Category: Beef

CPC sells trio of VRD/Kimberley properties, as divestment continues

CPC has announced the sale of three more northern cattle properties, covering a total area of about 740,000ha, as owner Terra Firma continues its move towards divesting the prized CPC grazing land portfolio. The company has reached agreement with Vietnam-based investment group Clean Agriculture & International Tourism for the purchase of Auvergne and Newry Stations… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Record US protein supplies again in 2019

More protein than ever before – that’s what the US meat and poultry industry will produce this year, reports US market commentator Steve Kay. How it disposes of it will depend on continued strong demand at home and abroad. Americans showed a willingness to pay more for beef last year. Japan and South Korea meanwhile… Read more »

2018 beef exports top 1.125 million tonnes

Drought-forced cattle turnoff, coupled with sustained strong international demand has driven Australia’s 2018 beef exports sharply higher, reaching 1.125 million tonnes for the year ended December 31. The post 2018 beef exports top 1.125 million tonnes appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 2018 beef exports top 1.125 million tonnes

TFI close to decision to ‘rebuild or relocate’ fire-ravaged Murray Bridge plant

Exactly 12 months after fire gutted the large-scale Murray Bridge beef and lamb processing plant in South Australia, owner Thomas Foods International says it is close to making a decision over the site’s future. The post TFI close to decision to ‘rebuild or relocate’ fire-ravaged Murray Bridge plant appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Vale Trevor Schoorl

Trevor Schoorl, a highly-respected figure in the feedlot, beef cattle, dairy and forage contracting industries throughout Australia, passed away, following a tragic accident over the Christmas period. The post Vale Trevor Schoorl appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Vale Trevor Schoorl

Fire starters must be prosecuted: NTCA

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association’s says prosecutions are needed to deter people from deliberately lighting fires.  The post Fire starters must be prosecuted: NTCA appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Fire starters must be prosecuted: NTCA

New Year tariff cuts kick in

TARIFFS on a range Australian agricultural exports have either reduced or been abolished under the Trans Pacific Partnership and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) since January 1.  The post New Year tariff cuts kick in appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New Year tariff cuts kick in

Vintage Beef Co explores new territory in branded cow meat

Beef harvested from older breeding animals has traditionally been consigned to lower-value muscle meat and trim markets, but a bold new brand program is looking to celebrate the unique qualities of beef from better-performing slaughter cows. Vintage Beef Co, developed by Victorian and Tasmanian processor HW Greenham & Sons is arguably the first in Australia… Read more »

Merry Christmas from Beef Central

The Beef Central, Sheep Central and Grain Central teams will be taking a short publishing break over the Christmas/New Year period. The post Merry Christmas from Beef Central appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Merry Christmas from Beef Central

Bought Cattle Baron? Here’s some short ‘how to play’ videos

We’re very pleased to be able to report that almost 2000 copies of Cattle Baron have now been sold and many will be played for the first time when they’re opened on Christmas Day.  On that note we’d like to bring readers’ attention to some videos we have created to help them to understand how… Read more »

MV Jawan released from detention for repair voyage to Singapore

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released the livestock vessel MV Jawan from detention after the vessel completed a sea trial within the Port of Portland. The post MV Jawan released from detention for repair voyage to Singapore appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MV Jawan released from detention for repair… Read more »

$120,000 fine for serious biosecurity breaches over imported meat

A Brisbane company and its director have been fined a total of $120,000 for biosecurity breaches associated with the transport and storage of imported uncooked meat during 2014 and 2015. The post $120,000 fine for serious biosecurity breaches over imported meat appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 0,000 fine for serious biosecurity… Read more »

Take care this Christmas

Christmas is a great opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break with family and friends, but it’s also a time when preventable farm accidents often spike – with children and inexperienced visitors typically most at risk. The post Take care this Christmas appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Take care this Christmas

