Month: April 2021

Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Mentoring is not just a critical tool for diversifying demographics in meat and livestock industry workplaces; it can also be a fast-track for up-skilling the entire workforce. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Meet Beef Central’s team at Beef 2021

Beef Central will have its largest ever team on site at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next week as we strive to keep our readers across Australia and around the world  up to date with all of the news, developments and important stories as they unfold at Australia’s biggest beef industry event. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Building a highly profitable grazing business around climate change

The story behind a single $6.2 million cattle trade involving 2508 Angus heifers completed earlier this year helps to illustrate why Nigel and Kate Kerin changed their grazing strategy just over a decade ago. Source: Beef Central Building a highly profitable grazing business around climate change

Growing interest in forward wool marketing into 2022

IT was an interesting week on the forward and the spot auction wool markets this week as prices lifted at auctions in Australia. Source: Sheep Central Growing interest in forward wool marketing into 2022

UNE wool scholarship has worked for Amelia

LIVESTOCK Collective events co-ordinator Amelia Nolan credits the University of New England’s Australian Wool Education Trust scholarship with expanding her industry network and improving her employability. Source: Sheep Central UNE wool scholarship has worked for Amelia

Wool price benchmark posts largest rise since February

INCREASED Chinese demand for Merino wool for the knitting trade has helped drive the Australian wool market higher this week. Source: Sheep Central Wool price benchmark posts largest rise since February

‘Meat’ brand not for plant-based proteins – RMAC chair

AUSTRALIAN red meat industry leader John McKillop has made a call to arms over the ‘dishonest’ branding of plant-based proteins with descriptive ‘meat’ labelling. Source: Sheep Central ‘Meat’ brand not for plant-based proteins – RMAC chair

Australian wool production forecast to increase into 2022

AUSTRALIA’S 2020-21 wool production forecast has been revised upward to 290 millions kilograms, although the number of sheep shorn is forecast to fall by 4.5 percent to 65.5 million. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool production forecast to increase into 2022

Unlocking the lotfeeding potential of northern Australia

Ahead of Beef Australia 2021 next week, the outgoing Young Ambassador for the Australian beef industry remains excited by the industry’s potential growth. Source: Beef Central Unlocking the lotfeeding potential of northern Australia

Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Mentoring is a great way to progress a person’s professional and personal development, and help create a more productive business. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Cattle slaughter projected to hit lowest level in 36 years

A major reduction in slaughter volumes on the back of significant rainfall in northern Australia over summer has fuelled the prospect of the national cattle herd rebuild intensifying, MLA’s April quarterly update to the 2021 Cattle Industry Projections says. The forecast cattle slaughter for this year of 6.4 million head – the lowest in 36… Read more »

Farmers should make hay while the sun shines: ANZ

Farmers will need to balance their strategies as commodities such as wheat are likely to see a gradual decline in prices over the coming years as they return to ‘normal’ levels. Source: Grain Central Farmers should make hay while the sun shines: ANZ

Fledgling farmers find Muscovy breeding no waddle in the park

Breeding livestock can be tricky at the best of times, but when you’re a first-time farmer and you choose a breed that’s known to be fickle, you’re really escalating the challenge.  Source: ABC Livestock Fledgling farmers find Muscovy breeding no waddle in the park

Bride gets in the mud to deliver stuck calf on wedding night

A cow named Drama was overdue on Jessa’s wedding day, so when the bride heard she was having some trouble delivering her calf she had to intervene. Source: ABC Livestock Bride gets in the mud to deliver stuck calf on wedding night

Grain fed beef sector launches grassroots campaign

The Australian grainfed beef sector is about to launch a new platform to showcase the quality attributes of grainfed beef production in Australia, allowing the sector to tell its authentic story on how its members nourish cattle, land and communities. Source: Beef Central Grain fed beef sector launches grassroots campaign

Back-to-back Wagyu branded beef wins for rapidly expanding Stone Axe supply chain

