Category: International Trading

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

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

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

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

Live export industry celebrates young and lifetime achievers

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters have celebrated two of their highest achievers at the industry’s annual Gala Dinner in Perth on Thursday night, held as part of the LIVEXchange 2017 conference last week The post Live export industry celebrates young and lifetime achievers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export industry celebrates young… Read more »

Modest progress in chilled beef access to China

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

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

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

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

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

SEALS and Yarra Corp announce partnership geared towards Asian livestock exports

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

System-wide analysis to improve live export supply chain

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

Improved access agreed for Australian feeder and slaughter sheep into China

NEW and improved market access for Australian live feeder and slaughter sheep and goats into China will results from protocol conditions agreed to in high level negotiations. The post Improved access agreed for Australian feeder and slaughter sheep into China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Improved access agreed for Australian feeder… Read more »

US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the agency’s regulations of genetically engineered crops. The rule was proposed by the outgoing Obama administration in January. The post US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’ appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

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

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

International Beef Alliance lobbies for action against restrictive trade barriers

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

The opportunity for Australian beef lies in genuine supply chains

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

Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange

FORMER Australian Ambassador to China, Dr Geoff Raby, will be a keynote speaker at LIVEXchange 2017 later this month. The post Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Former Australian Ambassador to China will be keynote speaker at LIVEXchange

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

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

Wool prices boom as supply concerns deepen in Europe and China

SUPPLY concerns from European and Chinese buyers, and a favourable exchange rate, helped push the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator up 45 cents to 1623c/kg clean, surpassing the previous peak set in mid-August. The post Wool prices boom as supply concerns deepen in Europe and China appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Wool… Read more »

Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate

Calls for a ban in Europe of the widely-used, non-selective herbicide, glyphosate, have sparked fears of far-reaching consequences for global food producing and exporting nations such as Australia. The post Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate

Aussie Meat Pies – in Jakarta

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

Wellard sets sail to China, charts course for new feeder steer trade

Australia’s largest livestock exporter Wellard Ltd is hoping a successful first shipment of slaughter beef steers to China will facilitate the issuing of feeder cattle import permits for the market. The post Wellard sets sail to China, charts course for new feeder steer trade appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wellard sets… Read more »

China lifts ban on Australian beef plants

The Departments of Trade and Agriculture are expected tomorrow to announce the lifting of China’s suspension of six large Australian red meat export plants, imposed unexpectedly back in July. Collectively, the six de-listed plants took around 30pc of Australia’s exports to China out of the market. The post China lifts ban on Australian beef plants… Read more »

Competitor watch: India’s bovine exports will continue, despite setbacks

Arguably no supplier to the world beef market over the last decade has had as much impact as India has in disrupting traditional trading patterns in beef. Despite recent setbacks, latest USDA forecasts suggest that cattle and buffalo (carabeef) production will increase by 1.2pc to 4.3 million tonnes next year, after a slower year in… Read more »

Northern live export prices continue to defy demand headwinds

Prices for live export steers in northern Australia continue to defy the strong headwinds buffeting demand in key South East Asian markets. The post Northern live export prices continue to defy demand headwinds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Northern live export prices continue to defy demand headwinds

Indonesia’s 1:5 breeder/feeder ratio front of mind issue at Townsville livex forum

One statistic presented to yesterday’s AgForce live export forum in Townsville yesterday in a nutshell highlighted the complexity of the trading environment Australian exporters deal with to keep Australia’s 600,000 cattle per year export trade to Indonesia moving. The post Indonesia’s 1:5 breeder/feeder ratio front of mind issue at Townsville livex forum appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Hancock expects China live export business to start within 12 months + PHOTOS

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has told a live export forum in Townsville this morning that it hopes to start exporting cattle from northern Australia to a quarantine island near China in about one year’s time. The post Hancock expects China live export business to start within 12 months + PHOTOS appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Live cattle shipments running 25 percent below 2016 volumes

