Category: Livestock

MLA Feedback podcast covers consumers, pastures and season tips

CONSUMERS, wet season tips, the value of pasture annuals and industry resilience feature in the latest monthly Meat & Livestock Australia Feedback podcast. Source: Sheep Central MLA Feedback podcast covers consumers, pastures and season tips

Working dog records broken at online UK sale

A NEW world record price of £20,000 or A$36,600 has been set for a working dog at an online auction in England. Source: Sheep Central Working dog records broken at online UK sale

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

Website takes the mystery out of Halal meat purchasing

A recently-launched consumer website designed to verify whether or not a sample of red meat has been processed under Halal conditions is already generating more than ten thousand hits each week. Targeted at both domestic Australian Muslim citizens as well as visiting holiday makers from Muslim countries, the new website is removing a lot of… Read more »

Landowner says 'people's life savings will be wiped away' if saleyards expanded

A Central Highlands Regional Council plan to expand its saleyards in the ‘middle of Emerald’ causes strife as residents worry about property prices, dust and odour, but Mayor says community consulted before approval. Source: ABC Livestock Landowner says ‘people’s life savings will be wiped away’ if saleyards expanded

Weekly genetics review: 2020 trends in accessing proven maternal females

While all the headline-grabbing attention has focused on bull sales this year, there have also been some outstanding registered female sales results. Genetics editor Alastair Rainer talks to some successful stud masters about what drove their 2020 female sale success, and what was motivating buyers. Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: 2020 trends in… Read more »

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

Weekly kill: Cow prices crack historic 600c

For the first time in history, heavy cow prices in some Queensland processor grid offers have hit 600c in recent days, valuing a typical 320kg cull female at $1980, before grid penalties. The direct consignment slaughter market has been in a fluid state for the past week, with some grids correcting twice in the past… Read more »

‘Outback Ringer’ premieres tonight

The unique skills of bull catchers will be documented through a new ABC television series that premieres tonight, telling the stories of four groups of ‘outback ringers’ at various locations in the Top End. Source: Beef Central ‘Outback Ringer’ premieres tonight

Website takes the mystery out of Halal meat purchasing

A recently-launched consumer website designed to verify whether or not a sample of red meat has been processed under Halal conditions is already generating more than ten thousand hits each week. Targeted at both domestic Australian Muslim citizens as well as visiting holiday makers from Muslim countries, the new website is removing a lot of… Read more »

Incentives needed for emission changes in red meat sector

A GROWING focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world is driving a shift in the red meat sector, but it will be the market, rather than regulators, motivating change, according to a newly-released industry report. Source: Beef Central Incentives needed for emission changes in red meat sector

Incentives needed for emission changes in red meat sector

A GROWING focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world is driving a shift in the red meat sector, but it will be the market, rather than regulators, motivating change, according to a newly-released industry report. Source: Sheep Central Incentives needed for emission changes in red meat sector

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

Meet the Candidates – Cattle Council AGM 2020

The names of candidates standing for positions on the Cattle Council of Australia board, to be voted on at the upcoming AGM on November 18, have been released. Source: Beef Central Meet the Candidates – Cattle Council AGM 2020

MLA webinars to focus on livestock industry resilience

RESILIENCE through innovation, sustainability, market opportunities and community trust will be the focus of a new Meat & Livestock Australia webinar series starting next month. Source: Sheep Central MLA webinars to focus on livestock industry resilience

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

This farmer's cattle mysteriously went blind — now they're banned from sale

Some 12 months ago, Lachlan Macdonald noticed his livestock behaving strangely, presenting symptoms that proved fatal for some of his stock. The results of the investigation that followed only seemed to add to the mystery. Source: ABC Livestock This farmer’s cattle mysteriously went blind — now they’re banned from sale

Rumps and humps, eggs and pregs at next ICMJ webinar

How to juggle the many and varied demands on cattle breeding programs – from meat eating quality to herd fertility – will be tackled at the next episode of the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association’s webinar series, to be held next Wednesday. Source: Beef Central Rumps and humps, eggs and pregs at next ICMJ webinar

Positive perceptions of red meat growing among consumers

Perceptions of the red meat industry are improving, as is knowledge of the industry among consumers in metropolitan Australia, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest consumer sentiment research. Source: Beef Central Positive perceptions of red meat growing among consumers

China making surprisingly rapid pork recovery after ASF, webinar told

China is making a surprisingly rapid recovery in pork production after the devastating effects of African Swine Fever last year, an international meat trade webinar was told this morning. Source: Beef Central China making surprisingly rapid pork recovery after ASF, webinar told

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?

