Category: Beef

Drought policy – why an urgent nationwide rethink is needed

In this contributed opinion article Roma farmer Charles Nason outlines how decades of strategic thinking on drought policy have been alarmingly overlooked or ignored and outlines why drought policy must be seen as an issue of critical importance to every Australian. The post Drought policy – why an urgent nationwide rethink is needed appeared first… Read more »

The conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Rumours have circulated for months that the National Party and National Farmers Federation are pushing for a new so-called agricultural visa for temporary migrants. Now they have gained momentum, and reports indicate an announcement early next week. What does it mean for farmers? The post The conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes… Read more »

Vale Marie Nolan

Marie Nolan, the matriarch of the Nolan meat processing family based near Gympie in southern Queensland,  passed away on Sunday, aged 92. The post Vale Marie Nolan appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Vale Marie Nolan

FarmSitters Australia – Giving farmers a break since 2004

One of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of farmers taking a much needed break, especially during the hardship of drought, is finding reliable caretakers to run their property while they are away. FarmSitters Australia was developed by Kim and Phillip Kelly in 2004 to match up farmers needing a break with experienced and… Read more »

MLA calls for beef, sheep research proposals

Applications are now open for individuals, organisations and project teams to submit preliminary proposals for funding to support on-farm research, development and adoption (RD&A) projects that benefit sheepmeat and grassfed beef producers. The post MLA calls for beef, sheep research proposals appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA calls for beef, sheep… Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – August 2018

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

Young steer prices trend higher on AuctionsPlus

Cattle numbers offered on AuctionsPlus dipped slightly this week to 6137 head. Unsurprisingly, numbers were again predominately drawn from New South Wales. Young steer prices generally trended higher, while heifer categories tended to ease in price. The post Young steer prices trend higher on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Young… Read more »

$3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds

$3.7 million raised through South Australian cattle and sheep industry funds will be distributed for a range of projects in the State including footrot management, enhanced abattoir surveillance, and Johne’s Disease management programs, as well as contributing to the state’s wild dog strategy. The post $3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds appeared… Read more »

SE Asia report: Indonesia slaughter prices climb further

Indonesian slaughter steer prices continue to climb, while Chinese prices remain firm amid the African Swine Fever outbreak, writes Dr Ross Ainsworth in this month’s SE Asia report. The post SE Asia report: Indonesia slaughter prices climb further appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central SE Asia report: Indonesia slaughter prices climb further

MLA seeking on-farm sheep meat and grass-fed beef research proposals

MEAT & Livestock Australia has started its annual call opens for on-farm sheep meat and grass-fed beef research, development and adoption project funding applications for 2019-20. The post MLA seeking on-farm sheep meat and grass-fed beef research proposals appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA seeking on-farm sheep meat and grass-fed beef… Read more »

Beef industry board games serve a variety of purposes over the years

The launch during May of Beef Central’s beef industry board game, Cattle Baron, has also unearthed a number of earlier pioneering industry ‘board game’ ideas, mostly used for education and training purposes. Here’s what we discovered… The post Beef industry board games serve a variety of purposes over the years appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Trains, boats and sorghum hopes steady market

Little change in feedgrain values has been seen in the past week, with grain continuing to enter the drought-hit NSW and Queensland markets by rail, road and sea, and traders and growers hoping for big rains soon to get widespread sorghum planting under way. The post Feedgrain Focus: Trains, boats and sorghum hopes steady market… Read more »

Charities inflating fodder market, says independent advisor

Rural Aid, the charity behind Buy a Bale, rejects claims by an independent advisor that they are inflating the fodder market. Source: ABC Livestock Charities inflating fodder market, says independent advisor

Recruitment: Keeping your most valuable employees happy and productive

In light of today’s economic landscape, it’s more important than ever for agribusiness companies to have happy and productive employees. When employees are loyal and engaged in the business, productivity, returns and profits tend to be higher. Here’s some hints to keeping staff in the right frame of mind. The post Recruitment: Keeping your most… Read more »

Littleproud commissions strategic vision for rural innovation

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has commissioned Ernst & Young to develop “a strategic vision” for Australia’s rural innovation system, but has stressed the process is not a restructure of existing Research and Development Corporations.  The post Littleproud commissions strategic vision for rural innovation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Littleproud commissions… Read more »

$3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds

$3.7 million raised through South Australian cattle and sheep industry funds will be distributed for a range of projects in the State including footrot management, enhanced abattoir surveillance, and Johne’s Disease management programs, as well as contributing to the state’s wild dog strategy. The post $3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds appeared… Read more »

Agtech: Humans need not apply – are stock agents on the chopping block?

