Category: Livestock

Dubbo goats sell $10-$15 cheaper with less restocker demand

GOATS sold up to $10-$15 cheaper at Dubbo’s quarterly goat sale last week as continued dry conditions limited restocker activity. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo goats sell – cheaper with less restocker demand

Red meat white paper: Where does Government stand?

A big unknown surrounding the red meat MoU review process currently underway is where the Federal Government stands. Source: Beef Central Red meat white paper: Where does Government stand?

The family-owned butcher that's bucking the retail trend

A butcher shop in South Australia’s Bordertown bucks the retail trend by changing with the times, and staying open for more than 80 years. Source: ABC Livestock The family-owned butcher that’s bucking the retail trend

Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

On the back of a successful launch event in Melbourne in April, organisers of the Australian chapter of Meat Business Women have announced the network’s second event this year, to be held in Brisbane in October. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

JBS in mood for growth, as 2Q pre-tax earnings hit record A$1.89b

Global meat protein giant JBS is in a mood for growth, shareholders were told as the company delivered record pre-tax earnings for its second quarter of R$5.1 billion – the equivalent of $1.89b in Australian currency. Source: Beef Central JBS in mood for growth, as 2Q pre-tax earnings hit record A.89b

Push to mass farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

The native Queensland seaweed that can stop bovines burping out methane could cut the country’s greenhouse emissions by 10 per cent, if it could be farmed on a scale to feed every cow in Australia, researchers say. Source: ABC Livestock Push to mass farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

TFI launches its first livestock certification program

SOUTH Australian based meat and food processor Thomas Foods International has launched a voluntary livestock certification program to improve transparency and verification for overseas customers. Source: Sheep Central TFI launches its first livestock certification program

WA farmers jailed over Illegal pork semen imports

The circumstances that led to the jailing of two west Australian pig farmers this week have highlighted the disturbing potential that exists for Australia’s livestock industries to be exposed to devastating disease outbreaks. Source: Beef Central WA farmers jailed over Illegal pork semen imports

Livestock carriers seek legal protection against animal activists

Australia’s livestock carriers want proposed federal agricultural protection trespass laws extended to protect them against animal activist attacks. Source: Beef Central Livestock carriers seek legal protection against animal activists

Farmers jailed for smuggling pig semen in shampoo bottles

Two WA pig producers are jailed over an illegal pig semen racket that spawned more than 2,000 piglets in Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers jailed for smuggling pig semen in shampoo bottles

Europe's campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

EU officials want to prevent Australian farmers from calling their cheese feta unless it comes from Greece. But efforts to restrict prosecco to only come from Italy face strong opposition. Source: ABC Livestock Europe’s campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

MLA members urged to return levy notices for voting rights

MEAT & Livestock Australia members are being encouraged to return their levies notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections held by MLA in 2019-20. Source: Sheep Central MLA members urged to return levy notices for voting rights

GPS tracking devices help underpin animal production claims

GPS tracking devices aren’t just revolutionising livestock monitoring and offering up a solution to cattle theft – they’re also delivering guaranteed best practice certifications for consumers. Farming technology company IDS Australasia’s ‘GFARM’ tracker, which works hand-in-hand with livestock management tools to draw on real-time information, is now commercially available to producers. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Outback droving families dying out as younger generations leave the industry

Generations of droving families have been running cattle through outback Queensland, but that could soon end as young people leave the regions in search of other opportunities. Source: ABC Livestock Outback droving families dying out as younger generations leave the industry

Townsville agent tops QLD’s Young Gun auctioneers

Ten young stock and station agents from across the state showcased their auctioneering talent at the 2019 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka earlier today. This year’s title was taken out by Liam Kirkwood, Ray White Livestock, Townsville, with Jack Henshaw, Elders, Goondiwindi runner-up. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

IPCC report – Red meat vital to global food security

Despite sparking a rash of mainstream headlines claiming a new report is urging the world to eat less meat or even ‘to go vegetarian’, an IPCC report published online overnight contains no mention of meat. Source: Sheep Central IPCC report – Red meat vital to global food security

