Category: International Trading

Tariff on Australian beef to China doubles from Aug 17

China has doubled tariffs on eight important categories of Australian imported beef, after Australia triggered its 2019 annual beef quota to China following booming trade volumes this year. Source: Beef Central Tariff on Australian beef to China doubles from Aug 17

Indonesia to import 50,000t of beef from Brazil

Australian beef exports to Indonesia are facing more competition with the country yesterday announcing it will now open its market to imports of beef from Brazil. Source: Beef Central Indonesia to import 50,000t of beef from Brazil

TFI launches its first livestock certification program

SOUTH Australian based meat and food processor Thomas Foods International has launched a voluntary livestock certification program to improve transparency and verification for overseas customers. Source: Sheep Central TFI launches its first livestock certification program

SE Asia Report: Strong Indonesian feeder imports continue in July

News from Dr Ross Ainsworth’s South East Asia report this month includes strong continued contined feeder imports from Indonesia in July, returning supplies of frozen Indian buffalo meat in Indonesia, but at very low volumes, and a chapter closes as PT Elders Indonesia closes its remaining business. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Strong… Read more »

Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations enter important phase

Negotiations over the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement continue to build momentum, as shown by this week’s launch of public consultations on the use of Geographic Indications. Source: Beef Central Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations enter important phase

Major US beef abattoir fire could disrupt beef and cattle markets

A fire which destroyed one of the largest beef processing facilities in the United States on Saturday (Australian time) has the potential to disrupt beef and cattle markets, analysts say. Source: Beef Central Major US beef abattoir fire could disrupt beef and cattle markets

Tehan advises sheep industry caution on China

SHEEP and wool producers were told there will be “serious ups and downs” in Australia’s relationship with China, but also huge opportunities for trade of goods and services. Source: Sheep Central Tehan advises sheep industry caution on China

Wool exporter Fox & Lillie investigates supply contracts

MAJOR wool exporter Fox & Lillie is negotiating a forward pricing scheme with one of the world’s largest processors as industry concerns about supply and price volatility increase. Source: Sheep Central Wool exporter Fox & Lillie investigates supply contracts

Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program

AUSTRALIAN ag-tech start-ups covering electronic animal identification, agronomy and sustainable farming will be promoted in India in an exchange program in October this year. Source: Sheep Central Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program

Beef exporters race to beat China’s quota trigger-point

The massive spike seen in China’s Australian beef imports last month makes more sense when looming changes to import duties due to the strong likelihood of quota levels being triggered are taken into account. Source: Beef Central Beef exporters race to beat China’s quota trigger-point

July beef exports: China officially becomes Australia’s largest export customer

China, for the first time in history, has become Australia’s largest export beef market by volume, surging past traditional big-hitting customers Japan and the United States in trade conducted during July. Source: Beef Central July beef exports: China officially becomes Australia’s largest export customer

Wellard reveals new buyer for Swagman

Wellard Limited says it is moving closer to selling the M/V Ocean Swagman after agreeing to a new $37.1 million purchase proposal for the vessel from a Panama based subsidiary of Nova Marine Holdings SA. Source: Beef Central Wellard reveals new buyer for Swagman

NCBA hails increased access to EU for US beef

US cattle producers have welcomed the formal signing of an agreement with the EU in Washington DC that will see 35,000t of hormone-free beef quota allocated exlusively to the US from a previously-agreed multi-supplier quota. Source: Beef Central NCBA hails increased access to EU for US beef

Macquarie joins Shandong Ruyi in Cubbie ownership rejig

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets is buying 49 per cent of the Cubbie Station aggregation in south west Queensland as Chinese company Shandong Ruyi reduces its holding to 51pc…Read More Source: Beef Central Macquarie joins Shandong Ruyi in Cubbie ownership rejig

Summer live export ban extended as exporter faces animal cruelty charges

There are concerns, and equally hopes, that an extension to a ban on live sheep exports and cruelty charges against a live exporter are eroding the livestock exporting industry. Source: ABC Livestock Summer live export ban extended as exporter faces animal cruelty charges

Battle of the bull elephants threatens to trample Australian grain

As China and the United States battle it out in their ongoing trade war like a pair of bull elephants, Australia and its international grain trading arrangements risk being trampled in the melee…Read More Source: Grain Central Battle of the bull elephants threatens to trample Australian grain

ALEC welcomes bill to create livex Inspector General

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has welcomed the introduction of legislation to establish a Federal Inspector General for Live Animal Exports, describing the move as an important step towards driving cultural change and improved animal welfare outcomes…Read More Source: Beef Central ALEC welcomes bill to create livex Inspector General

Wellard ship sale to Heytesbury may be in doubt

Wellard Limited has told the Australian Stock Exchange this morning it is actively negotiating the sale of its ship, the M/V Ocean Swagman, with another potential buyer, after the previously announced buyer, Heytesbury Holding Company Pty Ltd, did not complete due dilligence by an agreed deadline…Read More Source: Beef Central Wellard ship sale to… Read more »

Biosecurity boss 'not aware' of cruelty investigations at Chinese-owned dairy giant

Serious allegations of animal cruelty against Australia’s largest dairy company — including “eye gouging” of cows and the use of claw hammers to kill calves — have been repeatedly probed by Tasmania’s Biosecurity agency, however its boss tells a parliamentary estimates hearing he is “not aware of any complaints”. Source: ABC Livestock Biosecurity boss… Read more »

Lotfeeder files application to wind-up Chinese-backed Harmony Agriculture & Food Co

New South Wales feedlot operator and custom-feeder JHW Paterson & Son has filed an application in the Federal Court to wind-up Chinese-backed Australian beef supply chain, Harmony Agriculture and Food Co, over non-payment of debts totalling $5.4 million…Read More Source: Beef Central Lotfeeder files application to wind-up Chinese-backed Harmony Agriculture & Food Co

Feedgrain Focus: Trade tightens as eastern crop prospects split

The illusion of green crops could fade quickly as worsening conditions creep southward, growers nervous about committing further grain sales and export buyers adding impetus to the rise in new crop prices…Read More Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Trade tightens as eastern crop prospects split

New meatworks deal could see northern beef shipped to China

An agreement with a Chinese company to develop an export processing facility for north Queensland and Northern Territory beef has been signed with a local council. Source: ABC Livestock New meatworks deal could see northern beef shipped to China

Hides market spirals to unprecedented depths

The global market for cattle hides continues to plummet to new depths, driven by a range of powerful supply and demand factors – the latest of which is the trade standoff between the US and China. The trend could start to impact on livestock prices, sources suggest ..Read More Source: Beef Central Hides market… Read more »

Developing countries key to future beef growth

Half the world is eating more meat, while the other half is eating less, says Professsor David Hughes, the keynote speaker at this year’s Livexchange live export industry conference, being held in Townsville in October..Read More Source: Beef Central Developing countries key to future beef growth

Choppy waters ahead for shipping as switch to cleaner marine fuel looms

The January deadline is looming for the shipping industry to clean up its act on reducing air pollution as vessels across the world will be required to use low-sulphur fuel oil. Source: ABC Livestock Choppy waters ahead for shipping as switch to cleaner marine fuel looms

Tourism and hospitality investor to join AA Co board

Dutch-American tourism and hospitality industry investor and executive, Marc Blazer, is set to join the Australian Agricultural Co board following its annual general meeting in Brisbane later this month…Read More Source: Beef Central Tourism and hospitality investor to join AA Co board

Transparency, return on investment key to success for ag groups

A new Nuffield research report has put the spotlight on how different agricultural groups from around the world are structured and represented in order to advance the position of farmers on a political, social and economic stage. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Transparency, return on investment key to success for ag groups

Red meat tapping into red hot China demand

With China shifting into second place behind the US as Australia’s most valuable red meat export market (beef and sheepmeat combined), the activity around marketing, relationship building and education in-country has hit top gear…Read More Source: Beef Central Red meat tapping into red hot China demand

SE Asia Report: Importers stock up ahead of tighter feeder supplies

Strong Indonesian feeder imports occured in June in anticipation of a lean second half of 2019, while Indonesian supplies of Indian beef have dried up, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth…Read More Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Importers stock up ahead of tighter feeder supplies

LiveCorp crunching vessel dehumidification trial data

Data captured during a dehumidification trial on a livestock export vessel is now being analysed, to help to determine whether the technology has commercial potential as a heat stress mitigation tool for the industry…Read More Source: Beef Central LiveCorp crunching vessel dehumidification trial data

