Month: March 2021

Southern NSW hits historically high land values

The southern New South Wales rural property market in early 2021 continues to demonstrate historically high land values, building on the significant gains experienced in the latter half of 2020. Source: Beef Central Southern NSW hits historically high land values

Roma store sale 30 March 2021: Feeders, restockers push prices higher

Export buyer attendance was lower but regular feeder and restocker buyers were very active, with light weight yearling steers and heifers returning to the paddock or background experienced price improvements. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 30 March 2021: Feeders, restockers push prices higher

Wool plans coalition to impress natural fibre case on EU

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation plans to form an international natural fibre coalition to ensure plant and animal fibres are not harmed under the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint Scheme. Source: Sheep Central Wool plans coalition to impress natural fibre case on EU

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 31 March 2021

A LOW pressure system and associated cold front brought moderate rainfall to eastern New South Wales and the far south-east of the country, while thunderstorms and showers in northern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 31 March 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 31 March 2021

A low pressure system and associated cold front brought moderate rainfall to eastern New South Wales and the far south-east of the country, while thunderstorms and showers in northern Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 31 March 2021

High profile judges announced for Beef 2021 Pitch in the Paddock agtech event

Senior executives from Microsoft and John Deere will participate on the judging panel assessing entries in Beef 2021’s Pitch in the Paddock agtech incubator event in May. Source: Beef Central High profile judges announced for Beef 2021 Pitch in the Paddock agtech event

Rice growers urged not to burn stubble during Easter, Anzac public holidays

Rice growers are encouraged to take all possible steps to minimise the adverse effects of stubble-burning smoke on neighbours and neighbouring townships during the holiday period. Source: Grain Central Rice growers urged not to burn stubble during Easter, Anzac public holidays

Innovation keeps these Four Daughters ahead of the curve

Sisters Bonnie, Molly, Jemima and Matilda Penfold are the faces of Four Daughters, a premium 150-day grainfed Black Angus family beef brand launched with their parents Karen and Dan in 2019 to diversify and expand their business with a firm eye on succession planning. Source: Beef Central Innovation keeps these Four Daughters ahead of… Read more »

Farmer claims toxic stock lick responsible for hundreds of cattle deaths

In 2018, John Foote changed supplements for his herd. Less than two years later, more than 400 cattle were dead, but those who sold him the supplements reject any responsibility. Source: ABC Livestock Farmer claims toxic stock lick responsible for hundreds of cattle deaths

VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

The University of Adelaide is using virtual reality to teach livestock skills, without putting students or cattle at risk.  Source: ABC Livestock VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

Weekly genetics review: Considering the costs of longevity in bulls

For many producers, the cost of bulls is a constant source of discussion. Following last week’s column, it was highlighted to me by by numerous readers that costs associated with bulls are a more complex issue than many realise. There is no doubt this is the case. A key component to offsetting the cost of… Read more »

Santa Gertrudis joins growing trend towards Single-Step Breedplan analysis

Australian Santa Gertrudis breeders are the latest to incorporate genomic information into the calculation of Estimated Breeding Values within the breed’s Breedplan evaluation, known as Single-Step. Source: Beef Central Santa Gertrudis joins growing trend towards Single-Step Breedplan analysis

Tasmania's whisky revolution drives demand for malt barley

An international malting company is on a mission to build barley stocks for Tasmania’s booming craft beer and spirits industry. Source: ABC Grain Tasmania’s whisky revolution drives demand for malt barley

Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by the MV Ever Given is expected to put upward pressure on bulk and container sea freight as shipping lines factor in wait times for some vessels and lengthened routes for others. Source: Sheep Central Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

Consumers stay rusted-on to red meat during COVID era, study shows

Red meat has a key role to play in a healthy, balanced diet – and if anything, that view has become even more entrenched during the COVID-19 era. That’s one of the key messages to emerge from an important annual consumer report released last week. Source: Beef Central Consumers stay rusted-on to red meat… Read more »

Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by the MV Ever Given is expected to put upward pressure on bulk grain freight as shipping lines factor in wait times for some vessels and lengthened routes for others. Source: Beef Central Modern-day ‘Suez Crisis’ disrupts world trade

Livex cost recovery charge hikes “fail the pub test” says outgoing NTCA president

