Category: Beef

Darwin’s $4.1m export yard upgrade to be fast-tracked

Darwin’s Berrimah Export Yards (BEY) will soon be able to process cattle all year round under a $4.1 million upgrade pledged by the Northern Territory Government. NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles, said the NT Govt had fast-tracked the election commitment to occur this financial year. The upgrade will create dozens of jobs… Read more »

Senate inquiry to probe whether livestock genetics should patented

Nationals Senator for Queensland Barry O’Sullivan. A Senate Inquiry to be introduced to federal parliament next week will consider whether a national interest test should apply to applications to patent livestock genetics. As reported by Beef Central yesterday, MLA will appeal in the Federal Court a decision by the Australian Patent Office to grant an… Read more »

Cattle exports slow amid Indonesian policy shift

As highlighted in the latest edition of Meat & Livestock Australia’s LiveLink released this morning, Australian live cattle exports in September and October were well below the historical average. With increased numbers of importers signing up to the Indonesian government’s 5:1 (one breeder for every five feeder cattle imports) policy, the trade picked up slightly during October… Read more »

Big variation exists in producer financial performance, despite high cattle prices

It is an exciting time to be in the beef industry, with high cattle prices and increasing demand for our quality product, a gathering of young beef producers in Roma, Queensland was told this morning. Ian McLean But even with the current level of returns for livestock, considerable variation exists in financial performance between enterprises,… Read more »

Biosecurity plan provides farm access clarity near mine

Writing and implementing a biosecurity management plan to manage unwanted farm visitors may sound daunting, but Queensland livestock producers are finding the process provides clarity and understanding on farm. Mount Larcom beef producers Ann and Larry Coward developed a biosecurity plan to give them more authority to manage uninvited visitors, such as government corporations, businesses… Read more »

Three red meat leaders in running for national Agribusiness export award

Three leading red meat industry companies have been named among eight finalists for the 54th Australian Export Awards National  Agribusiness Award for 2016. Federal trade minister Steve Ciobo this morning announced 81 finalists in the 54th Australian Export Awards, which recognise success in taking Australian innovation to the world. Among the eight finalists named for the… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Bidding up a storm, remotely

A SMALL, but increasing number of landholders are choosing to sell their rural property assets through online auctions, not unlike the now-familiar AuctionsPlus cattle and sheep marketing platform. Unlike AuctionsPlus, while physical pre-sale inspections of property assets is obviously still a ‘given’, the actual auction process in this case is carried out remotely, with bidders… Read more »

MLA launches Federal Court bovine genome patent fight

A Federal Court challenge has been launched by Meat & Livestock Australia against a patent decision that it fears will seriously threaten the future of genetic research in the cattle industry. In what appears to be an extraordinary development, Australia’s patent office IP Australia has approved an application by North American companies Cargill USA and… Read more »

High-tech feeders to unlock Wagyu feed efficiency gains

High-tech feed bins are being used to identify the most feed efficient genetics in the Wagyu industry. Kerwee feedlot general manager Steve Martin explains the role GrowSafe feed bins are playing in a net feed intake sire progeny trial during an Australian Wagyu Association conference at Kerwee on Monday. In a breed where cattle typically… Read more »

Cattle, climate, communities and consumers in focus at processor conference

FEEDING seaweed to cattle to cut greenhouse gas emissions, preserving rural communities and developing new and profitable food products are just some of the diverse topics on the agenda at an Australian Meat Processor Corporation conference in Sydney later this month. The AMPC, the research & development body supporting the red meat processing sector in… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 16 Nov 2016

Today’s 14-day rainfall outlook – scroll to bottom of article Most of eastern and northern Australia received rain in the past week. Past seven days: At the beginning of the week, a broad area of low pressure extended from Western Australia, and through central and eastern parts of Australia. Showers and thunderstorms produced moderate falls in… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga Sale 15 Nov: Two distinct price trends for younger/older cattle

At NVLX Wodonga sale yesterday, cattle prices dipped as numbers lifted to 2230. The market showed two distinct price trends, with young cattle to restockers dearer but cattle to processors cheaper. Some of the price falls were significant.  Trade steers 400-500kg, for example, slipped 15c to average 327c/kg. Looking at the big picture the flush… Read more »