China’s Rifa Salutory to sell its Australian grazing operations

One of the biggest recent Chinese investors in Australian land and cattle, Rifa Salutary, has decided to sell its agricultural production business in Australia. Consisting of 44,000ha of prime red meat production land and about 20,000 quality cattle across northern NSW and Victoria, the business will go to market in coming weeks…Read More Source:… Read more »

Wagga Sale 8 July: Export rates lift

There were some good price improvements for young cattle this week as number declined by more than 1100 to total just over 2000 head at Wagga…Read More Source: Beef Central Wagga Sale 8 July: Export rates lift

Live exporter Wellard to sell ship for $31 million

Australia’s largest live export company Wellard agrees to sell one of its livestock ships to Heytesbury Cattle Company for $31.2 million. Source: ABC Livestock Live exporter Wellard to sell ship for million

Wellard sells ship to Heytesbury

Wellard Limted has this afternoon announced it is selling one of its live export vessels to major shareholder Heytesbury Company. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Wellard sells ship to Heytesbury

Birdseed shortage forces suppliers to turn to imports

The hot, dry summer that cruelled crop production in the northern farming region has forced suppliers to the birdseed market to make up the shortfall with imported seed stocks…Read More Source: Grain Central Birdseed shortage forces suppliers to turn to imports

Indonesia announces new Indian buffalo meat imports

Shortages of frozen Indian buffalo meat in Indonesian cold stores are expected to be short lived after an announcement overnight that the National Logistics Agency Bulog now plans to import another 30,000 tons of buffalo meat from India this year…Read More Source: Beef Central Indonesia announces new Indian buffalo meat imports

US trade negotiations move to a ‘Full Court Press’ on global trade

Using the analogy of a playing strategy popular in basketball, Beef Central’s independent meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty says if the US ‘Full court press’ trade negotiation tactics across the world are successful, the outcome for Australian beef exports could be devastating in terms of losing the market advantages we once enjoyed, both in… Read more »

Trade war takes a toll on Australian wool prices

It’s not just stockbrokers who are watching the China and US trade war — Australia’s wool market has fallen to its lowest level in a year-and-a-half due to uncertainty surrounding tariffs. Source: ABC Livestock Trade war takes a toll on Australian wool prices

Reports reveal biosecurity gaps

Two recent reports on the state of biosecurity operations in Australia have highlighted the need for agencies to better respond to biosecurity risk and for adequate investment in detection systems. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Reports reveal biosecurity gaps

Indonesia halts imports of Indian buffalo meat

The Indonesian government has stopped all imports of Indian buffalo meat as of a short time ago with the result that domestic cold stores are now empty of product with no advice as to if or when new imports might recommence…Read More Source: Beef Central Indonesia halts imports of Indian buffalo meat

Shipping line first to offer customers carbon-neutral transport

International shipping customers have for the first time been offered a carbon-neutral shipping service, to align with the growing number of export supply chains seeking to make claims over carbon footprint on their products…Read More Source: Beef Central Shipping line first to offer customers carbon-neutral transport

Middle East sheep ship success pours water on heat risk proposals

A RECENT live sheep shipment to the Middle East has been held up as indicating draft wet bulb temperature regulations for heat stress assessment for such voyages were flawed…Read More Source: Sheep Central Middle East sheep ship success pours water on heat risk proposals

China bans all Canadian meat products after ractopamine detection claim

China has this week announced bans on all Canadian meat imports, following claimed detections made on Tuesday by Chinese custom inspectors of residues in Canadian imported pork products from the feed additive, Ractopamine, and potentially serious accusations of forged export certificates on Canadian pork exports into China…Read More Source: Beef Central China bans all… Read more »

More than 1,500 head of Australian cattle disappear in Vietnam

More than 1,500 cattle and 99 buffalo from Australia disappear from approved feedlots or abattoirs in Vietnam over the past 13 months, according to a Federal Department of Agriculture report. Source: ABC Livestock More than 1,500 head of Australian cattle disappear in Vietnam

Draft report on livestock exported by air open for consultation

The draft report of the review into the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock by air is now open for public consultation…Read More Source: Beef Central Draft report on livestock exported by air open for consultation