Plans by Canberra to impose significant increases in live export cost recovery charges would not only fail the “pub test” from Townsville to Broome, they “wouldn’t even make it into the carpark”, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott told the association’s annual conference in Alice Springs on Friday. Source: Beef Central Livex cost… Read more »

Weekly kill: Easter kills heading towards record-low territory

Australia’s eastern states beef kills in coming weeks look like heading into record low territory for this time of year. While the two weeks either side of the Easter break inevitably record a sharp decline in throughput by around 15-20pc, a combination of very tight cattle supply following recent rain, and numerous short and longer-term… Read more »

Mice continue to damage summer crops, threaten winter sowing

Mouse numbers remain moderate to high in many regions, causing damage to maturing summer crops and likely to cause damage at sowing of winter crops. Source: Grain Central Mice continue to damage summer crops, threaten winter sowing

Lotfeeders’ SmartBeef conference set for October

The Australian Lot Feeders Association will host its biennial SmartBeef Conference in October. The event will be held in the heart of lotfeeding country at the Dalby Events Centre on Queensland’s Darling Downs from 19-21 October. Source: Beef Central Lotfeeders’ SmartBeef conference set for October

'Terrible for the people': Century-old Queensland saleyard holds final sale

For more than a century, the Beaudesert saleyards have been a meeting place for locals across Queensland’s Scenic Rim, but today saw the end of town’s fortnightly pig and calf sale. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Terrible for the people’: Century-old Queensland saleyard holds final sale

AuctionsPlus Bale sales double over online wool offer board

The AuctionsPlus online offer board doubled sales to 318 bales last week, with the most buyer interest shown in fine and medium Merino lines. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Bale sales double over online wool offer board

Online sheep and lambs in demand after east coast rain

ONLINE sheep and lamb supplies contracted and prices improved last week after rain fall across the eastern states. Source: Sheep Central Online sheep and lambs in demand after east coast rain

Autumn Lamb Legends launch gives easy options

MEAT & Livestock Australia has launched its Autumn lamb campaign, aiming to show that cooking with Australian lamb is easy. Source: Sheep Central Autumn Lamb Legends launch gives easy options

Feedgrain Focus: Rain sinks values despite freight squeeze

Rain and flooding has caused some short-term logistics problems but bolstered the outlook for new-crop planting, and domestic wheat and barley prices have fallen in response. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Rain sinks values despite freight squeeze

React to real information, not perceived, Jason Strong tells NTCA

On a Thursday one year ago, at the start of the COVID pandemic, MLA received a phone call from an industry organisation asking “what on earth is MLA going to do about the survival of our independent red meat retailers, our butchers?” Source: Beef Central React to real information, not perceived, Jason Strong tells… Read more »

Six ways industry research is aiming to drive northern cattle productivity gains

Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong provided updates on six key research programs aimed at driving northern profitability at Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association conference in Alice Springs on Friday. Source: Beef Central Six ways industry research is aiming to drive northern cattle productivity gains

Vale Tony Wharton

Former AusMeat chairman and processing industry identity Tony Wharton passed away last month after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Source: Beef Central Vale Tony Wharton

Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

A year after the COVID virus was first reported among meatworkers, vaccination programs are now rolling out across Australia to provide an added layer of protection for plant staff. Source: Beef Central Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

Grants available to assist farmers with flood recovery

Flood recovery grants of up to $75,000 jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments are available to assist farmers revive local food and fibre production in flood affected regions. Source: Grain Central Grants available to assist farmers with flood recovery

Recruitment: Five things extraordinary managers say every day

Employers and managers can make a difference in the way they interact with employees by saying these five simple things in day-to-day dealings with staff. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Five things extraordinary managers say every day

Beef corporation's political donations spark concerns

A West Australian beef corporation donated thousands of dollars to the state’s major parties while it was applying to clear land, alarming environmentalists. Source: ABC Livestock Beef corporation’s political donations spark concerns

Processor JBS commits to net zero emissions target by 2040

JBS, the world’s largest animal protein producer, has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its worldwide operations by 2040. The move is a first across the global meat and poultry sector. Source: Sheep Central Processor JBS commits to net zero emissions target by 2040

Rain squeezes AuctionsPlus offering sharply lower

Young cattle price trends were mixed, despite a much smaller rain-impacted offering of 10,605 head on AuctionsPlus this week – the lowest weekly offering seen so far in 2021.   Source: Beef Central Rain squeezes AuctionsPlus offering sharply lower

