Category: Livestock

Producers share red meat’s story in new on-farm videos

Red meat producers feature in a series of new on-farm videos designed to showcase the industry’s strong environmental, social and animal welfare credentials to consumers. Source: Beef Central Producers share red meat’s story in new on-farm videos

SE Asia Report: Viral issues have disruptive potential

In today’s South East Asian beef market report: Indonesian cattle prices weaker but currency much stronger; Thai slaughter prices push through AUD$5 for the first time, and African Swine Fever moves to infect Mindanao in southern Philippines Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Viral issues have disruptive potential

EvokeAg 2020: Plant-based and animal protein meat head on

The ‘real meat’ versus ‘plant-based’ foods debate was vigorously aired at this week’s EvokeAg 2020 agri-technology conference in Melbourne. Source: Grain Central EvokeAg 2020: Plant-based and animal protein meat head on

Cattle shipping trade monitors coronavirus impact

Impacts on Australia’s cattle shipping trade from the Coronavirus outbreak in China and other parts of Asia have been minimal to date, according to exporters, with current shipments on the water and those contracted to be delivered expected to continue as scheduled. Source: Beef Central Cattle shipping trade monitors coronavirus impact

Animal activists avoid prison for trespass, theft of calf and dead piglet

The court heard of a “premeditated” and “brazen” plan hatched by animal rights activists to break into a farm and steal or “liberate” a baby calf. Source: ABC Livestock Animal activists avoid prison for trespass, theft of calf and dead piglet

Are live cattle shipments from WA to Qld a possibility?

If it made economic sense to ship grain by sea from Western Australia to eastern Australia to fill a feed void during drought, does the same principle apply to cattle? Source: Beef Central Are live cattle shipments from WA to Qld a possibility?

Eastern cattle buyers raid WA for scarce stock

Demand for cattle to restock paddocks in Queensland and New South Wales following recent February rains is now reaching across the Nullabor as restockers and lot feeders scour the country for supply options. Source: Beef Central Eastern cattle buyers raid WA for scarce stock

Probe into animal cruelty footage that shocked TV viewers ends with no charges

The West Australian Government says it won’t be prosecuting any of the parties pictured in disturbing footage covertly filmed on Kimberley cattle stations and aired on Israeli television. Source: ABC Livestock Probe into animal cruelty footage that shocked TV viewers ends with no charges

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council welcomes new chair

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has acknowledged the contribution of retiring chair Simon Crean who stepped down from the position at a board meeting in Darwin this week. Source: Beef Central Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council welcomes new chair

Feedlot numbers hit record 1.239 million head

Cattle numbers on feed across Australia have hit a record high according to the December quarterly feedlot industry survey released this morning. The survey showed there were 1,239,563 head of cattle on feed in the December quarter, a rise of more than 92,000 head on the previous record set in the April-June quarter last year,… Read more »

Welcome rainfall brings call to review livestock management

WESTERN New South Wales livestock producers are being reminded to review their animal health management following recent rain events. Source: Sheep Central Welcome rainfall brings call to review livestock management

Coronavirus outbreak keeps red meat workers in China

CHINESE workers from Australian red meat processing plants who returned to China for the country’s Lunar New Year holiday period have been unable to return due to the coronavirus outbreak. Source: Sheep Central Coronavirus outbreak keeps red meat workers in China

$126,000 top for 2020 Nutrien Classic performance horses

Elite performance horses sold to a top of $126,000 at the 2020 Nutrien Classic sale and campdraft held in Tamworth over nine days, ending Sunday. Source: Beef Central 6,000 top for 2020 Nutrien Classic performance horses

$100m in recovery grants paid out since 2019 floods

One year after widespread flooding wreaked havoc on the north western Queensland cattle industry, the numbers documenting the devastation are clearer, but the recovery process still has years to play out. Source: Beef Central 0m in recovery grants paid out since 2019 floods

Red meat future bright, but reform vital: Mackay

RED Meat Advisory Council chair Don Mackay has laid out a confident vision for the future of Australia’s red meat industry, one in which millennials readily queue to buy red meat because they understand it is good for them, for their children and the environment, and a wonderful eating experience. Source: Sheep Central Red… Read more »

Does the red meat sector still need compulsory levies?

