Category: Beef

'It's great to be appreciated': Meet the volunteers and staff behind Beef Australia

More than 800 volunteers, staff and contractors have put in thousands of hours of work to ensure Beef Australia 2021 went off without a hitch. They say closing the gates on the final day will be bittersweet. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s great to be appreciated’: Meet the volunteers and staff behind Beef Australia

Beef 2021: Farm Babe fires hope for proactive communication

An Iowa farmer who took Burger King to task over its portrayal of beef has urged the Australian industry to amplify its own voice in a proactive way to counter public misconceptions about red meat. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Farm Babe fires hope for proactive communication

BEEF 2021: Arcadian steps into carbon-credit aggregation

Arcadian has branched into aggregating carbon credits on behalf of Australian grassfed beef producers, including some from its base of 80 organic suppliers. Source: Beef Central BEEF 2021: Arcadian steps into carbon-credit aggregation

Dalby sale 5 May 2021: Heavy rain falls on 3139 head yarding

All the regular export processors were present and operating along with the usual feeder buyers and local and interstate restockers who were very active in the market. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 5 May 2021: Heavy rain falls on 3139 head yarding

Beefbank and Agforce join forces to create national charity herd

BeefBank has announced the formation of the national charity herd as a means to sustain the supply of beef cattle for charitable purposes. Source: Beef Central Beefbank and Agforce join forces to create national charity herd

Beef 2021: Black Box Company wins Pitch in Paddock crown

A system which turns the huge amount of data collected by beef producers and turns it into something they can act on has won Beef 2021’s entrepreneur award. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Black Box Company wins Pitch in Paddock crown

Blondes have more fun, in record-setting National Beef Carcase Competition 

Cattle carrying the magic combination of superior weight-for-age, meat quality and carcase yield dominated results in the National Beef Carcase Competition – results from which were announced at a glittering dinner at Beef 2021 last night. Source: Beef Central Blondes have more fun, in record-setting National Beef Carcase Competition 

Ability to alter beef operations is key to resilience

QUEENSLAND graziers who can alter their beef cattle operations to cope with challenging seasons – even by adding sheep and goats – are more likely to maintain profitability and survive drought. Source: Sheep Central Ability to alter beef operations is key to resilience

Beef 2021: Compounding the genetic opportunities in production

Investing in genetics is often described as a long term investment.  As with any investment there is a period where this investment has to not only provide a short term return, but ideally offers long term improvements.  This was one of the key themes to emerge from the MLA DNA to Dollars forum this week… Read more »

Beef 2021: Building trust an issue for all Australian producers – Whittle

All cattle producers large and small need to demonstrate they are engaged and working as an industry to address issues that have led to declining consumer trust in the industry, Macquarie’s Jock Whittle told a Beef 2021 breakfast this morning. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Building trust an issue for all Australian producers –… Read more »

BEEF 2021: Research, experiences light path through drought  

Producers who can alter their beef-cattle operations to cope with challenging seasons are more likely to maintain profitability and survive drought. Visitors to Beef 2021 heard about some ways to achieve both goals in this week’s Improving profitability and resilience of grazing businesses session. Source: Beef Central BEEF 2021: Research, experiences light path through… Read more »

Beef 2021: ‘The most powerful thing I can do is offer full transparency’ 

Adam and Jacynta Coffey are young cattle producers who are building their own cattle business from the ground up, using management principles that prioritise pasture diversity, long periods of pasture rest and grass budgeting to guide restocking and destocking decisions. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: ‘The most powerful thing I can do is offer… Read more »

Stepping it up on sustainability for the beef industry

Worth more than $20 billion, there’s no question the beef industry is big business in Australia, but can it also be a sustainable one? Source: ABC Livestock Stepping it up on sustainability for the beef industry

Beef 2021: Beef industry must align against powerful attacks

Independent surgeon cuts through vegan propaganda: The sense that red meat industry is under attack from powerful and aligned forces, and urgently needs to better align its own resources and “get off the back foot”, has been a central and recurring theme at seminars at Beef 2021. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Beef industry… Read more »