Live exporter LSS speaks on Israel, Vietnam welfare incidents

The Australian livestock export industry is again in damage control mode over separate animal welfare incidents, just weeks after it dodged a bullet with the federal election defeat of the Australian Labor Party which had pledged to shut down entire sections of the trade due to animal welfare concerns if it won power…Read More … Read more »

Report on standards for sheep exports by air released for comment

A DRAFT report on a review of the standards for the live export of livestock by air from Australia has been released by the Department of Agriculture…Read More Source: Sheep Central Report on standards for sheep exports by air released for comment

New footage puts Israel live cattle trade under cloud

Israel has been one of Australia’s fastest growing markets for live cattle exports in 2019, but the trade is facing renewed calls for its closure as a result of new footage and images released by animal rights activists…Read More Source: Beef Central New footage puts Israel live cattle trade under cloud

Expected fall in livestock exports to underpin lower export earnings

A FORECAST 11 percent fall in the value of livestock-derived exports underpins the latest prediction of a 5pc drop in Australia’s 2019-20 agricultural export earnings to $45 billion. The latest..Read More Source: Sheep Central Expected fall in livestock exports to underpin lower export earnings

SE Asia Report: Indo on ropes, Vietnam imports strengthen

Several factors are colliding to push the Indonesian feedlot industry to its lowest point in decades, while Vietnam is a stand out performer with consistently high domestic slaughter cattle prices and growing imports, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth…Read More Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo on ropes, Vietnam imports strengthen

NZ considering live cattle export ban

New Zealand’s agriculture minister Damien O’Connor says the country is considering a conditional ban on the live export of cattle as one of several options being examined as part of a review of the country’s trade in live animals. ..Read More Source: Beef Central NZ considering live cattle export ban

Livestock export industry conference heads to Townsville

In a time of change and re-calibration for the livestock export industry, around 400 delegates are expected to attend the sector’s national conference in Townsville in October…Read More Source: Beef Central Livestock export industry conference heads to Townsville

Wellard issues debt restructure update, Balazarini ceases director role

The Board of publicly listed livestock shipping company Wellard Limited has advised the ASX today it is considering options to restructure its balance sheet, including the possible sale of a vessel, after the end of a standstill period triggered increased debt repayment commitments…Read More Source: Beef Central Wellard issues debt restructure update, Balazarini ceases… Read more »

Teys applies 10c/kg distinction on HGP cattle, as China demand booms

In a clear recognition of the growing influence that China is having on the Australian beef export industry, Teys Australia has applied a 10c/kg carcase weight price distinction between HGP-treated and untreated cattle in its slaughter grid offers from today…Read More Source: Beef Central Teys applies 10c/kg distinction on HGP cattle, as China demand… Read more »

Aus loses out in EU-US beef quota deal

The EU has agreed to provide the United States’ with a dedicated country specific quota for high quality beef imports, settling an historic trade dispute at the expense of EU market share held by other beef exporting nations including Australia…Read More Source: Beef Central Aus loses out in EU-US beef quota deal

Kay’s Cuts: Technology and innovation transform US industry

In his monthly column for Beef Central, US market commentator Steve Kay examines the US industry’s move away from selling cattle on the negotiated cash market, to the widespread use of formula pricing ..Read More Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Technology and innovation transform US industry

Lamb prices dip as supply lifts, and US demand and skin values falter

LAMB prices stepped back from record levels this week, as weather-disrupted supplies from Tasmania resumed, yardings at some major centres rose and export price resistance grew…Read More Source: Sheep Central Lamb prices dip as supply lifts, and US demand and skin values falter

May beef exports surge, under heavy drought liquidation pressure

Australia’s beef exports surged in May, reflecting the extended liquidation of cattle from desperately dry areas of eastern Australia heading into winter. Shipments to all markets totalled 105,489t, a 7pc increase on April, and the highest volume seen since August last year, ..Read More Source: Beef Central May beef exports surge, under heavy drought… Read more »

BSE-infected animal detected in Brazil

Authorities in Brazil have confirmed an atypical case of BSE in a 17-year-old cow in the state of Mato Grosso – the country’s third such detection in 20 years of surveillance…Read More Source: Beef Central BSE-infected animal detected in Brazil

World trimmings trade sees changing dynamics, says Rabo report

With its high consumption of ground beef, the US has long been the dominant player in the global trimmings trade. But with growing demand for western-style beef consumption in Asian countries, Rabobank’s latest Beef Quarterly report questions whether a ‘changing of the guard’ is occurring for the world trimmings market…Read More Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Mauro Balzarini’s era at Wellard helm ends

