Category: Livestock

SA records first case of tick-borne disease that killed hundreds of dogs in the Top End

South Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer urges pet owners to protect their dogs against ticks after a case of the potentially deadly canine ehrlichiosis disease is recorded in the state’s far north.  Source: ABC Livestock SA records first case of tick-borne disease that killed hundreds of dogs in the Top End

EYCI cracks record 900c – but is it sustainable?

The national cattle industry benchmark, the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator pushed beyond 900c/kg for the first time yesterday, but current trading levels may be hard to sustain, evidence suggests.   Source: Beef Central EYCI cracks record 900c – but is it sustainable?

March cattle exports slip to 55,073 head

Australian cattle export volumes slipped to 55,073 in March, well below the rolling  five year average for the month of 82,955 head. Source: Beef Central March cattle exports slip to 55,073 head

Grazier condemns 'callous' shooting of cows by illegal hunters

Queensland grazier Kevin O’Brien says illegal hunters shot and partially butchered two of his prized cows while trespassing on his property near Esk late last month. Source: ABC Livestock Grazier condemns ‘callous’ shooting of cows by illegal hunters

NT cattle producers welcome drought hub announcement

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has welcomed today’s announcement of $8m in funding to support the development of a northern NT/WA drought hub in Darwin. Source: Beef Central NT cattle producers welcome drought hub announcement

Environment Protection Authority to investigate Tasmania's largest dairy farm

The EPA will investigate Van Dairy Limited’s compliance, after it was issued with environment protection notices and had an operating licence suspended because of overflowing animal waste systems.  Source: ABC Livestock Environment Protection Authority to investigate Tasmania’s largest dairy farm

Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

AUSTRALIA’S Government and exporters have backed continuing live sheep and cattle exports despite a New Zealand plan to end all livestock shipments by sea by 2023 being applauded by the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

The New Zealand Government has this morning announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade. Source: Beef Central NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

Weekly genetics review: Getting to grips with temperament

This week’s genetics review focuses on temperament – and the point that it can’t just be improved on selection alone. Temperament is moderately heritable, which means if producers don’t think about on-farm practices, any genetic gains won’t count for much. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: Getting to grips with temperament

Weekly kill: Grids steady, as first hint of winter approaches

Direct consignment price grids are largely unchanged across eastern and southern Australia this week, as country starts to dry out after earlier rain and the first glimpse of winter appears on the horizon. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids steady, as first hint of winter approaches

New season test for northern live export prices

Northern export cattle prices have softened from record highs, albeit slightly, as the annual nexus arrives between new season supply coming on and the passing of the traditional pre-Ramadan rush on demand in Indonesia. Source: Beef Central New season test for northern live export prices

Big jump in numbers online as weather clears

A disrupted and short selling week failed to dampen the surge in cattle offered online this week, with AuctionsPlus numbers hitting 19,631 head – up 167pc on the previous week. Most young cattle retracted in price. Source: Beef Central Big jump in numbers online as weather clears

Thoroughbred prices bolting as Easter Yearling Sale surpasses $132m

Australian thoroughbred prices have been riding high this year and the Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney was no exception with the highest turn-over since pre-GFC days. Source: ABC Livestock Thoroughbred prices bolting as Easter Yearling Sale surpasses 2m

Kay’s Cuts: Best and worst of times for US and Australian meat processors

It surely is the best and worst of times for beef processors in North America and Australia, respectively, Beef Central’s monthly US market commentator Steve Kay suggests. Australian processors’ struggles to stem hefty operating losses have been well-documented, and there will be no letup the rest of this year, while in contrast, US grainfed beef… Read more »

The rise, fall and rise again of Australia’s cattle trade to Vietnam

Australia’s cattle export trade to Vietnam has grown quietly but surely in recent years, to the surprising point where it almost surpassed Indonesia as Australia’s highest value cattle export market last year. Source: Beef Central The rise, fall and rise again of Australia’s cattle trade to Vietnam

Weekly kill: Rain forces some Qld direct consignment offers to rise

Faced by empty post-Easter kill slots, offers from some Queensland processors have lifted 20c/kg on heavy grass steers this week, while some slaughter cow rates have increased 10-15c/kg. Supply prospects look particularly bleak for processors for the next month, due to more widespread rain. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Rain forces some Qld direct… Read more »

ASF and FMD found in pork products at border seizure

African swine fever (ASF) and foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus fragments have again been detected in pork products seized at Australia’s international mail centres, highlighting the significant risk these products pose for the nation. These findings do not change Australia’s FMD or ASF-free status. Source: Beef Central ASF and FMD found in pork… Read more »

