Category: International Trading

US beef agreement with EU re-focuses need for Australia to achieve the same

An agreement signed earlier this month providing greater access for US beef to the high-value European Union market has upped the ante for Australia to achieve a similar outcome.  Source: Beef Central US beef agreement with EU re-focuses need for Australia to achieve the same

Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Victorian cattle breeders could miss out on access to a live export contract for thousands of cattle to be sent to Kazakhstan because of government red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Low A$ expected to underpin beef exports during 2020

The Australian dollar currently sits at US68.3c – down 7pc on the same time last year – and banks currently forecast that it will remain low during 2020, helping underpin competitiveness in Australian beef exports. Source: Beef Central Low A$ expected to underpin beef exports during 2020

Disturbing pictures show fate of Australian cattle sold to Indonesian Government

Hundreds of Australian cattle sold to the Indonesian Government in 2018 for breeding are malnourished or dead. Images obtained by the ABC show the rotting corpses of animals that could have bred for several years. Source: ABC Livestock Disturbing pictures show fate of Australian cattle sold to Indonesian Government

McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack has indicated he won’t reconsider a government decision to consider exemptions for twin-tiered live sheep export vessels. Source: Sheep Central McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

China’s frantic protein demand rolls-on in November beef exports

China is now firmly on track to become Australia’s largest export beef customer by volume for the 2019 calendar year, November’s monthly beef export statistics indicate. Source: Beef Central China’s frantic protein demand rolls-on in November beef exports

Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

LIVE sheep exporters are divided over the Federal Government’s plans to grant exemptions for two-tiered vessels to operate past a January deadline. Source: Sheep Central Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

Queensland has joined other mainland Australian states with government approval announced yesterday for suitably trained and certified laymen to join veterinarians in providing pregnancy testing services to the cattle and live export industry. Source: Beef Central Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

China protein deficit reflected in JBS’s booming third quarter results

A vast protein deficit in China caused by the onset of African Swine Fever has been reflected in the world’s largest meat processor, JBS’s third quarter results announced last week.    Source: Beef Central China protein deficit reflected in JBS’s booming third quarter results

Australia ratifies trade deal with Indonesia

Australia today ratified its latest bilateral trade agreement, this time with its northern neighbour, Indonesia. Source: Beef Central Australia ratifies trade deal with Indonesia

Cruelty charges aim to halt South African sheep exports

MAJOR Middle East livestock importer Al Mawashi is among defendants to criminal charges laid in relation to a live sheep shipment from South Africa last month. Source: Sheep Central Cruelty charges aim to halt South African sheep exports

Chinese company to take over Dairy Farmers and Aussie dairy icons for $600m

The Chinese company, which recently took over Bellamy’s, wants to pay $600 million to Japanese beverage giant Kirin for Dairy Farmers, Masters and Pura and other dairy icons. Source: ABC Livestock Chinese company to take over Dairy Farmers and Aussie dairy icons for 0m

Export opportunities buoy farmers on AgDay

Export opportunities and challenges facing agriculture are at the forefront today as farmers across the country mark the third nationwide celebration of Australia’s agriculture and related industries. Source: Beef Central Export opportunities buoy farmers on AgDay

Chris lives and works on a Chinese-owned farm and says it's a better fit for his family

China’s buyers are keen to capitalise on Tasmania’s clean, green image. And while some big-name dairy acquisitions have left a sour taste for some, there are plenty who have welcomed the investment. Source: ABC Livestock Chris lives and works on a Chinese-owned farm and says it’s a better fit for his family

Has 2019 been a turning point year for live exports?

2019 shaped as one of the most challenging years in the Australian livestock export industry’s history, but may have proven to be one of the most important for its future. Source: Beef Central Has 2019 been a turning point year for live exports?

