Month: January 2020

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 31, 2020

The yen lifted as risk aversion re-emerged during the London morning after a somewhat non-committal session in Asia. European stock markets came under pressure while S&P 500 futures racked up a loss of over 0.5%. The UK reported its first test-positive cases of the novel coronavirus, and increasingly draconian measures are being announced in attempts… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 31, 2020

Risk-off positioning in currencies came to an uncertain pause, amid a backdrop of sputtering stock markets amid continuing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in and out of China, and the economic-damaging impact that efforts to contain the contagion is having. USD-JPY edged out a two-day high as the Japanese currency saw some of… Read more »

Farming and construction cited at WorkSafe ad blitz launch

VICTORIA’S Labor Government has highlighted the farming and construction sectors as it portends increased inspections to enforce new laws that can jail employers responsible for a workplace death for up to 20 years. Source: Sheep Central Farming and construction cited at WorkSafe ad blitz launch

Buyers and Elders’ Gippsland wool growers support Helimed

GIPPSLAND wool growers and Elders have enjoyed strong buyer support to raise $13,450 for the Helimed Ambulance Auxiliary in the latest charity wool auction. Source: Sheep Central Buyers and Elders’ Gippsland wool growers support Helimed

Aussie meat judging team reserve champions in US competition

The Australian National Meat Judging team has won a swag of awards at the American National Western Stock Show competition in Denver, Colorado. Source: Beef Central Aussie meat judging team reserve champions in US competition

Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

ARTC’s route and engineering proposals for Inland Rail as it crosses the Condamine and Macintyre floodplains pose unacceptable risks, a Federal Government committee hearing on Wednesday in Millmerran was told. Source: Beef Central Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

Red meat white paper: Where is it up to, and what’s next?

Work to streamline and modernise Australia’s red meat industry leadership and levy bodies is making clear progress, but it is still unclear if 2020 will be the year long-sought industry reform is achieved. Source: Beef Central Red meat white paper: Where is it up to, and what’s next?

Recruitment: How to encourage ‘frank and fearless’ feedback

SENIOR staff members bring considerable experience and insight to your business. If you only tap into those insights during their annual review, you’re missing opportunities to fully utilise their capabilities. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: How to encourage ‘frank and fearless’ feedback

Feedgrain Focus: Values hold on patchy rain, firm offers

Price softness in the national domestic feedgrain market is yet to be seen as offers out of Western Australia on wheat and barley firm on export demand, and an unaltered sorghum supply situation in the near term. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values hold on patchy rain, firm offers

Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

ARTC’s route and engineering proposals for Inland Rail as it crosses the Condamine and Macintyre floodplains pose unacceptable risks, a Federal Government committee hearing on Wednesday in Millmerran was told. Source: Grain Central Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

Dubbo sale 30 Jan 2020: Another week of stronger markets

For the month of January we have seen large rises in all sections of the cattle market for example cows are almost 60c dearer for the month and feeder steers have gained 48c and grown steers 20c/kg. The feeder heifers were the large winners gaining 70c/kg for the month. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale… Read more »

Bull breeders press on with autumn sales, despite bushfire impact

Some seedstock producers preparing bulls for upcoming annual autumn sales fixtures are pressing on with their sales, despite being hit hard by recent bushfires. Source: Beef Central Bull breeders press on with autumn sales, despite bushfire impact

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – January 2020

Chris Howie wraps up the State of the season one month into 2020, and strategies for producers considering livestock purchases for trading or restocking leading towards autumn and into winter. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – January 2020

Live sheep export numbers rebound despite northern summer trade ban

The number of live sheep exported from Australia is increasing despite a mid-year trade ban, but a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the industry’s future. Source: ABC Livestock Live sheep export numbers rebound despite northern summer trade ban

Bee colony collapse could be prevented with GM bacteria

Researchers have genetically modified a bacterium that only occurs in the gut of honey bees, to fight Varroa mite and deformed-wing virus — two key causes of colony collapse. Source: ABC Livestock Bee colony collapse could be prevented with GM bacteria

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 30, 2020

After printing six-consecutive higher daily highs, the DXY pulled back some in N.Y. trade on Thursday. The Greenback perked up slightly following the in-line U.S. GDP and jobless claims outcomes, though headed mostly lower from there. Month-end related USD selling was noted, though coronavirus related save-haven flows into the Dollar, should limit downside going forward…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 30, 2020