Back-to-back grand championship titles in the Australian Wagyu Association’s annual branded beef competition have cemented Western Australian-based Stone Axe Pastoral as one of the emerging supply chain powerhouses in the Wagyu beef industry. Source: Beef Central Back-to-back Wagyu branded beef wins for rapidly expanding Stone Axe supply chain

Dalby sale 21 April 2021: Quality mixed in 3723 head yarding

A full panel of export processors was present and operating, plus the usual feeder and trade buyers. However restocker presents and activity was not as strong as the previous week. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock were noticeably cheaper. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 21 April 2021: Quality mixed in 3723 head… Read more »

Major forum to bring together agrifood innovators

Toowoomba will host a major agrifood innovation forum in June, which will help drive the adoption of AgTech. Source: Beef Central Major forum to bring together agrifood innovators

Opinion: Our brand is our Industry

There should be no free ride for manufactured plant-based protein products trying to piggyback off the reputation of Aussie red meat, writes Red Meat Advisory Council chair John McKillop. Source: Beef Central Opinion: Our brand is our Industry

Riordan Grain celebrates bulk export milestone of 1Mt

RIORDAN Grain Services yesterday loaded its one millionth tonne of export grain, a milestone that has coincided with the company’s 25th year of operation. The volume milestone has been achieved… Source: Grain Central Riordan Grain celebrates bulk export milestone of 1Mt

Beer drives demand as barley malthouse reopens in Adelaide

Boortmalt will reopen the Cavan malthouse in Adelaide to meet the growing demand for brewing and distilling malts in the Asia Pacific region. Source: ABC Grain Beer drives demand as barley malthouse reopens in Adelaide

Episode 7: Sydney retail butcher Stephen Kelly, head of Sutcliffe Meats

In this week’s episode, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on the domestic retail beef market, in a probing discussion on consumer issues, beef branding and the post-COVID retail environment with successful Sydney butcher Stephen Kelly, head of the Sutcliffe Meats chain of 10 retail outlets. Source: Beef Central Episode 7: Sydney retail… Read more »

Dairy farmers welcome Labor vow to give them a champion

NSW Labor has committed to establishing a dairy and fresh food commissioner to provide an independent voice for the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers welcome Labor vow to give them a champion

MLA campaign generates more lamb and beef moments for US

REPEAT purchases of Australian lamb and beef have been achieved by a multi-channel digital campaign by Meat & Livestock Australia in the United States of America. Source: Sheep Central MLA campaign generates more lamb and beef moments for US

Rabbits and hares less of a problem, but weeds still reign

RABBITS and hares are less of a problem on Australia’s agricultural land according to managers survey in the latest ABARES Pest Animal and Weed Management Survey results released today. Source: Sheep Central Rabbits and hares less of a problem, but weeds still reign

RSPCA releases tips on responsible sheep meat and wool sourcing

TIPS on how to interrogate Australia’s wool and sheep meat supply chains are included in a suite of new resources from the RSPCA designed to help the nation’s businesses make ethical choices and improve animal welfare. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA releases tips on responsible sheep meat and wool sourcing

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 28 April 2021

A SURFACE trough along the north-east coast of Queensland produced heavy rainfall between Cairns and Ingham, and moderate falls across the southern Cape York Peninsula and northern interior of Qld, while a cold front across southern Australia generated light falls on parts of the southern coast of WA and SA. Source: Sheep Central Weekly… Read more »

Sheep freeze branding developer releases ‘positive’ research report

SHEEP freeze branding developer John Steinfort is happy with the conclusions in a final research report from University of Melbourne researchers into the process touted as an alternative to surgical mulesing … Source: Sheep Central Sheep freeze branding developer releases ‘positive’ research report

Trial exposes big variations in Wagyu net feed intake

Big variations were seen in results in the Australian Wagyu Association’s inaugural 2021 net feed intake  efficiency competition – a feature which excites geneticists, because it opens up possibilities to select for more efficient and profitable feeder cattle. Source: Beef Central Trial exposes big variations in Wagyu net feed intake

