Month: May 2021

$14m expasion for Fletcher’s Dubbo sheep plant

The flexibility of one of Australia’s largest integrated sheep meat processors – Fletcher International Exports – to meet market demands will be enhanced by a multi-million dollar investment. Source: Beef Central m expasion for Fletcher’s Dubbo sheep plant

JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has been paralysed over the weekend by a major cyber attack on its global information technology systems. Source: Sheep Central JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

COVID forces Casterton working dog auction to head online

CASTERTON’S famous working dog auction is heading online next month as Victoria’s latest COVID lockdown complicates the running of major events. Source: Sheep Central COVID forces Casterton working dog auction to head online

Seasonal climate outlook June-August 2021

RAINFALL for winter is likely to be above average for northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, most of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, and northern parts of Victoria and Tasmania, with the chance of exceeding median greater than 60 percent. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook June-August 2021

PGA chips AWI leader on WoolQ platform position

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has misrepresented at Senate Estimates the Pastoral and Graziers’ Association’s consistent opposition to its WoolQ trading platform, PGA Livestock Committee chairman Chris Patmore said today. “Whether it… Source: Sheep Central PGA chips AWI leader on WoolQ platform position

Lamb IMF language plan gets conditional AUS-MEAT approval

CONDITIONAL approval has been given for a process to include a lamb intramuscular fat percentage trait in Australia’s AUS-MEAT language. Source: Sheep Central Lamb IMF language plan gets conditional AUS-MEAT approval

Deal may be close to secure Tabro processing plant’s resurrection

Victoria’s troubled Tabro export beef processing plant may yet return to operations, with reports this week suggesting a buyer may have been found for the mothballed facility. Source: Beef Central Deal may be close to secure Tabro processing plant’s resurrection

Seasonal climate outlook Jun-Aug 2021

Rainfall for winter is likely to be above average for northern WA, the NT, most of Queensland, NSW and SA, and northern parts of Victoria and Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Jun-Aug 2021

So tight is global cattle supply, local disruptions are impacting world pricing

A combination of global and localised factors is creating a “very tight” global beef cattle market – with strong demand and record high prices in many regions throughout the world – and this is coinciding with a fundamental shift in international market dynamics, Rabobank says in a newly-released report.   Source: Beef Central So tight… Read more »

The Importance of Supplementation of Breeding Cows Grazing Winter Pastures

Silhouettes of black cows in winter morning sun through trees with fog, water near the fence

The goal of weaning is to produce a good calf that performs to its genetic potential and to keep the breeding herd in good condition, in order to return to estrus as soon as possible. This can become a challenge when pasture quality is declining and nutritional requirements of animals are changing. A successful outcome… Read more »

JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has been paralysed over the weekend by a major cyber attack on its global information technology systems. The impact is already being seen in JBS’s Australian operations, where the company has cancelled today’s entire beef and lamb kills across Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.     Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Australia Institute’s claims on climate “hypocritical” when it comes to agriculture

Queensland farm advocacy group AgForce has questioned the Australia Institute’s credibility after its latest report on climate highlighted emissions caused by livestock had declined 25.4 percent between 1990 and 2019, yet claimed, “any reduction in these emissions is likely to revert to previous levels” as drought conditions ease. Source: Beef Central Australia Institute’s claims… Read more »

Twelve Van Dairy properties back in Australian hands

The Chinese owners of Australia’s largest dairy operation sell a dozen farms after a tumultuous few years. Source: ABC Livestock Twelve Van Dairy properties back in Australian hands

Online numbers lift, as lighter steers and heifers ease in price

AuctionsPlus cattle listings lifted 14pc this week, totaling 19,481 head, with light cattle remaining in tight supply. The overall market sentiment was cheaper with 10 of the 18 indicative categories reporting price decreases. Source: Beef Central Online numbers lift, as lighter steers and heifers ease in price

Canola shines bright as West Australian harvest reaps top dollar

Record plantings, early rain and a global shortage of oilseed crops could set up West Australian farmers for a two billion dollar canola harvest.  Source: ABC Grain Canola shines bright as West Australian harvest reaps top dollar

'We're over the moon': Farmers catching a break with a rice revival

Rice production is back in a big way across southern New South Wales, with growers bringing in a huge harvest — more than 10 times larger than last season. Source: ABC Grain ‘We’re over the moon’: Farmers catching a break with a rice revival

China has been importing record amounts of meat in 2021

China buys up a record amount of meat from around the world. One analyst says: “They are like a vacuum cleaner, just sucking up the world’s surplus of meat”. Source: ABC Livestock China has been importing record amounts of meat in 2021

