Category: Beef

Cattle producer profits soar, but cost of production also hits record, RCS results show

WHILE beef producer profits have risen to record highs over the past year, production costs have also risen to unprecedented levels, Resource Consulting Services has revealed in its latest Profit Probe benchmark report. The results, for fiscal year 2015-16 ended June 30, are based on financial data aggregated from hundreds of RCS cattle producer clients… Read more »

Saleyard closure/recommencement dates for 2016-17

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The following list from Meat & Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service documents dates of saleyard closures and re-commencements around Australia: The post Saleyard closure/recommencement dates for 2016-17 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Saleyard closure/recommencement dates for 2016-17

Be quad safe this Christmas

VICTORIA’S peak farmer organisation is encouraging primary producers to remain focused on farm safety this Christmas holiday season by investing in protection devices to limit the risk of quad bike injuries on farms. The Victorian Farmers Federation is offering rebates of up to $600 (GST exempt) on two eligible protection devices – the Quadbar ™… Read more »

Top 10 Australian red meat food service/retail trends for 2016

HIGHER wholesale prices and shortage of beef supply caused by two years of drought-fuelled herd reduction has led to some significant shifts in the way beef is utilised and presented in Australia’s food service sector, as well as on retail shelves. With herd size sinking to 20-year lows, a record 74 percent of Australia’s beef… Read more »

New website promotes careers in agriculture

Five agricultural research and development organisations will today launch a new website aimed at promoting careers in agriculture. The “People in Agriculture” site (, to be launched by Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce, will also offer compliance support for agricultural employers and provide a platform for employment information sharing. The centralised hub aims to help agriculture… Read more »

Watching underground water on the web

The 3D Water Atlas compiles and analyses data from Surat Basin bores An open access Water Atlas has gone online, giving the general public a 3D view of groundwater data from eastern Australia’s Surat Basin. Associate Professor Sue Vink of The University of Queensland’s Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry said the tool provided diverse… Read more »

$100,000 for better brucellosis testing

Coalition Government investing in better diagnostic testing for Bovine Brucella abortus Better diagnostic testing will help demonstrate Australia’s freedom from the disease CSIRO-AAHL to develop test over the next two years Freedom from Bovine Brucella abortus helps to maintain market access for livestock exports Australia’s reputation as a clean, green exporter will soon be strengthened thanks… Read more »

Inquiry into Lyme-like illness calls for more research and better treatment

Cattle ticks. For the past 20 years, a debate about the presence in Australia of Lyme disease caused by ticks transmitting a specific group of bacteria has resulted in often intense and confused media attention. While some claim the organism (known as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato) exists in this country, to date there has been… Read more »

Trials to evaluate automated detection of BRD in feedlot cattle

CUTTING-edge technology enabling automated detection of the leading cause of sickness in Australian feedlot cattle will be trialled in Australia under a new research project. Feedlot pen rider at JBS Prime City near Griffith Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is the feedlot sector’s biggest health cost and historically has been detected by feedlot pen riders observation… Read more »

Big cow/calf offering, as dry summer start pushes AuctionsPlus numbers higher

Unjoined heifer highlights last week included these 379kg  Te Mania blood Angus heifers from Tonga Station Mansfield, VIC selling for 372c/kg live weight or $1410. DRIVEN by early southern interfaced weaner sales and the general dry start to summer, cattle numbers took off on AuctionsPlus last week. Almost 12,000 head was offered online last week,… Read more »

Rinehart consortium’s Kidman acquisition gets FIRB nod

TREASURER Scott Morrison’s announcement that the Federal Government has approved the sale of S. Kidman & Co to the joint venture company Australian Outback Beef brings to a close the most convoluted cattle asset sale in the nation’s history. The 19-month sale process has had more twists and turns than an Alfred Hitchcock novel. Not… Read more »

Property: NT’s Bullo River sells again

Bullo River homestead RENOWNED Northern Territory cattle property, Bullo River Station, has changed hands for the second time in 16 months, this time for more than $15 million. Bullo River was made famous through the autobiographies of former owner the late Sara Henderson. The scenic Victoria River District cattle property, spanning 1627sq km, is located… Read more »

Is there any money in soil carbon projects? It seems there is now

Terry McCosker, CarbonLink One question more than any other is directed at CarbonLink’s Terry McCosker by producers wanting know more about on-farm carbon storing projects. Is there any money in it? Dr McCosker is currently answering that question in detail at a series of workshops around Queensland and New South Wales. But the short answer… Read more »