Wool prices lift slightly as growers hold back bales

WOOL growers withdrew or refused to sell nearly a quarter of the bales catalogued bales for auctions across Australia this week. Source: Sheep Central Wool prices lift slightly as growers hold back bales

Recruitment: Five things extraordinary managers say every day

EMPLOYERS and managers can make a difference in the way they interact with employees by saying these five simple things in day-to-day dealings with staff. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Five things extraordinary managers say every day

Forward wool market trading restricted to the short-term

FORWARD wool trading was light and physical auctions opened with great expectations in a mixed week for the markets. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market trading restricted to the short-term

NSW farmers warned about animal health risks from floods

NEW South Wales livestock owners have been warned to remain vigilant for increased animal disease risks, with vast areas of the state still impacted by flood waters. Source: Sheep Central NSW farmers warned about animal health risks from floods

Brokers seek further extension of National Wool Declaration review

WOOL brokers have sought a further extension of the Australian Wool Exchange’s National Wool Declaration review to allow consideration of the final peer-reviewed results from recent sheep freeze branding research. Source: Sheep Central Brokers seek further extension of National Wool Declaration review

Seasonal climate outlook April-June 2021

APRIL to June is likely to be a wetter than average period across the tropical north of Australia, extending from northern WA across to northern Queensland, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook April-June 2021

Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has declared it has not misled a Senate Estimates committee despite several discrepancies in its evidence to a hearing in Canberra this week. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

JBS delivers 48pc rise in EBITDA in 2020 financial year – despite COVID challenges

DESPITE a host of challenges encountered under COVID, global meat processor JBS delivered a spectacular 48 percent increase in pre-tax earnings for its 2020 financial year, announced yesterday. Source: Beef Central JBS delivers 48pc rise in EBITDA in 2020 financial year – despite COVID challenges

Northen beef industry well placed for ‘new world order’

Get prepared to play your vital role as efficient beef producers during the coming global chaos, Dr Ross Ainsworth tells the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association conference in Alice Springs this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Northen beef industry well placed for ‘new world order’

Week-long rains soak NSW-Qld crop zone

Widespread heavy rains throughout NSW and Queensland over the past week led to major flooding in coastal areas, but were generally welcomed by broadacre crop producers in inland regions. Source: Grain Central Week-long rains soak NSW-Qld crop zone

Live exports being 'regulated into oblivion', says outgoing Cattlemen's president

The NT Cattlemen’s Association’s outgoing president says Canberra’s cost recovery program for regulating the live export industry would cut profits for the entire industry.  Source: ABC Livestock Live exports being ‘regulated into oblivion’, says outgoing Cattlemen’s president

ACCC calls for independent agency to oversee Murray-Darling water markets

The ACCC has called for the establishment of a new independent agency to oversee trading and ensure water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin operate fairly and with integrity. Source: Grain Central ACCC calls for independent agency to oversee Murray-Darling water markets

NTCA 2021 conference kicks off in Alice Springs

FUNDING to give national cattle industry leadership greater clout, resistance to Federal Government live export cost recovery charge hikes, and calls for the industry to collaborate to take full advantage of growing opportunities were key messages in the opening session of this morning’s 36th Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Conference, being held this year at the Alice… Read more »

Recruitment: Five things extraordinary managers say every day

Employers and managers can make a difference in the way they interact with employees by saying these five simple things in day-to-day dealings with staff. Each has the power to dramatically change someone’s day -including their own. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Five things extraordinary managers say every day

Prices buoyant in smaller rain-affected CQLX yarding

NORTHERN producers made use of the buoyant Central Queensland cattle market on Wednesday, when the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange Gracemere prime and store sale saw young steers reach almost 600c/kg.… Source: Beef Central Prices buoyant in smaller rain-affected CQLX yarding

Processor JBS commits to net zero emissions target by 2040

JBS, the world’s largest animal protein producer, has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its worldwide operations by 2040. The move is a first across the global meat and poultry sector. Source: Beef Central Processor JBS commits to net zero emissions target by 2040

Dalby sale 17 March 2021: Fully firm for reduced numbers

Cows received price improvements across the board with gains of 7c to 9c/kg and considerably more on restocker lines. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 17 March 2021: Fully firm for reduced numbers

