Category: Livestock

Queen bee shortage leaves beekeepers in Australia struggling to rebuild hives

The number of commercial queen bee breeders is dwindling by the day, leaving beekeepers to battle to secure the much-needed queens that are vital for each hive’s honey production. Source: ABC Livestock Queen bee shortage leaves beekeepers in Australia struggling to rebuild hives

Wangaratta farmer pleads guilty to cattle cruelty

A Wangaratta cattle farmer who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges has been given a 12 month undertaking to be of good behaviour without conviction and ordered to pay the court $1500. Source: Beef Central Wangaratta farmer pleads guilty to cattle cruelty

New feral pig bait receives regulatory go ahead

After more than a decade in development, an Australian developed feral pig bait has received regulatory approval. Source: Beef Central New feral pig bait receives regulatory go ahead

Activists and farmers one under the sun as they push for shelter at huge stock saleyard

With the mercury tipped to top 40 degrees in parts of Victoria this weekend, farmers, agents and activists are calling for something to be done about the lack of shade at the Bendigo Livestock Exchange. Source: ABC Livestock Activists and farmers one under the sun as they push for shelter at huge stock saleyard

Ship stockies left uninsured as coverage dries up in COVID era

Australian stock handlers and veterinarians working on live export vessels say they are finding it almost impossible to secure basic health insurance coverage for their voyages, which is adding to the pressures of working in the COVID era. Source: Beef Central Ship stockies left uninsured as coverage dries up in COVID era

Meet the flying vet who saves animals across the outback

Ameliah Scott isn’t your average vet. She lives on a remote station in the outback and travels hundreds of kilometres to tend to sick, injured and pregnant animals of all shapes and sizes — by plane. Source: ABC Livestock Meet the flying vet who saves animals across the outback

Sheep meat industry and friends honour Sandy Troup

AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat industry has lost one of its most passionate proponents with the passing of James MacGregor ‘Sandy’ Troup last week. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat industry and friends honour Sandy Troup

Encouraging uptake of new National Vendor Declaration

Positive uptake of the latest version of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration, the only version now accepted for all species of livestock being transferred, is being reported by MLA’s subsidiary, the Integrity Systems Company.  Source: Beef Central Encouraging uptake of new National Vendor Declaration

Chiller room secrets revealed in ICMJ podcast

CHILLER room secrets are revealed in the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association’s first episode of its podcast series, released this week. Source: Sheep Central Chiller room secrets revealed in ICMJ podcast

ICMJ launches new podcast series with meat industry heavyweight

The Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) has released the first episode of its podcast series, ‘Chiller Room Secrets: the stories behind the Australian meat industry’s quest for perfection’. Source: Beef Central ICMJ launches new podcast series with meat industry heavyweight

'Crazy goat lady': How an unconventional gift saved Alyssia's life

Alyssia Coates didn’t think she had a future but then her husband bought her a few goats. Now the dairy farmer wants to help others find meaningful purpose through caring for animals. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Crazy goat lady’: How an unconventional gift saved Alyssia’s life

'The dog population is exploding': How COVID has led to a puppy boom in Tonga

People in Australia have had to wait months for a dog due to a surge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu has the opposite problem. Source: ABC Livestock ‘The dog population is exploding’: How COVID has led to a puppy boom in Tonga

SE Asia Report: Access to stock tightens with return to normal wet season

Importers continue to struggle with a combination of a strong AUD and rising Australian cattle prices, while a “normal” Australian wet season after four weak monsoon years is restricting access to the small number of stock still available for live export, Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report. Source:… Read more »

MLA Indicators return to operation after shutdown

MLA has recommenced reporting the over-the-hooks (OTH) indicators and feeder report and yarding reports after shutting down for the Christmas period. Source: Beef Central MLA Indicators return to operation after shutdown

High cattle prices set to drive Deniliquin sheep demand

RESTOCKING demand at the annual Deniliquin Store Sheep Sale tomorrow is expected to be boosted by sheep producers seeking to lift numbers after recent rain and others looking for options to paying high prices for beef weaners. Source: Sheep Central High cattle prices set to drive Deniliquin sheep demand

NSW livestock producers urged to prepare low fire-risk areas

NEW South Wales livestock producers are being urged to be prepared for the threat of bushfires this summer, including low-risk holding areas. Source: Sheep Central NSW livestock producers urged to prepare low fire-risk areas