Beef 2021: Qld Brahman identity named 2021 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador

Third-generation Brahman breeder Ryan Olive has been recognised as a trailblazer in the beef industry being named 2021 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador at Beef Australia. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Qld Brahman identity named 2021 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador

Beef 2021: Cattle Council welcomes biosecurity boost

Cattle Council of Australia has welcomed a $371 million boost to the Australian biosecurity system, which was announced by the Morrison Government today. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Cattle Council welcomes biosecurity boost

Beef 2021: High price costs Australia Chinese market share

Trade tensions aside, Australia has lost beef market share in China, and is unlikely to regain it while its beef prices remain high, according to RaboResearch China animal proteins analyst Chenjun Pan, delivering a presentation via Zoom this morning to an audience at Beef 2021. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: High price costs Australia… Read more »

Despite challenges, beef industry heading in the right direction on sustainability, annual report shows

Among a host of important milestones recorded in the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework’s latest annual update released at Beef 2021 this morning, an estimated 30pc of producers now use pain relief for routine, necessary husbandry practices – a 42pc rise in adoption from the 21pc recorded last year Source: Beef Central Despite challenges, beef… Read more »

Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

Central Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

PM announces $370m biosecurity boost at Beef Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison uses a trip to Beef Australia 2021 to announce biosecurity funding ahead of the Budget. Source: ABC Livestock PM announces 0m biosecurity boost at Beef Australia

Beef 2021: Clearing the air on cattle emissions

If an omnivore decided to go vegan for one year, the science shows that would reduce that person’s carbon footprint by 0.8 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Is that a lot? Not when you consider a single flight per passenger from the US to Europe would amount to 1.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, US air… Read more »

What's happening at Beef Australia 2021

Follow our coverage of  Beef Australia 2021 — one of the world’s great beef cattle events, held every three years in Rockhampton in Queensland. Source: ABC Livestock What’s happening at Beef Australia 2021

Chris Howie’s market wrap: Grass contracts offer good rates

With current price levels it is very easy to become blasé about the price being offered, but do yourself a favour and always look at what the return will be on a dollars per head average, not just the cents per kilo being offered, Chris Howie writes in this month’s wrap of market trends and… Read more »

Epicurious – eating less beef won’t save the planet + VIDEO

ONE of the world’s largest recipe websites has cooked up a plan to save the planet, but in culling beef from its list of ingredients all it is serving up to its readers is a bum steer. Source: Beef Central Epicurious – eating less beef won’t save the planet + VIDEO

Big trade helps NSW producer bounce back after drought

A single cattle trade involving the purchase of 2508 Angus heifers completed earlier this year has helped a NSW farming family to get back to where they started financially before at the beginning of a two and a half year drought. Source: Beef Central Big trade helps NSW producer bounce back after drought

Two weeks and more than 2,000kms later, Sarah Truran's cows finally arrive at the beef farmer's unmissable event of the year

Rockhampton’s Beef 2021 is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest beef event and many farmers, like Sarah Truran, embark on massive journeys just to get there. They say it’s always worth it though. Source: ABC Livestock Two weeks and more than 2,000kms later, Sarah Truran’s cows finally arrive at the beef farmer’s unmissable event of the… Read more »

Key to zero-carbon beef in feedlot, not paddock, says scientist

A research scientist says beef from intensive feedlots produces up to 20 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than grass-fed cattle. Source: ABC Livestock Key to zero-carbon beef in feedlot, not paddock, says scientist

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 »

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 »

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

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

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

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

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 »

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

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

Beef industry’s annual sustainability update to be released at Beef 2021

THE Australian Beef industry’s annual sustainability update will be launched at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next month during an Australian Beef Sustainability Framework seminar. Source: Beef Central Beef industry’s annual sustainability update to be released at Beef 2021

