Category: Beef

Weekly genetics review: Using your MSA Index to guide genetic directions

This week’s column is inspired by discussions with QLD beef producer Bec Burnham on using the MSA index to really start to think about genetics that impact on eating quality. The easy changes are things we can all do, but ahead of this year’s spring bull sales, producers should consider their index values for MSA… Read more »

Weekly kill: Mid-winter grids steady, despite shortening cattle supply

While there has been a modest recovery in rates of slaughter during the first week of July – partly due to tax reasons – volume remains dramatically down on this time last year. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Mid-winter grids steady, despite shortening cattle supply

Does McDonald’s Grassfed Beef Burger trial have a future?

Burger giant McDonald’s is remaining tight-lipped about the success, or otherwise, of its recent grassfed burger limited-time offer across the company’s Australian restaurants. Here’s what Beef Central has learned. Source: Beef Central Does McDonald’s Grassfed Beef Burger trial have a future?

Getting more value out of cull cows

Charles  Sturt University research, in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, has shown it’s possible for beef cattle producers to increase live weight, carcase quality and potentially the financial returns from cull cows, by feeding a high energy ration. Source: Beef Central Getting more value out of cull cows

Beef Central’s beef quiz – June 2020

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

Breeding cattle values under pressure in 19,763 head AuctionsPlus offering

Most young steer and heifer categories were firm to slightly higher on AuctionsPlus this week, while price corrections were observed across breeding cattle descriptions. Overall cattle numbers on AuctionsPlus rose a little, up 402 head to produce an offering of 19,763 head. Source: Beef Central Breeding cattle values under pressure in 19,763 head AuctionsPlus… Read more »

New-look logo, website for Droughtmaster breed

Having recently completed a three-year strategic plan, Droughtmaster seedstock producers have this week launched a new breed logo, and updated website. Source: Beef Central New-look logo, website for Droughtmaster breed

June beef exports continue to drift lower, as cattle supply challenges bite harder

Australia’s June beef exports have continued to show the strain of tight cattle supply, with some key markets well down on trade in earlier months, and this time last year. Other destinations were sharply higher, however. Source: Beef Central June beef exports continue to drift lower, as cattle supply challenges bite harder

Dalby sale 1 July 2020: Southern buyers add competition

Medium and heavy weight yearling steers to feed averaged 4c to 7c/kg better. Yearling heifers experienced only quality related price changes. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 1 July 2020: Southern buyers add competition

New National Vendor Declarations now available

SHEEPMEAT, beef and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified… Source: Sheep Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

New National Vendor Declarations now available

Beef, sheepmeat and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified by version number 0720. Source: Beef Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

Tariffs on Australian beef exports to China will rise to 12 percent for the remainder of 2020, as surging beef exports again trigger the country’s Safeguard market protection provisions. Source: Beef Central Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

AAM secures premium-quality organic herd from Georgina Pastoral for Terrick

The purchase of 8000 Georgina Gold and Ultrablack females, including approximately 5500 organically certified calves at foot, from Hughes Pastoral Group’s Georgina Pastoral Company has been announced by Australian Livestock Company (ALC). Source: Beef Central AAM secures premium-quality organic herd from Georgina Pastoral for Terrick

‘Deforestation’ in focus as 2020 deadlines near

2020 is the year many downstream customers of Australia’s beef industry have committed to removing or reducing ‘deforestation’ from their supply chains. At the same time, producers are questioning new definitions of what a ‘forest’ means, Source: Beef Central ‘Deforestation’ in focus as 2020 deadlines near

Getting to the meat of measuring beef sustainability

The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework is a central part of the Australian beef industry’s approach to ensuring consumers understand there is plenty of objective evidence to prove the industry is one they can trust, and also one that is continually looking at how it can improve. Source: Beef Central Getting to the meat of… Read more »

Santa entries power through paddock to palate weight gain phase

The results of the feedlot performance section of the 2020 RNA Paddock to Palate Competition have been released today, with Santa Gertrudis entries from the Bassingthwaite Family from Yarrawonga at Wallumbilla, Gyranda Pastoral Company from Theodore and Jabinda Pastoral Company from Tambo featuring prominently among the winners. Source: Beef Central Santa entries power through… Read more »

Roma store sale 30 June 2020: Kindee draft highlight of strong market

A good buying panel was present with a continued southern and local restocker presence, and all were operating to strong demand especially on quality local lines. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 30 June 2020: Kindee draft highlight of strong market

Have we listed your 2020 spring bull sale details?