Bright ideas transform bulk containers into practical innovations

Still looking for that elusive ‘perfect gift’ for Christmas? Maybe the opportunity is sitting right under your nose in the form of those empty plastic bulk chemical and fertiliser containers that are lying round the back of the farm shed. The post Bright ideas transform bulk containers into practical innovations appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Compensatory gain plays role in strong 2018 feedlot cattle performance

Compensatory gain has been a considerable factor in unusually good – in some cases exceptional – feeding performance in cattle in Australian feedlots during 2018. The post Compensatory gain plays role in strong 2018 feedlot cattle performance appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Compensatory gain plays role in strong 2018 feedlot cattle… Read more »

Crean slams Littleproud over live export heat stress model implications

DRAFT heat stress assessment proposals for live sheep exports will end the trade, risk cattle shipments and have implications for onshore livestock production if adopted, Australia’s Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has been told today. The post Crean slams Littleproud over live export heat stress model implications appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

McDonald's introduces new beef policy

The fast food giant has introduced a policy that acknowledges the global health threat of antibiotic resistance, with the aim of reducing their intake of antimicrobial processed beef worldwide by the end of 2020. Source: ABC Livestock McDonald’s introduces new beef policy

Live exporters and Minister war over welfare progress

The Federal Government has accused the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council of dragging the chain on critical welfare improvements, claims the body vehemently rejects while raising concerns that recommendations the Government is considering threaten to regulate the sheep and cattle export trades out of existence. The post Live exporters and Minister war over welfare progress appeared… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2019

Rainfall from January to March is likely to be below average for Western Australia, parts of the Northern Territory and eastern mainland Australia, with warmer than average days and nights also likely, according to BOM’s latest three monthly outlook released today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

State of the Climate 2018: Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO have today released their fifth biennial State of the Climate report. The post State of the Climate 2018: Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central State of the Climate 2018: Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO

Dalby end of year special feeder and store sale

A large crowd competed on a rain affected yarding of 1262 cattle on Wednesday for the end of year special feeder and store sale at Dalby. The post Dalby end of year special feeder and store sale appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby end of year special feeder and store sale

New CEO appointed for Beef 2021 in Rockhampton

Beef Australia has appointed Rockhampton businessman Ian Mill as the organisation’s new chief executive officer, as the national beef expo starts preparations and planning for the next event in May 2021. The post New CEO appointed for Beef 2021 in Rockhampton appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New CEO appointed for Beef… Read more »

WA’s Harvest Road to spend $50m on large scale ‘free-range’ intensive feeding model

Twiggy Forrest’s Harvest Road beef supply chain in WA plans to spend up to $50 million developing a large-scale integrated backgrounding and intensive grainfeeding business, designed to even-out seasonal cattle supply to the company’s Harvey Beef processing plant in the state’s southwest. The post WA’s Harvest Road to spend $50m on large scale ‘free-range’ intensive… Read more »

Beef import debate heats up

The question of whether Australia should allow beef imports from other countries, pitting the need to maintain vital market access against the risk of exposing the industry to a devastating biosecurity incursion, has always generated fierce debate in the Australian beef industry. The post Beef import debate heats up appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

How a cow from Gympie came to be crowned 'Miss World'

Miss Philippines may have won the title of Miss Universe 2018, but the latest winner of Miss World is the Australian entrant — an Australian cow that is. Source: ABC Livestock How a cow from Gympie came to be crowned ‘Miss World’

Live export cattle prices end year on a high

The price for feeder steers heading to Indonesia jumps to $3.25 a kilogram, giving northern cattle producers a boost before Christmas. Source: ABC Livestock Live export cattle prices end year on a high

Wellard generates $13.5m from asset sales

Livestock vessel charterer and exporter Wellard Limited says it has generated approximately $13 million worth of cash flow for its business after reaching agreements to sell non-core WA-located assets including an abattoir, feed mill and pre-export quarantine depot. The post Wellard generates $13.5m from asset sales appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Property: Legune Station sale paves way for massive aquaculture project

