Category: Livestock

RSPCA calls for more transparency from cattle industry on pain relief

The RSPCA calls for more transparency from the cattle industry on its use of pain relief for animal husbandry practices like dehorning and castrating. Source: ABC Livestock RSPCA calls for more transparency from cattle industry on pain relief

Hunting dogs shot as pig shooters trespass on farmland

Pastoralists claim pig hunters are regularly trespassing on their land with some even going as far as to use angle grinders to cut security cameras down. Source: ABC Livestock Hunting dogs shot as pig shooters trespass on farmland

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – June 2020

With new season calves, some simple calculations can increase your bottom line, while its alo time to be looking at locking prices for September to November turnoff, Chris Howie writes in this month’s analysis of southern market trends and opportunities. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – June 2020

New electronic NVD promises an easy, paperless solution

A third-party provider has recently received approval to launch what it describes as a ‘game changing’ electronic National Vendor Declaration platform to help improve Australia’s livestock traceability system. Source: Beef Central New electronic NVD promises an easy, paperless solution

Bluetongue virus zone extended south

The bluetongue virus (BTV) transmission zone has been extended approximately 100 kilometres south and inland following detection of BTV in cattle in the Shoalhaven area during routine testing for the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP). Source: Beef Central Bluetongue virus zone extended south

Cluckingham Palace is the chicken coop fit for a queen

More and more animal enthusiasts are adding chooks to their families, and some are even building amazing chicken coops for them to live in. Source: ABC Livestock Cluckingham Palace is the chicken coop fit for a queen

SA Government is considering allowing interstate kangaroo processors

South Australian kangaroo processors are worried a change in industry regulations could put them under pressure or even out of business due to drought and COVID-19. Source: ABC Livestock SA Government is considering allowing interstate kangaroo processors

New National Vendor Declarations now available

SHEEPMEAT, beef and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified… Source: Sheep Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

New National Vendor Declarations now available

Beef, sheepmeat and goat producers and other value chain stakeholders are reminded that new versions of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declarations for all species are now available, identified by version number 0720. Source: Beef Central New National Vendor Declarations now available

The cattle market's been on bull run, but that's about to change

With pasture back on the ground, cattle producers are wasting no time restocking and driving the cattle market to new highs, but analysts say it can’t last. Source: ABC Livestock The cattle market’s been on bull run, but that’s about to change

'Deadly waiting game': Calicivirus outbreak killing pet rabbits

Gretel Whitting is worried about the threat to her rabbits Sambuca and Malibu after watching calicivirus claim three other pets recently, calling for a vaccine in the midst of Tasmania’s latest outbreak. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Deadly waiting game’: Calicivirus outbreak killing pet rabbits

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

Paltry returns prompt call for review of chicken meat processing

Farm lobby groups want an inquiry into the poultry industry, claiming it is going down the same path as the dairy industry and dollar-a-litre milk. Source: ABC Livestock Paltry returns prompt call for review of chicken meat processing

New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

The National Wild Dog Action Plan has so far returned a cost-benefit ratio of between 6:1 and 16.5:1 for each dollar invested, stakeholders were told during the launch of the latest 2020-30 updated action plan today. Source: Beef Central New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

The National Wild Dog Action Plan has so far returned a cost-benefit ratio of between 6:1 and 16.5:1 for each dollar invested, stakeholders were told during the launch of the latest 2020-30 updated action plan today. Source: Sheep Central New National Wild Dog Action Plan provides blueprint for best practice management

Recruitment: ICMJ’s online careers expo extends to three days

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association will host a three-day digital careers expo, with a range of activities now planned starting with an industry advice panel on Wednesday July 8. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: ICMJ’s online careers expo extends to three days

Vets suspect tropical dog disease has gone undetected 'for years'

A potentially fatal exotic tick-borne disease was recently discovered in Australian dogs for the first time, but some NT vets suspect it has been circulating undetected since the 1990s. Source: ABC Livestock Vets suspect tropical dog disease has gone undetected ‘for years’

Weekly property review: Are record-high cattle prices making unstocked holdings harder to sell?