Livestock agents have one of the oldest jobs in agribusiness, but is their use-by date fast approaching? For decades, they’ve been charging farmers upwards of 3-5pc for two main functions; marketing, and payment guarantee. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that when there’s that fat up for grabs and market share is owned by… Read more »

How beef R&D dollars punch above their weight

Marketing or research – which should get the biggest share of grower levy funds? The post How beef R&D dollars punch above their weight appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central How beef R&D dollars punch above their weight

MLA members reminded to secure full voting entitlements

Meat & Livestock Australia members are being reminded to return their Levies Notice online by September 21 to ensure they secure their full voting entitlements ahead of MLA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November. Nominations to fill one cattle producer representative position on the MLA Board Selection Committee also close on the same date. The post… Read more »

Do Australian processors value objective measurement technology?

A recent study of 65 meat processors across the nation conducted by NSWDPI examined what carcase and meat quality traits they considered essential to objectively measure carcases on-line. Meat colour and tenderness were identified as the two most important traits in beef. The post Do Australian processors value objective measurement technology? appeared first on Beef… Read more »

How 'Catholic' cattle are protecting Australia from foreign invaders

In the far north of Australia a herd of cattle owned by a Catholic mission is protecting Australia from virus and bacteria travelling from overseas. Source: ABC Livestock How ‘Catholic’ cattle are protecting Australia from foreign invaders

‘First look’ climate outlook released for Oct-Dec 2018

The ‘first-look’ October to December climate outlook issued today indicates large parts of Australia are likely to be drier than average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first look’ seasonal climate outlook for October to December. The post ‘First look’ climate outlook released for Oct-Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Dalby Sale 12 Sep 2018: Prices improve for most classes

Prices improved for most classes, with gains of over 30c/kg in places. The post Dalby Sale 12 Sep 2018: Prices improve for most classes appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 12 Sep 2018: Prices improve for most classes

Movement at the Station – Properties listed for sale

Interest in Maranoa’s Organic certified Siwa | Interstate inquiry for western VIC’s Fernleigh | Wagga’s Birubi offers versatility | Tarcutta’s Lone Pine for auction | Phones running hot for Cowra’s Greenhills | Offers around $5.5m expected for Nangunia | Riverina’s extensive Lake Midgeon for tender | Pleasant View a powerhouse lamb enterprise | Guyra’s Tenterden… Read more »

Independent observers on every livex shipment from October: Littleproud

Paying $1300 a day for an independent observer to accompany every live export voyage is about to become the new cost of doing business for all livestock exporters, as part of the Federal Government’s crackdown on the trade in response to the Awassi Express sheep welfare crisis earlier this year. The post Independent observers on… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018

Onshore flow brought moderate falls to the east coast between central Queensland and northeastern New South Wales at the start of the week, while a low and a cold front produced moderate falls over southeastern Australia mid-week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: September’s shaky scenario for US beef

The US beef market continues to face ample supplies of market-ready cattle the rest of the year and into February, with numbers on feed on September 1 a record for the month, US columnist Steve Kay reports. Its led to the US posting another near-record month for beef exports in July, with spectacular performance into… Read more »

Roma store 11 Sep 2018: Stronger demand in large female yarding

Steers experienced only quality related price changes. Medium and heavy weight yearling heifers improved in price while cows sold to a stronger demand. The post Roma store 11 Sep 2018: Stronger demand in large female yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 11 Sep 2018: Stronger demand in large female… Read more »

Webinar: Salvaging frosted or droughted crops

An upcoming NSWDPI-hosted webinar will explore options for producers faced with salvaging frost-affected or drought-affected crops. Senior research officer John Piltz will discuss support tools to help in the decision making process, management required to minimise hay losses from crops and maximise feed quality for livestock, and how to minimise the risk of shed fires… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales generally solid, despite the conditions