China extends anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley

China has announced it is extending its anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley exports by six months, meaning a decision is now due in May 2020 instead of this month. Source: Grain Central China extends anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley

‘Dumb is expensive’: make things better by making things different

Keeping an open mind – and avoiding premature evaluation of an idea – is essential to the process of effectively embracing change, founder of Minds at Work, Jason Clarke, told the recent LIVEXchange conference in Townsville. Source: Beef Central ‘Dumb is expensive’: make things better by making things different

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Oktober 2019

Also in today’s October 2019 update: Chinese ASF epidemic results in sharp pork price rises as supply collapses and new a FMD outbreak in Thailand pushes cattle prices down. Source: Beef Central Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Oktober 2019

SE Asia Report: New 5pc breeder formula allows feeder permits to flow

Also in today’s October 2019 update: Chinese ASF epidemic results in sharp pork price rises as supply collapses and new a FMD outbreak in Thailand pushes cattle prices down. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: New 5pc breeder formula allows feeder permits to flow

Analysis: China at crossroads in rebuilding its pork industry, post ASF

Dramatic changes may lie ahead for China’s pork industry, if it is to start the long and slow recovery process from African Swine Fever, independent meat analyst Simon Quilty reports… Source: Beef Central Analysis: China at crossroads in rebuilding its pork industry, post ASF

Anuga: Two-way benefits in TFI’s investment in EU importer/distributor

Strategic investment in its European importer’s business last year has paid big dividends for Australian beef and sheepmeat exporter Thomas Foods International. TFI shared a stand with its partner Luiten Food at the Anuga food trade show in Germany last month – marking a 12 month milestone since it invested in its European distributor/wholesaler. … Read more »

Food traceability focus for Churchill Fellowship recipient

Food traceability in export markets will be the primary focus for a 2019 Australian Churchill Fellowship recipient. Source: Beef Central Food traceability focus for Churchill Fellowship recipient

Virtual reality brings international beef customers into the Australian paddock

Virtual reality technology has helped international beef customers at the world’s biggest food trade show to experience Australia’s high levels of animal welfare and clean and green production environment. More than 170,000 visitors attended the biennial Anuga food trade show in Cologne, Germany last month, and scattered among the 1000 meat protein exhibitors was Queensland… Read more »

What does Australia really think about the live export industry?

Beyond what the loudest voices say on social media, what does the middle 90 percent of community think about live exports? A new three year research program has been set in motion to find out. Source: Beef Central What does Australia really think about the live export industry?

Producers question mixed signals on crossbreds for live export

The level of demand that exists for crossbred cattle in Indonesia and Vietnam was a front-of-mind question for producers at the LIVEXchange 2019 conference in Townsville last week. Source: Beef Central Producers question mixed signals on crossbreds for live export

Exporter invests over $7 million in animal welfare since ESCAS

Some rare insights into the operations of livestock exporters and the regulatory environment in which they operate were provided during a panel session when representatives of AUSTREX took to the stage at the LIVEXchange conference in Townsville last week. Source: Beef Central Exporter invests over million in animal welfare since ESCAS

Much of the 'Australian beef' sold in China isn’t Australian … or beef

Chinese consumers are willing to pay top dollar for Australian beef, but often the meat is not actually from Australia, or may even be pork, duck or horse, according to industry experts. Source: ABC Livestock Much of the ‘Australian beef’ sold in China isn’t Australian … or beef

A leader celebrated amongst livestock exporters

Australia’s livestock exporters have celebrated the achievements of one of their finest at the industry’s annual Gala Dinner, held in Townsville as part of the LIVEXchange 2019 conference. Source: Beef Central A leader celebrated amongst livestock exporters

Halleen’s John Cunnington named 2019 Young Live Export Achiever

John Cunnington, Halleen Business Development and Marketing Assessment Manager, has been recognised as the livestock export industry’s 2019 Young Achiever of the Year, at the LIVEXchange conference in Townsville. Source: Beef Central Halleen’s John Cunnington named 2019 Young Live Export Achiever

Anuga: Red meat trends from the world’s biggest food trade show + photos

Beef Central paid a visit to Anuga 2019, the world’s largest food trade show held in Cologne, Germany every two years, during a visit to Europe this month. The event attracts more than 170,000 trade visitors over five days, with a heavy emphasis on new product launches, consumer and retailing trends, as global red meat… Read more »

Australia’s strength in partnerships as Brazil eyes cattle exports to Vietnam

With expectations Brazil will soon gain formal access to Vietnam for live cattle exports, possibly by December, attention is turning to how that could impact Australia’s strong and important cattle trade with the South East Asian nation. Source: Beef Central Australia’s strength in partnerships as Brazil eyes cattle exports to Vietnam

