Category: Beef

NAPCo board appoints new chief executive

Experienced agribusiness manager and company director Richard Brimblecombe has been appointed the new chief executive officer for the North Australian Pastoral Co.   Source: Beef Central NAPCo board appoints new chief executive

Victoria’s top MSA producers announced

Beef producers from throughout Victoria have taken out the top awards at the 2019 Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the State, presented at Lancefield on Tuesday night. Source: Beef Central Victoria’s top MSA producers announced

Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

SEVERAL regional meat processing operations could soon be facing water supply challenges if there is no reprieve to the severe drought conditions gripping eastern and northern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

Roma store sale 17 Sep 2019: Heavy steers lift

The yarding was dominated by a large single vendor line of steers and heifers, prices mostly eased however heavy weight lines of steers mostly improved. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 17 Sep 2019: Heavy steers lift

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Sep 2019

Cold fronts and surface troughs generated moderate rainfall in southeastern Australia, while a cold front produced moderate falls in southern, coastal New South Wales, and snow in Canberra at the end of the week. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Sep 2019

Three sisters are establishing their own Hereford stud near Tamworth

Three young sisters work together to fulfil their dream of owning and operating their own Hereford stud and, despite drought and study, they are making a success of it. Source: ABC Livestock Three sisters are establishing their own Hereford stud near Tamworth

Weekly genetics review: Making a commitment to genomics

For the Shorthorn breed, the opportunity to access an international genetic database has led to the decision to move from BreedPlan herd recording to development of ShorGene underpinned by IGS. Following its decision to DNA profile its herd, Marellan will become the first Australian seedstock operation to offer bulls with DNA-enhanced Breeding Values. The impact… Read more »

Weekly kill: Easing trend in grids, north and south

Grassfed grid prices offered by processors have trended softer over the past week across large parts of eastern Australia, due to basic supply and demand factors caused by the weather. Some Qld grids eased 5c/kg on Monday, with boner type cows on one company’s schedules impacted more severely due to heavy supply, downgraded 10c/kg. … Read more »

Tim Emery’s six steps to better bull buying

Tropical Beef Technology Services’ Tim Emery believes developing breeding objectives is fundamental for any beef business and can drive genetic direction, productivity and profitability. Source: Beef Central Tim Emery’s six steps to better bull buying

SE Asia Report: Indonesia imports a massive 75,000 feeders in August

Also – frozen Indian buffalo back on shelves in Indonesia; China prices break through AUD$6/kg live weight; ASF disaster continues to sweep across Asia; plant-based burger takeover in New York; a very proud grandfather; some brave predictions and more in the latest South East Asia Report. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indonesia imports… Read more »

Better animal welfare helps drive productivity on Birrindudu

Having seen the positive impact administering pain relief has made to animal welfare on Heytesbury Cattle Co’s Birrindudu Station in the Northern Territory, Kylie Hutley now describes it as ‘the only way forward’ for the cattle industry. Source: Beef Central Better animal welfare helps drive productivity on Birrindudu

China swine fever impact spurs higher ABARES cattle price forecast

ABARES has upgraded its forecast for average saleyard cattle prices in 2019-2020 by 20c/kg, based on its expectations of strengthening demand for beef versus tightening supplies of cattle. Source: Beef Central China swine fever impact spurs higher ABARES cattle price forecast

Committee chosen to direct annual $100m drought resilience program

A committee of five people has been named by Minister for Drought David Littleproud to help deliver $100 million in drought resilience and preparedness programs to communities every year through the Future Drought Fund. Source: Beef Central Committee chosen to direct annual 0m drought resilience program

Plan summer water needs now

Agriculture Victoria is urging livestock producers to take steps to assess on-farm stock water  storage levels and make plans now for peak livestock demand periods over summer. Source: Beef Central Plan summer water needs now

Fire destroys cattle semen worth tens of thousands of dollars

Crucial cattle herd genetics have been lost in a fire that destroyed 100 cryogenic cylinders of cattle semen in south-east Victoria overnight. Source: ABC Livestock Fire destroys cattle semen worth tens of thousands of dollars

Ferocious debate erupts over ‘vegan terrorists’

A tempestuous political debate has zeroed-in on the rights of farmers to produce livestock for human food consumption, without suffering endangerment due to escalating threats and illegal intimidation driven by “vegan terrorists”. Source: Beef Central Ferocious debate erupts over ‘vegan terrorists’

Farm invasion laws: Where is each State up to?