JBS suffers setback in third quarter financial results

The world’s biggest meat processor, JBS, has reported mixed trading results for the third ended September 30, with pre-tax earnings across the company down 18 percent and net income down 74 percent, in year-on year comparisons. The company ended the third quarter with net revenue of R$41.2 billion, pre-tax earnings of R$3.1 billion and net… Read more »

SE Asia Report: Large hole looming for Indo fresh beef supply in early 2017

  Indonesia: Slaughter Steers AUD $4.32/kg live weight (Rp9,950 = $1AUD) Live slaughter cattle prices have firmed a little to Rp43,000 per kg as feedlot inventories continue to dwindle. It will be interesting to watch the tug of war between raw supply and demand and the wishes of the Government of Indonesia as feedlot supplies… Read more »

Dairy calves could help ease cattle supply challenge, RMAC head suggests

MAKING better use of dairy calves may be part of the answer in easing the beef industry’s current cattle supply dilemma, caused by drought-driven national herd retraction to 20-year lows. Don Mackay, left, and Livecorp’s Simon Crean during Thursday’s red meat industry forum The subject came up during a Q&A session at last Thursday’s Meat… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids continue to soften in face of better supply

THE softening trend in direct-consignment grid offers from Queensland export processors continued this week, in the face of what now appears to be a sustained lift in spring slaughter cattle availability. The seven-day eastern states kill ended Friday showed a sold 4 percent rise on the previous week, recording a figure of 133,960 head. That’s… Read more »

Cattle Council welcomes MLA commitment to objective carcase measurement

CATTLE Council of Australia has welcomed Meat and Livestock Australia’s commitment to objective carcase measurement technology, announced last week. Cattle Council board director David Hill said MLA’s intention to install the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry technology in AUS-MEAT registered slaughter facilities across Australia was another positive step towards objective carcase measurement for the beef industry…. Read more »

MDC, SproutX join forces to encourage red meat tech innovation

Meat & Livestock Australia subsidiary the MLA Donor Company (MDC) has teamed up with Australia’s first national agtech innovation hub, SproutX, to encourage entrepreneurs and startups to solve some of the biggest issues facing the red meat and livestock industry, through new technology, ideas and data. The new partnership will provide a testbed and commercialisation… Read more »

Ruralco announces $4.2m net profit for FY 2016

Ruralco Holdings Limited has today reported a net profit after tax of $4.2 million for the 12 months to September 30, 2016. Down from $14.1 million in FY 2015, the result reflected $14m restructuring and divestment activities, Ruralco reported today. Overall revenue increased 10pc to $1.8 billion, and underlying gross profit increased 2pc to $304.9m…. Read more »

ACCC says processors should publish price grids

Should processors and all major cattle purchasers publish their price grids for all to see? That was the first of 14 recommendations made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in an interim report released on October 31 following a six-month study of competition issues in Australia’s cattle and beef market. The recommendation was one… Read more »

Agents react to ACCC recommendations

Livestock agents say they see no benefits in the introduction of a mandatory buyers register as proposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Two weeks ago the ACCC completed a six-month investigation of competition issues in the Australian cattle and beef market, and released an interim report with 14 initial recommendations. The ACCC is… Read more »

People on the Move: Appointments, retirements, achievements

Beef Central publishes an occasional summary of appointments, departures or achievements occurring across the red meat supply chain, both private sector and government. Send submissions to AMIC appoints new GM for processor group New director role for former Wellard executive Vale Clive McEachern Wagyu association begins search for new CEO JBS northern livestock manager… Read more »

CPC sells pub interest to focus on beef production

The historic Noccundra Hotel was first licensed in 1886, and was built from locally hewn sandstone hauled to the site by camel wagon. THE historic Noccundra Hotel, one of the most remote watering holes in Queensland, has been sold by its unlikely owner, Consolidated Pastoral Co. CPC never had ambitions to expand out of cattle… Read more »

Higher cattle and property prices help lift Elders profit to $51.6m

Higher cattle and property prices helped Elders Ltd deliver a net profit after tax of $51.6 million, up 25 percent on the previous year, in today’s release of full year results for the 12 months to 30 September. Underlying net profit improved $13.2 million on the prior corresponding period to $41.2 million. A $15.7m improvement… Read more »