US cattle feeder pleads guilty to $244 million “ghost cattle” fraud

A United States lot feeder has pleaded guilty to defrauding a major processor and another company out of almost a quarter of a billion dollars through what is being dubbed a “ghost cattle” scam. Source: Beef Central US cattle feeder pleads guilty to 4 million “ghost cattle” fraud

Online offerings decline in run-in to Easter

AS much of the south eastern regions of Australia continued to dry out this week, the overall supply of cattle continued to remain very tight on AuctionsPlus heading into the Easter break. AuctionsPlus offerings dropped by 3240 head or 30pc on the previous week, to 7365 head. Source: Beef Central Online offerings decline in… Read more »

Cattle station managers and trainers offer tips on finding staff and keeping them

A panel with plenty of first-hand industry experience offered many practical insights and observations on the key issue of attracting, retaining and training staff at the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association conference in Alice Springs last Friday. Source: Beef Central Cattle station managers and trainers offer tips on finding staff and keeping them

Australian meat processors back RSPCA welfare standards call

AUSTRALIAN meat processors support the RSPCA’s recommendation for development of national animal welfare standards and guidelines for the nation’s livestock processing plants. The RSPCA yesterday released a detailed report and… Source: Sheep Central Australian meat processors back RSPCA welfare standards call

Episode 3 – Charlie Mort

On this week’s Weekly Grill, host Kerry Lonergan talks with Queensland lotfeeder Charlie Mort on the current red hot market for feeder cattle, the tough operating environment for grainfeeding supply chains, the expansion of the Mort & Co lotfeeding business, and future plans. Source: Beef Central Episode 3 – Charlie Mort

Farmer claims toxic stock lick responsible for hundreds of cattle deaths

In 2018, John Foote changed supplements for his herd. Less than two years later, more than 400 cattle were dead, but those who sold him the supplements reject any responsibility. Source: ABC Livestock Farmer claims toxic stock lick responsible for hundreds of cattle deaths

VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

The University of Adelaide is using virtual reality to teach livestock skills, without putting students or cattle at risk.  Source: ABC Livestock VR keeps students safe while learning livestock skills

Weekly genetics review: Considering the costs of longevity in bulls

For many producers, the cost of bulls is a constant source of discussion. Following last week’s column, it was highlighted to me by by numerous readers that costs associated with bulls are a more complex issue than many realise. There is no doubt this is the case. A key component to offsetting the cost of… Read more »

Livex cost recovery charge hikes “fail the pub test” says outgoing NTCA president

Plans by Canberra to impose significant increases in live export cost recovery charges would not only fail the “pub test” from Townsville to Broome, they “wouldn’t even make it into the carpark”, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott told the association’s annual conference in Alice Springs on Friday. Source: Beef Central Livex cost… Read more »

Weekly kill: Easter kills heading towards record-low territory

Australia’s eastern states beef kills in coming weeks look like heading into record low territory for this time of year. While the two weeks either side of the Easter break inevitably record a sharp decline in throughput by around 15-20pc, a combination of very tight cattle supply following recent rain, and numerous short and longer-term… Read more »

'Terrible for the people': Century-old Queensland saleyard holds final sale

For more than a century, the Beaudesert saleyards have been a meeting place for locals across Queensland’s Scenic Rim, but today saw the end of town’s fortnightly pig and calf sale. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Terrible for the people’: Century-old Queensland saleyard holds final sale

React to real information, not perceived, Jason Strong tells NTCA

On a Thursday one year ago, at the start of the COVID pandemic, MLA received a phone call from an industry organisation asking “what on earth is MLA going to do about the survival of our independent red meat retailers, our butchers?” Source: Beef Central React to real information, not perceived, Jason Strong tells… Read more »

Six ways industry research is aiming to drive northern cattle productivity gains

Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong provided updates on six key research programs aimed at driving northern profitability at Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association conference in Alice Springs on Friday. Source: Beef Central Six ways industry research is aiming to drive northern cattle productivity gains

Vale Tony Wharton

Former AusMeat chairman and processing industry identity Tony Wharton passed away last month after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Source: Beef Central Vale Tony Wharton

Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

A year after the COVID virus was first reported among meatworkers, vaccination programs are now rolling out across Australia to provide an added layer of protection for plant staff. Source: Beef Central Vaccination protection programs rolling-out for meatworkers

