Month: February 2020

Records re-set again in 23,677 head AuctionsPlus offering

The extraordinary cattle market conditions heading into March have again driven trading on AuctionsPlus to record throughput levels this week, re-set c/kg price records, and facilitated sales of cattle heading from one side of the continent to the other. Source: Beef Central Records re-set again in 23,677 head AuctionsPlus offering

Inside the island farm running cattle and sheep on swampland

Mundoo Island Station, the last property on the Murray-Darling river system, is a place like no other in Australia, with fresh and salt water on its borders and cattle wading between islands. Source: ABC Livestock Inside the island farm running cattle and sheep on swampland

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 28, 2020

The yen has remained underpinned by safe haven demand, with coronavirus anxiety at fever pitch. USD-JPY dove more than 0.6% in printing a 24-day low at 108.51. EUR-JPY fell over 0.8% to a three-day low at 119.68. AUD-JPY, widely seen as a forex market barometer of risk appetite and a liquid currency proxy on China,… Read more »

Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

New technologies will be prioritised in a bid to reduce Australia’s greenhouse emissions, the Energy Minister says, but environmentalists say the move is simply delaying real action. Source: ABC Livestock Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

National horse register to make animals more traceable enters planning stage

A working group is established to help create a National Horse Traceability Register, fulfilling one of 18 recommendations handed down by last year’s Senate inquiry and aimed at “protecting horses from neglect and cruelty while improving rider safety and national biosecurity”. Source: ABC Livestock National horse register to make animals more traceable enters planning… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 28, 2020

Risk-off positioning underpinned the yen while weighing on the dollar bloc and other currencies with a high beta characteristic, with coronavirus anxiety remaining full on. USD-JPY dove more than 0.6% in printing a 24-day low at 108.79. The pair has now declined by just over 3% from the high seen last week. EUR-JPY fell over… Read more »

Processor losses loom, as disconnect emerges between cattle and meat prices

With livestock and meat market prices moving sharply in opposite directions over the past month, substantial losses are looming for Australian beef processors this year, market analysts told an industry audience in Brisbane this morning. Source: Beef Central Processor losses loom, as disconnect emerges between cattle and meat prices

Craig Zonca to speak at Brisbane agribusiness networking event

ABC Radio personality and former Queensland Country Hour Craig Zonca will be the key note speaker at Young Agribusiness Rural Network’s first event for 2020, to be held in Brisbane on March 12. Source: Beef Central Craig Zonca to speak at Brisbane agribusiness networking event

Plan now, says Chris Howie in his February market wrap

PLANNING your next move in livestock is now more important than ever especially dealing with historically high prices, according to Agri Careers and Consultancy principal Chris Howie. Source: Sheep Central Plan now, says Chris Howie in his February market wrap

Australian Beef taking our Paralympians back to school

Australian Beef will play a key role in helping to educate school students about Paralympic sport, its core values and active lifestyles and healthy diets as the presenting partner of Paralympics Australia’s Paralympic Education Project (PEP), launched yesterday in Sydney.   Source: Beef Central Australian Beef taking our Paralympians back to school

Chris Howie’s market wrap – February 2020

“Grass fever” is a known medical condition in rural Australia – after it rains and the grass grows, we must buy livestock. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s market wrap – February 2020

Monaro Stationhand Challenge background details released

MORE details on the inaugural Monaro Stationhand Challenge next week have been released so contestants know what they are getting into and can prepare for the unique event. Source: Sheep Central Monaro Stationhand Challenge background details released

Wild dog and fox webinar to outline latest control tools

COLLABORATIVE wild dog and fox management strategies and the latest control tools will be outlined in a webinar/phone seminar next week. Source: Sheep Central Wild dog and fox webinar to outline latest control tools

South Australian pleads guilty to sheep cruelty charges

A SOUTH Australian sheep shearer pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty in the Horsham Magistrate’s Court this week. Source: Sheep Central South Australian pleads guilty to sheep cruelty charges

Wool growers seek federal help on short-term loan repayments

WOOL producers have sought the help of Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud to negotiate with brokers for leniency on short-term loan repayments while auctions are halted. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers seek federal help on short-term loan repayments

