Category: International Trading

Australian beef exports end 2021 year at 36-year low

Australia’s full 2021 calendar year beef exports have fallen well short of 900,000 tonnes – their lowest level in at least 36 years – as the accumulated effect of herd rebuilding after earlier continental scale drought took full effect. Source: Beef Central Australian beef exports end 2021 year at 36-year low

Australia’s first biofuel-powered grain shipment leaves Albany

A CBH cargo of malting barley is on its way from Albany to Vietnam to mark the first bulk biofuel-powered grain shipment from an Australian port. Source: Grain Central Australia’s first biofuel-powered grain shipment leaves Albany

Ships use the world's heaviest fuel. This one burns vegetable oil

Bunker oil is thick and black, only a step above tar. But can biofuels replace it to run the world’s commercial ships? An Australia-first grain export trial aims to find out. Source: ABC Grain Ships use the world’s heaviest fuel. This one burns vegetable oil

SE Asia Report: Strong prices, weak demand cap an unconventional year

Importing customers continue to struggle with a combination of weak domestic demand and enormous Australian cattle prices, Dr Ross Ainsworth reports in this month’s South East Asia Report + A tour of NY and Barbados food outlets Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Strong prices, weak demand cap an unconventional year

Deal struck with Incitec Pivot to secure AdBlue

The Federal Government has secured a supply of urea from Indonesia to allow some local production of the diesel additive AdBlue. Source: Grain Central Deal struck with Incitec Pivot to secure AdBlue

Canada reports atypical case of BSE

Canada has detected a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an eight and a half year old  beef cow in the province of Alberta, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed. Source: Beef Central Canada reports atypical case of BSE

Hamilton sets new records for sheep and lambs

EXPORT and trade lamb prices have held up in the last week of sales before Christmas despite a record weekly turnoff of sheep and lambs at Hamilton in south-west Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Hamilton sets new records for sheep and lambs

November cattle exports slow while buffalo shipments grow

Australian cattle exports totalled 45,106 in November, according to the latest Federal Government shipping data, taking the calendar year total to 717,506. Source: Beef Central November cattle exports slow while buffalo shipments grow

Should Australia trade its carbon credits overseas?

Australia’s flagship carbon credit scheme has doubled in value in the past six months, so should they be open to foreign buyers? Source: Beef Central Should Australia trade its carbon credits overseas?

Kay’s Cuts: Extremes in profit and less between US and Australian processors  

Beef processing giants JBS and Cargill must be extremely thankful at present that they have extensive North American operations. Those businesses saw all-time record profit margins this year, while their operations in Australia had their biggest losses in a generation, writes US columnist Steve Kay, in his final monthly contribution for 2021. Source: Beef… Read more »

Wireless welfare sensors trialed on on livex ships

The use of automated sensors to monitor environmental conditions on livestock ships is a step closer to adoption following a successful technology trial carried out by research body LiveCorp. Source: Beef Central Wireless welfare sensors trialed on on livex ships

Weekly kill: After lowest national throughput in 36 years, what lies ahead for 2022?

Many large eastern Australian beef processors have now closed their books on procurement for the 2021 year, and are focussing attention on the year ahead after the Christmas break. Three large multi-site export processors have confirmed this morning that they are offering over-the-hooks rates for kill slots in January, identical to those seen over the… Read more »

AdBlue 'price gouging' won't be solved easily, says haulage company

A national milk haulage company says an extra two weeks’ supply of AdBlue from Indonesia won’t solve “price gauging” being experienced in Australia for the scarce diesel exhaust fluid. Source: ABC Livestock AdBlue ‘price gouging’ won’t be solved easily, says haulage company

Korea increases investment in Queensland’s beef industry

Korean companies Lotte International and CJ CheilJedang have announced plans to expand their beef interests in Dalby and Toowoomba over the next five years. Source: Beef Central Korea increases investment in Queensland’s beef industry

Live export workers come together for better representation

A group of live export stock workers and vets have recently come together to form a representative group, giving employees a collective voice on industry issues. Source: Beef Central Live export workers come together for better representation

Live export stockies and vets get insurance option

THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and Nutrien Ag Solutions have announced the launch of corporate travel insurance for the live export industry. Source: Sheep Central Live export stockies and vets get insurance option

Insurance breakthrough for live export crews

A new travel insurance policy tailored to live export crews has been released the industry crews after months of lobbying from stock handlers and veterinarians who were unable to secure basic coverage for their voyages. Source: Beef Central Insurance breakthrough for live export crews

What impact will African Swine Fever have in 2022?