Prices and clearance rates for spring bull sales so far this year in both northern and southern Australia have generally been solid, despite the widespread drought and reduction in breeding cow numbers across NSW and parts of Queensland. Here’s our mid-season summary…. The post Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales generally solid, despite the conditions… Read more »

New genetic technologies promise to deliver ‘AI on legs’

A new wave of genetic technologies may one day provide ‘artificial insemination on legs’ for the beef industry, a visiting US extension specialist told a University of Queensland audience recently. The post New genetic technologies promise to deliver ‘AI on legs’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New genetic technologies promise to… Read more »

Tasman retail butchery network collapses, owing millions

One of Australia’s largest independent retail butchers, Tasman Market Fresh Meats, has collapsed, owing millions to creditors. In a clear sign of the tough trading conditions in domestic retail at present, the Tasman business, which operates 17 ‘warehouse’ format retail sites across Victoria, went into voluntary administration on Friday night. The post Tasman retail butchery… Read more »

Stockyard Wagyu entry claims Melbourne’s branded beef title

A sample representing Stockyard’s premium Wagyu beef brand Kiwami has been crowned 2018 Champion Meat at the Royal Melbourne Show’s Fine Food Awards, among some of the best known beef brands from across Australia. The post Stockyard Wagyu entry claims Melbourne’s branded beef title appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Stockyard Wagyu… Read more »

CTLX Carcoar 10 Sep 2018: Prices rise with rain

Following between 30mm and 45mm of rain throughout the drawing area young cattle to the restockers enjoyed a healthy rise lifting by up to 20c/kg. The post CTLX Carcoar 10 Sep 2018: Prices rise with rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 10 Sep 2018: Prices rise with rain

Wagga sale 10 Sep 2018: Prices fluctate with season on knife-edge

The cattle market at Wagga is still struggling to find its feet this spring. In a smaller offering of 3380, prices continued to fluctuate on quality and who was buying, as the season remains on a knife edge. The post Wagga sale 10 Sep 2018: Prices fluctate with season on knife-edge appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Elders Euroa agent takes Victoria’s best young auctioneer crown

Joe Allen of Elders, Euroa was announced as the 2018 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition winner today, topping a strong contingent of ten competitors from across the state who showcased their talent at the Victorian Livestock Exchange yards at Pakenham. The post Elders Euroa agent takes Victoria’s best young auctioneer crown appeared first on Beef… Read more »

ACBH trialling sensor and satellite data in decision support dashboard + VIDEO

Sensors, drones, satellites and a digital analytics dashboard are being trialled by a large cattle producing company to make more objective decisions and predictions around pasture management, stocking rates and cattle turnoff. The post ACBH trialling sensor and satellite data in decision support dashboard + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

China’s African Swine Fever outbreak could be ‘tip of the iceberg’, warns UN  

Independent analyst Simon Quilty provides this update on the recent African Swine Fever outbreak in China, and its potential to disrupt not only pork trade, but all animal proteins around the world. An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations in Bangkok last week highlighted the seriousness of the outbreak, which now looks like spreading… Read more »

Agtech: 10,000 head in large-scale remote stock monitoring project

About 10,000 cattle on properties and feedlots in NSW will be fitted with commercially-available eartag monitoring devices as part of the largest real-time cattle health pilot ever conducted in Australia. The post Agtech: 10,000 head in large-scale remote stock monitoring project appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agtech: 10,000 head in large-scale… Read more »

Communities need more reassurance about the legacy left by coal seam gas wells

One of the key questions any industry must consider is: what is left behind when it is finished. For coal seam gas, this question is crucial, considering the thousands of CSG wells that have already been drilled, not to mention the many more that could potentially be drilled in the future. The post Communities need… Read more »

Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance

A $605,000 grant from the Australian Research Council will fund a project to look into identifying sorghum genes with improved heat tolerance, and incorporating them into new varieties. The post Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF… Read more »