New website tool: “Have you got wild dogs?”

The National Wild Dog Action Plan’s new website has an updated tool designed to help landholders to confirm if they have wild dogs on their property.  Source: Beef Central New website tool: “Have you got wild dogs?”

NPWS hits back at environmentalist's 1080 claims as aerial baiting set to begin

The NSW NPWS stands firm in its claim that 1080 poison does not pose a risk to native species as it prepares to drop the poison into a national park to cull wild dogs and foxes. Source: ABC Livestock NPWS hits back at environmentalist’s 1080 claims as aerial baiting set to begin

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

Horny beasts grow in numbers in rural Australia

They are unmistakable with their two-metre-wide horns, and are becoming popular in Australia for both their unique looks and their meat. Source: ABC Livestock Horny beasts grow in numbers in rural Australia

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 »

Little progress on red meat restructures in year of upheaval

The status of two ongoing red meat organisational restructures remains uncertain as the sector moves towards its next round of industry annual general meetings in November. Source: Beef Central Little progress on red meat restructures in year of upheaval

Record year for MSA program as grading numbers hit 3.8 million head

A record 3.8 million cattle were graded through the Meat Standards Australia eating quality grading program in 2019-20, representing 46pc of the national adult cattle slaughter. It’s the highest number of cattle graded in a year since MSA’s inception in 1998, according to the 2019-20 MSA Annual Outcomes Report released this week. Source: Beef… 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

MLA annual report reflects turbulent times

BUFFETED by drought, global pandemic, market swings, floods and bushfires, the Australian red meat industry has shown remarkable resilience during the past financial year, Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2019-20 annual report released this morning shows. Source: Sheep Central MLA annual report reflects turbulent times

MLA annual report reflects turbulent times

Buffeted by drought, global pandemic, market swings, floods and bushfires, the Australian red meat industry has shown remarkable resilience during the past financial year, Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2019-20 annual report released this morning shows. Source: Beef Central MLA annual report reflects turbulent times

Federal Court hands down latest ruling on cattle genetics patent claim

Australia’s livestock industry is still absorbing the implications of a Federal Court judgement handed down yesterday on a long-running livestock genetics patent case. Source: Beef Central Federal Court hands down latest ruling on cattle genetics patent claim

FarmGate Auctions marks one year anniversary

Among those to closely witness the growth of online livestock selling this year are NSW stock and station auctioneer Guy Gallen and financial trading executive Matt Murphie who launched the FarmGate Auctions online livestock selling platform exactly 12 months ago today. Source: Beef Central FarmGate Auctions marks one year anniversary

Study demonstrates 80pc reduction in methane emissions from cattle

A new study has further reinforced the potential of red seaweed supplements as a method of significantly reducing enteric methane emissions from cattle. Source: Beef Central Study demonstrates 80pc reduction in methane emissions from cattle

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

School milk: The dairy industry wants to bring it back

Australia’s dairy industry wants to bring a milk program back into schools to help address a significant shortfall in the dairy intake of school-aged children. Source: ABC Livestock School milk: The dairy industry wants to bring it back

Cameras to monitor wild dog activity on WA fence extension

CAMERAS will monitor wild dog activity along Western Australia’s State Barrier Fence Esperance Extension with the help of a $77,000 grant from the Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme. The… Source: Sheep Central Cameras to monitor wild dog activity on WA fence extension

Pasture Dieback Hub gives producers the latest information

Producers will now be able to easily access the latest news, information, resources and tools relating to pasture dieback in one place with the launch of a Pasture Dieback Hub on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) website. Source: Beef Central Pasture Dieback Hub gives producers the latest information

NSW braces for avian flu as Victorian death toll climbs towards half a million

With 460,000 birds and counting destroyed in Victoria amid Australia’s worst-ever avian influenza outbreak, officials in NSW are putting plans in place should the pestilence spread. Source: ABC Livestock NSW braces for avian flu as Victorian death toll climbs towards half a million

PTIC females surge in price in 11,800 head AuctionsPlus offering

BOTH PTIC heifers and cows surged strongly in price in an 11,800 head AuctionsPlus offering this week. Demand remained strong with an 85pc clearance rate overall. Source: Beef Central PTIC females surge in price in 11,800 head AuctionsPlus offering

Australian Dietary Guidelines: what they say about red meat

Following recent discussion around Australian Dietary Guidelines and their recommendations for red meat consumption this articles delves more deeply into the guidelines and their implications for domestic red meat consumption in Australia. Source: Beef Central Australian Dietary Guidelines: what they say about red meat

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – September 2020

LAMB sellers are enjoying a price spike in saleyards this week that may be short-lived, but it is a great opportunity if you are quick, Chris Howie says in his latest market wrap Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – September 2020

