Category: Livestock

Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat industry is proceeding with projects on eating quality, kid loss and breeding doe management after a mid-term review showed it was making good progress under its strategic plan. The post Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian goat meat industry… Read more »

Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs

INFRARED technology was employed to help eliminate thousands of feral pigs across the Riverina, Murray and western regions of New South Wales. The post Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Infrared technology helps NSW authorities control feral pigs

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018

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

Kangaroos kept eating Martin's grass — so now he's eating them

Frustrated with the waste that comes with being forced to cull kangaroos, farmers in the NSW town of Braidwood learn to harvest and eat the animals that invade their land. Source: ABC Livestock Kangaroos kept eating Martin’s grass — so now he’s eating them

A community rebuilds after fires wreak havoc

Eleven months ago 12,000 hectares of land and 2,000 livestock were destroyed in a fire in regional South Australia. Today members of the community say it is more important than ever to look out for each other. Source: ABC Livestock A community rebuilds after fires wreak havoc

Imported molasses delivered to graziers in an Australian first

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

Recruitment: Using effective story-telling to attract job candidates

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

Former Murray Goulburn boss slapped with $200,000 fine

The Federal Court has approved a settlement reached between Murray Goulburn and the ACCC which will see its former managing director hit with a $200,000 fine. Source: ABC Livestock Former Murray Goulburn boss slapped with 0,000 fine

New drought coordinator says struggling farmers won't be left behind

The newly-appointed New South Wales drought coordinator says he is determined to ensure farmers get the support they need in the state’s billion-dollar response to the drought. Source: ABC Livestock New drought coordinator says struggling farmers won’t be left behind

It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

NEW research hopes to boost goat kid production and survival, as slaughter figures flag nationally despite strong international demand for Australian goat meat. The post It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 Dec 2018

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

Livestock 'couldn't escape the fire' say farmers pointing finger at National Parks

As Queensland recovers from its bushfire crisis, farmers and volunteer firefighters are claiming not enough has been done to stop bushfires spreading from National Parks onto people’s properties. Source: ABC Livestock Livestock ‘couldn’t escape the fire’ say farmers pointing finger at National Parks

Emus suffer in the drought, laying fewer eggs

Emu farmers are feeling the effects of the drought, with birds laying fewer eggs and cutting production by half. Source: ABC Livestock Emus suffer in the drought, laying fewer eggs

Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline

GOAT meat prices have held steady at above average levels as exports continue to flag on the back of lower eastern states slaughter figures. The post Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and… Read more »

The bush-fire ravaged community that says it has been 'forgotten'

As more than 100 fires burn across Queensland, a northern community in the Mackay region claims it has been all but forgotten as it continues to battle a large blaze. Source: ABC Livestock The bush-fire ravaged community that says it has been ‘forgotten’

A $15,000 grocery bill and other facts of life on a remote cattle station

Flying a light plane to pick up bread from the local bakery is not something most Australians can relate to, but it is the unique reality for some who call Central Australia home. Source: ABC Livestock A ,000 grocery bill and other facts of life on a remote cattle station

Feedgrain Focus:  Dip in barley shifts ration mix, cottonseed cheaper

Overall the feedgrains sector reported cautious trading this week as demand slowed and rain in the southern half of NSW further eased fodder supply. Barley priced itself back into feedlot rations in the short term in the hope of a better sorghum crop growing over summer. The post Feedgrain Focus:  Dip in barley shifts ration… Read more »

Recruitment: Why job-seekers should keep up the search during the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, job-seekers in the red meat and livestock industry might be considering putting their search on hold. However, it is a common misconception that businesses do not hire at all over Christmas and it could in fact be the ideal time to rev-up the job search. The post Recruitment: Why job-seekers… Read more »

MV Jawan leaves Portland empty while probe into instability continues

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has voiced its strong support for an investigation by industry regulators into the factors that caused a vessel loaded with 4327 dairy heifers to rock from side by side after departing from port last Wednesday. The post MV Jawan leaves Portland empty while probe into instability continues appeared first on… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

Summer rainfall is forecast to be below average across much of northern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights likely, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s three month seasonal climate outlook for December to February. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Giving voice to kids living in remote rural areas

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is bringing speech therapy to kids living in remote parts of Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Giving voice to kids living in remote rural areas

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018

Surface troughs generated storms and showers in northern, central and eastern Australia, while a series of cold fronts and associated low pressure systems produced moderate fall in the southeast. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28… Read more »

Goats help graziers through the drought

Their milk and meat have made goats a prized possession for many and now western Queensland producers are taking them on as they look to diversify because of the ongoing drought. Source: ABC Livestock Goats help graziers through the drought