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 28 April 2021

A surface trough along the north-east coast of Queensland produced heavy rainfall between Cairns and Ingham, and moderate falls across the southern Cape York Peninsula and northern interior of Qld, while a cold front across southern Australia generated light falls on parts of the southern coast of WA and SA. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Call for dialogue on introduction of minimum stands to protect ‘Brand Wagyu Australia’

A spokesman for a large vertically-integrated beef supply chain which has recently invested heavily in Wagyu production has called for dialogue around the merits of introducing minimum standards for Australian Wagyu beef. Source: Beef Central Call for dialogue on introduction of minimum stands to protect ‘Brand Wagyu Australia’

2021 Australian Wagyu Conference: Demand fundamentals ‘incredibly positive’

Macro drivers for Australian beef demand remain “incredibly positive”, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong told this morning’s session of the Australian Wagyu Association annual conference on the Gold Coast. Source: Beef Central 2021 Australian Wagyu Conference: Demand fundamentals ‘incredibly positive’

Geoff Willett inducted into Australian Wagyu Association Hall of Fame

A highlight of the AWA Conference this morning was the induction into the Australian Wagyu Hall of Fame of Geoff Willett, who founded developed Maydan Feedlot at Warwick. Source: Beef Central Geoff Willett inducted into Australian Wagyu Association Hall of Fame

Boortmalt to reopen Cavan malting plant in SA

Boortmalt NV, which operates in Australia as Joe White Malting, has announced it plans to reopen its malting facility at Cavan in SA from the middle of this year. Source: Grain Central Boortmalt to reopen Cavan malting plant in SA

FNQ calf factory could make $35m

More than $35m is anticipated for agribusiness identity Nick Burton-Taylor’s unique large scale cattle breeding enterprise in Far North Queensland. Source: Beef Central FNQ calf factory could make m

Sheep biosecurity and health Facebook group launched

SHEEP producers are being asked to flock to a new Facebook group to engage with each other and industry experts to improve on-farm biosecurity. Source: Sheep Central Sheep biosecurity and health Facebook group launched

ACCC grants Viterra’s Adelaide terminals exemptions

The ACCC has granted Viterra’s Inner Harbour and Outer Harbor terminals part exemptions due to increased competition in Port Adelaide but South Australia’s major bulk handler has not gained similar exemptions for its Port Giles and Wallaroo terminals. Source: Grain Central ACCC grants Viterra’s Adelaide terminals exemptions

Vic dairy farmer fined $40,000 for animal cruelty

A northern Victorian dairy farmer was fined $40,000 in the Shepparton Magistrates Court recently for animal cruelty to his dairy herd during two separate periods in 2017 and 2018 at his property near Invergordon. Source: Beef Central Vic dairy farmer fined ,000 for animal cruelty

Up to $10 million available for innovative live export health solutions

Innovative solutions to improve monitoring and reporting of livestock health and welfare at critical export supply chain points are being sought by the Australian Government. Source: Beef Central Up to million available for innovative live export health solutions

'Memorable characters': Shearers inspire photo exhibition

Young shearers “as tough as any generation” have inspired an exhibition by photographer Leith Alexander, who has been selected as a finalist for the National Portrait prize. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Memorable characters’: Shearers inspire photo exhibition

Favourable start for forage oats crops

Prospects for forage oats plantings are looking promising this year with crops in New South Wales and western Queensland well up and away, while plantings on the inner Downs are just getting under way. Source: Beef Central Favourable start for forage oats crops

Weekly kill: Signs of life in export beef trade lifts hopes

A moderate, but encouraging lift in demand and prices for Australian beef in some export markets is starting to rein-in some of the big losses experienced by beef processors this year. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Signs of life in export beef trade lifts hopes