Ingham’s 1H20 profit of $26.2M down 69pc from 1H19

Ingham’s Group Limited has recorded a net profit after tax of $26.2 million in the half-year to 28 December, down 69 per cent on the corresponding first-half 2019 result. Source: Grain Central Ingham’s 1H20 profit of .2M down 69pc from 1H19

Oats reinvents itself as ‘rice’ to expand market opportunities

AEGIC has developed a processing method for transforming oats into “rice” in a bid to elevate oats from the breakfast table to becoming a go-to option for lunch and dinner. Source: Grain Central Oats reinvents itself as ‘rice’ to expand market opportunities

Feedlot projects look to value-add WA grain

Initiatives from private and listed companies as well as the Western Australian Government point to an increase in value-adding for grains in WA in coming years. The headline project is Harvest Road’s 40,000-head feedlot at Yathroo, which earlier this month received approval from the Mid-West Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel. Source: Beef Central Feedlot… Read more »

Recruitment: Seven ways to attract top talent to remote agribusinesses

Most rural and remote agribusiness operators will tell you that luring the best and brightest candidates away from big cities or regional centres is challenging. But there are plenty of things that can be done if employers are prepared to be creative with remuneration packages and can think outside the box. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 27, 2020

The Dollar index hit three-week lows in N.Y. on Thursday, printing 98.36 from opening levels near 98.70, before heading back over 98.60. Uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. drove the Dollar lower, and prompted another opening rout on Wall Street, which took the NASDAQ and DJIA into correction territory. Incoming data… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 27, 2020

Dollar weakness has been a feature, concurrent with the U.S. 10-year T-note yield hitting a fresh record low, while sterling and the Canadian dollar have also underperformed. The Australian dollar, meanwhile, managed a bounce from 11-year lows, and the yen and Swiss franc traded mixed, losing ground to an outperforming euro while gaining versus other… Read more »

World record price for UK working dog

American Wagyu breeder Brian Stamps this week paid a world working dog record price of £18,900, or about A$37,000, for a two year old black and white collie bitch offered in the UK. Source: Beef Central World record price for UK working dog

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 27, 2020

The dollar has been trading mostly softer, concomitantly with the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield posting a fresh record low in Asian trading, though the greenback still managed modest gains versus the Canadian dollar, which has underperformed as oil prices hit 14-month lows. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) printed a two-week low at 98.86, extending… Read more »

Victoria’s troubled Tabro beef processing plant may have found a buyer

A deal is understood to be close over a change of ownership for the troubled Tabro Meats Lance Creek beef processing facility in Victoria’s South Gippsland region. Source: Beef Central Victoria’s troubled Tabro beef processing plant may have found a buyer

Dalby conference next week focuses on intensive ag sector

Following the success of the 2018 Intensive Ag Conference, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise is hosting Protein 2020, bringing the intensive beef, pork, poultry and dairy sectors with the view to share best practice, advocate for common policy change and allow collaboration across the sectors. Source: Grain Central Dalby conference next week focuses on… Read more »

UK farmers set sights on 10t/ha wheat yields

Farmers in the UK are finding it hard to turn a profit on a national crop that averages 8.5t/ha, so they are mounting a concerted effort to lift production to at least 10t/ha. Source: Grain Central UK farmers set sights on 10t/ha wheat yields

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat-to-barley spread widens

Barley values have eased to where they now appear to be buying demand, while a tightening balance sheet has seen wheat trade steady to higher in most markets. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat-to-barley spread widens

Property: Qld buyer for Gulf’s Chinese-owned Wollogorang

An un-named Queensland buyer has signed contracts to purchase large-scale Gulf of Carpentaria district grazing properties Wollogorang and Wentworth, owned for the past four years by wealthy Chinese businessman Xingfa… Source: Beef Central Property: Qld buyer for Gulf’s Chinese-owned Wollogorang

BOM releases autumn 2020 climate outlook

Rainfall is likely to be above average in some southern regions in March and April and below average in parts of the north in March, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for autumn released today. Source: Sheep Central BOM releases autumn 2020 climate outlook

BOM releases autumn rainfall outlook

Rainfall is likely to be above average in some southern regions in March and April and below average in parts of the north in March, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for autumn released today. Source: Beef Central BOM releases autumn rainfall outlook

