Month: August 2020

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 31, 2020

The dollar posted fresh trend lows against some currencies. The framework regime shift at the Fed, announced by Chairman Powell last week, effectively reaffirmed the dollar softening trend, concomitantly with shorter dated inflation-adjusted Treasury yields posting fresh lows. The yields on the 5- and 7-year real constant maturity Treasury notes were indicated on Friday at… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 31, 2020

The dollar posted fresh lows during the pre-Europe session in Asia-Pacific markets. The framework regime shift at the Fed, announced by Chairman Powell last week, effectively reaffirmed the dollar softening trend, concomitantly with shorter dated inflation-adjusted Treasury yields posting fresh lows. The yields on the 5- and 7-year real constant maturity Treasury notes were indicated… Read more »

JBS Australia resumes lamb and beef processing at Brooklyn

MAJOR red meat processor JBS Australia has resumed lamb and beef processing at its Brooklyn plant after closing about two weeks ago due to COVID-19 infections among staff. Source: Sheep Central JBS Australia resumes lamb and beef processing at Brooklyn

APVMA reports improvement in assessment performance

AUSTRALIA’S pesticides and veterinary medicine regulator has reported improvements in its application assessment performance for the 2019-20 financial year. Source: Sheep Central APVMA reports improvement in assessment performance

New Zealand strong wool producers form new group

NEW Zealand strong wool producers have united in a new group to renew a focus on stimulating consumer-led innovation. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand strong wool producers form new group

Recent fall in lamb prices is a worry – NAB

THE fall in Australian saleyard trade lamb prices over recent months has reflected concerns about the resilience of international demand, according to NAB’s latest Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Sheep Central Recent fall in lamb prices is a worry – NAB

Sheep producers continue lamb focus in online purchases

SHEEP producers chasing lambs on the ground this year lifted prices in select categories on AuctionsPlus last week. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producers continue lamb focus in online purchases

Wool and sheep meat should diversify markets – Perth USAsia Centre

AUSTRALIA’S levy-funded wool and sheep meat marketing bodies should escalate development efforts to diversify offshore processing and market access options, a leading thinktank director believes. Source: Sheep Central Wool and sheep meat should diversify markets – Perth USAsia Centre

Livestock transport drivers up-skill on animal welfare

About 45 livestock transport company drivers and support staff took part in a new pilot animal welfare workshop in Goondiwindi in southern Queensland recently – the first such course designed and delivered specifically with the stock transport industry in mind. Source: Beef Central Livestock transport drivers up-skill on animal welfare

New research partnership targets northern beef industry

A strategic research partnership to address breeder efficiency in Northern Australia has been launched, with the target of delivering at least $20 million in net benefits a year to northern beef enterprises by 2027. Source: Beef Central New research partnership targets northern beef industry

NAB forecasts AUD rise to US80c mark by mid-2022

Continued appreciation of the Australian Dollar (AUD) has offset better seasonal conditions to see the NAB Rural Commodities Index fall slightly by 3.7% in August. Source: Beef Central NAB forecasts AUD rise to US80c mark by mid-2022

Australian seasonal bushfire outlook – Sep-Nov 2020

The 2020/21 fire season will be driven by vastly different climate drivers than the previous two fire seasons, according to the official Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released today.  Source: Beef Central Australian seasonal bushfire outlook – Sep-Nov 2020

False positive test result can’t be ruled out, says suspended meat processor

Further analysis is required to rule-out a false positive test result, Queensland beef processor John Dee suggests, following the plant’s suspension from the China market on Friday over an unusual antibiotic residue detection. Source: Beef Central False positive test result can’t be ruled out, says suspended meat processor

Big jump in AuctionsPlus listings, as young cattle price momentum continues

This week cattle numbers saw an increase in listings across the eastern states to 17,246 head, more than 4000 head above the previous week. Clearance rates across commercial cattle sales remained steady on last week. Source: Beef Central Big jump in AuctionsPlus listings, as young cattle price momentum continues

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 28, 2020

The DXY bounced modestly in N.Y. on Friday, after coming under pressure overnight, hitting an eight-session low of 92.20 early in the day. The Dollar’s move lower apparently came as the market has determined that the Fed’s new inflation policy will keep interest rates low for even longer, which should continue to keep the USD… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 28, 2020

