Category: Beef

John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

Agribusiness identity John McKillop has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the Red Meat Advisory Council, succeeding Don Mackay. Source: Sheep Central John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

Agribusiness identity John McKillop has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the Red Meat Advisory Council, succeeding Don Mackay. Source: Beef Central John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

MLA board director nominees announced

Meat & Livestock Australia has released the names of the three board nominees the nine-person Board Selection Committee has recommended to fill three vacancies at this year’s annual general meeting on November 19. Source: Sheep Central MLA board director nominees announced

Grainfed premium evaporates, as complex export market pressures mount

In clear evidence of the challenging times for grainfed beef exports, two of Australia’s largest processors have slaughter grid offers for grainfed and ‘commodity’ grassfed heavy steers at identical levels this week. Source: Beef Central Grainfed premium evaporates, as complex export market pressures mount

Dalby sale 16 Sep 2020: Southern restockers buy up

Southern restockers were the major buyers in the market, with over 1,000 head purchased by interstate operators, with some going as far south as Victoria. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 16 Sep 2020: Southern restockers buy up

Throsby purchases Hilltop Meats at Young, in consolidation move

In further evidence of the extreme operating challenges across red meat processing at present, Singleton, NSW based export beef processor EC Throsby has bought the Hilltop Meats beef abattoir at Young, in the state’s southwestern slopes region. Both plants are hot-boning style operations reliant mostly on dairy cows and cull beef cows, and are direct… Read more »

Finalists chosen for ALFA Young Lotfeeder title

Six young stakeholders from across Australia have been announced as finalists in the Australian Lot Feeders Association’s 2020 Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award. Source: Beef Central Finalists chosen for ALFA Young Lotfeeder title

Domestic beef market risks getting swamped, as export volumes decline

As Australia’s beef export volumes continue to retract sharply, there’s an emerging risk of the domestic beef market becoming swamped by product being diverted out of the international trade – even at a time when slaughter volumes are historically low for this time of year. Source: Beef Central Domestic beef market risks getting swamped,… Read more »

Wagga sale 14 Sep 2020: Feedlots push trade cattle dearer

Trade steers benefited from solid demand from feedlot buyers which resulted in a dearer trend of 13c/kg. A pen of European steers recorded a top price 420c with the bulk averaging 404c/kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 14 Sep 2020: Feedlots push trade cattle dearer

Cattle price forecast revised down in ABARES Sept quarter outlook

After forecasting a significant uplift in cattle prices three months ago ABARES has wound back its forecast, due largely to ongoing COVID-19 impacts on global demand. Source: Beef Central Cattle price forecast revised down in ABARES Sept quarter outlook

Angus breeders sought for F1 Wagyu live export and branded beef programs

Livestock and genetics company Austrex is seeking collaborations with Angus cattle producers as part of an innovative large-scale F1 Wagyu breeding project designed to custom-produce stock for Japanese live export and domestically-fed Wagyu F1 beef programs. The project will use sexed semen to skew turnoff towards greater steer production over heifers. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Likely Australian record for commercial heifers set at 1174c/kg + VIDEO

What is likely to be an Australian record price for commercial females of any breed was set at a special store sale at Charters Towers, North Queensland on Friday, when a pen of 104 Grey Brahmans sold for 1174.2c/kg liveweight. Source: Beef Central Likely Australian record for commercial heifers set at 1174c/kg + VIDEO

Young cattle surge continues in online auctions this week

With young cattle price momentum continuing into spring, AuctionsPlus saw a dramatic rise in listing numbers this week, lifting more than 8600 head or 60 percent to total 22,828 head. All young heifer categories, and most weaner and yearling steers, lifted in value again this week.  Source: Beef Central Young cattle surge continues in… Read more »

Debate in beef sector over JobKeeper's influence on meatworker job cuts

Claims that JobKeeper led to hundreds of a jobs cut at an abattoir in Queensland have been challenged by the labour hire company at the centre of the criticism. Source: ABC Livestock Debate in beef sector over JobKeeper’s influence on meatworker job cuts

Resurrection of Qld’s Churchill abattoir looking likely

Southern Queensland’s Churchill abattoir near Ipswich is looking likely to be resurrected as a dual-species lamb/beef plant, after being mothballed since 2017. Greater access to sheep and lambs since the adoption of exclusion fencing in western parts of the state is one of the catalysts behind the project Source: Sheep Central Resurrection of Qld’s… Read more »