Meet Puggly, the orphaned echidna given a second chance at life

An orphaned echidna is going from strength to strength at the Alice Springs Desert Park after being found at a remote community, 200 kilometres south of the town. Source: ABC Livestock Meet Puggly, the orphaned echidna given a second chance at life

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 26, 2020

The Dollar index was steady in N.Y. trade on Wednesday, though ranges were relatively narrow. Market concern over the caronavirus ramped up after reports there were more new cases of the disease outside of China than inside China. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 26, 2020

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 26, 2020

The dollar bloc and most developing world currencies remained under pressure amid an ongoing fragile sentiment in global markets. The Australian dollar tumbled to fresh major-trend lows versus the U.S. dollar following a big miss in Q4 construction data out of Australia, which contracted 3.0% q/q versus the median forecast for -1.0%. Source: XE… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 26, 2020

The Australian dollar tumbled to fresh major-trend lows versus the U.S. dollar following a big miss in Q4 construction data out of Australia, which contracted 3.0% q/q versus the median forecast for -1.0%. The data suggests Q4 GDP may be weaker than expected, and that’s before the Q1 impact of the worst-in-decades wildfires, the sharp… Read more »

Movement at the Station – Property listings surge after recent rain

Well-watered country in Central QLD | Fertile soils and quality herd near Townsville | Two grazing blocks on offer in NSW’s far west | Productive New England country for auction Source: Beef Central Movement at the Station – Property listings surge after recent rain

$14m+ expected for New England showcase, Inverell Station

More than $14 million is expected for the blue-ribbon northern NSW grazing enterprise Inverell Station, being offered for sale under an expressions of interest campaign. Source: Beef Central m+ expected for New England showcase, Inverell Station

BOM says 'remarkable' ex-tropical cyclone Esther could re-intensify

After drenching Top End cattle stations, ex-tropical cyclone Esther could re-intensify and potentially loop back towards the Red Centre. Source: ABC Livestock BOM says ‘remarkable’ ex-tropical cyclone Esther could re-intensify

EvokeAG: Remote monitoring technology makes the leap into full commercial uptake

While there was a bewildering array of promising technologies on show at the EvokeAg event in Melbourne last week, many remain in start-up, development or pre-commercial stage. Harder to find were products or services that could be described as being in full-blown commercial use, but an exception was the Farmbot water monitoring technology, which is… Read more »

Feedback sought on new draft loading ramp standard

Livestock industry participants and farming communities are being invited to provide feedback to a draft national standard being developed for the design and construction of livestock ramps.  Source: Beef Central Feedback sought on new draft loading ramp standard

Reality check for agtech startups

Amidst the hype, polished pitches and slick branding of agtech startups at EvokeAG last week also came some words of wisdom from experience, and the reality check that any new innovation must still meet a genuine need if it is to become a commercial success. Source: Beef Central Reality check for agtech startups

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 February 2020

TROPICAL cyclone Esther produced heavy falls about the gulf coast in Queensland and the Northern Territory, while a trough brought heavy falls over the east coast, central, and southern inland Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 February 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 Feb 2020

Tropical cyclone Esther produced heavy falls about the Gulf Coast in Queensland and the Northern Territory, while a trough brought heavy falls over the east coast, central, and southern inland Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 Feb 2020

Better business management for seedstock producers

Well-known agribusiness advisors Ian McLean and Phil Holmes are planning to establish a business skills development group specifically tailored for seedstock producers, with a focus on genetics and marketing. Source: Beef Central Better business management for seedstock producers

Ridley 1H20 earnings at $30.7M, profit at $400,000

Ridley’s first-half 2020 profits have taken a hit to come in at $400,000, but its earnings at $30.7M are up marginally on the 2019 period. Source: Grain Central Ridley 1H20 earnings at .7M, profit at 0,000

RSPCA 'sorry' after euthanasing 11-week-old kitten without consent

A woman’s decision to take an 11-week-old kitten to the RSPCA Queensland Wacol hospital facility for treatment after it becomes ill ends in heartbreak, with Marshmellow euthanased without consent. Source: ABC Livestock RSPCA ‘sorry’ after euthanasing 11-week-old kitten without consent

