Category: Livestock

Meat Business Women conference develops diversity tool kit

A MEAT Business Women conference in Brisbane this week has laid the groundwork laid for new industry toolkit to deliver practical diversity and inclusion strategies for business. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women conference develops diversity tool kit

Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

The Red Meat 2030 plan released today outlines a strategy for Australia’s red meat sector for the next 10 years. How the industry governance bodies that will deliver that strategy will be structured over that period is still in question. Source: Sheep Central Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

The Red Meat 2030 plan released today outlines a strategy for Australia’s red meat sector for the next 10 years. How the industry governance bodies that will deliver that strategy will be structured over that period is still in question. Source: Beef Central Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

MLA Board nominees announced, chair to retire

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members will be asked to elect one new Director and re-elect two existing Directors of MLA at the service company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamworth on 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central MLA Board nominees announced, chair to retire

MLA Board Director nominees announced

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members will be asked to elect one new Director and re-elect two existing Directors of MLA at the service company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamworth on 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central MLA Board Director nominees announced

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

Surprise management buyout of CPC launched

A surprise management buyout of Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) has been launched in a deal reported to be worth over $600 million. Source: Beef Central Surprise management buyout of CPC launched

Red Meat 2030 plan aims to double red meat sales value in 10 years

A PLAN to guide and grow Australia’s red meat industry over the next 10 years has been released this morning, setting an ambitious goal to double the value of industry sales to $57 billion and triple the amount of capital invested in the sector within the next decade. Source: Sheep Central Red Meat 2030… Read more »

Levy revenue up, but overall income down for MLA in 2019

Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2019 annual report, now released on its website ahead of its annual general meeting in Tamworth on November 20, has reported a net deficit of $4.4m for 2018-19. Source: Beef Central Levy revenue up, but overall income down for MLA in 2019

Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

Over 250 attendees gathered in Brisbane for the second Australian Meat Business Women (MBW) conference, headlined by founder and global chair of MBW, Laura Ryan. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

Woman deported for smuggling 4.6kg of uncooked pork into Sydney Airport

A Vietnamese woman has been deported for carrying 4.6 kilograms of raw pork meat in her luggage following a tightening of Australia’s biosecurity laws due to the threat of African swine fever. Source: ABC Livestock Woman deported for smuggling 4.6kg of uncooked pork into Sydney Airport

How the red meat sector backs Foodbank’s vital protein program

LEARN how a collaborative protein program is uniting generous companies in the meat and freight industry to help tackle Australia’s hunger problem. Source: Sheep Central How the red meat sector backs Foodbank’s vital protein program

State of the red meat industry report 2019 released

The 2019 State of the Red Meat Industry report provides an update on production, consumption and export figures and the economic significance of the industry. Source: Beef Central State of the red meat industry report 2019 released

NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Northern Territory cattle producers have welcomed news the NT Government will not proceed with proposed amendments to Non-Pastoral Use permits. Source: Beef Central NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

New rapid molecular tests have been developed to identify bluetongue virus in Australian cattle and sheep. The new tests cut the result time from weeks or months to just a few hours, and can also accommodate testing for more than one strain at a time. Source: Beef Central New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

Farmers rejoice as feral rabbit numbers drop by 75pc

A combination of drought, disease and concerted eradication efforts have seen a huge drop in Queensland’s feral rabbit population to their lowest levels in more than 30 years. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers rejoice as feral rabbit numbers drop by 75pc

NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

VICTORIA and Queensland are yet to follow New South Wales’ lead in urging statewide vaccinations against anthrax by livestock producers, despite heightened awareness of an increased infection risk nationally. Source: Sheep Central NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

Agtech: eGrazor measuring cattle pasture intake

Working in collaboration with the NSW DPI, CSIRO has developed a monitoring device that determines pasture intake by cattle based on behavioural information. The solar-powered system’s sensors are worn by grazing livestock, and collect real-time behavioural data that can be interpreted to inform management and selection strategies for more sustainable livestock production systems. Source:… Read more »

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 

Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

A host of innovative new packaging solutions are taking red meat products in exciting new directions, adding convenience, shelf-life, flexibility and value to supply chain offerings, as well as helping reduce food and packaging waste. Source: Beef Central Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Australian beef processors are exploring new technologies to squeeze every last morsel of meat yield from each carcase they handle, including units designed to extract residual lean meat from beef bones. Source: Beef Central New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