Resurrection of Qld’s Churchill abattoir looking likely

Southern Queensland’s Churchill abattoir near Ipswich is looking likely to be resurrected, after being mothballed since 2017. As part of the plan, the plant would move from domestic-only to an export license, and become a dual-species plant processing lamb/mutton and beef, mostly consigned Middle East. Source: Beef Central Resurrection of Qld’s Churchill abattoir looking… Read more »

MLA rejuvenates up pasture dieback research in Queensland

PASTURE dieback will be studied in six new projects across Queensland as Meat & Livestock Australia continues its investment in solution-focused research and development to address the destructive condition. Source: Sheep Central MLA rejuvenates up pasture dieback research in Queensland

Kay’s Cuts: Hides take a tanning

Cattle hides for many years in the US  added as much as US$60 to the value of a fed steer or heifer and accounted for two-thirds of the value of all by-products. Last year, however, 16pc of all US cattle hides ended up in landfill. What’s behind it? Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Hides… Read more »

One week left to apply for seats on MLA Board Selection Committee

Candidates nominating to stand for three producer representative positions on the MLA Board Selection Committee at this year’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 19 November 2020 have one week left to apply.  Source: Beef Central One week left to apply for seats on MLA Board Selection Committee

Dalby sale 9 Sep 2020: Young and feeder cattle firm

Local and interstate restocker buyers were very active in the market, with the vast majority of the young cattle purchased by interstate buyers. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 9 Sep 2020: Young and feeder cattle firm

What to look out for heading into Spring

Elders’ Livestock Production Manager Rob Inglis, who is based at Wagga Wagga, has put together a handy checklist of things that cattle producers should be doing to protect the health of their cattle and improve operational efficiency as temperatures start to warm up the onset of the new season:  Source: Beef Central What to look… Read more »

JBS scales back Dinmore operations to ‘protect long-term future’

In a clear sign of the depth of difficulty currently being experienced in red meat processing, JBS Australia has announced it will put off about 600 full-time staff at the company’s flagship Dinmore beef plant west of Brisbane, due to a range of issues impacting livestock supply and market conditions in the COVID-19 environment. … Read more »

Roma store sale 8 Sept 2020: Prices firm in larger 7100 head yarding

Prices remained firm and consistent across most categories, which saw average prices improve across most of the yarding despite not reaching the record top prices of recent weeks. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 8 Sept 2020: Prices firm in larger 7100 head yarding

Record bull sale despite COVID-19 restrictions

Renowned Santa Gertrudis stud Yulgilbar Station grosses $919,500 at its stud sale. Source: ABC Livestock Record bull sale despite COVID-19 restrictions

How has horn status changed over two decades among ten major beef breeds?

A recent research report into Improving the Australian Poll Gene Marker Test contained an interesting comparison of ten popular beef breeds, looking at horn status change over 18 years from 2000 to 2018. How has your preferred breed done?   Source: Beef Central How has horn status changed over two decades among ten major beef… Read more »

Wagga sale 7 September 2020: Market from eases after August rises

After reaching record levels last month prices came off the boil across trade, export and feeder categories along with a notable softening for restocking steers. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 7 September 2020: Market from eases after August rises

Weekly kill: Grids continue to soften, in face of lacklustre export markets

More adjustments were seen in slaughter cattle grid offers this week, in the face of listless export markets and a rising currency. Some Queensland processor competitors have dropped their offers a further 10c/kg since Friday, and most of the state’s grids have now dipped a combined 20-30c/kg over the past fortnight. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

Ag economists at Queensland’s Department of Agriculture have transformed the legendary Breedcow and Dynama herd budgeting software into a new online tool to help northern beef producers understand the potential economic impacts of ways of managing their cattle enterprise. Source: Beef Central Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

Younger generation has no appetite for lab-grown meat, study shows

DESPITE having a great concern for the environment and animal welfare, 72 percent of Generation Z members are not ready to accept cultured meat, a new research project has found. Generation Z – those aged between 18 and 25 – are concerned about the environment and animal welfare, yet most are not ready to accept… Read more »