With the ink barely dry on new Federal laws passed last week to strengthen protections against illegal trespass and farm invasion, Colin Bettles looks at how moves by each State to ramp up legislative and enforcement activities are progressing. Source: Beef Central Farm invasion laws: Where is each State up to?

Construction go ahead for Angus’ on-farm abattoir

IT’S official: Construction of the first significant greenfield beef processing plant to be built in Queensland in more than 20 years will begin on November 1. Source: Beef Central Construction go ahead for Angus’ on-farm abattoir

New GM for Droughtmasters Australia

The Droughtmaster Australia Board has announced the appointment of a new General Manager to take effect from October this year. Source: Beef Central New GM for Droughtmasters Australia

NT Govt plans will suffocate ag investment: NTCA

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association has warned changes being made by the NT Government to the Non-Pastoral Permit system will have dire consequences for future agricultural investment in the Territory. Source: Beef Central NT Govt plans will suffocate ag investment: NTCA

MLA releases videos to help sheep and cattle producers use breeding values

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released a series of timely tips and tools for wool, sheep meat and commercial beef producers looking to buy high-performing sires to improve productivity in their flock or herd. Source: Sheep Central MLA releases videos to help sheep and cattle producers use breeding values

Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Farmers along Australia’s normally green east coast are reeling from the worst drought they have ever seen and face a tough summer if it doesn’t rain in the next few months. Source: ABC Livestock Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

$42 loss forecast in September grainfed trading budget

A small downwards adjustment in 100-day grainfed cattle prices has taken the edge off profitability in Beef Central’s September monthly grainfed trading budget, calculated on Friday. Source: Beef Central loss forecast in September grainfed trading budget

Softer market in 10,000 head AuctionsPlus offering

Prices and clearance fell across all categories this week for the 10,000 head offered on AuctionsPlus last week, in what was a generally weaker market. Source: Beef Central Softer market in 10,000 head AuctionsPlus offering

Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

New laws that will strengthen farmer protections against escalating animal rights activism and harassment have passed the Federal Parliament, introducing tougher penalties for convictions. Source: Sheep Central Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

Dubbo Sale 12 Sep 2019: Export cattle stronger

Export cattle were stronger due to solid competition from southern processors. Source: Beef Central Dubbo Sale 12 Sep 2019: Export cattle stronger

Top MSA producers in New South Wales announced

Beef producers from throughout New South Wales have taken out the top awards at the 2019 Meat Standards Australia Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the State, presented in Wagga Wagga last night. Source: Beef Central Top MSA producers in New South Wales announced

Feedgrain Focus: Shrinking supply lifts southern prices

Traders say it’s becoming a drought market again as frost, wind and heat are taking their toll on yield prospects and turning failed crops to fodder. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Shrinking supply lifts southern prices

Beef export growth for South America

Beef export growth from South America is expected to continue off the back of a strong 2019, Meat & Livestock Australia predicts. Source: Beef Central Beef export growth for South America

Frenzy of stock movements out of NSW and southern Qld into Victoria

The dramatic contrast in seasonal fortunes between Victoria and states further north is being reflected in what appears to be unprecedented stock movement into the perhaps aptly named ‘Garden State’. Source: Beef Central Frenzy of stock movements out of NSW and southern Qld into Victoria

Recruitment: What type of beef industry employee are you?