Cows and calves feature in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

These Charolais and Santa cross steers from Narrabri NSW weighing 358kg made 352c/kg or $1265 a head on Friday NUMBERS offered on AuctionsPlus fell 18 percent to 7889 head this week, with joined females and cows and calves making up the biggest portion of the listings. Unjoined females were also in good supply, accounting for… Read more »

Wellard and large shareholder clash ahead of AGM

Australia’s largest livestock exporter is navigating more stormy seas this week after one of its largest shareholders revealed it will vote against three resolutions at the Wellard Limited annual general meeting later this month. Pakistan-based livestock company Butt Nominees became Wellard’s third largest shareholder earlier this year after it gradually increased its stake to 14.4 percent in… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Savouring the beef experience

A monthly column on the US beef market written exclusively for Beef Central by Steve Kay, publisher of US Cattle Buyers Weekly     I’VE been fortunate in my lifetime to have enjoyed many different types of beef. I grew up in New Zealand so my very first experience was with grassfed beef from Hereford-Holstein… Read more »

MLA industry forums: What was on producers’ minds?

Queensland lotfeeder Kev Roberts from Sandalwood feedlot poses a question during yesterday’s industry forums near Adelaide LONG-DISTANCE transport issues, relocating processing operations to regional areas, future directions for the MSA program, and MLA’s responses to recent TV coverage about beef production – these were some of the topics on producers’ minds during question-time in forums… Read more »

Recruitment: Do you have an employee induction program?

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Livestock Market Officer – Roma  (NLRS) Sales Person – Rural Northern NSW (International Animal Health) Policy and Project Analyst (Australian Lot Feeders Association) Meat Process Workers (Thomas Foods International) Feedlot Livestock Hand (Whyalla Beef) Head Stockman-Walhallow Station (Walhallow Partnership) Business Analyst (Paraway Pastoral Co) Livestock Sales Representative (Quality… Read more »

Qld appoints new Ag Minister

AgForce has congratulated Queensland’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister and urged him to be a strong advocate for agriculture both in the community and in the Cabinet room. New Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne. “Representing the people of Rockhampton – Australia’s Beef Capital – Bill has long been a champion for the bush and I know… Read more »

Stolen steers, tractor in Qld, missing motorbikes in NSW

Queensland Police are seeking assistance from the public to locate 38 steers believed to have been stolen from a property west of Wandoan between September 8 and October 8, 2016. The steers are of various breeds, however, are all cross branded with the brand at right. Anyone with information which could assist with this matter… Read more »

View towards 2020 and beyond the focus of MLA AGM

The future of the Australian red meat and livestock industry towards 2020 and beyond was the firm focus of the Meat & Livestock Australia Annual General Meeting held today in Hahndorf, South Australia. With more than 200 producers and industry representatives present, MLA has outlined the opportunities ahead for the industry, as strong investment continues… Read more »

MLA to drive $150 million rollout of objective carcase measurement in 90 abattoirs

Objective carcase measurement technology is set to be introduced much sooner and in a much bigger way across Australia’s beef and sheepmeat industries than many may have imagined or thought likely. In what is shaping as a rare and significant industry-led rollout of technology, Meat & Livestock Australia says it will borrow $150 million to… Read more »

MLA fires starter’s gun on carcase measurement, but is industry in the blocks?

Today’s revelations that MLA plans to borrow $150 million to install dual x-ray carcase measurement machines in up to 90 Australian abattoirs appears to have caught many in the industry by surprise. Peak industry councils are invariably supportive of the reasons for introducing objective carcase measurement, but are still yet to agree on how it should be… Read more »

More progress needed in supply relationships, urges global beef customer

WHILE progress has been made, there’s still considerable potential for beef producers and processors to integrate and collaborate more effectively, one of the largest purchasers of Australian beef told a producer audience near Adelaide last night. Speaking at a producer gathering in the lead-up to today’s Meat & Livestock Australia AGM and industry forum was… Read more »

Trump’s victory against the odds: US, Australian industry reaction

REACTION is starting to flow out of the US and global red meat industries over the implications in Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in yesterday’s US Presidential election. Swings in currency value around the world are one of the initial impacts, several commentators suggested. The A$ started to climb against the US$ yesterday as investors were… Read more »

Weekly Property Review – Go west, young man

Quilpie country showing the benefit of recent rain IN A rising property market, the question for astute investors is often, where best to invest? Graziers looking to expand are increasingly looking at south-west Queensland as a value-for-money proposition. This week’s report looks at what’s happening in the area through the eyes of a valuer and… Read more »

Property: Who wants to buy Australian farms?