Genetic blueprint to more productive cattle herds

Genome technology has unlocked new cattle breeding methods which could improve fertility and lead to increases in profitability, sustainability and productivity. Source: Beef Central Genetic blueprint to more productive cattle herds

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

Churchill fellows to study livestock ID and regenerative ag

WESTERN Australian government officers will investigate livestock identification and regenerative agriculture practices overseas to fulfil their 2020 Churchill Fellowship obligations. Source: Sheep Central Churchill fellows to study livestock ID and regenerative ag

Former Sheep CRC CEO calls for more research collaboration

AUSTRALIA’S agricultural research and development sector was not short of money, but needed more collaboration to tackle the industry’s big opportunities and issues, according to former Sheep CRC chief executive officer James Rowe. Source: Sheep Central Former Sheep CRC CEO calls for more research collaboration

Bloat treatment warning for cattle targeted at ‘Natural’ brand programs

A high incidence of bloat reported during this spring’s pasture flush across southeastern Australia has created challenges for producers targeting premium certified grassfed ‘natural’ brand programs. Source: Beef Central Bloat treatment warning for cattle targeted at ‘Natural’ brand programs

Feral buffaloes destroying native habitat as an application to muster herd delayed for two years

Indigenous rangers say the land is at a “breaking point” as they wait for more than two years for the Northern Land Council to approve mustering thousands of wild bovines trampling waterways and habitats for crocodiles and long-neck turtles. Source: ABC Livestock Feral buffaloes destroying native habitat as an application to muster herd delayed… Read more »

Scientists use ‘genomic time-travel’ to discover new genetic traits in African cattle

Animal scientists have announced the discovery of a new set of detailed genetic markers and information in African cattle that are associated with valuable traits, such as heat and drought tolerance, the capacity to control inflammation and tick infestations, and resistance to livestock diseases. The research team wanted to learn how – after spending thousands… Read more »

Let’s be ‘braver’ with R&D fund allocation decisions, urges MLA MD

The red meat industry needs to be ‘braver’ with its research and development fund allocation decisions, in an era of ‘fewer, bigger, bolder’ R&D projects, MLA managing director Jason Strong told a recent online stakeholder audience. Source: Beef Central Let’s be ‘braver’ with R&D fund allocation decisions, urges MLA MD

VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

COMPETITION for livestock, especially lambs and sheep, is expected to increase at eastern state saleyards with the easing of workforce capacity restrictions on Victorian red meat processors. Victorian Premier Daniel… Source: Sheep Central VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

Plans floated to create Territory Livestock Ranger squad

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association has floated plans to establish a 16-officer strong Northern Territory Livestock Ranger group. Source: Beef Central Plans floated to create Territory Livestock Ranger squad

Farms of the future: Why cattle are better than tanks

A paddock filled with grass and cattle on a family farm versus silver tanks filled with microbes owned by a handful of mega corporations – which is the more appealing farm of the future? Source: Beef Central Farms of the future: Why cattle are better than tanks

Dairy could generate an extra $500m in five years, but first it must stick to the plan

A major strategic plan shows Australia’s dairy industry could generate an additional $500 million in value at the farm gate within four years, and would grow to produce almost 1 billion litres more milk. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy could generate an extra 0m in five years, but first it must stick to the plan

Young cattle record re-set in 14,400 head AuctionsPlus offering

Young cattle price records were again re-set on AuctionsPlus yesterday, as light weaner steers pushed past 700c/kg for the first time. Confidence in the cattle market continued to strengthen with the 14,429 head offered this week achieving an 84pc clearance. The dearer market trend was evident in most stock categories. Source: Beef Central Young… Read more »

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

WQLX meets organic cattle market with certification

Organic cattle producers will now have a route to market through Longreach following confirmation the Western Queensland Livestock Exchange (WQLX) has been granted organic certification. Source: Beef Central WQLX meets organic cattle market with certification

'Trampled, tossed in the air': How much of a threat are cattle to koalas?

Farmers are reporting koalas being chased by cattle, being trampled to death in the field, and even being tossed into the air. Researchers hope to back the anecdotal evidence that cattle may be koala killers. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Trampled, tossed in the air’: How much of a threat are cattle to koalas?

