Month: September 2018

Charities inflating fodder market, says independent advisor

Rural Aid, the charity behind Buy a Bale, rejects claims by an independent advisor that they are inflating the fodder market. Source: ABC Livestock Charities inflating fodder market, says independent advisor

Recruitment: Keeping your most valuable employees happy and productive

In light of today’s economic landscape, it’s more important than ever for agribusiness companies to have happy and productive employees. When employees are loyal and engaged in the business, productivity, returns and profits tend to be higher. Here’s some hints to keeping staff in the right frame of mind. The post Recruitment: Keeping your most… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 13, 2018

Cool U.S. CPI data was the story for the Dollar in N.Y. on Thursday, which resulted in the Greenback initially losing ground across the board. As risk appetite picked up on hopes for progress on global trade, Wall Street rallied, allowing risk-sensitive USD-JPY to advance to just shy of 112.00. Safe-haven Dollar flows reversed however,… Read more »

Qld communities donate to school after dogs attack sheep

Two acts of generosity, one from the city and one from the country, help the Livingstone Christian College’s agriculture department recover from a devastating dog attack. Source: ABC Livestock Qld communities donate to school after dogs attack sheep

Littleproud commissions strategic vision for rural innovation

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has commissioned Ernst & Young to develop “a strategic vision” for Australia’s rural innovation system, but has stressed the process is not a restructure of existing Research and Development Corporations.  The post Littleproud commissions strategic vision for rural innovation appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Littleproud commissions… Read more »

$3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds

$3.7 million raised through South Australian cattle and sheep industry funds will be distributed for a range of projects in the State including footrot management, enhanced abattoir surveillance, and Johne’s Disease management programs, as well as contributing to the state’s wild dog strategy. The post $3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds appeared… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 13, 2018

The Dollar has traded mixed so far today, losing ground to the Australian Dollar, holding steady against the Pound while gaining on the Yen and Canadian Dollar. The overriding theme has been Yen weakness, which has been subject to a safe-haven premium unwind following the U.S. invitation to senior Chinese officials for fresh trade negotiations…. Read more »

Agtech: Humans need not apply – are stock agents on the chopping block?

Livestock agents have one of the oldest jobs in agribusiness, but is their use-by date fast approaching? For decades, they’ve been charging farmers upwards of 3-5pc for two main functions; marketing, and payment guarantee. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that when there’s that fat up for grabs and market share is owned by… Read more »

How beef R&D dollars punch above their weight

Marketing or research – which should get the biggest share of grower levy funds? The post How beef R&D dollars punch above their weight appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central How beef R&D dollars punch above their weight

MLA members reminded to secure full voting entitlements

Meat & Livestock Australia members are being reminded to return their Levies Notice online by September 21 to ensure they secure their full voting entitlements ahead of MLA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November. Nominations to fill one cattle producer representative position on the MLA Board Selection Committee also close on the same date. The post… Read more »

Do Australian processors value objective measurement technology?

A recent study of 65 meat processors across the nation conducted by NSWDPI examined what carcase and meat quality traits they considered essential to objectively measure carcases on-line. Meat colour and tenderness were identified as the two most important traits in beef. The post Do Australian processors value objective measurement technology? appeared first on Beef… Read more »

How 'Catholic' cattle are protecting Australia from foreign invaders

In the far north of Australia a herd of cattle owned by a Catholic mission is protecting Australia from virus and bacteria travelling from overseas. Source: ABC Livestock How ‘Catholic’ cattle are protecting Australia from foreign invaders

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 12, 2018

The dollar traded lower versus major currencies in N.Y. on Wednesday, initially falling on the back of cooler U.S. PPI numbers, then dropping further as reports circulated that the U.S. and China would restart stalled trade talks in the next few weeks. The news saw the Greenback lose some of its safe-haven appeal. Risk-sensitive USD-JPY… Read more »

‘First look’ climate outlook released for Oct-Dec 2018

The ‘first-look’ October to December climate outlook issued today indicates large parts of Australia are likely to be drier than average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first look’ seasonal climate outlook for October to December. The post ‘First look’ climate outlook released for Oct-Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Dalby Sale 12 Sep 2018: Prices improve for most classes