In this analysis, BDO Australia’s executive director corporate finance Margaux Beauchamp defines four key interest groups targeting Australian farm investment assets.  The key for business owners seeking buyers and/or equity investors is to understand the difference in these various investor groups before heading to market, she suggests. INVESTMENT in Australia’s food and agribusiness industry is currently ‘in… Read more »

Four factors driving slowdown in feedlot turnover

Yesterday’s September quarterly feedlot survey results have provided some fodder to support the view that there’s an important trend occurring in lotfeeding operations across eastern Australia this year. Survey data appears to back-up the belief that the rate of cattle turnover (as distinct from the numbers on feed) in feedyards across Australia has declined significantly… Read more »

Optimistic mood for NSW Central Tablelands property market

Billabong, 20km southeast of Boorowra, was bought for $5.825 million by a Sydney-based buyer THERE’S continuing optimism evident in the NSW Central Tablelands property market, local valuer Craig Johnstone reports in the latest Herron Todd White monthly rural report circulated this week. “We are aware of a number of strong sales in the Binalong and… Read more »

Darwin shipping ending year on wetter sail

A live export vessel at the Port of Darwin. Cattle shipments from Darwin are returning to larger volumes after slumping to one of the slowest periods of export activity since the mid-2011 live export ban. Only 4500 cattle were exported from the Port of Darwin during September and just over 11,000 in October, due to… Read more »

All aboard call for Oakey’s first cattle train

THE first western livestock rail freight service in 23 years to the Oakey Beef Export plant near Toowoomba has been booked, and will roll out of the western Queensland rail-head of Quilpie on Tuesday, 29 November. Oakey livestock manager Kurt Wockner said the plant was now taking livestock bookings for the inaugural service, expected to… Read more »

Roma store 8 Nov 2016: Restockers more selective

Yarding 6700 Change 800 Yarding numbers increased by 12% from the previous store sale. It was a mixed quality yarding with several pens of good sorts penned, plus large consignments of plain western Queensland cattle. All the usual restocker buyers were at the sale and were more selective when buying. Extra feedlot buyer competition lifted… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 8 Nov 2016: Volatility despite more buyers

Warm spring conditions drew a slightly bigger yarding of just over 1,800 cattle at NVLX Wodonga. Even with a larger field of buyers most categories showed volatility. Despite a good body of feed across the Riverina producers offloaded both prime finished cattle and store conditioned yearlings unwilling to take a punt on the drying spring… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 9 Nov 2016

Today’s 14-day rainfall outlook – scroll to bottom of article The biggest falls of the past week were recorded in central and western Tasmania, parts of central Queensland, in the west and north of the Northern Territory. Past seven days: Rainfall was recorded in central and northern parts of Western Australia; in the west, eastern… Read more »

Weekly kill: Hotter weather pushes more cattle into supply pipeline

AFTER five or six months resorting to a ‘just in time’ approach to slaughter cattle supply, the recent uplift in numbers is seeing some processor livestock buyers filling their booking schedules for the next couple of weeks. Several large Queensland multi-site processors this morning told Beef Central they now had kill slots more or less… Read more »

September feedlot survey shows savage decline in cattle on feed

GRAINFEEDING activity across Australia has declined dramatically in the face of short feeder cattle supply and record-high prices, results lodged in the September quarterly feedlot survey released a few minutes ago suggest. Numbers on feed at the end of September were reported at 788,873 head, down 13 percent from the June quarter, and back almost… Read more »

Coolana to draw curtain on 45 years’ Angus bull breeding

FORMER Angus Australia board president Mark Gubbins and his wife Anna will draw the curtain on 45 years of Angus stud breeding at their western Victorian family property Coolana, with a herd dispersal planned early next year. Mark Gubbins The Gubbins family will continue to breed commercial cattle at Coolana, near Mortlake, but the decision… Read more »

Rate cuts announced for concessional loans

Interest rates for existing concessional loans will be cut from 1 February 2017. The revised rates to deliver savings of up to $5,900 over a year. Loan amounts are for up to 50 per cent of a farm business’ final debt position to a maximum of $1 million in total. More than $533 million in… Read more »