Feeder and slaughter cattle exports lifted above 77,000 head in September, bringing shipments for the calendar year-to-September to 565,000 head – down 25 percent compared with the same period last year, according to figures reported by Meat & Livestock Australia on Friday. The post Live cattle shipments running 25 percent below 2016 volumes appeared first on… Read more »

Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped

LIVE sheep exports from Australia in September have risen 33 percent year-on-year to 140,500 head. The post Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped

Export meat markets show response, as rain impact starts to take effect

Rain has had a sudden impact on the delicate buyer/seller relationship in export beef markets this week, with trading desk phones ringing, and some deals being done at higher prices in the expectation that Australian beef supply will be tight for the rest of the year. The post Export meat markets show response, as rain… Read more »

JBS closes Brazilian beef plants in latest drama

In the latest development in Brazilian meat packer JBS’s annus horribilis 2017 year, the company has closed seven of its Brazilian meat plants in the major cattle producing state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The post JBS closes Brazilian beef plants in latest drama appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central JBS closes… Read more »

Australia’s beef tariff into Korea jumps to 40pc, after Safeguard triggered

Australia on Friday triggered a Safeguard market protection mechanism in the Korean export market, causing an immediate tariff increase from 29.4pc to 40pc for Australian beef for the remainder of the calendar year. What does it mean for Australian exports? The post Australia’s beef tariff into Korea jumps to 40pc, after Safeguard triggered appeared first… Read more »

ACC files Supreme Court action against Coles over ‘exclusive’ export issue

Queensland beef processor Australian Country Choice this afternoon filed a Queensland Supreme Court action against its sole customer, national supermarket retailer Coles, over entitlement to export beef and offals from the Cannon Hill business. The post ACC files Supreme Court action against Coles over ‘exclusive’ export issue appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

SE Asia Report: Further demand slump puzzles, alarms Indonesian importers

Last month I described the situation for importers as a stalemate. This month I think that the best description of their position is one of a serious fight for commercial survival. The post SE Asia Report: Further demand slump puzzles, alarms Indonesian importers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report:… Read more »

New Zealand sheep meat and beef slaughter levies held steady

NEW Zealand sheep meat and cattle producer slaughter levies will remain unchanged for the coming year, Beef + Lamb NZ has announced. The post New Zealand sheep meat and beef slaughter levies held steady appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand sheep meat and beef slaughter levies held steady

Singaporean businessman has big plans for wagyu beef production

Singaporean businessman Bruce Cheung believes wagyu production can be a billon-dollar-a-year industry for the Pilbara region in north-west Western Australia. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Singaporean businessman has big plans for wagyu beef production

Kay’s Cuts: US packers pile up profits

In contrast with Australian beef processors who are currently burning cash like there is no tomorrow, some US packers have reported their best-ever year, US market commentator Steve Kay reports… The post Kay’s Cuts: US packers pile up profits appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: US packers pile up profits

September beef exports slow dramatically

There was a substantial slow-down in total volume of beef exports out of Australia in September, according to trade data released yesterday by the Department of Agriculture. The post September beef exports slow dramatically appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central September beef exports slow dramatically

Cattle vessel GL Kaihou departs Darwin Port with second shipment

A report into the deaths of 95 cattle onboard a livestock carrier’s maiden voyage from Darwin to Brunei confirms ineffective non-slip flooring led to the deaths of most of the animals. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Cattle vessel GL Kaihou departs Darwin Port with second shipment

Victoria Police ask for wool industry help in bale substitution investigation

VICTORIA Police today asked for wool industry help to find those responsible for the substitution of Merino fleece lines valued at tens of thousands of dollars in export consignments. The post Victoria Police ask for wool industry help in bale substitution investigation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria Police ask for… Read more »

Chinese investment in Australian farmland soars after big buys

National Party politicians renew calls for tougher foreign ownership rules as new figures show China’s stake in Australian farmland has increased significantly. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Chinese investment in Australian farmland soars after big buys