Risk-of positioning has driven the yen and Swiss franc higher while weighing on the dollar bloc and many developing-world currencies. Reported cases of the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise, and the economic consequences of the measures being taken to limit the contagion (extended Chinese holiday, drastic cuts in travel, among others), have dominated in market… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 30, 2020

Risk-of positioning has driven the yen and Swiss franc higher while weighing on the dollar bloc and many developing-world currencies. Reported cases of the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise, and the economic consequences of the measures being taken to limit the contagion (extended Chinese holiday, drastic cuts in travel, among others), have dominated in market… Read more »

Genetics: Making gains with selection for docility

One of the traits that beef producers place a high level of importance on when making selection decisions, if not the most important trait, is temperament. This significance was highlighted in a recent survey of 1200 beef producers across Australia which found temperament was the most important trait when selecting replacement bulls. Source: Beef… Read more »

Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Australia’s red meat industry reform process would suffer a serious setback if under pressure Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie is forced to leave the porfolio, industry representatives fear. Source: Beef Central Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Australian agriculture faces ‘multi-year rebuild’: Rabobank

An “extremely challenging” year is ahead for Australian agriculture with production and farmgate revenues likely to remain weak, according to Rabobank’s Agribusiness Outlook 2020 report. Source: Grain Central Australian agriculture faces ‘multi-year rebuild’: Rabobank

Dalby sale 29 Jan 2020: Market lifts 20-30c on rain

Rain across some districts lifted the enthusiasm of a large number of cattle producers, resulting in prices improving across a number of classes. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 29 Jan 2020: Market lifts 20-30c on rain

Pioneering project allows smaller graziers to earn carbon credits for first time

Carbon project developer, Natural Carbon is partnering with cattle station operator, Paraway Pastoral Company, and the carbon market specialists Corporate Carbon, on a national ‘herd aggregation’ project – giving smaller graziers a first opportunity to participate in the Australian carbon market. Source: Beef Central Pioneering project allows smaller graziers to earn carbon credits for first… Read more »

Export waste ban forces new approach to fertiliser bag disposal

Looming environmental regulations and new state laws already in place are building pressure on the Australian fertiliser industry to effectively manage waste and recyclable packaging. Source: Grain Central Export waste ban forces new approach to fertiliser bag disposal

Business EDGE training now covers Australia

Red meat producers across Australia have the opportunity to grow their business skills and financial understanding with MLA’s popular Business EDGE workshop available nationally in 2020. Source: Beef Central Business EDGE training now covers Australia

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 29, 2020

FX trade was quiet ahead of the FOMC announcement, with narrow ranges holding for the major USD pairings. The dollar firmed up ever so slightly following the Fed announcement, where there were no changes to policy, as widely expected. USD-JPY edged to session highs of 109.25 from just under 109.20, as EUR-USD dipped to 1.0998… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 29, 2020

The yen and Swiss franc settled at softer levels amid a paring back in risk-off positioning. Markets are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, and have found some comfort from the increasingly extensive efforts of China and other nations to contain its spread. The World Health Organization will be holding a press conference at 14:00 GMT… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 29, 2020

The yen and Swiss franc have settled at softer levels amid a paring back in risk-off positioning. Markets are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, and have found some comfort from the increasing extensive efforts of China and other nations to contain its spread. Equity markets on Wall Street yesterday, and Asian bourses today, have managed… Read more »

China’s coronavirus outbreak will impact beef and cattle trade

Red meat and live cattle exporters are bracing for an impact in demand for Australian beef in China following the coronavirus epidemic, in the latest chapter in what has been a wild ride for export beef prices over the past four months.   Source: Beef Central China’s coronavirus outbreak will impact beef and cattle trade

RSPCA hits back at claims about accommodating volunteers on Kangaroo Island

The RSPCA has been inundated with thousands of requests from people looking to volunteer on Kangaroo Island, but is being accused by some of seeking handouts from those impacted by the fires. Source: ABC Livestock RSPCA hits back at claims about accommodating volunteers on Kangaroo Island

Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

A major restructure looms for the Australian dairy industry, however some state-based advocacy organisations are concerned the proposal misses the mark. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

Vic Govt funds fencing upgrades following fires

The Victorian Government has today announced assistance for landholders in bushfire-affected communities to repair damaged or destroyed fences between private land and National Parks, State Parks and State forests. The… Source: Beef Central Vic Govt funds fencing upgrades following fires

