Month: March 2020

XE Market Analysis: North America – Mar 31, 2020

The dollar has traded firmer for a second day, rebounding from recent underperformance, which had been a reflection of the Fed’s aggressive actions to satiate demand for dollars. More broadly, global markets have settled in what are comparatively narrowly ranges by recent standards. The commodity currencies have traded softer, suggesting there is little buy-in to… Read more »

Options emerge for online property auctions

What options are out there for prospective rural property vendors looking at moving to online auction, in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings of people? A recent investigation showed there are five or six platforms already in the market, each offering somewhat different services. Source: Beef Central Options emerge for online property auctions

Weekly property review: Solutions to marketing property in the COVID-19 era

The real estate industry is rapidly embracing online auctions, given Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement last week that traditional public auction gatherings and ‘open houses’ will cease under COVID-19 control measures. The rural property market is no different, with a number of online auctions now scheduled for the months ahead. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Mar 31, 2020

The dollar has traded firmer for a second day, rebounding from recent underperformance, which was a reflection of the Fed’s aggressive actions to satiate demand for dollars. More broadly, global markets have settled in what are comparatively narrowly ranges by recent standards. The pound is showing a near 1% decline against the dollar, and is… Read more »

Weekly kill: Rates decline continues, as beef demand uncertainty mounts

Eastern states cattle slaughter leapt a remarkable 17pc last week, despite continuing downwards pressure on finished cattle prices. There’s been some further downwards adjustments in slaughter cattle direct consignment rates, but mostly to align offers with other competitors in a deteriorating market, rather than pushing still lower. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Rates decline… Read more »

Feeder cattle prices drop 10pc in a matter of weeks

There’s been a dramatic retraction in feeder cattle prices over the past two or three weeks, with many export and domestic feeder categories falling 10 percent on values seen earlier in March. Source: Beef Central Feeder cattle prices drop 10pc in a matter of weeks

New rules include Middle East summer sheep shipment ban

LIVE sheep shipments from Australia to the Middle East will be banned for 3.5 months during the the northern summer months of June to mid-September under tougher new guidelines released by the Federal Government today. Source: Sheep Central New rules include Middle East summer sheep shipment ban

COVID-19: GTA calls for communication, consultation

Grain Trade Australia has held the first of three webinars for its members to help them navigate through a raft of financial and employment issues tied to COVID-19. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: GTA calls for communication, consultation

Wagga sale 30 Mar 2020: Prices back 10-15c

After defying the drying conditions across the supply area and the COVID-19 outbreak, cattle prices cheapened as industry absorbs the global climate. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 30 Mar 2020: Prices back 10-15c

Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

The Department of Agriculture has been urged to urgently expand the number of biosecurity detector dogs being used at incoming passenger and mail centres. Source: Beef Central Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

African Swine Fever confirmed in PNG

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected for the first time in Papua New Guinea, bringing the disease to within a few hundred kilometres of Australia’s coastline. Source: Beef Central African Swine Fever confirmed in PNG

Does genetic progress have to slow during herd rebuilding phase?

With the current lack of stock across the country, many herd managers will not have the luxury of culling that they normally would. This raises the question of how genetic progress is affected by, and should be managed in, different seasonal conditions. Source: Beef Central Does genetic progress have to slow during herd rebuilding… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Mar 30, 2020

The Dollar index bounced modestly in N.Y. on Monday, after getting hammered lower last week. The DXY rallied from opening lows of 98.92 to 99.31 highs. The USD touched its worst levels of the day following the Dallas Fed index, which plunged to -70.0 from 1.2, on the back of coronavirus and cratering oil prices…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Mar 30, 2020

The dollar has traded steady-to-firmer against the other main currencies so far today. Influenced by a 0.5% decline in EUR-USD, the narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) lifted to a 98.98 high, over 60 pips up on Friday’s closing level and setting the index up for its first daily gain since last Monday. The yen has… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Mar 30, 2020

The dollar has traded steady-to-firmer against the other main currencies so far today. Influenced by a 0.5% decline in EUR-USD, the narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) lifted to a 98.92 high, over 50 pips up on Friday’s closing level and setting the index up for its first daily gain since last Monday. The yen has… Read more »

Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

VICTORIAN farms and agribusinesses continuing to keep Victorian supermarkets stocked and food on the nation’s tables during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with have the help of Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

New online sheep auction platform waives fees during COVID-19

NEW online sheep seller FarmGate Auctions is waiving listing fees for its livestock customers following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Sheep Central New online sheep auction platform waives fees during COVID-19