Wild dog control in Victoria gets $840,990 boost from AWI

WILD dog and pest control in Victoria will be boosted by more than $840,000 in funding over the next three years from Australian Wool Innovation Source: Sheep Central Wild dog control in Victoria gets 0,990 boost from AWI

Wool auctions in doubt as Talman restores software

FIREFIGHTING of a different kind is underway today as the Australian wool auction systems software provider works frantically to restore services after a ransomware cyber attack. Source: Sheep Central Wool auctions in doubt as Talman restores software

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 25, 2020

The Dollar retreated again on Tuesday, largely driven lower by Fed rate cut expectations, with 25 basis points now fully priced into the Fed fund futures market. Incoming data weighed some on the greenback as well, as consumer confidence and the Richmond Fed index both missed expectations. Heightened fears of the spreading coronavirus tanked Wall… Read more »

Cyber attack threatens Australian wool sales and shipments

AUSTRALIA’S wool auction and export system has been threatened by a ransomware cyber attack on major industry software systems supplier Talman. Source: Sheep Central Cyber attack threatens Australian wool sales and shipments

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 25, 2020

The yen has picked up bids as stock markets in Europe sink and S&P 500 futures pared gains. A hiatus in risk aversion was seen for much of the Asian session before waning as markets in Europe struggled to shake off concerns about the economic impact the COVID-19 virus will have in Europe. USD-JPY ebbed… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 25, 2020

Markets have have found a more even keel amid a hiatus from the virus panic. Some market commentaries point to a Wall Street Journal report on progress in developing a vaccine to COVID-19 virus. There is also remains reasons for optimism. For one, comparisons with regular flu provides perspective: Total deaths from COVID-19 stand at… Read more »

Angus to explore Research Breeding Values for coat-type

The development of Coat Type Research Breeding Values has resulted from the analysis of coat scores for over 6000 Angus cattle as part of a collaborative partnership between Angus Australia and the School of Environmental and Rural Science at UNE. Wwhile research was required to confirm the relationship between coat type and traits associated with… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: How has genomics changed the breeder’s landscape?

The rapid uptake of genomics is creating big changes for breeders of Angus, Hereford, Brahman and Wagyu cattle, which have adopted the system. “It basically means increased accuracy for many cattle, better confidence in the breed averages, and a chance to more effectively rank sires within breeds/herds at selection time,” genetics editor Alastair Rayner writes… Read more »

Weekly kill: Southern grids rise 20c/kg, drawing closer to QLD offers

Direct consignment slaughter cattle prices in parts of southern Australia have lifted 20c/kg in the past week, drawing closer to rates being seen in Queensland as the rain effect continues to impact cattle prices and supply. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Southern grids rise 20c/kg, drawing closer to QLD offers

Why drought-busting rain depends on the tropical oceans

RECENT helpful rains dampened fire grounds and gave many farmers a reason to cheer. But much of southeast Australia remains in severe drought. Australia is no stranger to drought, but… Source: Beef Central Why drought-busting rain depends on the tropical oceans

Wagga sale 24 Feb 2020: Northern buyers add strength

Weaner steers returning to the paddock sold 20-40c dearer, the dearer price trend aided by stronger competition from northern store buyers. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 24 Feb 2020: Northern buyers add strength

Supermarket grainfed contracts hit record 680c/kg, but may go higher

Domestic grainfed forward contracts have shot to unprecedented levels this month, as supermarket groups like Coles and Woolworths battle to maintain beef supply in a dynamic and rapidly evolving 2020 cattle market. Source: Beef Central Supermarket grainfed contracts hit record 680c/kg, but may go higher

Time to tackle climate variability, emissions

The Australian grain industry needs to mitigate climate variability and reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of production to stay ahead of the game in a rapidly-changing world. Source: Grain Central Time to tackle climate variability, emissions

Perth Grains Research Update + PICS

More than 600 delegates have gathered in Perth to catch up on the latest developments in the grains industry at the 2020 GRDC Grains Research Update. Source: Grain Central Perth Grains Research Update + PICS

Rail blockades hinder grain exports from Canada

Rail blockades across Canada continue to paralyse grain movements, leaving export grain stranded on the nation’s Prairies and slashing grain export income by as much as US$7 million per day. Source: Grain Central Rail blockades hinder grain exports from Canada