One of the world’s largest integrated land-based prawn farms is a step closer to construction following the completion of a novation of an option to acquire the surrounding 280,000ha cattle property in the Northern Territory. The post Property: Legune Station sale paves way for massive aquaculture project appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 Dec 2018

A complex area of low pressure developed over Victoria, and brought moderate to locally heavy falls the southeast, while Tropical cyclone Owen brought heavy falls to the northern tropics and east coast of Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

MLA cattle market review 2018

MLA’s market intelligence team looks back on market trends in 2018 and to the year ahead. The post MLA cattle market review 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central MLA cattle market review 2018

Losses ease to $125/head in latest grainfed trading budget

Easing feedgrain prices and a stronger forward-price market for finished grainfed cattle have improved the outcome somewhat in Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget calculated this morning. The post Losses ease to $125/head in latest grainfed trading budget appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Losses ease to 5/head in latest grainfed… Read more »

When cars and cattle collide, who is responsible?

In New Zealand last month a farming couple was fined $273,000 after a truck crashed into their cattle on a busy road. What does the law say in Australia? The post When cars and cattle collide, who is responsible? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central When cars and cattle collide, who is… Read more »

Townsville cattle exports head north

2018 has been a busy live export year in Townsville, with the port sending a first consignment of slaughter cattle to China in January, and exporting almost 50,000 cattle during the month of October alone. The post Townsville cattle exports head north appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Townsville cattle exports head… Read more »

Agribusiness: Merck buys Allflex parent company Antelliq for $A4.8b

Global animal health company Merck has bought Antelliq, the parent company of animal identification and monitoring systems manufacturer Allflex, in a deal worth about $3.2 billion Euros, or A$4.8 billion.   The post Agribusiness: Merck buys Allflex parent company Antelliq for $A4.8b appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agribusiness: Merck buys Allflex… Read more »

Wagga sale 17 Dec 2018: Market rises on heavy rain

Secondary cattle prices gained momentum at Wagga posting back-to-back price increases after torrential rain late last week. Agents yarded 2490 cattle, 1800 less than the previous market owing to the Christmas holiday break. The post Wagga sale 17 Dec 2018: Market rises on heavy rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga… Read more »

Collapse in cattle hides value leads to reports of dumping

Cattle hide prices in Australia and around the world have continued to slide badly during 2018 – in some categories falling below the last major market slump experienced during the Global Financial Crisis in 2009. Reports of hides being dumped as landfill rather than sold into the tanning market have emerged in recent weeks, in… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum price softens ahead of rain

Last week’s forecasts for general rain across all sorghum-growing areas in Queensland and NSW has softened the market for the summer cereal by around $10/tonne in the past week, while in the south, volume traded has been minimal as growers continue to focus on getting their crops harvested and stored. The post Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum… Read more »

Old beef classic tops Google food searches in 2018

Google has released a list of the most popular searches in 2018, and when it comes to food in Australia, an old beef classic has topped the list. The post Old beef classic tops Google food searches in 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Old beef classic tops Google food searches… Read more »

Meat processor reports $7m loss

The Northern Co-operative Meat Company cites the drought, a beef ban by China and the global hide crisis as key factors in its loss last financial year. Source: ABC Livestock Meat processor reports m loss

Brexit turmoil poses risks Australian red meat exports

As the EU-UK ‘divorce’ gets messier Meat & Livestock Australia’s market intelligence unit outlines some of the risks a disorderly ‘Brexit’ process could pose to Australian red meat exports in coming months. The post Brexit turmoil poses risks Australian red meat exports appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Brexit turmoil poses risks… Read more »

Littleproud ups ante on livex welfare technology implementation

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says he has written to Australian livestock exporters giving them until the end of this week to confirm how quickly new animal welfare monitoring technology can be installed on live export ships, ahead of next year’s Middle Eastern Summer. The post Littleproud ups ante on livex welfare technology implementation appeared first… Read more »