780 cattle removed from detained livestock vessel

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources says it is investigating the circumstances that forced a livestock export vessel loaded with 4237 cattle to return to port soon after departing last week. The post 780 cattle removed from detained livestock vessel appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central 780 cattle removed from detained… Read more »

Why the Swiss are having a nationwide vote on cow horns

The people of Switzerland will decide on Sunday whether to subsidise farmers who allow their cows to grow horns, after an eight-year campaign by a single farmer who managed to collect 100,000 signatures to force the vote. Source: ABC Livestock Why the Swiss are having a nationwide vote on cow horns

Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea

A livestock export vessel carrying 4237 cattle was forced to return to the Port of Portland yesterday when it began rolling from side to side soon after departure. The post Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export ship ‘detained’ after rolling at sea

NAB calendar stars share their stories + PICS

Every year NAB selects 12 leading agricultural businesses from its thousands of rural customers all over Australia to appear in its annual agribusiness calendar, and at a launch event in Toowoomba last night several stars of the 2019 version shared their stories and strategies for success. The post NAB calendar stars share their stories +… Read more »

Recruitment: Effectively managing remotely-located employees

The red meat industry supply chain is a classic example of a business sector where some staff may operate remotely from the main business. Having remote employees presents unique challenges to management that may be overlooked. However addressing a few key points will help improve morale, productivity and team cohesion. The post Recruitment: Effectively managing… Read more »

Wild dog 'Hannibal Lecter' blamed for silencing the lambs

NSW pest officials say trappers are getting the upper hand in the wild dog fight that saw a dog named after an infamous fictional serial killer take the lives of more than 600 sheep. Source: ABC Livestock Wild dog ‘Hannibal Lecter’ blamed for silencing the lambs

Fearless 11yo hopes to inspire more girls to take up bull riding

Dakota Watts has only sat on a bull a handful of times, but she recently brought home her first-ever belt buckle. She says the sport is not just for boys, and hopes to encourage more girls into the “toughest 8 seconds in sport”. Source: ABC Livestock Fearless 11yo hopes to inspire more girls to… Read more »

Honey testing not reliable enough to prove adulteration

The honey industry is looking at different ways of testing imports after concerns were raised about the integrity of some honey imported into Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Honey testing not reliable enough to prove adulteration

Man 'sick of being harassed by aggressive bees' takes battle to local council

A Hobart man says he and his wife have been “chased out of their yard” by bees kept in the neighbourhood several times in the past year, with visitors to his house also affected. Source: ABC Livestock Man ‘sick of being harassed by aggressive bees’ takes battle to local council

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018

A weak cold front resulted in light to moderate falls in southeast Australia at the start of the week, while a broad surface troughs across northern Australia produced thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly… Read more »

Just eight of 170 chemical regulator staff accept offer to go bush for Barnaby

A Senate hearing is told the agency at the centre of Barnaby Joyce’s controversial decentralisation scheme has convinced just eight of 170 staff to move from Canberra to Armidale. Source: ABC Livestock Just eight of 170 chemical regulator staff accept offer to go bush for Barnaby

MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots

PREMIUM lamb consumption and import demand are forecast to continue increasing in Middle East and North Africa markets, particularly in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Meat & Livestock Australia says in its latest global and domestic red meat market snapshots. The post MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Recruitment: Five tips to secure quality staff in a shrinking resource pool

Hiring the best people for your business is never easy, particularly when there is a small pool to choose from with the particular skills you need. It is fast becoming an employees’ market in many rural and regional areas, and that means fewer applicants who demand better employment offers. Here are five tips to making… Read more »

'There's going to be a riot': Changes to NT pastoral rent questioned

One of the Northern Territory’s largest cattle producers says a new system of calculating pastoral rent is unfair and will leave some stations with a big increase in their rental payments. Source: ABC Livestock ‘There’s going to be a riot’: Changes to NT pastoral rent questioned

Mysterious mass bee deaths in SA remain unexplained

Results from testing conducted by Primary Industries and Regions SA on dead bees from a town in the state’s mid-north are inconclusive. Source: ABC Livestock Mysterious mass bee deaths in SA remain unexplained

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

A cloudband produced moderate falls from central to southeast Australia, and surface troughs resulted in moderate falls across the west, central and east of Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

Elders reports strong full year result and 9c dividend

Elders Limited has this norming released its full year financial results for the 12 months to 30 September 2018, headlined by an improved underlying profit and the announcement of a fully franked final dividend of 9 cents per share. The post Elders reports strong full year result and 9c dividend appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Death adder fails to add bitten champion greyhound mother to its tally

A champion greyhound bitten by a deadly snake while defending her new litter of pups has survived the ordeal after a roundabout dash for life saving antivenom. Source: ABC Livestock Death adder fails to add bitten champion greyhound mother to its tally