NSW urges general livestock vaccinations against anthrax

NEW South Wales authorities are encouraging the state-wide vaccination of livestock against anthrax as high-risk conditions persist across the state. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land… Source: Sheep Central NSW urges general livestock vaccinations against anthrax

Kangaroos (and other herbivores) are eating away at national parks across Australia

  Grazing from kangaroos affects vulnerable native species. Tom Hunt, Author provided   Protected land, including national parks, are a cornerstone of conservation. Once an area is legally protected, it… Source: Beef Central Kangaroos (and other herbivores) are eating away at national parks across Australia

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

Orphan calves find a new mother to raise them during drought

Tamworth farmer Cathy Hockings looks after orphaned calves, helping out drought-affected farmers unable to keep young stock. Source: ABC Livestock Orphan calves find a new mother to raise them during drought

Australia's biggest cattle saleyards turn 50 in the face of severe drought

Over half a century, the Roma Saleyards in southern Queensland have become more than just a place to sell and buy livestock. They’re a meeting point, a social occasion and even an unlikely tourist destination. Source: ABC Livestock Australia’s biggest cattle saleyards turn 50 in the face of severe drought

Tamworth to host Cattle Council AGM

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Cattle Council of Australia will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central Tamworth to host Cattle Council AGM

Organic livestock production halted by the drought

The drought takes its toll on organic farmers who say the big dry has ruined their ability to meet the conditions of their licences, so they cannot sell their livestock as organic. Source: ABC Livestock Organic livestock production halted by the drought

Australian pork producer not taking chances with African swine fever

The green hills of south-west Victoria couldn’t be further from the latest outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease African swine fever (ASF) in Timor-Leste, but pork producer Xavier Meade isn’t taking any chances. Source: ABC Livestock Australian pork producer not taking chances with African swine fever

Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Kimberley (WA) beef producers the Brockhurst family have used a state-government backed Business Improvement Grant to explore the use of pain relief in cattle in extensive northern grazing conditions.   Source: Beef Central Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Former MG executives' bid to shrug off legal action dismissed by Federal Court

Two former senior Murray Goulburn executives are expected to appear before the Federal Court early next year, after a judge dismissed their motion to have the proceedings thrown out today. Source: ABC Livestock Former MG executives’ bid to shrug off legal action dismissed by Federal Court

Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

LOCAL investors have funded an advanced concept design, feasibility study, development application and land purchase for a proposed abattoir at Guyra in New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

Proposed new processing developments: Port Pirie update

MEETING demand for niche red meat processing and service kill capacity in South Australia is a key driver behind a proposed new $70 million abattoir development at Port Pirie. Source: Sheep Central Proposed new processing developments: Port Pirie update

Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

BIOCHAR’S benefits in sheep, cattle and cropping systems will be the focus of a three-day study tour across south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria this month, as part of the 2019 Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference. Source: Sheep Central Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

Proposed new processing developments: Roma update

Among several Queensland towns aiming to become a future meat processing hub, a study commissioned by the Queensland Government last year singled out Roma as having strong potential based on cattle supply. Source: Beef Central Proposed new processing developments: Roma update

Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

A new scientific study has been published casting serious doubt on the scientific methods used to underpin public dietary guidelines that recommend significant reductions in red meat consumption – and the finding isn’t being well received by public health officials. Source: Beef Central Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

'One quarter of the world's pigs will be dead': Sniffer dogs flown up urgently to protect Australia against African swine fever

Sniffer dogs are being urgently flown to northern Australia to try and stop a disease that has wiped out around 20 per cent of the world’s pig population from coming onto Australian shores. Source: ABC Livestock ‘One quarter of the world’s pigs will be dead’: Sniffer dogs flown up urgently to protect Australia against… Read more »

Panmunjom tours in DMZ suspended to contain swine fever

South Korea suspends popular tours of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) as part of efforts to contain an outbreak of African swine fever, which is complicated by the inability to hunt pigs due to a 1953 ceasefire agreement. Source: ABC Livestock Panmunjom tours in DMZ suspended to contain swine fever

Victoria introduces permanent kangaroo harvesting program

VICTORIA’S permanent kangaroo harvesting program was launched today, allowing landowners to give authorised harvesters permission to operate on their farms. Source: Sheep Central Victoria introduces permanent kangaroo harvesting program

What’s driving new abattoir proposals and are they realistic?