Outback cattle station unveils major hemp plans

The NT Government gives the green light for famers to grow industrial hemp, with an outback cattle station expected to be the first one to start planting. Source: ABC Livestock Outback cattle station unveils major hemp plans

Weekly genetics review: Selection for temperament has a positive impact on fertility

The association with poor temperament in cattle is generally associated with issues around safety in handling cattle, the impact on other cattle within a group and importantly, and the issues associated with stress and reduced eating quality outcomes. However a large amount of research has been done, particularly in the US, to assess the impact… Read more »

Courses to boost Australia’s biosecurity response capacity

Australia’s government biosecurity personnel now have greater access to professional development and training through two qualifications developed as part of the Biosecurity Emergency Response Training Australia (BERTA) training and assessment materials project. Source: Beef Central Courses to boost Australia’s biosecurity response capacity

Welcome to Sheep Central’s new agtech platform

With the launch of a new standalone AgTech Central website today, the Ag Central team is endeavouring to help farmers and other industry stakeholders to find the information to help drive the uptake of important new efficiency-driving innovations…Read More Source: Sheep Central Welcome to Sheep Central’s new agtech platform

Meat processors condemn illegal abattoir operation

The operators of an alleged illegal slaughterhouse outside Melbourne should face the harshest available penalties, the Australian Meat Industry Council says…Read More Source: Beef Central Meat processors condemn illegal abattoir operation

National Rodeo Finals cancelled due to drought

Cowboys from around the country will be unable to compete at the National Rodeo Finals this year, after the event was cancelled. Source: ABC Livestock National Rodeo Finals cancelled due to drought

How Temple Grandin's autism gave her a 'cow's-eye view' of the world

As a child, doctors said she should be institutionalised, but Temple Grandin’s revolutionary ideas made her one of Time’s most influential people — and changed the lives of animals around the world. Source: ABC Livestock How Temple Grandin’s autism gave her a ‘cow’s-eye view’ of the world

Producers struggle to keep up with demand for goat meat

Consumers turn to goat meat as an alternative, but tough seasonal conditions, wild dogs, and destocking, see producers struggling to keep up with demand. Source: ABC Livestock Producers struggle to keep up with demand for goat meat

Summer live export ban extended as exporter faces animal cruelty charges

There are concerns, and equally hopes, that an extension to a ban on live sheep exports and cruelty charges against a live exporter are eroding the livestock exporting industry. Source: ABC Livestock Summer live export ban extended as exporter faces animal cruelty charges

ALEC welcomes bill to create livex Inspector General

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has welcomed the introduction of legislation to establish a Federal Inspector General for Live Animal Exports, describing the move as an important step towards driving cultural change and improved animal welfare outcomes…Read More Source: Beef Central ALEC welcomes bill to create livex Inspector General

SA family buys Red Centre station for almost $10 million

After three generations on the property, Mt Skinner Station north of Alice Springs has left family hands for the first time in its history. Source: ABC Livestock SA family buys Red Centre station for almost million

One of the great cattle kings of northern Australia dies, aged 88

At one point Peter Sherwin was the largest private landowner in the country, with about 300,000 head of cattle, spanning across 17 cattle stations. Source: ABC Livestock One of the great cattle kings of northern Australia dies, aged 88

Vale Peter Sherwin

Enigmatic Northern Australian pastoral legend Peter Sherwin has died in Brisbane, aged 88. At the height of his career, Mr Sherwin’s cattle empire covered a claimed 300,000 head of cattle on 17 northern properties. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Vale Peter Sherwin

Producers tap into ag innovation at livestock forum

Livestock producers have tapped into new research to improve productivity, profitability and animal welfare on their farms at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation’s Livestock Forum…Read More Source: Beef Central Producers tap into ag innovation at livestock forum

Qld abattoir death sparks investigation

A Queensland man has been killed while working at the Western Meat Exporters goat and mutton abattoir near Charleville…Read More Source: Beef Central Qld abattoir death sparks investigation