Light steer and heifer values lift in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Lighter category steers and heifers, and some breeder categories lifted in value in a smaller AuctionsPlus offering this week. Numbers were back by just over 3000 head to 14,218 head. Source: Beef Central Light steer and heifer values lift in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Mac or Jack? Burger giants clash over new offering

Burger giants McDonald’s and Hungry Jack’s have entered into a legal stoush over the name, description and construct of Hungry Jack’s new ‘Big Jack’ and ‘Mega Jack’ burger range. Source: Beef Central Mac or Jack? Burger giants clash over new offering

August beef exports down 27pc year-on-year, in line with slump in slaughter

Australia’s international beef trade dropped sharply in August, in line with the recent trend in reduced cattle slaughter across the nation. Exports to all offshore markets totalled just 78,000 tonnes last month – the lowest mid-year monthly export volume seen in at least ten years. Source: Beef Central August beef exports down 27pc year-on-year,… Read more »

The downs – and ups – of COVID-19 for red meat supply chains

In the six months since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic there have been a range of impacts on red meat exports and supply chains – and not all negative, a webinar was told yesterday. Source: Beef Central The downs – and ups – of COVID-19 for red meat… Read more »

A rare insight into Australia's beef industry for outback tourists

Residents of Camooweal have been working to preserve the cattle producing history of the area, and put it on display for the procession of travellers passing through. Source: ABC Livestock A rare insight into Australia’s beef industry for outback tourists

Dalby sale 2 Sep 2020: Strong support for light cattle

A full panel of export buyers was present with the return of one major export processor, plus the usual feed and trade buyers, and local and interstate restockers. Very light weight yearling steers and heifers to restockers continued to received strong support. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 2 Sep 2020: Strong support for light… Read more »

Beef Australia to make a call on 2021 event in November

With Australia’s largest beef industry event now only eight months away, a decision on whether the Beef Australia 2021 event goes ahead next May – and if so, what format the event might take – is expected to be made during November. Source: Beef Central Beef Australia to make a call on 2021 event… Read more »

Australian red meat ‘State of the Industry’ 2020 report released

Despite facing a range of domestic and global challenges Australia’s red meat industry is in good shape, according to the latest “State of the Industry” report released today. Source: Beef Central Australian red meat ‘State of the Industry’ 2020 report released

Roma store 1 Sep 2020: Prices firm with strong competition for smaller yarding

Prices remained firm and consistent across most categories, which saw average prices improve across most of the yarding despite not reaching the record top prices of recent weeks. Source: Beef Central Roma store 1 Sep 2020: Prices firm with strong competition for smaller yarding

Beef Central’s beef quiz – August 2020

Test your beef industry knowledge with Beef Central’s August 2020 quiz Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – August 2020

Big northern heifer offering snapped-up before sale on AuctionsPlus

Large lines of Brahman heifers that were destined for sale on AuctionsPlus this Friday have already been sold, after private negotiations with two large pastoral company buyers. Source: Beef Central Big northern heifer offering snapped-up before sale on AuctionsPlus

Wagga sale 31 August 2020: Restocker, feedlot demand drives prices higher

Feedlot demand is the main factor impacting prices but spring restockers stepped into the market lifting the 330kg-400kg weight category by 20c, with the bulk of the steers returning to the paddock averaging $1519. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 31 August 2020: Restocker, feedlot demand drives prices higher

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

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

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

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

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

‘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 »

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

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’

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

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 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

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

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 »

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

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

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

Wagga sale 24 August 2020: Rates lift with rain

Rain across the supply area helped lift rates 10c for steers returning to the paddock the bulk 330-400kg  making from 350-428c/kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 24 August 2020: Rates lift with rain

Restocker demand fuels rising value for young steers on AuctionsPlus

Demand from restockers continues to fuel the AuctionsPlus market, particularly as many southern regions are heading into their best spring in recent years and are actively sourcing stock to capitalise on the favourable season. Source: Beef Central Restocker demand fuels rising value for young steers on AuctionsPlus

MLA’s view on why carbon neutrality matters

Australia’s beef industries– including production, lot feeding and meat processing – are aiming for no ‘net release’ of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in 10 years’ time. But what does this really mean on‑farm and what can producers do to reach this goal? Source: Beef Central MLA’s view on why carbon neutrality matters