Merino ewe lamb prices lift $6 in big AuctionsPlus offering

MERINO ewe lamb prices average $20 higher on AuctionsPlus last week, as the national online sheep offering stayed historically high. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewe lamb prices lift in big AuctionsPlus offering

Top young Australian wool brokers sought for 2020 award

THE annual search for Australia’s top young wool brokers is on again, with nominations being sought for the sector’s top award. Source: Sheep Central Top young Australian wool brokers sought for 2020 award

Isolate elderly and chronically ill during COVID-19 + VIDEO

RURAL communities and farmers have been urged by epidemiologist and public health specialist Professor Tony Blakely to isolate and look after their elderly and chronically ill during the coronavirus COVID-19… Source: Sheep Central Isolate elderly and chronically ill during COVID-19 + VIDEO

Anger and relief as AWEX keeps non-mulesed definition on NWD

A DECISION to maintain the current interpretation of non-mulesed wool on Australia’s National Wool Declaration has been welcomed by the nation’s peak grower body, but condemned by some breeders and animal welfare interests. Source: Sheep Central Anger and relief as AWEX keeps non-mulesed definition on NWD

COVID-19 impacts key focus, as analysts’ digest JBS financial results

COVID-19 trade and operational impacts dominated questions from financial analysts and investors taking part in JBS’s annual global conference call on Friday, following the release of record financial results for the company’s 2019 trading year. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 impacts key focus, as analysts’ digest JBS financial results

MLA working to realign Olympics beef marketing partnership

Meat & Livestock Australia says a small number of activities related to Australian Beef’s marketing partnership with the 2020 Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams have already commenced, but work is now underway to align the marketing program with the new, yet-to-be-determined Tokyo Games schedule. Source: Beef Central MLA working to realign Olympics beef marketing… Read more »

Vale Robert ‘Bobby’ Gregory

When Bobby Gregory was recognised as a “Show Legend” by the NSW Royal Agricultural Society at the age of 81 in 2016, he had attended every single Royal Easter Show since he was three years old. Source: Beef Central Vale Robert ‘Bobby’ Gregory

‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

Mungindi farmer Sam Heagney’s video message to Australian people: don’t sweat food security, Aussie farmers have got you covered. Source: Beef Central ‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

The Federal Government last night announced deeper levels of scrutiny of foreign investments in Australia, in the wake of any economic impact brought on by COVID-19. It stressed, however, that the move was not a ‘foreign investment freeze.’ Source: Beef Central FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd body

GRDC has today announced the formation of Grains Australia Ltd to deliver industry-good services and functions including variety classification. Source: Grain Central GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd body

Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

SunRice has commenced discussions with the Commonwealth Government for an allocation of water to rice growers ahead of the 2020 planting to ensure the continued supply of rice for domestic consumption. Source: Grain Central Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

Australian chilled beef exports notch up 50-year milestone

Exactly 50 years ago today, the Australian beef industry embarked on an export project that would change the face of the industry forever. The nation’s first commercial shipment of chilled beef was consigned on 29 March, 1970 to customers in Japan, in what was arguably the biggest single step the beef industry has taken in… Read more »

Yoda the green sea turtle returns to the wild — 30kg heavier

A 117-kilogram green sea turtle named Yoda is returned to the sea, five months after she was found covered in barnacles, underweight, sunburnt and dehydrated. Source: ABC Livestock Yoda the green sea turtle returns to the wild — 30kg heavier

Young cattle trends mixed in another monster AuctionsPlus offering, but connectivity bugbears arise

Some young cattle categories lifted a little in price, while others eased in AuctionsPlus trading this week, in another enormous catalogue of 28,852 head. Friday’s sales encountered technical problems brought on by COVID-19 issues, however. Source: Beef Central Young cattle trends mixed in another monster AuctionsPlus offering, but connectivity bugbears arise

Queensland family cattle company buys NT station for $23m

Bunderra Cattle Co, owned by the Pickersgill family from near Rockhampton, buys the NT’s Murranji Station and 12,500 cattle for $23 million. Source: ABC Livestock Queensland family cattle company buys NT station for m

The consequences of climate change are far reaching

As humanity branches out across our warming, interconnected world, we’re at risk of encountering new diseases — thankfully, medicine is getting better at fighting back. Source: ABC Livestock The consequences of climate change are far reaching

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Mar 27, 2020

The Dollar index fell to near two-week lows in N.Y. on Friday, sliding from 99.80 to 98.51. The USD lost ground to all major currencies, as unwinding of safe-haven Dollar flows continued to reverse the gains seen in thew prior two-weeks. It was risk-off through the session, as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpassed China…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Mar 27, 2020