Greenham donates $250,000 to bushfire recovery

Victorian and Tasmanian beef processor HW Greenham is the latest in a long list of meat and livestock industry stakeholders who have made considerable donations to the bushfire recovery cause.    Source: Beef Central Greenham donates 0,000 to bushfire recovery

Roma store sale 28 Jan 2020: Prices lift with rain

A combination of the rain, and the reduced supply resulted in prices improving across most classes. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 28 Jan 2020: Prices lift with rain

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 January 2020

Moderate falls reported across northern and eastern Australia, while a tropical low and trough brought moderate to heavy falls to northern Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 January 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 Jan 2020

Moderate falls reported across northern and eastern Australia, while a tropical low and trough brought moderate to heavy falls to northern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 29 Jan 2020

Third party tipped to buy Agfarm as Nutrien consolidates

Nutrien Ag Solutions and CHS Inc are set to sell cropping financer and grain marketer Agfarm as Nutrien looks to further consolidate its Australian portfolio. Source: Grain Central Third party tipped to buy Agfarm as Nutrien consolidates

EYCI’s sharp rally continues, hitting two-year high

The eye-catching rally in saleyards cattle prices this week pushed the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator to a new two-year high yesterday. Source: Beef Central EYCI’s sharp rally continues, hitting two-year high

Australian wool market falters as coronavirus impact spreads

AUSTRALIA’S wool market could be negatively impacted for months by China’s spreading coronavirus outbreak, with the extension of the country’s civil and business lockdown. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market falters as coronavirus impact spreads

Recruitment: How to improve employee engagement

Employee engagement levels can have a significant impact on the productivity and overall success of operations in any industry. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: How to improve employee engagement

Aussie dollar hits four-month low

Concerns over the economic impact of China’s coronavirus outbreak is the latest factor in a 4pc decline in the value of the Aussie dollar since the end of 2019. Source: Beef Central Aussie dollar hits four-month low

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 28, 2020

The DXY printed near two-month highs of 98.25 in N.Y. trade on Tuesday, with the Dollar finding support on solid incoming U.S. data. Durable orders rose more than expected, while consumer confidence printed better than consensus forecasts as well. The markets took a break from coronavirus panic, allowing Wall Street and Treasury yields to rise,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 28, 2020

The yen has rebounded during the London morning session after softening in Asia, though remains below highs seen yesterday. Risk-off positioning has cooled off, though investor sentiment clearly remains wary, faced with the epistemological “known unknown” conundrum of how bad and how widespread, and how economically damaging, will the prevailing outbreak of the coronavirus stemming… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 28, 2020

The yen and Swiss franc softened, paring some of the safe-haven premiums built up in recent sessions, as the pace of risk-off positioning came off the boil, with Asian stock markets managing to pare intraday losses, although remaining well in the red. S&P 500 futures also managed to rebound by 0.6% after the cash version… Read more »

Weekly kill: Cattle prices surge, as long-weekend rain impact starts to soak-in

Priceless rain across large parts of eastern and northern Australia over the past week has created a new dynamic in the red meat industry’s slaughter cattle supply/demand equation, but it is still too early to determine how long-lasting and profound the change is. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Cattle prices surge, as long-weekend rain… Read more »

MLA draws heat as new lamb ad misses Australia Day

Meat & Livestock Australia has launched its summer lamb campaign weeks later than its usual widely anticipated pre-Australia Day promotion launch, prompting criticism it has “missed the mark” for holiday sales. Source: Beef Central MLA draws heat as new lamb ad misses Australia Day

Biosecurity Queensland rejects charity's claim over feeding starved horses

The founder of a Queensland animal welfare charity says Biosecurity Queensland told her to let eight malnourished horses on a Darling Downs property starve, but a spokesperson for the agency describes that claim as “false”. Source: ABC Livestock Biosecurity Queensland rejects charity’s claim over feeding starved horses

Global feed survey reveals first production decline in nine years

The 2020 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage decreased by 1.07% to 1.126 billion metric tons of feed produced last year, due largely to African swine fever (ASF) and the decline of pig feed in the Asia-Pacific region. Source: Beef Central Global feed survey reveals first production decline in nine years