Dalby sale 20 Aug 2020: Yearlings lift 11c-16c/kg

Export buyer attendance was generally good and all were operating, plus the usual feed and trade buyers, while interstate restockers provided the strongest support on light weight cattle. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 20 Aug 2020: Yearlings lift 11c-16c/kg

Increase in listings on Darling Downs

Despite drier conditions, the rural property markets across southern and south-western Queensland continue to throw up market leading sales, valuers Herron Todd White says in its latest monthly rural property report. Source: Beef Central Increase in listings on Darling Downs

Premium grassfed programs ‘on trend’ in food service sector

Certified grassfed brand programs have a strong future in the upper end of food service industry, Andrews Meat Industries head Peter Andrews says. Source: Beef Central Premium grassfed programs ‘on trend’ in food service sector

Roma store sale 18 Aug 2020: Restocker chase light cattle and cows

Restocker competition was strong on the large number of light weight steers and heifers yarded, which saw steers under 200kg improve by 28c, and heifers under 200kg improved by 75c/kg. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 18 Aug 2020: Restocker chase light cattle and cows

Short videos assist with herd performance recording knowledge

The Southern and Tropical Beef Technology Services (SBTS and TBTS) have this week released a series of 12 short instructional videos designed to help seedstock producers better understand performance recording for BreedPlan. Source: Beef Central Short videos assist with herd performance recording knowledge

Weekly kill: Eastern states tally in freefall, collapsing below 100,000 head

THE Eastern states weekly slaughter fell to almost unprecedented mid-season lows last week, in the face of sustained supply pressure caused by the past two years of drought-forced herd reduction. If the trend continues, a decline in national slaughter throughput of this scale will inevitably put considerable pressure on Australian beef’s ability to adequately service… Read more »

Qld Rural Debt Survey: Beef debt increases 14pc

Beef debt, which represents 56 percent of total rural debt in Queensland, increased by 14.10 per cent in 2019, with the vast majority of that debt rated viable or long-term viable, QRIDA’s Corrie Feldman writes. Source: Beef Central Qld Rural Debt Survey: Beef debt increases 14pc

South American exports slowly encroaching on US manufacturing beef market

Recent trade commentary makes it clear that beef exports out of South America are gradually on the rise in the US market, challenging traditional imported beef suppliers like Australia and New Zealand. Source: Beef Central South American exports slowly encroaching on US manufacturing beef market

JBS second quarter income jumps 55pc, surprising analysts

Despite COVID challenges, global meat processor JBS posted second-quarter net profits of 3.38 billion reais (US$629 million) for the period ended June 30 – much higher than analysts’ estimates – on the back of strong performance in its beef and pork divisions in the US and Brazil. Source: Beef Central JBS second quarter income… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Price discovery worries US producers

While the US beef processing sector has largely recovered from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, US cattle feeders are still getting far less for their cattle than last year, because of the huge feedlot backlog caused by the pandemic. It is no surprise, then, that cattle producers have refocused their attention on prices in… Read more »

Webinar: Replacement sire selection in 2020

Beef Central’s genetics editor Alastair Rayner will be guest presenter in upcoming webinars on ‘Sire Selection in 2020, in a climate of restriction’. Source: Beef Central Webinar: Replacement sire selection in 2020

BeefConnect webinar – Stand by what you sell

Have you got your integrity record keeping in order? This free webinar will provide latest updates on changes to NVD, advice on how to start using the new eNVD platform and will include practical tips to make using LPA, NLIS and NVD easier. Source: Beef Central BeefConnect webinar – Stand by what you sell

Dalby sale 12 Aug 2020: Strong interstate demand for light cattle

Export buyer attendance was generally good and all were operating, plus the usual feed and trade buyers, while interstate restockers provided the strongest support on light weight cattle. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 12 Aug 2020: Strong interstate demand for light cattle

One-on-one bushfire recovery support extended

Red meat producers impacted by bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020 can still access critical one-on-one support to help with their recovery as part of Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Back to Business program, which has been extended to the end of the year. Source: Beef Central One-on-one bushfire recovery support extended