Steer and heifer prices sharply higher on AuctionsPlus

Young steer and heifer prices trended sharply higher on AuctionsPlus this week – up 20-40c/kg in some categories – as catalogue numbers held firm, totalling 8109 head. The post Steer and heifer prices sharply higher on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Steer and heifer prices sharply higher on AuctionsPlus

Beef trade at risk in UK’s messy Brexit divorce

While free trade agreement discussions have started between the Australian government and the EU, and both the UK and Australia have expressed a willingness to pursue an FTA post-Brexit, a disorderly exit poses a range of short-term risks to Australian red meat exports in the interim, an MLA report says The post Beef trade at… Read more »

Deal may be close on Cootamundra abattoir purchase

A deal is close to being struck on the sale of the mothballed Cootamundra abattoir in New South Wales, Beef Central understands. The post Deal may be close on Cootamundra abattoir purchase appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Deal may be close on Cootamundra abattoir purchase

Beef outlook 2019: Making sense of trade wars, tariffs, global demand & supply

Meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty linked up with four fellow analysts in Brazil, the US and China last week, trying to make sense of trade wars, tariffs, global demand and supply and the potential ongoing impact of African Swine Fever and drought in Australia for 2019. Here’s a summary of their views…. The post… Read more »

Japanese Wagyu genetics smuggling attempt foiled

Customs authorities in China have detained a man attempting to smuggle prized Japanese Wagyu cattle genetics into the country. The man was detained at Shanghai airport with frozen Wagyu cattle embryos, removed illegally from Japan. The post Japanese Wagyu genetics smuggling attempt foiled appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Japanese Wagyu genetics… Read more »

This country town's population has declined by 40 per cent

In the wake up two back-to-back droughts locals in Cunnamulla are concerned about keeping its people in the district to help rebuild when it eventually rains again — but not everyone is leaving. Source: ABC Livestock This country town’s population has declined by 40 per cent

Recruitment: Young people and women boost Australia’s agricultural workforce

Australia’s agricultural workforce is growing, getting younger and engaging more women, according to an analysis released this week by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics Sciences. The post Recruitment: Young people and women boost Australia’s agricultural workforce appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Young people and women boost Australia’s… Read more »

Dubbo sale 13 Dec 2018: 2100 for final sale of year

Most of the regular processor and feeder buyers were in attendance and operating with the feeders showing more urgency to secure numbers than the previous sale. The export processors however were the opposite as they slowdown in the lead up to the Christmas break. The post Dubbo sale 13 Dec 2018: 2100 for final sale… Read more »

Over the moon: Myriota launches a satellite for agtech on SpaceX rocket

South Australian based startup Myriota has just launched its next-generation technology into space on a satellite the size of a loaf of bread. Myriota’s Tom Rayner told Genetics Central editor Sam Trethewey the technology will be a game-changer for the ag sector, giving farmers access to cost effective connectivity for certain applications. The post Over… Read more »

Lay pregnancy testing: Undermining viability of vets risks herd biosecurity and productivity

Allowing fee-for-service pregnancy-testers to take a key component of the work that underpins the viability of rural Queensland veterinary practices could have serious ramifications for future herd biosecurity, health and productivity in the State, the head of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians Association has warned. The post Lay pregnancy testing: Undermining viability of vets risks herd… Read more »

Beef briefs: research shows no detectable effect from livestock on climate

Beef Central beef briefs 13 Dec 2018: Cattle exports pass one million mark; Israel claims to have produced first ‘cell-grown steak’; MV Jawan’s Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock revoked; Celebrities promote red meat in UK; Research: No detectable effect on climate from livestock methane emissions; Global tree cover has increased 7pc since 1982,… Read more »

New technologies address beef counterfeit and substitution challenge + VIDEO

As Australia’s red meat exports have grown in volume and value into emerging markets like China, so to, has the challenge of product counterfeiting and substitution. But some next-generation anti-counterfeit technologies are now emerging which look extremely promising in their ability to protect the integrity of genuine Australian red meat in export markets. The post… Read more »