Midfield Meat to spend $100,000 on Q-Fever awareness

VICTORIAN meat processor Midfield Meat International is funding a $100,000 Q Fever awareness campaign through the Victorian Farmers Federation’s Livestock Group as part of an undertaking with WorkSafe Victoria. The VFF said the $100,000 campaign is fully supported by Midfield and will be launched next year. It will include industry workshops, preparedness toolkits and targeted… Read more »

Recruitment: Project looks at prospects for building network for red meat professionals

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: General Manager, QLD region (CPC) Stock Crew (Rangers Valley) 2017 Station positions – Tanbar (Paraway Pastoral Co) Commercial analyst (Lawson Grains) Senior Biosecurity Officer (NSW Local Land Services) Organic beef sales & production representative (OBE) Livestock administration supervisor (Bindaree Beef) Working manager Miamba feedlot (Teys Investments) CEO –… Read more »

Grainfed trading budget still deeply negative, despite softer feeder prices

A CONSIDERABLE easing in buy-price for feeder steers used as part of our regular 100-day grainfed trading budget formula has failed to stem the bleeding in results produced from our latest calculation performed this morning. While outcomes have improved a little in our forecast for a typical 450kg feeder steer entering a typical Darling Downs… Read more »

Teys Wagga Wagga plant picks up EU accreditation

TEYS Australia’s Wagga Wagga plant will shortly start processing both grainfed and grassfed cattle for the premium European Union beef export market, having gained EU-accreditation this week. The plant has now been granted EU accreditation by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and will accept eligible livestock from early next year. Beef producers… Read more »

Case for a national Royalties for Regions program is obvious: O’Sullivan

Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan OPINION While I might have been a politician for only three years, I have been a businessman for 30 years and one thing I fully understand is that nothing happens without sufficient access to capital. The best laid plans in business can quickly come to a screeching halt if you cannot… Read more »

Red meat industry to discuss DEXA technology rollout

RED meat industry stakeholders from across the supply chain will come together in Brisbane on Monday to further discuss DEXA technology at a consultation workshop. Meat & Livestock Australia is convening the workshop, titled DEXA technology in the red meat industry, following the announcement at last month’s MLA annual meeting of a plan to install… Read more »

Charitable status of trespassing animal rights groups targeted

Government and industry roundtable meetings on animal welfare last year discussed whether animal rights groups should be stripped of their charitable status if they trespass on farmland in their attempts to expose animal cruelty. Documents obtained under NSW access to information laws by the Greens and published today by The Guardian, detailed discussions held in… Read more »

Weekly property review – The year that’s been in south-eastern Australia

2575ha Deltroit Station, one of the premier pastoral holdings on the eastern seaboard, was sold during the year by Inglis Rural Property to Australian agricultural investment group MH Premium Farms for close to $17m WHAT a difference a year can make. Twelve months ago, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales experienced one of their… Read more »

Contracts exchanged for sale of NT’s Kalala, including 40,000 cattle

Cattle in the cooler on one of Kalala’s sets of yards IN WHAT promises to be one of the biggest property transaction deals in northern Australia this year, contracts have been exchanged for the sale of the large-scale Barkly Tableland breeding property, Kalala. The sale is understood to be contingent on Foreign Investment Review Board… Read more »

November beef exports edge higher, in response to modestly larger kills

REFLECTING the recent spring rise in rates of slaughter across eastern Australia, November beef exports showed a modest but encouraging lift in volume after earlier falling to record mid-year lows. Data released by the Department of Agriculture today shows exports to all destinations during November at 86,724 tonnes – an encouraging 14pc up on October’s… Read more »

JBS plans US public listing next year

Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest red meat processor, plans to launch a public listing of its subsidiary JBS Foods International in the US in the first half of 2017 as a part of a larger company reorganisation. A company statement issued on Monday said under the plan, the JBS Foods International unit would be responsible… Read more »

India leading global beef exports

India has returned to become the global leader for bovine meat (beef and buffalo meat/carabeef) exports by volume in 2016, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. Australia was the largest beef exporter in 2015, amid a year of near record production (just shy of the 2014 peak), and strong global demand. However, shipments have since… Read more »