Cutting through the agtech hype for on-farm gains

After years of hype around livestock tracking technologies, Dr Mark Trotter will tell the next Elders Presents online forum that these systems are now becoming a reality. Dr Trotter, Associate Professor in Precision Livestock Management at Central Queensland University, has been working with smart tag developers for about a decade and says the commercial release… Read more »

Grainfed trading budget sees sharp decline, as feeder prices hit record high

Record-high feeder cattle values and a softening in finished grainfed cattle price offers from processors has pushed Beef Central’s latest 100-day trading budget result deeply into negative territory. Source: Beef Central Grainfed trading budget sees sharp decline, as feeder prices hit record high

ICMJ webinar to outline the red meat path to carbon neutrality

PRACTICAL steps for Australia’s red meat industry to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 will be laid out at the next Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) webinar on September 30. Source: Sheep Central ICMJ webinar to outline the red meat path to carbon neutrality

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

ICMJ webinar to outline the red meat path to carbon neutrality

Practical steps for Australia’s red meat industry to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 will be laid out at the next Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) webinar on September 30. Source: Beef Central ICMJ webinar to outline the red meat path to carbon neutrality

Choosing replacement bulls when you can’t attend a sale

The impacts of COVID‑19 means some cattle producers may not be able to attend bull sales this buying season – especially if they need to travel interstate. However, this doesn’t mean the quality of sire selections needs to be impacted. Source: Beef Central Choosing replacement bulls when you can’t attend a sale

Weekly genetics review: Placing a value around improvement

In all the excitement of a record year for bull sales across the country, there are many producers looking at their budgets and re-evaluating how they value new bulls. Just as a bull’s influence will last over 10 years, the value his genetic contribution can be far-reaching. Its important not to measure value only in… Read more »

Morven rail freight hub will smooth livestock supply

Queensland’s new Morven rail freight hub is now officially open, with weekly services providing a new channel to get slaughter cattle to market out of the state’s Central west quickly and efficiently. Source: Beef Central Morven rail freight hub will smooth livestock supply

JBS strikes alliance with specialist BBQ retailer

Retail packs of beef have been sold through up-market pub bottle shop drive-throughs in the past, so it makes a lot of sense for the nation’s largest specialist retailer of barbecues and barbecuing equipment to offer customers a range of succulent steaks, juicy chops and briskets for slow-cooking. Source: Beef Central JBS strikes alliance… Read more »

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

Cattle Council AGM goes digital

Cattle Council of Australia’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will go ahead online, as the ongoing coronavirus response limits face to face gatherings. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council AGM goes digital

Who you gonna call when a queen bee visits with her 'bee beard' in tow?

Have you ever seen thousands of bees suddenly converge in one spot? It might be a scary sight, but experts say they are just rehoming and should be left alone until they can be moved safely. Source: ABC Livestock Who you gonna call when a queen bee visits with her ‘bee beard’ in tow?

Chemistry is the bee’s knees as pheromones used to stimulate almond flower pollination

Farmers in north-west Victoria use dollops of pink, dough-like goo to splatter trees with smells that not only attract bees, but also compels them to stay rather than go foraging in forests elsewhere. Source: ABC Livestock Chemistry is the bee’s knees as pheromones used to stimulate almond flower pollination

John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

Agribusiness identity John McKillop has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the Red Meat Advisory Council, succeeding Don Mackay. Source: Sheep Central John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

Agribusiness identity John McKillop has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the Red Meat Advisory Council, succeeding Don Mackay. Source: Beef Central John McKillop succeeds Don Mackay as RMAC chair

Koala with missing foot to receive prosthetic limb

Triumph the koala was born missing a foot, so his carers have organised for a prosthetic limb to be made. Source: ABC Livestock Koala with missing foot to receive prosthetic limb

Victorian free-range chickens are in lockdown too, as bird flu strikes

Victorian poultry farmers are dealing with the worst outbreak of avian influenza the state has ever seen, with concerns raised about the rapid rise of free-range farming. Source: ABC Livestock Victorian free-range chickens are in lockdown too, as bird flu strikes

MLA board director nominees announced

Meat & Livestock Australia has released the names of the three board nominees the nine-person Board Selection Committee has recommended to fill three vacancies at this year’s annual general meeting on November 19. Source: Sheep Central MLA board director nominees announced

Allan Savory urges world leaders to recognise role of livestock in reversing climate change

Climate change is a crisis more serious than any wars ever fought, and one that will require millions of more animals on the land to reverse, according to prominent ecologist and regenerative agriculture specialist Dr Allan Savory. Source: Beef Central Allan Savory urges world leaders to recognise role of livestock in reversing climate change

Buttons the paralysed calf takes to her custom wheelchair at a canter

Buttons the 7-week-old calf has been saved from “crossing the rainbow bridge” thanks to her adoptive owners’ ingenious contraption getting her on her feet. Source: ABC Livestock Buttons the paralysed calf takes to her custom wheelchair at a canter