The Cattle Collective launched to bust livex myths

“That’s the best thing I’ve seen in years,” one North Queensland cattle producer commented aloud after a two-minute video launching The Cattle Collective (below) was broadcast to the LIVEXchange conference in Townsville on Wednesday afternoon. Source: Beef Central The Cattle Collective launched to bust livex myths

Setter takes over as new chair of LiveCorp

LIVESTOCK export research and development body, LiveCorp has elected Consolidated Pastoral Company chief executive officer Troy Setter as its new chair. Source: Sheep Central Setter takes over as new chair of LiveCorp

Viable livex sector ‘absolutely critical to our industry’: Strong

It’s time for the broader red meat industry in Australia to rethink the importance of the live export trade, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong told this morning’s LIVEXchange conference in Townsville. Source: Beef Central Viable livex sector ‘absolutely critical to our industry’: Strong

Young exporters kick off live export conference in Townsville + PICS

The Australian livestock export industry’s major annual conference kicks off in Townsville today with 350 delegates from across the supply chain registered to attend the two day event. Source: Beef Central Young exporters kick off live export conference in Townsville + PICS

Live export merger key test for future levy use

The Australian Livestock Exporter’s Council has voted in favour of pursuing a merger with Livecorp, setting the scene for a pivotal test of how industry levy funds can be used by industry organisations. Source: Beef Central Live export merger key test for future levy use

CPC’s Troy Setter elected LiveCorp chair

Prominent northern cattle and live export industry identity Troy Setter has been elected as the new chairman of the livestock export industry’s research and development body, LiveCorp, following today’s annual general meeting in Townsville. Source: Beef Central CPC’s Troy Setter elected LiveCorp chair

Export grinding meat prices continue to soar to record levels

Imported Australian 90 CL grinding beef prices into the US have soared to all-time record levels over the past month, driven by global demand for meat protein, a sharp seasonal decline in NZ beef production and favourable currency trends. International competitors have provided increasingly stiff opposition to US customers in sourcing lean Australian frozen manufacturing… Read more »

LiveCorp/ALEC merger key topic at today’s AGMs

The red meat industry enters annual general meeting season today with the live export industry’s two major bodies holding their end-of-financial year wrap-ups in Townsville from this morning, ahead of the industry’s two-day LiveXchange conference on Wednesday and Thursday. Source: Beef Central LiveCorp/ALEC merger key topic at today’s AGMs

Livestock exporters to gather in Townsville this week

‘WELFARE beyond borders’ will be the theme of Australia’s annual LIVEXchange conference for livestock exporters this week. Source: Sheep Central Livestock exporters to gather in Townsville this week

Cattle export market dynamics shifting

Recent growth in export numbers does not reflect the challenging trading conditions when shipping cattle to markets in South East Asia. Source: Beef Central Cattle export market dynamics shifting

China approves more beef export plants in Ireland and the UK

China continues to approve more beef plants to ship beef to it, as its African Swine Fever-fuelled protein crisis deepens. A further 14 Irish plants and for the first time, four in the United Kingdom, now have access to the China market. Source: Beef Central China approves more beef export plants in Ireland and… Read more »

ASF impact underpins USDA’s 4pc global beef export growth forecast for 2020

The US Department of Agriculture has recently updated its global beef production, trade and consumption forecasts for 2020, providing an indication of what to expect from Australia’s key competitors in the year ahead. Increased demand across Asia, underpinned by declining pork production, will be a key factor driving growth. Source: Beef Central ASF impact… Read more »

Dehumidification not a practical solution for livestock vessels yet, trial shows

A unique research trial has demonstrated that dehumidification technology can reduce temperature and humidity on a livestock export vessel, but does not yet present a practical solution for improving the welfare of exported stock, a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra was told yesterday. Source: Beef Central Dehumidification not a practical solution for livestock vessels… Read more »

Growth in airfreight shipments for Australian red meat exports

SHEEP meat and beef exporters have recorded substantial growth in the use of airfreight as a means of moving product in recent years. Sheep meat exports by air have grown by 45 percent in the past five years, while beef exports by air have risen 42pc over the same period. Source: Sheep Central Growth… Read more »