The dollar declined and then recovered some of its losses, which saw the narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) print a nine-day low at 99.15 before recouping levels back above 99.50 . At the lows, the index was showing a correction of 3.2% from the 38-month high that was seen last week, which can be credited… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Mar 27, 2020

The dollar declined and then recovered some of its losses, which saw the narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) print a nine-day low at 99.15 before recouping levels back above 99.40 . At the lows, the index was showing a correction of 3.2% from the 38-month high that was seen last week, which can be credited… Read more »

Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Rice was the first staple food to be restricted in supermarkets when Coronavirus hit and panic buying erupted, and restocking shelves has been near impossible with rice production critically low. Source: ABC Grain Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue: Littleproud

David Littleproud confirmed today that livestock saleyards and wool auctions are able to continue, as livestock peak councils back industry-wide steps to keep saleyards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue: Littleproud

AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

The AuctionsPlus online livestock marketing platform has recorded exponential growth in turnover during the past few months, and the latest COVID-19 constraints around gatherings of people, leading to saleyard closures and strict yards operating conditions, have only intensified that trend. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

Recruitment: Quads, tractors again lead farm accident list

Latest annual statistics for non-intentional farm related incidents in Australia reinforce why a serious culture shift in work health & safety is needed if the agriculture sector is to shake its hazardous reputation. Figures revealed 58 on-farm deaths were reported in 2019, down from 68 cases in 2018, with quad bikes and tractors again the… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Australia’s grain supply chain is operating efficiently amid COVID-19 measures in place across the country, and wheat, barley and new-crop sorghum are in hot demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Shearer sale reaps capital boost for Wellard

Livestock shipping company Wellard Limited has received a timley working capital boost following confirmation today that its sale of M/V Ocean Shearer to the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company (KLTT) has been completed. Source: Beef Central Shearer sale reaps capital boost for Wellard

COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Border closures in Queensland and South Australia to limit the spread of COVID-19 are not impeding the flow of interstate grain, but heightened cleaning requirements are making it tough for truckies on the road. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Wool forward trading increases as auction market stabilises

WOOL’S forward trading market has recorded its highest weekly volume for the year, with growers opting for some certainty in these uncertain times. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward trading increases as auction market stabilises

Fine Merino wool prices steady as Chinese mills return

AUSTRALIAN Merino wool prices generally regained ground this week in the face of a less favourable exchange rate as competition between major exporters and Chinese buyers improved. Source: Sheep Central Fine Merino wool prices steady as Chinese mills return

COVID-19: WA acts to support farm labour, freight movements

WA has taken steps today to underpin agricultural production and head off farm labour shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including exempting workers and freight from cross-border restrictions. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: WA acts to support farm labour, freight movements

Australian sheep shearing continues, but fearing a lockdown

SHEEP shearing is continuing around Australia, but with sheds implementing social distancing strategies consistent with government and industry advice as the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis continues. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep shearing continues, but fearing a lockdown

Recruitment: Quads, tractors again lead farm accident list

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Chief Executive Officer, Palgrove – via Rimfire Resources Feedlot Supervisor, Joanna Plains – Central Agri Group Farm Maintenance Leading Hand, Joanna Plains –… Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Quads, tractors again lead farm accident list

NLRS cattle market indicators in limbo, due to COVID-19 impact

Meat & Livestock Australia’s livestock market indicators have been temporarily suspended, under a raft of measures put in place through the National Livestock Reporting Service under COVID-19 constraints. Source: Beef Central NLRS cattle market indicators in limbo, due to COVID-19 impact

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Mar 26, 2020

The Dollar was lower across the board in N.Y. trade on Thursday. The unwinding of huge flows seen into the USD over the past couple of weeks related to virus related safe-haven buying has been driven by huge Fed stimulus, and the passing of the Congressional virus aid package. Barring new COVID-19 developments, we look… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Mar 26, 2020

Dollar weakness emerged as the dominant theme in currency markets, even against the commodity currencies amid a risk-off backdrop, while managed to rebound from weakness seen during the early part of Asia-Pacific session trading today. AUD-USD, for instance, printed a two-day low at 0.5780 in Sydney before recouping a big figure to a 0.5881 high…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Mar 26, 2020

..and, back to a risk-averse trading pattern in currencies after a couple of days of reprieve, with the yen back to outperformance and commodity and developing-world currencies to underperformance. The dollar has firmed up against the latter two groups, but has lost ground to the yen and even the euro thanks to the Fed’s spigot… Read more »

JBS logs record pre-tax profit for 2019 year

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has logged an adjusted pre-tax profit of R$19.9 billion (equivalent to about A$6.76b) in full-year financial results announced this morning, Australian time. Source: Beef Central JBS logs record pre-tax profit for 2019 year

Can bottle shops remain open amid moves to limit the spread of COVID-19?

