Category: Livestock

MLA members elect agri-food specialist to board

MEAT and Livestock Australia members have elected two directors to the MLA board last week During the AGM on 25 November, MLA members also elected a cattle producer representatives to… Source: Sheep Central MLA members elect agri-food specialist to board

Vets who treated sick dogs fear there's more toxic meat in freezers

In June, a Victorian veterinarian clinic started seeing dogs with a mystery illness. A week later they were inundated with sick animals.  Source: ABC Livestock Vets who treated sick dogs fear there’s more toxic meat in freezers

Stanbroke’s Miranda Downs sets national property record at $215m

It was confirmed this week that Stanbroke’s showcase Gulf of Carpentaria grazing property Miranda Downs changed hands for $215 million, setting an Australian record for a single grazing property transaction. The price was considerably higher than the figure of ‘well in excess of $160m’ quoted when contracts were written back in June. Source: Beef… Read more »

Red Meat Advisory Council takes more assertive public path in 2021

From pushing back against banks over discriminatory lending practices to leading the charge against misleading labelling of plant-based proteins, the Red Meat Advisory Council has taken a strategically more assertive path in its approach to red meat industry affairs in the past year. Source: Beef Central Red Meat Advisory Council takes more assertive public… Read more »

Carcoar’s working dog challenge and sale to be livestreamed

A PROMISE of big money has attracted Australia’s top working dog trainers and breeders to the inaugural Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange Working Dog Challenge at Carcoar. Source: Sheep Central Carcoar’s working dog challenge and sale to be livestreamed

Banks move to announce “agri green-loan” schemes

With reducing emissions at the top of the agenda this year, several banks have come forward in recent weeks to announce “agri green-loan” schemes. Source: Beef Central Banks move to announce “agri green-loan” schemes

Drive to invest in new knowledge and technology, MLA shareholders told at AGM

MLA will launch a Carbon Neutral Red Meat Product Catalogue targeted at producers in coming weeks, as part of its Carbon Neutral by 2030 commitment. Managing director Jason Strong outlined the new project while discussing CN30 developments during this afternoon’s MLA annual general meeting, held online for the second consecutive year. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Inflation, sustainability and ASF to drive global markets in 2022

Rural banking specialist Rabobank is forecasting 2022 to be a year of opportunity for Australia’s agriculture sector – with inflation, sustainability and African Swine Fever the main issues to watch. Source: Beef Central Inflation, sustainability and ASF to drive global markets in 2022

Demand for turkeys soars ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas

A South Australian turkey producer fills orders from across Australia ahead of Christmas, as American expats prepare to feast on his birds as they celebrate Thanksgiving today. Source: ABC Livestock Demand for turkeys soars ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas

Prominent animal activist takes a bid at federal Senate

Chris Delforce, former director of animal activist group Aussie Farms, has put his hat in the ring for the upcoming federal election, angering the farming community. Source: ABC Livestock Prominent animal activist takes a bid at federal Senate

Producers urged to be cautious trading carbon credits

Australia’s carbon market has been the source of plenty of hype this year, with the price of carbon credits more than doubling in the past 12 months. But producers are being warned to think about their own carbon neutrality before selling them Source: Beef Central Producers urged to be cautious trading carbon credits

Create your own category, Littleproud urges plant protein manufacturers

Australia’s federal agriculture minister has urged manufacturers of plant protein products to focus on creating their own category rather than trying to copy meat. Source: Beef Central Create your own category, Littleproud urges plant protein manufacturers

Mixed report card for Ag in latest workers’ compensation statistics

Australia’s agricultural sector has received a mixed report card in Safe Work Australia’s latest release of Australian workers’ compensation statistics. Source: Beef Central Mixed report card for Ag in latest workers’ compensation statistics

What's with all the bird flu outbreaks lately, and should we be worried?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have crushed seasonal flu to historically low levels, but another type of flu — avian influenza or bird flu — has shown no signs of slowing. Source: ABC Livestock What’s with all the bird flu outbreaks lately, and should we be worried?

