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Norton to leave MLA for senior Elders position

MEAT & Livestock Australia has announced its managing director Richard Norton will leave to take up a position as Elders’ general manager – network in about 11 weeks. The post Norton to leave MLA for senior Elders position appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Norton to leave MLA for senior Elders position

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 19, 2018

The Dollar traded mostly softer, as did the Yen, against most other currencies amid a backdrop of buoyant global equity markets, although European stock markets showed signs of fatigue following a bullish session in Asia. The USD index (DXY) was showing a 0.2% loss as of the early PM session in Europe. EUR-USD lifted to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 19, 2018

The Dollar has continued to trade with a softening bias, aside from the case of USD-JPY, which posted a two-month high at 112.43 amid a backdrop of rallying stock markets in Asia. Sentiment has been buoyed by pledges of pro-investment and pro-growth measures by China, North Korea’s Kim vow to work on the “complete denuclearization”… Read more »

Weekly Property Review: Lending implications during drought

Finance appears to be tightening on the back of the recent Royal Commission into banking and drought. The banks claim their rural lending criteria remains relatively unchanged, saying the process is being mostly dominated by seasonal conditions and commodity prices. In this first installment in a two-part series, bankers, agribusiness specialists and consultants give their… Read more »

Inflatable field hospital for animals launched ahead of SA fire season

An inflatable veterinary field hospital that will help animals injured by natural disasters is launched in South Australia just weeks out from the state’s annual fire danger season. Source: ABC Livestock Inflatable field hospital for animals launched ahead of SA fire season

2019 Nuffield scholars announced

A new crop of 17 leading primary producers in Australia yesterday have been awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships for 2019. The post 2019 Nuffield scholars announced appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central 2019 Nuffield scholars announced

Steel post straightener big hit at Henty Machinery Field Days + VIDEO

Many people would like to re-use steel posts recovered from old fences, but finding a way to successfully and efficiently straighten them has always been a challenge. A newly released machine showcased at Henty allows bent posts to be restraightened and re-used in a matter of seconds. The post Steel post straightener big hit at… Read more »

Processors publishing price grids a good start, but more work needed: Keogh

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Mick Keogh has greeted recent moves by a handful of red meat processors to publish direct price grids on the internet as a “good start” towards improving transparency for producers – but says there is still more work to be done. The post Processors publishing price grids a… Read more »

Steel post straightener big hit at Henty Machinery Field Days + VIDEO

Many people would like to re-use steel posts recovered from old fences, but finding a way to successfully and efficiently straighten them has always been a challenge. The post Steel post straightener big hit at Henty Machinery Field Days + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Steel post straightener big hit… Read more »

Nuffield scholar to investigate ways to make the Merino great again

WESTERN Victorian mixed livestock producer Anthony Close will look outside the sheep industry to investigate how the Merino could be great again. The post Nuffield scholar to investigate ways to make the Merino great again appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Nuffield scholar to investigate ways to make the Merino great again

Long distance rail transport pathway focus for new MSA study

A new research trial seeking to understand how long distance rail transport affects the eating quality of beef could potentially open up new Meat Standards Australia pathways to slaughter for northern beef producers. The post Long distance rail transport pathway focus for new MSA study appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Long… Read more »

Australian grain sector likened to playing a game of snakes and ladders

It is not too often a board game and the grain sector go hand in hand, but as growers wait to plant a summer crop the season is being likened to “snakes and ladders”. Source: ABC Grain Australian grain sector likened to playing a game of snakes and ladders

Hemp milk demand in WA inspires east coast expansion plans

A former celebrity chef turned entrepreneur has seen immediate success in bottling and selling fresh hemp milk, providing inspiration to investigate the pasteurisation of a long-life product. Source: ABC Grain Hemp milk demand in WA inspires east coast expansion plans

What would Australia look like without live exports?

ABC Rural takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding a polarising industry that nonetheless contributes $1.8 billion in direct benefit to those at Australia’s livestock farm gate. Source: ABC Livestock What would Australia look like without live exports?

Sustainability strong focus among 2019 Nuffield scholars

Animal welfare challenges, enhancing rates of genetic gain, attracting young people to careers in agriculture and transport impact on cattle wellbeing are among a host of important topics being tackled by beef industry stakeholders who were announced as 2019 Nuffield Scholarship winners last night. The post Sustainability strong focus among 2019 Nuffield scholars appeared first… Read more »

Australian red meat sector’s importance highlighted in report

Australia’s annual State of the Industry Report 2018 for the red meat and livestock industry has highlighted the sector’s key economic and community role and its potential to make a bigger contribution, Red Meat Advisory Council chair Don Mackay said yesterday. The post Australian red meat sector’s importance highlighted in report appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Adds More Tariffs to Its Juggling Act

OVERVIEW The USTR adds a 10% levy on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. No breakthrough yet on NAFTA though officials will get back to the table again on Wednesday. US futures market pointing to lower open; Oil futures trade near a mid-point of $69 Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: US Adds More… Read more »