Recall issued on Suzuki quad bikes over lack of safety information

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a recall notice on 490 Suzuki Australia quad bikes sold in Australia, stating that they were sold without appropriate safety information and reflectors. Source: Beef Central Recall issued on Suzuki quad bikes over lack of safety information

Rain impact forces JBS Dinmore closure until after Easter

Supply chain logistics challenges brought on by wet weather across eastern parts of Queensland and New South Wales over the past week has forced JBS Australia to suspend processing operations at the company’s flagship Dinmore plant in southeast Queensland until after Easter. Source: Beef Central Rain impact forces JBS Dinmore closure until after Easter

Connolly set to take reins as NTCA president

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association will embark on a new three year phase with a brand new leadership team in place with David Connolly, the general manager at the Tipperary Group of Stations in the Northern Territory, set to be announced as the organisation’s next president at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Alice Springs… Read more »

Red Meat R&D: Upping our game in processing efficiency

What could video games and the Australian meat processing sector possibly have in common? If you’ve always thought of game-playing as an activity that happens outside work, it might be time to think again. AMPC is testing whether gamification could help red meat businesses upskill staff – from hands-on operators to console operators – to… Read more »

Spice crops: potential farming option for Australia’s north

Northern Australian farmers have the opportunity to test production of a suite of high-value spice crops, which have demonstrated their suitability in a series of small-scale trials conducted by CQUniversity Source: Grain Central Spice crops: potential farming option for Australia’s north

Newcastle rail line reopens, floods keep Moree closed

After a seven-day flood stoppage, grain trains are once again rolling into Newcastle’s grain-export terminals, but the Moree-Narrabri line remains closed as floodwaters hover around their peak in the Moree region. Source: Grain Central Newcastle rail line reopens, floods keep Moree closed

Former NTCA chief sues organisation over sacking

The former head of the NT Cattlemen’s Association is suing the organisation over his unexpected sacking in December 2020. Source: ABC Livestock Former NTCA chief sues organisation over sacking

Weekly property review: Plenty happening ‘behind the scenes’ with off-market transactions

Strong buyer demand and an under-supply of good quality assets are driving rising property prices. And while agents are working hard to secure listings for cashed up investors, like the proverbial iceberg there is plenty currently happening ‘out of sight’ with off-market sales, writes property editor Linda Rowley. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review:… Read more »

AWEX extends the NWD review submissions deadline to 6 April

AUSTRALIA’S wool growers could be faced with making submissions to a review of the National Wool Declaration without access to finalised research results on the sheep freeze branding process. Source: Sheep Central AWEX extends the NWD review submissions deadline to 6 April

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 March 2021

WIDESPREAD moderate rainfall in the northern tropics and eastern mainland, while a slow-moving coastal trough and a developing low pressure system brought persistent heavy rainfall along the Hunter and Mid North Coast in New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 March 2021

AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been grilled over its 2019 board election nomination process and a claim of agri-political activity, at a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday. Source: Sheep Central AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

No WoolQ revenue after $6.3 million spent over five years

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has spent $6.3 million in growers’ levy funds on the WoolQ Market platform over the past five years but it has failed to generate any revenue, Senate Estimates was told yesterday. Source: Sheep Central No WoolQ revenue after .3 million spent over five years

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 March 2021

Widespread moderate rainfall in the northern tropics and eastern mainland, while a slow-moving coastal trough and a developing low pressure system brought persistent heavy rainfall along the Hunter and Mid North Coast in New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 March 2021

Farmers act to ward off mouse threat to summer harvest, winter sowing

Grain growers are encouraged to keep up their efforts to manage mouse numbers in late sown summer crops and ahead of winter crop planting this season. Source: Grain Central Farmers act to ward off mouse threat to summer harvest, winter sowing

Service to mark Ian McIvor’s passing

Service arrangements have been finalised to mark the passing of live export industry identity, the late Ian McIvor. Source: Beef Central Service to mark Ian McIvor’s passing

How checking your pantry for bugs could help Aussie farmers

A citizen science project is asking members of the public to monitor their food pantries for insects over a four-week period and report everything from annoying moths to exotic pests. Source: ABC Grain How checking your pantry for bugs could help Aussie farmers