Prices improved for most classes, with gains of over 30c/kg in places. The post Dalby Sale 12 Sep 2018: Prices improve for most classes appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Dalby Sale 12 Sep 2018: Prices improve for most classes

Movement at the Station – Properties listed for sale

Interest in Maranoa’s Organic certified Siwa | Interstate inquiry for western VIC’s Fernleigh | Wagga’s Birubi offers versatility | Tarcutta’s Lone Pine for auction | Phones running hot for Cowra’s Greenhills | Offers around $5.5m expected for Nangunia | Riverina’s extensive Lake Midgeon for tender | Pleasant View a powerhouse lamb enterprise | Guyra’s Tenterden… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 12, 2018

Both the Dollar and Yen have firmed up against most other currencies amid a backdrop of risk aversion in Asia, with the Japanese currency marginally outperforming the U.S. currency, seeing USD-JPY nudge lower after initially posting a one-week high in early Asia-Pacific dealings, at 111.65, with the pair then ebbing to the 111.45-50 area. The… Read more »

WAFarmers calls for live sheep export licences to be fast-tracked

WESTERN Australian farmers claim they are facing losses of up to $70 per Merino wether in price discounts and feed costs due to live export licence suspensions by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The post WAFarmers calls for live sheep export licences to be fast-tracked appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

New Zealand sheep mulesing laws “open the door” to world ban

NEW Zealand’s prohibition on surgical mulesing of sheep from next month has “opened the door” to the banning of the practice worldwide, according to Australian Wool Network managing director John Colley. The post New Zealand sheep mulesing laws “open the door” to world ban appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand… Read more »

Comprehensive drought info kit now available for grain farmers

A comprehensive Drought Information Kit for grain farmers enduring drought in many parts of Australia has been prepared by national representative body, GrainGrowers, and is now available on GrainGrowers’ website. The post Comprehensive drought info kit now available for grain farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Comprehensive drought info kit now… Read more »

Independent observers on every livex shipment from October: Littleproud

Paying $1300 a day for an independent observer to accompany every live export voyage is about to become the new cost of doing business for all livestock exporters, as part of the Federal Government’s crackdown on the trade in response to the Awassi Express sheep welfare crisis earlier this year. The post Independent observers on… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018

Onshore flow brought moderate falls to the east coast between central Queensland and northeastern New South Wales at the start of the week, while a low and a cold front produced moderate falls over southeastern Australia mid-week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Independent observers on every livex shipment from October: Littleproud

Paying $1300 a day for an independent observer to accompany every live export voyage is about to become the new cost of doing business for all livestock exporters, as part of the Federal Government’s crackdown on the trade in response to the Awassi Express sheep welfare crisis earlier this year. The post Independent observers on… Read more »

Dairy farmers hope mandatory code will improve milk price

The dairy industry may finally get a mandatory code of conduct, but the question is what difference it will make for farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers hope mandatory code will improve milk price

Kay’s Cuts: September’s shaky scenario for US beef

The US beef market continues to face ample supplies of market-ready cattle the rest of the year and into February, with numbers on feed on September 1 a record for the month, US columnist Steve Kay reports. Its led to the US posting another near-record month for beef exports in July, with spectacular performance into… Read more »

High lamb prices becoming a challenge for US retail outlets – MLA

RECENT high prices for Australian lambs reflect a constrained supply, especially of quality heavy lambs, but current rates are becoming a challenge for American retail outlets, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported. The post High lamb prices becoming a challenge for US retail outlets – MLA appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Gundagai Meat Processors celebrates business awards accolades

GUNDAGAI Meat Processors chief executive officer Will Barton has won the Outstanding Business Leader award at the 2018 Murray-Riverina Regional Business Awards. The post Gundagai Meat Processors celebrates business awards accolades appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Gundagai Meat Processors celebrates business awards accolades

Roma store 11 Sep 2018: Stronger demand in large female yarding

Steers experienced only quality related price changes. Medium and heavy weight yearling heifers improved in price while cows sold to a stronger demand. The post Roma store 11 Sep 2018: Stronger demand in large female yarding appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Roma store 11 Sep 2018: Stronger demand in large female… Read more »