This energy-efficient goat dairy runs on solar power, no kidding

When you buy your next block of cheese, it may have been produced using solar power — especially if it’s from a farm in the rolling hills of southern Tasmania. Source: ABC Livestock This energy-efficient goat dairy runs on solar power, no kidding

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 24, 2020

The Dollar was broadly lower in N.Y. on Monday, with losses coming despite the sharp risk-off backdrop due to the spike in non-China coronavirus cases. Profit taking was a feature after thee DXY was unable to test the 100.0 mark seen last week, and as EUR-USD failed to trade below the trend lows seen last… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 24, 2020

The dollar, yen and Swiss franc have outperformed amid a backdrop of tumbling stock markets, with risk aversion picking up on news of a continued rise in coronavirus infections outside China, particularly in South Korea, the Mideast and in Italy. Many countries in the Mideast have imposed travel restrictions, while the rise in infections in… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 24, 2020

The dollar, yen and Swiss franc have outperformed amid a backdrop of tumbling stock markets in Asia, with risk aversion picking up on news of a continued rise in coronavirus infections outside China, particularly in South Korea, the Mideast and in Italy. Many countries in the Mideast have imposed travel restrictions, while the rise in… Read more »

Cattle producers size up agtech opportunities at EvokeAg

Several groups of North Queensland cattle producers travelled from one end of the country to the other last week to find out first-hand what is happening in the agtech space. What did they find? Source: Beef Central Cattle producers size up agtech opportunities at EvokeAg

In case you missed it: beef news roundup mid-Feb 2020

Hard to keep up with the never ending stream of beef news headlines, blogs and social media posts rolling out 24/7? We keep an eye on what matters so you don’t have to  Source: Beef Central In case you missed it: beef news roundup mid-Feb 2020

Meat Business Women to launch national gender balance report

GLOBAL networking group, Meat Business Women, hopes to launch a global state of the nation report on current gender balance within the industry at the World Meat Congress in Cancun, Mexico on 12 June. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women to launch national gender balance report

Draft livestock ramp standard released for public comment

A DRAFT national standard for livestock ramps has been released for feedback, with submissions due by 27 April 2020. Source: Sheep Central Draft livestock ramp standard released for public comment

Wool body welcomes first national feral pig co-ordinator

PEAK body WoolProducers Australia has welcomed the appointment of Dr Heather Channon as Australia’s first national feral pig co-ordinator. Source: Sheep Central Wool body welcomes first national feral pig co-ordinator

Adelaide to host 2020 Livestock Genetics Forum

Genetics as a tool to help tackle variable climate – including what new traits are being investigated and how producers are changing their breeding programs – is just one of the topics for discussion at MLA’s 2020 Livestock Genetics Forum being held in Adelaide next month. Source: Beef Central Adelaide to host 2020 Livestock… Read more »

Crossbred and Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus

CROSSBRED and Merino ewe prices increased on AuctionsPlus last week, but ewe and wether lamb values dropped. Source: Sheep Central Crossbred and Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus

English shepherdess sells collie for world record price of A$37,000

A NEW world record for a sheep dog has been set with a collie bitch selling for £18,900 or just over A$37,000 at the Skipton Auction Mart in England last… Source: Sheep Central English shepherdess sells collie for world record price of A,000

Wool brokers’ centenary brings back memories

CENTENARY celebrations by Australia’s wool brokers last week brought back memories for Newstead grower Craig Hepburn — of the days when every serious producer came to town to see their… Source: Sheep Central Wool brokers’ centenary brings back memories

Plentiful fertiliser on-hand for winter cropping season

Ample supplies of fertiliser will be available to meet the expected demand over coming months as growers prepare for this season’s winter crop planting. Source: Grain Central Plentiful fertiliser on-hand for winter cropping season

Ballarat steer sale: ‘take no prisoners’ bidding in record sale

A “take no prisoners” bidding attitude described the intense competition that ensued at Ballarat on Friday, where agents offered a very high quality yarding of 5200 steers. Source: Beef Central Ballarat steer sale: ‘take no prisoners’ bidding in record sale

US cattlemen rally against return of Brazilian meat imports

Cattle producer representatives in the US are resisting moves to allow Brazilian beef to again re-enter the US market. Source: Beef Central US cattlemen rally against return of Brazilian meat imports