Roma store 6 Dec 2016: Numbers jump 39pc

Yarding 7500 Change 2900 Yarding numbers jumped 39% as extreme hot weather prevailed across much of western Queensland. Majority of cattle penned were drawn from south-west parts of the State, with several consignments from both central and north-west areas. Some good quality lines of medium and heavy weight steers were penned, while early weaned male calves… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 6 Dec 2016: Vendors sell off before Xmas break

Numbers climbed to just over 2500 at NVLX Wodonga as vendors sell off before the annual Christmas holiday break. Prices did vary throughout the market, with some export and domestic processors not contesting all the better quality lines. Young secondary cattle returning to the paddock generally firmed 5-13c, with lighter weights returning to the paddock… Read more »

New index will provide insight into ag investment performance

INVESTORS in Australian agriculture will for the first time have access to a measure of the investment returns being generated by the sector, following the recent launch of a regularly-updated Index. The Australian Farmland Property Index was launched recently at the Australian Farm Institute’s roundtable conference in Brisbane. The index will enable investors to compare… Read more »

Defence land buy-up opposed by Qld farming families

THE Department of Defence’s proposal to buy up of significant tracts of grazing land for military training areas had upset farming families in central and north Queensland, state farm organisation AgForce said today. AgForce General President Grant Maudsley called on the Federal Government to ensure all alternatives were exhausted before they locked up agricultural land… Read more »

2016 finishes as ‘best-ever year’ for bull sales

UNRELENTING bidding from buyers across the nation brought smiles to the faces of vendors as more than 20,000 bulls sold at auction averaged $7237 during 2016, Beef Central’s annual bull sales summary has revealed. It’s been described by agents as the ‘best year ever’ for the Australian seedstock industry. When the 2016 bull selling season… Read more »

How the ‘big nine’ beef breeds performed in 2016 bull sales

SET out below is a breed-by breed breakdown of results (average price, numbers sold and clearance rates) for the nine largest beef breeds, based on turnover of bulls sold across Australia in 2016. This summary supports this morning’s main story, “2016 finishes as ‘best-ever year’ for bull sales”. Breeds are listed in alphabetical order. The… Read more »

Weekly kill: Outlook not bright for early stages of 2017

AS THE long and eventful 2016 beef slaughter season draws to a close, stakeholders are starting to reflect on the year that was, and what lies ahead for 2017 in terms of cattle supply and beef production prospects. Tightest cattle supplies in 20 years has been the underlying story in the processing sector this year,… Read more »

Value-adding: Andrews Meats unveils new $20m sous-vide kitchen

SYDNEY-based specialist portioning and value-adding business Andrews Meat Industries has unveiled a new $20 million state-of-the-arty commercial kitchen specialising in sous-vide at its facility at Lidcombe. The new $20 million sous-vide kitchen is one of the most advanced cooked food service operations in Australia in terms of technology and scale. The 5000sq m operation can… Read more »

Wellard resolution outcomes reversed after poll counting error

In a surprise twist to last week’s Wellard Limited annual general meeting, an error has been exposed in the counting of poll results. An audit has found that a shareholder was incorrectly excluded from voting on three resolutions put forward by the board. The poll results have been recalculated to include the shareholder’s votes, and… Read more »

AgData named Australia’s Regional Online Hero for 2016

The AgData team outside the company’s Toowoomba office. AgData chief marketing officer Stephen Dummett accepts the Regional Online Hero award on behalf of the AgData team at the awards ceremony last night. AgTech company AGDATA was last night named Australia’s Regional Online Hero for 2016 by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) and Google Australia. Based… Read more »

Video: Growing grass for good ground cover in northern Australia

In this short video produced by FutureBeef, Richard and Amy Holcombe share their experiences of growing grass for good ground cover on their property in Moura, Central Queensland. [embedded content] Visit the Grazing and land management pages on the FutureBeef website to learn more about pasture monitoring, maintaining ground cover and other key principles of… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: One man’s meat is…

A monthly column written exclusively for Beef Central by US market analyst, Steve Kay, publisher of US Cattle Buyers Weekly. I GENERALLY avoid using oft-used sayings, especially in a headline. But I can’t think of a more appropriate time to use “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” to describe what occurred here in the… Read more »

Collars help to identify individual pasture intake of cattle

New prototype sensor collar for measuring pasture intake fitted on a grazing steer. Research using sensors and wireless networks to measure individual feed intake and efficiency of livestock in a commercial grazing environment is underway in New South Wales. The research is being conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and CSIRO… Read more »