WA trials new wild dog management techniques

WESTERN Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is testing innovative new approaches to wild dog management to help protect livestock in the state’s southern rangelands. Source: Sheep Central WA trials new wild dog management techniques

Victoria’s fox bounty tally approaches one million mark

ALMOST a million foxes and more than 4000 wild dogs have been destroyed by hunters accessing Victoria’s bounty programs in the past 10 years. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s fox bounty tally approaches one million mark

Biodiversity rewards program for farmers planned

THE Federal Government will shortly begin consultation on legislation to support new income streams for farmers who improve biodiversity outcomes on their land. Source: Sheep Central Biodiversity rewards program for farmers planned

Will farmers lose access to diesel under net zero commitments?

In the wake of the Federal Government’s recent commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud has been quizzed on the implications of the target for farm diesel use in Kerry Lonergan’s latest The Weekly Grill interview. Source: Beef Central Will farmers lose access to diesel under net zero… Read more »

What could WA's new land reform package mean for you?

Mixed reactions to new proposed land tenure reforms that will see millions of hectares of land unlocked for renewable and economic diversification projects around the state. Source: ABC Livestock What could WA’s new land reform package mean for you?

This $1m machine is making the most out of pig poo

This imported machine is helping unlock the power of poo by taking waste from a nearby piggery and pumping it into the soil — helping to increase food production along the way. Source: ABC Livestock This m machine is making the most out of pig poo

AA Co’s ambitious framework for sustainability action can benefit broader industry

Australian Agricultural Co has made five potentially industry-shaping climate and sustainability commitments, as part of its innovative sustainability framework released today – and the broader industry stands to benefit richly from many of the actions. Source: Beef Central AA Co’s ambitious framework for sustainability action can benefit broader industry

Processors join calls regulatory changes to ease shipping gridlock

The Australian Meat Industry Council has thrown its support behind calls for sweeping regulatory changes to the shipping industry after a report relesed by the ACCC earlier this year. Source: Beef Central Processors join calls regulatory changes to ease shipping gridlock

School leavers to get a helping hand into agriculture

YOUNG school leavers will get their chance to try farming or agribusiness for a career with the launch of a new program on National Agriculture Day. Source: Sheep Central School leavers to get a helping hand into agriculture

Livestock producers inundate yard makers with orders

WAIT times on the installation of new livestock yard equipment are starting to blow-out, with manufacturers seeing a surge in demand across the Australian market. Source: Sheep Central Livestock producers inundate yard makers with orders

Drive to encourage careers in agriculture on National Ag Day

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) and the NFF are celebrating today’s National Agriculture Day by highlighting some of the exciting and diverse opportunities to work in the Australian farming sector. Source: Grain Central Drive to encourage careers in agriculture on National Ag Day

Voluntary biodiversity stewardship market to reward farmers for environmental outcomes

The Federal Government will shortly begin consultation on legislation to support new income streams for farmers who improve biodiversity outcomes on their land. The legislation would underpin a national voluntary biodiversity stewardship market, providing a consistent and credible way to describe and measure biodiversity outcomes, ag minister David Littleproud told a Brisbane audience this morning. … Read more »

National Agriculture Day celebrating industry land managers

National Agriculture Day presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the beef industry’s capable land managers and diverse workforce, according to the new chair of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework and Queensland beef producer, Mark Davie. Source: Beef Central National Agriculture Day celebrating industry land managers

Australia’s growing organic meat industry recognised at awards

Standout performers in Australia’s red meat sector were recognised at Australian Organic Ltd’s annual industry awards, held online last Friday. Meat protein makes up 40 percent of all organic food production in Australia, the audience was told. Source: Beef Central Australia’s growing organic meat industry recognised at awards

The smell of success: Piggery goes green, turning poo into profit

Thirty years before it was trendy, this Victorian business was investing in going green. Now it’s cashing in while helping the planet, and says more pig farms should too.  Source: ABC Livestock The smell of success: Piggery goes green, turning poo into profit

Buffalo fly treatments in high demand with parasite challenge rising early

Large parts of the country are in for a long buffalo fly season, with the pests already being spotted in southern and northern parts of Australia. The high demand for chemical treatments have coincided with shipping problems across the world. Source: Beef Central Buffalo fly treatments in high demand with parasite challenge rising early