Red meat more than just protein: the science proves it

An important seminar at Beef Australia 2021 in Rockhampton next week is set to explore the small but developing trend among health-conscious consumers to include red meat and healthy fats as part of a balanced, nutrient-rich diet. Source: Beef Central Red meat more than just protein: the science proves it

VFF urges farmer action on expected Glenelg Shire farm rate hike

VICTORIA’S peak farming body is opposing the Glenelg Shire Council’s plan to reduce its primary producer rebate resulting in local farmers paying thousands of dollars more in rates. Source: Sheep Central VFF urges farmer action on expected Glenelg Shire farm rate hike

WA livestock and cropping funding scheme review is closing

SUBMISSIONS close this week on a review of Western Australian industry funding scheme regulations concerning pest and disease threats to sheep, goats, cattle and cropping in the state. Source: Sheep Central WA livestock and cropping funding scheme review is closing

AuctionsPlus online wool bales sales steady

ONLINE wool sales steadied last week, with a continuing preference for fine Merino wool with good specifications. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus online wool bales sales steady

Online sheep and lamb prices falter as offering lifts

SHEEP and lamb prices were slightly lower on AuctionsPlus last week as the overall offering increased 12 percent to 90,112 head. Source: Sheep Central Online sheep and lamb prices falter as offering lifts

Non-mulesed growers question Trust in Australian Wool campaign

NON-MULESED wool producers claim WoolProducers Australia’s Trust in Australian Wool initiative has failed to adequately recognise efforts to breed sheep that don’t need surgical breech modification. Source: Sheep Central Non-mulesed growers question Trust in Australian Wool campaign

Bree and Zoe ace WKC National Kelpie Field Trial on first go round

VICTORIAN sheep manager Bree Cudmore with her bitch Marista Zoe has become the first woman to win the prestigious Working Kelpie Council National Kelpie Field trial, and on her first attempt. Source: Sheep Central Bree and Zoe ace WKC National Kelpie Field Trial on first go round

Charges laid after young ringer suffers burns while cutting Avgas drum

NT WorkSafe has charged a cattle mustering contractor with four breaches of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011, over an incident where an 18-year-old worker was severely burnt when a 44-gallon Avgas drum exploded. Source: Beef Central Charges laid after young ringer suffers burns while cutting Avgas drum

Strong recovery in stud cattle registrations, post-drought

There has been a sharp rise in seedstock cattle registrations across Australia over the past 12 months, data recorded by the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association shows. Driven by a return to more favourable seasonal conditions and the start of herd rebuilding after drought – as well as the confidence-driven commercial cattle market – seedstock… Read more »

Beef 2021 commercial trade exhibits: Your guide to what’s new, and what’s hot

Commercial trade displays at Beef 2021 will cover every conceivable aspect of the meat and livestock supply chain in Australia. While there will be a heavy emphasis on agtech in many exhibits this year, commercial displays will cover everything from animal health and nutrition to genetics, stock handling and fencing, animal ID and traceability, finance,… Read more »

How history's war horses are helping heal modern-day trauma survivors

More than a century after their forefathers fought at Gallipoli, a group of West Australians is finding unexpected solace in equine therapy and military history. Source: ABC Livestock How history’s war horses are helping heal modern-day trauma survivors

JBS buys Europe’s third biggest plant-based protein producer

Global meat processor JBS has agreed to purchase Vivera, Europe’s third-largest plant-based protein producer, in a deal worth the equivalent of A$532 million that thrusts JBS deeper into the animal protein replacement market. Source: Beef Central JBS buys Europe’s third biggest plant-based protein producer

Pardoo Beef expands its outback Wagyu empire

Pastoral giant Pardoo Beef Corporation enters a partnership with traditional owners in Western Australia’s Fitzroy Valley to sublease two highly sought-after cattle stations. Source: ABC Livestock Pardoo Beef expands its outback Wagyu empire