Are current record high cattle prices a real hindrance in selling unstocked or significantly understocked grazing properties? With the Eastern Young Cattle Indictor recently hitting a new record high of 772c/kg and cows and calves nationally averaging $2653 on AuctionsPlus on Friday, the current challenges of stocking a bare property acquisition are obvious – especially… Read more »

China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Exporters of beef, lamb seafood and a range of other perishable food items destined for the China market are being asked to supply declarations supporting the COVID-19 safety of their shipments. Source: Beef Central China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Mum gives ferret mouth-to-mouth after near-death plunge into toilet

Trixie the ferret was clinically dead for 20 minutes after she became trapped in the toilet. But thanks to the cool head of a New South Wales mum (and a hair dryer), Trixie is expected to make a full recovery. Source: ABC Livestock Mum gives ferret mouth-to-mouth after near-death plunge into toilet

Webinar urges caution over pursuit of carcase yield, at the expense of eating quality

The inherent dangers of pursuing lean meat yield at the expense of eating quality was a topic explored in some detail during a recent webinar on Measurement of carcase yield and integration into processing plants. Source: Beef Central Webinar urges caution over pursuit of carcase yield, at the expense of eating quality

How the Gillard government’s live cattle ban created a headache for Scott Morrison

The Federal Court’s finding that the Gillard’s government’s controversial 2011 live export ban was unlawful is not a problem for the former government who imposed the ban, it is one the current Morrison government has to grapple with. Source: Beef Central How the Gillard government’s live cattle ban created a headache for Scott Morrison

Live export prices climb as ships power on through June

The Australian cattle export trade to Indonesia and Vietnam has been running at full speed through June with an estimated 20 vessels now servicing runs to South East Asia. Source: Beef Central Live export prices climb as ships power on through June

SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

Construction of Thomas Foods International’s Murray Bridge beef and sheepmeat abattoir is expected to get underway in the second half of this year, after planning approval for the project was granted this week. Source: Beef Central SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

LEADING sheep meat and beef processor Thomas Foods International has received planning approval for its new Murray Bridge meat processing facility in South Australia. Source: Sheep Central SA meat processor TFI gets planning approval for new plant

MLA strategic plan to focus on transformational change

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released its five-year strategic plan, with delivering transformational change for Australia’s red meat and livestock industry as its key theme. Source: Sheep Central MLA strategic plan to focus on transformational change

An open letter from Tom Stockwell to the PM

The Federal Government should be hailing the recent Federal Court decision which declared the 2011 live export suspension unlawful, as a guiding principle for good governance for its Ministers in future, instead of protecting bad decisions and under performers, writes cattle producer and former Northern Territory Cattlemens’ Association president Tom Stockwell in an open letter… Read more »

Five years on, how did MLA’s last Strategic Plan go?

Just as it has done today, in 2016 MLA set itself a list of Key Performance Indicators to achieve by 2020. Source: Beef Central Five years on, how did MLA’s last Strategic Plan go?

MLA releases strategic plan for next five years

Meat & Livestock Australia has this morning released a new Strategic Plan charting the direction of the research and marketing body’s investments for the next five years. Source: Beef Central MLA releases strategic plan for next five years

Closure of Quoiba saleyards a 'slap in the face' to farmers

Records show livestock sales in the area have been running for more than 100 years, but the last remaining saleyard on Tasmania’s north-west coast is closing at the end of the month. Source: ABC Livestock Closure of Quoiba saleyards a ‘slap in the face’ to farmers

New faces to tackle fight against feral pigs and African swine fever

The fight against Australia’s 23 million feral pigs has been strengthened with the appointment of former RuralCo boss John Maher as leader of the group tasked with halting their spread and preventing African swine fever. Source: ABC Livestock New faces to tackle fight against feral pigs and African swine fever

Sheep and cattle saleyard attendance restrictions start to ease

PEAK sheep, wool and beef industry bodies have supported the relaxing of attendance restrictions for Australia’s livestock saleyards during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central Sheep and cattle saleyard attendance restrictions start to ease

Maher takes up national feral pig fight

Experienced agribusiness leader John Maher has been confirmed as the chair of the Steering Group leading the development of National Feral Pig Action Plan. Source: Beef Central Maher takes up national feral pig fight

Cows and calves, PTIC cows lift in value on AuctionsPlus

Cows and calves, and PTIC cows all increased in value on AuctionsPlus this week, where numbers were up slightly with a total yarding of 19,431 head across the five weekly sales. Source: Beef Central Cows and calves, PTIC cows lift in value on AuctionsPlus

Ever dreamt of leaving city life behind? These farmers have done it

A weekend getaway to the mountains sparked a major life change for this Brisbane couple, who are now supporting themselves raising free-range pork in northern Tasmania. Source: ABC Livestock Ever dreamt of leaving city life behind? These farmers have done it

Seedstock registrations down due to drought impact

Seedstock registrations for the 2019 calendar year were impacted by drought conditions across large parts of Australia, with numbers falling 6pc, to 138,494 head, across the 38 beef breeds represented under the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association. Source: Beef Central Seedstock registrations down due to drought impact