Wagyu breeders launch ambitious new ten-year progeny test program

The Australian Wagyu Association will shortly announce an ambitious new ten-year Progeny Test Program designed to validate high-value emerging Wagyu sires, set to commence later this month and run until 2031. The program will help to identify genetically superior sires that will have a strong influence on the future direction of the Wagyu breed. … Read more »

Beef 2021 trade site explores the future ‘What if’s?’ in processing

The Australian Meat Processor Corporation’s trade stand should be top of the list for anyone attending Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next month who’s excited to see where the industry is going and how much is happening in innovation in red meat processing. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021 trade site explores the future ‘What if’s?’… Read more »

Feeder buyers sweep clear Ballarat yarding, lighter sales outstanding: Murray Arnel

Spiraling store cattle values sold at Ballarat on Friday kept pace with the beef industry’s surging Eastern Young Cattle Indicator that broke through the 900c/kg barrier earlier in the week. Source: Beef Central Feeder buyers sweep clear Ballarat yarding, lighter sales outstanding: Murray Arnel

Meat yield and potential traceability gains in Nolan Meats’ new $20m boning room

Queensland export and domestic beef processor Nolan meats yesterday unveiled its expanded and modernised boning room, featuring technology that is already delivering results in increasing carcase yield, and laying a platform for individual cuts traceability. Source: Beef Central Meat yield and potential traceability gains in Nolan Meats’ new m boning room

Episode 5: Arcadian Organic’s Alister Ferguson

Australia is the world’s largest producer of Certified Organic beef, but while supply is expanding, it goes nowhere near filling global demand, Alister Ferguson from Toowoomba’s Arcadian Organic Meat Co tells host Kerry Lonergan in this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series. Source: Beef Central Episode 5: Arcadian Organic’s Alister Ferguson

Dalby sale 7 April 2021: Strong demand in bigger yarding

Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock averaged 18c/kg better. Yearling steers to feed the domestic market averaged 4c/kg dearer. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 7 April 2021: Strong demand in bigger yarding

800 entries in Beef 2021 carcase competition, exceeding expectations

Australia’s largest carcase competition being staged next month has attracted 804 steer and heifer entries from 84 exhibitors located in all states. Source: Beef Central 800 entries in Beef 2021 carcase competition, exceeding expectations

Webinar: The role of reference populations in genetic evaluation for beef cattle

In this upcoming webinar presented by FutureBeef and Beef Central, AGBU scientist Dr Matt Wolcott examines the role of genomic information in modern genetic evaluation and discusses how breeds and breeders can identify traits for which intensive recording strategies will yield the greatest benefit. Source: Beef Central Webinar: The role of reference populations in… Read more »

US beef price rally augers well for grinding meat exports

There’s a more positive mood emerging in export beef trade circles this week, as a strong rally in US grinding meat prices lifts spirits somewhat, after what has been a particularly bleak trading period. Imported grinding beef prices have hit levels unseen since panic buying in the US in May last year, when up to… Read more »

International market briefings set for Beef 2021

THE strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in three of Australia’s most significant boxed beef and live cattle export markets will be explored during a series of market briefing sessions to be held during Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next month. Source: Beef Central International market briefings set for Beef 2021

ICMJ Northern Conference offers meaty market and research insights

The 2021 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association’s (ICMJ) Northern Beef Conference has begun with more than 80 attendees arriving in Rockhampton for four days of action. Source: Beef Central ICMJ Northern Conference offers meaty market and research insights

Booming stud beef cattle entries received for Beef 2021

COVID 19 has had little impact on cattle numbers heading for Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next month, with booming entries received for stud cattle, commercial cattle and carcase competitions from across Australia by the time late entries closed at the end of March. Find out who the 21 judges are who will officiate across 30… Read more »

Dalby sale 7 April 2021: Most classes dearer

Most classes sold to a dearer trend with yearling steers to feed and restockers improving by 6c to 16c/kg. Yearling heifers also experienced some price improvements. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 7 April 2021: Most classes dearer