Tailored auditing key to driving farm GHG emissions mitigation

The uptake of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies in the cropping sector will only increase if a tailored system of recording, accounting and auditing is developed to validate the benefits. Source: Grain Central Tailored auditing key to driving farm GHG emissions mitigation

Putting more relevant numbers around Australia’s livestock emissions

The Australian red meat industry is getting closer to having some critical numbers to support its case that cattle and sheep are not contributing to global temperature increases as they are often accused of doing by anti-meat activists and plant-based protein purveyors. Source: Beef Central Putting more relevant numbers around Australia’s livestock emissions

Wagga sale 29 Mar 2021: Feedlot demand solid

There was more competition from feeder buyers while restockers battled hard to find lighter weight well-bred stock. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 29 Mar 2021: Feedlot demand solid

Aus farmers leading way in reducing emissions on farm: Crawford Fund

Farmers in Australia are leading the charge in reducing emissions on-farm, based on sound science, and are demonstrating a way forward for policy makers to assist in achieving their objectives. Source: Beef Central Aus farmers leading way in reducing emissions on farm: Crawford Fund

Cost recovery must also include cost efficiency: Cattle Council of Australia

Cost recovery is not a new concept for cattle producers, who are used to paying their way, but critcially, cost efficiencies also need to be explored as part of any assessment of effective regulation, writes Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann in this opinion piece in response to Department of Agriculture proposals to increase… Read more »

Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

A NEW mentorship initiative aims to improve career opportunities for women in the global meat industry and help meat businesses develop a strong pipeline of future female leaders has been launched. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

Weekly kill: Rain impact adds further challenges for processing

Widespread and in some places, heavy rain this past week has added another layer of complexity to the already-difficult beef processing challenge across eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Rain impact adds further challenges for processing

New owner for QLD’s Super Butcher retail chain

One of Australia’s largest independent red meat retail networks has changed hands. Queensland’s Super Butcher chain of five large warehouse-style stores has been sold by its owners, North QLD beef supply chain managers the McDonald family’s MDH Pty Ltd, to a Gold Coast based business identity. Source: Beef Central New owner for QLD’s Super… Read more »

Trial suggests liveweight has no affect on male goat meat quality

MEAT quality characteristics of lot-fed male Australian rangeland goats are unaffected by liveweight at slaughter, new research has indicated. Source: Sheep Central Trial suggests liveweight has no affect on male goat meat quality

Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

A NEW mentorship initiative aims to improve career opportunities for women in the global meat industry and help meat businesses develop a strong pipeline of future female leaders has been launched. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

Online wool sales settle as physical auction rates fall

ONLINE wool buying eased last week — with 151 bales traded — as prices eased on the physical auction market. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales settle as physical auction rates fall

Prices shift as AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offerings rise

AUCTIONSPLUS’ sheep and lamb offerings continued to increase last week, rising 11 percent to 107,418 head and flow of stock over the past two weeks has had a notable impact on prices, especially for the joined ewe lines. Source: Sheep Central Prices shift as AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb offerings rise

Shearing rate increase continues, but would KPIs work?

AUSTRALIA’S peak shearing contractor body is continuing a 15pc shearer rate and industry wage increase trial until a review later in the year, when New Zealand-based workers might be able to return. Source: Sheep Central Shearing rate increase continues, but would KPIs work?

Sheep freeze branding trial results fast-tracked for NWD review

FINAL preliminary results of a sheep freeze branding trial undertaken by the University of Melbourne will be fast-tracked for the Australian Wool Exchange’s National Wool Declaration review. Source: Sheep Central Sheep freeze branding trial results fast-tracked for NWD review

Flood appeal launched as torrential rain batters east coast

NSW Farmers has launched a Flood Appeal through its Natural Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to assist farmers with recovery efforts as a one-in -a-hundred year weather event continues to batter the east coast region.  Source: Beef Central Flood appeal launched as torrential rain batters east coast

Top-end cotton gin set to be up and running in 2022

The potential to develop a thriving cotton industry in Australia’s north has been given a boost with a new gin near Katherine set to be operational in 2022. Source: Beef Central Top-end cotton gin set to be up and running in 2022

Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

Getting definitive guidance through official channels remains elusive but written advice suggests veterinarians and stock hands working on livestock export ships should now be eligible to receive COVID vaccinations. Source: Beef Central Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands