Category: Livestock

WA sheep and cattle fund releases grants for wild dog control

GAPS in wild dog control activities within Western Australia’s dog-fenced areas will be addressed by industry-funded grants announced today. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep and cattle fund releases grants for wild dog control

Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Victorian cattle breeders could miss out on access to a live export contract for thousands of cattle to be sent to Kazakhstan because of government red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Mock African swine fever outbreak tested in 'Exercise Razorback'

If African Swine Fever gets into Australia what happens next? Authorities have played out a mock scenario to work out how to best handle an outbreak. Source: ABC Livestock Mock African swine fever outbreak tested in ‘Exercise Razorback’

Pictures show emaciated Australian cattle in Indonesian Govt breeding program

Photographs have emerged showing Australian breeders in emaciated condition in Indonesia, raising renewed questions about the lack of welfare assurances for Australian breeding cattle exported to foreign countries. Source: Beef Central Pictures show emaciated Australian cattle in Indonesian Govt breeding program

Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding pig owners that every property with livestock is legally required to have a Property Identification Code or PIC. Source: Sheep Central Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

Disturbing pictures show fate of Australian cattle sold to Indonesian Government

Hundreds of Australian cattle sold to the Indonesian Government in 2018 for breeding are malnourished or dead. Images obtained by the ABC show the rotting corpses of animals that could have bred for several years. Source: ABC Livestock Disturbing pictures show fate of Australian cattle sold to Indonesian Government

Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Agribusiness consultant Ian McLean from Bush Agribusiness offers his thoughts on the industry’s Red Meat 2030 document, and what it means for priority setting over the next decade. Source: Beef Central Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Reinforcing the magic of red meat for Australian athletes

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) have entered into a new partnership to develop practical nutrition resources designed to help Australians enjoy red meat as part of a healthy diet. Source: Beef Central Reinforcing the magic of red meat for Australian athletes

Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

INDUSTRY veteran Gary Hardwick has been appointed chairman of the peak processing, wholesale, retail and smallgoods body, the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Sheep Central Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

Israel animal activists release footage secretly filmed on WA cattle properties

Pressure on Australia’s livestock export trade to Israel is mounting again following the release of footage in the country allegedly showing Australian cattle being mistreated on Western Australian cattle properties. Source: Beef Central Israel animal activists release footage secretly filmed on WA cattle properties

Cattle productivity webinars to focus on injectable trace minerals

Upcoming webinars will focus on recent advances in trace mineral research which have delivered productivity benefits from the use of injectable trace minerals in cattle. Source: Beef Central Cattle productivity webinars to focus on injectable trace minerals

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

The cattle market reset seems to have come as a surprise to many considering the continued commentary around demand for 90CL grinding beef and the Chinese export market. Meanwhile, the southern industry is gearing up for the annual weaner cycle with large sales set to fire up immediately after the festive break. Source: Beef… Read more »

Runaway cow escapes slaughter, is rehomed on family farm

In a journey of a lifetime, “Daisy” the cow escaped from a cattle truck travelling from the Northern Territory to South Australia for slaughter, and will now help rebuild a drought-stricken family farm. Source: ABC Livestock Runaway cow escapes slaughter, is rehomed on family farm

AgForce: Lay pregnancy testing major win for Qld cattle industry

AgForce Cattle President Will Wilson has described Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner’s decision to allow certified producers to able to conduct pregnancy tests and ovarian scanning on their cattle as a major win for Queensland’s $5 billion cattle industry. Source: Beef Central AgForce: Lay pregnancy testing major win for Qld cattle industry

Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has released a summary of discussions held during a meeting of industry and Government signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra on November 27. Source: Beef Central Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

'Pretty bloody hard': Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

With running costs out of control due to the pressure of the drought, a well-known dairy in north-eastern NSW has no choice but to close, and it’s not just the farm workers who will feel the effects. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Pretty bloody hard’: Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

Meatworks in Northern Territory reopens after 16 years

The Northern Territory’s cattle industry once again has a large commercial abattoir, with the Batchelor meatworks officially reopened. Source: ABC Livestock Meatworks in Northern Territory reopens after 16 years

MLA launches accelerated adoption initiative for levy payers

SHEEP, cattle and goat levy-payers can get a wide range of Meat & Livestock Australia’s products and services delivered directly at no cost under its accelerated adoption initiative. Source: Sheep Central MLA launches accelerated adoption initiative for levy payers