NSW farmers warned about animal health risks from floods

NEW South Wales livestock owners have been warned to remain vigilant for increased animal disease risks, with vast areas of the state still impacted by flood waters. Source: Sheep Central NSW farmers warned about animal health risks from floods

JBS delivers 48pc rise in EBITDA in 2020 financial year – despite COVID challenges

DESPITE a host of challenges encountered under COVID, global meat processor JBS delivered a spectacular 48 percent increase in pre-tax earnings for its 2020 financial year, announced yesterday. Source: Beef Central JBS delivers 48pc rise in EBITDA in 2020 financial year – despite COVID challenges

Live exports being 'regulated into oblivion', says outgoing Cattlemen's president

The NT Cattlemen’s Association’s outgoing president says Canberra’s cost recovery program for regulating the live export industry would cut profits for the entire industry.  Source: ABC Livestock Live exports being ‘regulated into oblivion’, says outgoing Cattlemen’s president

NTCA 2021 conference kicks off in Alice Springs

FUNDING to give national cattle industry leadership greater clout, resistance to Federal Government live export cost recovery charge hikes, and calls for the industry to collaborate to take full advantage of growing opportunities were key messages in the opening session of this morning’s 36th Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Conference, being held this year at the Alice… Read more »

Prices buoyant in smaller rain-affected CQLX yarding

NORTHERN producers made use of the buoyant Central Queensland cattle market on Wednesday, when the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange Gracemere prime and store sale saw young steers reach almost 600c/kg.… Source: Beef Central Prices buoyant in smaller rain-affected CQLX yarding

Processor JBS commits to net zero emissions target by 2040

JBS, the world’s largest animal protein producer, has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its worldwide operations by 2040. The move is a first across the global meat and poultry sector. Source: Beef Central Processor JBS commits to net zero emissions target by 2040

Rain impact forces JBS Dinmore closure until after Easter

Supply chain logistics challenges brought on by wet weather across eastern parts of Queensland and New South Wales over the past week has forced JBS Australia to suspend processing operations at the company’s flagship Dinmore plant in southeast Queensland until after Easter. Source: Beef Central Rain impact forces JBS Dinmore closure until after Easter

Connolly set to take reins as NTCA president

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association will embark on a new three year phase with a brand new leadership team in place with David Connolly, the general manager at the Tipperary Group of Stations in the Northern Territory, set to be announced as the organisation’s next president at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Alice Springs… Read more »

Red Meat R&D: Upping our game in processing efficiency

What could video games and the Australian meat processing sector possibly have in common? If you’ve always thought of game-playing as an activity that happens outside work, it might be time to think again. AMPC is testing whether gamification could help red meat businesses upskill staff – from hands-on operators to console operators – to… Read more »

Former NTCA chief sues organisation over sacking

The former head of the NT Cattlemen’s Association is suing the organisation over his unexpected sacking in December 2020. Source: ABC Livestock Former NTCA chief sues organisation over sacking

Putting more relevant numbers around Australia’s livestock emissions

The Australian red meat industry is getting closer to having some critical numbers to support its case that cattle and sheep are not contributing to global temperature increases as they are often accused of doing by anti-meat activists and plant-based protein purveyors. Source: Beef Central Putting more relevant numbers around Australia’s livestock emissions

Cost recovery must also include cost efficiency: Cattle Council of Australia

Cost recovery is not a new concept for cattle producers, who are used to paying their way, but critcially, cost efficiencies also need to be explored as part of any assessment of effective regulation, writes Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann in this opinion piece in response to Department of Agriculture proposals to increase… Read more »

Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

A NEW mentorship initiative aims to improve career opportunities for women in the global meat industry and help meat businesses develop a strong pipeline of future female leaders has been launched. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

Weekly kill: Rain impact adds further challenges for processing

Widespread and in some places, heavy rain this past week has added another layer of complexity to the already-difficult beef processing challenge across eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Rain impact adds further challenges for processing

Trial suggests liveweight has no affect on male goat meat quality

MEAT quality characteristics of lot-fed male Australian rangeland goats are unaffected by liveweight at slaughter, new research has indicated. Source: Sheep Central Trial suggests liveweight has no affect on male goat meat quality

Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

A NEW mentorship initiative aims to improve career opportunities for women in the global meat industry and help meat businesses develop a strong pipeline of future female leaders has been launched. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women launches mentorship initiative

Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

Getting definitive guidance through official channels remains elusive but written advice suggests veterinarians and stock hands working on livestock export ships should now be eligible to receive COVID vaccinations. Source: Beef Central Live exporters seek advice on COVID vaccinations for vets and stockhands

Lifesavers rescue cow that was swept onto beach during floods

A calf was “distressed and exhausted” when lifesavers reached it in the water, but with the help of locals and a spinal board they managed to get it to safety. Source: ABC Livestock Lifesavers rescue cow that was swept onto beach during floods

Australia is still world’s biggest goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is still the world’s top goat meat exporter despite accounting for only about one per cent of global production after a drop in shipments last year. Source: Sheep Central Australia is still world’s biggest goat meat exporter

Taskforce Starlight established to combat stock theft in the NT

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has this week announced the formation of Taskforce Starlight, a collaboration between NT Police, Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) Livestock Biosecurity and the NTCA to combat stock theft in the Northern Territory. Source: Beef Central Taskforce Starlight established to combat stock theft in the NT

New strategy to combat stock theft in the NT

A police taskforce is established to investigate livestock theft in the Northern Territory. Source: ABC Livestock New strategy to combat stock theft in the NT

US female slaughter ratio in stark contrast with Australia

THE US beef industry is entering its third year of herd liquidation, at the same time as Australia’s first green shoots of herd rebuilding appear. Thomas Elder Markets analyst Matt Dalgleish says the US female slaughter ratio (FSR) in January opened the season at 50.5pc – well above the 47.5pc threshold that signifies rebuild or… Read more »

Seaweed supplements cut livestock emissions but not meat quality: Study

Supplementing the diet of beef cattle with red seaweed can more than halve methane emissions without compromising meat quality, according to the results of a US study published overnight in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Source: Beef Central Seaweed supplements cut livestock emissions but not meat quality: Study

Dairy farmers riding high on one of the best seasons in recent memory

An industry report looking at the dairy sector identifies low input costs, solid demand and stable production as some of the factors driving confidence and income. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers riding high on one of the best seasons in recent memory

Cattle rustling case alleges 500 cattle taken from a Perth property

An investigation into the alleged theft of $800,000 worth of cattle is likely to widen with forensic accounting and telephone intercepts to be brought before court within a month. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle rustling case alleges 500 cattle taken from a Perth property

Livestock transporters support charge increase

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has supported a proposal by Infrastructure and Transport Ministers to increase heavy vehicle registration and the Road User Charge by 2.5 per cent in 2021-22. Source: Beef Central Livestock transporters support charge increase

Beekeeping becomes a popular hobby across Queensland

Commercial beekeepers are urging backyard enthusiasts to get educated on pests and disease as the hobby takes off. Source: ABC Livestock Beekeeping becomes a popular hobby across Queensland

Goat producers get new digital tools for production assurance

GOAT producers can now fill out Livestock Production Assurance property risk assessments and farm biosecurity plans electronically, Meat & Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Goat producers get new digital tools for production assurance

Validating red meat origins in response to product fraud

In response to rising product fraud and increased demand for traceability, MLA and Oritain recently completed a joint project developing the capability to validate the authenticity of Australian red meat and lamb product in foreign markets. Source: Beef Central Validating red meat origins in response to product fraud

Vale Ian McIvor

Respected Australian live export industry identity Ian McIvor passed away yesterday, aged 90. Source: Sheep Central Vale Ian McIvor

Record live export cattle prices putting pressure on Indonesia ahead of Ramadan

All kinds of records have been broken in Australia’s beef industry this year, including the price for cattle getting exported to Indonesia. That’s great news for Australia’s cattle producers, but what does it mean for our biggest live cattle customer? Source: ABC Livestock Record live export cattle prices putting pressure on Indonesia ahead of… Read more »

Young cattle values drift lower in 19,226 head AuctionsPlus offering

Moderate to significant falls in c/kg value were seen in most young cattle and breeding stock values on AuctionsPlus this week. One of the contributing factors was a 21pc increase in offerings, to 19,226 head. Source: Beef Central Young cattle values drift lower in 19,226 head AuctionsPlus offering

Vale Ian McIvor

Respected Australian live export industry identity Ian McIvor passed away yesterday, aged 90. Source: Beef Central Vale Ian McIvor

February live cattle export data shows reduced trade activity

Australian cattle exports totalled 57,223 cattle in February, well below the five year average for the month of 80,729 head, adding weight to trade reports of increasing buyer resistance in key markets to record high Australian cattle prices. Source: Beef Central February live cattle export data shows reduced trade activity