Young cattle prices surge online, including AuctionsPlus records

AuctionsPlus results for young cattle was stronger this week, assisted by an 8pc decline in offerings to 20,565 head. A highlight was demand for some larger runs of F1 Wagyu backgrounders, including record-setting levels for several lines. Source: Beef Central Young cattle prices surge online, including AuctionsPlus records

Recruitment: Six tips for improving workplace culture

A healthy workplace culture is the best bet for happy employees and low turnover. That statement applies as much in a small family-scale lamb or wool operation with a single employee, as it does in a processing plant employing hundreds. If you’re wondering what the culture is like in your business, consider the disposition of… Read more »

Strong wool auction start prompts forward market surge

IT was another interesting yet somewhat confusing week, with a strong auction start causing a surge in forward market activity. Source: Sheep Central Strong wool auction start prompts forward market surge

New business pushes wool price benchmark up 21 cents

AUSTRALIAN Merino and crossbred wool prices generally improved this week, with the strongest demand continuing to be for finer clips. Source: Sheep Central New business pushes wool price benchmark up 21 cents

Up to $10 million available for innovative live export health solutions

INNOVATIVE solutions to improve monitoring and reporting of livestock health and welfare at critical export supply chain points are being sought by the Australian Government. Source: Sheep Central Up to million available for innovative live export health solutions

Growing interest in processing wool and natural fibres onshore

A SURGE in the number of sheep, goat and alpaca producers wanting to add value to their fibre in Australia has prompted a unique online event next month. Source: Sheep Central Growing interest in processing wool and natural fibres onshore

Is Australia the ‘go to’ country for sustainable wool and sheep meat?

AUSTRALIA is well-placed as a sustainable producer of wool and sheep meat, but it needs to continue to prove it to the world, according to marketers and producers at the… Source: Sheep Central Is Australia the ‘go to’ country for sustainable wool and sheep meat?

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum shorts pre-occupy north

Prices for feedgrain have rallied as growers switch attention to planting rather than selling grain, and domestic consumers have to bid up for tonnage as the market remains fixed on filling export cargoes. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum shorts pre-occupy north

Cattle feed estimates go high tech using satellite image approach

A significant grant has been awarded to Territory Natural Resource Management to develop the use of cutting-edge satellite data to deliver a program of high tech feed budgeting to Northern Territory cattle producers. Source: Beef Central Cattle feed estimates go high tech using satellite image approach

Cell-based meat producer lists on US Nasdaq exchange

Israeli-based tech company MeaTech last month became the first cell-based meat producer to be publicly traded on the New York Nasdaq exchange, raising an additional US$28 million in its initial offering.  Source: Beef Central Cell-based meat producer lists on US Nasdaq exchange

Australia's first mammoth ass already turning heads

Standing 40 centimetres taller than normal donkeys, Moonwatcher won the hearts of his minders but upset a few horses during his time in quarantine. Source: ABC Livestock Australia’s first mammoth ass already turning heads

That's a big ass: Giant donkey already turning heads

Standing 40 centimetres taller than normal donkeys, Moonwatcher won the hearts of his minders but upset a few horses during his time in quarantine. Source: ABC Livestock That’s a big ass: Giant donkey already turning heads

Larger runs of cattle meet fierce demand at Gracemere

Feeder steers peaked at 440c/kg at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange Gracemere Prime and Store Cattle Sale on Wednesday, where a Red Brahman offering of 287 EU-eligible cattle was snapped up by lotfeeders and restockers alike. Source: Beef Central Larger runs of cattle meet fierce demand at Gracemere

Dalby sale 21 April 2021: Dearer across board for 3603 head

All the usual export buyers were in attendance and operating, along with the regular feed and trade buyers, plus local and interstate restockers. Light weight yearling steers to restockers averaged over 20c/kg better. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 21 April 2021: Dearer across board for 3603 head

Episode 6: AA Co’s Hugh Killen

In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat with his guest, Hugh Killen, managing director of the Australian Agricultural Co. Source: Beef Central Episode 6: AA Co’s Hugh Killen