Government invites submissions to wheat ports review

The Australian Government is reviewing the Wheat Port Code and wants to hear from farmers, bulk handlers, traders and other stakeholders to ensure it is providing exporters of bulk wheat fair and transparent access to port terminal services without unnecessary red tape. The post Government invites submissions to wheat ports review appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Strong potential for resumption of Saudi Arabia live sheep export trade

THE potential for a resumption of Australian live sheep exports to Saudi Arabia is strong, according to Western Australian exporter Graham Daws. The post Strong potential for resumption of Saudi Arabia live sheep export trade appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Strong potential for resumption of Saudi Arabia live sheep export trade

JBS aims high in food safety performance under new global head, Al Almanza

Australia was the first port of call for JBS’s new global head of food safety, Al Almanza, after he joined the world’s largest meat processor last month. Why was that? The post JBS aims high in food safety performance under new global head, Al Almanza appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central JBS… Read more »

Thailand's ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

A Thai court has delivered a guilty verdict to Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, holding her personally and criminally responsible for a failed rice subsidy policy. Source: ABC Grain Thailand’s ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

Mill productivity is Chinese wool focus, not raw material prices

CHINA’S wool industry focus on productivity, quality and export growth rather than raw wool prices, has encouraged Australian representatives at the recent Nanjing Wool Market conference in Tongxiang. The post Mill productivity is Chinese wool focus, not raw material prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Mill productivity is Chinese wool focus,… Read more »

Chinese interests launch electronic wool and product trading platforms

ELECTRONIC wool and wool product platforms have been launched in China for domestic transactions and to import commercial parcels. The post Chinese interests launch electronic wool and product trading platforms appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chinese interests launch electronic wool and product trading platforms

Fred Troncone returns to Wellard operational role

Former Wellard Rural Exports chief executive officer Fred Troncone has returned to the now publicly listed livestock exporting company in a new executive operational role, Wellard Limited announced today. The post Fred Troncone returns to Wellard operational role appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Fred Troncone returns to Wellard operational role

Elderly founder returns to chair JBS, as Batista brothers remain in jail

Global meat processor JBS’s elderly founder José Batista Sobrinho has been elected chief executive of the company, as his two sons Wesley and Joesley Batista remain in jail in Brazil this week. The post Elderly founder returns to chair JBS, as Batista brothers remain in jail appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Malaysia halts meat imports from three Australian establishments

The Australian Government confirms that Malaysia has suspended meat imports from three Australian meat processing facilities, but it is unclear why. Source: ABC Livestock Malaysia halts meat imports from three Australian establishments

Live-export ship back in business after 95 deaths

Live-cattle export vessel GL Kaihou, suspended from shipping after its maiden voyage, has been reaccredited. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Live-export ship back in business after 95 deaths

Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China

Australia’s largest livestock exporting company Wellard Limited says it has agreed to commercial terms to deliver the company’s first shipment of beef cattle to China. The post Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wellard announces its first beef cattle shipment to China

SE Asia Report: Indo/Aus live trade at unprecedented crossroads

Stalemate: For the first time since the beginning of the trade, producers don’t have to drop their prices in the face of reduced Asian demand, and at the same time importers can’t pay any more because they they will make a loss if they do. Meanwhile, China is defying the currency and pricing challenges being… Read more »

Live export volumes to August 2017 down 33 percent

Total Australian feeder and slaughter cattle exports for the calendar year-to-August were down 33 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s latest livestock export trade data. The post Live export volumes to August 2017 down 33 percent appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export… Read more »

Poor practices lead to export deaths: vet group

A group of vets against the live export trade allege poor practices and a lack of bedding were to blame for a high mortality rate on a voyage from Townsville to Vietnam. Source: ABC Livestock Poor practices lead to export deaths: vet group

Aus should allow beef imports from US and Japan: Dept review

Australia should permit beef imports from the United States, Japan and the Netherlands, a Federal Government review has concluded. The post Aus should allow beef imports from US and Japan: Dept review appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aus should allow beef imports from US and Japan: Dept review