NSW continues to dominate AuctionsPlus offerings

Cattle numbers offered rose 5pc to 6321 head in sales on AuctionsPlus this week, with the majority of the offering again comprising young cattle coming out of droughted areas of NSW. Price trends on young cattle, both steers and heifers, were mixed, with lighter steers trending dearer, while lighter heifers were firm to softer. The… Read more »

Kimberley Pilbara welfare champions compete for 2018 livestock handling cup

For the third year in a row the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association (KPCA) Livestock Handling Cup – previously known as the Pilbara Livestock Handling Cup – is putting the stock handling skills of WA’s northern pastoral industry to the test.  The post Kimberley Pilbara welfare champions compete for 2018 livestock handling cup appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Grain expensive but ‘gettable’

Anyone prepared to write a big cheque for grain can get supply into the most heavily traded grain market in Australia; with Darling Downs region wheat and barley expensive but gettable in the $450s now, in the $420s after harvest and sorghum in April is pegged in the $360s. The post Feedgrain Focus: Grain expensive… Read more »

Three key paddock decision dates to avoid becoming a ‘slow-boiled frog’

What does a 19th century fable about a frog in hot water have to do with grazing land management and drought? The post Three key paddock decision dates to avoid becoming a ‘slow-boiled frog’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Three key paddock decision dates to avoid becoming a ‘slow-boiled frog’

Cattle Council seeks meeting with Qld ALP on livex policy

Cattle Council of Australia president Howard Smith has sought a meeting with the Labor Party’s Queensland Division after a motion to phase-out livestock exports was endorsed at the ALP State Conference in Brisbane on the weekend. The post Cattle Council seeks meeting with Qld ALP on livex policy appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Health professionals encouraged to ask ‘So What’s For Dinner?’  

Translating dietary recommendations into the reality of preparing healthy food for the dinner plate is the focus of a new campaign launched by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), aimed at Australia’s health care professionals and ultimately consumers. The post Health professionals encouraged to ask ‘So What’s For Dinner?’   appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Turning 80 million tonnes of dung into paydirt for livestock producers

Dung beetles are the focus of a national research effort to turn 80 million tonnes of dung produced by Australian livestock each year into a multi-million dollar benefit to farmers. The post Turning 80 million tonnes of dung into paydirt for livestock producers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Turning 80 million… Read more »

Recruitment: How to make sure your next hire is right for the role

Recruiting for a new role on a team anywhere in the meat and livestock supply chain can be an arduous process, so making sure it is the right person for the team dynamic and the business is extremely important. While it is impossible to hire the right employee every time, there is a greater chance… Read more »

JBS Great Southern supplier of year award winners shine

Just fractions of a point separated the top placegetters within JBS Australia’s Great Southern beef and lamb program supplier of the year awards announced in Melbourne on Friday night – illustrating how producers have responded to the program’s comprehensive feedback and price signals. The post JBS Great Southern supplier of year award winners shine appeared… Read more »

Through-chain collaboration underpins Great Southern brand program success

Drawing the livestock producer, processor and red meat customer closer together has been one of the key ingredients behind the success of JBS Australia’s Great Southern brand program, which celebrated its achievements with a gala awards dinner in Melbourne on Friday night. The post Through-chain collaboration underpins Great Southern brand program success appeared first on… Read more »

Major leucaena conference, tour program coming to Brisbane

Practical knowledge gained from three decades of research and experience on how to grow and graze leucaena will be shared by world leading scientists, researchers and producers at a major international conference to run from October 29 to November 3. The post Major leucaena conference, tour program coming to Brisbane appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

BeefUp Forums foster R&D ideas | Time to reconsider R&D/marketing levy split?

How do Australian cattle producers have a say on how their levy funds are spent for the purposes of Research and Devevelopment? One part of the answer is through the annual series of Beef Up and producer feedback forums held throughout the year across the country by the northern, southern and western Australian research committees…. Read more »

Sweet potato donations help farmers in drought

Sweet potato farmers are making the best of a market glut by sending surplus produce as livestock feed to aid drought-stricken farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Sweet potato donations help farmers in drought

Elevated bushfire risk heading into spring

Eastern parts of NSW and Victoria and southern Queensland represents heightened risk of bushfires this spring, according to the latest Seasonal Bushfire Outlook issued today The post Elevated bushfire risk heading into spring appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Elevated bushfire risk heading into spring

