Category: International Trading

Massive consignment yarded near Townsville as live export prices re-test record levels

Northern live export cattle prices are re-testing record levels with good lines of flood plain steers commanding around $3.85/kg ex-Darwin, as the Reid River export yards near Townsville handles 13,500 cattle in a single consignment for Vietnam. Source: Beef Central Massive consignment yarded near Townsville as live export prices re-test record levels

Ship outbreaks reinforce need for national approach to crew safety

The Western Australia Department of Health has re-located 25 crew members from the MV AL Messilah livestock carrier into quarantine isolation at Fremantle today, after yesterday returning positive tests to COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Ship outbreaks reinforce need for national approach to crew safety

New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

Government and industry action to modernise the Australian export meat inspection and regulatory system is underway following the $328 million ‘Busting Congestion for Agricultural Exporters’ measure announced in the 2020/21 Federal Budget.  Source: Beef Central New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

Cattle shipments maintain even pace in September

Australian cattle export volumes in September almost identically mirrored the previous month’s activity with 77,685 head shipped last month, compared to 77,559 in August. Source: Beef Central Cattle shipments maintain even pace in September

How pig 'apartment blocks' could help China rebuild from disaster

China could build more high-rise pig farms to help future-proof the world’s largest swine herd from disease — and that could be bad news for Australian beef and lamb producers. Source: ABC Livestock How pig ‘apartment blocks’ could help China rebuild from disaster

International Beef Alliance challenges border testing for COVID

Seven major beef producing and exporting countries which met online this week for annual talks have expressed deep concern at the imposition of border testing for COVID-19 that is not based on international Codex standards. Source: Beef Central International Beef Alliance challenges border testing for COVID

COVID-19 put the brakes on China’s already stalling foreign investment

Disruptions to global economic activity that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted foreign direct investment, including China’s investment abroad, a recent NAB report suggests. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 put the brakes on China’s already stalling foreign investment

Where will Australia’s livestock export industry be in five years’ time?

The industry’s levy funded research and development provider LiveCorp has had a comprehensive go at answering that question in its new five year plan released yesterday. Source: Beef Central Where will Australia’s livestock export industry be in five years’ time?

LiveCorp releases 2025 strategic plan

By 2025, LiveCorp will be leading the world in the health and welfare of livestock exports, under a vision outlined in the research and development corporation’s Strategic Plan 2025, released today. Source: Beef Central LiveCorp releases 2025 strategic plan

Livex stakeholders have a month to get on board over class action

Cattle industry stakeholders impacted by the 2011 Indonesian live export market suspension have a little over a month to decide whether they wish to apply for compensation under the class action claim. Class action facilitator Tracey Hayes told Beef Central that for people affected by the live export ban who were not currently part of… Read more »

SE Asia Report: Indo importers struggling with Govt fixed pricing

China slaughter cattle prices skyrocketing, while Indonesia struggles with pricing fixed by the government, as Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo importers struggling with Govt fixed pricing

AWI’s WoolQ pitch to China is just ‘consultation’

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has denied it is pitching its WoolQ platform to China – the industry’s biggest customer — but refused to say whether it had considered selling the digital hub. Source: Sheep Central AWI’s WoolQ pitch to China is just ‘consultation’

China’s stance on COVID testing providing big disincentive for exporters

China’s increasingly onerous testing of imported chilled and frozen food products for COVID is providing a big disincentive for red meat exporters in Australia and elsewhere, a webinar audience was told this week.   Source: Beef Central China’s stance on COVID testing providing big disincentive for exporters

Further delays in livex class action compensation

Four months after the Federal Court’s judgement declaring the 2011 live cattle export suspension to Indonesia illegal, stakeholders affected by the market closure are no closer to receiving damages. Source: Beef Central Further delays in livex class action compensation

Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

Australia’s representative grains bodies are jointly calling on the Federal Government for a $20 million Industry Recovery Fund to soften the impact of China’s tariffs on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

September beef exports down 31pc year-on-year, in line with slaughter slump

The dramatic decline being seen in rates of slaughter as the 2020 year draws to a close was reflected in beef exports for September, which were down 31 percent compared with the same period last year. DAF figures released yesterday show exports to all markets last month reached just 72,619t – the lowest monthly volume… Read more »

Ageing livex vessels should be phased out: Balzarini

Former Wellard Limited boss Mauro Balzarini, a  naval architect by training who had design input into all of Wellard’s livestock carriers, has added his views to the discussion about the safety of livestock carriers in the wake of the Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy. Source: Beef Central Ageing livex vessels should be phased out: Balzarini