'Rain guilt': When outback rain becomes a touchy subject

Sex, politics, and religion are traditionally avoided as dinner conversation, but in Queensland there’s the emergence of ‘rain guilt’ — where you got some but your neighbours missed out. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Rain guilt’: When outback rain becomes a touchy subject

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 21, 2020

The USD took a hit in N.Y. trade on Friday, with the Dollar index falling to a four-session low after much weaker manufacturing and services PMIs. The DXY fell to 99.24, after opening at 99.75. The data knocked stock indices lower, sending cash scrambling into Treasuries, where yields were pressured. EUR-USD traded to highs over… Read more »

Brumbies pose bigger problem not addressed by feral animal cull

Fears that the wild horses that roam the Guy Fawkes River National Park in northern NSW could be targeted in a massive aerial culling program have been allayed, but exactly what should be done with the brumbies remains a sticking point for government agencies and animal advocates. Source: ABC Livestock Brumbies pose bigger problem… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Feb 21, 2020

The yen picked up safe have demand after tumbling sharply over the previous two days. Most stock markets rotated lower in Asia, and European bourses followed suit. New COVID-19 virus cases were reported in China, South Korea and elsewhere, which kept up the pressure on regional Asian currencies, while Japan’s flash PMI survey for February… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Feb 21, 2020

The yen picked up safe have demand after tumbling sharply over the previous two days. Most stock markets rotated lower in Asia after Wall Street closed in the negative. New COVID-19 virus cases were reported in China, South Korea and elsewhere, which kept up the pressure on regional Asian currencies, while Japan’s flash PMI survey… Read more »

Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Coalition Government appointees to the Fair Work Commission have been overwhelmingly frozen out of significant Full Bench determinations over the past three years, according to new analysis. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Transporters push for own FMD-style income smoothing scheme

Calls for the Australian Government to establish an income smoothing scheme for rural transport businesses, similar to the Farm Management Deposit scheme used by farming businesses across the country, are being led by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association. Source: Beef Central Transporters push for own FMD-style income smoothing scheme

AuctionsPlus numbers hit all-time record, as market goes into overdrive

Driven by the rain-fuelled boom in cattle prices, cattle numbers offered on AuctionsPlus have hit an all-time record this week, as vendors seek to cash-in on buyer momentum. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus numbers hit all-time record, as market goes into overdrive

Live export prices push back toward record highs

Northern export prices are nudging back toward record levels as cattle supplies run scarce ahead of the first mustering round of the season, likely to still be a month away. Source: Beef Central Live export prices push back toward record highs

Feedgrain Focus: Barley eases but wheat, sorghum hold ground

Barley values have come under pressure this week from increased supply to the domestic market, but wheat and sorghum have traded steady to slightly higher as traders and consumers endeavour to figure out where new-crop prospects are heading. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley eases but wheat, sorghum hold ground

Dubbo sale 20 Feb 2020: Restockers, processors tussle for cows

Northern, southern, and local restockers push the processors out on the plainer conditioned cows resulting in those plainer cows selling at firm rates while the better conditioned heavier weight cows to the processors were 15c/kg cheaper, which is in line with all other major markets for the week. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 20… Read more »

EvokeAg speakers explore barriers to agtech uptake

CHALLENGES surrounding the adoption of ag technologies by producers surfaced during discussion at a number of panel sessions held during Melbourne’s EvokeAg event this week. Source: Sheep Central EvokeAg speakers explore barriers to agtech uptake

$20m GIC payout to wool growers set for March

PAYMENTS to Australian wool growers from the liquidation of the Graziers’ Investment Company are expected to be made next month. Source: Sheep Central m GIC payout to wool growers set for March

Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Coalition Government appointees to the Fair Work Commission have been overwhelmingly frozen out of significant Full Bench determinations over the past three years, according to new analysis. Source: Beef Central Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Feb 20, 2020

The DXY topped at 99.91 into the N.Y. open on Thursday, levels last seen in April of 2017. The Dollar pulled back some through the morning session, though later headed back to near trend highs. Incoming U.S. data, including a better Philly Fed index, and in-line jobless claims had little FX market impact. Risk-off conditions… Read more »