The dollar’s weakening bias reimposed as the lows seen in the immediate wake of Fed Chair Powell’s announcement of a framework regime change (lower interest rates for longer as a consequence of more tolerance on inflation risks) were surpassed during the London morning. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) dropped by over 0.6% in posting… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 28, 2020

The dollar has ebbed back toward the lows seen in the immediate wake of Fed Chair Powell’s historic announcement of a shift in its monetary policy strategy, moving to an average inflation target. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) has receded to a 92.60 low, swinging the post-Powell low at 92.44 back into scope while… Read more »

SA grain industry outlines plan to become a $6 billion industry

South Australia’s grain industry sets its sights on becoming the baking wheat capital of Australia in its blueprint to grow the sector to $6 billion a year by 2030. Source: ABC Grain SA grain industry outlines plan to become a billion industry

Sheep, dieback and technology covered in latest MLA podcast

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released episode three of its Feedback podcast, with segments on genetic selection, on-farm research, pasture dieback, objective measurement technology and Olympians participating in MLA’s education program. Source: Sheep Central Sheep, dieback and technology covered in latest MLA podcast

Lamb prices rebound as processors scour saleyards for quality

LAMB prices rebounded this week as demand and inadequate quality supplies direct to abattoirs forced major processors back into saleyards. Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices rebound as processors scour saleyards for quality

Victorian poultry banned by overseas markets, 400,000 birds euthanased

At least eight countries have banned Victorian poultry products. Some of the 400,000 animals euthanased due to the state’s bird flu outbreak include 2,000 baby emus. Source: ABC Livestock Victorian poultry banned by overseas markets, 400,000 birds euthanased

British Texel ram lamb sets a new world record sheep price

A BRITISH Texel ram lamb has set a new world record price equivalent to more than A$667,000 in the Scottish National Texel Sale at the Lanark Agricultural Centre in Scotland. Source: Sheep Central British Texel ram lamb sets a new world record sheep price

QLD beef plant suspended by China over residue detection

A Queensland export meat processing facility has been suspended from supply to China, following a residue detection found during routine screening in imported meat. Source: Beef Central QLD beef plant suspended by China over residue detection

Fifth Australian abattoir suspended from exporting to China

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has confirmed Chinese authorities have suspended the Queensland abattoir from selling its meat to China for “quite legitimate” reasons. Source: ABC Livestock Fifth Australian abattoir suspended from exporting to China

Little bug tracker schoolkids a boost for biodiversity

Sydney schools students have teamed up with scientists to track bees, butterflies for biodiversity project. Source: ABC Livestock Little bug tracker schoolkids a boost for biodiversity

Stanbroke claims fourth Beef-Off taste test title

Queensland grainfed beef supply chain Stanbroke Beef has claimed its fourth Beef-Off taste test title, against some of the country’s best beef brands in the annual competition in Brisbane this week. Source: Beef Central Stanbroke claims fourth Beef-Off taste test title

New guide released for ag sectors seeking to establish or change levies

A new industry-focused guide will provide practical, step-by-step guidance to support the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors in establishing or changing levies, according to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Source: Beef Central New guide released for ag sectors seeking to establish or change levies

Feedgrain Focus: Values steady as southern inverses shrink

Demand in southern markets for new-crop export business has closed the inverse on barley and narrowed it for wheat, while in the north, new-crop values have firmed on limited selling. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values steady as southern inverses shrink

Inquiry a chance to get a better deal for farmers: NFF

The National Farmers’ Federation says there continues to be systemic power imbalances across Australia’s food supply chain and a Government-sanctioned inquiry into these markets announced this week is a prudent step. Source: Beef Central Inquiry a chance to get a better deal for farmers: NFF

‘Beating ourselves up, while rest of world plays by different rules’: AgForce webinar

If customer expectations have been shaped by one-sided and misleading information, should a business or industry still try to exhaustively meet those expectations, even if it means striving for unrealistic and impossible standards, or work harder to provide better information to consumers? Source: Beef Central ‘Beating ourselves up, while rest of world plays by… Read more »