Heavy reliance on imported feedstuffs big cost challenge for Japanese lotfeeders

An almost total reliance on imported feedstuffs is a heavy burden on cost of production for cattle feedlot operators in Japan. That was one of the clear impressions left on the Australian Wagyu Association’s 2017 Japan Wagyu tour group, currently in Sendai. The post Heavy reliance on imported feedstuffs big cost challenge for Japanese lotfeeders… Read more »

Competitor watch: US beef exports stay red-hot in July

US beef exports remained well above last year’s pace in July, posting one of the highest monthly export value totals on record, according to statistics compiled by the USMEF. Exports to Japan were the largest since July 2013. The post Competitor watch: US beef exports stay red-hot in July appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese counterparts

Australian Wagyu industry representatives in Japan this week for the National Wagyu Exhibition have for the first time held talks with their counterparts from Japan’s National Wagyu Registry Association. The post Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese counterparts appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: What’s behind the big slide in US cattle prices?

Beef Central’s US market analyst Steve Kay seeks some explanations behind the big cattle price slide experienced over the northern hemisphere summer, and what lies ahead The post Kay’s Cuts: What’s behind the big slide in US cattle prices? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: What’s behind the big slide… Read more »

Grainfed beef exports hit record

Australian beef exports in August totalled almost 99,000 tonnes shipped weight (swt) – a 22 percent increase year-on-year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. The post Grainfed beef exports hit record appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Grainfed beef exports hit record

Japan tariff jump on US beef yet to be reflected in demand from Australia

A yawning gap has emerged in tariff levels between Australian and US imported frozen beef in the Japanese market, but demand or price for Australian beef is yet to show any significant rise as a result, Japan Wagyu tour participants were told this week. The post Japan tariff jump on US beef yet to be… Read more »

Innovative global producers inspire ‘sustainable profitability’ in northern beef production

The imperative of implementing strategies in northern beef production, so as to strengthen both profitability and the preservation of natural assets, has been highlighted by a new report from 2014 Nuffield Scholar, Michael Lyons. The post Innovative global producers inspire ‘sustainable profitability’ in northern beef production appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Uruguay ships live beef cattle to China

Under a live cattle import protocol signed between China and Uruguay in December 2016, December 2016 allowing the import of beef cattle from Uruguay for fattening and slaughter. The post Uruguay ships live beef cattle to China appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Uruguay ships live beef cattle to China

Bindaree Beef sells majority stake to Hong Kong based investor

New South Wales processor Bindaree Beef will tomorrow announce the sale of 51pc of the business to wealthy Hong Kong based Australian citizens, the Hui family and their investment firm, Archstone Investment. The post Bindaree Beef sells majority stake to Hong Kong based investor appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bindaree Beef… Read more »

Cattle exporter Wellard reports $77m loss

Australia’s largest livestock exporter Wellard Limited reports “extremely disappointing” $77 million loss, blaming high cattle costs and a drop in demand. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Cattle exporter Wellard reports m loss

Kimberley abattoir gets nod to export beef to US

The only abattoir in the Kimberley has just received approval to export its beef to the United States. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Kimberley abattoir gets nod to export beef to US

Savings for Pilbara pastoralists as live export shipping resumes

Pastoralists in Western Australia’s Pilbara region are excited to see live exports resume from the port of Port Hedland for the first time in more than three years. Source: ABC Livestock Savings for Pilbara pastoralists as live export shipping resumes

Could falling Australian cattle prices trigger more live shipments to China?

Exporters and importers have been watching and waiting for months for the economics of the Australia to China cattle export trade to align, and it seems the recent downturn in Australian cattle prices is bringing that point closer. The post Could falling Australian cattle prices trigger more live shipments to China? appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Old ships used for live export under scrutiny

The maritime safety regulator is aiming to crack down on outdated livestock export vessels in a bid to improve animal welfare on old ships. Source: ABC Livestock Old ships used for live export under scrutiny