Four SA dairy farms sold to Canadian dairy giant for $40.4 million

The four farms include Kurleah at Allendale East, purchased by Beston for $7.23 million; Weneeda at Kalangadoo bought for $4.26 million and the congregation of Pedra Branca at Mount Gambier, sold to Beston in 2015 for $19.2 million. Source: ABC Livestock Four SA dairy farms sold to Canadian dairy giant for .4 million

Webinar to look at remote monitoring of calving in northern Australia

A webinar next Tuesday will will discusses the CalfWatch project, which focuses on the development of a system to remotely monitor calving under extensive northern conditions, and then use it to investigate the causes of calf loss which costs the northern beef industry an estimated $54 million annually. Source: Beef Central Webinar to look… Read more »

New stock finance product will focus on breeder sheep and cattle

An innovative new livestock finance product, designed specifically for breeding sheep and cattle has been released to the market – at a time when the livestock industry enters a long rebuilding phase from national herd and flock sizes at 25-year lows due to drought. Source: Sheep Central New stock finance product will focus on… Read more »

New stock finance product will focus on breeder cattle

An innovative new livestock finance product, designed specifically for breeding cattle and sheep has been released to the market – at a time when the livestock industry enters a long rebuilding phase from national herd and flock sizes at 25-year lows due to drought. Source: Beef Central New stock finance product will focus on… Read more »

Cattle Council joins international chorus on animal agriculture

Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) has become the first Australian signatory, for an international open letter detailing the value of animal agriculture. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council joins international chorus on animal agriculture

Feed efficiency measurement for better management

Victorian seedstock producer Lawson Angus has used feed efficiency measurement systems since 2018 to accurately measure feed intake and average daily gain. What are the benefits? Source: Beef Central Feed efficiency measurement for better management

When COVID-19 struck, this free-range egg farm just got busier

White Swan Eggs usually trades 70 per cent of their stock to cafes, but as restaurants shut up shop their farmgate sales compensated for the loss as many mad the effort to shop locally. Source: ABC Livestock When COVID-19 struck, this free-range egg farm just got busier

Cattle producers cash in on record $4.12 million sale in Casino

It’s been an incredible year for the cattle industry on the NSW north coast with local market records broken on yardings, cattle prices, and sales volume. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle producers cash in on record .12 million sale in Casino

Farmers confused on COVID-19 saleyard lockouts, despite Government directive

Farmers keen to go to the saleyards to watch their livestock be sold or to do their own bidding are being urged to find out if it is open to the public before turning up on sale day. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers confused on COVID-19 saleyard lockouts, despite Government directive

America’s meat packing facilities now operating close to normal

Meat packing facilities in the United States hit hard by COVID-19 issues since March are now operating at close to normal capacity again. Source: Beef Central America’s meat packing facilities now operating close to normal

Livestock exporters meet with Minister to address “regulatory overkill”

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council says it will be conducting a series of roundtable meetings with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud in coming weeks with the aim of finding ways to ‘lift bureaucratic red tape and regulatory overkill’ on the livestock export trade. Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters meet with Minister to address… Read more »

Livestock exporters target ‘red tape and regulatory overkill’

AUSTRALIAN live sheep and cattle exporters will conduct a series of roundtable meetings with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud in coming weeks to find ways to lift ‘bureaucratic red tape and regulatory overkill’ imposed on trade. Source: Sheep Central Livestock exporters target ‘red tape and regulatory overkill’

Animal health and welfare focus in live export RD&E blueprint

LIVE export animal health and welfare are the focus of most goals in the newly-released research, development and extension blueprint for the sector. The RD&E priorities for Australia’s livestock export… Source: Sheep Central Animal health and welfare focus in live export RD&E blueprint

New Blueprint to guide livestock export R&D

The research, development and extension (RD&E) priorities for Australia’s livestock export sector are outlined in a newly released RD&E Blueprint for the Livestock Export Program (LEP). Source: Beef Central New Blueprint to guide livestock export R&D

Open letter stresses value of animal agriculture

Almost 70 groups and individuals representing scientists, researchers, veterinarians and producers from across the world have written an “open letter” to highlight the valuable role of animal agriculture and to warn against the spread of unfounded claims and misinformation circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Beef Central Open letter stresses value of animal agriculture

Exotic dog disease detection leads to movement restrictions in WA’s north

A disease of dogs never before found in Australia has been detected in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, leading to dog movement restrictions being placed on the region. Source: Beef Central Exotic dog disease detection leads to movement restrictions in WA’s north

ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

The next in a series of webinars hosted by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association being held this Wednesday, is set to tackle the challenges of adopting DEXA into the lamb supply chain. Source: Beef Central ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