Bushfire-affected farmers get help to rebuild fencing

BlazeAid’s fencing support welcomed by farmers whose properties have been devastated by fires in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. Source: ABC Livestock Bushfire-affected farmers get help to rebuild fencing

Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

Queensland has joined other mainland Australian states with government approval announced yesterday for suitably trained and certified laymen to join veterinarians in providing pregnancy testing services to the cattle and live export industry. Source: Beef Central Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative commences  

Red meat livestock (Cattle, Sheep and Goat) levy-payers can now access a wide range of Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) products and services delivered directly to them at no cost following the commencement of the Accelerated Adoption Initiative. Source: Beef Central MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative commences  

Family-owned factory invests in dairy's future with the help of robots

At a desperate time for the dairy industry, a determined Sunshine Coast couple is staking their financial future on upgrading their processing plant and keeping local farms in business. Source: ABC Livestock Family-owned factory invests in dairy’s future with the help of robots

New online hub for Australia’s red meat integrity system

Livestock producers and supply chain stakeholders can now access information and resources for Australia’s red meat integrity system in the one location with the new Integrity Systems Company (ISC) website launched last week at Red Meat 2019 in Tamworth. Source: Beef Central New online hub for Australia’s red meat integrity system

ALRTA urges ministers to reject 11.8pc charge hike

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has called on Australian Transport Ministers to reject a proposal to increase heavy vehicle charges by 11.8pc. Source: Beef Central ALRTA urges ministers to reject 11.8pc charge hike

MLA MD Jason Strong’s views on anti-meat activism, alternative proteins

Eight months into his new job as Meat & Livestock Australia managing director and CEO, Jason Strong gave a frank and forthright account of his views on anti-meat activism and the perceived threat to red meat from plant based proteins during last week’s annual general meeting in Tamworth. Source: Sheep Central MLA MD Jason… Read more »

African Swine Fever detections continue at Australian airports

MEAT samples testing positive for African Swine Fever are continuing to be detected in the luggage of air passengers from high risk countries. Source: Sheep Central African Swine Fever detections continue at Australian airports

NT study exposes major benefits from phosphorus supplementation

The final calf-cycle in a four-year phosphorus supplementation study has produced the most compelling evidence yet of the contribution of phosphorus support in extensive northern Australian breeding herds. Source: Beef Central NT study exposes major benefits from phosphorus supplementation

MLA MD Jason Strong’s views on anti-meat activism, alternative proteins

Eight months into his new job as Meat & Livestock Australia managing director and CEO, Jason Strong gave a frank and forthright account of his views on anti-meat activism and the perceived threat to red meat from plant based proteins during last week’s annual general meeting in Tamworth. Source: Beef Central MLA MD Jason… Read more »

Chinese company to take over Dairy Farmers and Aussie dairy icons for $600m

The Chinese company, which recently took over Bellamy’s, wants to pay $600 million to Japanese beverage giant Kirin for Dairy Farmers, Masters and Pura and other dairy icons. Source: ABC Livestock Chinese company to take over Dairy Farmers and Aussie dairy icons for 0m

Consumers still love red meat, but some feel ‘conflicted’

Latest data from long running consumer research confirms most Australians still love red meat, but are increasingly conflicted by messaging indicating it is unhealthy and bad for the environment. Source: Beef Central Consumers still love red meat, but some feel ‘conflicted’

I fell for a plucky rooster called Percy — and then a card was slipped under my door

If you’re drawn, inexorably, towards a particularly fine-looking chook, intoxicated with its pizzazz and personality, trust me, it’s a rooster and your heart is about to break, writes Fiona Scott-Norman. Source: ABC Livestock I fell for a plucky rooster called Percy — and then a card was slipped under my door

Numbers surge to near-record 15,000 head on AuctionsPlus

Listing numbers on AuctionsPlus have surged to near record high levels this week, lifting by 30 percent to more than 15,000 head in catalogues across the four cattle sales. The sharp, drought-driven jump in offerings saw the overall clearance fall slightly. Source: Beef Central Numbers surge to near-record 15,000 head on AuctionsPlus

MLA AGM questions: What’s bugging red meat stakeholders?