MLA decides to ‘share the lamb’ after Australia Day + VIDEO

MEAT & Livestock Australia has launched its summer lamb campaign weeks later than its usual widely anticipated pre-Australia Day promotion launch, prompting criticism it has “missed the mark” for holiday sales. Source: Sheep Central MLA decides to ‘share the lamb’ after Australia Day + VIDEO

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 27, 2020

The Dollar was mostly higher in N.Y. trade on Monday, with gains driven by noted save-haven flows. The uncertainty of the coronavirus threat took U.S. Treasuries sharply higher, while weighing on other risk assets such as oil. Wall Street turned deep into the red, following the path of global equities seen overnight. Incoming data was… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 27, 2020

Safe-have currencies rose while currencies with a higher beta characteristic, including the dollar block units and developing-world currencies, underperformed. This came amid fears that the coronavirus is growing, with both the number and geographical spread of reported cases increasing, along with evidence that the virus is mutating and more aggressive than the SARS outbreak in… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 27, 2020

Risk-off has taken a grip amid fears that the coronavirus is going likewise, with both the number and geographical spread of reported cases increasing, along with evidence that the virus is mutating and more aggressive than the SARS outbreak in 2003. Market conditions were thinned in Asia with China and Hong Kong, along with South… Read more »

'They deserve a medal': Truck convoy brings hay to fire-ravaged farms

When bushfires hit the Victorian town of Buchan, people and kangaroos jumped in the river to survive. Weeks later, the generosity of Australians is still pouring in to help the small community get back on its feet. Source: ABC Livestock ‘They deserve a medal’: Truck convoy brings hay to fire-ravaged farms

Australian meat judging team's successful tour of America

Australia’s national meat judging team has been touring the United States this month, with members getting to see a lot more of the beef industry than just carcasses in a cool room. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Australian meat judging team’s successful tour of America

Ag achievers recognised in 2020 Australia Day awards

A former National Farmers Federation president, the current AgForce Queensland president, and Australia’s first indigenous woman to manage a cattle station station are among identities from the agricultural sector to receive Australia Day Awards in 2020. Source: Grain Central Ag achievers recognised in 2020 Australia Day awards

Strong bidding activity and higher prices on AuctionsPlus, in wake of rain

Strong bidding activity continued to be seen on AuctionsPlus this week in the wake of widespread rain, with clearance rates finishing at 85pc. Cow & calf units increased by $280 compared with last week, while steers 200-280kg averaged 366c, up 37c. Source: Beef Central Strong bidding activity and higher prices on AuctionsPlus, in wake… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 24, 2020

The Dollar and Yen rallied modestly in N.Y. trade on Friday, with safe-haven buying the main driver into the weekend. Nerves were ramped up some as the coronavirus outbreak appeared to have worsened. More cities on lockdown in China, along with reports that a second U.S. case was identified, saw stocks and Treasury yields tumble…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 24, 2020

The yen has steadied at softer levels. There was a general lack of direction in Asian markets while European stock markets and U.S. index futures posted gains. China, Taiwan and South Korea markets were closed for Lunar New Year holidays, with the former two now closed through to the end of next week. Markets are… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 24, 2020

Narrow ranges have been seen in currency markets in sympathy with directionless trading in stocks and other markets. China, Taiwan and South Korea markets were closed for Lunar New Year holidays, with the former two now closed through to the end of next week. Markets have hunkered down, waiting to see how well China and… Read more »

Recruitment: How to improve employee engagement

Employee engagement levels can have a significant impact on the productivity and overall success of operations in any industry. Because most projects rely on continuity and collaboration between workers with different kinds of skills, it is necessary for them to be fully engaged in order to be most efficient. Here’s some tips for improving employee… Read more »

Small steps, as NT begins rebuilding process after two years of savage drought

Small inflows of livestock are likely to be directed into the Northern Territory pastoral zone over coming months, as the region begins its long and arduous recovery phase after two years of severe drought. Source: Beef Central Small steps, as NT begins rebuilding process after two years of savage drought

Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

ONE of southern Australia’s largest livestock exporting operations has changed hands, with Nutrien Ag Solutions’ sale today of its Landmark International business. Source: Sheep Central Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

Dubbo sale 23 Jan 2020: Quality drives dearer market despite dust

All sections were dearer in a much better-quality yarding on a day that could only be described as dreadful with hot gusty winds and a genuine solid dust storm. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 23 Jan 2020: Quality drives dearer market despite dust