First-calf cows and calves average $2400 in larger AuctionsPlus offering

These Hereford cows and calves, part of a line of 300+ from Coolah NSW offered on Friday made $2250. CATTLE numbers rose on AuctionsPlus this week, with an offering of 8128 head, up 26 percent on the week prior. This size of the catalogue was aided by herd dispersals in NSW and other eastern states…. Read more »

Western Downs beef producer takes first steps in export exploration + VIDEO

[embedded content] Kirillee Donohoe from Donohoe Cattle Co on Queensland’s Western Downs is looking to the future of beef exports to Asian countries after her return from Shanghai as a participant in the recent AccessChina’16 trade mission. Wandoan-based Donohoe Cattle Co runs four grazing properties totalling about 7500ha, managing about 1200 head of cattle. Mrs… Read more »

Value-adding: Top Cut targets booming burger segment

SPECIALIST portioning and value-added red meat business Top Cut Foods has launched a pre-prepared premium burger range targeted at the food service sector, as the company notches-up 35 years of operations in Australia’s domestic and export red meat markets. Top Cut has recent ‘beefed-up’ its product portfolio with two new brands: The Laneway Street Food… Read more »

New technology to fast-track National Vendor Declarations

The livestock industry’s move to a digital future is taking another positive step forward with an electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system now available to producers and participants in the value chain. To enable industry to start using the system, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has granted the first commercial license to Australian software provider,… Read more »

BOM severe weather update: Heatwave in Qld & NSW + VIDEO

[embedded content] THE heat has already started to build across Queensland—yesterday’s maximum temperatures in the high 30s to low 40s—and we expect those conditions to persist through the weekend and into early next week. The above video documents the Bureau’s three-day heatwave forecast. The Bureau defines a ‘heatwave’ as three-days where the minimum and maximum temperatures… Read more »

Five tips for beef cattle health and productivity over summer

by Beef Central, 02 December 2016 The Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) say there are key measures beef producers should take to ensure their cattle are in optimal shape throughout the summer. “When I first go onto a farm at this time of year, there are five main things I think about to add value,” said… Read more »

Impact from non-tariff trade barriers on red meat explodes to $3.4b

THE impact on the Australian red meat industry from non-tariff trade barriers in export customer countries has been re-assessed, growing exponentially to $3.4 billion each year in latest findings. AMIC technical counsel, Rob Williams Rob Williams, the Australian Meat Industry Council’s technical counsel, outlined results from a recent re-examination of trade access impacts at this… Read more »

Minister defends Sky Muster NBN performance

Rural Communications minister Fiona Nash has defended the performance of the recently launched Sky Muster NBN satellites, on the same day numerous farming groups launched a united campaign to lobby for improved digital connectivity in regional areas. A group of 15 rural advocacy groups yesterday formed the “Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition” to champion better communications… Read more »

Dalby sale 30 Nov 2016: Biggest yarding in four months

[embedded content] Eastern Rural weekly Dalby video market report from Peter Bird Total yarding 6,187 head  Some good falls of rain Sunday and Monday night, up to 100mm in the local area. Biggest yarding in the last four months. Bullocks and Cows slightly cheaper 5c to 10c balance of categories fully firm on last week’s… Read more »

Weekly Property Review – Sale commissions: do marketing agents earn their keep?

EACH rural property agency brings different strengths, strategies and views to the table when selling a cattle property – and it appears to be no different when it comes to the level of sale commission they charge. After a strong response to an earlier Beef Central weekly review about “Increasing competition in the property marketing… Read more »

Established Qld cattle feedlot back on the market

KIMALO Feedlot in far north Queensland has returned to the market with Colliers International, after a long-running sale agreement fell through. Kimalo’s extensive infrastructure include a 10,000 head feedlot licence, 64 holding pens, 70t weighbridge, grain and commodity shed as well as grain and liquids, silo, roller mill and silage pit Located near Mareeba, the… Read more »

Train from Quilpie heralds first step in production increase for Oakey Beef + PICS

Cattle unloading at the new Oakey rail siding this morning. Click on images to view in larger format. From left, former Member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson, Quilpie mayor Cr Stuart Mackenzie, chair of South West RED and Paroo Mayor, Cr Lindsay Godfrey and Oakey Beef Exports livestock manager Kurt Wockner are all smiles as the first… Read more »