ACCC pushes to fine former boss of failed dairy giant

The former managing director of Murray Goulburn could face hefty financial penalties after reaching an agreement with the competition watchdog over the milk crisis of 2016. Source: ABC Livestock ACCC pushes to fine former boss of failed dairy giant

Controversial insecticide causes bees to abandon their babies at night

Spying on bumblebees in laboratory nests has revealed behavioural changes in insects exposed to tiny quantities of a widely used neonicotinoid pesticide. Source: ABC Livestock Controversial insecticide causes bees to abandon their babies at night

Bob Katter pledges Coalition support in return for irrigation

Maverick Kennedy MP Bob Katter has leveraged support from the Morrison Government for huge irrigation schemes in his electorate. Source: ABC Livestock Bob Katter pledges Coalition support in return for irrigation

Timber farmhouses given new life as handcrafted bush furniture

The tiny south-west Queensland community of Wallumbilla has a colourful history of “can-do” people and a folk furniture project is attempting to capture that spirit. Source: ABC Livestock Timber farmhouses given new life as handcrafted bush furniture

Neighbours say cattle stations bought for conservation are now going up in smoke

Arsonists are believed to have started the fires which have now burnt tens of thousands of hectares in far north Queensland, but graziers blame state-owned neighbouring properties for not doing enough to fight them. Source: ABC Livestock Neighbours say cattle stations bought for conservation are now going up in smoke

Goat producers can dial into free Stock Sense webinar

GOAT owners have the opportunity to access the latest goat health and welfare information from homes through an intereactive webinar next week. The post Goat producers can dial into free Stock Sense webinar appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat producers can dial into free Stock Sense webinar

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 7 Nov 2018

Broad surface troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in central, northern and eastern Australia, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough brought moderate falls to parts of southeast Australia. The highest weekly total was 110 mm at Byfield Childs Road in central Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 7 Nov 2018 appeared first on… Read more »

Allegations of live export trade cover-up to be investigated

The former head of the Australian Crime Commission will investigate allegations that staff in the federal Department of Agriculture were told to keep quiet over their concerns about the live animal export trade. Source: ABC Livestock Allegations of live export trade cover-up to be investigated

Life after the Cup: Makybe Diva enjoying the good life in retirement

There are often concerns about what life is like after the big race for winners of the Melbourne Cup, but at least one of the recent legends of the track is enjoying retirement. Source: ABC Livestock Life after the Cup: Makybe Diva enjoying the good life in retirement

National charity regulator working with drought relief charities

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission seeks assurances from Rural Aid and Aussie Helpers that money and goods being donated is reaching those in need. Source: ABC Livestock National charity regulator working with drought relief charities

Here's what those free hay bales mean to the farmers who get them

South Australian farmer Karl Zerner says it’s a relief to receive donated hay from the drought appeal Buy a Bale. In addition, he’s found a way to collect feed for his livestock by cleaning out a hay exporter’s sheds. Source: ABC Livestock Here’s what those free hay bales mean to the farmers who get… Read more »

Live export industry names 2018 Young Achiever 

Landmark International operations manager Andrew Kelly was named as the winner of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council’s 2018 Young Achiever of the Year Award at a Gala Dinner in Adelaide last week. The post Live export industry names 2018 Young Achiever  appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Live export industry names 2018… Read more »

China’s sees rising pork prices as Swine Fever outbreak spreads

This is the second part of a three-part report compiled by meat trade analyst Simon Quilty on the looming impact of the African Swine Fever outbreak in China’s pig population, and its implications for global meat trade, including beef. Today’s report focuses on the impact of rising pork prices in China as transport restrictions and… Read more »

It's time to talk turkey about preserving bird bloodlines

Turkey fanciers want more people to consider keeping the fowls as pets — apparently they’re keen to make friends and are just like having an ugly parrot. Source: ABC Livestock It’s time to talk turkey about preserving bird bloodlines

'We haven't asked for help, until now': Tasmania's dry east coast near breaking point

Farmers on Tasmania’s east coast who dug deep to help those struggling through drought on the mainland are now facing their own catastrophe, with feed prices climbing and the rains going missing for yet another year. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We haven’t asked for help, until now’: Tasmania’s dry east coast near breaking point

Lions and livestock: how cattle are revolutionising wildlife conservation in Kenya

Fences have traditionally separated cattle and wildlife in Africa, but one organisation is trampling traditional paradigms by removing fences and running cattle and wildlife together, and using the profits from grazing and its own branded beef to fund the protection of wildlife. The post Lions and livestock: how cattle are revolutionising wildlife conservation in Kenya… Read more »