COP26 and net zero talks fuel carbon farming interest

MONTHS of talks about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and carbon trading has fuelled significant interest in soil carbon farming, with many producers assessing their options. Source: Sheep Central COP26 and net zero talks fuel carbon farming interest

Outcry after emaciated horses put up for sale at council auction

A starving stallion and pregnant mare — that gave birth on Saturday — were handed over to a Sunshine Coast rescue centre after being bought at auction. Carers say the mare and foal would have died without help.  Source: ABC Livestock Outcry after emaciated horses put up for sale at council auction

Rain tightens supply for NSW restockers

Another week of widespread rain across the eastern states and high prices at the saleyards has put the squeeze on New South Wales restockers, as supply tightens. Source: Beef Central Rain tightens supply for NSW restockers

National traceability for all horses

The Australian Government is providing a $1.1 million towards establishing national traceability arrangements for all horses. Source: Beef Central National traceability for all horses

NT re-approves controversial water licence with new conditions

A Chinese-backed agribusiness has its right to extract a record amount of groundwater from arid Central Australia upheld, following a review prompted by concerns from traditional owners and environment groups. Source: ABC Livestock NT re-approves controversial water licence with new conditions

Victorian farmers want a seat on pandemic committee

VICTORIAN farmers are calling for food supply chain representation on the State Government’s proposed Independent Pandemic Management Advisory Committee. Source: Sheep Central Victorian farmers want a seat on pandemic committee

Warriner upbeat in his final year as NT live export chairman

Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chairman David Warriner told members at last week’s NTLEA AGM in Darwin that producer and exporter unity in the northern cattle industry was proving to be a much-needed source of strength in the face of ongoing market challenges. Source: Beef Central Warriner upbeat in his final year as NT… Read more »

Elders growth strategy drives 40 percent net profit increase

Elders has announced a statutory profit after tax of $149.8 million in its full year results for the 2020/2021 financial year (FY21), which includes a 38 percent rise in EBIT and a final dividend of 22 cents per share. Source: Beef Central Elders growth strategy drives 40 percent net profit increase

Federal funds used to spur on horse tracing recommendations

The government has committed $1.1 million to help establish a horse traceability framework, following concerns a working group was failing to meet targets. Source: ABC Livestock Federal funds used to spur on horse tracing recommendations

Busy times: What's behind the 'explosion' in beekeeper numbers?

There are almost seven times more registered apiarists in Western Australia than there were a decade ago — and recreational beekeepers are a big part of the increase. Source: ABC Livestock Busy times: What’s behind the ‘explosion’ in beekeeper numbers?

'Plant for pollinators': Gardeners urged to help battling native Australian bees

Would you recognise a native Australian bee if you saw one? To date, 1,700 native Australian bee species have been identified and named. But despite the high species count, bee experts say the bees are in decline. One way to help them is to plant more native-flowering plants in the garden. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Plant for pollinators’:… Read more »

Environment lawyers detect 'legal error' in NT government's secret water licence plan

Environmental lawyers say the Northern Territory government’s decision to grant a huge water licence to a Central Australian fruit farm developer is flawed and could be overturned in court. Source: ABC Livestock Environment lawyers detect ‘legal error’ in NT government’s secret water licence plan

Farmers fleeced by machinery and livestock scams

SCAMWATCH has this year received at least 263 reports of scams relating to ‘farms’ or ‘machinery that could be used on farms’ with reported losses totalling more than $1.116 million. Source: Sheep Central Farmers fleeced by machinery and livestock scams

Industry working to fill major void in BRD vaccination program

A series of site-specific vaccines for feedlots are being developed to help make inoculation viable and effective for one of the industry’s biggest health issues, Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). Source: Beef Central Industry working to fill major void in BRD vaccination program

Farmers fleeced by machinery, livestock scams

SO far this year Scamwatch has received at least 263 reports of scams relating to ‘farms’ or ‘machinery that could be used on farms’ with reported losses totalling more than $1.116 million. Source: Beef Central Farmers fleeced by machinery, livestock scams

If a consumer is confused by labelling but doesn’t report it, are they still confused?