Big shift towards ‘formula’ pricing in US feedlot cattle

BIG changes have occurred over the past decade in the way the US beef industry sells feedlot cattle, US economist Ted Schroeder told yesterday’s Australian Meat Processor Corporation conference in Sydney. As the accompanying graph shows, so-called ‘formula’ price arrangements(green line), involving longer-term supply agreements of some kind for finished cattle sold by feedlots to… Read more »

Technology: Next-gen water monitoring system uses satellite data transfer

ADVANCES in electronic technologies have paved the way for a new stock water monitoring system using satellite-based data transfer instead of ground-based systems to be launched onto the market. AgTech start-up company Farmbot claims its satellite-linked watering point monitoring system is competitive in price with 3G and 4G wireless technologies, while being more reliable, and… Read more »

Brazil offers ‘substitutability’ for Aussie grinding beef in US market

Brazilian beef represented a threat to Australian lean grinding beef exports to the US, because of its direct ‘substitutability’, a US risk management expert told a red meat processor gathering in Sydney earlier today. Prof Ted Schroeder Economist Professor Ted Schroeder, the director for the Centre for Risk Management, Education and Research at Kansas State… Read more »

Weekly kill: Numbers back 3pc, but cattle flow remains reasonably solid

HOT, dry weather is continuing to push slaughter cattle to market, with some Queensland and NSW export processors saying they are now more or less covered for the remainder of their 2016 kill requirements. The majority of Queensland/NSW plants appear to be scheduling last kills for Friday 16 December, with a few pushing a shift… Read more »

Celebrating the contribution of Dr Max Shelton

Dr Max Shelton A career spanning almost 50 years in teaching and leading tropical pasture and agroforestry research was celebrated at a dinner in Brisbane earlier this month. Dr Max Shelton from the University of Queensland is one of Australia’s leading plant scientists, with a footprint of work extending from Australia to South East Asia and… Read more »

Approved feed supplements on the menu for PCAS

Feed manufacturers are now able to supply ‘PCAS-Approved’ feed and forage products to producers through the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System. Cattle Council of Australia president Howard Smith said that acceptable feed for livestock under the PCAS program has been a subject of confusion for some producers. “Producers will now be able to purchase ‘PCAS-Approved’ feed from… Read more »

Wagyu industry contributor honoured with life membership

THE Australian Wagyu Association has recognised the outstanding contribution Queensland’s Greg Gibbons has made to the Wagyu industry by awarding him honorary Life Membership during a recent industry gathering at Kerwee feedlot on the Darling Downs. AWA president Peter Gilmour said it was fortunate for the Australian Wagyu industry, when in 2002 Dugald Cameron sold… Read more »

‘Cattle, carbon and the untapped north’ the focus of Hughenden forum

A special multi-topic forum in Hughenden next week will explore how the beef industry can tap into northern development opportunities to create jobs and grow North Queensland’s economy. The ‘Cattle, Carbon and the Untapped North’ forum – hosted by AgForce with the support of FTI Consulting – will be held at the Diggers Entertainment Centre… Read more »

MLA investigates 3D printing technology for value-adding red meat

3D printing technology for red meat products could present the next big advancement in value adding to the Australian industry, following new research published by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). A recent MLA research project reviewed market acceptance and value proposition for 3D printed food with meat as an ingredient – particularly investigating how the… Read more »

Winton stock agent crowned AuctionsPlus’s ‘top gun’ for 2016

AuctionsPlus marketing officer, Alexa Hearn presents Tom Brodie with his 2015-16 Top Cattle Assessor award last week. CENTRAL western Queensland stock and station agent Tom Brodie is AuctionsPlus’s top cattle assessor across Australia for the 2015-16 trading year. Over the 12-month cycle, he assessed and offered 6800 cattle and 13,000 sheep on behalf of clients… Read more »

Call for R&D funding applications for 2017/18

Meat & Livestock Australia is calling for individuals, organisations and project teams to submit preliminary proposals for on-farm research, development and adoption (RD&A) projects that benefit sheepmeat and grassfed beef producers. The 2017/18 MLA annual call invites preliminary proposals for funding to address the three RD&A priorities for the sheepmeat and grassfed beef industries. The… Read more »