The spread of African Swine Fever has decimated pork production across the world in recent years and has largely been credited for a surge in demand for Australian beef. The disease is expected to have an impact next year. Source: Beef Central What impact will African Swine Fever have in 2022?

A slight increase in NZ lamb exports is expected

NEW Zealand’s lamb production is expected to increase slightly this Spring, boosted by favourable seasonal conditions. Source: Sheep Central A slight increase in NZ lamb exports is expected

Indonesian meat consumption to increase 1321pc by 2050, ABARES

A growing middle class in Indonesia is shifting diets to higher value foods and making it harder for the country to resist importing, while there are still some major trade barriers. Source: Beef Central Indonesian meat consumption to increase 1321pc by 2050, ABARES

November beef exports remain heavily constrained, at 75,700t

Strong international beef demand and a softening Australian dollar normally spell good times for beef exporters, but the supply side of the equation continued to muzzle Aussie beef exports during November – as it has all year. Source: Beef Central November beef exports remain heavily constrained, at 75,700t

Brazilian meat giant wins ACCC approval for Rivalea piggery takeover

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given its tick of approval for the $175 million takeover of pork farming and processing business Rivalea Holdings by the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, despite earlier issuing “strong concerns”. Source: ABC Livestock Brazilian meat giant wins ACCC approval for Rivalea piggery takeover

WA live exporters win export licence appeals

WESTERN Australian live exporters Emanuel Exports and its subsidiary EMS Rural Exports are free to resume shipments after December 3, more than three years after their licences were cancelled by the industry regulator. Source: Sheep Central WA live exporters win export licence appeals

Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

A review of the Federal Department of Agriculture’s system for issuing livestock export permits and health certificates has identified several concerns with its processes, including its reliance on outdated IT systems. Source: Beef Central Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

Chinese top maker boosts Merino wool auction prices

CHINESE top-making demand created a surge in Merino wool buying across Australia this week. Source: Sheep Central Chinese top maker boosts Merino wool auction prices

How long will America accept the beef that China rejects?

Pressure in mounting on Brazil, the world’s largest exporter of beef, over its handling of two outbreaks of mad cow disease, and Australia looks set to benefit from tightening restrictions. Source: ABC Livestock How long will America accept the beef that China rejects?

Weekly kill: Grids finishing the year at record highs

Stronger export trading terms are helping offset some of the pain for export beef processors forking-out record money for slaughter cattle across eastern Australia this week, as the 2021 season heads towards its final stages Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids finishing the year at record highs

North Americans are bringing home the Aussie mutton

AUSTRALIAN lamb and wool producers selling cast for age ewes and wethers are reaping the benefits of a new appreciation of mutton by home-bound North American consumers. Source: Sheep Central North Americans are bringing home the Aussie mutton

EU proposes law banning import of goods linked to deforestation

The European Commission has proposed a law aimed at preventing the import of commodities linked to deforestation, including beef, soy, wood, palm oil, coffee and cocoa. Source: Beef Central EU proposes law banning import of goods linked to deforestation

Cattle exports continue downward trajectory in October

Australian livestock export trade volumes continued on a downward trajectory in October wth 45,106 cattle exported for the month, the lowest monthly trade volume since March 2013. Source: Beef Central Cattle exports continue downward trajectory in October

Northern cattle export trade underpinned by compelling fundamentals, NTLEA AGM hears + PICS

Amid fierce domestic competition for northern cattle, which has created prohibitively high prices for South East Asian importers and driven down 2021 live export volumes, NTLEA CEO Tom Dawkins told the association’s AGM the association’s mandate for the coming 12 months and beyond was clear. Source: Beef Central Northern cattle export trade underpinned by… Read more »

Warriner upbeat in his final year as NT live export chairman

Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chairman David Warriner told members at last week’s NTLEA AGM in Darwin that producer and exporter unity in the northern cattle industry was proving to be a much-needed source of strength in the face of ongoing market challenges. Source: Beef Central Warriner upbeat in his final year as NT… Read more »

Live cattle exports from Mexico to USA (+ Video & Pics)

As Australian live cattle export numbers slowly decline, Mexico has taken over as the world’s largest live cattle exporter. Source: Beef Central Live cattle exports from Mexico to USA (+ Video & Pics)