More than 100 abattoirs have closed across Australia since the 1980s, including 16 in the past decade. Against that backdrop, why the sudden interest in building new abattoirs, and are the proposals realistic? Source: Sheep Central What’s driving new abattoir proposals and are they realistic?

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – September 2019

IT SEEMS everything happens at once in a normal year; however, this year, we have three extremes of seasonal experiences across the country — drought, maintenance rainfall and a normal spring, writes Chris Howie in this month’s southern sheep and cattle market wrap and look at opportunities ahead. Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s southern… Read more »

What’s driving new abattoir proposals, and are they realistic?

More than 100 abattoirs have closed across Australia since the 1980s, including 16 in the past decade. Against that backdrop, why the sudden interest in building new abattoirs, and are the proposals realistic? Source: Beef Central What’s driving new abattoir proposals, and are they realistic?

EU groups unite to balance debate around livestock production

EUROPEAN livestock organisations have joined forces to address the lack of balance in the debate around livestock production and to challenge the spread of myths and misinformation. On 25 September… Source: Beef Central EU groups unite to balance debate around livestock production

Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

Three years after forming a company to advance an abattoir project, six New England business people have self-funded the development of advanced conceptual plans and development applications and have secured a 40 hectare site of undeveloped industrial zoned land near Guyra. Source: Beef Central Proposed new processing developments: Guyra update

BeefConnect Webinar Oct 2 – Disease investigations: A producer’s perspective

In light of the ASF outbreak in pork populations throughout Asia and the detected cases of the disease in imported product into Australia, this webinar will bring producers up to date with important information around on-property biosecurity plans and potential disease identification. Source: Beef Central BeefConnect Webinar Oct 2 – Disease investigations: A producer’s… Read more »

'Buy local and pray for rain' says struggling coast dairy farmer

Coastal dairy farms are culling their herds because they can not afford to feed them while they and their communities feel the flow-on effect of drought. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Buy local and pray for rain’ says struggling coast dairy farmer

African Swine Fever reaches East Timor – just 650 km away

OUTBREAKS of African Swine Fever were confirmed last Friday in East Timor, just 650km from Darwin, bringing into focus an ongoing close working relationship between Australia and East Timor on prevention of exotic diseases that will now prove to be critical in keeping ASF at bay and from entering Australia. Source: Sheep Central African… Read more »

A pig-killing disease is now on Australia's doorstep

It’s estimated that African swine fever has killed 25 per cent of the world’s pig population. The deadly disease has now reached Timor-Leste, about 650 kilometres from Darwin. Source: ABC Livestock A pig-killing disease is now on Australia’s doorstep

African Swine Fever reaches East Timor – 650 km from Australia

An outbreak of African Swine Fever was confirmed last Friday in East Timor, just 650km from Darwin, bringing into focus an ongoing close working relationship between Australia and East Timor on prevention of exotic diseases that will now prove to be critical in keeping ASF at bay and from entering Australia. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Drought darkens New England area’s near-term livestock outlook

HIGH-LEVEL water restrictions introduced this week in Tamworth, and coming next week to Armidale, are the biggest sign yet that inland New South Wales is in real trouble when it comes to water supplies. Source: Sheep Central Drought darkens New England area’s near-term livestock outlook

Meat processors seek urgent talks with Littleproud over water

PEAK meat processor body the Australian Meat Industry Council is seeking drought support for processors affected by the continuing drought. Source: Sheep Central Meat processors seek urgent talks with Littleproud over water

2020 Australian National Meat Judging team announced 

Five Australian students from a strong field of 11 finalists have been selected as the 2020 Australian national meat judging team to travel to USA in January. Source: Beef Central 2020 Australian National Meat Judging team announced 

What did recent studies say about meat processing competition and capacity?

What recent studies have had to say about existing levels of processing capacity versus supply, the extent of processing competition, and barriers to entry for new abattoir projects in Australia. Source: Beef Central What did recent studies say about meat processing competition and capacity?