Harvest frenzy curbs AuctionsPlus offering, as cow/calf demand continues

This line of rising two-year-old PTIC Shorthorn heifers from Hay, NSW made $1820 on Friday. CATTLE numbers decreased again this week on AuctionsPlus with the offering of 6456 head down 15pc on the previous week. Harvest activity across eastern Australia’s mixed farming grazing areas was blamed as a contributing factor, and with near-record crops in… Read more »

Seasonal Climate outlook Dec 2016-Feb 2017

[embedded content] Summer (December to February) rainfall is likely to be below average in parts of the east and above average in northwest WA, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest seasonal climate outlook statement. The December outlook shows a drier month with warmer days for most of the country. Warmer days and nights are… Read more »

Progress happening in adapting X-ray technology to beef automation + VIDEO

[embedded content] THE adoption of X-ray technology in objective carcase measurement for robotic automation applications in the beef industry appears to be making progress. Scott Technology has this week produced this short video clip showing the use of DEXA x-ray carcase scanning and other emerging technologies under trial at JBS Australia’s Dinmore (Qld) beef plant… Read more »

$5.9m expansion completed at Hardwicks VIC beef and lamb plant

James, Gary and Luke Hardwick at today’s expansion opening VICTORIA’s Hardwicks beef and lamb processing plant at Kyneton today officially opens its $5.9 million expansion, which will add an additional 170 jobs at the plant and within allied businesses.The completed project has delivered a new boning room, a cold storage facility and an expansion of… Read more »

Recruitment & HR: Succession planning in agribusiness sector has reached critical stage

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Assistant farm manager – South Australian position Head Stockperson – Babbilora (Australian Country Choice) Production and Shipping Trainee – Beef (Mort & Co) Bull breeding unit manager – Carrum Station (AA Co) Station manager – Pier Pier (Paraway Pastoral Co) Livestock Operations Compliance manager (Austrex) Feedlot staff –… Read more »

Hyperloop: The future of inland transport?

An artist’s impression of a ‘hyperloop’ transport system in regional Australia. Is this a glimpse into the future of inland transport and freight in Australia? It may seem far-fetched but the challenge of bringing this futuristic design into reality is already engaging many of the best and brightest young engineering minds around the world. 30… Read more »

$60,000 up for grabs in RNA Paddock to Plate competitions

BEEF producers will have the chance to ‘steak’ their claim on almost $60,000 in prizemoney in the Royal Queensland Show’s 2017 RNA Paddock to Palate performance class competitions announced today. Celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, the Paddock to Palate competition presented by Mort & Co Lotfeeders is offering $46,000 in prize money next year,… Read more »

Dubbo sale 24 Nov 2016: Big western lines feature

NUMBERS were back by 600 for a yarding of 4600 at Dubbo earlier today. It was a fair to good quality yarding with good numbers of prime cattle throughout, along with a large presence of far western cattle including consignments from Broken Hill, Bourke, Wilcannia, White Cliffs, Cobar, Quambone, Tottenham and local districts. Also included… Read more »

Industry working to bridge 20-year gap in carcase feedback training

FOR several years in the mid-1990s Australian cattle producers had access to free AUS-MEAT workshops around the country, receiving training in livestock assessment and how to interpret feedback sheets and over-the-hooks price grids provided by abattoirs. However, industry funding for the program stopped when AUS-MEAT was incorporated in 1998. From that time on producers seeking similar… Read more »

Feed grain update: Buyers play and miss as tonnes slip into export markets

Luke Walker, Alliance Grains, Toowoomba. Domestic grain buyers are feeling like out-of-form Australian batsmen at the moment, missing opportunities to buy grain at harvest as tonnes slip past them into export and protein markets. Growers have been more focused on just getting the grain off the paddock and into storage before they worry about marketing…. Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Online property auctions finding favour

Highly regarded 15,300ha property Willowee, near Ilfracombe in western Queensland, will be sold by timed online auction, starting on 5 December. AUCTIONS featuring an online component are how major artworks are now often sold worldwide, how the best Thoroughbreds are sold to international bidders and how Ray White Rural has been selling properties since 2015…. Read more »

Echuca abattoir under investigation after cruelty complaints

VICTORIAN meat regulator PrimeSafe has sanctioned Echuca abattoir operator Riverside Meats over worker treatment of sheep, calves and pigs after the release of video evidence by Animals Australia. PrimeSafe initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint on October 25 this year that included images and observations alleging poor animal welfare at the Echuca abattoir. Victoria’s… Read more »