Australia joins lab-grown meat industry

Australia has become the latest country to join the emerging lab-grown meat industry, which so far has been dominated by food-tech start-ups in Europe, Israel and California’s Silicon Valley. Source: ABC Livestock Australia joins lab-grown meat industry

RTI documents contained allegations against wrong dairy

Documents containing allegations of animal cruelty were incorrectly released by Tasmania’s Primary Industries Department as part of a right to information request related to Australia’s largest dairy. Source: ABC Livestock RTI documents contained allegations against wrong dairy

Biosecurity boss 'not aware' of cruelty investigations at Chinese-owned dairy giant

Serious allegations of animal cruelty against Australia’s largest dairy company — including “eye gouging” of cows and the use of claw hammers to kill calves — have been repeatedly probed by Tasmania’s Biosecurity agency, however its boss tells a parliamentary estimates hearing he is “not aware of any complaints”. Source: ABC Livestock Biosecurity boss… Read more »

Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

A large scale collaborative family-owned grazing operation in western New South Wales is having a red hot crack at changing the Australian goat industry…Read More Source: Sheep Central Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

Hides market spirals to unprecedented depths

The global market for cattle hides continues to plummet to new depths, driven by a range of powerful supply and demand factors – the latest of which is the trade standoff between the US and China. The trend could start to impact on livestock prices, sources suggest ..Read More Source: Beef Central Hides market… Read more »

Milk processors compete for farmers in dairy heartland

For the first time, dairy farmers in the Bega Valley could have the opportunity to supply the fresh milk market as Lactalis and Saputo look to secure new suppliers. Source: ABC Livestock Milk processors compete for farmers in dairy heartland

Ag Dept concludes probe into livex “cash for cruelty” claims

The Department of Agriculture says its investigation into allegations that live export workers had been offered money by animal rights groups to obtain and leak footage of animal cruelty on export vessels has found no evidence to support the claims. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Ag Dept concludes probe into livex “cash for cruelty” claims

Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

A large scale collaborative family-owned grazing operation in western New South Wales is having a red hot crack at changing the Australian goat industry…Read More Source: Beef Central Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

Standard to ramp up livestock loading safety

It took a tragedy to instigate but six years later work is progressing to develop a national standard to improve livestock loading ramp safety…Read More Source: Beef Central Standard to ramp up livestock loading safety

Cattle truck effluent spills a ‘terrible advertisement’

Concerns about the potential for livestock effluent spills from trucks onto city streets, traffic and pedestrians has again created headlines after a Melbourne City councillor called for cattle and sheep trucks to be banned from using a key arterial road in the city…Read More Source: Beef Central Cattle truck effluent spills a ‘terrible advertisement’

Webinar opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to Meat Industry Strategic Plan

As part of the development of a bold new Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2030, a digital consultation process is being held next week via webinars, providing all industry stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute to, and provide feedback about the process…Read More Source: Beef Central Webinar opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to Meat Industry… Read more »

August 30 deadline for Producer Demonstration Site applications

Livestock producer groups interested in running local projects to validate the on-farm benefits of research and development findings have until the end of August to apply for funding…Read More Source: Beef Central August 30 deadline for Producer Demonstration Site applications

MLA’s National Goat Roadshow is returning to Victoria first

MEAT & Livestock Australia’s National Goat Roadshow will return with a series of events starting in Victoria next month…Read More Source: Sheep Central MLA’s National Goat Roadshow is returning to Victoria first

Prime time for feral pig control

Landholders are being urged to take the opportunity presented by drought to control pigs and reduce the risk of disease and stock feed losses. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Prime time for feral pig control

Future Drought Fund passes Parliament

The National Farmers’ Federation has heralded the passing of the Future Drought Fund in the House of Representatives overnight, which it says ushers in a new era in drought preparedness support for farmers…Read More Source: Beef Central Future Drought Fund passes Parliament

Rural property market set to come off the boil, says Rabo

The heat is set to come out of Australia’s ‘on-fire’ agricultural land market – with increased property availability and decreasing farm operating profits forecast to slow price growth in the coming 18 months, lender Rabobank says…Read More Source: Beef Central Rural property market set to come off the boil, says Rabo