Mixed bag on wool auction and forward markets

IT was a mixed bag for the wool auction market and thin volumes were traded on the forwards early in the week, followed by a Friday flurry. Source: Sheep Central Mixed bag on wool auction and forward markets

Sheep, goat and cattle EID workshops continue in June

AGRICULTURE Victoria will continue holding practical, hands-on workshops across the state next month to assist sheep, goat and cattle producers in the use of the National Livestock Identification System. Source: Sheep Central Sheep, goat and cattle EID workshops continue in June

Fine Merino wool prices lift auction benchmark again

FINE wool prices lifted this week, but medium and broad Merino, and crossbred values fell in most auction centres. Source: Sheep Central Fine Merino wool prices lift auction benchmark again

China and EU labelling laws are industry ‘threats’ – AWI

AUSTRALIA’S dependence on China’s demand for its wool and proposed European Union labelling laws were threats to the industry, a Senate Estimates committee was told yesterday. Source: Sheep Central China and EU labelling laws are industry ‘threats’ – AWI

AWI admits rules did not ‘disallow’ Olsson joint nomination form

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has admitted it had no legal advice allowing or later disallowing a joint nomination form proposed by New South Wales grower Chick Olsson in the lead up to the 2019 director elections. Source: Sheep Central AWI admits rules did not ‘disallow’ Olsson joint nomination form

Big surge seen in US imported grinding meat values – can it last?

There’s been a big surge in value in grinding beef exports to the US and other key markets over the past month – and it hasn’t all been driven by Argentina’s recent withdrawal from the beef export trade. Prices for 90CL lean grinding beef into the US last week were quoted in Aussie dollar terms… Read more »

Northern Australia wet season lives up to its name

After several dry years across northern Australia, wet season 2020–21 saw a welcome return to above-average rainfall. Overall it was northern Australia’s wettest and coolest October to April wet season since 2016–17. Source: Beef Central Northern Australia wet season lives up to its name

Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease despite Vic, SA dry

Mounting concerns about dry conditions in parts of Victoria and South Australia could only minimise, but not stem, the drop in new-crop prices caused by the sell-off in US grain futures markets. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease despite Vic, SA dry

55pc of world’s terrestrial surface consists of rangelands, but just 10pc of national climate plans

A new atlas published today shows that 54 per cent of the world’s land surface consists of vast tracts of land covered by grass, shrubs or sparse, hardy vegetation that support millions of pastoralists, hunter gatherers, ranchers and large populations of wildlife—and store large amounts of carbon. Source: Beef Central 55pc of world’s terrestrial… Read more »

NSW Farmers calls for more action on mouse plague

NSW Farmers has described the State Government’s assistance package to combat the mouse plague as “impractical, dysfunctional and weeks away” and of no help to farmers who need support right now. Source: Grain Central NSW Farmers calls for more action on mouse plague

Greenham expands Tongala operations to embrace global demand for high quality chilled beef

Victorian beef processor HW Greenham plans to expand and transform its Tongala beef plant in the Goulburn Valley from a hot-boning only manufacturing beef facility into a high quality chilled beef processing site over the next 12 months. Source: Beef Central Greenham expands Tongala operations to embrace global demand for high quality chilled beef

WA beef industry research to map carbon footprint

Results from a ground-breaking research project aimed at significantly improving the carbon footprint of Western Australia’s beef industry will be used to help all producers and stakeholders stay ahead of consumers’ expectations. Source: Beef Central WA beef industry research to map carbon footprint

Warmer winter ahead for most of Australia

Most Australians are in for a warmer than average winter, according to the latest seasonal outlook released today by the Bureau of Meteorology. Source: Beef Central Warmer winter ahead for most of Australia

Livex cost recovery increases debated at Senate Estimates

Federal Agriculture officials have moved to downplay concerns that forthcoming regulatory cost increases for Australia’s livestock export industry will be as high as  some estimates claim, but have also stopped short of providing guarantees that future departmental charges will remain within currently modelled ranges. Source: Beef Central Livex cost recovery increases debated at Senate… Read more »

Episode 14: Nutrition scientist and MLA board member, Manny Noakes

In this week’s episode, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on prominent nutrition scientist and MLA special skills board member, Manny Noakes. Prof Noakes touches on a range of topics including common misconceptions about red meat nutrition, how red meat is presented in the national dietary guidelines, and her opinions about the emergence of… Read more »

Red Meat R&D: Frenched lamb – no knives, no water

Australian consumers love a classic rack of lamb, especially one that has been beautifully frenched. But frenching cutlets is a resource-intensive task and processors are keen to find an easier way. Source: Beef Central Red Meat R&D: Frenched lamb – no knives, no water