Weekly property review: Riverina runs deep

Eastern grazing country in the NSW Riverina region has experienced a boom in property values over the last three years, but in particular over the last 12 months – despite the prevailing dry conditions. This week, property agents in the region give their insight into what’s happening. The post Weekly property review: Riverina runs deep… Read more »

Neogen’s $5m livestock genomic testing lab opens at University of Queensland

AUSTRALIA’S largest commercial livestock genomic testing laboratory – Neogen Australasia — has been opened in Gatton Queensland after a $5 million investment in new facilities and equipment. The post Neogen’s $5m livestock genomic testing lab opens at University of Queensland appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Neogen’s m livestock genomic testing lab… Read more »

CCA comment: Long-term goals in focus as drought bites

At a national level, the cattle industry must keep its eyes on the long-term sustainability of Australia’s beef cattle industry, beyond current seasonal difficulties, argues Cattle Council of Australia president Howard Smith. The post CCA comment: Long-term goals in focus as drought bites appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CCA comment: Long-term… Read more »

Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Former Queensland Police deputy commissioner Brett Pointing has been appointed as the Australian Live Exporters Council’s new chief executive, starting in the role in early October. The post Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Former Queensland Police deputy commissioner Brett Pointing has been appointed as the Australian Live Exporters Council’s new chief executive, starting in the role in early October. The post Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former QLD deputy police commissioner to head ALEC

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 5 Sept 2018

At the start of the week, a strong cold front followed by a complex low pressure system tracked over southwestern parts of WA, with the associated cloudband and embedded thunderstorms generating moderate falls in the South West Land Division and Goldfields District in WA. The cold front and a weak low moved through SA, and… Read more »

Second live export licence cancelled

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled the livestock export licence of a second exporter, EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd, following a show cause process. The post Second live export licence cancelled appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Second live export licence cancelled

Australia’s largest livestock DNA testing lab opens in Qld

Australia’s largest commercial livestock genomic testing laboratory was officially opened in Gatton, QLD this morning following a $5m investment in new facilities and equipment. The new labs feature high-end genomic analysis tools and robotic processing capable of handling 500,000 samples each year to support the beef cattle, sheep and dairy industries. The post Australia’s largest… Read more »

Experts set to engage and inspire at lotfeeders’ BeefEx 2018 conference

An exceptional array of international and Australian speakers has been lined up for the grainfed beef industry’s premier conference, BeefEx 2018, being held in Brisbane next month. Here’s a quick snapshot of the program highlights. The post Experts set to engage and inspire at lotfeeders’ BeefEx 2018 conference appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Roma store 4 Sep 2018: Numbers lift for special drought relief sale

A mixed quality line up of cattle was penned and drawn from a wide supply area. A large panel of buyers was present and operating, with feeder operators in direct competition to export processors on the heavy end. The post Roma store 4 Sep 2018: Numbers lift for special drought relief sale appeared first on… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Commercial breeders out-gunning studs to secure top bulls

A feature of this year’s spring bull selling season has been commercial cattle producers regularly out-bidding stud breeders for the top-priced bulls. How can commercial breeders justify paying up to $50,000 for individual bulls? The post Weekly genetics review: Commercial breeders out-gunning studs to secure top bulls appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

NSW Government grilled over wagyu beef company investment

Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro insists a $3.3 million investment into a wagyu beef company is “above board”, despite it being made on the recommendation of a private equity firm that bought a majority share of the company. Source: ABC Livestock NSW Government grilled over wagyu beef company investment

Weekly kill: Grids rise, on combination of supply and demand factors

There’s been solid rises in slaughter grid prices across Queensland and NSW over the past week, driven by a range of supply and demand factors. The post Weekly kill: Grids rise, on combination of supply and demand factors appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids rise, on combination of supply… Read more »

China, Korea highlights in August beef exports totalling 107,000t

Beef exports during August continued at high levels, in line with high rates of drought-forced cattle slaughter that has extended later into the year than what many had anticipated. China and South Korea were the stand-out performers among customers last month. The post China, Korea highlights in August beef exports totalling 107,000t appeared first on… Read more »