Fines pressure mounts on farm activists in NSW and nationally

NEW on-the-spot farm trespass fines in New South Wales have been welcomed as federal Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie calls for bi-partisan support for farmers standing against activists…Read More Source: Sheep Central Fines pressure mounts on farm activists in NSW and nationally

Grassland members elect Meg and Georgina to rejuvenate society

NEW Grassland Society of Southern Australia president Meg Bell hopes to reinvigorate branches across three states to shore-up the society’s future…Read More Source: Sheep Central Grassland members elect Meg and Georgina to rejuvenate society

Tourism and hospitality investor to join AA Co board

Dutch-American tourism and hospitality industry investor and executive, Marc Blazer, is set to join the Australian Agricultural Co board following its annual general meeting in Brisbane later this month…Read More Source: Beef Central Tourism and hospitality investor to join AA Co board

Push for national farm insurance scheme

The NSW Government has announced it will spearhead a campaign to establish a nation-wide income protection scheme for farmers…Read More Source: Grain Central Push for national farm insurance scheme

Charges laid over cattle yard theft

Detectives have charged a man after he allegedly stole portable panels from a set of cattle yards on a remote property in north west Queensland…Read More Source: Beef Central Charges laid over cattle yard theft

NSW Govt enacts hefty fines for farm invasion

The New South Wales Government’s introduction of hefty new on-the-spot farm trespass fines targeting animal activists recognises the risk of biosecurity breaches caused by animal activists invading family farms, industry representative bodies say…Read More Source: Beef Central NSW Govt enacts hefty fines for farm invasion

Big flood, but next to no rain — welcome to the Channel Country

Floodwaters more than 50 kilometres wide came through Queensland’s Channel Country earlier this year, but the extended weather forecast is not promising a return to average rainfalls. Source: ABC Livestock Big flood, but next to no rain — welcome to the Channel Country

I wanted to see the drought for myself. I didn't expect to see this

This week I took a 900km trip through regional Australia to see for myself how bad the drought was. These are the five things I have learnt, writes Michael Rowland. Source: ABC Livestock I wanted to see the drought for myself. I didn’t expect to see this

Submissions sought for Victorian animal activism inquiry

VICTORIAN farmers are being called on to make submissions to a state government inquiry into the impact of animal activism…Read More Source: Sheep Central Submissions sought for Victorian animal activism inquiry

Tackling 1000km endurance ride across Mongolia for charity

AN intrepid young horse enthusiast from Central Queensland is about to embark on the experience of a lifetime, competing in this year’s 1000km Mongolia Derby endurance horse ride. Twenty-one year..Read More Source: Sheep Central Tackling 1000km endurance ride across Mongolia for charity

Transparency, return on investment key to success for ag groups

A new Nuffield research report has put the spotlight on how different agricultural groups from around the world are structured and represented in order to advance the position of farmers on a political, social and economic stage. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Transparency, return on investment key to success for ag groups

Eagles swooped on a primary school's chickens, and then the lesson began

Opportunistic wedge-tailed eagles have been making a dent in a Tasmanian farm school’s chicken flock, prompting the school to turn an upsetting situation for students into a learning tool. Source: ABC Livestock Eagles swooped on a primary school’s chickens, and then the lesson began

Movement at the Station – Recent property listings

Riverina history up for grabs, in the $11-$12m range | First class Darling River country on offer | NSW lotfeeding opportunity relisted | Breeding aggregation for cattle or sheep | Good grass on Waterview | Diversity on offer on the Barcoo..Read More Source: Beef Central Movement at the Station – Recent property listings

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 July 2019

Several strong cold fronts generated moderate to heavy falls in southeast Australia, and snow in Alpine regions. Showers produced moderate falls along the north tropical coast and in central Queensland…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 July 2019

Tom Bull at ICMJ: Lessons from a livestock leader

Tom Bull didn’t have a farm to go home to when he graduated from ag college, and knew he would have to find his own way to succeed in agriculture. 20 years later, it seems safe to say he found it…Read More Source: Beef Central Tom Bull at ICMJ: Lessons from a livestock leader