Beef Central is putting the finishing touches on its 2020 spring bull sales calendar, featuring sales fixtures nationwide across all major beef breeds being held between now and December. Is your sale included? Source: Beef Central Have we listed your 2020 spring bull sale details?

Genomic opportunities emerging for commercial Angus breeders

Improvements in genomic or DNA-based technology has now made the prediction of breeding values for commercial Australian Angus animals a reality, stakeholders attending the recent 2020 Angus Connect R&D update heard. Previously, pedigree information was required to understand the relationship between animals, but now genomic technology enabled the relationship between animals to be determined through… Read more »

Record cattle prices face risks amid global pandemic

While a largely recovered Australian dollar explains some of the downward pressure, weak global demand fundamentals for some commodities will be an issue over the coming months, says NAB, in its latest Rural Commodity Wrap. While buying activity is expected to continue as long as it keeps raining, there are substantial risks for the sustainability… Read more »

Weekly kill: QLD cow offers push 20c higher in processor grids

Supply has won the day over demand this week, as some Queensland processors push their cow grids 20c/kg higher in the face of meagre mid-year access to slaughter cattle. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: QLD cow offers push 20c higher in processor grids

Smart-phone based carcase grading camera shows big potential

Rapid advances in smart-phone camera technology is one of the drivers behind the development of a unique objective carcase measurement tool. The feature that sets the new MasterBeef prototype apart from other objective carcase measurement technologies is that it does not rely on specialised or custom-built cameras, mounts or lighting systems, but uses an ‘everyday’… Read more »

Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

For the first time in more than ten years, the Port of Townsville is being used to export Australian beef to key Asian markets. Source: Beef Central Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

Young cattle prices trend down in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Most young cattle categories trended down in price on AuctionsPlus this week, where numbers offered jumped by almost 5000 to 19,361 head. Southern QLD dominated the purchasing, securing 2491 head, followed by Central Western NSW with 1943 head. Source: Beef Central Young cattle prices trend down in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Recruitment: ICMJ’s online careers expo extends to three days

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association will host a three-day digital careers expo, with a range of activities now planned starting with an industry advice panel on Wednesday July 8. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: ICMJ’s online careers expo extends to three days

Opinion: ABSF update welcomed by AgForce, ‘but needs to tell our positive story better’

AgForce has welcomed the third annual update for the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) as celebrating the industry’s significant achievements, but noted that it needs to tell this good news story better. Source: Beef Central Opinion: ABSF update welcomed by AgForce, ‘but needs to tell our positive story better’

The Australian beef industry’s latest annual sustainability scorecard released

The Australian beef industry’s latest annual sustainability ‘report card’ released today shows the industry is making progress on key sustainability indicators but there is work to be done to better engage industry.  Source: Beef Central The Australian beef industry’s latest annual sustainability scorecard released

China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Exporters of beef, lamb seafood and a range of other perishable food items destined for the China market are being asked to supply declarations supporting the COVID-19 safety of their shipments. Source: Beef Central China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Roma store sale 23 June 2020: Restockers maintain strong demand

A good buying panel was present with a continued southern and local restocker presence, and all were operating to strong demand especially on quality local lines. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 23 June 2020: Restockers maintain strong demand

Weekly genetics review: Increasing the opportunities for genetic selection in Droughtmasters

Ahead of this year’s northern spring bull selling season, several additions to the range of EBVs reported for the Droughtmaster breed have recently been released by BreedPlan. These additional EBVs are a significant enhancement for the breed and will offer commercial cattle producers greater scope to assess the potential of bulls to contribute to traits… Read more »

New, user-friendly BreedPlan website launched

The Agricultural Business Research Institute has launched a a new version of the BreedPlan website. The new-look website will make it easier for BreedPlan users to navigate and locate the information they are seeking. Source: Beef Central New, user-friendly BreedPlan website launched

Weekly kill: Grids steady as supply squeeze tightens heading into EOFY

Direct consignment offers from processors across eastern Australia were largely unchanged this week, as access to slaughter cattle continues to tighten leading into the end of financial year. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids steady as supply squeeze tightens heading into EOFY

Webinar urges caution over pursuit of carcase yield, at the expense of eating quality