Cattle encouraged to herd themselves in NT trial

A Northern Territory trial is aiming to encourage cattle to move themselves around a paddock without being mustered by humans. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle encouraged to herd themselves in NT trial

Combating the multi-billion-dollar counterfeit Aussie steak trade

How do you know if the Aussie-branded meat you are eating overseas is really Australian? Technology is being developed to tell you with a click of a button. Source: ABC Livestock Combating the multi-billion-dollar counterfeit Aussie steak trade

Pushing genetic boundaries on feed costs

Selection for genetic efficiency during times of drought and high feed costs will soon be a reality for commercial beef producers, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit principal scientist David Johnston told a seedstock seminar recently. The post Pushing genetic boundaries on feed costs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Pushing genetic boundaries… Read more »

Understanding the barriers to technology adoption in beef

As both a cattle producer and founder of agtech supplier Harrington Systems Electronics based near Richmond in northwest Queensland, William Harrington is familiar with the benefits that technologies like remote water monitoring can have for cattle producing businesses. But change can be difficult for industry members, he says. The post Understanding the barriers to technology… Read more »

Wagga sale 3 Sep 2018: 500 weaners heading for Tasmania

Another wave of light weight veal and yearlings were offered at Wagga in a bigger yarding 3800 cattle. Quality was plain with the bulk of the offering secondary types. The post Wagga sale 3 Sep 2018: 500 weaners heading for Tasmania appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 3 Sep 2018:… Read more »

Property: Macquarie set to absorb Hassad Australia’s remaining assets

Hassad Australia’s remaining farm assets will reportedly be purchased by the agricultural arm of the Macquarie Group, which owns and manages around 4.5 million hectares of farmland in Australia and Brazil. The post Property: Macquarie set to absorb Hassad Australia’s remaining assets appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Macquarie set to… Read more »

Animal health: Single-shot BRD vaccination making inroads

Easier and more convenient protection of cattle against Bovine Respiratory Disease is encouraging beef producers to adopt pre-vaccination strategies in young cattle, during or before weaning. The post Animal health: Single-shot BRD vaccination making inroads appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Animal health: Single-shot BRD vaccination making inroads

MLA’s Paddock to Plate Story heads on tour

Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) virtual reality Paddock to Plate Story will hit the road to showcase Australia’s red meat production systems to schools and local communities across Australia. The post MLA’s Paddock to Plate Story heads on tour appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA’s Paddock to Plate Story heads on… Read more »

Producers urged to be on alert for Pimelea + research project update

Producers in Queensland, New South Wales and the arid zone of South Australia are being urged to keep a close eye out for the toxic native plant Pimelea. The post Producers urged to be on alert for Pimelea + research project update appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Producers urged to be… Read more »

Industry welcomes new Australia-Indonesia trade agreement

Tariffs on Australian exports to Indonesia will reduce following the signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) by the two countries on Friday.  The post Industry welcomes new Australia-Indonesia trade agreement appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry welcomes new Australia-Indonesia trade agreement

Young cattle prices strengthen on AuctionsPlus

Young cattle again dominated listings on AuctionsPlus this week, accounting for 78pc of entries. Steer weight categories trended firm to stronger in price, while lighter heifer categories also rose. The post Young cattle prices strengthen on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Young cattle prices strengthen on AuctionsPlus

Great Southern grassfed program forges on, despite the drought

Managing slaughter cattle supply during Australia’s often erratic seasonal cycles has always been regarded as a key Achilles heel faced by grassfed beef supply chain managers, as  global customers seek assurances over consistency of quality and continuity of supply. But JBS says it has managed to navigate through this year’s eastern states drought much better… Read more »

Recruitment: Like Australia, US agribusiness experiences hiring headaches

For a change of pace in this week’s recruitment article, we take a look at staffing issues in the US farm sector, and the lotfeeding sector in particular – which is arguably facing even bigger challenges than Australia. The post Recruitment: Like Australia, US agribusiness experiences hiring headaches appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Webinar: Phosphorous supplementation for improved productivity and profitability (Part 2)