Agtech: Cattle sales using immersive technology on the horizon

Immersive technology can be used as a tool to build trust between livestock buyers and sellers, AuctionsPlus chief executive officer Angus Street told a conference in Melbourne on Thursday. AuctionsPlus is planning to hold livestock sales using immersive technology within 12 months, but not initially for commercial sheep or cattle sales…Read More Source: Beef… Read more »

Webinar: Smarter finance for smart farmers

A free webinar discussing a suite of attractive low-interest farm business loan options launched recently by the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) will be held on Thursday, August 1…Read More Source: Beef Central Webinar: Smarter finance for smart farmers

Vegan activism, animal welfare and sustainability on VFF Livestock agenda

VEGAN activism, glyphosate use, animal welfare and mulesing will be among the issues discussed at the Victorian Farmers Federatrion Livestock Group’s annual meeting in Melbourne on July 24…Read More Source: Sheep Central Vegan activism, animal welfare and sustainability on VFF Livestock agenda

Elders makes $187m bid to buy rural wholesaler AIRR

As the takeover of Ruralco by Landmark-owner Nutrien moves toward creating a rural merchandise retailing and wholesaling behemoth in Australia, Elders Limited has announced an acquisition move that will extend its own competitive footprint beyond rural retailing and into wholesaling as well…Read More Source: Sheep Central Elders makes 7m bid to buy rural wholesaler… Read more »

Elders to buy rural wholesaler AIRR

As the takeover of Ruralco by Landmark-owner Nutrien moves toward creating a rural merchandise retailing and wholesaling behemoth in Australia, Elders Limited has announced an acquisition move that will extend its own competitive footprint beyond rural retailing and into wholesaling as well…Read More Source: Grain Central Elders to buy rural wholesaler AIRR

Adelaide Uni student claims top meat judging prize, as ICMJ celebrates 30 years

More than 150 students from tertiary institutions across Australia and overseas, 38 coaches, multiple industry sponsors, supporters and alumni attending the 2019 Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging annual event in Wagga last week. Individual overall champion was Kate Werfel from the University of Adelaide, and runner-up, Kieran Smith from University of New England…Read More Source: Beef… Read more »

Honey producers hand-feed hives in desperate bid to save bees

Beekeepers in New South Wales are hand-feeding their hives as the drought cripples the bees’ ability to make honey, with a shortage expected to sting consumers at the checkout. Source: ABC Livestock Honey producers hand-feed hives in desperate bid to save bees

Recruitment: Migrant workers are critical to agriculture’s future

In the last decade or so, new visa pathways have opened up to attract new immigrant workers and their families to the Australian bush. Increased chances of selection attracts permanent skilled immigrants to accept employment in regional and rural towns…Read More Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Migrant workers are critical to agriculture’s future

Immersive technologies to build trust in online AuctionsPlus platform

IMMERSIVE technology is a tool to build trust between livestock buyers and sellers, AuctionsPlus chief executive officer Angus Street told a conference in Melbourne yesterday. AuctionsPlus — the nation’s largest..Read More Source: Sheep Central Immersive technologies to build trust in online AuctionsPlus platform

Virtual Reality bus boffin says immerse to build new ag workforce

TIM Gentle knows now that people want to touch agriculture and he believes immersive technologies are the answer to people truly feeling farming…Read More Source: Sheep Central Virtual Reality bus boffin says immerse to build new ag workforce

Tips to improve MSA compliance for Queensland producers

As Queensland beef producers targeting Meat Standards Australia requirements face what is historically the most challenging time of the year for meeting compliance, some timely tips to help improve compliance have been compiled for producers…Read More Source: Beef Central Tips to improve MSA compliance for Queensland producers

Recruitment: Why migrant workers are critical to the future of agriculture

Migrant workers are critical to the future of Australian agriculture, argues Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics at UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney..Read More Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Why migrant workers are critical to the future of agriculture