Fonterra rings up $562m loss, announces focus will shift across the ditch

Fonterra has announced a loss of more than half a billion dollars and called on its Australian business to “stand on its own two feet” as the dairy company shifts its focus to its New Zealand operations. Source: ABC Livestock Fonterra rings up 2m loss, announces focus will shift across the ditch

One-eyed mare defies one in 10,000 odds to give birth to live twin foals

Labelled “exceptional” by the state’s most experienced equine vet, twin fillies delivered by a mare in WA’s Wheatbelt are still alive through a crucial period after being born. Source: ABC Livestock One-eyed mare defies one in 10,000 odds to give birth to live twin foals

Cattle groups issue ‘SOS’ rallying call against red meat reform recommendations

In a brief but strongly worded document which has been circulated throughout industry this week, a coalition of cattle groups has issued an SOS urging cattle transaction levy payers to demand the Federal Government reject the RMAC proposal and implement the 2014 Senate Report recommendations to give ownership and control to grass fed levy payers. … 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

Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Farmers and contractors rush to spend up to $350,000 for hay-baling equipment to make the most of grain crops and strong demand for fodder as the drought rolls on. Source: ABC Livestock Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

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

Farmers shocked to see cow give birth to four calves

A cow has amazed a pair of cattle farmers and fascinated a veterinarian after giving birth to rare quadruplets. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers shocked to see cow give birth to four calves

US meat judging team gains different perspective after Aussie ICMJ visit

While Texas Tech University’s meat judging team is considered an odds-on favourite to claim its fourteenth national crown in the annual US uni student competition this year, it gained a whole new level of experience following participation in Australia’s equivalent competition in July. Source: Beef Central US meat judging team gains different perspective after… Read more »

Silage scramble abates as focus turns to summer slot

Silage has filled the roughage component for feedlots and backgrounders for now, but limited irrigation supplies are sparking concerns for some operations as the drought wears on. Source: Beef Central Silage scramble abates as focus turns to summer slot

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

Farmers and families fight plans for abattoir at 'idyllic' Victorian location

A $30 million proposal for a sheep abattoir that would employ 150 full-time workers is opposed by a group of residents, who are concerned about potential health impacts and devaluation of their properties. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers and families fight plans for abattoir at ‘idyllic’ Victorian location

Think you know your kangaroos from your wallabies? Take our quiz

Kangaroos come from a family of animals that evolved millions of years ago in Australia and today they grace our coat of arms. But just how much do you know about this national icon? Source: ABC Livestock Think you know your kangaroos from your wallabies? Take our quiz

Politics of conflict won’t help meat sector: marketing expert

Should the meat industry be working to actively counter every misleading or unsubstantiated claim reported about meat and its environmental impact? One marketing expert says no, but says the industry is heading in the right direction by building its long term sustainability strategy. Source: Beef Central Politics of conflict won’t help meat sector: marketing… Read more »

Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

GLOBAL management advisory company, McKinsey & Co set out to discover what the top behaviours are that successful leaders consistently demonstrate. The survey found that just four kinds of behaviour accounted for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness. What are they? Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

Mass food contamination case solved thanks to a frozen meringue cake

When people started getting sick from a particularly potent strain of salmonella last year, a team of experts rushed to try to trace the source of the outbreak. Source: ABC Livestock Mass food contamination case solved thanks to a frozen meringue cake

Elders promises ‘light touch integration’ of AIRR network

ELDERS has assured “a light touch integration” of the Australian Independent Rural Retailers business into its network, after Australia’s competition regulator decided not to oppose its proposed acquisition of the rural wholesale buying group. Source: Sheep Central Elders promises ‘light touch integration’ of AIRR network

Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

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

Three sisters are establishing their own Hereford stud near Tamworth

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

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

Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

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

Yak being taken for slaughter flees delivery truck, heads for the hills

A yak bound for slaughter is on the loose in the US state of Virginia, after escaping from a delivery truck and evading police to start a “mountain adventure”. Source: ABC Livestock Yak being taken for slaughter flees delivery truck, heads for the hills

Fighting back: Drones to autonomously fight wild dogs

On the oldest landscape on earth, new technology is being developed to help remove dogs over millions of hectares. Source: ABC Livestock Fighting back: Drones to autonomously fight wild dogs

Furry sheep guardians are getting the once over from Paige

SHEEP producers who use alpacas as flock guardians against wild dogs and foxes are needed to help with a University of New England research study. Source: Sheep Central Furry sheep guardians are getting the once over from Paige