Pasture dieback guide released by Meat & Livestock Australia

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released a new Pasture dieback management guide for producers and agronomists fighting the farm management issue. Source: Sheep Central Pasture dieback guide released by Meat & Livestock Australia

Livestock SA seeks on-farm feedback for new biosecurity app

LIVESTOCK SA is encouraging producers to take part in a survey to inform the development of an app that will predict and alert producers to biosecurity threats affecting the Australian red meat industry. Source: Sheep Central Livestock SA seeks on-farm feedback for new biosecurity app

NFF backs government to find sustainable biosecurity funding model

AUSTRALIA’S peak farmer body has said it will support the Federal Government in determining a sustainable biosecurity funding model after the release of a crucial roadmap document today. Source: Sheep Central NFF backs government to find sustainable biosecurity funding model

World record price paid for untrained sheep dog pup

A WORLD record price of £7,600 (A$13,800) was paid for a nine week-old unbroken pup at the latest Skipton Auction Mart sale in the United Kingdom last week. Source: Sheep Central World record price paid for untrained sheep dog pup

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 26 May 2021

COLD fronts produced moderate rainfall in the South West Land Division of Western Australia, while agricultural districts in South Australia received widespread moderate rainfall, although totals were generally low across south-eastern areas. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 26 May 2021

Shearing contractors seek support for equipment safety changes

AUSTRALIA’S peak shearing contractor body will petition industry support for state regulators to mandate the national use of anti-lock technology in wool sheds. Source: Sheep Central Shearing contractors seek support for equipment safety changes

State-Federal cooperation on Farm Resilience Program welcomed: NFF

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed recent announcements on the roll-out of the Future Drought Fund’s (FDF) Farm Business Resilience Program, a program that will provide practical training for farms on strategic business management, natural resource management, and personal and social resilience. Source: Beef Central State-Federal cooperation on Farm Resilience Program welcomed: NFF

Beef’s R&D investments delivering – at a molecular and microbial level

Start talking about industry R&D investments at a cellular or molecular level, and it’s more than likely that most beef producers’ eyes will ‘glaze over.’ Such research seems far-removed from the everyday cycles and challenges that cattle producers face in the paddock, but an industry gathering yesterday saw the potential for some profound advances to… Read more »

New guide to identify and manage pasture dieback

A new Pasture dieback management guide for producers and agronomists that brings together the latest information on underlying factors and management strategies has been launched by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). Source: Beef Central New guide to identify and manage pasture dieback

Roma store sale 25 May 2021: Competition firm on quality cattle

Prices fluctuated across the mixed yarding, which included an increase in numbers of heavy steers, however competition remained firm on sought after lines of quality cattle. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 25 May 2021: Competition firm on quality cattle

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 26 May 2021

Cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in the South West Land Division of Western Australia, while agricultural districts in South Australia received widespread moderate rainfall, although totals were generally low across southeastern areas. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 26 May 2021

Warakirri’s DAF buys Reid Stockfeeds’ Cobden site

The Warakirri Diversified Agriculture Fund has bought Reid Stockfeeds’ Cobden site in Victoria as its fourth asset and is leasing it back to the operator. Source: Grain Central Warakirri’s DAF buys Reid Stockfeeds’ Cobden site

Brand managers finding unique niches for quality cull cows

Commercial beef brand managers are beginning to explore possibilities in differentiating beef harvested from better quality cull cows – provided it meets certain eating quality standards. Defeating some of the biggest and best credentialed longfed Wagyu supply chains in the country along the way during Friday’s Brisbane show branded beef competition was a grassfed Wagyu… Read more »

Producers welcome Minister’s comments on livex cost recovery

Northern cattle producers have welcomed comments from Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud assuring industry stakeholders that cost recovery charges for livestock exporters will fall well short of rumoured levels of $16 to $20 per head. Source: Beef Central Producers welcome Minister’s comments on livex cost recovery

Wagga sale 24 May 2021: Prices bounce around in winter lead-up

Feedlot orders put some fire back into lighter weight secondary cattle categories. The mixture of rain on the horizon and limited supplies at other selling centres meant feedlots dominated most classes of stock. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 24 May 2021: Prices bounce around in winter lead-up

This agricultural industry built a strategic plan, but what's to show for it?

Production has stalled in Australia’s fourth-largest rural industry, dairy, despite millions of dollars spent to try to restore profitability, sustainability, and unity. Source: ABC Livestock This agricultural industry built a strategic plan, but what’s to show for it?