Cattle and sheep shipment for Jordan and Israel is readied in Fremantle

The first livestock shipment to leave Fremantle since licence suspensions halted the sheep trade three months ago is expected to depart Western Australia within a week. The post Cattle and sheep shipment for Jordan and Israel is readied in Fremantle appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle and sheep shipment for Jordan… Read more »

Wagga sale 18 Sep 2018: Prices generally easier in 3260 head yarding

Prime finished cattle rates eased with bidding from buyers at lower levels across export and domestic categories. The post Wagga sale 18 Sep 2018: Prices generally easier in 3260 head yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 18 Sep 2018: Prices generally easier in 3260 head yarding

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 19 Sept 2018

Cold fronts and troughs produced light to moderate falls over southern coastal regions of Australia, while moderate falls were recorded across western Tasmania, due to a series of strong cold fronts and associated low pressure systems. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 19 Sept 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Roma store sale 18 Sept 2018: Medium steers lift up to 12c/kg

Restocker demand for lightweight yearling steers was stronger in a yarding of 6774 head at Roma store sale yesterday. Medium weight steers improved up to 12c/kg, while grown steers across all weight ranges saw little change from last week. The post Roma store sale 18 Sept 2018: Medium steers lift up to 12c/kg appeared first… Read more »

Sheep-cattle shipment for Jordan and Israel is readied in Fremantle

THE first live sheep shipment to leave Fremantle since licence suspensions halted the trade three months ago is expected to depart Western Australia within a week. The post Sheep-cattle shipment for Jordan and Israel is readied in Fremantle appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep-cattle shipment for Jordan and Israel is readied… Read more »

Anger over reports of imminent live sheep, cattle shipment out of Fremantle

Animal welfare groups and the Federal Opposition voice concerns about reports a live exporter is about to be given the green light to export almost 30,000 animals to the Middle East, during the northern hemisphere summer. Source: ABC Livestock Anger over reports of imminent live sheep, cattle shipment out of Fremantle

Composite bulls finding growing niche in the Australian beef industry

Recent spring bull sale results, including the 100 percent clearance of 61 Ultrablacks at the Palgrove annual sale on Friday, are highlighting the growing interest in composite bulls in the Australian beef industry. The post Composite bulls finding growing niche in the Australian beef industry appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Composite… Read more »

Seeking balancing breeding objectives in the north

The fertility of the northern Australian beef herd is in the spotlight, and the need to improve it remains the focus of many operators, says prominent Santa Gertrudis seedstock producer Alice Greenup. The post Seeking balancing breeding objectives in the north appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Seeking balancing breeding objectives in… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 18, 2018

Both the Dollar and Yen are coming under pressure as European interbank markets enter the fray, in a kind of “sell the fact” manner following the announcement by Trump that the U.S. will implement tariffs on a further $200 bln of Chinese imports. The decision was pretty much fully expected, having been flagged last Friday… Read more »

Weekly kill: Qld Slaughter grids trend upwards, to match saleyards

Slaughter grid price rises of 10c/kg have been noted in southern Queensland over the past ten days, partly in response to relatively higher prices being paid in saleyards – especially for cows – as processor livestock buyers start to work harder to maintain current rates of kill. The post Weekly kill: Qld Slaughter grids trend… Read more »

Manufacturer clarifies Tri-Solfen export slaughter interval

The manufacturer of pain relief product Tri-Solfen has moved to assure producers there are no issues with using the product on cattle that will enter export supply chains, despite the product having no formal Export Slaughter Interval established. The post Manufacturer clarifies Tri-Solfen export slaughter interval appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Rising lamb, mutton and wool prices add to $60bn farm output forecast – ABARES

RISING lamb, wool and mutton prices are set to contribute to a stable $60 billion in Australian farm production this financial year, according to agricultural commodity forecaster ABARES. The post Rising lamb, mutton and wool prices add to $60bn farm output forecast – ABARES appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rising lamb, mutton… Read more »

Australian red meat sector’s importance highlighted in report

AUSTRALIA’S annual State of the Industry Report 2018 for the red meat and livestock industry has highlighted the  sector’s key economic and community role and its potential to make a bigger contribution, Red Meat Advisory Council independent chair Don Mackay said yesterday. The post Australian red meat sector’s importance highlighted in report appeared first on… Read more »

“Old man winter” on the prowl

The arrival of spring each year heralds’ new beginnings and new growth. It is the season of transformation, from gloomy dark days to bright sunny days, from cold to warmth, from a landscape dominated by greys, greens and browns to one accentuated by vivid bursts of colour. The post “Old man winter” on the prowl… Read more »

Cattle prices to fall 9pc this financial year: ABARES

Australian cattle prices could fall by nine percent on average during the 2018-19 fiscal year, the latest forecast released by ABARES this morning suggests. The post Cattle prices to fall 9pc this financial year: ABARES appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle prices to fall 9pc this financial year: ABARES

On-farm storage, port developments show bulk-handling shift: Rabobank

A Rabobank report says national on-farm storage capacity of 17-18 million tonnes, and truck-to-bulk vessel loading are but two arms of investment which reach around the traditional bulk-handling network. The post On-farm storage, port developments show bulk-handling shift: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central On-farm storage, port developments show bulk-handling shift:… Read more »