'I lose, farmers lose': Major exporter says wharf dispute threatens supply chain

One of Australia’s biggest meat exporters says the disruption caused by strikes at Port Botany could lead to clients cancelling orders and ultimately impacting farmers and regional communities. Source: ABC Livestock ‘I lose, farmers lose’: Major exporter says wharf dispute threatens supply chain

Exporters say union or stevedores should pay for wharf dispute delays

It costs $25,000 a day when container ships are delayed and shipping companies are recouping that cost from customers, adding several hundred dollars to the cost of a container for exporters of meat, wool, cotton and grains. Source: ABC Grain Exporters say union or stevedores should pay for wharf dispute delays

Union accused of 'holding country to ransom' over wharves pay dispute

The Federal Government weighs into a dispute that is delaying 10 freight carriers at the Port of Botany, saying it will back a bid by stevedore Patricks to halt industrial action. Source: ABC Livestock Union accused of ‘holding country to ransom’ over wharves pay dispute

Australian wool prices rebound at auctions

AUSTRALIAN wool prices have posted their biggest weekly gains since September last year, driven by low global raw wool stocks at processors. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rebound at auctions

Live exports ‘more than a single issue’, positives outweigh negatives: Survey

New research highlights the complex relationship the livestock export industry has with the Australian community, and the work that needs to be done to build further community acceptance. Source: Beef Central Live exports ‘more than a single issue’, positives outweigh negatives: Survey

More to the story: Aus livestock ships must meet world’s highest standards

Every livestock vessel operating from Australia must comply with the world’s most rigorous standards and regulations, industry representatives have pointed out in response to recent public debate about ship safety. Source: Beef Central More to the story: Aus livestock ships must meet world’s highest standards

Feedgrain Focus: Export demand, local shorts lift values

Wheat and barley prices have firmed in the past week to reflect a little short covering from the domestic market, and export demand led by the latest Saudi barley tender. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Export demand, local shorts lift values

South American giant eyes off Australian sheep meat investment

SHEEP meat is the first target of South American processing giant Athena Foods’ investment in Australian red meat processing as part of an expansion move driven by a planned public listing on the New York stock exchange. Source: Sheep Central South American giant eyes off Australian sheep meat investment

South American processing giant eyes off Australian investment

South American processing giant Athena Foods, a subsidiary of Minerva, is eyeing-off investment in Australian red meat processing, as part of an expansion move driven by a planned public listing on the New York stock exchange. Source: Beef Central South American processing giant eyes off Australian investment

Dear pork in China expected to benefit beef and lamb

PREDICTED high prices for Chinese pork at retail are expected to lead to increased opportunities for Australian lamb and mutton, according to Rabobank’s China-based senior animal proteins analyst Chenjun Pan. Source: Sheep Central Dear pork in China expected to benefit beef and lamb

Helping farmers access booming Indonesian market

A guide unveiled at a virtual AusTrade event today is designed to help Australian food and beverage exporters to learn more about Indonesia’s consumer trends, import compliance requirements and pathways to export. Source: Beef Central Helping farmers access booming Indonesian market

Livestock ship tragedy focuses attention on converted versus purpose-built carriers

The Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy almost three weeks ago is refocusing attention on livestock ship safety and more specifically whether “converted” vessels carry greater risks than purpose-built livestock carriers. Source: Beef Central Livestock ship tragedy focuses attention on converted versus purpose-built carriers

New opportunities for beef in China, post swine fever

Signs are emerging that Chinese dietary patterns are altering in ways that would support longer-term beef consumption growth, Rabobank says in a recent report. And with static Chinese domestic beef production, further growth of Chinese beef imports was a good opportunity for Australia, it says. Source: Beef Central New opportunities for beef in China,… Read more »

Grainfed premium evaporates, as complex export market pressures mount

In clear evidence of the challenging times for grainfed beef exports, two of Australia’s largest processors have slaughter grid offers for grainfed and ‘commodity’ grassfed heavy steers at identical levels this week. Source: Beef Central Grainfed premium evaporates, as complex export market pressures mount

Throsby purchases Hilltop Meats at Young, in consolidation move

In further evidence of the extreme operating challenges across red meat processing at present, Singleton, NSW based export beef processor EC Throsby has bought the Hilltop Meats beef abattoir at Young, in the state’s southwestern slopes region. Both plants are hot-boning style operations reliant mostly on dairy cows and cull beef cows, and are direct… Read more »