A brief technical announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange today effectively closed the chapter on Mauro Balzarini’s era of operational control of one Australia’s largest livestock exporting businesses, Wellard Limited…Read More Source: Beef Central Mauro Balzarini’s era at Wellard helm ends

Australian wool prices rebound 40-80 cents as confidence returns

AUSTRALIAN wool prices rebounded 40-80 cents this week and pass-in rates more than halved as growers and brokers agreed to meet the higher market…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rebound 40-80 cents as confidence returns

New live export stocking density rules delayed

Until late this morning, new rules requiring exporters to reduce stocking densities on cattle shipments by as much as 14 percent compared to previous limits were set to take effect from tomorrow. However, in an email this morning, the Department pushed the implementation back to an as yet unknown date…Read More Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Pigs are being buried alive as China's African swine fever crisis deepens

Amid international efforts to find a vaccine for the deadly pig virus, Australian authorities and industry are bracing for an outbreak that some pig farmers fear is “inevitable”. Source: ABC Grain Pigs are being buried alive as China’s African swine fever crisis deepens

Freight costs impact beef’s competitiveness on world stage

The estimated cost of delivering a container of frozen Australian beef to Korea is $7380, or $343/t, according to a new report highlighting the impact of freight costs on Australian agriculture’s global competitiveness…Read More Source: Beef Central Freight costs impact beef’s competitiveness on world stage

May live sheep shipments crucial to Middle East trade viability

AUSTRALIA’S last live sheep vessel to depart for the Middle East before a three-month Northern Summer prohibition has been approved and is on its way Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates…Read More Source: Sheep Central May live sheep shipments crucial to Middle East trade viability

Work proactively with your consumers, US beef producer urges

Visiting US Red Wagyu producer JoJo Carrales from the HeartBrand Beef operation in Texas says proactive consumer education is the key to countering rising activist attacks against the beef industry…Read More Source: Beef Central Work proactively with your consumers, US beef producer urges

Australia to host World Shorthorn Conference in October

The Shorthorn breed will hold its 2019 Wold Congress at Wagga Wagga in October. Organisers anticipate up to 150 delegates to attend from across Australia, plus New Zealand, the UK and continental Europe, and North America…Read More Source: Beef Central Australia to host World Shorthorn Conference in October

Forward wool markets hit by China-US trade tensions

IF the weekends election results taught us anything, it is that even with all the predictive tools, surveys and polling it is difficult to foresee the future…Read More Source: Sheep Central Forward wool markets hit by China-US trade tensions

Two more shipments of Canadian wheat to Australia approved

The Australian Government has confirmed a further two shipments of Canadian wheat have been approved for import into Australia…Read More Source: Grain Central Two more shipments of Canadian wheat to Australia approved

Wool prices plummet as global retail and buyer confidence weakens

AUSTRALIAN growers withheld almost a third of the wool offer at auction this week as prices fell further this week amid low market confidence hit by the China-United States tariff dispute and gloomy retail conditions overseas…Read More Source: Sheep Central Wool prices plummet as global retail and buyer confidence weakens

Approval expected for last live sheep shipment before 3-month ban

AUSTRALIA’S live export regulator is expected to approve the last live sheep shipment to the Middle East before a three-month prohibition despite a ‘last-minute’ submission by animal rights group Animals Australia to halt it…Read More Source: Sheep Central Approval expected for last live sheep shipment before 3-month ban

Aussie Angus beef to drive retailer Costco’s launch into China

Australian Angus beef will be used exclusively in global warehouse retailer, Costco’s first venture into the vast Chinese consumer market, the 2019 Angus conference was told in Albury yesterday…Read More Source: Beef Central Aussie Angus beef to drive retailer Costco’s launch into China

US$16 billion for US farmers impacted by China/US trade war

The US will provide up to US$16 billion in support programs to assist US farmers impacted by trade damage from the US/China trade dispute…Read More Source: Grain Central US billion for US farmers impacted by China/US trade war

JBS launches plant-based burger line in Brazil

JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, is launching a plant-based burger in Brazil, joining other major animal protein competitors Cargill and Tyson in the emerging meat substitute space…Read More Source: Beef Central JBS launches plant-based burger line in Brazil