Wagga sale 8 Nov 2016: Restockers less eager to push prices higher

Wagga agents tendered a similar sized yarding of only 3,700. Price did fluctuate throughout the sale dependent on who was buying. Looking at the bigger picture there were signs that restockers were not prepared for the moment to keep pushing prices upwards. Like the season some cattle offered had been set back by cold wet… Read more »

Surging Chinese middle class represents exponential growth opportunity

A HUGE surge in Chinese citizens transitioning to middle class ranks with higher disposable income means Australia has not yet seen the best of the export opportunity for red meat products, by a long way. That was a key messages regarding future trade prospects delivered to stakeholders taking part in the recent TSBE Access China… Read more »

Blatantly unfair to prosecute drivers for effluent loss from trucks: ALRTA

Should cattle producers or lot feeders be held responsible for effluent loss that occurs from their cattle during transport? Under existing heavy transport laws, truck drivers can be prosecuted for effluent loss from their trucks when carting cattle. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association says it is clear that the problem is caused by… Read more »

Aus, Indo Trade Ministers meet in Sydney

Australia and Indonesia could finalise a stronger new economic partnership within 12 months, Australia’s trade minister Steve Ciobo said yesterday after meeting with his Indonesian counterpart in Sydney. Mr Ciobo and Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita discuss the proposed Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Mr Ciobo said the agreement will enable a “new era… Read more »

Stevedoring prices lowest in 17 years: ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s 2015-16 Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report has found that increased competition in container stevedoring has pushed prices to their lowest level in seventeen years. Australia’s container stevedoring industry is experiencing a period of increased competition and investment in infrastructure, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. “Increased competition has pushed average stevedoring… Read more »

Big movements highlight AuctionsPlus buyer ‘reach’

These Shorthorn and Shorthorn cross heifers from Gillingarra, WA bought on AuctionsPlus yesterday have a 3500km journey to their new home in central western NSW. They made $665/head. AuctionsPlus’s unparalleled ability to put together buyers and vendors from geographically disparate parts of the continent was on show in this week’s online sales, where cattle numbers… Read more »

Producers can view Thursday’s MLA AGM and Industry Forum online

CATTLE and sheepmeat producers across Australia will be able to view Thursday’s Meat & Livestock Australia annual general meeting and Industry forum online. The proceedings in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills on Thursday, 10 November will be live-streamed, accessible via the MLA website – click here to access – allowing producers who are unable to… Read more »

Property: Pre-emptive strike secures Channel Country’s famed Nappa Merrie

IN another measure of the strength of the current cattle market for premium northern grazing properties in desirable areas, the Queensland Channel Country’s Nappa Merrie Station has gone under contract – a week before the first buyer inspections were due to start. Elders this morning confirmed that an unconditional agreement had been signed by vendors,… Read more »

Imported vs US domestic lean beef price spread reaches five-year high

The price spread between imported and US domestic lean manufacturing beef has reached its highest level in five years, US analysts reported this week. Prices on the US imported beef market have continued to push higher, driven by very tight overseas supplies on the spot market, stronger demand from importers trying to cover existing orders,… Read more »

Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Business Analyst (Paraway Pastoral Co) Livestock Sales Representative (Quality Livestock) Sales & Nutrition Representative (Stocklick Trading) Domestic Logistics Manager –  Cotton (Rimfire Resources client) Field Director (Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association) Livestock Buyer – Dairy (Austrex) Livestock Export Coordinator (Austrex) Stockperson – Wainui Feedlot (NAPCo) CEO – Cattle Council… Read more »

Qld’s new stock route laws miss the mark: AgForce

New laws that will see control of Queensland’s 2.6 million hectare network for travelling livestock handed to local councils fail to ensure the stock routes will be managed properly, warns Queensland producer group AgForce. New legislation introduced into Queensland Parliament yesterday will, if passed, see graziers pay local councils for grazing permits to use stock routes… Read more »

Dubbo sale 3 Nov 2016: Feedlots fill up at Dubbo

Numbers remained very similar for a yarding of 4515. It was another good quality yarding with a good selection of prime conditioned cattle in all sections with some particularly good lines of heavy weight cows and grown steers The quality of the young cattle though was not quite to the previous standards despite the great… Read more »

October beef exports follow familiar pattern, as supply constraints continue to bite