Every now and then it’s good to take a step back and look at ‘how you’re travelling’, and working anywhere along the red meat supply chain is no exception. So many factors can impact how you perform at work including issues with work/life balance; financial and other personal worries; your boss or the people you… Read more »

Webinar on RIC low-interest loans sparks flurry of producer questions

Last month’s popular finance webinar focused on low interest loans available through the Regional Investment Corporation generated a flurry of producer questions on eligibility, security, terms and related topics. The webinar provided an overview on the new RIC agency and the low interest loans they have on offer. Set out below are responses from QIC… Read more »

Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural wholesale buying group Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR) by Elders. Source: Beef Central Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

New footage rocks live trade as independent overseer Bill passes Senate

New footage showing four Northern Territory steers being roped, forced to the ground and having their throats cut without stunning has triggered fresh outrage against the live export trade and more questions about why exporters continue to lose control of Australian animals from supposedly secure customer supply chains. Source: Beef Central New footage rocks… Read more »

Australian cattle roped and slaughtered in Indonesian car park

GRAPHIC WARNING: The Department of Agriculture is investigating the alleged inhumane killing of Australian cattle at the Festival of Sacrifice in Indonesia. Source: ABC Livestock Australian cattle roped and slaughtered in Indonesian car park

Weekly property review: Recent sales of note

Chareville’s historic Gowrie makes more than $10m | Riverina’s Cooloon is carved up | Post auction: Mount Falcon on the market for more than $13.5m Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: Recent sales of note

Sodium-loaded ‘Meat-free’ options could be tricking consumers, study shows

They might be plant-based, gluten-free, organic and vegan, but many meat-free alternative products are highly processed and packed with salt, recent research has shown, making them more ‘stealthy’ than ‘healthy’. Source: Beef Central Sodium-loaded ‘Meat-free’ options could be tricking consumers, study shows

Wild tornado inflicts damage and stock losses at northern Vic’s Peechelba feedlot

A wild tornado ripped through ICM Agribusiness’s Peechelba Beef feedlot in northern Victoria late on Friday afternoon, causing damage to infrastructure and killing cattle struck by flying debris or collapsing infrastructure. Source: Beef Central Wild tornado inflicts damage and stock losses at northern Vic’s Peechelba feedlot

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Sep 2019

A complex low pressure system and cold fronts brought moderate to locally heavy falls to the southeast, while cold fronts produced light to moderate falls in the southwest. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Sep 2019

Elders chair stands down

Further high level personnel changes are underway at Elders with an announcement to the ASX today that Michael Carroll has decided to stand down as Chairman. Source: Beef Central Elders chair stands down

Focus on eating quality key to MSA success for Carrington

A commitment to constantly improving beef eating quality has led to the Goondiwindi-based agricultural company, RMI Pty Ltd, being awarded the 2019 MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Progress Award for Queensland.  Source: Beef Central Focus on eating quality key to MSA success for Carrington

Leucaena drives another MSA win for Chinchilla beef producer + VIDEO

Aiming for the market specifications required to achieve Meat Standards Australia compliance is a motivating factor for Western Downs beef producer Kaylene Wonka in benchmarking her own business. Source: Beef Central Leucaena drives another MSA win for Chinchilla beef producer + VIDEO

Production systems key to Brownleigh Pastoral’s MSA success + VIDEO

A proven production system and breeding program are among the factors that see Brownleigh Pastoral Co consistently achieve high compliance rates to MSA specifications of 98.8 percent across 2017-2019. Source: Beef Central Production systems key to Brownleigh Pastoral’s MSA success + VIDEO

Quality and consistency keys for Kerwee feedlot’s MSA performance + VIDEO

Never compromise on quality is the message from Kerwee Feedlot, winners of the 2019 MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for Most Outstanding MSA Feedlot in Queensland. Source: Beef Central Quality and consistency keys for Kerwee feedlot’s MSA performance + VIDEO