The impact of African Swine Fever on global meat trade, the MLA board election process, dung beetle research funding and the wisdom of engaging with environmental and animal welfare activists were among the broad suite of topics occupying the minds of red meat industry stakeholders during questiontime at this week’s MLA annual general meeting in… Read more »

Fewer, bigger, bolder: Jason Strong unveils new MLA plan

“Fewer, Bigger, Bolder” will become Meat & Livestock Australia’s mantra as it works to achieve a new industry goal of doubling the value of Australian red meat sales by 2030, Jason Strong announced in his first address as managing director to the MLA AGM in Tamworth on Wednesday. Source: Sheep Central Fewer, bigger, bolder:… Read more »

MLA AGM endorses the new and the re-elected

A new boardmember and two incumbents returning for a second three-year term were endorsed by levy payers during Meat & Livestock Australia’s annual general meeting in Tamworth on Wednesday afternoon. Source: Sheep Central MLA AGM endorses the new and the re-elected

Cattle saved from drought and fire thanks to kind neighbours

In a practical example of helping farmers, members of a small suburban community help a farmer move cattle out of a scorched paddock to greener pastures. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle saved from drought and fire thanks to kind neighbours

Farmers call for more firepower to fight ferals in drought

Farmers in remote WA say they need access to high-powered, self-loading rifles to better control destructive pests such as camels and wild horses. Source: ABC Grain Farmers call for more firepower to fight ferals in drought

NT buffalo population on the rise, with 161,000 feral animals roaming the Top End

They destroy wetlands and spread weeds, but they’re also a sought-after export. As buffalo numbers rise in the NT, authorities and industry are trying to work together to combat the problem. Source: ABC Livestock NT buffalo population on the rise, with 161,000 feral animals roaming the Top End

Fewer, bigger, bolder: Jason Strong unveils new MLA plan

“Fewer, Bigger, Bolder” will become Meat & Livestock Australia’s mantra as it works to achieve a new industry goal of doubling the value of Australian red meat sales by 2030, Jason Strong announced in his first address as managing director to the MLA AGM in Tamworth on Wednesday. Source: Beef Central Fewer, bigger, bolder:… Read more »

Three new or returning boardmembers for MLA following AGM

A new boardmember and two incumbents returning for a second three-year term were endorsed by levy payers during Meat & Livestock Australia’s annual general meeting in Tamworth this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Three new or returning boardmembers for MLA following AGM

RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

AUSTRALIA’S red meat sector is seeing the emergence of a cultural shift in the way adoption of research and development is conducted, the opening session of Meat & Livestock Australia’s Red Meat 2019 event in Tamworth was told on Tuesday. Source: Sheep Central RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

NAB will no longer lend to businesses breaching animal welfare standards

National Australia Bank is the first of the big four banks to crack down on poor treatment of animals by implementing animal welfare principles that will guide future lending decisions. Source: ABC Livestock NAB will no longer lend to businesses breaching animal welfare standards

RED MEAT 2019: Customers backing red meat despite softer economy

A softer Australian economy is putting pressure on household budgets, but despite higher prices sales of premium red meat products are holding up, a domestic market forum at Red Meat 2019 heard this morning. Source: Beef Central RED MEAT 2019: Customers backing red meat despite softer economy

RED MEAT 2019: Research call to identify pain relief ‘gold standard’

A veterinarian has urged research to be fast-tracked to enable producers to effectively compare the various pain relief products now available for livestock. Source: Beef Central RED MEAT 2019: Research call to identify pain relief ‘gold standard’

Chris lives and works on a Chinese-owned farm and says it's a better fit for his family

China’s buyers are keen to capitalise on Tasmania’s clean, green image. And while some big-name dairy acquisitions have left a sour taste for some, there are plenty who have welcomed the investment. Source: ABC Livestock Chris lives and works on a Chinese-owned farm and says it’s a better fit for his family

Foundation in memory of young cattle industry leader to focus on regeneration

A year after the tragic death of young Queensland cattle industry leader Lachlan Hughes, a charity foundation has been established in his memory with a focus on furthering his passion for regenerative agricultural practices. Source: Beef Central Foundation in memory of young cattle industry leader to focus on regeneration

RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

Australia’s red meat sector is seeing the emergence of a cultural shift in the way adoption of research and development is conducted, the opening session of Meat & Livestock Australia’s two-day Red Meat 2019 event in Tamworth heard morning. Source: Beef Central RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