RSPCA WA calls out WAFarmers as “conflicted’ on live exports

The RSPCA’s WA branch has hit back at a WAFarmers claim it has an ‘anti-livestock’ agenda, reiterating its opposition to the granting of a live export licence to Rural Exports and Trading WA. The post RSPCA WA calls out WAFarmers as “conflicted’ on live exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA… Read more »

New England seminars to explore global beef, sheepmeat market outlook

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has scheduled a series of four market update seminars across the NSW New England region later this month, featuring meat trade analyst Simon Quilty as guest speaker. Cattle and sheep producers are invited to attend the free seminars, titled “Mapping Australia’s livestock future.” The post New England seminars to explore… Read more »

Australian pork industry in crisis

Low prices and exorbitant production costs have sent many Australian piggeries to the wall. Those remaining are in survival mode, and most growers say it has never been tougher. Source: ABC Livestock Australian pork industry in crisis

China’s African Swine Fever outbreak has global implications for meat trade

Meat trade analyst Simon Quilty was the first to examine the implications of the African Swine Fever outbreak in China’s pig industry back in August. In today’s follow-up report, he details why he believes China is about to embark on a large-scale meat protein import program, and tries to quantify how big these importations might… Read more »

Trans-Pacific trade deal spells opportunity for red meat exports

Australia officially ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement this week, clearing the way for first-round tariff reductions to be introduced before the end of the year. The post Trans-Pacific trade deal spells opportunity for red meat exports appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Trans-Pacific trade deal spells… Read more »

Moss Review recommends independent inspector to oversee livex trade

Independent oversight of live animal exports will be enhanced with the establishment of an external Inspector General of Live Animal Exports, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced today. The post Moss Review recommends independent inspector to oversee livex trade appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Moss Review recommends independent inspector to… Read more »

NZ beef and lamb producers lift livestock levies

Beef and sheepmeat farmers in New Zealand have lifted their industry levies, targeting the additional funds into international promotion, lifting the livestock industry’s environmental performance, building biosecurity risk management capability and telling the ‘farmer story’ better. The post NZ beef and lamb producers lift livestock levies appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

NZ beef and lamb producers lift livestock levies

SHEEP meat and beef farmers in New Zealand have lifted their industry levies, targeting the additional funds into international promotion, lifting the livestock industry’s environmental performance, building biosecurity risk management capability and telling the ‘farmer story’ better. The post NZ beef and lamb producers lift livestock levies appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

'We can fix all this': Could this be the solution to Australia's drought crisis?

Is natural sequence farming the secret to restoring our water-starved continent? For more than a decade, two farmers have shown that parched landscapes can be revived. And finally Canberra’s listening. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We can fix all this’: Could this be the solution to Australia’s drought crisis?

Recruitment: Three tips to building positive workplace culture

Workplace culture is often seen as an issue primarily relevant to large corporate companies. However, a positive culture can be beneficial for any kind of organisation, right down to the smallest enterprise with only one or two employees. The post Recruitment: Three tips to building positive workplace culture appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Drought makes Aussie bees weak at the knees

The annual almond tree flower pollination season helps bees recover from the impacts of the drought. Source: ABC Livestock Drought makes Aussie bees weak at the knees

King Island farmer a surfing pioneer on now-famous waves

Peter Bowling’s family pioneered King Island farming back in the late 1800s. Generations later he was a pioneer of surfing on King Island, and along the way has tried bullock driving and kelp-getting. Source: ABC Livestock King Island farmer a surfing pioneer on now-famous waves

Federal Government commits $5 billion to Future Drought Fund

Helping farmers prepare for future droughts will be the focus of a new multi-billion dollar fund that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil today. Source: ABC Livestock Federal Government commits billion to Future Drought Fund

Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2018 – Jan 2019

November to January is likely to be drier than average for large parts of Australia, according to the latest three monthly seasonal climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2018 – Jan 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook… Read more »

Low chance of drought recovery for eastern Australia in coming months

Despite heavy rain lashing parts of the country in recent weeks the big dry is far from over — and according to the latest BOM outlook, the hard times are set to continue. Source: ABC Livestock Low chance of drought recovery for eastern Australia in coming months

Therapy horse helps teen girl face the world

An elderly therapy horse is helping a teenager in far-west New South Wales find courage and overcome autism. Source: ABC Livestock Therapy horse helps teen girl face the world

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 24 Oct 2018

Broad surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia produced moderate falls during the week, while cold fronts brought further falls to southeastern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 24 Oct 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 24 Oct… Read more »

Where beagles dare: detector dog sniffs out pig head in luggage

When Hardy, a USDA trained detector dog, sniffed out a roasted pig head in traveler baggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport early this month, it underscored the efforts USDA and its partners are undertaking to keep African Swine Fever (ASF), a swine disease that could devastate the US pork producers, from entering the country. The… Read more »