Victorian farmers oppose national park dingo proposals

INTRODUCING dingoes into Victoria’s Grampians National Park or the Garriwerd region to manage fox and cat numbers is a “completely flawed” idea, according to National Wild Dog Management co-ordinator Greg Mifsud. Source: Sheep Central Victorian farmers oppose national park dingo proposals

Hull damaged live export ship hit with unprecedented two-year-ban by AMSA

The Australian  Maritime and Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken the extraordinary step of banning an Australian livestock vessel from entering any Australian port for two years, after it suffered hull damage in the Indian Ocean during a ballast voyage on return from Indonesia two months ago. Source: Beef Central Hull damaged live export ship… Read more »

New NVDs needed to sell livestock in 2021

Producers are being reminded they cannot sell livestock in 2021 without the most up to date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms. Source: Sheep Central New NVDs needed to sell livestock in 2021

Hot weather sparks reminder for working dog owners

WORKING dog owners have been reminded of their responsibilities when transporting their dogs on the back of utes during hot weather. Source: Sheep Central Hot weather sparks reminder for working dog owners

Cattle groups meet to end industry fragmentation

Representatives of Cattle Council of Australia and Cattle Producers met in Brisbane just prior to Christmas to discuss and settle a forward pathway to end fragmentation and to develop new industry representative arrangements which can achieve unified positions on important issues.  Source: Beef Central Cattle groups meet to end industry fragmentation

New NVDs needed to sell cattle in 2021

Producers are being reminded they cannot sell livestock in 2021 without the most up to date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms. Source: Beef Central New NVDs needed to sell cattle in 2021

'Unheard of' prices put pressure on cattle farmer margins

Beef farmers are paying up to 40 per cent more at young cattle sales amid “frantic” conditions, but will they turn a profit if the market falls? Source: ABC Livestock ‘Unheard of’ prices put pressure on cattle farmer margins

School children bake biscuits for pygmy possums devastated by last year's bushfires

When primary school students in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains heard about the devastation caused by the 2019-2020 bushfire season to the endangered mountain pygmy-possum, they put their chef hats on and quickly started cooking up a storm to help. Source: ABC Livestock School children bake biscuits for pygmy possums devastated by last… Read more »

724km extension for wild-dog fence to almost double its length

It is hoped a multi-million-dollar extension to a predator-proof fence will help regional New South Wales recover from the trifecta of drought, bushfires and COVID-19. Source: ABC Livestock 724km extension for wild-dog fence to almost double its length

Vet shortage putting pressure on clinics and pets at risk

Vets in regional and rural areas are struggling to keep up with demand, as more people take up companion animals in the COVID-19 pandemic.  Source: ABC Livestock Vet shortage putting pressure on clinics and pets at risk

Horse owner again convicted of animal cruelty

A woman is convicted in the Bega Local Court on four counts of animal cruelty to horses on properties on the New South Wales far south coast. Source: ABC Livestock Horse owner again convicted of animal cruelty

Vet expects dog deaths 'in the thousands' due to exotic tick-borne disease

Nearly 1,000 dogs may have already died from an exotic tick-borne disease that is rapidly spreading through remote Indigenous communities, according to a Top End vet. Source: ABC Livestock Vet expects dog deaths ‘in the thousands’ due to exotic tick-borne disease

Last animals rescued from Pakistan zoo after it was ordered to close

Just weeks after the “world’s loneliest elephant” was rescued from a life of misery in Islamabad Zoo, two Himalayan brown bears have been flown to their new home. Source: ABC Livestock Last animals rescued from Pakistan zoo after it was ordered to close

Sacred Cow movie: Film maker talks to Aus cattle industry

The independent dietician and food author behind the Sacred Cow film offers her thoughts in an Australian webinar on where the red meat industry should be focusing its public messaging efforts, while it is revealed her own work may be under threat of not being able to continue due to lack of funding support. … Read more »

Wild dogs affecting cattle industry throughout Queensland

Recent sightings of packs of wild dogs along the central Queensland coast has highlighted the threat of attack to livestock remains a very real concern for cattle producers in Queensland. Source: Beef Central Wild dogs affecting cattle industry throughout Queensland

TFI starts construction at its new Murray Bridge processing site

An official ground-breaking ceremony was held this morning on the site of the new Thomas Foods International processing plant site near Murray Bridge in South Australia’s east. Source: Beef Central TFI starts construction at its new Murray Bridge processing site