Webinar: Salvaging frosted or droughted crops

An upcoming NSWDPI-hosted webinar will explore options for producers faced with salvaging frost-affected or drought-affected crops. Senior research officer John Piltz will discuss support tools to help in the decision making process, management required to minimise hay losses from crops and maximise feed quality for livestock, and how to minimise the risk of shed fires… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 11, 2018

The Dollar more than reversed intraday losses it saw against most currencies, and the USD index (DXY) was showing a fractional gain heading into the New York interbank open, at 95.28, up from the two-session low seen earlier at 94.88. EUR-USD concurrently fell by 50 pips to levels near 1.1590, leaving the 1.1644 two-session high… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales generally solid, despite the conditions

Prices and clearance rates for spring bull sales so far this year in both northern and southern Australia have generally been solid, despite the widespread drought and reduction in breeding cow numbers across NSW and parts of Queensland. Here’s our mid-season summary…. The post Weekly genetics review: Spring bull sales generally solid, despite the conditions… Read more »

New genetic technologies promise to deliver ‘AI on legs’

A new wave of genetic technologies may one day provide ‘artificial insemination on legs’ for the beef industry, a visiting US extension specialist told a University of Queensland audience recently. The post New genetic technologies promise to deliver ‘AI on legs’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central New genetic technologies promise to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 11, 2018

Dollar and Yen underperformance has been the main theme so far today, heading into the London interbank open, especially the Japanese currency, which is showing a 0.3% decline versus the Dollar, a 0.4% loss to the Euro and Australian Dollar and a decline of 0.5% against the Pound and Canadian Dollar. USD-JPY posted a four-session… Read more »

Tasman retail butchery network collapses, owing millions

One of Australia’s largest independent retail butchers, Tasman Market Fresh Meats, has collapsed, owing millions to creditors. In a clear sign of the tough trading conditions in domestic retail at present, the Tasman business, which operates 17 ‘warehouse’ format retail sites across Victoria, went into voluntary administration on Friday night. The post Tasman retail butchery… Read more »

ABARES cuts winter-crop estimate by 12pc in latest crop report

Australia’s total winter-crop production is forecast to drop 12 per cent nationally to 33.2 million tonnes (Mt), with production declines forecast in all eastern states, according to its latest periodic Australian crop report. The post ABARES cuts winter-crop estimate by 12pc in latest crop report appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ABARES… Read more »

WA crop outlook good, but drought bites hard in the east

A new report has laid out a grim forecast for east coast crop production, but rains have saved the day in Western Australia. Source: ABC Grain WA crop outlook good, but drought bites hard in the east

Warmer temps will bring new weed threats, US professor warns Aus farmers

It’s highly likely Australian farmers, like their counterparts overseas, will be dealing with weed issues in future they’re not aware of yet. The post Warmer temps will bring new weed threats, US professor warns Aus farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Warmer temps will bring new weed threats, US professor warns… Read more »

Train brings wheat from SA to NSW for feedlots, flour

Feedlots close to the New South Wales-Queensland border, as well as the flour-milling sector in Sydney, will absorb most of the 6000 tonnes of wheat now making its way to end users by rail from South Australia. The post Train brings wheat from SA to NSW for feedlots, flour appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Stockyard Wagyu entry claims Melbourne’s branded beef title

A sample representing Stockyard’s premium Wagyu beef brand Kiwami has been crowned 2018 Champion Meat at the Royal Melbourne Show’s Fine Food Awards, among some of the best known beef brands from across Australia. The post Stockyard Wagyu entry claims Melbourne’s branded beef title appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Stockyard Wagyu… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 10, 2018

FX trade was very quiet in N.Y. on Monday, with the only move coming early, when EU Brexit negotiator Barnier said a deal with the U.K. was possible. Cable shot up to one-month highs over 1.3050, dragging EUR-USD to 1.1616 highs in the process. USD-JPY remained inside of a minuscule 15-point range, bottoming at 111.03…. Read more »

Tips to maximise moisture-stressed wheat and canola crops

As the big dry continues, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) scientists have some tips for producers to explore how to best maximise opportunities from moisture-stressed wheat and canola crops. The post Tips to maximise moisture-stressed wheat and canola crops appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Tips to maximise moisture-stressed wheat and… Read more »