SE Asia Report: High cattle prices keep squeeze on importer margins

Australian cattle prices remain stuck at record highs, Indonesia experiences its second Ramadan during the pandemic, Vietnam’s imports dropped to zero Australian cattle in March – click for full details in Dr Ross Ainsworth’s latest South East Asia monthly market update. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: High cattle prices keep squeeze on importer… Read more »

Online wool bale sales double with medium micron interest

WOOL bale sales more than doubled on the AuctionsPlus online offer board last week as the physical auction market also improved. Source: Sheep Central Online wool bale sales double with medium micron interest

Latest sheep and goat research insights at MeatUp forums

SHEEP, goat and beef producers will get the latest regionally relevant insights from research, development and adoption (RD&A) programs funded by Meat & Livestock Australia at upcoming MeatUp forums.   Source: Sheep Central Latest sheep and goat research insights at MeatUp forums

WoolProducers leader spruiks Australian wool initiatives

AUSTRALIA’S sheep sustainability framework would demonstrate the nation’s wool is ethically and sustainably produced, WoolProducers Australia president Ed Storey has told the International Wool Textiles Organisation’s annual congress. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers leader spruiks Australian wool initiatives

Merino lamb and ewe prices improve on AuctionsPlus

ONLY Merino categories enjoyed average price increases in online trading on the AuctionsPlus platform last week. Source: Sheep Central Merino lamb and ewe prices improve on AuctionsPlus

Sheep Producers Australia seeks wider lamb IMF grading uptake

SHEEP Producers Australia has come out in support of wider uptake of intramuscular fat measurement by lamb processors and the inclusion of the trait in Aus-meat language. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia seeks wider lamb IMF grading uptake

Midfield’s Union Station lamb is champion national brand

WARRNAMBOOL processor Midfield Meat International’s Union Station brand has been recognised as Australia’s best branded lamb at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Awards. Source: Sheep Central Midfield’s Union Station lamb is champion national brand

MeatUp forums encourage producers to implement research on-farm

Beef producers can hear the latest regionally relevant insights from research, development and adoption programs funded by Meat & Livestock Australia at a series of upcoming MeatUp forums scheduled for Broken Hill (23 June); Port Augusta (25 June); Perth (5 August); and Dubbo (2 September). Source: Beef Central MeatUp forums encourage producers to implement… Read more »

Feedlots lift rates at Ballarat

A Beef Central analysis of the prices paid at the Ballarat monthly store cattle sale has revealed large -scale feedlot operators have once again  leant heavily on the central Victorian market, raising bids by a further 15 cents a kilogram or $50-$80 a head compared to the centre’s month earlier sale. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Applications open for first virtual global Youth Ag Summit

People aged 18-25 are invited to apply for the 2021 Youth Agricultural Summit in November to help find ways to feed a hungry planet. Source: Grain Central Applications open for first virtual global Youth Ag Summit

Ag carbon credits in demand as market develops

Carbon credits generated by Australian agriculture are in hot demand, and some of the opportunities they offer to producers, as well as words of warning, were discussed in a session at Beef 2021 last week. Source: Beef Central Ag carbon credits in demand as market develops

Meat consumption down, but debate over what’s driving it

Data contained in ABARES’ most recent agricultural commodities report suggests that overall meat consumption in Australia – that is all chicken, pork and red meat – is back to where it was in the mid-1990s. A normal cycle or a signal of a deeper long-term trend? Source: Beef Central Meat consumption down, but debate… Read more »

Online numbers back 15pc, as heavier steers decline in value

Cattle offerings on AuctionsPlus dropped 15 percent to 17,480 head this week, with medium and heavyweight steer values moving lower. Source: Beef Central Online numbers back 15pc, as heavier steers decline in value

'One more day, my horses would have drowned': Happy ending after heroic flood rescue

Two months ago, floodwater rapidly surrounded Ann Biasol’s home and she feared she would lose her three beloved horses. Life is yet to return to normal, but her horses are alive and thriving and she feels very lucky. Source: ABC Livestock ‘One more day, my horses would have drowned’: Happy ending after heroic flood rescue

India hits back at reports Indonesia has suspended Indian buffalo meat imports

The Indian embassy in Jakarta has hit back at news reports suggesting Indonesia has temporarily halted imports of Indian buffalo meat due to COVID concerns, describing the reports as ‘false propaganda’ of India’s competitors who are threatened by the ever increasing success of Indian Buffalo meat. Source: Beef Central India hits back at reports… Read more »