Live exporters cheer changes to independent observer rules

Live export ships on most short voyages to South East Asia will no longer be required to carry independent observers, in a government policy change applauded by the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Live exporters cheer changes to independent observer rules

Growth in airfreight shipments for Australian red meat exports

Both beef and sheepmeat have recorded substantial growth in the use of airfreight as a means of exporting product in recent years. Beef exports by air have grown by 42pc in the past five years, while sheepmeat exports by air have risen 45pc over the same period. Source: Beef Central Growth in airfreight shipments… Read more »

MLA appoints Andrew Cox to global marketing role

In an internal promotion, MLA has this week appointed Japan/Korea region manager Andrew Cox as the industry service delivery company’s next general manager for international markets. The move follows the recent resignation of Michael Finucan from the GM international markets role, to take up a new senior meat marketing position with JBS Australia. Source:… Read more »

Meat research: Using mass spectrometry to determine eating quality

A new US meat research project is looking at the potential to use mass spectrometry technology to differentiate meat quality, and determine appropriate aging regimes in beef samples. Source: Beef Central Meat research: Using mass spectrometry to determine eating quality

China-US trade war continues to dampen wool demand

CONTINUED tariffs on Chinese woollen garment imports into the United States are contributing to subdued wool textile chain sentiment. Source: Sheep Central China-US trade war continues to dampen wool demand

Food agility project seeks to tackle substitution and fraud in beef exports

Three tonnes of Australian export beef packed out of the Northern Cooperative Meat Co plant at Casino NSW earlier this year is claimed to have been the first export beef to be tracked and verified using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies. Source: Beef Central Food agility project seeks to tackle substitution and fraud… Read more »

Live sheep exporter reports above average survival rates

MAJOR live exporter Rural Export and Trading WA has reported above average survival rates for multiple shipments involving more than 700,000 sheep in the past 12 months. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep exporter reports above average survival rates

Korean beef safeguard set to trigger

Australia will trigger the 2019 beef safeguard to Korea in the coming days, with the tariff on set increase from 24pc to 30pc until 31 December 2019 Source: Beef Central Korean beef safeguard set to trigger

South East Asia Report: China prices jump 10pc

China slaughter cattle prices jump another 10pc; Indonesian government issues new decree for breeding females; African Swine Fever disaster extends to South Korea and East Timor. Source: Beef Central South East Asia Report: China prices jump 10pc

Cattle company buyout deal reportedly worth $600m eclipses Kidman sale

A British investor plans to buy out one of Australia’s largest cattle companies in a deal reportedly worth $600 million — nearly double paid for the Kidman empire. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle company buyout deal reportedly worth 0m eclipses Kidman sale

MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is the world’s largest sheep and goat meat exporter and exports more than 65 percent of its red meat production, according to a report released last week. Source: Sheep Central MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report. Source: Beef Central Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

KLTT live export shipment prompts animal rights ire in South Africa

MAJOR Middle East sheep importer the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company is hitting hurdles in its attempt to supplement limited Australian supplies with a South African shipment. Source: Sheep Central KLTT live export shipment prompts animal rights ire in South Africa

Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

US wheat imported into Japan will receive the same preferential advantage that is now given to Canadian and Australian wheat following the signing of a tariff agreement between the US and Japan. Source: Grain Central Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

Townsville to export first frozen beef in more than a decade

The first frozen beef shipment from the Port of Townsville for more than a decade leaves today, signalling what the Port of Townsville hopes will become a new export trade directly from North Queensland’s largest general cargo port. Source: Beef Central Townsville to export first frozen beef in more than a decade

September beef exports continue at solid pace, led by China

New record volumes to China, and expanding shipments to South Korea and Japan underpinned Australian beef exports during September, which continued at solid pace due to drought-forced livestock turnoff. Source: Beef Central September beef exports continue at solid pace, led by China

Strong relationship between Aus and Japan critical: AMIC

Japan has been a key export market for Australian meat for a long time, and it remains one of the industry’s leading trading partners, Australian Meat Industry Council CEO Patrick Hutchinson told contacts in the country last week. Source: Beef Central Strong relationship between Aus and Japan critical: AMIC

Live sheep export discussion paper gets mixed reaction

A DISCUSSION paper listing options for future Middle East live sheep export regulation has been welcomed by industry, but is already under fire from the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export discussion paper gets mixed reaction

