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Roma store sale 18 June 2019: Prices fluctuate in 6236

The overall quality of the yarding varied. Demand for quality lines of yearling cattle remained strong in isolated patches. Prices fluctuated across all categories…Read More Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 18 June 2019: Prices fluctuate in 6236

SA budget delivers for livestock sector, PIRSA funds cut

The South Australian 2019-20 Budget includes outlays on the dog fence and regional roads and investment in the livestock sector, but has cut $5m from PIRSA funding…Read More Source: Beef Central SA budget delivers for livestock sector, PIRSA funds cut

SA budget delivers for livestock sector, PIRSA funds cut

The South Australian 2019-20 Budget includes outlays on the dog fence and regional roads and investment in the livestock sector, but has cut $5m from PIRSA funding…Read More Source: Grain Central SA budget delivers for livestock sector, PIRSA funds cut

New footage puts Israel live cattle trade under cloud

Israel has been one of Australia’s fastest growing markets for live cattle exports in 2019, but the trade is facing renewed calls for its closure as a result of new footage and images released by animal rights activists…Read More Source: Beef Central New footage puts Israel live cattle trade under cloud

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 June 2019

Cold fronts and troughs produced moderate falls in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania early in the week, while a coastal trough and onshore flow produced locally heavy rain in parts of New South Wales and Queensland…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 June 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 June 2019

Cold fronts and troughs produced moderate falls in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania early in the week, while a coastal trough and onshore flow produced locally heavy rain in parts of New South Wales and Queensland…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 June 2019

Bee pollination: A race between native bees and European honey bees

In research that might help fight the impact of any varroa mite outbreak, the pollen transfer from flowers to both native bees and European honey bees is being measured. Source: ABC Livestock Bee pollination: A race between native bees and European honey bees

The good and the bad of record lamb prices

It is a familiar story, high commodity prices benefit some parts of the supply chain, but not others. That is the case in the sheep and lamb industry, where record prices are a boon for farmers, but a nightmare for processors and butchers. Source: ABC Livestock The good and the bad of record lamb… Read more »

Costs and weather hit dairy farmer confidence and profits

Costs are eroding Australian dairy farmers profit and hitting confidence, with the number of farmers positive about the industry the lowest in 15 years. Poor seasonal conditions are mostly to blame, with high feed and irrigation water costs. Source: ABC Livestock Costs and weather hit dairy farmer confidence and profits

CPC sells drought-stricken NT cattle property for $30m

Ucharonidge Station is the ninth cattle station Consolidated Pastoral Company has sold from its cattle portfolio. Source: ABC Livestock CPC sells drought-stricken NT cattle property for m

Sheep skin values holding better than lambs – MLA

LAMB skin prices have fallen significantly this month due to easing wool prices and global demand, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported…Read More Source: Sheep Central Sheep skin values holding better than lambs – MLA

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jun 18, 2019

The Dollar headed higher ahead of the N.Y. open on Tuesday, led by EUR-USD losses following dovish comments from ECB’s Draghi. The DXY topped at 97.76 from overnight lows of 97.37. EUR-USD ranged between 1.1183 and 1.1212 through the N.Y. session. USD-JPY was boosted to 108.67 highs from 108.06 following a Trump tweet saying he… Read more »

Suspected wool theft prompts call for improved shed security

AN alleged theft of fine Merino wool worth about $18,000 has prompted a call for growers to lift security on their properties, especially those in isolated areas…Read More Source: Sheep Central Suspected wool theft prompts call for improved shed security

XE Market Analysis: Currency Markets Wait Patiently for FOMC Decision

OVERVIEW The Dollar Index sits atop a two-week high as the FOMC deliberates its next move USD/CAD is trading north of 1.34 handle ahead of the Canadian inflation report card OPEC meets this week to discuss further output cuts Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Currency Markets Wait Patiently for FOMC Decision

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jun 18, 2019

The Dollar traded firmer by virtue of the Euro taking a tumble amid a mix of soft Eurozone data and dovish remarks from ECB President turn, the Pound taking a hit as it becomes ever more likely that arch Brexiteer Boris Johnson will be the new UK prime minister, and the Australian Dollar taking a… Read more »

Corowa saleyards sets a new national lamb price record of $350

EXTRA heavy lamb prices jumped to record levels this week with a line of feedlot lambs at the Corowa saleyards in New South Wales setting a new national peak of $350…Read More Source: Sheep Central Corowa saleyards sets a new national lamb price record of 0