October beef export statistics released yesterday follow a pattern familiar to the industry throughout 2016, with dramatic year-on-year contrasts in volume to most export customer countries. Trade to all export destinations last month reached just 72,607 tonnes, a 29 percent decline from last year’s frenetic drought-fuelled pace, when exports for the same period topped 102,800t…. Read more »

Elders China head provides reality check for export trade aspirants

Elder China’s Craig Aldous, with interpreter, addresses last week’s TSBE Access China conference in Shanghai ELDERS China head Craig Aldous provided a sobering reality check for TSBE Access China participants hoping to make a start to export business while in Shanghai for last week’s trade mission. Shanghai-based Mr Aldous has lived permanently in China since… Read more »

Qurban (Korban): The Muslim festival of Sacrifice

The Indonesian festival of Qurban was celebrated on the 12th of September this year. This is not only a very important religious festival but also has an enormous impact on the domestic supply of cattle, sheep and goats. Official figures from the Government of Indonesia record that during the previous annual Qurban, slaughter numbers for… Read more »

WA beef industry seeks to learn from other ag supply chains

A study commissioned by Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Food’s Northern Beef Futures project, has examined future supply chain models to grow the State’s beef industry. A presention by Ernst and Young to this week’s Kimberley Economic Development Forum looked at common factors that have been critical to the success of several global agrifood industry… Read more »

Weekly property review: Rain brings more sales to the North Qld market

Inkerman Station, 16,700ha of breeding and growing country near Home Hill, south of Townsville, made $11.125m recently UNSEASONALLY early rain has resulted in a high number of sale negotiations and contracts in the North Queensland grazing property market recently. Herron Todd White North Queensland director and valuer Roger Hill said the normal selling period in… Read more »

Technology: Smart tattoos to pick up stress, pregnancy status in livestock

TECHNOLOGY development company Xinova has signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Meat & Livestock Australia to help it find solutions and solve complex problems faced by the livestock industry. Xinova, which was recently spun out of Intellectual Ventures, brings together a network of 10,000 experts from more than 100 research institutes, universities and companies with diverse… Read more »

China’s cold chain challenges still a long way from resolution

Beef Central’s Jon Condon has just returned from five days in Shanghai, as one of the participants in the successful Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Access China trade mission. Here are his impressions from a series of site visits about China’s challenge in the area of cold chain management… THE vibrant Chinese business mecca of… Read more »

Roma store 1 Nov 2016: Buyers more selective

Yarding 5900 Change 100 Yarding numbers only rose slightly from the previous sale. The quality of store cattle penned was plain and all the usual buyers were operating. Feedlot buyers continued to be more selective when purchasing, while increased buyer interest in plain steers lifted D muscled light weight steer prices. Light and medium weight… Read more »

Property: First Cobbora coal project farming/grazing holdings to hit the market

Cattle on Cobbora’s Avondale aggregation, a mixed farming and grazing operation totalling 3239ha, making it one of the largest landholdings in the region. SOME of the first farming and grazing properties secured earlier by the NSW State Government under the now-abandoned Cobbora Coal Project will start to filter onto the market next month. Almost 44,000… Read more »

NVLX Wodonga 1 Nov 2016: Quality lifts with improved weather

Melbourne cup day produced a similar sized yarding of 1,700. The effect of a month’s improved weather conditions was reflected in the condition of cattle, with increased numbers of well finished yearlings. The market showed two distinct price trends for young cattle, with trade steers unchanged while the heifer portion lost 10c/kg. Trade steers made… Read more »

Wagga 31 Oct 2016: Solid support for secondary grades

Wagga agents tendered a similar sized yarding of 3,800. The market this week found solid support for secondary steers, while trade and export cattle sold to mixed price trends. The market attracted steady restocker competition from local and interstate buyers across secondary grades. Like the season some cattle offered were in forward store condition showing… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 2 Nov 2016

Today’s 14-day rainfall outlook – scroll to bottom of article Small areas of western Tasmania, inland parts of the Northern Territory, and eastern New South Wales received the highest falls in the past week. Past seven days: At the start of the week, a surface trough extending from central Western Australia to Victoria moved slowly… Read more »

Beef producer share of retail dollar surges to all-time record high

THE beef producer share of the retail dollar for domestic beef has exceeded 50 percent for the first time since record-keeping started in 1998, latest Meat & Livestock Australia data shows. Producer share of the retail dollar averaged 51.25pc in the September quarter, as the surge in cattle prices has heavily outpaced any price increase… Read more »