Animal welfare officer named live export industry’s Young Achiever

An animal welfare assurance manager working for prominent live exporter Austrex has been chosen as the live export industry’s 2021 Young Achiever of the Year. Source: Beef Central Animal welfare officer named live export industry’s Young Achiever

Kari is the Livestock Exporter Young Achiever of the Year

AUSTREX animal welfare assurance manager Kari Moffat has won the 2021 Livestock Exporter Young Achiever of the Year Award. Source: Sheep Central Kari is the Livestock Exporter Young Achiever of the Year

Korea set to trigger Safeguard mechanism on Australian beef imports

Imports of Australian beef into South Korea will be significantly impacted by tariff adjustments in coming days, as Australia approaches its Safeguard tariff mechanism trigger-point for the year. Source: Beef Central Korea set to trigger Safeguard mechanism on Australian beef imports

NZ beef flowing into Oz, as domestic wholesale prices hit record highs

New Zealand beef is flowing into Australia in larger quantities, in part due to domestically-produced wholesale beef prices hitting new record highs, in line with the booming cattle market and low supply. Source: Beef Central NZ beef flowing into Oz, as domestic wholesale prices hit record highs

Putin your orders for Russian fertiliser

The Russian government’s more to place a quota on fertilizer exports for the next six months to keep prices lower for the domestic market will further exacerbate the scarcity of fertilizer into the market. Source: Grain Central Putin your orders for Russian fertiliser

Meat exporters join call for shipping reforms

Australia’s meat exporters have joined a shippers coalition seeking reform of the stevedoring sector as a container shortage and shipping delays drive export costs higher. Source: Beef Central Meat exporters join call for shipping reforms

Meat and wool exporters join call for shipping reforms

AUSTRALIA’S meat and wool exporters have joined a shippers coalition seeking reform of the stevedoring sector as a container shortage and shipping delays drive export costs higher. Source: Sheep Central Meat and wool exporters join call for shipping reforms

Opinions sought on ag export control rules

PUBLIC consultation is open on proposed amendments to the Export Control Rules 2021 that concern meat and livestock producers and exporters. Source: Sheep Central Opinions sought on ag export control rules

High cattle prices threatening Indonesian feedlot sustainability

The head of Indonesia’s beef cattle industry association has outlined his fears that if there is not a correction in the high price of Australian feeder cattle soon, the viability of an important trade partnership 30 years in the making will be in danger. Source: Beef Central High cattle prices threatening Indonesian feedlot sustainability

Weekly kill: Grids edge higher, with 800c/kg four-tooth ox within sight

With only six or seven weeks remaining for the 2021 slaughter season, export processors remain in a desperate battle to secure supply, with some Queensland direct consignment grids edging higher again this week. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids edge higher, with 800c/kg four-tooth ox within sight

October beef exports continue 2021’s characteristic slow pace

A big drop in trade into the US was one of the distinguishing features in Australia’s October beef export trade performance, results for which were released this morning. Source: Beef Central October beef exports continue 2021’s characteristic slow pace

Gulf cattle industry mourns sale of Karumba live export facility

It could be the end of the road for live cattle exports out of the Gulf of Carpentaria with the difficulties facing the region too much to overcome, industry says. Source: ABC Livestock Gulf cattle industry mourns sale of Karumba live export facility

Historic bull shipment from Townsville

Amid a difficult trading environment for Australia’s export cattle trade to Southeast Asia, an Australian exporting company has successfully assembled a shipment made up entirely of bulls to be exported from Townsville to Vietnam this week. Source: Beef Central Historic bull shipment from Townsville

Meat industry in the middle of Glasgow COP26 talks

THE long-awaited COP26 climate summit has started in Scotland this week, with plenty of discussion about the global meat industry in the lead-up. Source: Sheep Central Meat industry in the middle of Glasgow COP26 talks

Italian and Australian wool trades unite on sheep welfare

ITALIAN and Australian wool trade leaders have united behind a call to encourage the production of non-mulesed wool where possible, using mandatory pain relief and genetics to transition way from… Source: Sheep Central Italian and Australian wool trades unite on sheep welfare

FIRB approves JBS’s purchase of Tassie salmon producer Huon Aquaculture

The Foreign Investment Review Board has approved meat processor, JBS Australia’s venture into salmon production, via its proposed purchase of Huon Aquaculture. JBS says its ambition is to become a globally-significant player in the salmon aquaculture industry, just as it now is in beef, pork and chicken. Source: Beef Central FIRB approves JBS’s purchase… Read more »