Weekly genetics review: Breeding objectives underpin production gains

A focus on and commitment to defined breeding objectives underpins the ongoing success of the Rangeland Bulls ‘breeding collective’ in western Queensland…Read More Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Breeding objectives underpin production gains

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jun 18, 2019

Sterling has hit fresh lows, and the Yen has remained bid amid a backdrop of continued sputtering in global stock markets. The Pound tumbled to fresh five-month lows against the dollar, Euro and Yen. Cable’s low is 1.2512, with the pair showing a week-on-week decline of more than 1.5%. Markets are continuing to adjust to… Read more »

Video of chickens being stretched and thrown prompts probe into farm

Footage from a Victorian poultry farm, released by animal activists, appears to show workers stretching the necks of chickens and throwing them onto a concrete floor. Source: ABC Livestock Video of chickens being stretched and thrown prompts probe into farm

Woodward Foods in expansion mood, following deal with Chinese investor

Victorian lamb and beef processor Woodward Foods has completed a deal to sell a 49pc minority shareholding in the diversified business to a substantial Hong Kong based Chinese investor. The completion of the deal will provide a capital base for Woodward to embark on an expansion plan for both beef and sheepmeat production, targeted primarily… Read more »

Wagga sale 17 June 2019: Market lifts in 3680 head yarding

Nearly all classes of stock were quoted dearer by the National Livestock Reporting service (NLRS) thanks to a mix of stronger processor, restocker and feedlot demand combined with excellent lines of well-bred Angus steers and heifers…Read More Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 17 June 2019: Market lifts in 3680 head yarding

New sheep and cattle ‘fit for transport’ signs going up

NEW ‘fit for transport’ signs will soon be displayed at all Victorian saleyards and livestock scales to remind producers, agents and transporters of their animal welfare obligations for stock consigned to saleyards, abattoirs and scales…Read More Source: Sheep Central New sheep and cattle ‘fit for transport’ signs going up

Expected fall in livestock exports to underpin lower export earnings

A FORECAST 11 percent fall in the value of livestock-derived exports underpins the latest prediction of a 5pc drop in Australia’s 2019-20 agricultural export earnings to $45 billion. The latest..Read More Source: Sheep Central Expected fall in livestock exports to underpin lower export earnings

CPC property selldown continues, with Ucharonidge divestment

The gradual sell-down of northern grazing assets has continued this week for Terra Firma’s Consolidated Pastoral Co, with a deal announced today to sell the company’s Ucharonidge station in the Northern Territory to Malcolm Harris’s Cleveland Agriculture…Read More Source: Beef Central CPC property selldown continues, with Ucharonidge divestment

Effective yard weaning can minimise BRD incidence, Hereford forum told

At the Herefords Australia breed forum at Hamilton last week, Queensland cattle vet Lachy Strohfeld outlined his requirements for effective yard weaning of beef weaners, which included good, clean trough water…Read More Source: Beef Central Effective yard weaning can minimise BRD incidence, Hereford forum told

Cattle price rise tipped for 2019-20

Australian cattle prices are tipped to rise by three percent next financial year, Government commodity analyst ABARES predicts in its June 2019 Agricultural commodities report released today…Read More Source: Beef Central Cattle price rise tipped for 2019-20

NQ flood cattle losses now estimated at 600,000

ABARES says its own analysis, based on industry estimates, places the number of cattle producers lost as a result of severe flood events in northern Queensland in late January and early February 2019 at 600,000…Read More Source: Beef Central NQ flood cattle losses now estimated at 600,000

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jun 17, 2019

The Dollar was largely rangebound in N.Y. trade on Monday, though came under some selling pressure following a sharply lower Empire State index, and softer housing data. The DXY managed a 97.35 to 97.52 trading band. EUR-USD topped at 1.1247 after the data, later dipping to lows under 1.1220. USD-JPY ranged between 108.72 and 108.53,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: USD Rallies then Falls Ahead of FOMC Meetings on Wednesday

OVERVIEW Interest rate announcements are on the docket this week from the UK and Japan Fed meetings starting on Wednesday expected to focus on US-China trade and tariffs and setting the groundwork for lowering interest rates. The Bank of England is expected to hold interest rates. even as economic growth weakens and inflation exceeds targets… Read more »