Dog eats rat poison hidden in mince at popular Sydney walking spot

A Sydney woman issues a warning to pet owners after her dog was poisoned by rat bait hidden inside meat at a popular inner-west dog-walking spot. Source: ABC Livestock Dog eats rat poison hidden in mince at popular Sydney walking spot

Bredwell Fedwell workshop to help sheep producers survive

BREEDING and feeding sheep for drought and post-drought conditions will be covered in a Bredwell FedWell workshop at Forbes in New South Wales on Friday. The post Bredwell Fedwell workshop to help sheep producers survive appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Bredwell Fedwell workshop to help sheep producers survive

Father of the modern header harvester cast in bronze in Henty

A sculpture of Headlie Taylor, whose early 20th century inventions transformed agricultural machinery worldwide, has been unveiled in Henty. Source: ABC Grain Father of the modern header harvester cast in bronze in Henty

Steady wool market demand extends into AuctionsPlus online sales

STEADY wool market demand extended into AuctionsPlus sales last week, with 110 bales sold online. The post Steady wool market demand extends into AuctionsPlus online sales appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Steady wool market demand extends into AuctionsPlus online sales

XE Market Analysis: Trade wars rumble on

OVERVIEW The US Dollar is weaker relative to competing currencies as a new round of trade tariffs is set to be announced in Washington  Sterling is stronger on hopes of an Irish Border solution  The Loonie is showing strength on higher oil prices and the weaker US Dollar HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market… Read more »

CTLX Carcoar 17 Sept: Firmer market across most categories

Feeder heifers were the big movers in a larger yarding at Carcoar sale yesterday, lifting by as much as 35c/kg in what was a mostly buoyant market for most other sections. The post CTLX Carcoar 17 Sept: Firmer market across most categories appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 17 Sept:… Read more »

Senepols notch-up $27,000 Australian record

A new Australian breed record price for Senepol bulls was set at the 5 Star Senepol and Tropically Adapted bull sale at CQLX Gracemere yesterday. The post Senepols notch-up $27,000 Australian record appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Senepols notch-up ,000 Australian record

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 17, 2018

The Dollar has come under moderate but broad pressure. EUR-USD lifted back above 1.1650, gaining about 30 pips on the day amid a bout of general dollar weakness. Last week’s sub-forecast U.S. CPI data, which followed more benign than anticipated PPI figures the day before, has continued to have some resonance, although reports that President… Read more »

Rural R&D spending wastage and cross-over needs addressing – Norton

AUSTRALIA’S search for a new rural innovation vision should address wastage, cross-over in research and development spending and ‘patch protection’ in the nation’s food and agriculture sectors, according to Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton. The post Rural R&D spending wastage and cross-over needs addressing – Norton appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

AWI withholds updated levy income and reserves data from WoolPoll voters

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is withholding key levy income and reserves information from shareholders voting in the 2018 WoolPoll ballot. The post AWI withholds updated levy income and reserves data from WoolPoll voters appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI withholds updated levy income and reserves data from WoolPoll voters

VFF backs WoolProducers for 1.5pc levy in WoolPoll 2018

VICTORIA’S key farmer body is backing the position of the national industry body WoolProducers Australia in advocating a 1.5 percent wool levy in this year’s WoolPoll. The post VFF backs WoolProducers for 1.5pc levy in WoolPoll 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central VFF backs WoolProducers for 1.5pc levy in WoolPoll 2018

Merino ewes sell to $270 on AuctionsPlus as offering falls

MERINO ewes sold to $270 and first cross ewes sold to $250 in a reduced online offering on AuctionsPlus last week. Sheep and lamb numbers this week totalled 58,071 head on AuctionsPlus last week, a decrease of 2770. The post Merino ewes sell to $270 on AuctionsPlus as offering falls appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Property: Liverpool Plains landmark Currabubula Station attracts strong early interest

Currabubula Station, widely regarded as one of northern NSWs’ finest cattle and cropping properties, is back on the market after changing hands just three years ago.  The post Property: Liverpool Plains landmark Currabubula Station attracts strong early interest appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Property: Liverpool Plains landmark Currabubula Station attracts strong… Read more »

Seasonal update workshops to provide advice for Victorian farmers

Agriculture Victoria is providing a series of workshops later this week to help with tactical decision making in light of the current dry conditions. The post Seasonal update workshops to provide advice for Victorian farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Seasonal update workshops to provide advice for Victorian farmers

Bronco branding returns to the red centre for national competition

The Bronco Branding National Championships have returned to Alice Springs, more than 30 years after the sport first began in the town. Source: ABC Livestock Bronco branding returns to the red centre for national competition

Thunder, lightning, rain? Perfect weather for crocodile sex

A Queensland crocodile farmer says without thunder and lightning, love won’t easily blossom for crocodiles looking for a mate this season. Source: ABC Livestock Thunder, lightning, rain? Perfect weather for crocodile sex

Queensland beef quality remains high despite drought

The dry may be gripping western Queensland, but on Saturday night local producers swapped their boots for polished shoes and heels for the presentation dinner for the Alpha Show Society carcase competition. Source: ABC Livestock Queensland beef quality remains high despite drought