Downs producers top Queensland’s MSA performance awards

Grain and grassfed beef producers from across Queensland’s Darling Downs region have taken out the top awards at the 2019 Meat Standards Australia Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the State, presented in Biloela last night. Source: Beef Central Downs producers top Queensland’s MSA performance awards

Weekly genetics review: Selection considerations around birth weight

Many producers focus solely on Birth weight EBVs to address issues around poor calving, genetics editor Al Rayner writes in this week’s genetics review. However many people may be overlooking the mature size of their cows, and are not managing nutrition to get them in calf, or are managing pre-calving nutrition poorly. There is also… Read more »

Weekly kill: Grainfed cattle prices fall out of step with US

A BIG drop in US fed cattle prices over the past month has opened up a gap worth up to $300 a head in comparisons with similar grainfed export cattle out of Australia. The move has added considerable competition headwinds for Australia in key grainfed export markets like Japan and South Korea, trade sources say. … Read more »

Wagga sale 9 Sep 2019: Mixed trends with bigger numbers

Changes to feeder cattle prices in the past few weeks show how the market is still finding a balance between supply and demand. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 9 Sep 2019: Mixed trends with bigger numbers

Romani Pastoral Co hosts producer tour during November’s Red Meat 2019 event

Red meat producers can visit Romani Pastoral Co’s beef production powerhouse, Windy Station near Quirindi when it hosts a digital property tour as part of MLA’s flagship industry event, Red Meat 2019 in November. Source: Beef Central Romani Pastoral Co hosts producer tour during November’s Red Meat 2019 event

Beef leaders urge Parliament to ratify Indo-Aus FTA

Leading Australian beef industry figures have urged Federal Parliamentarians to work quickly to ratify Australia’s free trade agreement with Indonesia as soon as possible, stressing that shifting political dynamics mean Australia’s relationship with its near neighbour has never been more important. Source: Beef Central Beef leaders urge Parliament to ratify Indo-Aus FTA

Competitor watch: 25 more Brazilian meat plants approved for China export

In growing signs of the momentum in beef trade out of Brazil to China, a further 25 Brazilian meat processing plants have been approved this week by Chinese authorities for export. Source: Beef Central Competitor watch: 25 more Brazilian meat plants approved for China export

Charolais cross and Angus claim RAS Beef Challenge domestic and 100-day titles + PICTURES

High-performing Charolais x Angus entries claimed the overall domestic market title, while straightbred Angus entries topped the 100-day grainfed class in the RAS of NSW 2019 Sydney Royal Beef Challenge finalised last week. Source: Beef Central Charolais cross and Angus claim RAS Beef Challenge domestic and 100-day titles + PICTURES

Angus bull sets new breed record at $160,000

A new Australian breed record price of $160,000 was set at Millah Murrah’s annual Angus bull sale near Bathurst in central western NSW yesterday. Source: Beef Central Angus bull sets new breed record at 0,000

Arcadian Organic supply chain embraces carbon-neutral credentials

Fresh beef is about to be sold in Australia’s national supermarket chains for the first time bearing carbon-neutral production claims, as the nation’s largest Certified Organic supply chain, Arcadian, embraces carbon neutrality. Source: Beef Central Arcadian Organic supply chain embraces carbon-neutral credentials

MLA seeks sheep meat and beef research proposals

RESEARCHERS are being invited to submit preliminary proposals for funding to support on-farm research, development and adoption projects that benefit sheep meat and grass-fed beef producers. Source: Sheep Central MLA seeks sheep meat and beef research proposals

Chinese buy ups disrupting livex trade dynamics

China’s recent rapid rise to become the largest buyer of Australian boxed beef has come as it also exerts increasingly greater influence over Australia’s live cattle export supply chain – not as a customer as many expected but as an investor in Australian live export companies. Source: Beef Central Chinese buy ups disrupting livex… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Abattoir fire strikes at heart of US cattle market