Feedgrain Focus: Prices hold after rain

Prices for wheat and barley have firmed in the past week, with patchy rain across eastern Australia’s summer-cropping regions doing nothing to alter the domestic supply outlook over coming months. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices hold after rain

Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

Ownership of one of Southern Australia’s largest livestock exporting operations has changed hands with Nutrien Ag Solutions announcing the sale today of its Landmark International business. Source: Beef Central Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

Recruitment: How to improve employee engagement

Employee engagement levels can have a significant impact on the productivity and overall success of operations in any industry. Because most projects rely on continuity and collaboration between workers with different kinds of skills, it is necessary for them to be fully engaged in order to be most efficient. Here’s some tips for improving employee… Read more »

Rollercoaster wool prices disrupt orderly marketing

THE rollercoaster spot wool market continued this week, maintaining disruption along the pipeline. Source: Sheep Central Rollercoaster wool prices disrupt orderly marketing

NAPCo confirms purchase of Clark & Tait’s Mantuan Downs + VIDEO

In one of Queensland’s biggest property sales seen in the past 12 months, the North Australian Pastoral Co has confirmed its purchase of extensive Central Queensland grazing property Mantuan Downs near Springsure. Source: Beef Central NAPCo confirms purchase of Clark & Tait’s Mantuan Downs + VIDEO

Wool price drop tempered by renewed top maker interest

WOOL prices consolidated downward in Australian auctions this week, although helped by renewed top maker interest. Source: Sheep Central Wool price drop tempered by renewed top maker interest

NZ shearing quartet set new women’s record of 2066 lambs

A FOUR-STAND women’s shearing record of 2066 lambs in nine hours yesterday has been lauded by one of the greatest of record-breakers as one of the great moments in shearing in New Zealand. Source: Sheep Central NZ shearing quartet set new women’s record of 2066 lambs

Delegate plans first Monaro Stationhand Challenge

STATION hands of all ages will get to test their skills for a cash and prize pool valued at $2500 in the inaugural Monaro Stationhand Challenge at the Delegate show in March. Source: Sheep Central Delegate plans first Monaro Stationhand Challenge

Lamb prices lift before Australia Day on quality, rain and hope

SLAUGHTER lamb prices pushed closer to an indicator level of 800 cents a kilogram this week, months earlier than last year, as saleyard trade and heavy line prices generally rose by $5-$25 a head. Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices lift before Australia Day on quality, rain and hope

Police investigate hay fraud targeting farmers

NSW Police’s Rural Crime investigators have established Strike Force Woden to investigate reports of a fraud currently targeting farmers from drought-stricken communities across NSW. Source: Grain Central Police investigate hay fraud targeting farmers

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 23, 2020

The Dollar index touched one-month highs of 97.80 in N.Y. trade on Thursday, though major USD pairings were mixed overall. EUR-USD pulled back to 1.1036 in morning trade, weighed by an ECB meeting which indicated no end in sight to the ultra-easy policy stance. USD-JPY fell to two-week lows of 109.26 as risk-off conditions prevailed,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 23, 2020

Sentiment remained fickle, with a 3%-plus dive in China’s bellwether leading a sharply risk-off session in Asia markets, while the mood during in European markets was more measured, with the main indices, and U.S. index futures, holding near flat. This backdrop saw the yen and Swiss franc rally to fresh highs before both currencies settled…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 23, 2020

The yen rallied as Asian stock markets dropped quite sharply, led by a 3%-plus plunge in China’s bellwether CSI 300 index amid concerns about contagion (and mutation) of the coronavirus, with concerns remaining, despite Beijing’s best efforts, that the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday period will accelerate its spread. USD-JPY dropped to a 10-day low… Read more »

Not exactly vegetarian, nor animal protein: Meet flexitarian food

Blended animal protein and plant-based products that align with the so-called flexitarian diet principles are increasingly finding their way onto supermarket shelves in Australia and overseas. Source: Beef Central Not exactly vegetarian, nor animal protein: Meet flexitarian food

Bushfire livestock loss estimates downgraded

Estimates of livestock losses caused by Eastern Australia’s December/January bushfires have been downgraded. Source: Beef Central Bushfire livestock loss estimates downgraded