An intriguing aspect of the debate about whether plant-based protein manufacturers should be able to use animal-based descriptors to label imitation meat products surrounds the question of how to determine if current labelling is leading to consumer confusion.  Source: Beef Central If a consumer is confused by labelling but doesn’t report it, are they… Read more »

AgForce calls for halt to Longreach Pastoral College sale

AgForce is calling on the State Government to hold off the sale of Longreach Pastoral College so it can be restored to its former glory as an agricultural teaching centre. Source: Beef Central AgForce calls for halt to Longreach Pastoral College sale

Manufacturer plans to scale-up production of methane-inhibiting feed additive

The Netherlands-based manufacturer of methane-inhibiting livestock feed additive Bovaer has announced plans during the COP26 gatherings in Scotland to greatly expand its manufacturing capacity.   Source: Beef Central Manufacturer plans to scale-up production of methane-inhibiting feed additive

Kay’s Cuts: US meat packers still face COVID issues

A monthly column written for Beef Central by US meat and livestock industry commentator, Steve Kay – publisher of US Cattle Buyers Weekly       THE worst impacts of… Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: US meat packers still face COVID issues

Biosecurity members sought for WA funding committees

WESTERN Australian agricultural producers and industry stakeholders interested in boosting biosecurity awareness are encouraged to nominate to join state funding management committees. Source: Sheep Central Biosecurity members sought for WA funding committees

Funding to train abattoir workers to spot biosecurity problems

More than $450,000 in Federal Government funding has been allocated to improving animal disease capability at domestic abattoirs. Source: Beef Central Funding to train abattoir workers to spot biosecurity problems

Meat Business Women masterclass workshop planned

A Meat Business Women masterclass next month aims to help women across the Australian and New Zealand meat industries create better connections and engagement with their audiences. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women masterclass workshop planned

Farmbot water monitor sales boost, with more than 5000 units sold

Australian agtech brand Farmbot has now sold more than 5,000 water monitoring units, with the company saying the COP26 summit in Glasgow has boosted sales in recent weeks. Source: Beef Central Farmbot water monitor sales boost, with more than 5000 units sold

Meat definitions inquiry turns to pub tests and zero sum games

It was another big day of hearings for the Senate Inquiry into the definitions of meat yesterday, as Senators Susan McDonald (Nationals) and Lloyd Whish-Wilson (Australian Greens) put in a marathon shift with questions to 18 industry groups and businesses across a full-day zoom session. Source: Beef Central Meat definitions inquiry turns to pub… Read more »

Recruitment – why job hunters should keep looking

AS the holiday season draws closer, job seekers in the meat and livestock industry might be considering putting their search on hold. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment – why job hunters should keep looking

PrimeSafe investigates livestock slaughter near Geelong

VICTORIAN food safety regulator PrimeSafe has confirmed it is investigating the slaughter of livestock at a property near Geelong. Source: Sheep Central PrimeSafe investigates livestock slaughter near Geelong

Fresh hope for $60 million failed abattoir

This western NSW facility was meant to create hundreds of local jobs but instead sat empty for all but a few months since construction. Now there’s fresh hope. Source: ABC Livestock Fresh hope for million failed abattoir

'We can almost hear the grass growing': Outback NT gets a drenching

Some stations surpass their highest daily November rainfall, coming as a welcome relief for many after the Territory’s third-warmest October on record. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We can almost hear the grass growing’: Outback NT gets a drenching

Episode 37: agricultural investor Garry Edwards, AAM

In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Garry Edwards, founder and managing director of AAM Investment Group. Source: Beef Central Episode 37: agricultural investor Garry Edwards, AAM

Ag teacher wins PM’s Award for excellence in science + VIDEO

AN AGRICULTURE teacher at a Sydney boarding school has this week taken out one of the top awards at the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Source: Sheep Central Ag teacher wins PM’s Award for excellence in science + VIDEO

Feeders and interstate buyers clean up at annual Mortlake feature spring sale

WITH the EYCI again in record territory, lot feeders and interstate backgrounders carved a hefty sway through the Elders Kerr & Co feature spring store cattle at WVLX (Mortlake saleyards) on Thursday, trucking two-thirds of 2944-strong grown cattle penning out of the state of Victoria. Source: Beef Central Feeders and interstate buyers clean up… Read more »