Surveys measure impact of buffalo meat in Indonesian wet markets

It is now estimated that around 75 percent of Indian Buffalo Meat in Indonesia is now sold through wet markets, competing directly with fresh beef from locally processed Australian and local cattle. A new survey is now underway to learn more about what drives consumer meat purchasing decisions in Indonesia’s wet markets. Source: Beef… Read more »

Tag retention: NLIS tag losses still frustrating producers

Cattle producers are reporting high ongoing rates of National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tag losses, almost 14 years after it became compulsory in Australia for all cattle to have an NLIS device at the time of sale for traceability purposes. Source: Beef Central Tag retention: NLIS tag losses still frustrating producers

Cow collars and virtual fencing trialled by farmers to help protect Barrier Reef

You might be more accustomed to seeing collars on cats and dogs, but collars for cows are the latest technology some farmers are trialling to reduce the impact on the Great Barrier Reef. Source: ABC Livestock Cow collars and virtual fencing trialled by farmers to help protect Barrier Reef

Dissecting 30 decades of live export data

Analysis of 30 years of data on the export of cattle, sheep and goats from Australia has found significant improvements in performance, driven by factors such as better preparation, vessel design and on-board management. Source: Beef Central Dissecting 30 decades of live export data

Lamb, beef and goat meat Christmas tips in Wednesday webinar

LAMB, beef and goat meat lovers are in for a Christmas treat with the final Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association webinar of the year this week. Source: Sheep Central Lamb, beef and goat meat Christmas tips in Wednesday webinar

Snake bite vaccine for working dogs could be on the way

In a breakthrough for owners of working dogs at risk of being lost to snakebite, a leader in the development of snake antivenom believes a protective vaccine for dogs and cats could be on the cards. Source: Grain Central Snake bite vaccine for working dogs could be on the way

Australia wide saleyards’ throughput for 2019–20

MLA’s annual saleyard survey has been released. Conducted with the support of the Australian Livestock Markets Association, the survey identifies the total number of cattle and sheep consigned to Australia’s saleyards over the course of a financial year, at both national and state levels. Source: Beef Central Australia wide saleyards’ throughput for 2019–20

New app outlines livestock farming carbon opportunities

SHEEP, beef and crop farmers now have an app to help them understand their potential opportunities from carbon-reducing activities. Source: Sheep Central New app outlines livestock farming carbon opportunities

How animal farm husbandry has improved with age

The way livestock is handled has changed dramatically over the last 75 years, with animal welfare standards and practices continuing to evolve as science and technology advances. Source: ABC Livestock How animal farm husbandry has improved with age

Snake bite vaccine for working dogs could be on the way

Almost anybody working long enough in the bush will have a story about losing a good working dog to snakebite. Now, a leader in the development of snake antivenom believes a protective vaccine for dogs and cats could be on the cards using new scientific techniques developed around the race to develop a a COVID-19… Read more »

Man charged with stock stealing and fraud

Police in Queensland have charged a man with multiple offences related to cattle theft in Mundubbera. Source: Beef Central Man charged with stock stealing and fraud

Victoria outlays $9.5 million in livestock biosecurity grants

LIVESTOCK biosecurity grants worth $9.5 million have been granted to 25 projects by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes last week announced the successful projects under the 2020… Source: Sheep Central Victoria outlays .5 million in livestock biosecurity grants

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap Nov 2020: So what is in front of us?

Why experience and understanding trumps luck in understanding the trends | Don’t get wound up about market indicators, look for the subtle changes inside the larger number | Positivity in the livestock industry should be our focus leading into 2021. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap Nov 2020: So what is in… Read more »

ICMJ webinar serves up smoking good Christmas selection

Meat lovers are in for treat with the final Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association webinar of the year set to serve up a smoking good selection of Christmas treats with Butcher Wars star Shannon Walker. Source: Beef Central ICMJ webinar serves up smoking good Christmas selection

Australia's largest dairy farm sued by former owners over milk price crash

A Chinese-owned company that bought Australia’s biggest dairy farm has been accused of breaching an agreement with the seller, which claims it’s owed millions. Source: ABC Livestock Australia’s largest dairy farm sued by former owners over milk price crash