John Kaus funeral service

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of John Christopher Keith Kaus at a funeral service held at the Canon Jones Memorial Chapel, Anglican Church Grammar School, Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane on Thursday, December 20, at 11am. The post John Kaus funeral service appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central John… Read more »

Dalby Sale 12 Dec 2018: Forecast boosts restocker enthusiasm

The forecast of some rain lifted restocker enthusiasm and light weight yearling steers and heifers returning to the paddock improved in price by 30c/kg The post Dalby Sale 12 Dec 2018: Forecast boosts restocker enthusiasm appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 12 Dec 2018: Forecast boosts restocker enthusiasm

Defining cattle property sales across Australia in 2018

In our final weekly property review for 2018, we present this state-by-state snapshot of the defining grazing property sales across Australia, as reported over the past 12 months. The post Defining cattle property sales across Australia in 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Defining cattle property sales across Australia in 2018

SE Asia report: Indo challenges mount | Swine fever ramifications | French frog legs

Market consensus points to further price falls in Indonesia given large feedlot inventories and static demand, while an important deadline is fast approaching for the trade, as Dr Ross Ainsworth reports this month. The post SE Asia report: Indo challenges mount | Swine fever ramifications | French frog legs appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

McDonald’s commits to antibiotic reduction policy for beef

Global burger chain McDonald’s has established a new beef antibiotic policy that will apply to 85 percent of its global beef supply chain, including Australia. The company says it ultimately wants to replace antibiotics with long-term solutions to prevent diseases and protect animal health and welfare, The post McDonald’s commits to antibiotic reduction policy for… Read more »

Can commercial beef production create prosperity?

Agribusiness consultant Dr Phil Holmes looks at whether commercial beef production can create prosperity for the typical family business, and why operating return and capital return are both important. The post Can commercial beef production create prosperity? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Can commercial beef production create prosperity?

Agtech startup Datamuster appoints GM

Agtech start-up company DataMuster, an online livestock monitoring and reporting platform, has appointed an experienced executive as its first general manager to steer the business through its start-up phase. The post Agtech startup Datamuster appoints GM appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agtech startup Datamuster appoints GM

Two severe weather systems to impact eastern Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning of the potential for severe weather throughout significant areas of eastern Australia in the coming days as two weather systems bring rain and thunderstorms across a large area. The post Two severe weather systems to impact eastern Australia appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Two severe… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018

Broad low pressure troughs produced moderate falls through Western Australia and northern and eastern Australia, while heavy falls were recorded in the north tropical Queensland coast after ex-tropical cyclone Owen crossed near Port Douglas. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Agtech: Pathways for improving connectivity in the bush

Feedlot operators and others in the red meat supply chain remote areas looking to assess their connectivity requirements and identify potential solutions have access to a new guide to help them navigate through the often grey area of connectivity. The post Agtech: Pathways for improving connectivity in the bush appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Weekly kill: Big late-season surge in slaughter numbers, as grid prices dip again

The unusually large late-season flow of cattle has seen a sharp check in processor direct grid offers, with four-tooth grassfed heavy steer in southern Queensland market falling another 10c/kg late last week. Last week’s eastern states beef kill was the fourth largest of the year. The post Weekly kill: Big late-season surge in slaughter numbers,… Read more »

African swine fever factors into cattle price forecast

ABARES analysts are still tipping lower Australian cattle prices this financial year compared to last, but not by as much as previously thought. The post African swine fever factors into cattle price forecast appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central African swine fever factors into cattle price forecast

America's love of burgers sees rise in demand for Aussie beef

An abattoir in WA says the US has become a key market for their lean beef, with plans they will take up to 50 per cent of their annual beef exports. Source: ABC Livestock America’s love of burgers sees rise in demand for Aussie beef