Recruitment: Pilot aims to attract young people to careers in the red meat industry

The red meat industry, including processors and meat retailers, is one of 12 sectoral groups that are partnering with the Federal Government in new pilot industry-led employment pathways to help young people into work. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Pilot aims to attract young people to careers in the red meat industry

Livestock transporters urged to skill up at free Roma workshops

Livestock businesses operating in the Maranoa region will have the opportunity to develop their cattle handling and transport skills over two free workshops with renowned industry expert Tom Shephard in the coming weeks. Source: Beef Central Livestock transporters urged to skill up at free Roma workshops

Gruesome mass discovery of dead Tasmanian devils

A spate of Tasmanian devil deaths in one of their last strongholds has led to calls for an urgent increase in federal funding to help protect the endangered animals. Source: ABC Livestock Gruesome mass discovery of dead Tasmanian devils

'Shocking' mass discovery of dead Tasmanian devils prompts plea for action

A spate of Tasmanian devil deaths in one of their last strongholds has led to calls for an urgent increase in federal funding to help protect the endangered animals. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Shocking’ mass discovery of dead Tasmanian devils prompts plea for action

SE Asia Report: Indo, Vietnam imports fall

Australian cattle prices continue to smash all-time price records, while import numbers drop sharply to both Indonesia and Vietnam, as Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report – which is also the first edition of the report to be translated into Vietnamese. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo,… Read more »

Targetting energy efficiency in Australian feedlots

Results from a research project investigating solutions to reduce energy use and the environmental footprint of Australian feedlots will be presented in an online workshop later this month. Teys Australia’s Condamine Feedlot in Queensland has hosted the 12-month project, using a Utility Management System to monitor and measure water, gas and electricity use in real-time. … Read more »

New strain of deadly Hendra virus prompts warnings for horse owners

Vets are urging horse breeders and owners to vaccinate against Hendra virus, following the discovery of a new strain of the lethal virus by Australian researchers. Source: ABC Livestock New strain of deadly Hendra virus prompts warnings for horse owners

Commercial buyers drive ‘unbelievable’ 2021 autumn bull sales results

Commercial bull buyers prepared to pay $20,000, $25,000 and even $30,000 for herd bull replacements are the real ‘engine room’ driving what is turning out to be an unbelievably good 2021 autumn bull sellling season. Source: Beef Central Commercial buyers drive ‘unbelievable’ 2021 autumn bull sales results

Weekly genetics review: Putting some numbers around heifer fertility

As the Australian beef industry starts to rebuild numbers following years of significant drought, the role of heifer management on successful rebuilding is more crucial than ever. Prof Wayne Pitchford of Adelaide University highlighted this theme in his presentation as parts of MLA’s MeatUp event in South Australia last week.  Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap: Avoid decision paralysis

MAKING sense of livestock and red meat supply, demand and price information is becoming more difficult, but Stockco business development manager Chris Howie advises sheep, goat and cattle producers to be wary of decision paralysis. Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap: Avoid decision paralysis

Chris Howie’s market wrap: Don’t get caught by decision paralysis

Making sense of information around supply, demand and prices for livestock and red meat is becoming more difficult with conflicting views appearing in rapid succession through the various information channels. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s market wrap: Don’t get caught by decision paralysis

Nice 'in a cacciatore': Couple farm their own free-range guinea pig meat

Guinea pig farmers embrace a homegrown protein that is very common in many countries and they say is more socially and ethically responsible than consuming many other meats. Source: ABC Livestock Nice ‘in a cacciatore’: Couple farm their own free-range guinea pig meat

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Agriculture to sell northern cattle stations with herd

Nearly 2 million hectares of northern cattle country is up for sale with Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture offering a portfolio of seven stations, 100,000 head of cattle, and a feedlot to the market. Source: ABC Livestock Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture to sell northern cattle stations with herd

Chicken features in recipe for ag investments

Australia’s broiler industry is having no trouble attracting institutional and private investors attracted to a protein sector with minimal exposure to offshore markets, increasing efficiency and domestic consumption which continues to trend upward. Source: Grain Central Chicken features in recipe for ag investments

Kangaroo Island apiarists desperately try to keep rare bee strain alive

Kangaroo Island beekeepers are desperately trying to keep the world’s purest strain of bees alive after the deadly 2020 bushfires destroyed more than a thousand hives. Source: ABC Livestock Kangaroo Island apiarists desperately try to keep rare bee strain alive