The liquor industry, which generates $42 billion for the economy, wants to keep bottle shops open despite the risk posed by coronavirus, saying closures will result in massive job losses. Source: ABC Grain Can bottle shops remain open amid moves to limit the spread of COVID-19?

Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

April to June are likely to be wetter than average across WA, western and southern NT, most of SA, western and central Victoria, and northwest Tasmania, according to BOM’s latest three monthly rainfall outlook. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

April to June are likely to be wetter than average across WA, western and southern NT, most of SA, western and central Victoria, and northwest Tasmania, according to BOM’s latest three monthly rainfall outlook. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

Sheep Producers Australia backs COVID-19 response initiatives

SHEEP Producers Australia is supporting sheep and red meat industry initiatives on agriculture-related transport, live export and wool supply during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia backs COVID-19 response initiatives

MLP Project data makes it to MERINOSELECT database

WOOL producers will soon have access to more rams with improved Australian Sheep Breeding Value accuracy with the long-awaited inclusion of Merino Lifetime Productivity project into the national genetic benchmarking service MERINOSELECT. Source: Sheep Central MLP Project data makes it to MERINOSELECT database

COVID-19 restrictions impact farm workforce

Travel bans and state border closures introduced to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus have thrown a question mark over labour force availability during sowing and harvest. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 restrictions impact farm workforce

Supply test for live export prices

After returning to previous highs not seen for three years, northern live cattle prices are set to come under pressure in coming weeks, as the first of the annual dry season mustering rounds pushes fresh supplies of export cattle back onto the market. Source: Beef Central Supply test for live export prices

Nufarm posts $122 million half year loss

Nufarm has announced a loss for the first half of 2020 of $122 million (1H19: $14m), with revenue down six per cent to $1,477 million. Source: Grain Central Nufarm posts 2 million half year loss

Why farmers are looking to goats to turn a profit in tough times

Twenty years ago, Neil Cadzow can remember getting 50 cents a kilogram for a goat carcass. Now he gets more than $1 a kilogram for an animal once considered a pest. Source: ABC Livestock Why farmers are looking to goats to turn a profit in tough times

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Mar 25, 2020

The DXY firmed in N.Y. morning trade on Wednesday, peaking at 101.87, before easing back to 101.24. The index has posted three consecutive sessions of lower daily highs, which have likely come following stimulus measures including Dollar swap lines from the Fed to G7 countries, which have reduced the demand for USD in the FX… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Mar 25, 2020

The commodity and many developing world currencies pared gains against the dollar, yen and Swiss franc. The pound also continued to outperform for a second day. Asian stock markets rallied after the DJIA equity index posted its biggest single-day rally on Wall Street since 1933, though European markets gave up early gains, while S&P 500… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Mar 25, 2020

The commodity and many developing world currencies have continued to rebound, while the dollar, yen and Swiss franc have traded generally softer. This comes with Asian stock markets rallying after the DJIA equity index posted its biggest single-day rally on Wall Street since 1933. The U.S. Senate and White reached agreement on a $2 tln… Read more »

Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Cattle hides are the latest beef industry commodity to buckle under the impact of COVID-19, with reports this week that international buyers have more or less withdrawn from making offers on Australian hides. Source: Beef Central Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

A dogged Kelly is Victoria’s top rural woman

A DUNKELD working dog enthusiast’s passion to boost community spirit and resilience with her four-legged friends has won her the 2020 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Source: Sheep Central A dogged Kelly is Victoria’s top rural woman

Livestock saleyards survive latest COVID-19 restrictions

SALEYARD selling of livestock in Australia is set to continue despite a further tightening of coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions on business and the public nationwide. Source: Sheep Central Livestock saleyards survive latest COVID-19 restrictions

Vets register ventilators ahead of possible use on coronavirus patients

Some veterinarians in Tasmania are sceptical about suggestions animal ventilators could be used on humans during the coronavirus pandemic, with some warning making them fit for purpose may be too expensive. Source: ABC Livestock Vets register ventilators ahead of possible use on coronavirus patients

Australian wool sales continue as South Africa shuts down

AUSTRALIA’S wool auctions are expected to continue despite the second stage business and personal gathering restrictions announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last night. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool sales continue as South Africa shuts down

Wool buyers step back from online AuctionsPlus buying

WOOL buyers stepped back from online sourcing last week as the physical auction market was hit harder by the growing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central Wool buyers step back from online AuctionsPlus buying