Beef Central’s US red meat and livestock industry commentator Steve Kay outlines the impact that’s been seen on US fed cattle and feeder cattle markets since last month’s fire at Tyson Foods’ Holcomb processing plant. The Australian beef processing industry suffered a similar fire less than two years ago when TFI’s Murray Bridge plant went… Read more »

Dalby sale 4 Sep 2019: Prices firm to dearer

The market was firm, with improvements in store cows and the feeder steer markets. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 4 Sep 2019: Prices firm to dearer

Plant-based meat opens opportunities for crop growers

Australia’s plant-based meat sector is on the cusp of massive expansion, creating a potentially lucrative opportunity for Australian farmers to grow crops for the plant-based meat supply chain. Source: Grain Central Plant-based meat opens opportunities for crop growers

Roma store sale 3 Sep 2019: Steers dominate 4536 head yarding

Steers continued to dominate the yarding and the overall quality of the yarding was good, with quality lines selling to firm demand. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 3 Sep 2019: Steers dominate 4536 head yarding

Opinion: Byzantine regulations plague red meat industry

Immediate past chairman of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Peter Noble, shares his thoughts on industry restructure Source: Beef Central Opinion: Byzantine regulations plague red meat industry

Plant-based meat could boost economy by up to $3 billion by 2030, modelling suggests

Australia’s plant-based meat sector is on the cusp of massive expansion, potentially contributing up to $3 billion to the nation’s economy by 2030, according to a new economic modelling report released this week by a plant-based and cell-based protein lobby group. Source: Beef Central Plant-based meat could boost economy by up to billion by… Read more »

Vetoquinol backs Angus Sire Benchmarking Program

Angus Australia’s partnership with independent global health company Vetoquinol has been extended and will include covering the next joining round of the breed’s important Angus Sire Benchmarking Program. Source: Beef Central Vetoquinol backs Angus Sire Benchmarking Program

Weekly genetics review: Sire selection – a few overlooked basics

This week’s genetics column is inspired by a number of producers who were at sales I’ve been to recently who had no plan or idea about what they were trying to do. This is my take on the key skills producers need to take to a sale. Surprisingly there isn’t much written anywhere on this…. Read more »

Weekly kill: Fed cows making up a growing proportion of slaughter

One of the features that is increasingly evident as the 2019 record-setting drought wears on is the sheer number of fed cows now finding their way to slaughter. Exact numbers are difficult to distinguish, because cows are rarely, if ever fed long enough to qualify for a grainfed cipher, but anecdotally, the numbers appear to… Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – August 2019

Test your knowledge with Beef Central’s August 2019 beef and cattle industry quiz Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – August 2019

Chinese-backed Harmony goes into liquidation

Chinese-backed Australian beef and live export supply chain, Harmony Operations Australia, went into liquidation on Friday. Source: Beef Central Chinese-backed Harmony goes into liquidation

Brazilian meatpackers cleared to export beef to Indonesia

Brazillian beef is expected to start moving into Indonesia in coming weeks after the Indoneisan Government formally confirmed it has authorised 10 Brazilian plants to export beef to the country. Source: Beef Central Brazilian meatpackers cleared to export beef to Indonesia

Steer prices ease in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Steer prices across all weight ranges fell on AuctionsPlus this week, while heifer trends were mixed. Source: Beef Central Steer prices ease in smaller AuctionsPlus offering

Next time you buy a high-end steak, consider an old dairy cow

Most beef you eat comes from around two-year-old cattle, but some farmers are singing the praises of dry-aged beef from what they call “vintage” cows. Source: ABC Livestock Next time you buy a high-end steak, consider an old dairy cow

Next generation Indonesian cattle leaders arrive in NT

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association is hosting 20 Indonesian agricultural students for the next eight weeks as part of the NTCA Indonesian-Australia Pastoral Program. Source: Beef Central Next generation Indonesian cattle leaders arrive in NT