Mixed prospects for Australian winter crop: ABARES

Australia’s grain production will increase by 20 per cent to 36.4 million tonnes this season but world prices are forecast to decline for most major crops, according to ABARES’ latest outlook…Read More Source: Grain Central Mixed prospects for Australian winter crop: ABARES

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jun 17, 2019

Trading has been directionally unambitious so far today, with the Dollar consolidating a recent phase of outperformance against other currencies. Stock markets have been narrowly mixed in Europe and Asia, as have S&P 500 futures. The FOMC, BoJ, and BoE all meet this week and though none are expected to change rates, markets will be… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jun 17, 2019

Narrow ranges have been prevailing in quiet early-week trading, with the Dollar consolidating a recent phase of outperformance. Stock markets have been mixed in Asia, while S&P 500 futures are showing modest declines. The FOMC, BoJ, and BoE all meet this week and though none are expected to change rates, markets will be eager to… Read more »

Fall in online sheep and listings helps demand

A FALL in online sheep and lamb listings helped clearance rates on AuctionsPlus last week. Stock agents offered 49,990 sheep and lambs on AuctionsPlus, a fall of 9573 head, but a 75 percent clearance rate was reached…Read More Source: Sheep Central Fall in online sheep and listings helps demand

Webinar: Managing a high-fertility beef herd

A free webinar providing valuable information for cattle breeders and consulting veterinarians wanting to understand fertility in beef cattle herds, and how it can be better managed, will be held later this month…Read More Source: Beef Central Webinar: Managing a high-fertility beef herd

$32 loss in latest grainfed trading budget, as GF slaughter prices creep higher

A moderate lift in finished slaughter cattle value and easier feeder cattle prices have had positive impact on Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget projection calculated on Friday…Read More Source: Beef Central loss in latest grainfed trading budget, as GF slaughter prices creep higher

Fines risk for non-compliant WA sheep and goat movements

WESTERN Australian sheep and goat owners not complying with the state’s traceability laws will risk fines of up to $500 in a statewide crackdown on stock movements starting next month…Read More Source: Sheep Central Fines risk for non-compliant WA sheep and goat movements

UWA sheep temperament research finds stress gene link

WESTERN Australian research has raised the prospect of a genetic test for sheep temperament that could also have implications for human stress assessment…Read More Source: Sheep Central UWA sheep temperament research finds stress gene link

Growers brace for tough winter after dry start; recent rains rally hopes: Rabobank

Farmers are bracing for a tough winter after autumn rains eluded much of the country, but the grain sector remained the most positive sector in Rabobank’s latest Rural Confidence Survey…Read More Source: Grain Central Growers brace for tough winter after dry start; recent rains rally hopes: Rabobank

Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

More women than ever before are now choosing professions in the agricultural sphere. But does this translate to more women actually being employed in agriculture? Statistics say not, or at least not yet…Read More Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Mei 2019

Harga sapi gemuk akhirnya bergerak naikPara pengusaha penggemukan (feedlooter). Indonesia mendapat daftar panjang kabar buruk. Permintaan impor Vietnam menguat dengan harga dalam negeri yang bertahan kokoh…Read More Source: Beef Central Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Mei 2019

SE Asia Report: Indo on ropes, Vietnam imports strengthen

Several factors are colliding to push the Indonesian feedlot industry to its lowest point in decades, while Vietnam is a stand out performer with consistently high domestic slaughter cattle prices and growing imports, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth…Read More Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo on ropes, Vietnam imports strengthen

Latest NSW sheep gross margin analysis is encouraging

A SELF-REPLACING 18 micron Merino operation has come out on top in the latest gross margin analysis of sheep operations in New South Wales…Read More Source: Sheep Central Latest NSW sheep gross margin analysis is encouraging

AWEX on-farm eBale trials to kick off in Victoria and NSW

ON-FARM trials of Australia’s unique wool bale identification system – eBale — have been expanded to include the eastern states following grower interest in wool clip traceability…Read More Source: Sheep Central AWEX on-farm eBale trials to kick off in Victoria and NSW

Dugong calf separated from mother off Thailand bonds with carers

A dugong calf that developed an attachment to humans after being separated from its mother and found off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that it can one day fend for itself. Source: ABC Livestock Dugong calf separated from mother off Thailand bonds with carers