The Australian lab working to halt the spread of a global disease

Behind the airtight doors of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, scientists are working to stop the spread of African swine fever. Source: ABC Livestock The Australian lab working to halt the spread of a global disease

NSW DPI urges farmers to seek bushfire assistance

BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED landholders needing animal welfare assistance, including emergency fodder, water and veterinary care are being urged to call the NSW Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647. Source: Sheep Central NSW DPI urges farmers to seek bushfire assistance

CCA restructure on hold as wider red meat reform plays out

The Cattle Council of Australia’s planned move to a directly elected board is still a work in progress but will not get across the line at this week’s annual general meeting in Tamworth. Source: Beef Central CCA restructure on hold as wider red meat reform plays out

Why are researchers painting zebra stripes on cattle?

Japanese researchers have conducted a unique experiment to test if stripes can provide the same benefits for cattle that they do for zebras. Source: Beef Central Why are researchers painting zebra stripes on cattle?

African Swine Fever “overwhelms” global protein outlook, but Aus producers set to benefit

Australian beef and sheepmeat prices are set to remain strong in 2020, as African Swine Fever continues to grip the global animal protein sector and pull down overall sectoral growth, according to Rabobank’s just-released Global Animal Protein Outlook 2020. Source: Beef Central African Swine Fever “overwhelms” global protein outlook, but Aus producers set to… Read more »

Has 2019 been a turning point year for live exports?

2019 shaped as one of the most challenging years in the Australian livestock export industry’s history, but may have proven to be one of the most important for its future. Source: Beef Central Has 2019 been a turning point year for live exports?

Cheeses recalled because of E. coli levels found during routine testing

Cheese lovers are being urged to return or dispose of camembert and brie varieties which have been found to include high levels of the E. coli bacteria. Source: ABC Livestock Cheeses recalled because of E. coli levels found during routine testing

Drought-stricken farmer performing caesareans on his cows

The drought is causing at least one farmer to try to save his cattle by performing caesarean sections on cows too weak to deliver. Source: ABC Livestock Drought-stricken farmer performing caesareans on his cows

Producers reminded to use CVDs as drought continues

With many regions across the country facing ongoing drought conditions, livestock producers purchasing fodder and grain are being urged to seek a Commodity Vendor Declaration (CVD). Source: Beef Central Producers reminded to use CVDs as drought continues

$280m commitment in new Brisbane further-processing meat facility

A new $280 million meat further-processing and distribution facility in south-east Queensland was officially opened yesterday, servicing the growing needs of Woolworths supermarkets across eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central 0m commitment in new Brisbane further-processing meat facility

Farmers pour 4,000l of milk down the drain as bushfires cut power

A dairy farming couple is forced to drain nearly 4,000 litres of milk — over 11 milkings — after bushfires left their property without electricity for days. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers pour 4,000l of milk down the drain as bushfires cut power

Feedlots start cutting back on numbers, as stock water reaches critical levels

Feedlots in some of the most seriously drought-impacted regions of eastern Australia have started reducing numbers on feed, as surface and underground supplies used for stock water reach a trigger-point. Source: Beef Central Feedlots start cutting back on numbers, as stock water reaches critical levels

Drought impacts on 2019 MSA index performance, but broader trend is up

Drought has had an inevitable impact on MSA eating quality index performance in 2018-19, however the longer-term trend remains up. The national average MSA Index figure last financial year was 57.62, down from about 57.75 the year before, but still improving 0.73 index points since 2010-11. Source: Beef Central Drought impacts on 2019 MSA… Read more »

‘Dumb is expensive’: make things better by making things different

Keeping an open mind – and avoiding premature evaluation of an idea – is essential to the process of effectively embracing change, founder of Minds at Work, Jason Clarke, told the recent LIVEXchange conference in Townsville. Source: Beef Central ‘Dumb is expensive’: make things better by making things different

After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

The Federal Government sent Suki the sniffer dog to Darwin because of concerns about African swine fever, but in one month she has found more than just pork. Source: ABC Grain After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

NSW expertise brings irrigation and dryland farming to Qld’s Gulf country

Harnessing occasional floodwaters for irrigation and dryland farming appears to be a step closer in far north Queensland, with a NSW father and son partnering-up to bring their farming expertise to the region, paying almost $25 million for land and water licenses for a large-scale northern cattle breeding and finishing property on the Flinders River. … Read more »

WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

WA’s Attorney General says he went back to the drawing board on his long awaited draft farm trespass legislation following ABC 7.30’s investigation into the horse racing industry. Source: ABC Livestock WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing and production

THE benefits of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program to major processors are far-reaching and span from on-farm production to the end consumer, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Sheep Central MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing and production

New merged ag entity to become wool and livestock force

UP TO 30 percent of Australia’s wool clip and livestock numbers is set to sold by a North American company, with the launching of a rebranded merged Ruralco-Landmark entity today. Source: Sheep Central New merged ag entity to become wool and livestock force

Landmark and Ruralco rebrand announced

Merged rural service companies Ruralco and Landmark will have their agricultural retail businesses rebranded as Nutrien Ag Solutions, it was announced today. Source: Beef Central Landmark and Ruralco rebrand announced

Intercollegiate Meat Judging to return to Rocky in 2020

The Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Northern Conference and Competition will return to Rockhampton in 2020, with dates now in place for its second edition after this year’s successful inaugural event. Source: Beef Central Intercollegiate Meat Judging to return to Rocky in 2020

Government's fodder announcement raises questions

The Federal Government’s plan to put 100 gigalitres towards animal feed raises more questions than answers for the fodder industry. Source: ABC Livestock Government’s fodder announcement raises questions

Meat wholesale business remains in administration, with debts above $5m

A Queensland-based meat wholesale business remains in voluntary administration this week, after creditors expressed opposition to a Deed of Company Arrangement proposed during a meeting on Friday. Source: Beef Central Meat wholesale business remains in administration, with debts above m

Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Oktober 2019

Also in today’s October 2019 update: Chinese ASF epidemic results in sharp pork price rises as supply collapses and new a FMD outbreak in Thailand pushes cattle prices down. Source: Beef Central Laporan Pasar: Industri Daging Sapi Asia Tenggara – Oktober 2019

SE Asia Report: New 5pc breeder formula allows feeder permits to flow

Also in today’s October 2019 update: Chinese ASF epidemic results in sharp pork price rises as supply collapses and new a FMD outbreak in Thailand pushes cattle prices down. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: New 5pc breeder formula allows feeder permits to flow

Ham and pork will cost you more this Christmas, and other meat prices are set to follow

The African swine fever pandemic is creating an unparalleled global meat shortage, which means Australian consumers can expect to fork out more for meat this Christmas and perhaps the next few after that. Source: ABC Livestock Ham and pork will cost you more this Christmas, and other meat prices are set to follow

Indonesia reports first African Swine Fever outbreak

As the viral disease continues to spread across southeast Asia, Indonesia has reported its first outbreak of African Swine Fever, with reports of up to 4000 pigs dying at several sites near Medan, in Northern Sumatra. Source: Beef Central Indonesia reports first African Swine Fever outbreak

Long road to recovery ahead for NT producers

Cattle producers in Australia’s red centre are adept at running cattle in arid conditions, but even their resilience is being tested by this record drought, with at least three years until any substantial income can be generated again after the drought finally breaks. Source: Beef Central Long road to recovery ahead for NT producers

Analysis: China at crossroads in rebuilding its pork industry, post ASF

Dramatic changes may lie ahead for China’s pork industry, if it is to start the long and slow recovery process from African Swine Fever, independent meat analyst Simon Quilty reports… Source: Beef Central Analysis: China at crossroads in rebuilding its pork industry, post ASF

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – October 2019

Chris Howie’s monthly update of southern livestock market trends and emerging opportunities explores supply chain engagement opportunities triggered by a long-awaited trip across the ditch, and flags a significant supply shortage looming in Southern Australia from the end February. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – October 2019

Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Legislation has now passed the Victorian Parliament clearing the way for mobile abattoirs to process meat on farms for commercial sale in the State. Source: Beef Central Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

What does Australia really think about the live export industry?

Beyond what the loudest voices say on social media, what does the middle 90 percent of community think about live exports? A new three year research program has been set in motion to find out. Source: Beef Central What does Australia really think about the live export industry?

Honey shortages and price hikes as fires and drought take their toll

The honey industry is facing hard times along with other producers, having taken a battering over recent years from the drought and a string of natural disasters. Source: ABC Livestock Honey shortages and price hikes as fires and drought take their toll