The inherent dangers of pursuing lean meat yield at the expense of eating quality was a topic explored in some detail during a recent webinar on Measurement of carcase yield and integration into processing plants. Source: Beef Central Webinar urges caution over pursuit of carcase yield, at the expense of eating quality

Showcasing the legendary Rib Eye steak

Australian Beef has partnered with MasterChef Australia Alumni and owner of Sum Yung Guys, Matt Sinclair, to showcase a great rib eye steak recipe. Source: Beef Central Showcasing the legendary Rib Eye steak

Wagga sale 22 June 2020: Prices fire up for rain-shortened supply

Some pens of grain assisted yearling steers that were well shaped offering domestic buyers plenty of yield made to 454c, pushing prices 35c dearer to average a whooping 439c/kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 22 June 2020: Prices fire up for rain-shortened supply

Lighter numbers sees lift in prices in AuctionsPlus trading

Cattle numbers reduced this week with 14,414 head offered, a 26pc reduction on the previous week. The tightened supply had a positive impact on prices as most stock categories experienced dearer market trends. Source: Beef Central Lighter numbers sees lift in prices in AuctionsPlus trading

SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

Construction of Thomas Foods International’s Murray Bridge beef and sheepmeat abattoir is expected to get underway in the second half of this year, after planning approval for the project was granted this week. Source: Beef Central SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

LEADING sheep meat and beef processor Thomas Foods International has received planning approval for its new Murray Bridge meat processing facility in South Australia. Source: Sheep Central SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

MLA strategic plan to focus on transformational change

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released its five-year strategic plan, with delivering transformational change for Australia’s red meat and livestock industry as its key theme. Source: Sheep Central MLA strategic plan to focus on transformational change

Beef land versus gold: Which is the better investment?

Ahead of the launch of the Australian Beef Report 2020 Vision next Wednesday, co author Ian McLean from Bush Agribusiness uncovers what historical data reveals about whether agricultural land or gold has been the better investment over the past 40 years, and dicusses how to how approriately value rural land. Source: Beef Central Beef… Read more »

Monitoring technology aids in northern calf-loss study

A technology originally developed for use in provide monitoring of calving for intensive dairy use is being used to underpin a large trial in northern Australia seeking to better understand reasons for calf loss. Source: Beef Central Monitoring technology aids in northern calf-loss study

EYCI hits new high-water mark, as cattle supply slows

The benchmark Eastern Young Cattle Indicator hit a new record high yesterday, reaching 772c/kg dressed weight equivalent – up 19c in the past week and 276c/kg higher than this time last year. Source: Beef Central EYCI hits new high-water mark, as cattle supply slows

Can record-priced weaners still produce a positive return?

As young cattle prices soar again, what are the prospects of being able to generate a positive return from weaners purchased at today’s record rates? Source: Beef Central Can record-priced weaners still produce a positive return?

NSW Farmers opposes beta agonist registration

State farm body NSW Farmers has voiced its opposition to the registration of a new beta agonist drug for use in the Australian beef feedlot sector, on the grounds of the potential trade risk it poses to our meat exports. Source: Beef Central NSW Farmers opposes beta agonist registration

VIP buyers expect to pay more than $19.5m for Giro Station + VIDEO

A showcase NSW grazing property near Gloucester once owned by Hollywood actress Anne Baxter and her American husband is expected to make around $19.5m under an upcoming EOI campaign Source: Beef Central VIP buyers expect to pay more than .5m for Giro Station + VIDEO

Grainfed trading budget sees big turnaround

Results from Beef Central’s latest 100-day grainfed trading budget have turned around dramatically since our previous budget delivered back on 7 May. From a record projected loss of $212 six weeks ago, today’s budget reflects considerably higher finished cattle prices, and cheaper feed costs – albeit that feeder cattle prices have risen sharply Source:… Read more »

Roma store sale 16 June 2020: Yearling steers and heifers in demand

Restockers and feedlots were operating in a quality driven market with demand strong for sought after local lines of medium weight yearling steers and heifers, which both saw improvements in price from the previous week. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 16 June 2020: Yearling steers and heifers in demand

Five years on, how did MLA’s last Strategic Plan go?

Just as it has done today, in 2016 MLA set itself a list of Key Performance Indicators to achieve by 2020. Source: Beef Central Five years on, how did MLA’s last Strategic Plan go?