Domestic beef market risks getting swamped, as export volumes decline

As Australia’s beef export volumes continue to retract sharply, there’s an emerging risk of the domestic beef market becoming swamped by product being diverted out of the international trade – even at a time when slaughter volumes are historically low for this time of year. Source: Beef Central Domestic beef market risks getting swamped,… Read more »

Angus breeders sought for F1 Wagyu live export and branded beef programs

Livestock and genetics company Austrex is seeking collaborations with Angus cattle producers as part of an innovative large-scale F1 Wagyu breeding project designed to custom-produce stock for Japanese live export and domestically-fed Wagyu F1 beef programs. The project will use sexed semen to skew turnoff towards greater steer production over heifers. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

China puts Australia on notice over wheat exports as it plans 'enhanced' inspections

Australian wheat producers are being dragged into the growing political and trade tussle between Canberra and Beijing, after China warns it will put Australian exports under the microscope. Source: ABC Grain China puts Australia on notice over wheat exports as it plans ‘enhanced’ inspections

SE Asia Report: Hoping for good news from East China Sea

We are all still hoping that more survivors from the 43 crew will be found after the tragic loss on 2nd September of MV Gulf Livestock 1 in a typhoon off Japan. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Hoping for good news from East China Sea

Family, friends of missing Gulf Livestock 1 sailors plead for search to resume

Family and friends of two Australians who were on board the Gulf Livestock 1 which is believed to have sunk in the East China Sea during a typhoon nine days ago have issued pleas for the Australia Government to intervene after Japan called off its full-time search for survivors overnight. Source: Beef Central Family,… Read more »

Opinion: The case for Australia to pursue ‘Regional Self-Reliance’

Australia cannot reasonably achieve self-sufficiency, but can and should be pursuing a goal of ‘Regional Self-Reliance’ through a much closer working relationship with its nearest neighbours, writes Andrew Henderson. It could even take the form of a multilateral economic partnership agreement. writes Andrew Henderson. Source: Beef Central Opinion: The case for Australia to pursue… Read more »

Trade deals have boosted Aus ag, and its competitors too

Free Trade Agreements have significantly assisted the growth of Australian agricultural exports including red meat in the past 20 years, but a global proliferation of similar deals has also helped competitors erode some of the benefits Australia has gained, a new ABARES report released today shows. Source: Beef Central Trade deals have boosted Aus… Read more »

Live cattle exports lower in August

Australian cattle exports dipped to the lowest August level for more than five years with 77,559 cattle exported for the month, according to export data released earlier today. Source: Beef Central Live cattle exports lower in August

Now’s a good time to work on improving relations with Indonesia

Australia and Indonesia are separated geographically by only a few thousand kilometres of sea but culturally by a far greater gulf that has caused continuous misunderstandings and headline conflicts over the past decade. However it is a relationship that has perhaps never been more important to Australia, particularly as ties with China continue on a… Read more »

DAWE releases draft export control rules for public consultation

Draft new rules which will set out the operational requirements that must be met to export goods from Australia, including red meat, have been released for public consultation today. Source: Beef Central DAWE releases draft export control rules for public consultation

Search for Gulf Livestock 1 crew remains suspended amid second storm

The search for 40 missing crew members from the capsized Gulf Livestock 1 vessel in the East China Sea remains suspended with no clear timeline for resumption, according to media reports as Beef Central’s daily news email was sent out this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Search for Gulf Livestock 1 crew remains suspended amid… Read more »

August beef exports down 27pc year-on-year, in line with slump in slaughter

Australia’s international beef trade dropped sharply in August, in line with the recent trend in reduced cattle slaughter across the nation. Exports to all offshore markets totalled just 78,000 tonnes last month – the lowest mid-year monthly export volume seen in at least ten years. Source: Beef Central August beef exports down 27pc year-on-year,… Read more »

Livestock carrier missing with 43 crew, 5867 cattle on board

A livestock vessel carrying 43 crew members, believed to include two Australian stockmen, and almost 6000 has cattle has disappeared in the East China Sea near Japan after issuing a distress signal during Typhoon Maysak early yesterday morning. Source: Beef Central Livestock carrier missing with 43 crew, 5867 cattle on board

High northern live export prices encounter some resistance

Does the recent slight easing in Darwin feeder steer prices represent a temporary dip in a market still heavily influenced by tight northern cattle supplies, or a sign the market has peaked and set to fall further from here?  Source: Beef Central High northern live export prices encounter some resistance