Positive weather forecast draws cautious optimism from outback graziers

After a patchy and late wet season in north-west Queensland, a cautious sense of optimism is starting to creep in with a higher than average rainfall forecast in the coming months. Source: ABC Livestock Positive weather forecast draws cautious optimism from outback graziers

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 27, 2020

The dollar fell early in N.Y. on Thursday, after Powell indicated the Fed would change its inflation targeting, allowing CPI to rise above the 2% target for a time. As a result of the policy change, interest rates are set to remain close to zero for a longer time. USD-JPY fell from 106.10 to one-week… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 27, 2020

The dollar lifted out of intraday lows in overall narrow ranges while global stock markets have beaten a retreat as today’s keynote address of Fed Chairman Powell looms up. EUR-USD ebbed to the lower 1.1800s after earlier edging out a three-day high at 1.1850, maintaining a narrow range for a fourth consecutive day. Cable edged… Read more »

Genetic link found between cattle temperament and autism

A strong association between the genes influencing cattle temperament and autism in humans has been discovered by researchers. It’s the first time whole genome sequencing has been used to analyse temperament in beef cattle. Source: Beef Central Genetic link found between cattle temperament and autism

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 27, 2020

The dollar has retained a softening tone, though ranges have been narrow. Markets are anticipating a dovish lean from Fed Chair Powell’s keynote Jackson Hole speech today. Wall Street yesterday produced fresh record highs for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ, though the main U.S. index futures are lower in overnight trading while most Asia stock… Read more »

Profit fall for Woolworths, despite higher COVID sales

Despite strong results in its Australian supermarkets division, Woolworths reported a 22pc fall in its net profit for the 2020 year to June 30, in results announced today. Source: Beef Central Profit fall for Woolworths, despite higher COVID sales

Emus, 40,000 chickens to be culled as Victoria battles multiple bird flu outbreaks

Three different strains of bird flu have hit six farms in Victoria, including an ASX-listed company that looks set to lose a third of its flock. Emus, along with chickens and turkeys, will have to be euthanased. Source: ABC Livestock Emus, 40,000 chickens to be culled as Victoria battles multiple bird flu outbreaks

Who says you don’t get anything for free?

Riverina are running a TRUEGRAZ® GOLD promotion until the end of September 2020. We will provide FREE OF CHARGE a 550 litre tub for every 25 ton ordered and delivered during September. It’s that simple. How does the offer work? You place your order for 25 ton of TRUEGRAZ® GOLD with your local reseller or… Read more »

Fine Merino and oddment wool prices lift, but indicator drops

FINE wool prices lifted in Melbourne and to a lesser extent in Sydney this week, but the market’s eastern states benchmark indicator dropped further as medium Merino and crossbred values weakened. Source: Sheep Central Fine Merino and oddment wool prices lift, but indicator drops

Seasonal climate outlook for September-November 2020

SPRING is likely to be wetter than average across much of Australia, with a greater than 60 percent chance in most areas and a greater than 75pc chance in much of the eastern half of the mainland. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook for September-November 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2020

Spring is likely to be wetter than average across much of Australia, with a greater than 60 percent chance in most areas and a greater than 75pc chance in much of the eastern half of the mainland. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2020

Vegan activist ordered to pay compensation for stealing piglets from Queensland piggery

A vegan animal activist, who said she stole several piglets after being confronted with “putrid” conditions at a Queensland piggery, is ordered to pay compensation and undertake community service. Source: ABC Livestock Vegan activist ordered to pay compensation for stealing piglets from Queensland piggery

Wellard records maiden full year profit

An assiduous debt reduction strategy including the sale of two vessels has helped livestock shipping charter company Wellard Limited to this morning announce its first full year profit since its public listing in December 2015. Source: Beef Central Wellard records maiden full year profit

End of an era for historic Killafaddy saleyards

Killafaddy saleyards on the outskirts of Launceston holds its last auction to make way for a multi-agent facility at Powranna. Source: ABC Livestock End of an era for historic Killafaddy saleyards

Beef industry groups move to set record straight on ABC’s Fight for Planet ‘A’