September cattle export figures underline trade slowdown

Australian cattle shipments to all export markets in September totaled 51,152 head, falling to the lowest monthly export volume for four and a half years. Source: Beef Central September cattle export figures underline trade slowdown

Gadafi, Darwin’s fair dinkum Aussie Halal butcher

One of the bonuses of working in the live export industry is that you get to meet some really interesting people from totally different cultures. Mohammad Gadafi Haji Mokti (Gadafi) is one of those. Source: Beef Central Gadafi, Darwin’s fair dinkum Aussie Halal butcher

Qld processor ACC suspended from China over drug residue claim

Queensland beef processor Australian Country Choice this morning confirmed that it has been advised by the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture Export Meat Program team that its licence to process and export to China has been suspended, over a residue claim. Source: Beef Central Qld processor ACC suspended from China over drug residue claim

Australia’s goat meat exports boom with herd recovery

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat exports have risen 20 percent in 2021 year-to-date on the back of a lift in the national herd. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s goat meat exports boom with herd recovery

Chinese power woes hit auction wool prices

FALLS in Australian wool prices this week were attributed to Chinese concern over power restrictions in the processing sector, partially offset by European and Indian demand. Source: Sheep Central Chinese power woes hit auction wool prices

Live exporter sails out of voluntary administration with new owner

North Australian Cattle Company had been taken over by a Chinese-Australian group in 2017 but it went into administration earlier this year with debts reportedly of $3.6 million. Source: ABC Livestock Live exporter sails out of voluntary administration with new owner

Lull falls over Australia’s northern cattle export trade

2021 is likely be remembered as the year “when a new price era emerged” says Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association CEO Tom Dawkins, as a range of headwinds from price factors to COVID disruptions in key markets becalm shipping activity in Australia’s northern cattle shipping trade. Source: Beef Central Lull falls over Australia’s northern… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Supply bedevils US cattle prices

Cattle feeders in the United States continue to struggle to reduce the number of cattle on feed 150 days or more, known as the front-end supply, columnist Steve Kay reports. The supply, record large in June last year, continues to stifle US grainfed cattle prices. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Supply bedevils US cattle… Read more »

Kilcoy Global Foods, Mort & Co share export awards limelight

Two of Queensland’s largest and most successful grainfed beef supply chains were honoured in the state’s annual Premier’s Export Awards overnight. Kilcoy Global Foods was announced as the 2021 winner in the Agribusiness Food and Beverage Export award category, while Toowoomba-based Mort & Co is Queensland’s regional exporter of the year. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

The Mekong Minute: Implications of the Brazil shipment to Vietnam

While shipments of breeder cattle from South America into Asia are not uncommon, this shipment was a first for slaughter beef cattle from South America to south-east Asia and followed years of conjecture over the feasibility of such an operation. Source: Beef Central The Mekong Minute: Implications of the Brazil shipment to Vietnam

Second Brazil shipment to Vietnam expected in December

Ship owner Danny Fakhre reports historic first shipment from Brazil to Vietnam last month performed “very well” and says more shipments are now expected between the new trading partners in coming months. Source: Beef Central Second Brazil shipment to Vietnam expected in December

September beef exports continue at slow pace, reaching just 79,843t

Following a familiar pattern seen throughout 2021, Australia’s September beef exports continued to struggle, producing historically low trade volumes for this time of year. Total chilled and frozen product to all markets last month reached just 79,843t, the lowest September level in at least ten years, Source: Beef Central September beef exports continue at… Read more »

Australian red meat positioned strongly in the global market

Key points: In 2019–20, Australia’s red meat and livestock industry turnover was $69.9 billion, up 5pc on revised 2018–19 figures In 2019–20, the Australian red meat and livestock industry employed… Source: Beef Central Australian red meat positioned strongly in the global market

Patrick-MUA stoush compounds pain for ag exporters

Agricultural exporters say planned stoppages will make a bad situation worse for them as Australia’s largest stevedore Patrick and the MUA fail to renew their workplace agreement which lapsed early last year. Source: Sheep Central Patrick-MUA stoush compounds pain for ag exporters