Meat union backs JBS on COVID Jobkeeper payment distortions

The Australian Meat Industry Employees’ Union has questioned the impact that JobKeeper is having within the meat processing industry, saying loopholes have created an uneven playing field when it comes to competition for livestock. Source: Beef Central Meat union backs JBS on COVID Jobkeeper payment distortions

JBS to close Brooklyn and Dinmore processing plants

In a sharp reminder of how tough the Australian red meat processing environment is at present,   JBS Australia has confirmed it will close two of its flagship Australian red meat processing facilities, for different reasons. Source: Beef Central JBS to close Brooklyn and Dinmore processing plants

BeefLinks partnership aims to improve WA’s red meat value chains

A four-year partnership has been launched to coordinate and drive an integrated research and practice change program for the West Australian beef industry. Source: Beef Central BeefLinks partnership aims to improve WA’s red meat value chains

Cattle Council welcomes global methane conversation

Cattle Council of Australia has welcomed fresh international debate on the best method for measuring the global warming impact of animal agriculture. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council welcomes global methane conversation

Weekly genetics review: Don’t neglect the bull team’s health & ability

With much of the focus during the Spring selling season on purchasing new bulls, it is possible to overlook a key component of the herd – the health and ability of the current sire team, writes genetics editor Al Rayner in this week’s Genetics Review.  Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Don’t neglect the… Read more »

Improving the Australian poll gene DNA marker test

A recently completed Optimised Poll Test has improved the accuracy of the industry’s horn/poll test by 9pc, while confirming that polledness will have no detrimental effects on herd productivity or reproductive performance. Source: Beef Central Improving the Australian poll gene DNA marker test

Genetic testing solves calf mystery

The appearance of an extra calf in a New South Wales Angus breeder’s herd was a mystery that ultimately required cutting edge DNA technology to solve. Source: Beef Central Genetic testing solves calf mystery

Weekly kill: Persistent cow slaughter defies the odds

Some Queensland processors lifted direct consignment rates by 10c/kg on slaughter cattle on Friday, mostly as a strategic response to a rise in saleyards markets seen in some centres over the past week. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Persistent cow slaughter defies the odds

Bluetongue virus zone extended

The NSW bluetongue virus (BTV) transmission zone has been extended further south following the second detection of BTV in Shoalhaven cattle herds this winter, both of which were found during routine testing for the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP). Source: Beef Central Bluetongue virus zone extended

Technology: Scanning shows potential to verify grain and grassfed production systems

Hand-held scanning devices may have the potential to verify the accuracy of grainfed and grassfed production system claims, which often form a key part of many beef brand programs, recent research has shown.    Source: Beef Central Technology: Scanning shows potential to verify grain and grassfed production systems

Fear-based red meat activist tactics can be countered

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry could consider adopting the successful strategies of its American counterpart to combat fear-based attacks from activists. Source: Sheep Central Fear-based red meat activist tactics can be countered

Wagyu beef passes the taste test of science

The unique flavour, texture and aroma of Australia’s famous Wagyu beef can now be marketed using a world-first flavour profile developed by The University of Queensland in partnership with the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo). Source: Beef Central Wagyu beef passes the taste test of science

Wagga sale 10 August 2020: Numbers halve with rain

Prices surges of 20-39c were recorded for young weaner cattle, with restockers chasing the market across  all categories under 400kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 10 August 2020: Numbers halve with rain

PTIC cows and heifers dearer in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Prices for preg-tested in-calf cows and heifers lifted in a larger 13,819 head offering online this week, up by 3000 head on the previous week. Source: Beef Central PTIC cows and heifers dearer in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Wagyu Flavour Wheel: 800 words to describe cooked wagyu beef

A scientist has developed a flavour wheel to describe wagyu beef. It will help chefs pair food and wines to complement the luxury steak. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Wagyu Flavour Wheel: 800 words to describe cooked wagyu beef

2020 Paddock to Palate: Palgrove, Russell Pastoral, McIntyre Agriculture, AA Co triumph

David and Prue Bondfield’s Palgrove, Russell Pastoral Company, Hamish and Mary McIntyre’s McIntyre Agriculture and Australian Agricultural Company were among the major winners of the 2020 JBS RNA Paddock to Palate competition, announced in Toowoomba on Friday night. Source: Beef Central 2020 Paddock to Palate: Palgrove, Russell Pastoral, McIntyre Agriculture, AA Co triumph