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 March 2020

COLD fronts and troughs brought moderate falls to the western and southern mainland, as well as Tasmania, and onshore flow produced moderate falls along the country’s far north. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 March 2020

Come to bootcamp with Lambs Alive and Sheep Central + VIDEO

AUSTRALIA’S first online bootcamp for sheep farmers will meet the COVID-19 pandemic head on with a series of free webinars from Lambs Alive and Sheep Central next week to help producers boost returns in today’s markets. Source: Sheep Central Come to bootcamp with Lambs Alive and Sheep Central + VIDEO

Researchers find COVID-19 social distancing uptake needs to be over 80pc

IF 90 percent of Australians adopt social distancing, the spread of COVID-19 could be controlled by July this year, a University of Sydney data study has found. Source: Sheep Central Researchers find COVID-19 social distancing uptake needs to be over 80pc

Red meat supply chains stronger together in fight against COVID-19

Australia’s red meat and livestock industry held its second virtual round table on Monday to ensure all parts of the supply chain adapt to the evolving COVID-19 response and ensure high quality and nutritious meat for all Australians. Source: Beef Central Red meat supply chains stronger together in fight against COVID-19

NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

The NSW DPI has activated a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team and launched an online resource to help the primary industries sector navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19. Source: Grain Central NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

Vets call for ‘essential service’ designation during pandemic

Veterinarians are calling on the Federal Government to acknowledge the important role they play in society, following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement last night of a lockdown on ‘non-essential’ businesses and services to curb the spread of the COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Vets call for ‘essential service’ designation during pandemic

Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Bull breeders across Australia have been quick to respond to latest government restrictions over gatherings of people, swinging quickly to online auctions in place of face-to-face bull sales. Source: Beef Central Bull breeders respond to COVID-19 with online selling strategies

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 March 2020

Cold fronts and troughs brought moderate falls to the western and southern mainland, as well as Tasmania, and onshore flow produced moderate falls along the country’s far north. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 March 2020

New realities of social distancing playing out in the cattle sector

From on-property cattle yards to Australia’s largest meatworks, the coronavirus crisis is forcing changes of behaviour that just a few weeks ago would have seemed impossible throughout the cattle industry. Source: Beef Central New realities of social distancing playing out in the cattle sector

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Mar 24, 2020

The Dollar pulled back overnight, leaving the DXY at 101.07 into the N.Y. open on Tuesday. From there, USD demand returned, taking the index back over 102.10. Hopes for a Senate coronavirus stimulus package buoyed Wall Street, with major indices up near 10% intra day. New home sales were better than expected, though the results… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Mar 24, 2020

Currencies have been moving in a risk-on formation, with the dollar, yen and Swiss franc weakening against most other currencies, with the commodity and many developing-world currencies outperforming. This came with S&P 500 futures rallying strongly, by over 5% to more than reverse the 2.9% closing loss the cash version of the index saw yesterday… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Mar 24, 2020

Currencies moved in a risk-on formation, with the dollar, yen and Swiss franc weakening against most other currencies, with the commodity and many developing-world currencies outperforming. This came with S&P 500 futures rallying strongly, more than reversing the 2.9% closing loss the cash version of the index saw yesterday on Wall Street. Asian stock markets,… Read more »

Camera grading sharpens Wagyu genetic selection

Objective carcase measurements in the Australian meat industry are helping provide Wagyu beef supply chains and BreedPlan genetic evaluation with more precise data than is currently available through manual assessment. Source: Beef Central Camera grading sharpens Wagyu genetic selection

Milk, bar: Country pub's virus response lifts local spirits

A New South Wales hotel is among businesses finding innovative ways to diversify as jobs are cut and coronavirus panic buying continues. Source: ABC Livestock Milk, bar: Country pub’s virus response lifts local spirits

Weekly genetics review: Considerations for bulls heading north

While many of the bulls sold over the autumn period head to southern production regions, a considerable portion are purchased with the intention of using them in herds based in the northern production zones. To ensure the successful adaption of bulls into a northern based program, there are some practical options that both seedstock producers and… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grids slide further on pessimistic trade outlook

Queensland processor direct consignment grid offers came under considerable pressure last week, as further reports about export trade difficulty surrounding COVID-19 surfaced. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids slide further on pessimistic trade outlook

Stockies accreditation fast-tracked

Accreditation of livestock handlers is being fast-tracked to ensure enough experienced staff are available to protect the welfare of sheep and cattle on live export vessels Source: Beef Central Stockies accreditation fast-tracked

Qld releases more detail on border closure measures

Further details about how Queensland’s border shutdown will work have been released by premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today. Source: Beef Central Qld releases more detail on border closure measures