Property: NT’s Suplejack Station makes $21 million under the hammer

Northern Territory extensive cattle operation Suplejack Station sold under the hammer for $21 million at an unreserved auction in Alice Springs on Friday…Read More Source: Beef Central Property: NT’s Suplejack Station makes million under the hammer

Cattle at more than a dozen stations at 'high risk' of starvation

A review of WA’s cattle stations finds at least a dozen are at risk of animal welfare issues in coming months because of a lack of food and water. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle at more than a dozen stations at ‘high risk’ of starvation

'Hendra risk is high': Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate

Following the recent Hendra virus outbreak, an equine vet is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their animals against the deadly bat-borne disease. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Hendra risk is high’: Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate

NT's most isolated cattle property sells for $21m

One of Australia’s most remote cattle properties, Suplejack Station, sells for the first time in its 55-year history. Source: ABC Livestock NT’s most isolated cattle property sells for m

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jun 14, 2019

The Dollar index climbed to two-week highs in N.Y. trade on Friday, with decent incoming retail sales and industrial production supporting. In addition, pre-weekend safe-haven USD buying was apparent,with traders loading up on the back of geopolitical risk, especially in the Mideast. The DXY rallied to 97.58 highs, after bottoming at 97.08 ahead of the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jun 14, 2019

Both the Dollar and Yen outperformed while the Australian Dollar led the biggest loser list out of the main currencies as a safe-haven theme swept back over global markets. This followed the release of disappointing industrial production data out of China, which fell to a 17-month low growth rate, shining a fresh light on the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jun 14, 2019

The Australian Dollar continued to weaken amid a backdrop of misfiring equity markets in Asia, led by a decline in the major Chinese indexes ahead of the release of Chinese production and retail sales data (due 07:00 GMT) that are expected to shine a fresh light on the deleterious impact that the trade spat with… Read more »

Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australia

A project to protect producers from food fraud by verifying and promoting the provenance of the region’s beef exports to China turned out to be a source of creative work in the region as well…Read More Source: Beef Central Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australia

Dubbo Sale 13 June 2019: Market firms on gentle rain

Grown steers and heifers were a little dearer in a sale that was conducted in gentle rain which fell for most of the day reminding us that it has not totally forgotten how to rain…Read More Source: Beef Central Dubbo Sale 13 June 2019: Market firms on gentle rain

Grassland Society to hear of silver lining for livestock producers

Australian livestock producers might be enduring the worst drought in history, but the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s annual conference in Victoria next month will hear forecasts of a silver lining on the horizon. Independent meat and livestock analyst, and Beef Central columnist Simon Quilty will tell the conference that beef prices are likely to hit record… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Diverging seasons split wheat, barley market

Much-needed rain from WA to southern NSW has seen wheat and barley values in southern markets ease, but prices in the northern markets have been steady to higher as prospects for late planting get slimmer by the day…Read More Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Diverging seasons split wheat, barley market

Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

Latest listings on Jobs Central: Trainee Manager – Smithfield Cattle Co Plant/Infrastructure Maintenance, Couple – ValeraVale Livestock Health Supervisor – Mort & Co Livestock Movement Supervisor – Mort & Co..Read More Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Where is the gender balance up to in Australian ag?

Conservation farming stalwart’s pivotal part in Australia’s no-till story

One of the ‘founding fathers’ of no-till farming, Jeff Esdaile, continues to be a passionate advocate of the low disturbance, stubble retention farming system that has revolutionised Australian crop production…Read More Source: Grain Central Conservation farming stalwart’s pivotal part in Australia’s no-till story

Controlling kangaroos is essential to increase carbon flows

Alan Lauder, experienced grazier and author of the book “Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link”, looks at the influence of kangaroo populations on soil carbon levels, livestock methane emissions and pasutre management in drought, and why control measures are in the best interests of environmental outcomes. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Controlling kangaroos is essential… Read more »

Australian wool growers hold stocks as auction prices slide

AUSTRALIAN wool growers passed in more than 20 percent of bales offered nationally this week as major Chinese buyers stood out of the market…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australian wool growers hold stocks as auction prices slide

Don’t push it on new lamb definition + VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers are being advised to treat the new lamb definition as breathing space for lambs breaking permanent teeth just before or during transit to saleyards or processors…Read More Source: Sheep Central Don’t push it on new lamb definition + VIDEO