QLD beef plant suspended by China over residue detection

A Queensland export meat processing facility has been suspended from supply to China, following a residue detection found during routine screening in imported meat. Source: Beef Central QLD beef plant suspended by China over residue detection

Fifth Australian abattoir suspended from exporting to China

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has confirmed Chinese authorities have suspended the Queensland abattoir from selling its meat to China for “quite legitimate” reasons. Source: ABC Livestock Fifth Australian abattoir suspended from exporting to China

Wellard records maiden full year profit

An assiduous debt reduction strategy including the sale of two vessels has helped livestock shipping charter company Wellard Limited to this morning announce its first full year profit since its public listing in December 2015. Source: Beef Central Wellard records maiden full year profit

$600m dairy deal with Chinese company ditched amid trade tensions

A $600 million deal to sell an Australia-based dairy business to a Chinese company is terminated, after failing to secure the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board. Source: ABC Livestock 0m dairy deal with Chinese company ditched amid trade tensions

JBS relaunches plans for US float

Global meat processor JBS is reviving plans to publicly list on the New York Stock Exchange, after withdrawing float plans back in 2016. The comments came during an analysts briefing following the release of the company’s half year results on Friday. Source: Beef Central JBS relaunches plans for US float

Coronavirus disrupts Philippines trade rebuild, but positive signs remain

The Philippines, a once major market for Australian cattle where the two major importers operate closed-loop systems, appeared to be on track to re-emerge as a larger buyer at the start of this year. Then Covid happened. Source: Beef Central Coronavirus disrupts Philippines trade rebuild, but positive signs remain

Exporter self-reports ESCAS non-compliance in Indonesia

An Australian livestock exporter has this week self-reported instances of Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System non-compliance in Indonesia to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Source: Beef Central Exporter self-reports ESCAS non-compliance in Indonesia

Australia's cattle now world's most expensive

Plummeting slaughter rates and restocking boom lead to young cattle price surge. Source: ABC Livestock Australia’s cattle now world’s most expensive

Dept considering calls for real-time monitoring of CCTV in foreign abattoirs

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment says it is considering calls by animal rights groups to introduce real-time Departmental monitoring of CCTV in foreign abattoirs processing Australian livestock, following the latest alleged breaches of Australian live export regulations in Jordan and Indonesia. Source: Beef Central Dept considering calls for real-time monitoring of CCTV… Read more »

South American exports slowly encroaching on US manufacturing beef market

Recent trade commentary makes it clear that beef exports out of South America are gradually on the rise in the US market, challenging traditional imported beef suppliers like Australia and New Zealand. Source: Beef Central South American exports slowly encroaching on US manufacturing beef market

Give all live export sheep an electronic tag – RSPCA

ANIMAL welfare body RSPCA Australia is calling for the electronic ear tagging of all sheep and cattle exported live after recent incidents in Jordan and Indonesia. Source: Sheep Central Give all live export sheep an electronic tag – RSPCA

July cattle shipments drop back from June spike

Shipments of Australian cattle dropped back to 66,946 head in July, down by almost half on the 124,241 shipped in June, according to latest monthly export data. Source: Beef Central July cattle shipments drop back from June spike

Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has launched a new investigation into Australian livestock export supply chains in Indonesia  in response to new footage from Animals Australia. Source: Beef Central Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

Live export probe triggered by new 'distressing' inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

New “distressing” images have not been made public, but allegedly show Australian cattle restrained with ropes and having their throats cut without prior stunning in export-approved Indonesian abattoirs. Source: ABC Livestock Live export probe triggered by new ‘distressing’ inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

SE Asia Report: Trade volumes remain high in spite of COVID

Live cattle export volumes continue at high levels in spite of Covid 19, however the strengthening Aussie dollar and rising feeder prices are adding pressure to the trading environment, Dr Ross Ainsworth writes from aboard the Gelbray Express. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Trade volumes remain high in spite of COVID

July beef exports continue to sag, in line with slide in slaughter rates

Australia’s July beef exports continued to slump, in line with the gradual decline being seen in rates of slaughter as the year progresses. While most major customer markets were impacted, China showed the largest, quite dramatic falls in volume last month, for a variety of reasons. Source: Beef Central July beef exports continue to… Read more »

Australia to hold line on free trade despite COVID-19 upheaval

Australia will continue to promote and pursue free trade on the global stage despite the threat of the COVID pandemic pushing countries towards greater protectionism. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold line on free trade despite COVID-19 upheaval

