whether the family business will remain sustainable, says family business consultant, David Harland. The post Recruitment: 3 tips for bridging the… Read more »

Grassfed restructure: funding a big step forward, but questions remain

Long-running efforts to create a new directly-elected body to represent all grassfed cattle producers across Australia took a small but significant step forward with the awarding of a $500,000 Federal Government grant toward the process last Friday. The post Grassfed restructure: funding a big step forward, but questions remain appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

First project funded under the $100m Beef Roads Program

The first project under the $100 million Beef Roads Program has been approved by the Australian Government to seal 16.9 kilometres of the Clermont to Alpha Road in Central Queensland. The post First project funded under the $100m Beef Roads Program appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central First project funded under the 0m Beef… Read more »

Producer nominees for MLA Board Selection Committee announced

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has this morning announced the nominees to fill three producer representative positions on the MLA Board Selection Committee at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held as part of Red Meat 2017 in November in Alice Springs. The post Producer nominees for MLA Board Selection Committee announced appeared… Read more »

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga kicks off his own meat and sauce brand

Australian rugby league great and current national team head coach, Mal Meninga, OAM, has launched his own brand of sauces, condiments and barbecue-ready meat. The post Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga kicks off his own meat and sauce brand appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga kicks off his own… Read more »