Review recommends Aus zoos be able to import bovids from 19 additional countries

A Departmental of Agriculture, Water and Environment review has recommended zoos be allowed to import bovid animals and their semen from 19 countries, provided they meet strict new biosecurity measures preventing 22 significant diseases including rabies, foot-and-mouth disease and Rift Valley fever, being introduced. Source: Beef Central Review recommends Aus zoos be able to… Read more »

TFI’s new Murray Bridge processing plant starting to rise from the ground + VIDEO

Construction of Thomas Foods International’s new meat processing plant in South Australia’s southeast corner has reached a new milestone, with the first above-ground building works starting recently. The new facility has been designed to service the global operations of Thomas Foods International for decades to come and replaces the company’s original plant which was destroyed… Read more »

Brazil's first live export shipment to Vietnam has arrived

Brazil’s first live export shipment of cattle to Vietnam has reached its destination. What does this mean for Australia? Source: ABC Livestock Brazil’s first live export shipment to Vietnam has arrived

LiveCorp defends New England Merino use in live export trials

LIVECORP has defended early research trials into the impacts of sheep and cattle stocking densities during live export despite criticism they were not replicating conditions on vessels. Source: Sheep Central LiveCorp defends New England Merino use in live export trials

UK joins Brazil in detecting a case of BSE

The United Kingdom has this week confirmed a positive case of classical BSE in its cattle herd, joining Brazil which confirmed two cases of atypical BSE earlier this month after laboratory testing. Source: Beef Central UK joins Brazil in detecting a case of BSE

ASEL update 2021 open for public consultation

Public consultation on the 2021 update of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) has opened this week.  Source: Beef Central ASEL update 2021 open for public consultation

LIVEXchange conference postponed to November 2022

AUSTRALIA’S livestock export industry has postponed its LIVEXchange conference planned for November in Darwin until 9-10 November 2022. Source: Sheep Central LIVEXchange conference postponed to November 2022

Live export numbers decline with quietest August since 2012

Live export numbers have continued their decline, with the latest Federal Government figures showing the quietest August since 2012. Source: Beef Central Live export numbers decline with quietest August since 2012

Feedgrain Focus: Selling pressure weighs on south

A slowdown in export and domestic buying for wheat and barley in the coming quarter has allowed prices for both to ease in the past week to reflect a softening in global values. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Selling pressure weighs on south

LIVEXchange postponed to November 2022

The livestock export industry is postponing its LIVEXchange conference, which was to be held this November in Darwin, until 9-10 November 2022. Source: Beef Central LIVEXchange postponed to November 2022

Brazil's nightmare over mad cow not yet over, as more countries join China's ban

A dispute between the biggest beef exporting country, Brazil and its biggest customer, China, is heating up as the superpowers fight it out after the discovery of two mad cow cases. Source: ABC Livestock Brazil’s nightmare over mad cow not yet over, as more countries join China’s ban

COVID interruptions undermine live export program

The live export industry says a new program designed to improve traceability and auditing of the livestock export standards needs to pause due to interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: ABC Livestock COVID interruptions undermine live export program

10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

The Australian livestock export industry, in partnership with Australian livestock producers and the Australian Government, have invested significant time and funding into the development of LGAP, and remains committed to its goals writes ALEC CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton. Source: Beef Central 10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

Questions surround future of LGAP

Questions have been raised about the future of a livestock export industry-developed global animal welfare assurance program which has yet to be implemented, despite having received $8.3 million in Commonwealth funding to support its introduction four years ago. Source: Beef Central Questions surround future of LGAP

Kay’s Cuts: Industry optimism and challenges intertwine

Like their colleagues in Australia, North American beef producers are well accustomed in dealing with good news/bad news scenarios, Steve Kay writes in his September Kay’s Cuts monthly column for Beef Central. Severe drought conditions have returned to much of the western half of the North American continent and are impacting everything from beef cow… Read more »

SE Asia Report: COVID, prices bring sharp trade slowdown

The combination of COVID impacts on incomes in Indonesia and cattle prices rising further in Australia is creating an exceptionally difficult commercial environment for the trade, with shipping companies for the first time in some years finding it difficult to find a customer for their next voyage, writes Dr Ross Ainsworth, currently in Manilla. … Read more »

Airfreight lifeline for red meat exporters during COVID era

Airfreight is providing a lifeline for Australian red meat exporters as COVID-related issues continue to provide logistics challenges for container-based sea freight into some overseas markets. Source: Beef Central Airfreight lifeline for red meat exporters during COVID era