AWH launches a ‘China Plan’ based on domestic wool-handling growth

AUSTRALIA’S biggest wool handler AWH is hoping efficiency initiatives and data-driven innovation can “pull-through” more bales into its farm to port network, leading to an expansion into China. The post AWH launches a ‘China Plan’ based on domestic wool-handling growth appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWH launches a ‘China Plan’ based… Read more »

Live export prices ease under A$ pressure

For the first time in over a year, quotes for feeder steers out of Darwin have eased to 320c/kg, a level not seen since June 2016. The post Live export prices ease under A$ pressure appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export prices ease under A$ pressure

US grinding beef prices continue to slump

Imported Australian lean manufacturing beef prices in the US continued their sharp recent decline this week, reaching A559c/kg. That’s back almost $1/kg over the past six weeks – the most dramatic fall seen since the latter stages of 2015. The post US grinding beef prices continue to slump appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Domestic and in-market challenges limit July live exports to 40,000 head

Feeder and slaughter cattle live exports in July reached just below 40,000 head, as Australian livestock exports continue to be restricted by a variety of domestic and in-market challenges. The post Domestic and in-market challenges limit July live exports to 40,000 head appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Domestic and in-market challenges… Read more »

Nothing behind Labor’s claims of beef access blockages in China, AMIC says

Claims made in Federal Parliament yesterday that containers of Australian beef are about to be stranded on Chinese wharves, following last month’s suspension of Australian meat processing plants are incorrect, Beef Central has been told. The post Nothing behind Labor’s claims of beef access blockages in China, AMIC says appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

The bears are back in town…

The USDA ran a bearish shiver through agricultural commodity markets late last week when it released the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). The post The bears are back in town… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central The bears are back in town…

JBS’s second quarter performance shows little sign of Brazil’s recent dramas

JBS’s global operations appear to have been little affected by the dramatic events in Brazil surrounding major shareholders, the Batista family, and broader industry corruption allegations, with solid overall financial performance reported for the company’s second quarter this morning. The post JBS’s second quarter performance shows little sign of Brazil’s recent dramas appeared first on… Read more »

SE Asia Report: AUD adds to importer strain | Vietnam increases buffalo imports | Ethiopia feedlot project

Australian dollar rise delivers more pain to Importers; Australian producers continue to enjoy good prices while exporters, shipping companies and importers are all making losses; Vietnamese importers cut costs by increasing imports of cows and buffalo. The post SE Asia Report: AUD adds to importer strain | Vietnam increases buffalo imports | Ethiopia feedlot project… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Japan’s beef bowl tariff blow

Japan’s gyudon beef bowl restaurants, located on every city street corner, will be hardest hit by Japan’s Safeguard tariff triggering, which will see US frozen beef import tariffs soar to 50pc for the next eight months, writes Beef Central’s US columnist, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: Japan’s beef bowl tariff blow appeared first on… Read more »

Slow July beef exports reflect lacklustre overseas trade

Tough trading conditions in international markets are reflected in July beef exports released by the Department of Agriculture this morning. The post Slow July beef exports reflect lacklustre overseas trade appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Slow July beef exports reflect lacklustre overseas trade

Humble sandwich increasing Aussie wheat exports to Vietnam

A change to more westernised diets and foods like the iconic banh mi sandwich is helping drive demand for Australian wheat in Vietnam. Source: ABC Grain Humble sandwich increasing Aussie wheat exports to Vietnam

Chinese capital injection into progressive Argyle meats business

Progressive NSW branded beef and lamb supply chain, Argyle Foods Group says it has secured a large capital injection from a Hong Kong company to be used in part to finance the development of a large further-processing facility in China. The post Chinese capital injection into progressive Argyle meats business appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

US beef exporters challenge thinking behind Japan’s stiff tariff hike

US beef exporters have mounted a strong case for the waiving of Japan’s Safeguard market protection mechanism, which from today will see tariffs for the next eight months on US frozen beef heading to Japan rise from 38.5pc to 50pc. The post US beef exporters challenge thinking behind Japan’s stiff tariff hike appeared first on… Read more »