Aus beef exports to China up 65pc so far this year

China is on the cusp of becoming Australia’s largest beef export market in 2019, with little sign of demand abating anytime soon, as Chinese consumers shift away from pork to other proteins in the wake of African Swine Fever, according to a leading animal protein analyst visiting from China. Source: Beef Central Aus beef… Read more »

B Steak – a story of Aussie beef’s bright future in Asia

In 2016 Aussie expatriate, Jason Hatchett and his family opened the “B Steak Grill and Pancake” restaurant in Bogor, a satellite city of one million people near Jakarta, one of a huge number of similar initiatives which demonstrate that the fundamentals for the future of Australian beef in Asia are indeed very bright. Source:… Read more »

Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

AUSTRALIA has finalised a new red meat agreement with China to strengthen food safety processes and bilateral exchanges around technical know-how, marketing, and research and development investment. Source: Sheep Central Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the finalisation of a new memorandum of understanding between the Australian and Chinese meat industries. Source: Beef Central China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Federal Parliament has passed new laws to introduce independent oversight of the $1.7 billion live export industry, to boost animal welfare outcomes and further enhance Australia’s position as a “world leader”. Source: Beef Central New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Australian wool market consolidates further after wild ride

AUSTRALIA’S wool market has consolidated this week despite a lift in the bale offering, with the benchmark Eastern Market Indicator adding 7 cents for the week to close at 1542c/kg clean. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market consolidates further after wild ride

Frustrations build over long delays with Independent Observer reports

Questions are being asked about why it is taking several months, and in some cases as long as a year, for reports from Independent Observers on livestock export journeys to be published. Source: Beef Central Frustrations build over long delays with Independent Observer reports

Korean beef safeguard imminent

It is anticipated Australian beef exports to Korea will trigger the 2019 safeguard volume in the next three to five weeks, which will increase tariffs on Australian beef into the market from 24pc to 30 percent through until the end of the year.  Source: Beef Central Korean beef safeguard imminent

Kay’s Cuts: What will new EU and Japan trade deals mean for US beef?

The recently signed US-EU grainfed beef quota deal is unlikely to lead to a surge of US beef shipped to the EU, US columnist Steve Kay writes, but the yet-to-take-effect US-Japan trade deal is being welcomed as tremendous news for US farmers and ranchers. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: What will new EU and… Read more »

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 »

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

Infant formula company Bellamy's to be bought out by Chinese dairy

Tasmanian-based infant formula company Bellamy’s tells shareholders to vote in favour of a $1.5 billion takeover by Chinese company Mengniu. Source: ABC Livestock Infant formula company Bellamy’s to be bought out by Chinese dairy

Australian wool market records biggest weekly gains

AUSTRALIA’S wool market has staged a record turnaround following improvements in Chinese bank sector liquidity and reports of high American clothing retail demand and increased clothing imports from China to avoid tariff increases. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market records biggest weekly gains

Live sheep importer looks to South Africa as WA trade resumes

LIVE sheep shipments to the Middle East from Western Australia will resume this month after an extended trade moratorium amid increased concerns exporters are looking elsewhere for supplies. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep importer looks to South Africa as WA trade resumes

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

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

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

Pressure to re-open live sheep export whistleblower inquiry

AUSTRALIA’S Department of Agriculture is under pressure to re-open an investigation into the payment of a Pakistani live export ship worker to film sheep suffering on a live export vessel.… Source: Sheep Central Pressure to re-open live sheep export whistleblower inquiry

Wool bodies silent on Swiss proposal to label garments from mulesed sheep

NEITHER Australia’s major wool industry bodies nor the Federal Government had planned to notify the nation’s grass roots growers of a Swiss proposal to label garments made from wool harvested… Source: Sheep Central Wool bodies silent on Swiss proposal to label garments from mulesed sheep

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

Rising disease risks put biosecurity resourcing in spotlight

AS the Federal Government holds emergency meetings to discuss what more can be done to prevent African Swine Fever from entering Australia, recent trade developments that have increased the potential risk of Foot and Mouth Disease in the region are also raising industry concern. Source: Beef Central Rising disease risks put biosecurity resourcing in… Read more »

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 »