Recruitment: ICMJ exposure provides the ticket to AA Co grad program

It is no coincidence that all three of the Australian Agricultural Co’s 2020 graduate intake members were recruited via the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association. It’s a pathway that has launched at least a dozen careers at AA Co, where the broad mix of skills gained through ICMJ is a highly valued commodity. Source: Grain… Read more »

Recruitment: ICMJ provides the ticket to AACo grad program

IT is no coincidence that all three of the Australian Agricultural Co’s 2020 graduate intake members were recruited via the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: ICMJ provides the ticket to AACo grad program

Forward wool trading outstrips positive auction market

IT was a positive week for the spot auction and forward wool markets, with some changes in the forward trading curve structure. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading outstrips positive auction market

Fine and medium Merino fleece prices lift auction market

SOLID gains in the fine and Merino fleece sectors lifted the Australian wool auction market this week, although prices fell for crossbreds and some broader Merino lines. Source: Sheep Central Fine and medium Merino fleece prices lift auction market

AWI reports US and UK wool market recovery signs

AUSTRALIA’S traditional North American and United Kingdom wool garment markets are showing signs of bouncing back, according to Australian Wool Innovation. Source: Sheep Central AWI reports US and UK wool market recovery signs

Livestock levy payer registers scheduled for July 1 introduction

WORK to develop registers of sheep, cattle and goat levy payers is progressing toward a commencement date of 1 July 2021, Meat & Livestock Australia says. Source: Sheep Central Livestock levy payer registers scheduled for July 1 introduction

Welshman Richard and Ali send some Celtic Kelpies back home

FORMER Welsh shepherd Richard Davies is chuffed about sending working dogs back to his home country after 10 years selecting and breeding Kelpies in Australia. Source: Sheep Central Welshman Richard and Ali send some Celtic Kelpies back home

SafeWork NSW and NSW Farmers called out on shearing safety

NEW South Wale’s work safety regulator and NSW Farmers will have “blood on their hands” if a wool shed worker dies from shearing machine ‘lock-up’, according to a national shearing industry leader. Source: Sheep Central SafeWork NSW and NSW Farmers called out on shearing safety

Stockyard Wagyu entry claims record fifth Brisbane branded beef crown

Arguably Australia’s most consistent performer in branded beef competitions across the nation, Queensland grainfed beef supply chain Stockyard claimed its fifth Brisbane Show grand championship with a highly marbled Wagyu entry in the 2021 competition announced this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Stockyard Wagyu entry claims record fifth Brisbane branded beef crown

Animal health data next step in advanced producer performance feedback

The inclusion of detailed animal health performance data is the next big step in provision of livestock feedback information to beef producers, a seminar audience at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton heard. JBS Australia, along with other large processors including Teys Australia, are rapidly developing more advanced feedback systems including animal health data, with plans to… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Nearby market up, weather drives new-crop

Further rallies in the nearby market are being seen this week as growers focus on planting rather than selling grain, while the new-crop market has softened in the north and firmed in the south to reflect divergent weather. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Nearby market up, weather drives new-crop

Melbourne-based quad bike distributor commits to Australian market

While several quad bike manufacturers have announced their withdrawal from the Australian quad bike (ATV) market, claiming they can’t meet the new standards applied by the Australian Government in October 2019, one Australian distributor says it remains 100 percent committed to supplying quads into the Australian market. Source: Beef Central Melbourne-based quad bike distributor… Read more »

Powerful poison, winter chill hold key to ending mouse plague

The NSW government has secured 5000 litres of the poison, bromadialone, to help in the fight against the devastating mouse plague, but a cold, wet winter is needed to end the outbreak. Source: Beef Central Powerful poison, winter chill hold key to ending mouse plague

Challenging finish to season 2021 summer crop

Summer crop harvest is producing a mixed bag of outcomes ranging from crops that have yielded above expectations to others that suffered from mice damage, frost and untimely rains. Source: Grain Central Challenging finish to season 2021 summer crop

Powerful poison, winter chill hold key to ending mouse plague

The NSW government has secured the local supply of 5000 litres of the powerful poison, bromadialone, to help in the fight against the devastating mouse plague, but a cold, wet winter is needed to end the outbreak. Source: Grain Central Powerful poison, winter chill hold key to ending mouse plague

Recruitment: ICMJ exposure provides the ticket to AA Co grad program

It is no coincidence that all three of the Australian Agricultural Co’s 2020 graduate intake members were recruited via the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association. It’s a pathway that has launched at least a dozen careers at AA Co, where the broad mix of skills gained through ICMJ is a highly valued commodity. Source: Beef… Read more »