Japan increases tariffs in US beef

Australia’s beef industry has been buoyed today by news that Japan is likely to announce it will dramatically increase tariffs on US beef imports. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Japan increases tariffs in US beef

US frozen beef exports to Japan hit by huge tariff rise

It’s looking increasingly likely that Japan will later today formally announce the imposition of its safeguard tariff protection mechanism on some US beef imports, creating a huge advantage for Australian beef exporters for the next eight months. The post US frozen beef exports to Japan hit by huge tariff rise appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

What yesterday’s China processing suspensions mean for Australian meat exports

Some clarity is starting to emerge over the reasons behind the surprise suspension by China of six Australian meat processing plants yesterday, and the likely short and longer-term implications. The post What yesterday’s China processing suspensions mean for Australian meat exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central What yesterday’s China processing suspensions… Read more »

Breakthrough in Australia's beef with China over meat exports

Australian beef that was shipped to China before the Asian powerhouse slapped a temporary import ban on some producers will now be allowed into the country. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Breakthrough in Australia’s beef with China over meat exports

Nominees called for committee to review live export standards

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is establishing a technical advisory committee to conduct a review of Australia’s Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and is seeking applications for membership. The post Nominees called for committee to review live export standards appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Nominees called for… Read more »

Italian processors pay 400 cent-plus premiums for non-mulesed superfine wool

AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers are for the first time being offered contract premiums for non-mulesed traditional-style wool of up to 400c/kg-plus clean above current market indicators. The post Italian processors pay 400 cent-plus premiums for non-mulesed superfine wool appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Italian processors pay 400 cent-plus premiums for non-mulesed… Read more »

China suspends six Australian beef plants

RED meat processors and trade personnel are perplexed about the reasons behind a surprise Chinese decision overnight to suspend six Australian export beef plants from supplying the Chinese market. The post China suspends six Australian beef plants appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central China suspends six Australian beef plants

Live exporters finalise charity auction plans for LIVEXchange 2017

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters will support two charitable causes with strong links to rural and regional communities – Ronald McDonald House Perth and St John Ambulance – at their annual conference in November. The post Live exporters finalise charity auction plans for LIVEXchange 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live exporters finalise… Read more »

Vietnam processing facility aims at preserving ‘integrity’ of Australian beef

In an export beef market where product substitution is said to be rife, an Australian-driven project in Vietnam is developing a beef business model aimed at guaranteeing the integrity of the term, ‘product of Australia.’ The post Vietnam processing facility aims at preserving ‘integrity’ of Australian beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Japan’s Marubeni makes US processing investment to target China trade

Japanese trading house Marubeni has purchased a US beef processing business, anticipating greater exports to China after Beijing lifted its long-standing ban on meat from American cattle last month. Marubeni has purchased the Kansas-based Creekstone Farms, a processor and distributor of premium US beef, in a deal worth about A$212m. The post Japan’s Marubeni makes… Read more »

Indian cattle-slaughter ban in limbo

India’s Supreme Court intervenes in the nation’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter, but there are questions about how long it will last. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Indian cattle-slaughter ban in limbo

Kay’s Cuts: US beef to China is a trickle

To great fanfare, US beef re-entered the China market three weeks ago for the first time since 2003. But Australia need not be concerned about US beef gaining a significant market share in China at least for several years, writes regular US market commentator, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: US beef to China is… Read more »

Destination Hong Kong for Aussie ag entrepreneurs

When a chartered Qantas B747-400 jumbo jet takes off from Toowoomba’s privately-built Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on September 3, it will be taking a lucky group of agricultural producers, processors, exporters, financers and local government representatives on a specially-tailored trip to Hong Kong. The post Destination Hong Kong for Aussie ag entrepreneurs appeared first on… Read more »

11 reasons to join the Access Hong Kong tour

When a chartered Qantas B747-400 jumbo jet takes off from Toowoomba’s privately-built Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on September 3, it will be taking producers, processors, exporters, financiers and local government representatives on a specially-tailored agricultural trip to Hong Kong. The good news is, there is still a chance to join the tour. The post 11… Read more »