CTLX Carcoar 10 Sep 2018: Prices rise with rain

Following between 30mm and 45mm of rain throughout the drawing area young cattle to the restockers enjoyed a healthy rise lifting by up to 20c/kg. The post CTLX Carcoar 10 Sep 2018: Prices rise with rain appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central CTLX Carcoar 10 Sep 2018: Prices rise with rain

XE Market Analysis: Sterling and the Euro Rise on Hopes of a Brexit Deal

OVERVIEW The UK’s Pound Sterling surged to a 5 week high on hopes of a Brexit deal getting done. The Turkish Lira slips as economic growth dips. The Indian Rupee slumps as emerging market currencies weaken HIGHLIGHT European Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier sends the Pound to a 5 week high on news that he sees… Read more »

Wagga sale 10 Sep 2018: Prices fluctate with season on knife-edge

The cattle market at Wagga is still struggling to find its feet this spring. In a smaller offering of 3380, prices continued to fluctuate on quality and who was buying, as the season remains on a knife edge. The post Wagga sale 10 Sep 2018: Prices fluctate with season on knife-edge appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Elders Euroa agent takes Victoria’s best young auctioneer crown

Joe Allen of Elders, Euroa was announced as the 2018 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition winner today, topping a strong contingent of ten competitors from across the state who showcased their talent at the Victorian Livestock Exchange yards at Pakenham. The post Elders Euroa agent takes Victoria’s best young auctioneer crown appeared first on Beef… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 10, 2018

The Dollar has held steady versus the Yen while losing ground to a broadly firmer Euro, inspired by a rally in Italian assets on welcome signs of budgetary prudence on the part of the Italian government. EUR-USD rallied out of a three-week low at 1.1526 that was seen in early London trading to the upper… Read more »

New Zealand to ban mulesing as Australian option enters commercialisation

COMMERCIALISATION of an effective alternative to the surgical mulesing of sheep next year and a New Zealand ban next month could accelerate the phasing out of the practice in Australia. The post New Zealand to ban mulesing as Australian option enters commercialisation appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand to ban… Read more »

ACBH trialling sensor and satellite data in decision support dashboard + VIDEO

Sensors, drones, satellites and a digital analytics dashboard are being trialled by a large cattle producing company to make more objective decisions and predictions around pasture management, stocking rates and cattle turnoff. The post ACBH trialling sensor and satellite data in decision support dashboard + VIDEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

NSW shearer sets new world eight-hour Merino wether record of 373

NEW South Wales shearing contractor Steven Mudford has set a new world record of 373 Merino wethers shorn in an eight hour day. The post NSW shearer sets new world eight-hour Merino wether record of 373 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW shearer sets new world eight-hour Merino wether record of… Read more »

Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine

University of Southern Queensland’s executive, Professor Steven Raine, is being remembered by colleagues and affiliates as a driving force in agriculture, with particular impact in grains and cotton. The post Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine

China’s African Swine Fever outbreak could be ‘tip of the iceberg’, warns UN  

Independent analyst Simon Quilty provides this update on the recent African Swine Fever outbreak in China, and its potential to disrupt not only pork trade, but all animal proteins around the world. An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations in Bangkok last week highlighted the seriousness of the outbreak, which now looks like spreading… Read more »

GrainKing raises $55,000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service

Farm machinery manufacturer GrainKing will donate $55,000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service following the successful auction of a specially built, 40,000 litre Nyrex chaser bin. The post GrainKing raises $55,000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainKing raises ,000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service

MLA is making lamb consumption look ‘Too Easy’ for spring

MEAT & Livestock Australia has today launched its annual spring Lamb marketing campaign showing how easy it is to bring people together to share an Australian lamb meal. The post MLA is making lamb consumption look ‘Too Easy’ for spring appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central MLA is making lamb consumption look… Read more »

South Australian leads tough season sell-off on AuctionsPlus

SOUTH Australian producers led the seasonally driven online sheep and sell-off last week, as AuctionsPlus offered 60,841 head nationally, 5544 more than the previous week. The post South Australian leads tough season sell-off on AuctionsPlus appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central South Australian leads tough season sell-off on AuctionsPlus

Elders Euroa agent Josh Allen wins ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition

ELDERS Euroa stock agent Joe Allen has won the 2018 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition at Pakenham. Warrnambool agent Joshua McDonald from SKB Rodwells was runner-up at the competition, held recently at the Victorian Livestock Exchange. The post Elders Euroa agent Josh Allen wins ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Agtech: 10,000 head in large-scale remote stock monitoring project

About 10,000 cattle on properties and feedlots in NSW will be fitted with commercially-available eartag monitoring devices as part of the largest real-time cattle health pilot ever conducted in Australia. The post Agtech: 10,000 head in large-scale remote stock monitoring project appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Agtech: 10,000 head in large-scale… Read more »

Milk price and drought force an end to 100 years of dairying

After almost 100 years of dairying, the combination of low farm-gate milk prices and the drought has forced a Darling Downs farmer to pull the pin. Source: ABC Livestock Milk price and drought force an end to 100 years of dairying

Communities need more reassurance about the legacy left by coal seam gas wells

One of the key questions any industry must consider is: what is left behind when it is finished. For coal seam gas, this question is crucial, considering the thousands of CSG wells that have already been drilled, not to mention the many more that could potentially be drilled in the future. The post Communities need… Read more »

Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance

A $605,000 grant from the Australian Research Council will fund a project to look into identifying sorghum genes with improved heat tolerance, and incorporating them into new varieties. The post Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF… Read more »

Supermarket charges more for milk to support local farmers

A supermarket on the NSW south coast has increased the price of milk by 10 cents a litre and will donate the extra profit back to the farm gates of dairy farmers in the area. Source: ABC Livestock Supermarket charges more for milk to support local farmers

Campdraft Hero: Campdrafting is a family affair for national champion Pete Comiskey

When campdraft champion Pete Comiskey is not managing his cattle station or travelling the country for competitions, he’s training the next generation of riders and competitors – including his five-year-old son. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Campdraft Hero: Campdrafting is a family affair for national champion Pete Comiskey

Eggs recalled in Sydney after cluster of salmonella cases

The NSW Food Authority is investigating 23 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning as Glendenning Farm eggs are recalled from small independent supermarkets and retailers in Sydney. Source: ABC Livestock Eggs recalled in Sydney after cluster of salmonella cases

NSW continues to dominate AuctionsPlus offerings

Cattle numbers offered rose 5pc to 6321 head in sales on AuctionsPlus this week, with the majority of the offering again comprising young cattle coming out of droughted areas of NSW. Price trends on young cattle, both steers and heifers, were mixed, with lighter steers trending dearer, while lighter heifers were firm to softer. The… Read more »

The drought-affected farmer using music to fight depression

Allen Walsh’s farm has been bone-dry for 18 months and has had to sell his livestock, but using the power of folk music he has been able to stay positive through the devastating drought. Source: ABC Livestock The drought-affected farmer using music to fight depression

XE Market Analysis:The US Economy Conjures Up Strong Job Numbers Again

OVERVIEW Non-farm payroll jobs grew by 201k versus the 190k expected; and average hourly earnings up 0.4%. The Canadian Loonie remains under sustained pressure over NAFTA and poor employment report card. Oil futures slid lower, down 1.1% over fears of a global trade war. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis:The US Economy Conjures… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: The US Economy Conjures Up Strong Job Numbers Again

OVERVIEW -Non-farm payroll jobs grew by 201k versus the 190k expected; and average hourly earnings up 0.4% The Canadian Loonie remains under sustained pressure over NAFTA and poor employment report card. Oil futures slid lower, down 1.1% over fears of a global trade war. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: The US Economy… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 07, 2018

The Dollar is at near net unchanged levels heading into the New York interbank open, while the Pound is up over 0.5% versus the U.S. currency and the Australian dollar down by almost 0.5%. The UK’s currency was lifted after EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Barnier said that the EU is “open to discussing other backstops”… Read more »

Drought-hit farmers turn to cardboard boxes, insulated shed to give lambs a chance

Parents have slogged through sleepless nights for generations and survived the exhaustion that comes with round the clock feeding. But imagine 40 little mouths that demanded feeding five times a day. Source: ABC Livestock Drought-hit farmers turn to cardboard boxes, insulated shed to give lambs a chance

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 07, 2018

The Dollar majors have been mostly steady, though USD-JPY drifted to 16-day lows under 110.50 on safe haven demand for the Japanese currency while the Australian Dollar underperformed due to Australia’s exposure to China, which looks set to find the U.S. hiking tariff rates on another $200 bln worth of its exports. Obstacles remain in… Read more »

Agricultural careers perfect fit for people with autism

In Australia only about 40 per cent of autistic adults have a job, yet for one Australian pig farm a new program helping them employ people with autism has been a major boon. Source: ABC Livestock Agricultural careers perfect fit for people with autism

Ag minister Littleproud warns wool body AWI: “it’s time for personalities to leave”

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation and its chairman Wal Merriman have received their biggest warning yet from the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud to adopt all recommendations of AWI’s latest performance and governance review. The post Ag minister Littleproud warns wool body AWI: “it’s time for personalities to leave” appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Kimberley Pilbara welfare champions compete for 2018 livestock handling cup

For the third year in a row the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association (KPCA) Livestock Handling Cup – previously known as the Pilbara Livestock Handling Cup – is putting the stock handling skills of WA’s northern pastoral industry to the test.  The post Kimberley Pilbara welfare champions compete for 2018 livestock handling cup appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to rangeland goat duffers

QUEENSLAND Police has issued a warning to goat duffers after a man was recently imprisoned for two years for fraudently selling wild goats he had taken unlawfully. The post Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to rangeland goat duffers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Grain expensive but ‘gettable’

Anyone prepared to write a big cheque for grain can get supply into the most heavily traded grain market in Australia; with Darling Downs region wheat and barley expensive but gettable in the $450s now, in the $420s after harvest and sorghum in April is pegged in the $360s. The post Feedgrain Focus: Grain expensive… Read more »

Three key paddock decision dates to avoid becoming a ‘slow-boiled frog’

What does a 19th century fable about a frog in hot water have to do with grazing land management and drought? The post Three key paddock decision dates to avoid becoming a ‘slow-boiled frog’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Three key paddock decision dates to avoid becoming a ‘slow-boiled frog’

Cattle Council seeks meeting with Qld ALP on livex policy

Cattle Council of Australia president Howard Smith has sought a meeting with the Labor Party’s Queensland Division after a motion to phase-out livestock exports was endorsed at the ALP State Conference in Brisbane on the weekend. The post Cattle Council seeks meeting with Qld ALP on livex policy appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Health professionals encouraged to ask ‘So What’s For Dinner?’  

Translating dietary recommendations into the reality of preparing healthy food for the dinner plate is the focus of a new campaign launched by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), aimed at Australia’s health care professionals and ultimately consumers. The post Health professionals encouraged to ask ‘So What’s For Dinner?’   appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Australian wool price indicator holds, helped by exchange rate

AUSTRALIAN wool price indicator held firm this week, helped by exchange advantages for buyers and demand for the seasonally lower supply. The post Australian wool price indicator holds, helped by exchange rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool price indicator holds, helped by exchange rate

AWI makes an early call for on and off-farm wool research proposals

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will open its annual call for research development and extension proposals three months earlier than in previous years. The post AWI makes an early call for on and off-farm wool research proposals appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AWI makes an early call for on and off-farm wool research… Read more »

NSW remains in drought and southern Australia faces higher fire risk

ALMOST all of New South Wales remains in drought despite recent rainfall, and large parts of southern Australia face above normal bushfire potential over the coming months. The post NSW remains in drought and southern Australia faces higher fire risk appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW remains in drought and southern… Read more »

Turning 80 million tonnes of dung into paydirt for livestock producers

Dung beetles are the focus of a national research effort to turn 80 million tonnes of dung produced by Australian livestock each year into a multi-million dollar benefit to farmers. The post Turning 80 million tonnes of dung into paydirt for livestock producers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Turning 80 million… Read more »

Supermarkets hold biggest slice of Australia’s $2.9bn fresh bread market

Australia’s $2.9 billion fresh bread market is dominated by the two supermarket giants Woolworths Group and Coles Group who represent a combined 51.9 percent of the fresh bread market, according to the latest Roy Morgan results in the year to June 2018. The post Supermarkets hold biggest slice of Australia’s $2.9bn fresh bread market appeared… Read more »