Weekly kill: Processors start scaling-up operations, as cattle numbers lift

IT’S been a long time coming, but some large Queensland and NSW beef processors are back to full-week kills this week – for the first time since April or May in some cases. The nation’s largest beef plant, JBS Dinmore, for example, has returned to double-shifts each working day, although kills remain limited to a… Read more »

Foot and mouth disease setback for Russia

A fresh outbreak has resulted in the suspension of Russia’s only Foot and Mouth Disease-free zone, just six months after it was cleared of the virus. The development is a new blow to Russia’s to become a larger beef exporter. Russia has been investing heavily to create a more modern beef industry with grain feeding capability… Read more »

Bio-engineered ‘plant meat’ arrives in California restaurants

THREE California restaurants have this month started selling a bio-engineered plant-based burger as part of their menu offer. Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger is bio-engineered to mimic the taste, smell, appearance and mouth-feel of ground beef. By genetically modifying yeast to produce heme, an iron-containing molecule in red meat, the company has created a ‘bloody’ burger… Read more »

AuctionsPlus sets throughput records in October

The AuctionsPlus online saleyard has set monthly records for both cattle and sheep turnover during October. Commercial cattle throughput for the month just completed reached 39,897 head, representing year-to-date growth of 29 percent. Particularly strong activity out of Queensland was one of the drivers for the record, which was achieved with only four Fridays in… Read more »

Zoetis donates $100,000 to beyondblue to support mental health in rural Australia

ANIMAL health company Zoetis has reached its goal of raising $100,000 for mental health organisation beyondblue in an effort to support good mental health and reduce suicide rates across rural Australia. Australia loses around eight people a day to suicide, and over a year, suicide deaths are double that of the national road toll. Too… Read more »

ACCC beef study reveals price transparency issues + industry reaction

The competitiveness of Australian beef and cattle markets could be improved by the adoption of objective carcase grading, improvements to the nature and coverage of market reporting, and the implementation of a range of measures to lessen the risk of collusive and anti-competitive behaviour in saleyard auctions. These are the key recommendations from a six-month… Read more »

The ACCC’s 13 recommendations

The ACCC released the following recommendations as part of its draft report this morning: Transparency in cattle markets Recommendation 1: Availability of price gridsAll processors and major cattle purchasers should routinely make price grids publicly available ina timely manner to increase market transparency. Recommendation 2: Price gridsa. All buyers should consider whether their price grids… Read more »

Trade expert appointed MLA’s new US region manager

Meat & Livestock Australia has appointed experienced trade and market counsel Rob Williams as its next international business manager for North America. Rob Williams, formerly trade director for technical market access with AMPC, will take up a new role as MLA’s North America region manager MLA managing director Richard Norton said Mr Williams’ experience in… Read more »

Indonesia says feedlots can import 123,800 cattle by December 31

More than 70 percent of Indonesian cattle lot feeders have now ceded to the Indonesian Government’s new rule requiring them to import cattle for breeding purposes so they can continue to import feeder cattle. The director general of Indonesian’s Trade Ministry of Commerce, Okay Nurwan, told a press conference in Jakarta on Friday that 32… Read more »

Aussie Wagyu features in Shanghai Michelin-starred restaurant

Kanpai Classic’s Sher Wagyu platter ready for the Yakiniku Japanese barbecue SHANGHAI’S Kanpai Classic restaurant, featuring Australian Wagyu beef in a big way, has been awarded a coveted Michelin Star just 14 months after its launch. In a great showcase for Australian Wagyu beef, the Kanpai Classic menu features a range of 15 beef cuts… Read more »

Price check for young cattle on AuctionsPlus, with lighter steers easing 5-15c

Heifers with their first calves at foot sold from $1750 to $2950 on Friday, with the top price paid for these Angus heifers from Armidale, NSW with Wagyu calves at foot. SIGNIFICANT price checks were seen in some young cattle categories on the AuctionsPlus national on-line marketing platform on Friday, in line with recent physical… Read more »

Exporters repositioning and selling ships as tough year bites

Cattle loading at East Arm Wharf in Darwin. A tough year for livestock exporters is showing few signs of easing in coming months, as the approaching wet season set to make it harder to source cattle. With cattle already in tight supply and restockers competing heavily for available numbers after recent rain, the market for steers… Read more »