Echuca abattoir agrees to CCTV after cruelty investigations launched

ECHUCA’S Riverside Meats will support the installation of 24-hour CCTV surveillance of its meat processing facility with independent monitoring after authorities launched investigations over animal cruelty complaints. Riverside Meats managing director Chris Peat said the Peat family was disturbed and saddened by the actions captured on video by animal welfare activists. “Animals deserve better treatment…. Read more »

Legally speaking: Native title compensation – under appeal

EARLIER this year, the Federal Court delivered a landmark decision regarding compensation payable for the extinguishment of native title. The Northern Territory Government was ordered to pay approximately $3.3 million to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali People as compensation for the extinguishment of their native title over land at Timber Creek. This was the first time… Read more »

AA Co posts strong $47.9m half-year profit

THE Australian Agricultural Co, the world’s largest beef producer, this morning posted a half-year statutory net profit after tax of $47.9 million for its six months to September 30. The result represented a $1.9m decrease on the same period last year. The company reported operating pre-tax earnings of $13.9 million, a $2.4m increase on the… Read more »

Sharp rise in diesel fuel prices in regional areas

DIESEL fuel prices have risen sharply over the past six weeks in regional areas of Australia, due to currency effects, higher demand for heating oil heading into the northern hemisphere winter and outages in oil-producing trouble spots in the Middle East. Diesel fuel remains a major input for many cattle producers in Australia, used for… Read more »

Big NZ kills help keep a cap on export manufacturing beef prices

BIG seasonal dairy bull slaughter in New Zealand is keeping a cap on imported grinding beef prices into the US at present. Last week’s quotes from Steiner Consulting in its weekly imported bef market report had 90CL prices at US196c/lb, down slightly on the previous week but still 6c/lb better than this time last year…. Read more »

Roma store 22 Nov 2016: Solid competition continues

Yarding 5500 Change 0 Yarding numbers remained the same as the previous store sale. It was a very mixed quality penning of cattle, with large numbers of aged western sorts consigned. Good numbers of restocker buyers were keen to secure light weight yearling steers, while solid competition continued between restocker, feedlot, and NSW processor buyers… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 22 Nov 2016: Prices fluctuate with warmer weather

At NVLX Wodonga the warmer weather and the annual spring turnoff of cattle lifted numbers to just over 2,300. Prices fluctuated this week, as the market felt the pressure of warmer temperatures and the influx of numbers at some selling centres. Each agent offered excellent lines of top quality vealers, with the European calves and… Read more »

Bindaree, Churchill re-open investment talks, after failing to secure Chinese JVs

HAS the dramatic turnaround in profitability in Australian red meat processing operations this year lowered the appetite among prospective Chinese investors seeking to establish a processing interest in this country? At least two of the large Chinese investment deals disclosed earlier by Australian-owned processors have failed to go ahead. When those deals were first agreed… Read more »

Weekly kill: Rise in numbers may have peaked

EASTERN states beef slaughter rates continued to rise last week, but some doubts are now starting to emerge that the recent lift in slaughter activity will in fact be sustained through to Christmas break. The National Livestock Reporting Service logged an eastern states kill of 136,134 head for the seven days ended Friday, a further… Read more »

Shorthorn beef wins Brisbane steak mecca’s breed taste test

The Norman’s executive chef Frank Correnti with a sample of the winning Shorthorn product SHORTHORN beef has been delivered a ringing endorsement for eating performance from the source that matters most: restaurant diners themselves. The historic Norman Hotel, one of Brisbane’s largest and best known steak dining establishments has just completed its annual “You Be… Read more »

Plant poisoning warning for northern NSW

Bracken fern is a common cause of poisoning Cattle producers on NSW’s north coast are being warned about an increase in plant poisonings in livestock. Recent dry conditions are encouraging cattle to seek what appears to be promising green pick, the North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian team has warned. “Unfortunately some of the alternatives… Read more »

Wagga sale 21 Nov 2016: Numbers ease as focus turns to harvest

At Wagga numbers declined to 3490, with farmers shifting their attention to hay making and harvest. Restocker demand had the greatest influence over light weight categories, with store order pushing heifer rates 17c/kg higher. Heifers 330-400kg returning to the paddock sold at 275-378c, while the lighter weights topped at 379c to average 364c/kg. The bidding… Read more »

Applications open for beef industry directors course

Applications are now open for the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, sponsored by Cattle Council of Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia. Cattle Council and MLA are sponsoring the course to provide the opportunity for grassfed beef producers to develop their skills in corporate governance, for the second year in a row. 2016 AICD… Read more »