Vale Sir William Allen

Respected Queensland pastoral industry identity Sir William Allen has passed away in Brisbane. It is understood he was 89. Source: Beef Central Vale Sir William Allen

‘Loss of a titan’: Cattle industry grieves loss of fearless advocate Ashley McKay

The Australian beef cattle and horse sport industries have lost a fearless advocate and a “titan” following the death of Queensland cattle producer and campdrafter Ashley McKay, OAM, in a tragic on-property accident near Injune yesterday. Source: Beef Central ‘Loss of a titan’: Cattle industry grieves loss of fearless advocate Ashley McKay

$11.5 million program ushers in new era for oat breeding

The National Oat Breeding Program will be propelled into a new era through an $11.5 million program under the leadership of commercial breeding company, InterGrain. Source: Grain Central .5 million program ushers in new era for oat breeding

Farmers welcome end to proposed Liverpool Plains coal mine

NSW Farmers has welcomed news that the Shenhua Watermark Coal Project will not go ahead on the fertile Liverpool Plains in north west NSW. Source: Grain Central Farmers welcome end to proposed Liverpool Plains coal mine

What makes the perfect coffee? This farmer says it's all about 'quality' milk

A Victorian farmer is hosting baristas at his dairy — all in the name of making a better coffee. He says to forget finding the world’s best beans and focus on the right milk instead. Source: ABC Livestock What makes the perfect coffee? This farmer says it’s all about ‘quality’ milk

Weekly property review: Chinese land area ownership footprint doesn’t tell the story

Rural property specialists have dismissed the recently-updated Foreign Investment Review Board’s register of foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land as being misleading and too simplistic. The agricultural land register was established in 2015 to provide greater transparency about the level of overseas investment in Australia’s farmland. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: Chinese land… Read more »

World-first sheep sustainability framework launched

SHEEP meat and wool producers have worked with processors and their customers to produce the world-first Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework (SSF) with a set of metrics to track progress in key areas. Source: Sheep Central World-first sheep sustainability framework launched

National survey to inform agricultural education future

A NATIONAL agricultural awareness survey has been launched by CQUniversity agri-tech education researchers to capture students’ knowledge and understanding of the industry. Source: Sheep Central National survey to inform agricultural education future

Young Victorian farmers get $10,000 scholarship boost

A FLOCK of up-and-coming Victorian agricultural professionals has had a $10,000 to boost to their farming futures. Source: Sheep Central Young Victorian farmers get ,000 scholarship boost

Drive for feed efficiency yields White Suffolk ewe record

A DRIVE for lamb feed efficiency and doability, and meeting the market, has produced a new Australian record price for a White Suffolk ewe. Source: Sheep Central Drive for feed efficiency yields White Suffolk ewe record

Throughput is key to Deniliquin sheep saleyards viability

RECORDING consistent annual sheep throughput is critical to the Deniliquin saleyards’ long-term viability, a strategic plan commissioned by the Edward River Council has found. Source: Sheep Central Throughput is key to Deniliquin sheep saleyards viability

Search starts for Australia’s top young wool broker

AUSTRALIA’S wool trade is again looking for its top young broker with the calling of nominations for the 2021 NCWSBA Wool Broker Award sponsored by Sheep Central and AWTA Ltd. Source: Sheep Central Search starts for Australia’s top young wool broker

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 April 2021

Troughs brought rain to Western Australia’s Pilbara and north-eastern New South Wales, heavy falls in Queensland’s North Tropical Coast, while cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 April 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 April 2021

Troughs brought rain to Western Australia’s Pilbara and north-eastern New South Wales, heavy falls in Queensland’s North Tropical Coast, while cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 April 2021

Untimely rain, cool temps, mice confound mungbean finish

Mungbean growers are facing the dilemma of when to spray out and harvest their crops as heavy March rains, cool autumn temperatures and mice play havoc with bean maturity, quality and yield. Source: Grain Central Untimely rain, cool temps, mice confound mungbean finish