Hail destroys CSIRO glass houses, sets back vital crop research

A massive hail storm that hit Canberra on Monday destroyed 63 glass houses at the CSIRO’s Black Mountain centre, wrecking important plant trials and setting back crop research programs by 12 months or more. Source: Grain Central Hail destroys CSIRO glass houses, sets back vital crop research

How plant-based meat scientists tried to block pro-red meat study

NEW light has been shed on the lengths taken by scientists with links to the plant-based-meat movement last year to – unsuccessfully – block the publication of scientific research which highlighted the weakness of evidence behind recommendations to eat less meat. Source: Beef Central How plant-based meat scientists tried to block pro-red meat study

Dalby sale 22 Jan 2020: Rain lifts mosts classes

Steer and heifer calves improved the most, while light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 31c/kg better. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 22 Jan 2020: Rain lifts mosts classes

Transparency in fodder and grain supply data needed

Greater transparency in grain and hay stocks information would assist bushfire and drought recovery as well as supply chain sustainability and livestock market volatility, according to supporters of a national database concept. Source: Grain Central Transparency in fodder and grain supply data needed

EYCI’s sharp rise driven by recent rain

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator has started 2020 with a sharp rise, lifting 33c/kg in the past week off the back of widespread rainfall across New South Wales and Queensland. Source: Beef Central EYCI’s sharp rise driven by recent rain

Dead carp find potential as fertiliser, feed

Researchers at Curtin University in Western Australia have found that dead carp could be used successfully in a range of ways, from fertiliser to feed. Source: Grain Central Dead carp find potential as fertiliser, feed

$4m grant round to enhance food chain traceability

The Federal Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain. Source: Grain Central m grant round to enhance food chain traceability

Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

AGRICULTURE Victoria has introduced a livestock tagging exemption to help bushfire-affected Victorian producers who move their sheep, goats or cattle for sale, agistment or slaughter. Source: Sheep Central Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jan 22, 2020

The FX market remained quiet in N.Y. on Wednesday, leaving most Dollar pairings little changed. The DXY was lifted slightly in early trade, later giving back its gains. Wall Street was choppy, though higher through the day. Treasury yields pulled back slightly, on a bit of residual sage-haven flows on the back of the coronavirus… Read more »

Wet-season storms drop 'best rain in years' across Territory cattle country

Wet-season storms have delivered much-needed rain across Top End cattle country, with drought-affected Barkly producers among those to benefit from the downpour. Source: ABC Livestock Wet-season storms drop ‘best rain in years’ across Territory cattle country

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jan 22, 2020

The dollar has traded mostly firmer amid a fickle sentiment backdrop in global markets, which turning more cautious in Europe after a bullish session across Asian stock markets, which had been fostered by the swift and transparent response of China to the coronavirus outbreak. Some market commentaries have been highlighting that this contrasts to Beijing’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jan 22, 2020

The dollar has traded steady-to-firmer amid a revival in risk appetite in global markets, brought about by the swift and transparent response of China to the coronavirus outbreak. Some market commentaries have been highlighting this contrasts to Beijing’s initial cover-up of the SARS outbreak back in 2003. This underpinned stock markets in Asia while pushing… Read more »

AMG completes deal to purchase Cootamundra abattoir

VETERAN meat processor Joe Catalfamo’s Australian Meat Group has confirmed its purchase of the mothballed Cootamundra beef and sheepmeat abattoir on the NSW southwest slopes. AMG managing director Gilbert Cabral… Source: Sheep Central AMG completes deal to purchase Cootamundra abattoir

AMG completes deal to purchase Cootamundra abattoir

Veteran meat processor Joe Catalfamo’s Australian Meat Group has confirmed its purchase of the mothballed Cootamundra beef and sheepmeat abattoir on the NSW southwest slopes. Source: Beef Central AMG completes deal to purchase Cootamundra abattoir

Eastern rains prompt fodder action, but aren’t drought-breaking

THE national rainfall map for the past week paints an uplifting picture, particularly for the drought-stressed farming regions of Queensland and New South Wales where there have been widespread, but patchy falls. Source: Sheep Central Eastern rains prompt fodder action, but aren’t drought-breaking

Proposed wool declaration changes generate mixed reaction

MORE opposition and some support for proposed changes to mulesing status definitions on Australia’s National Wool Declaration has emerged as an industry consultation period continues. Source: Sheep Central Proposed wool declaration changes generate mixed reaction