March beef exports hit ten-year lows

Continuing a trend seen since late last year, Australia’s March beef exports totalled just 83,438 tonnes – down 11pc year-on-year, and hitting a ten-year in-month low. Source: Beef Central March beef exports hit ten-year lows

Roma store sale 6 April 2021: Demand firm for steers

Demand remained firm across most of the steers, while heifers fluctuated and cows improved across the board. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 6 April 2021: Demand firm for steers

Information-packed conference program for Wagyu Edge 2021

The Australian Wagyu industry’s annual Wagyu Edge conference has assembled an outstanding lineup of speakers for this year’s event, being held on the Gold Coast later this month as a precursor to the Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton. Attracting between 400 and 600 delegates annually, Wagyu Edge claims to be the largest annual conference on… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: Making more informed heifer selection decisions

Decisions on heifer selection and retention for breeding are never ones to be taken lightly. A heifer represents not only the next generation of breeding potential for a herd, but she also reflects the prior investment in genetics, as well as determining the productivity and profitability of the herd for most of the next decade…. Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – March 2021

Test your beef industry knowledge with Beef Central’s March 2021 quiz. Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – March 2021

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

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

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 »

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

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

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

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’

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

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

Beef’s boom times are evident in Australian Top 250 Rich List

Boom times in the Australian beef industry are in clear evidence in a compilation of Australia’s 250 richest individuals published by The Australian on the weekend. Source: Beef Central Beef’s boom times are evident in Australian Top 250 Rich List

Rain delivers lift in AuctionsPlus market

Substantial rainfall through key supply regions in Queensland and NSW this week contributed to prices surging across all young cattle categories on AuctionsPlus this week, with last week’s loses largely erased. Source: Beef Central Rain delivers lift in AuctionsPlus market

International stakeholders not forgotten in Beef 2021 program

WHILE international visitors are unlikely to be able to attend the upcoming Beef 2021 event in person this year, opportunities will still exist for beef industry stakeholders from across the world to engage with the event. Source: Beef Central International stakeholders not forgotten in Beef 2021 program

The Weekly Grill: Kerry Lonergan interviews Terry Nolan in new podcast series

Beef Central’s new podcast series, The Weekly Grill launches today, with host Kerry Lonergan turning up the heat on beef processor, lotfeeder and beef producer Terry Nolan for the first episode. Source: Sheep Central The Weekly Grill: Kerry Lonergan interviews Terry Nolan in new podcast series

“Who’s who” of beef sector backing ICMJ North

Delegates to the upcoming Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) Northern Beef Conference will have access to the leading companies in the sector, with a ‘who’s who’ of agribusiness backing the event. Source: Beef Central “Who’s who” of beef sector backing ICMJ North

MLA’s Beef 2021 presentations aim to redefine resilience

Driving producer profits and building a stronger future for the Australian beef industry will be the focus of a series of free seminars hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia at Beef Australia 2021 in Rockhampton in May. Source: Beef Central MLA’s Beef 2021 presentations aim to redefine resilience

The Weekly Grill: Kerry Lonergan interviews Terry Nolan in new podcast series

Beef Central’s new podcast series, The Weekly Grill launches today, with host Kerry Lonergan turning up the heat on beef processor, lotfeeder and beef producer Terry Nolan for the first episode. Source: Beef Central The Weekly Grill: Kerry Lonergan interviews Terry Nolan in new podcast series

Wagyu branded beef competition reflects momentum in industry’s performance

A decade’s worth of progress in Wagyu cattle genetic selection and management was in clear evidence in yesterday’s 2021 Wagyu branded beef competition staged by the Australian Wagyu Association in Brisbane. Reflecting the expanding footprint of the Wagyu industry in this country, entries in this year’s tenth annual competition were at record numbers. Source:… Read more »

Welcome to Beef Central’s new podcast series, The Weekly Grill

This week, Beef Central launches its first podcast series, titled The Weekly Grill, to be hosted by veteran agricultural broadcaster, Kerry Lonergan. Source: Beef Central Welcome to Beef Central’s new podcast series, The Weekly Grill