Australia’s beef industry has united to set the record straight after its record on land clearing and environmental sustainability was misrepresented in the Fight for Planet ‘A’: Our Climate Challenge series on the ABC.   Source: Beef Central Beef industry groups move to set record straight on ABC’s Fight for Planet ‘A’

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 26, 2020

The Dollar started the N.Y. Thursday session on a firmer note, getting a brief boost from a much stronger durable orders outcome. Gains were not to last however, as the USD fell broadly through the remainder of the session. The DXY peaked at a four-session high of 93.36, later falling to 92.85 lows. Some position… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 26, 2020

The dollar has lifted moderately and global stock markets have lost upside thrust as market participants hunker down ahead of Fed Chairman Powell’s keynote Jackson Hole address on Thursday. Markets are anticipating a dovish lean from Powell, although there is a risk for disappointment in terms of how much he can signal given the FOMC… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 26, 2020

Narrow ranges have been prevailing among the main currencies, with market participants hunkering down ahead of Fed Chairman Powell’s keynote Jackson Hole address on Thursday (which will be a virtual affair this year). Global stock markets have steady, after Wall Street produced yet further record highs for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ. Markets are anticipating… Read more »

Solid early interest in small southern QLD abattoir

There’s been strong early investor interest in a small-scale domestic abattoir listed last week in Queensland’s southeast corner. Highchester Meats is a fully-functioning and operational multi-species abattoir near Beaudesert, southwest of Brisbane. Source: Beef Central Solid early interest in small southern QLD abattoir

Cropping identified as an ongoing risk to WA sheep meat production

THERE is a risk of a continued move away from wool and sheep meat production towards cropping in Western Australia, leading industry analyst Mecardo has found. Source: Sheep Central Cropping identified as an ongoing risk to WA sheep meat production

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 August 2020

A COMPLEX low and cold fronts generated moderate falls over south-east Australia, and widespread snow fell over elevated locations in the region. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 August 2020

Colac lamb processor continues despite new COVID-19 case

COLAC sheep meat processor, the Australian Lamb Company, has dropped its afternoon shift, but maintained production after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Source: Sheep Central Colac lamb processor continues despite new COVID-19 case

Sheep industry and RDCs fail to meet reproduction rate target

AUSTRALIA’S sheep and wool industry and levy-funded bodies have failed to meet a target to raise average reproduction rates by 10 percent between 2012-17, a new report has found, while the nation’s flock remained historically low and sheep meat demand stayed strong. Source: Sheep Central Sheep industry and RDCs fail to meet reproduction rate… Read more »

AWI directors should take a pay cut for growers – Olsson

DECLINING grower levy proceeds to Australian Wool Innovation from falling prices and production has prompted a former director to call for the company’s board to take an immediate 50 percent cut in fees. Source: Sheep Central AWI directors should take a pay cut for growers – Olsson

Integrating livestock into a cropping system opens new opportunities

Integrating livestock into a continuous grain cropping enterprise can create many benefits, according to 2018 Nuffield Scholar and NSW farmer, Stuart McDonald. Source: Beef Central Integrating livestock into a cropping system opens new opportunities

'I've never seen anything like it:' Farmland reaches record prices

Through the economic hardships of COVID-19, the rural property market in Victoria continues to thrive with many local buyers driving the market. Source: ABC Livestock ‘I’ve never seen anything like it:’ Farmland reaches record prices

ACCC announces new inquiry into power imbalances in perishable ag supply chains

Australia’s competition watchdog has today launched a new inquiry into supply chains for perishable agricultural products, specifically investigating whether bargaining power imbalances exist in relationships between farmers, processors and retailers, including supermarkets. Source: Beef Central ACCC announces new inquiry into power imbalances in perishable ag supply chains

Why AgForce abstained from the NFF carbon zero 2050 vote

“You can’t start any journey until you know where you are starting from, and where you are trying to head,” AgForce CEO Mike Guerin told Beef Central this week, explaining the Queensland farm organisation’s decision to abstain from supporting the NFF’s carbon neutral 2050 target announced last week. Source: Beef Central Why AgForce abstained from… Read more »

