Category: Livestock

100 jobs cut at Primo pig abattoir

About 100 workers at South Australia’s Port Wakefield abattoir are without work, after a decision by parent company JBS to move from two shifts to a single day-shift operation. Source: ABC Livestock 100 jobs cut at Primo pig abattoir

Why couples are choosing to cut the wedding cheese over cake

Cheese-loving millennials ditch tradition by moving away from a white wedding cake and instead stacking wheels of cheese. Source: ABC Livestock Why couples are choosing to cut the wedding cheese over cake

Diversification the key to sweet success for fig farmers

Two regenerative farmers are relishing the fruits of their labour as they prepare to harvest figs on their mixed-venture property, which has “coped well” through the current drought. Source: ABC Livestock Diversification the key to sweet success for fig farmers

Mining charity to fund $2 million tri-state camel cull

A land management group backed by the BHP Billiton Foundation will fund a $2 million feral camel culling program on Aboriginal land in Central Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Mining charity to fund million tri-state camel cull

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Jan 2019

The monsoon trough enhanced convective activity over the northern tropics during the week, with heavy falls recorded on Queensland’s north tropical coast. Tropical cyclone Riley developed off the Kimberley coast in Western Australia and brought moderate falls to the Pilbara. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Jan 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Industry projections: Cattle on feed numbers to decline 10pc from record levels

Cattle numbers on feed could drop about 10 percent to around one million head this year from the record levels reached in 2018, MLA’s 2019 beef industry projections released today suggests. The post Industry projections: Cattle on feed numbers to decline 10pc from record levels appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Industry… Read more »

Cow underpass secures dairy farm's future

After years of uncertainty about whether a motorway would close a historic NSW dairy farm, a cow underpass will now be built to secure the property’s future. Source: ABC Livestock Cow underpass secures dairy farm’s future

Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards

Several rural Australians with strong connections to the nation’s cattle, sheep and grain industries have been honoured in the the 2019 Australia Day awards. The post Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards

Water for struggling WA farmers cut to save town's supply

Agricultural water usage from state-owned water pipes are compromising drinking water supply to a regional WA town. Source: ABC Livestock Water for struggling WA farmers cut to save town’s supply

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019

Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls in northern Australia, while a surface trough and upper level disturbance led to thunderstorms and moderate rainfall over parts of eastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan… Read more »

More bees needed for rapidly growing almond industry

Australia’s almond industry is set for a record crop, but more bees are needed to sustain the growing industry. Source: ABC Livestock More bees needed for rapidly growing almond industry

Why 2019 is a critical year for live exports

Australia’s livestock export industry has had its share of difficult years but there are several reasons why 2019 is set to be its most challenging yet. The post Why 2019 is a critical year for live exports appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Why 2019 is a critical year for live exports

Recruitment: Staff retention – how to keep your best talent

Attraction and retention of staff in the cattle industry is not always favoured by changes in the external environment. Macro-economic conditions and competition from other sectors have led to a tight labour market and general staff shortages across the grazing sector. Here’s five points to consider in helping win the war in attracting good staff… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2019

Rainfall from February to April is likely to be below average for much of Western Australia, western South Australia, and much of eastern and southeastern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights are likely across the country. according to BOM’s latest three monthly outlook released today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2019 appeared… Read more »

Bees, not honey, are the focus for natural beekeepers

Beekeeping is usually about making honey but there is another way of operating with a different goal in mind. Source: ABC Livestock Bees, not honey, are the focus for natural beekeepers

Red adds colour to black and white milking herd

Is red the new black? For one dairying couple, it is not just a matter of black and white when it comes to their prized Holstein cows. Source: ABC Livestock Red adds colour to black and white milking herd

Vale Trevor Schoorl

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

Dogs with noise phobia do it ruff not just with fireworks

Don’t fret if your pet had a panic attack when the New Year’s fireworks went off and wanted to escape from the house — help for them is at hand (paw). Source: ABC Livestock Dogs with noise phobia do it ruff not just with fireworks