Recruitment: How to make sure your next hire is right for the role

Recruiting for a new role on a team anywhere in the meat and livestock supply chain can be an arduous process, so making sure it is the right person for the team dynamic and the business is extremely important. While it is impossible to hire the right employee every time, there is a greater chance… Read more »

US food fight over what is meat

Missouri has become the first US state to pass a law preventing food producers from marketing products as meat if the food does not come from harvested livestock or poultry. Source: ABC Livestock US food fight over what is meat

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Sep 06, 2018

The Dollar index moved higher in N.Y. morning trade on Thursday, topping at 95.21, and up from opening lows of 94.94. Risk-off conditions along with U.S. political nervousness kept safe-haven flows alive. EUR-USD fell to 1.1606 from 1.1654 highs, while the risk sensitive USD-JPY bucked the trend, falling to 110.71 lows. Cable topped at 1.2961… Read more »

GrainCorp lifts FY18 earnings + seasonal update

GRAINCORP lifted its earnings guidance for the year ending 30 September 2018 to $255-$270 million, the company said in a statement to the ASX released this week. The post GrainCorp lifts FY18 earnings + seasonal update appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp lifts FY18 earnings + seasonal update

XE Market Analysis: NAFTA Remains in Intensive Care

OVERVIEW Forex investors are cautious as they watch to see if the US expected will follow up on President Trump’s promise to slap new taxes on Chinese imports   The Canadian Loonie is under pressure as NAFTA negotiations continue Gold adds nearly $8.00 to move back above $1,205 HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis:… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Sep 06, 2018

The Dollar traded mostly softer against most of the main currencies, while many emerging market currencies manged to hold their ground today following recent pronounced declines. Amid this was a subtheme of a generally softer Euro, although ranges were limited. Market participants are facing a slew of U.S. data releases due today and tomorrow, highlighted… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Sep 06, 2018

The Dollar has continued to trade mixed while the Yen traded generally firmer and the Australian Dollar underperformed amid a risk-off theme in global markets on concerns about emerging market fragility and the next round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. EUR-USD turned lower, back to the lower 1.1600s after posting a six-day high at… Read more »

JBS Great Southern supplier of year award winners shine

Just fractions of a point separated the top placegetters within JBS Australia’s Great Southern beef and lamb program supplier of the year awards announced in Melbourne on Friday night – illustrating how producers have responded to the program’s comprehensive feedback and price signals. The post JBS Great Southern supplier of year award winners shine appeared… Read more »

Through-chain collaboration underpins Great Southern brand program success

Drawing the livestock producer, processor and red meat customer closer together has been one of the key ingredients behind the success of JBS Australia’s Great Southern brand program, which celebrated its achievements with a gala awards dinner in Melbourne on Friday night. The post Through-chain collaboration underpins Great Southern brand program success appeared first on… Read more »

Major leucaena conference, tour program coming to Brisbane

Practical knowledge gained from three decades of research and experience on how to grow and graze leucaena will be shared by world leading scientists, researchers and producers at a major international conference to run from October 29 to November 3. The post Major leucaena conference, tour program coming to Brisbane appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

BeefUp Forums foster R&D ideas | Time to reconsider R&D/marketing levy split?

How do Australian cattle producers have a say on how their levy funds are spent for the purposes of Research and Devevelopment? One part of the answer is through the annual series of Beef Up and producer feedback forums held throughout the year across the country by the northern, southern and western Australian research committees…. Read more »

Sweet potato donations help farmers in drought

Sweet potato farmers are making the best of a market glut by sending surplus produce as livestock feed to aid drought-stricken farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Sweet potato donations help farmers in drought

Wheat rust outbreak could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) estimates a nation-wide outbreak of the wheat rust strain Ug99 could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion over 10 years. The post Wheat rust outbreak could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Wheat rust outbreak… Read more »

2018/19 Wheat variety master list released

As part of Wheat Quality Australia’s ongoing work to improve the competitiveness of Australia’s wheat industry, 12 newly classified wheat varieties and three feed varieties have been announced in the 2018 WQA Wheat Variety Master List – along with the removal of 38 old wheat varieties first flagged for removal in 2016. The post 2018/19… Read more »