Woolies takes stake in distributor PFD in $552m deal

Woolworths has announced a $552m deal to take a 65pc stake in one of the nation’s largest food service distribution companies. PFD Food Services services 40,000 food service customers across Australia, including pubs, restaurants, cafes, fast-food chains and convenience stores, using a fleet of 750 trucks operating from 68 distribution centres. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Roma store sale 25 Aug 2020: Prices maintain strength in changed yarding

Despite not reaching the same top prices as last week, medium weight steers under 330kg to restockers only fell by 1c to 4c, while heavy weight yearling steers to feed improved by 1c/kg, and processor competition improved on the store condition cows across the weight brackets. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 25 Aug… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 August

A complex low and cold fronts generated moderate falls over south-east Australia, and widespread snow fell over elevated locations in the south-east. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 26 August

Cattle sell for 'hot prices' at WA's richest bull sale, despite pandemic, drought

The annual Fitzroy Crossing Bull Sale exceeds all expectations this year, overcoming coronavirus travel restrictions and prevailing dry conditions to achieve total sales just shy of $1 million. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle sell for ‘hot prices’ at WA’s richest bull sale, despite pandemic, drought

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 25, 2020

The dollar was stuck in narrow trading ranges in N.Y. on Tuesday, though remained near its recent highs. The DXY slipped early on, bottoming at 92.97, then bouncing to 93.20. Incoming data help USD sentiment to an extent, as July new home sales surged 13.9%, the most since December 2006. While a softer consumer confidence… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 25, 2020

The dollar and yen have softened against most currencies, while the euro has been topping the top-performing list. This dynamic has come amid risk-on positioning in global markets. Encouraging news on the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal, and on developments of COVID-19 treatments and vaccinations, have been tonic for investors. EUR-USD lifted to the mid… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: A structured approach to bull assessment

This week’s column is inspired by feedback from participants in the recent AuctionsPlus bull selection seminars I delivered. There were more than 120 producers involved, and the interest/requests for a checklist to help make more structured assessments of replacement bulls was overwhelming.  Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: A structured approach to bull assessment

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 25, 2020

Most dollar pairings have remained well within their ranges from yesterday, though the dollar and yen saw mild weakness against most other currencies, outside the cases against the New Zealand and Canadian dollars. Wall Street clocked fresh record highs for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ yesterday. PE ratios are stretched, but trend following, index tracking… Read more »

Five tips for using breeding values

If producers are not aggressively accelerating the performance of their herd by using better breeding values, they’re fighting a losing battle. That’s the message from Dr Rob Banks, director of the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit at the University of New England. Source: Beef Central Five tips for using breeding values

Tom Brinkworth a 'visionary' pioneer in a corporate farming era

The South Australian pastoralist is being remembered for building one of the country’s largest private agricultural empires. Source: ABC Livestock Tom Brinkworth a ‘visionary’ pioneer in a corporate farming era

Koala hospital gets go-ahead in NSW Northern Rivers

A conservation group has been given the green light to operate the first specialised koala hospital in the Northern Rivers. Source: ABC Livestock Koala hospital gets go-ahead in NSW Northern Rivers

Vale Charles ‘Charlie’ Lund

Legendary Central Queensland cattleman Charles Lund passed away yesterday, aged 82. Source: Beef Central Vale Charles ‘Charlie’ Lund

Property: $14m Terrica deal joins growing Grimwade & Gordon aggregation

Three years ago, BRW rich-lister Michael Gordon teamed up with well-known sheep breeders Will and George Grimwade, with the trio now forging an impressive portfolio of grazing property investments. Their latest acquisition is the Terrica aggregation in southern QLD’s traprock country. Source: Beef Central Property: m Terrica deal joins growing Grimwade & Gordon aggregation

Weekly kill: Production rates stabilise, after previous week’s dramatic declines

Rates of slaughter across eastern Australia appear to have steadied last week, after dramatic declines were reported the week before. There has been little or no change in direct consignment slaughter rates this week, despite the absence of couple of larger processors due to plant shutdowns. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Production rates stabilise,… Read more »

Here comes the restocker

The Restocker Steer Indicator spread relative to the EYCI shows just how optimistic restockers are becoming. But is it becoming too expensive to buy young cattle? Not necessarily, as Matt Dalgleish from Thomas Elder Markets points out. Source: Beef Central Here comes the restocker

Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

The strict COVID-19 travel restrictions along the NSW-Victoria and Victoria-SA borders will be eased slightly in coming days, allowing freer movement over a wider area for farmers and agricultural service providers.   Source: Beef Central Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

The strict COVID-19 travel restrictions along the NSW-Victoria and Victoria-SA borders will be eased slightly in coming days, allowing freer movement over a wider area for farmers and agricultural service providers. Source: Grain Central Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

$600m dairy deal with Chinese company ditched amid trade tensions

A $600 million deal to sell an Australia-based dairy business to a Chinese company is terminated, after failing to secure the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board. Source: ABC Livestock 0m dairy deal with Chinese company ditched amid trade tensions

Beef jerky business chews through tough times

From the farmhouse kitchen to the shelves of supermarkets, the Camerons are biting their way through the beef jerky market. Source: ABC Livestock Beef jerky business chews through tough times

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 24, 2020

The DXY bounced from opening lows of 92.84, making its way to 93.28 through the morning session. There was no data to influence markets, though Wall Street was stronger amid a confluence of positive developments. President Trump announced Sunday that the FDA approved blood-plasma treatment for emergency use. China gave the green light to its… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 24, 2020

The dollar’s weakening bias resurfaced during the European morning session, pushing the USD index (DXY) to a low at 92.92, which marks over a 50% retrace of Friday’s gain. EUR-USD concurrently lifted to a high at 1.1841, which is over 40 pips on last week’s closing level. The pair still remains comfortably below last week’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 24, 2020

Narrow ranges have been prevailing in early-week trading. EUR-USD has been consolidating losses seen last week after the pair hit a 27-month peak at 1.1967, holding today near the 1.1800 level, up on Friday’s pull-back low at 1.1754. Last week, while producing a new trend high, was the first down week EUR-USD has seen out… Read more »

Victoria gives $1.5m boost to online ag product marketing

VICTORIAN Minister for Agriculture has announced $1.5 million in funding to help the state’s farmers and producers to expand into online marketing. Source: Sheep Central Victoria gives .5m boost to online ag product marketing

MLA is looking for sheep meat and grass-fed beef research ideas

MEAT & Livestock is seeking preliminary funding proposals from researchers for on-farm research, development and adoption projects that benefit sheep meat and grass-ed beef producers. Source: Sheep Central MLA is looking for sheep meat and grass-fed beef research ideas

Young NSW auctioneers heading to Dubbo for state final

FINALISTS in the 2020 ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition finalists will compete at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets on September 3. Source: Sheep Central Young NSW auctioneers heading to Dubbo for state final

Wool joins the race to develop protective finishes for apparel

THE COVID-19 pandemic is inspiring some companies to add new protective qualities to wool and other textile fabrics to protect against the bugs that plague us. Source: Sheep Central Wool joins the race to develop protective finishes for apparel

AWI general manager for operations is moving on

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s general manager of operations Nigel Gosse is moving on to take the top job at real-time livestock auction app company FarmGate Auctions. Source: Sheep Central AWI general manager for operations is moving on

Vale: Tom Brinkworth

Legendary South Australian pastoralist Tom Brinkworth has passed away, aged 83. Source: Beef Central Vale: Tom Brinkworth

Record offering of 3000 Gulf heifers tipped to create three-way bidding duel

What’s shaping up as the largest single-vendor, single-sale offering ever assembled on AuctionsPlus could produce a three-way contest among buyers when they are catalogued for sale on Friday week. Source: Beef Central Record offering of 3000 Gulf heifers tipped to create three-way bidding duel

Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop on sell-side pressure

Grower and trader selling on nearby and new-crop barley has driven values down to levels which are buying bulk and containerised export demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop on sell-side pressure

Qld-NSW border opens to agricultural workers, NSW launches ‘help harvest’ website

An exemption allowing farmers and agribusiness workers to cross the Queensland-New South Wales border was confirmed on Saturday, which should end three weeks of disruption and uncertainty for agricultural enterprises and service providers with business operations in both states. Source: Beef Central Qld-NSW border opens to agricultural workers, NSW launches ‘help harvest’ website