Bees dying in their boxes as erratic weather takes heavy toll

Bees are starving and hives have died following erratic weather patterns in South Australia that are being blamed for an 80 per cent fall in honey yield. Source: ABC Livestock Bees dying in their boxes as erratic weather takes heavy toll

Italian farmers wage war on protected wolves

Slaughtered wolves are being strung up by their teeth and hung from road signs as farmers in Italy’s north wage a war against the protected animals. Source: ABC Livestock Italian farmers wage war on protected wolves

Drought-stricken farmers lop trees to feed their cattle

Farmers in the north-west of NSW are lopping hundreds of kurrajong trees in an effort to feed their cattle the trees’ leaves before the trees drop their leaves and reshoot. Source: ABC Livestock Drought-stricken farmers lop trees to feed their cattle

Brisbane company and director fined $120,000 over raw pork disease risk

A BRISBANE company and its director have been fined $120,000 over the transport and storage of imported uncooked pig meat, considered a serious Foot and Mouth Disease risk. The post Brisbane company and director fined $120,000 over raw pork disease risk appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Brisbane company and director fined… Read more »

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

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

Crean slams Littleproud over live export heat stress model implications

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

McDonald's introduces new beef policy

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

Dozens of birds found dead after 'falling out of the sky'

Testing for toxins is underway after a large number of galahs and other birds are found “literally face down on the ground” in South Australia’s Lower Lakes region. Source: ABC Livestock Dozens of birds found dead after ‘falling out of the sky’

Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2019

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

How to be a successful sheepdog trainer — from the man who knows best

Now 83, Malcolm Taylor misses the good old days when he was training sheepdogs, which is hardly surprising given that he won almost every title in Australia. Source: ABC Livestock How to be a successful sheepdog trainer — from the man who knows best

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

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

Wildlife rescuer forges incredible 'friendship' with magpie

Magpies can have a bad reputation at times, and would be considered an unlikely pet by many, but one wildlife rescuer has forged a friendship with a baby magpie after nursing it back to health. Source: ABC Livestock Wildlife rescuer forges incredible ‘friendship’ with magpie

Queenslanders can now harvest wild crocodile eggs

Queensland crocodile farmers can now apply for a licence to hunt and gather eggs in the wild to hatch for luxury goods, under changes quietly introduced by the State Government. Source: ABC Livestock Queenslanders can now harvest wild crocodile eggs

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 Dec 2018

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

Over 600,000 pigs culled as African Swine Fever sweeps through China

Authorities scramble to stem the spread of the deadly virus, which has already affected 22 provinces in a country that is home to more than half of the world’s pig population. Source: ABC Livestock Over 600,000 pigs culled as African Swine Fever sweeps through China

South African family buys second cattle station in NT's Roper Valley

A Sydney-based South African family buys a second cattle station in the Northern Territory, with the purchase of Big River Station last week. Source: ABC Livestock South African family buys second cattle station in NT’s Roper Valley

Meat processor reports $7m loss

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, even fish get 'the bends' and it's our fault

Rapid decompression by being wrenched up from the deep on a fishing hook or being tossed out into the shallow side of a river dam, can cause harm and even kill fish — including species that are under threat. So, what can we do about it? Source: ABC Livestock Yes, even fish get ‘the… Read more »

Middle East live sheep export heat stress assessment changes could end trade

EARLY analysis of draft heat risk assessment recommendations for Middle East live sheep shipments suggest they would threaten the viability of the trade during peak demand months. The post Middle East live sheep export heat stress assessment changes could end trade appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East live sheep export… Read more »

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 »

Backyard chooks could be a biosecurity time bomb

There is a growing risk your humble backyard chicken, pig or goat could contract a zoonotic disease, which can be deadly to humans, according to the CSIRO. Source: ABC Livestock Backyard chooks could be a biosecurity time bomb

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

Drought closes legendary stock routes for first time in living memory

Ongoing drought conditions take their toll on century-old travelling stock routes, with vital areas in south-west Queensland closed off to graziers until further notice. Source: ABC Livestock Drought closes legendary stock routes for first time in living memory

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