John Kaus remembered as a pioneering cattle exporter to Philippines

John Kaus, a man who helped to build Australia’s northern cattle trade into south east Asia for the past 40 years, has been remembered as a pioneer of the Australia-Philippines cattle trade, an approachable and generous leader, a tireless marketing man, a fighter against insurmountable odds and someone to whom personal relationships and trust were… Read more »

New Grain Fed Finished standard comes into play

Beef supply chains will now be able to market their cattle as ‘Grain Fed Finished’ after feeding them grain for 35 days before slaughter. The new standard, or trade description, will apply both domestically and in overseas markets. The post New Grain Fed Finished standard comes into play appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Wagga sale 10 Dec 2018: Market bounces on rain forecast

The market reacted to the prediction of heavy rains to hit late this week. The post Wagga sale 10 Dec 2018: Market bounces on rain forecast appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 10 Dec 2018: Market bounces on rain forecast

$7m loss for Casino processor, NCMC, after tough year

Low rates of throughput combined with the loss of market access into China and historically low hides values have pushed the Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s 2017-18 annual result to a $7 million loss after tax. The post $7m loss for Casino processor, NCMC, after tough year appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Junee processor claims Woolies 2018 livestock supplier award

A NSW lamb processor and supply chain manager has pipped two well-known beef feedlots on opposite sides of the continent to claim the 2018 Woolworths Meat and livestock Supplier of the Year award during a glittering dinner in Sydney last week.   The post Junee processor claims Woolies 2018 livestock supplier award appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Transport report shows high livex performance rates

Updated live export transport performance statistics show Australia recorded 867 mortalities from 860,000 cattle exported in 2017, a mortality rate of 0.1 percent. The post Transport report shows high livex performance rates appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Transport report shows high livex performance rates

Unfair trade barriers targeted

IT is not just foreign markets where Australian exporters need help to remove unjustified non-tariff trade barriers, but within Australia itself. The post Unfair trade barriers targeted appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Unfair trade barriers targeted

‘Hand ag colleges back to industry’

The National Farmers’ Federation has backed a call by AgForce for the Queensland Government to hand the keys of two agricultural colleges it plans to axe next year back to industry.  The post ‘Hand ag colleges back to industry’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Hand ag colleges back to industry’

Larger weaner and yearling offerings from NSW boost AuctionsPlus numbers

Large numbers of weaners and yearlings out of New South Wales boosted the offering on AuctionsPlus this week, with catalogue numbers rising 20 percent to 8129 head across all sales. A clearance rate of 80pc was achieved. Weaned heifer prices were up 12c on last week, while weaned steers were down 5c. The post Larger… Read more »

2018 bull sales: Your complete guide to how each major breed fared

On the back of a record year in 2017 and in the face of widespread drought across much of eastern Australia, bull sale volumes and average prices held up remarkably well in 2018, reports genetics central editor Dr Alex McDonald, in our annual wrap-of of national bull sales across the ten most popular breeds. The… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Heifers add surprising value to US beef quality

Grainfed heifers are the unsung heroes of the US beef industry this year, helping deliver record proportions of USDA Prime beef, writes US industry analyst, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: Heifers add surprising value to US beef quality appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Heifers add surprising value to… Read more »

Imported molasses delivered to graziers in an Australian first

With an Australian molasses shortage, Vietnam delivers the sugarcane by-product used by graziers to sustain livestock through dry times. Source: ABC Livestock Imported molasses delivered to graziers in an Australian first

Recruitment: Using effective story-telling to attract job candidates

Most meat and livestock industry supply chain stakeholders are fortunate to have the ‘gift of the gab’, but we don’t necessarily transfer that well into talking about our business and culture to potential staff that might consider working for us. Here are seven tips for getting your message across through a story. The post Recruitment:… Read more »

Federal inquiry into vegetation laws and cool burns

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced a House of Representatives inquiry into the impact of vegetation and land management policies on the agricultural sector. The post Federal inquiry into vegetation laws and cool burns appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Federal inquiry into vegetation laws and cool burns

Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia have eased by up to 12c litre in some states, after hitting four-year highs a month ago. The post Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Dubbo sale 6 Dec 2018: Yarding doubles to 4770

A week of hot windy weather following the previous week’s good rains certainly dried things out which doubled the size of the yarding with a total of 4770. The post Dubbo sale 6 Dec 2018: Yarding doubles to 4770 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 6 Dec 2018: Yarding doubles… Read more »

Trend towards rewarding higher carcase merit gains momentum

Should cattle producers whose slaughter or even feeder animals producer higher carcase merit within a broader brand or category specification range be better rewarded for that performance? It’s a topic which has come up in a number of beef producer forums over the past six months, in both northern and southern Australia. In this report,… Read more »

Greenhams ‘early adopter’ in carcase merit price incentive trend

Victorian and Tasmanian beef processor HW Greenham is one of the ‘early adopters’ in the advent of livestock payments for higher-performing carcases within a brand segment’s broader acceptable carcase criteria range. The post Greenhams ‘early adopter’ in carcase merit price incentive trend appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Greenhams ‘early adopter’ in… Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – November 2018

Which e-commerce giant did JBS sign a major beef supply agreement with in November? From which State is Australia’s new Cattle Council president? Test your knowledge with Beef Central’s latest monthly quiz. The post Beef Central’s beef quiz – November 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz –… Read more »

Anger over ag college closures

A sudden announcement from the Queensland Government that two iconic agricultural colleges will close has left the State’s peak farming body fuming, saying it was staggered the broadacre sector was not asked for input.  The post Anger over ag college closures appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Anger over ag college closures

Review recommends 10 changes to regional telecommunications

A Government pulse check of regional telecommunications has made 10 recommendations to improve the service experience of regional, rural and remote users. The post Review recommends 10 changes to regional telecommunications appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Review recommends 10 changes to regional telecommunications

Weekly Property Review: Recent properties sold

Blue ribbon property sells prior to auction | Queensland property with substantial water under contract | Ivanhoe’s Rosewood sale result defies the NSW drought The post Weekly Property Review: Recent properties sold appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly Property Review: Recent properties sold

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 Dec 2018

BROAD low pressure troughs produced moderate falls in northern and central Australia, while a deep low pressure system off the New South Wales coast produced locally heavy falls in Sydney, the Illawarra and Central Tablelands districts. The highest weekly total was 222 mm at Faulconbridge in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The post… Read more »

World-first claim as beef supplier goes 100pc carbon-neutral

Victorian food service meat distribution company Flinders + Co has laid claim to being the first meat supplier in the world to become 100 percent carbon neutral. The company says the emissions from every kilogram of meat it sells are now being offset – with leading restaurants now able to claim the products as ‘carbon neutral’… Read more »

NH Foods’ Angus Reserve wins inaugural Darling Downs beef battle

More than 150 steak connoisseurs packed into Toowoomba’s Spotted Cow hotel last night to participate in a steak judging event featuring seven of the Darling Downs region’s top grainfed beef brands. The post NH Foods’ Angus Reserve wins inaugural Darling Downs beef battle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NH Foods’ Angus Reserve wins… Read more »

Rocky, Casino – now Toowoomba steaks claim as Australia’s beef capital

For years Rockhampton and Casino have locked horns over the right to be called Australia’s beef capital, but now a third contender is steaking a claim for the title. The post Rocky, Casino – now Toowoomba steaks claim as Australia’s beef capital appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rocky, Casino – now Toowoomba… Read more »

Roma store sale 4 Dec 2018: Demand strong for better cattle

The yarding was again dominated by younger cattle and quality was mixed however, demand for the better quality lines of cattle remained strong. The post Roma store sale 4 Dec 2018: Demand strong for better cattle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 4 Dec 2018: Demand strong for better… Read more »