Australian beef integrity systems get tick of approval from Tokyo Olympics

Organisers behind next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games have offered a strong endorsement for the Australian beef industry’s integrity systems, including Livestock Production Assurance, the National Livestock Identification System and the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme. Source: Beef Central Australian beef integrity systems get tick of approval from Tokyo Olympics

Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

THE Federal Government on Wednesday night announced it will not appeal the Federal Court decision declaring the live cattle export ban illegal. Source: Beef Central Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade struggles

Increasingly tough trading conditions and renewed COVID uncertainty in international markets has prompted major processors to drop rates by up to 20c/kg on direct consignment slaughter cattle in recent days, and it looks like there is more to come. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade… Read more »

SAILS loads first shipment of Australian cattle for China

Southern Australian International Livestock Services (SAILS), the company which recently took ownership of the former Landmark International livestock export business, has loaded its first shipment of Australian cattle to China. Source: Beef Central SAILS loads first shipment of Australian cattle for China

Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

LIVE sheep exports remain a key pathway for Middle East markets as chilled carcase exports are impacted by COVID-19 travel bans, Meat and Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

Three Liberal Party heavyweights and foundation members of the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund have publicly urged the Morrison Government to accept the Federal Court’s decision last month declaring the Gillard government’s ban on live exports illegal. Source: Beef Central McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

China’s COVID testing on imported food creates long delays, cost burdens

Long delays are being reported in chilled and frozen food exports arriving in China, as Chinese authorities continue to rigorously test imported foodstuffs for COVID-19. Source: Beef Central China’s COVID testing on imported food creates long delays, cost burdens

JBS suspends Brooklyn plant’s exports to China

JBS Australia has voluntarily suspended exports to China from the company’s Brooklyn (Victoria) beef and lamb plant. Source: Beef Central JBS suspends Brooklyn plant’s exports to China

Dept of Agriculture issues reprimand to livestock exporter

A livestock exporter has received a reprimand from the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment for failing to ensure cattle assembled for a shipment to China last year were sourced in accordance with the importing country’s requirements. Source: Beef Central Dept of Agriculture issues reprimand to livestock exporter

Townsville was Australia’s largest cattle export port in 2019-20

A spike in drought-driven export turnoff in the second half of last year and resurgent demand from Vietnam saw Townsville become Australia’s largest cattle export port in the 2019-20 financial year, overtaking Darwin for the first time in a formal 12 month period. Source: Beef Central Townsville was Australia’s largest cattle export port in… Read more »

Livestock breeders told to check options as bluetongue zone grows

LIVESTOCK breeders have been advised to consult licensed exporters to confirm eligibility for target markets or advice on alternatives, after Australia’s bluetongue virus transmission zone was extended. Source: Sheep Central Livestock breeders told to check options as bluetongue zone grows

Mounting beef export concerns over US COVID relapse

The second wave COVID-19 crisis unfolding in the United States is creating renewed concerns among manufacturing beef exporters in Australia. Source: Beef Central Mounting beef export concerns over US COVID relapse

Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

A RECENT Middle East live sheep shipment indicated there was a case for shortening the current Northern Summer moratorium, according to the exporter Rural Export and Trading WA. The exporter… Source: Sheep Central Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

Hainan Island cattle shipment opens new China trade pathway

Despite challenging times in Australia’s trade relationship with China there are positive developments still occurring, evidenced last week by a shipment of cattle from Western Australia to Hainan Island which marked the opening of a new trade pathway that has been some six years in the making. Source: Beef Central Hainan Island cattle shipment… Read more »

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

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

China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Tariffs on Australian beef into China will jump from less than 5 per cent to 12 per cent for six months, with increases also expected on whole milk powder as preferential tariffs are withdrawn. Source: ABC Livestock China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Federal Court awards $2.94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

The Brett Cattle Company, the lead applicant in the successful class action against the Federal Government’s June 2011 decision to temporarily suspend cattle exports to Indonesia, will receive almost $3 million in damages, the Federal Court judge ruled on Monday. Source: Beef Central Federal Court awards .94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

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

Foreign ownership of agricultural land: Growing, shrinking or about the same?

THE area of Australian agricultural land held by foreign interests declined modestly during the 12 months ended June 30 last year. While there was a small increase in the area… Source: Sheep Central Foreign ownership of agricultural land: Growing, shrinking or about the same?