Lions test positive for COVID-19 in Spanish zoo after showing symptoms

The lions, named Zala, Nima and Run Run and Kiumbe, were infected in Barcelona Zoo. It’s the only known infection of large felines apart from an April outbreak in the Bronx Zoo, New York. Source: ABC Livestock Lions test positive for COVID-19 in Spanish zoo after showing symptoms

Weekly kill: Grids slip further in face of listless export markets

Hot, dry conditions across large parts of eastern Australia pushed a few more cattle in front of processors last week, but direct consignment grid offers continue to slide in many regions, in the face of very flat international meat trading conditions. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Grids slip further in face of listless export… Read more »

Adelaide vet fined for not handing over blind dog's medical records

An Adelaide vet who refused to hand over a blind dog’s full treatment records when its owners moved to Victoria has been fined and reprimanded. Source: ABC Livestock Adelaide vet fined for not handing over blind dog’s medical records

Deniliquin to upgrade sheep saleyards and close cattle yards

DENILIQIN councillors have decided to close the southern Riverina town’s cattle yards and re-invest in its sheep saleyards. Source: Sheep Central Deniliquin to upgrade sheep saleyards and close cattle yards

Could you use a snake bite vaccine for your working dog?

A LEADER in the development of snake antivenom believes a protective vaccine for dogs and cats could be developed using proven science and new COVID-19 inspired methods. Padula Serums Pty… Source: Sheep Central Could you use a snake bite vaccine for your working dog?

'No business, no money': Road closure leaves cattle farmers without income

The key access road in northern New South Wales has been closed to heavy vehicles for more than a month and local farmers say their incomes are taking a hit. Source: ABC Livestock ‘No business, no money’: Road closure leaves cattle farmers without income

Australian cattle prices to remain strong into 2021, says Rabo

Good seasons and low livestock numbers pushed the Australian cattle market to new price records through October and November, and strong prices are expected to continue into early 2021 despite COVID and trade concerns, according to a global report released today by Rabobank. Source: Beef Central Australian cattle prices to remain strong into 2021,… Read more »

New Victorian animal welfare legislation on the way

VICTORIA’S livestock producers have less than two weeks to give feedback on Victorian Government proposals for a new animal welfare Act. Source: Sheep Central New Victorian animal welfare legislation on the way

2020 bull sales: 10pc increase in numbers sold at auction

A combination of more bulls being catalogued for sale by bull breeders, and dramatically higher sale clearance rates has driven a 10pc increase in the number of bulls sold at auction this year across Australia. Source: Beef Central 2020 bull sales: 10pc increase in numbers sold at auction

Exporting animal welfare to Vietnam

Animal welfare laws consistent with Australian expectations for the treatment of cattle exported overseas will be enshrined in Vietnam, with the help of Australia’s livestock export industry. Source: Beef Central Exporting animal welfare to Vietnam

Cattle Council searches for ‘best in the business’

Cattle Council of Australia is calling for expressions of interest to join the CCA Pilot Policy Council and working groups in 2021. Source: Beef Central Cattle Council searches for ‘best in the business’

Next year’s cattle price trend hinges heavily on delivery of wet season

If La Nina delivers widespread rainfall in coming months, cattle prices are forecast to ease from all-time highs by mid-2021 – but a failed wet season and return to dry conditions for southern Australia would see prices decline by an estimated 30 percent by late 2021, a forecast released this morning says. Source: Beef… Read more »

Change the only constant in an industry where not all can survive

In an industry characterised by constant change, competing and evolving is key for dairy. Some changes are forced upon farmers, but proactive changes can deliver dividends. Source: ABC Livestock Change the only constant in an industry where not all can survive

Year of two halves for co-op meat processor NCMC, after $8.2m profit

It was a year of sharply contrasting halves for NSW meat processor Northern Cooperative Meat Co, which announced an $8.2 million profit after tax for the 2020 financial year to shareholders at its annual general meeting in Casino recently. Source: Beef Central Year of two halves for co-op meat processor NCMC, after .2m profit

Goat breeders need to test new visual assessment app

TESTING of a new visual assessment app for goats is being expanded to involve interested breeder groups, breed societies and individual breeders. Source: Sheep Central Goat breeders need to test new visual assessment app

Livestock producers urged to make bushfire plans now

VICTORIAN farmers have been reminded of the importance of being prepared and having a bushfire plan in place for their livestock. Source: Sheep Central Livestock producers urged to make bushfire plans now

Webinar: Northern Breeding Business – Launching a better future for northern breeding herds