Industry achievers saluted at LIVEXforum

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters have celebrated the achievements of two of their peers at at the industry’s annual Gala Dinner, held this year in Canberra, as part of the LIVEXforum 2016 conference. Livestock Shipping Services supply chain manager Byron O’Keefe was named Landmark International/ALEC Young Achiever of the Year, while internationally regarded livestock consultant Jim Stewart… Read more »

McDonald’s to provide key consumer insights at MLA AGM

Frank Carbone Frank Carbone, Managing Director of McDonald’s Asia Pacific Consortium (MAC) will provide producers and industry representatives with key insights into changing consumer expectations for red meat at the Meat & Livestock (MLA) AGM and 2016 Red Meat Industry Forum next month. Mr Carbone has been announced as the keynote speaker at MLA’s Networking… Read more »

Drones: Can they be flown beyond ‘line of sight’?

Drones could soon be performing a range of useful tasks in Australian agriculture, from monitoring water, stock, pasture or crops to spreading beneficial bugs in crops or lighting fires for back burning. However, one key obstacle currently stands in the way of greater uptake of drone technology. While the capabilities of the technology itself and… Read more »

Memorial service for the late Jimmy Matthews

A MEMORIAL service celebrating the life of the late Jimmy Matthews will be held not far from Melbourne Airport on November. Jim Matthews. Image: Australian Campdrafting Magazine. Mr Matthews, a much respected and widely known stock agent for more than 60 years, including the past 25 years or so with Landmark, died suddenly eight days… Read more »

Recruitment: Are your staff policies up to scratch?

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: add latest recruitment listings here add latest recruitment listings here add latest recruitment listings here Click here to access these and other exciting meat and livestock supply chain jobs currently listed on Jobs Central. AS an employer, are your policy and process documents really up to scratch when it… Read more »

Dubbo sale 27 Oct 2016: Variable market for plainer quality yarding

Numbers were down by 500 for a yarding of 4540. It was a plainer quality yarding with not the numbers of ideal trade cattle and heavy weight bullocks compared to previous sales. Cows were well supplied and there was a large influence of far western cattle throughout the yarding. Consignments were sourced from Louth Cobar… Read more »

JBS shelves plans for US stock market float

THE world’s largest meat processor, JBS SA, has cancelled plans to reorganise its business by floating most of the company on the New York Stock Exchange and moving management to Ireland. The dramatic turn of events came after minority shareholder, the Brazilian Government’s National Development Bank (BNDES), vetoed the move. JBS shares dropped dramatically on… Read more »

Australia’s Wagyu shipping trade to Japan back up and running

The Devon Express carrying the first consignment of F1 Angus Wagyu steers and heifers from Australia following the lifting of the recent trade suspension arrives at the Shin Moji Port in Japan. FOR more than 15 years a small but reliable shipping trade to Japan has been the backbone of Australian’s first-cross Wagyu industry. After… Read more »

Seam cutting: Processors chasing smaller sub-primals with greater value

MSA’s Kelly Payne explains seam cutting of blade muscles to a producer audience in Toowoomba RECORD high cattle prices are making it increasingly attractive for processors and others utilising carcase or whole primal beef to chase smaller sub-primal muscles in an attempt to extract optimum value from each animal. Seam-cutting of good performing sub-primals from… Read more »

AMPC report identifies risks to Australia’s red meat industry

Click on image to download the full ‘A Feast of Ideas’ report from the AMPC website. Fierce international competition and changing consumer tastes are placing Australia’s $23 billion red meat industry is at risk. And only a proactive, unified and whole-of-industry approach can help the industry to successfully address the challenges. This is according a new… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2016-Jan 2017

[embedded content] The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest three monthly rainfall outlook released this morning suggests that areas eastern Australia may be in for a drier than average start to summer. November to January rainfall is likely to be above average across large parts of WA. Conversely, rainfall may be below average in some areas of… Read more »

WH&S: Quad bike rollover alert launched

Commercial GPS tracking company, Austracker, has launched of the Rollover Rescue Tracker, an automated alert-based system designed to drastically reduce the time taken to rescue farmers if their quad-bike rolls. Quad bike rollovers are currently the leading cause of farm deaths in Australia. According to a study by The Transport and Road Safety Research Centre… Read more »