Live export shipments outpacing 2018

Australian cattle exports to Indonesia are running 23 percent higher so far in 2019 compared to the same period of 2018…Read More Source: Beef Central Live export shipments outpacing 2018

Doubt over last WA live sheep export before summer closure

A consignment of 56,000 head of sheep due to be shipped on Saturday to the Middle East is in doubt due to a last minute, 700-page submission against the voyage by Animals Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Doubt over last WA live sheep export before summer closure

‘No rules’ trading environment hurting Aus ag exports: study

New research shows uncertainty from ongoing bilateral trade wars between China and the United States have set the global trading environment back decades and undermined Australian agricultural exports…Read More Source: Beef Central ‘No rules’ trading environment hurting Aus ag exports: study

Aussie dollar falls close to three-year lows

After a short but sharp rally following Scott Morrison’s federal election win on Saturday, the Australia dollar is again heading towards three-year lows against the US currency. A lower currency value works in Australian red meat exporters’ favour, making our product more competitive in an increasingly congested international beef market…Read More Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Japan drops age restrictions on US beef, as trade access pressure grows

Sixteen years after imposing a ban on US beef after the detection of BSE in a single cow, Japan has dropped age restrictions on US slaughter cattle. Some analysts suggest the move may impact ground beef markets in the US, by changing the price/availability of lean cow beef, and may have some impact on beef… Read more »

Coalition election win met with relief across livestock export trade

The Coalition Government’s federal election win has been met with relief, but not complacency, by supporters of Australia’s livestock export trade…Read More Source: Beef Central Coalition election win met with relief across livestock export trade

Live sheep trade to continue reform after Coalition election win

THE Coalition Government’s federal election win has been met with relief, but not complacency, by supporters of Australia’s live sheep export trade…Read More Source: Sheep Central Live sheep trade to continue reform after Coalition election win

Petition gives Australian grain industry voice against imports

Market impact and biosecurity threats have been singled out as reasons for the Australian grains industry to speak out against imports of grain which could follow the Canadian wheat being brought to Australia by The Manildra Group…Read More Source: Beef Central Petition gives Australian grain industry voice against imports

Long-haul animal shipment risks too high, says animal welfare professor

LONG-HAUL live export of sheep and cattle represents too high a risk to the animals’ welfare and should not be conducted, a leading world animal welfare expert has claimed…Read More Source: Sheep Central Long-haul animal shipment risks too high, says animal welfare professor

New Zealand to adopt mandatory pain relief for dehorning

The New Zealand beef and dairy cattle industries will adopt mandatory pain relief in dehorning of young cattle from October this year. Changes to government legislation will prohibit the disbudding of calves without appropriate pain relief from October 1, leading to the approval this week of an analgesic product for use for the purpose…Read More … Read more »

Australia to import grain for the first time since 2007

Australia will import foreign-grown grain for the first time since 2007, after the Department of Agriculture approved a permit to import bulk wheat from Canada. Source: ABC Grain Australia to import grain for the first time since 2007

Kay’s Cuts: Here’s the US beef news – both good and bad

Strong US domestic beef demand, a collapse in live cattle futures caused by ‘funny money,’ record profits for beef processor Tyson, court challenge over processors allegedly suppressing cattle prices. In his regular monthly column, US market commentator Steve Kay takes a look at the news – both ‘good and bad’ in the US beef industry…Read… Read more »

China ends ban on South African wool imports, with conditions….

CHINA has announced that its ban on importation of wool and sheep skins from South Africa due to a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak is over as of last Thursday…Read More Source: Sheep Central China ends ban on South African wool imports, with conditions….

SE Asia Report: Major Indonesian feedlot operator closes its doors

The distressed state of the Indonesian feedlot industry was highlighted during April by the closure of one of the country’s largest importer/lotfeeders based in West Java. This company had two large feedlots capable of a total capacity of around 40,000 head and had been a successful operator for decades, writes Southeast Asia market columnist, Dr… Read more »

Prices dip as Chinese buyers sit out Australian wool auctions

AUSTRALIAN crossbred wool prices improved, but Merino values drifted lower with the absence of major Chinese buyers from auctions this week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Prices dip as Chinese buyers sit out Australian wool auctions