Modest $25 loss in latest grainfed trading budget

Record high forward pricing on 100-day grainfed slaughter steers has not been enough to offset higher feeder cattle prices in Beef Central’s latest monthly 100-day grained trading budget calculated this morning, which suggests a $25 loss on feeders entering a tard today, and closing out on December 12. Source: Beef Central Modest loss in… Read more »

Updated MLA global market snapshots released

Growing demand in China for beef has seen Australian beef exports to the market increase almost 60-fold over the past decade. Source: Beef Central Updated MLA global market snapshots released

Dalby sale 28 Aug 2019: Market firm to dearer

The market was firm, with improvements in store cows and the feeder steer markets. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 28 Aug 2019: Market firm to dearer

China now a central pillar of global meat markets

Never before in modern history has the global meat trade centred so much on a single country. Inclusive of Hong Kong, China is now the world’s largest destination for beef, sheepmeat, pork, poultry and offal, pulling in close to one quarter of total meat traded on international markets, MLA Market Insights Manager, Tim Ryan says. … Read more »

Organic grazing operation southeast of Dubbo hits the market

One of Central Western New South Wales’ most highly regarded Certified Organic farming and grazing enterprises has been listed for sale. Source: Beef Central Organic grazing operation southeast of Dubbo hits the market

AI son produced from 45-year-old bull’s semen to sell at Rocky Droughtmaster sale

A rare stash of stored semen from a renowned Droughtmaster bull born 45 years ago has been used to produce a bull calf being offered at next month’s National Droughtmaster Sale in Rockhampton. Source: Beef Central AI son produced from 45-year-old bull’s semen to sell at Rocky Droughtmaster sale

Weekly genetics review: Setting realistic targets for genetic improvement

Many producers have no idea what their herd’s performance is, and are selecting for traits that are either not helping them or trying to address problems that are perceptions, and not facts. Starting with some benchmarks will provide a basis for better bull decisions, writes genetics editor Alastair Rayner Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics… Read more »

China’s growing influence seen in bigger HGP-free cattle price incentives

China’s rapidly expanding influence as a key export customer for Australian beef is being reflected in growing pricing distinctions between HGP-treated and non-treated cattle in the market. Source: Beef Central China’s growing influence seen in bigger HGP-free cattle price incentives

Feeder bull strategy works for NT family cattle operation

The value of industry research can be measured in savings worth tens of thousands of dollars a year to the bottom line of the Mohr-Bell family’s Northern Territory cattle property Mathison Station. Source: Beef Central Feeder bull strategy works for NT family cattle operation

Speculation grows that Kilcoy Global Foods may be eyeing-off public float

GRAINFED beef processor and exporter Kilcoy Global Foods may be close to announcing plans for a public float next year, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Hong Kong-based trade and… Source: Beef Central Speculation grows that Kilcoy Global Foods may be eyeing-off public float

Production costs key Pardoo challenge

The bold investment by Pardoo Beef Corporation to create an irrigated pasture oasis using groundwater to produce high value Wagyu cattle in the Pilbara has created considerable interest in recent years. Source: Beef Central Production costs key Pardoo challenge

State finalists announced for 2019 MSA eating quality awards

State finalists in the 2019 Meat Standards Australia Excellence in Eating Quality Awards have been announced ahead of an awards presentation and forum session in each state during September and early October. Hosted by MLA, the awards recognise beef producers throughout Australia who have achieved outstanding compliance rates to MSA specifications, as well as high… Read more »

Heavier steers lift 20-30c in 9586 head AuctionsPlus offering

Steer prices trended up on AuctionsPlus this week, especially for heavier descriptions, which averaged 20-30c/kg higher than last week. Source: Beef Central Heavier steers lift 20-30c in 9586 head AuctionsPlus offering

Dubbo Sale 22 Aug 2019: Southern restockers chase weaners

Continued support from southern restockers on the large numbers of plain conditioned weaners saves the day again at Dubbo in a smaller yarding. Source: Beef Central Dubbo Sale 22 Aug 2019: Southern restockers chase weaners