Changes in TFI operations management, board ranks

Prominent lamb, beef and goatmeat processor Thomas Foods International has transitioned into a new senior leadership structure as the group positions for future growth. Source: Beef Central Changes in TFI operations management, board ranks

Locality-specific weather forecast tool launched

NEW interactive farmer-friendly weather outlook maps are now available on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website. Source: Sheep Central Locality-specific weather forecast tool launched

Wet season spelling encouraged with widespread Mitchell grass death

With years of drought across Northern Australia, the state of one of the area’s most productive pastures has been causing concern among producers and researchers. Source: Beef Central Wet season spelling encouraged with widespread Mitchell grass death

TFI buys Darling River export goat processing plant

THOMAS Foods International has this afternoon finalised a deal to purchase the Bourke meat processing facility in north-west New South Wales from Darling River Goat Exports. Source: Sheep Central TFI buys Darling River export goat processing plant

Zoetis hits $100,000 target for mental health in the bush

Animal health company, Zoetis, has hit its yearly target, raising $100,000 to support the mental health challenges faced by people living in rural Australia. Source: Sheep Central Zoetis hits 0,000 target for mental health in the bush

Livestock eNVD forms expected by early 2022

INTEGRITY Systems Company says it plans to have offline electronic National Vendor Declaration forms ready by the end January. Source: Sheep Central Livestock eNVD forms expected by early 2022

Australia refuses to join global pledge to cut methane emissions

Australia snubs one of the key global actions to come out of the UN climate change conference by bowing out of an international pledge to reduce methane emissions. Source: ABC Livestock Australia refuses to join global pledge to cut methane emissions

Integrity Systems to develop offline eNVD form by January

Integrity Systems Company says it plans to have offline electronic National Vendor Declaration forms ready by the end January – before integrating all its platforms next year. Source: Beef Central Integrity Systems to develop offline eNVD form by January

Sustainable practices commonplace on Australian farms: survey

The majority of farmers surveyed in an ABARES study are using sustainable land management practices to improve the natural resource base and drought resilience. Source: Beef Central Sustainable practices commonplace on Australian farms: survey

Wild dog control to be extended with WA Barrier Fence

A LONG-AWAITED 660 kilometre extension to the Western Australian State Barrier fence to protect south-eastern farming properties from the impact of wild dogs is due to start next January. Source: Sheep Central Wild dog control to be extended with WA Barrier Fence

Report finds strong regional economy-agriculture link

A new report has recommended stimulatory funding to improve regional education, employment, business capacity and infrastructure to benefit Australia’s agricultural economy. Source: Beef Central Report finds strong regional economy-agriculture link

Ute and tractor-friendly livestock podcasts released

UTE-FRIENDLY podcasts about electronic sheep and cattle identification benefits, a wool industry perspective on animal disease preparedness and biosecurity tips for livestock purchasers are now available.   Source: Sheep Central Ute and tractor-friendly livestock podcasts released

QLD and NSW goat listings double on AuctionsPlus

GOAT listings on AuctionsPlus during October doubled from the previous month to 14,535 head offered across four sales. Source: Sheep Central QLD and NSW goat listings double on AuctionsPlus

Tasmanian farmland returns to Australian ownership in $120m deal

Farmland in Tasmania’s north-west is back in Australian hands for the first time in almost 200 years, as a family-led operation moves in. Source: ABC Livestock Tasmanian farmland returns to Australian ownership in 0m deal

Fowl play after egg farmer adopts rescue dogs to protect flock

Four Maremmas have left their city homes to get to work in the country, where they earn their keep guarding chickens from predators. Source: ABC Livestock Fowl play after egg farmer adopts rescue dogs to protect flock

NAIF boss resigns hours before Senate Estimates hearing

The head of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility resigns less than 24 hours before he was due to appear before the Senate Estimates Committee. Source: ABC Livestock NAIF boss resigns hours before Senate Estimates hearing

McKillop to head Gina’s Hancock/Kidman operations

Experienced agribusiness manager John McKillop has been appointed chief executive officer for Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture and Kidman & Co cattle and beef operations. He commences with a ‘soft start’ in the new role on Monday, but also plans to continue his current industry task as independent chair of RMAC. Source: Beef Central McKillop… Read more »