A webinar scheduled for Wednesday next week will introduce Northern Breeding Business, a producer-designed and led extension, adoption and research program aimed at increasing breeding herd performance and reducing calf mortality in northern Australia. Source: Beef Central Webinar: Northern Breeding Business – Launching a better future for northern breeding herds

WA considers an end to mandatory cattle branding

Western Australian livestock owners, industry and the community are being encouraged to provide feedback on a proposal to make earmarking and branding of stock optional. Source: Beef Central WA considers an end to mandatory cattle branding

Police investigate suspected poisoning of 75 calves

Detectives investigate whether or not calves on a Victorian rural property were poisoned and are waiting for autopsy reports. Source: ABC Livestock Police investigate suspected poisoning of 75 calves

How a small dairy co-op grew to be a homegrown food heavyweight

Bega Cheese’s move to acquire household dairy names and shore up its Australian product portfolio positions it nicely for international expansion, say insiders. Source: ABC Livestock How a small dairy co-op grew to be a homegrown food heavyweight

The 'Dalmatian sheep' and other memorable tales from an ABC Rural reporter

As ABC Rural celebrates 75 years, Eyre Peninsula reporter Brooke Neindorf gives an insight into the highs and lows of the job, the challenges of filing from remote areas and the stories that have stayed with her. Source: ABC Livestock The ‘Dalmatian sheep’ and other memorable tales from an ABC Rural reporter

On-farm breakthrough in goat worm testing

GOAT producers can undertake rapid on-farm worm egg count testing without having to send dung samples away to laboratories, a study of a new diagnostic technology has found. Source: Sheep Central On-farm breakthrough in goat worm testing

How high can cattle prices go? 1000c/kg EYCI ‘entirely possible,’ says NAB

While it is ‘entirely possible’ that the EYCI will reach 1000c/kg in early 2021, it likely to be unsustainable if achieved, NAB Agribusiness says in its latest monthly report. Already expensive compared to our competitors, a drier second half of 2021 will likely result in downward trend in Australian cattle prices into the second half… Read more »

Sacred Cow film debunks anti-meat myths

There’s a debate out there about whether or not we should be eating meat. But what if we’re arguing about the wrong thing? What if the very animals we’re fighting about are a key piece of fixing what’s broken? Source: Beef Central Sacred Cow film debunks anti-meat myths

Bega Cheese buys Lion Dairy from Japan's Kirin

Bega Cheese emerges from a trading halt, announcing it will buy Lion Dairy and Drink from Japanese beverage giant Kirin. Source: ABC Livestock Bega Cheese buys Lion Dairy from Japan’s Kirin

Weekly property review: Late season surge in northern cattle listings

The end of the long dry season, before the arrival of the wet, may seem an unusual time for extensive Northern Australian cattle properties to be hitting the market, but a string of them have done so over the past few weeks. In this week’s property review, industry contacts look at what’s driving it. … Read more »

Determining long-term carrying capacity

Knowing the long-term carrying capacity of a property or paddock is essential information for managers of extensive grazing businesses. While it is a contentious issue, there is an established, evidence-based process for estimating long term carrying capacity. Source: Beef Central Determining long-term carrying capacity

North/South seasonal contrasts provide big exodus of QLD young cattle

Ongoing dry conditions in northern Australia and near-irresistible high prices in 2020 has seen a dramatic rise in the numbers of young cattle offered out of Queensland through AuctionsPlus this year, with weaner and yearling listings up 159pc, year to date. Source: Beef Central North/South seasonal contrasts provide big exodus of QLD young cattle

MLA launches new summer and wet season information hubs

SEASONAL on-farm decisions by sheep, cattle and goat producers are being supported by Meat & Livestock Australia’s new summer and wet season information hubs. Source: Sheep Central MLA launches new summer and wet season information hubs

Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

Scientists are working to develop robotic principles that could help the red meat processing sector boost its global competitiveness – using technologies developed for use in human surgical procedures. Source: Beef Central Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is removing the requirement to include registration numbers from Class 3 Livestock Vehicle permits from December 1. Source: Beef Central Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

MLA summer and wet season resource hubs now online

Producers can now access regionally-relevant resources to support seasonal on-farm decision making this summer with the launch of both a Summer Hub for southern producers and Northern Wet Season Hub on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) website. Source: Beef Central MLA summer and wet season resource hubs now online