Aussie dollar falls to five-month lows as US currency strengthens

THE Australian dollar has fallen to five month lows, mainly on the strength of a strengthening US currency responding to policies being flagged by US president-elect Donald Trump and the prospect of a US interest rate rise. A few minutes ago (3.40pm) the A$ was trading at US73.27c, its lowest rate since June 3. As… Read more »

Cargill will not defend bovine genome patent appeal

Cargill has told Beef Central it will not actively defend a patent appeal case in the Federal Court regarding the bovine genome in Australia. Cargill Inc and another US-based company, Branhaven LLC, are listed as the two owners of an application approved by IP Australia earlier this year to patent a method of using 2510… Read more »

Nothing behind sale rumours, says Manildra Meat Co

SPECULATION in the metropolitan media late last week that Manildra Group is planning to sell its NSW red meat processing operations are without foundation, the company told Beef Central this morning. Weekend press suggested Manildra Group is looking to sell its beef and sheepmeat processing operations at Cootamundra, but the company has rejected the claim… Read more »

Red meat sector poorly-represented in cooperative business structures

THE modest level of engagement in producer-owned cooperative enterprises along the red meat production chain was highlighted in a recent report produced by the Australian Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BCCM). Worldwide, agribusiness and insurance sectors are the largest industries for cooperative and mutual business models, but agriculture is relatively poorly represented in a… Read more »

NSW Farmers welcome new native veg laws

New South Wales’ peak farm representative body has welcomed the repeal of the “unworkable and detrimental” Native Vegetation Act in the State. New vegetation management laws are set to be enacted in NSW in July 2017, after the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016 were passed in both houses… Read more »

Selling Skymuster bandwidth to Qantas doesn’t fly with connectivity-starved farmers

The Federal Government says its rollout of the NBN is on schedule and exceeding revenue forecasts. However at the same time the Telecommunications Ombudsman has reported a rise in complaints about the NBN. In its annual report for 2016 the ombudsman said there were 13,406 new complaints about services delivered over the National Broadband Network (NBN),… Read more »

Sharp rise in young heifer prices in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Part of a line of 48 7-8 month old recently-weaned Angus steers from Eurella, Rylstone, NSW averaging 218kg, which sold for 503c/kg or $1095 on Friday. NUMBERS decreased marginally to 7611 head on AuctionsPlus last week, where young heifer prices spiked sharply in response to strong buyer demand. Bidding interest remained strong, with 496 individual… Read more »

Research leads to removal of meat colour from MSA requirements

Retail display used as part of the meat colour project at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga AN extensive consumer-based research project has led to the removal of meat colour from Meat Standards Australia requirements this week. The move has been endorsed by the industry through the Meat Standards Australia Beef Taskforce, and subsequently approved by… Read more »

Project provides valuable insights into consumers’ views on meat colour

SUSPICIONS have been held for some time among some MSA stakeholders about apparent disparity between meat colour and pH results, and that meat colours recorded at grading might change over time. That’s led to the research project which has changed conventional thinking about the domestic Australian consumer’s views about acceptable meat colour. Several years ago… Read more »

Settlement completed on $100m Kimberley cattle land deal

SETTLEMENT has been finalised for four Western Australian Kimberley district cattle properties comprising the SAWA aggregation, which have sold for $100 million in what is likely to be the state’s biggest ever cattle land deal. The property portfolio, together with about 47,000 cattle, has been sold to investment group, Consolidated Australian Pastoral Holdings. Beef Central… Read more »

Recruitment: Seven ways to build employee commitment

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Assistant Manager-Newcastle Waters (CPC) Head of Stock – Minderoo Cattle Stud Manager – Southern Highlands NSW (McLachlan Group) Operations Manager – Meat Standards Australia (Meat & Livestock Australia) Head Stockperson – Macumba Station (S.Kidman & Co) Manager, Sheep Genetics – Armidale (Meat & Livestock Australia) Graduate/Station Hand –… Read more »

Project targets buffalo flies with new controls

Controls targeting one of Australia’s most significant cattle pests, buffalo flies, will be investigated in a new research project aimed at providing area-wide control and preventing its southward spread. The project is one of 18 new on-farm research, development and adoption (RD&A) projects to receive Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) investment instigated through MLA’s new… Read more »