Weekly genetics review: CRC lessons to underpin breeding selection decisions

Presenting to the US-based Beef Improvement Foundation last week, Dr Matt Wolcott of AGBU in Armidale highlighted the opportunity in northern beef herds to use genetic selection to improve reproductive rates using Age at Puberty and Lactation Anestrus Interval. However as these are hard-to-measure ‘expertise intensive’ traits, the CRC data combined with ongoing research means… Read more »

Genetics: Are Angus females getting too big?

The mature weight of Angus cows has increased genetically by 40kg in the last 20 years, with the current genetic trend showing an increase of 2.5kg per year. Is it anything to be concerned about? Recent survey work completed by Angus Australia shows that there are vast differences of opinion on whether the increase in… Read more »

Wagga sale 15 June 2020: All categories dearer

Cattle prices at Wagga continued their stellar run leading into the winter, gaining 15-28c/kg. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 15 June 2020: All categories dearer

Cattle prices to rise as production, exports fall: ABARES

Saleyard prices for cattle are expected to increase by four percent over the next 12 months as low supply constrains production and export volumes, according to ABARES’ June quarter outlook report released today. Source: Beef Central Cattle prices to rise as production, exports fall: ABARES

Banned exporters' beef with China continues as compliance issues addressed

Four abattoirs suspended from exporting to China have taken a step towards resuming business, but one grazier says these kinds of problems don’t happen with other trading partners. Source: ABC Livestock Banned exporters’ beef with China continues as compliance issues addressed

Wagyu breeders secure quality Condamine backgrounding country for $8m

A quality Darling Downs backgrounding property sold under the hammer at auction yesterday, following a recent pattern of sales to Wagyu breeders seeking to expand their operations in the region. Source: Beef Central Wagyu breeders secure quality Condamine backgrounding country for m

Dalby sale 10 June 2020: All descriptions firm on last week’s rates

A Victorian export processor was present however one major exporter was absent from the buying panel. Feeder and restocker buyers continued to provide very strong competition across all classes of yearling steers and heifers. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 10 June 2020: All descriptions firm on last week’s rates

America’s meat packing facilities now operating close to normal

Meat packing facilities in the United States hit hard by COVID-19 issues since March are now operating at close to normal capacity again. Source: Beef Central America’s meat packing facilities now operating close to normal

Nine years on: Luke Bowen reflects on tumultuous days of ban

Luke Bowen was a young leader only a few years into the role of Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association CEO when the northern cattle industry was thrust into the glare of the international media spotlight after ABC Four Corners broadcast footage of Australian cattle suffering cruel treatment in Indonesian abattoirs. It was a ‘sink or swim… Read more »

Roma store sale 9 June 2020: Weaner steers top at 474c/kg

A good buying panel was present and operating, including all regular processors, and had a continued southern and local restocker presence. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 9 June 2020: Weaner steers top at 474c/kg

Beef 2021 program aims to mentor future beef leaders

There is still plenty of time to nominate for one of the ten positions available under the 2021 Graeme Acton Beef Connections program.The program is a great opportunity for young beef industry stakeholders to develop their skills and knowledge, enabling them to become more effective in their current role and future roles in the beef… Read more »

May beef exports show the strain of lower cattle supply cycle

Beef exports to most destinations during May showed clear signs of the reduction in beef kills seen across eastern Australia in the second quarter this year, due to the lingering effects of drought on cattle supply. Source: Beef Central May beef exports show the strain of lower cattle supply cycle

ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

The next in a series of webinars hosted by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association being held this Wednesday, is set to tackle the challenges of adopting DEXA into the lamb supply chain. Source: Beef Central ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

  THE next in a series of webinars hosted by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) being held this Wednesday, is set to tackle the challenges of adopting DEXA into… Source: Sheep Central ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

Steer categories rise in 19,000 head AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers were back this week to see just shy of 19,000 head offered online. PTIC heifers experienced the biggest price jump of all categories, increasing $168 to average $1743, while prices for steers increased across most weight categories. Source: Beef Central Steer categories rise in 19,000 head AuctionsPlus offering

R&D outcomes help to manage phosphorus deficiencies in northern beef herds

For many producers in northern Australia, phosphorus (P) deficiency is a serious nutritional issue for cattle herds and can cause major losses in productivity and profitability. Source: Beef Central R&D outcomes help to manage phosphorus deficiencies in northern beef herds