In the final webinar in the ‘Improving beef business performance across northern Australia’ series, Rob Dixon and Mick Sullivan will discuss how phosphorous supplementation can improve productivity and profitability of beef businesses. The post Webinar: Phosphorous supplementation for improved productivity and profitability (Part 2) appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Webinar: Phosphorous… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Prices climb after rain as frost fears mount

Feedgrain values in the past week dipped on rain in parts of the grainbelt, but have firmed in the past 24 hours in response to heavy frost in southeastern areas which may have limited yields in some crops, but cottonseed prices have eased as availability improved. The post Feedgrain Focus: Prices climb after rain as… Read more »

Coles and customer donations top $10m to help farmers deal with drought

Coles supermarket customers have dug deep for Australian farming communities, by joining with Coles to provide more than $10 million to help farmers deal with the impact of drought. The post Coles and customer donations top $10m to help farmers deal with drought appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Coles and customer… Read more »

Agtech and farm safety: Life-saver or time-waster?

There are already some fit-for-purpose apps and technology that are doing a great job at addressing farm safety issues, but is there enough pressure or incentive for farmers to actually use them?, asks Agtech Central editor, Sam Tretheway in this week’s column The post Agtech and farm safety: Life-saver or time-waster? appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Ag tech briefs: ‘Green light’ tag for animal health monitoring

‘Green light’ tag for animal health monitoring | $14m investment in farm management software developer | $500,000 fund to stimulate WA’s agtech | Great ag ideas abound in agrifood pitch session The post Ag tech briefs: ‘Green light’ tag for animal health monitoring appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ag tech briefs:… Read more »

Research shows potential to harness shockwaves for meat tenderisation

Harnessing shockwaves to tenderise meat and reduce its ageing time was one of a range of novel technologies on show during the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology held in Melbourne earlier this month. The post Research shows potential to harness shockwaves for meat tenderisation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2018

Spring is more likely to be drier than average for southwest WA, most of SA, the southern NT, inland NSW (west of the divide), Victoria, Tasmania, and northern Queensland, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s three-month climate outlook statement released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

BOM dials up accuracy of climate forecasts

The Bureau of Meteorology says its seasonal climate outlooks, including the latest oulook issued this morning, are powered by a new state-of-the-art high-definition climate model, which means increased accuracy and more localised information in forecasts. The post BOM dials up accuracy of climate forecasts appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central BOM dials up… Read more »

Atypical BSE case found in US beef cow

A case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a six-year-old beef cow in the US state of Florida, US media sources are reporting this morning. The post Atypical BSE case found in US beef cow appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Atypical BSE case found in US beef… Read more »

Consultation opens on live export standards

The next stage of the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) is open for public comment until 19 September. The post Consultation opens on live export standards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Consultation opens on live export standards

Dalby Sale 29 Aug 2018: Market firm to dearer

The market today was firm if not up to 10 to 30c dearer in places, with a quality line of young bullocks from Wandoan making up to 300c. The post Dalby Sale 29 Aug 2018: Market firm to dearer appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 29 Aug 2018: Market firm… Read more »

Weekly property review: Properties sold

Nebo’s Bluevale makes $5.6m under hammer | Southern Riverina’s Emu park makes $7m bare | Barcoo River’s Prairie Downs passed-in for $2.525m The post Weekly property review: Properties sold appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: Properties sold

Australians eating out more, importing more food: ABARES report

It is often said trends in Australia follow the United States, and a new report supports that theory in terms of the growing fondness Australians have for eating out instead of at home.  The post Australians eating out more, importing more food: ABARES report appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australians eating… Read more »

Hinch urged to rethink call to phase out 1080 baiting

Comments in Parliament by Senator Derryn Hinch calling for the Federal Government to regulate the orderly phase-out of 1080 have triggered a swift response from the National Wild Dog Action Plan’ Coordination Committee. The post Hinch urged to rethink call to phase out 1080 baiting appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Hinch… Read more »

Research: Spray chill carcase treatment under trial for better E.coli control

A new method designed to reduce E. coli bacterial contamination on beef carcases, called spray chill, is undergoing testing at JBS Australia’s Scone meat plant in New South Wales. The post Research: Spray chill carcase treatment under trial for better E.coli control appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Research: Spray chill carcase… Read more »