  THE next in a series of webinars hosted by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) being held this Wednesday, is set to tackle the challenges of adopting DEXA into… Source: Sheep Central ICMJ webinar series tackles measurement of meat yield

Live Export: Court victory for northern cattle industry

The Federal Court judgment that the Commonwealth Government’s 2011 live-export ban to Indonesia was unlawful, has been a major victory for the northern cattle industry. Lucy Barbour speaks to Lead Plaintiff in the case, Emily Brett. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Live Export: Court victory for northern cattle industry

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – May 2020

Feed availability has given many the opportunity to jump back into the market. But what should we buy to make a quid? Chris Howie examines opportunities in the current market. Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – May 2020

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – May 2020

Feed availability has given many the opportunity to jump back into the market. But what should we buy to make a quid? Chris Howie examines opportunities in the current market. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – May 2020

Robotic dairy makes life easier for farmers and cows

A solar-powered, robotic dairy allows the herd to choose when it wants to be milked, making life much easier for a long-time dairy family. Source: ABC Livestock Robotic dairy makes life easier for farmers and cows

Highly charged days that brought an industry to its knees

For those with the inclination and the time to read it, Justice Rare’s 496 paragraph judgement (which can be read in full here) provides an absorbing and objectively detached account of how the controversial saga unfolded, including details on highly-charged behind-the-scenes meetings, Government communications and the standpoints of various key identities on all sides of… Read more »

Unbalanced report led to irreparable damage: Dick Slaney

Nine years on Dick Slaney who ran Elders feedlot and abattoir in Indonesia said there are many emotions “still close to the surface” when he thinks about the ban. Source: Beef Central Unbalanced report led to irreparable damage: Dick Slaney

Nine, long years …

‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ is a well-known legal maxim.  To state the bleeding obvious, nine years is a long time to wait for justice – let’s hope common sense prevails and the Government does not appeal and draws a line under the epic 2011 live export debacle, writes Trent Thorne Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Live export ruling: what happens next?

After waiting nine years for yesterday’s Federal Court ruling that the Gillard Labor Government’s 2011 live export ban was unlawful, it could take another year or so yet for the businesses affected by the knee-jerk trade shutdown to secure financial compensation. Source: Beef Central Live export ruling: what happens next?

Northern Victorian dairy farmers search for cheaper water

Dairy farmers in northern Victoria’s Torrumbarry Irrigation Area look below their feet for a solution to crippling water prices. Source: ABC Livestock Northern Victorian dairy farmers search for cheaper water

First case of Hendra virus for 2020 confirmed in northern New South Wales

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries confirms the first case of Hendra virus in Australia for 2020 has been found in a horse on a property in northern New South Wales. Source: ABC Livestock First case of Hendra virus for 2020 confirmed in northern New South Wales

Exotic tick-borne disease detected in dogs for the first time in Australia

An exotic tick-borne disease, never seen before in Australian canines, has been found in a small number of sick dogs tested in Western Australia’s far north Kimberley. Source: ABC Livestock Exotic tick-borne disease detected in dogs for the first time in Australia

Thousands of cattle hit outback for 700km journey

It takes just 15 dogs, a handful of horses and three drovers to steer more than 2,000 cattle along the dusty stock routes of western Queensland. The three-month journey aims to save valuable pasture on graziers’ properties. Source: ABC Livestock Thousands of cattle hit outback for 700km journey

Time to find the best science for measuring methane: Cattle Council

Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) is calling for a full scientific assessment of modeling used to calculate the impact of beef on climate change and the alternative Global Warming Potential (GWP) model. Source: Beef Central Time to find the best science for measuring methane: Cattle Council

Class action a staggering result from a legal point of view

Today’s Federal Court outcome is “a staggering result” from a legal perspective, says McCullough Robertson Special Counsel Trent Thorne. Source: Beef Central Class action a staggering result from a legal point of view

Reactions to Federal Court livex decision

Reactions to this morning’s Federal Court ruling from industry and animal rights groups. Source: Beef Central Reactions to Federal Court livex decision

Live export class action: Read the Federal Court judge’s full summary here

The following summary has been prepared to accompany the orders made today by the Federal Court in the live export class action – Brett Cattle Co Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture Source: Beef Central Live export class action: Read the Federal Court judge’s full summary here

Federal Court rules 2011 livex ban invalid, condemns Ludwig decision

The June 2011 Labor Governmen’s ban on live exports to Indonesia has been ruled invalid in a decision handed down by Justice Stephen Rares this morning. Source: Beef Central Federal Court rules 2011 livex ban invalid, condemns Ludwig decision