New products: Data loggers aid in chilled export beef performance

With a growing proportion of Australian red meat leaving these shores in retail-ready chilled form, next generation data-loggers are providing greater insight into cold-chain performance once the product leaves the processing plant. Source: Beef Central New products: Data loggers aid in chilled export beef performance

Processor suspensions: We were wrong

Beef Central published an article yesterday afternoon suggesting a number of Australian beef processors had been suspended from the China market.  The information was incorrect. Source: Beef Central Processor suspensions: We were wrong

Five more Australian beef plants suspended by China

Another five large Australian beef processing plants have been suspended by China, in the latest trade retaliation against Australia’s support for an independent international investigation into the source of COVID-19 in China. Source: Beef Central Five more Australian beef plants suspended by China

Dalby sale 3 June 2020: Additional Victorian processors join market

A Victorian export processor was present however one major exporter was absent from the buying panel. Feeder and restocker buyers continued to provide very strong competition across all classes of yearling steers and heifers. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 3 June 2020: Additional Victorian processors join market

Kay’s Cuts: Market forces drove US beef cutouts sky-high

A perfect storm of supply and demand factors has delivered record margins to US beef processors, since the onset of COVID-19. Should they have shard more of their margin with cattle producers? Beef Central’s US market commentator Steve Kay explores the question Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Market forces drove US beef cutouts sky-high

Roma store sale 2 June 2020: Restockers keep heat on quality weaners

Cattle were mostly drawn from the local supply area but included a fair number from Western & North Western Queensland in a yarding where steers and heifers were present in similar numbers. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 2 June 2020: Restockers keep heat on quality weaners

US demand helping underpin otherwise flat export scene

Higher demand and prices for imported beef in the US is one of the few highlights in otherwise flat global beef trade, as the Australian export beef industry heads into June. Source: Beef Central US demand helping underpin otherwise flat export scene

Beef Central’s beef quiz – May 2020

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

MLA’s cattle and sheep market indicators back in action

Meat & Livestock Australia’s full suite of cattle and sheep market indicators will return from tomorrow, 3 June, after being suspended since March due to COVID-19 disruptions to market reporting. Source: Beef Central MLA’s cattle and sheep market indicators back in action

A virtual cook-up with Sam Burke – this Thursday

LOOKING for some inspiration for how to cook up the perfect beef storm in the kitchen? You will never get a better chance to learn from one of the best business than through a Zoom event being hosted by the Young Agribusiness Rural Network this Thursday night. Source: Beef Central A virtual cook-up with… Read more »

Rise in most stock category values in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers were up 10pc on AuctionsPlus this week with a total of offering of 21,083 head, while clearance rates eased from the highs experienced last week to sit at 84pc. The majority of stock categories rose in value with the biggest increases being PTIC cows which averaged $2157, up $293. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Entries open for Beef 2021’s National Beef Carcase Competition + VIDEO

THE National Beef Carcase Competition attached to next May’s Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton is now officially open for business, and accepting nominations from across Australia. Source: Beef Central Entries open for Beef 2021’s National Beef Carcase Competition + VIDEO

Global beef production outlook revised downwards

As parts of the world cautiously ease out of lockdown and reassess COVID-19’s impact on the beef sector, Rabobank’s latest quarterly beef forecast has revised down its global beef production outlook, and forecasts slowing demand in a declining economy. Source: Beef Central Global beef production outlook revised downwards

Roma store sale 27 May 2020: Southern demand adds to competition

Cattle were mostly drawn from the local supply area but included a fair number from Western & North Western Queensland in a yarding where steers and heifers were present in similar numbers. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 27 May 2020: Southern demand adds to competition

Weekly kill: Some northern grids lift, while southern cow market in fire

Some processor grid offers in Queensland have risen this week, while southern Australian saleyards cow prices continue to fire on all cylinders. Flow of cattle into southern Queensland plants is looking tighter this week, and there are suggestions that at least one large export plant may skip days next week, as a result. Source:… Read more »

Prime new location for Ekka beef competition 

Entries are now open for the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) Prime Beef Competition, which will take place in a new location this year following the cancellation of the 2020 Ekka. Source: Beef Central Prime new location for Ekka beef competition 

Aussie beef set to sizzle on MasterChef TV show

Beef will play a starring role on the nation’s favourite cooking show, MasterChef Australia, following MLA’s signing of a new sponsorship deal with Network 10. Source: Beef Central Aussie beef set to sizzle on MasterChef TV show