While most of his address to the Rural Press Club of Queensland lunch in Brisbane on Thursday was focused on making a case for action on red meat industry reform, Don Mackay also ventured into some areas that audience members may not have been expecting. Source: Beef Central Does the red meat sector still… Read more »

Red meat future bright, but reform vital: Mackay

Red Meat Advisory Council chair Don Mackay has laid out a confident vision for the future of Australia’s red meat industry, one in which millennials readily queue to buy red meat because they understand it is good for them, good for their children, good for the environment and a wonderful eating experience. Source: Beef… Read more »

Camera-based MSA carcase grading primed for launch

Final approval has been granted by the AusMeat Language and Standards Committee for the use of objective digital camera technology in performing MSA grading in processing plants. Teys Australia is set to be the first processor to implement E+V camera-based MSA grading, at its Wagga Wagga facility in NSW. Source: Beef Central Camera-based MSA… Read more »

EU Parliament considers meat tax proposal

THE European Parliament will tonight (Australian time) debate the case for introducing a “sustainability charge” on meat, proposed by the Tapp Coalition of health, environment and animal welfare organisations. Source: Beef Central EU Parliament considers meat tax proposal

NLIS management workshops for Vic livestock producers

Agriculture Victoria is holding a series of practical, hands-on workshops in February and March for sheep, goat and cattle producers on how to use the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database. Source: Beef Central NLIS management workshops for Vic livestock producers

Cattle on feed numbers to remain high, despite higher feeder costs

Despite forecasts of higher feeder cattle prices, numbers of cattle on feed across Australia are likely to remain near record levels above one million head during 2020, MLA suggests. Source: Beef Central Cattle on feed numbers to remain high, despite higher feeder costs

Cattle export contraction tipped in 2020

Meat & Livestock Australia is tipping a significant contraction in Australian cattle exports in 2020 due to an anticipated void in northern cattle numbers. Source: Beef Central Cattle export contraction tipped in 2020

Calculators go to work as rain pushes livex price higher

Northern live export prices have lifted in response to last week’s rain, instigating a new round of number crunching as producers with renewed seasonal breathing space calculate whether to sell cattle or hold them and add weight. Source: Beef Central Calculators go to work as rain pushes livex price higher

MLA Projections: Cattle supplies to tighten as conditions remain in the balance

Australia’s beef herd is expected to fall to its lowest level since 1992, as cattle producers enter 2020 on the back of one of the most challenging years on record, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2020 Cattle Industry Projections released this morning. Source: Beef Central MLA Projections: Cattle supplies to tighten as conditions… Read more »

Livestock transporters urge higher standards in new loading ramps

LIVESTOCK producers are being urged to rebuild bushfire-affected loading ramps and forcing yards to meet Australian guidelines and expected national standards. Source: Sheep Central Livestock transporters urge higher standards in new loading ramps

Producers rebuilding after fire urged to use national ramp guidelines

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Australia is recommending the use of the National Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards if livestock producers are rebuilding fire affected livestock ramps or forcing yards. Source: Beef Central Producers rebuilding after fire urged to use national ramp guidelines

Death of more than 500,000 cattle changes BOM weather messaging

Almost a year to the day after flooding in north-west Queensland killed more than 500,000 head of cattle, the monsoonal rain was forecast again. This time, the BOM was ready. Source: ABC Livestock Death of more than 500,000 cattle changes BOM weather messaging

Cats can't talk, but these signs can let you know if they're in pain

Cats are notorious for hiding their pain. But there are some subtle signs both you and your vet can use to gauge how your kitty is feeling. Source: ABC Livestock Cats can’t talk, but these signs can let you know if they’re in pain

Aussie meat judging team reserve champions in US competition

The Australian National Meat Judging team has won a swag of awards at the American National Western Stock Show competition in Denver, Colorado. Source: Beef Central Aussie meat judging team reserve champions in US competition

Red meat white paper: Where is it up to, and what’s next?

Work to streamline and modernise Australia’s red meat industry leadership and levy bodies is making clear progress, but it is still unclear if 2020 will be the year long-sought industry reform is achieved. Source: Beef Central Red meat white paper: Where is it up to, and what’s next?

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – January 2020

Chris Howie wraps up the State of the season one month into 2020, and strategies for producers considering livestock purchases for trading or restocking leading towards autumn and into winter. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – January 2020

Bee colony collapse could be prevented with GM bacteria

Researchers have genetically modified a bacterium that only occurs in the gut of honey bees, to fight Varroa mite and deformed-wing virus — two key causes of colony collapse. Source: ABC Livestock Bee colony collapse could be prevented with GM bacteria

Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Australia’s red meat industry reform process would suffer a serious setback if under pressure Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie is forced to leave the porfolio, industry representatives fear. Source: Beef Central Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Pioneering project allows smaller graziers to earn carbon credits for first time

Carbon project developer, Natural Carbon is partnering with cattle station operator, Paraway Pastoral Company, and the carbon market specialists Corporate Carbon, on a national ‘herd aggregation’ project – giving smaller graziers a first opportunity to participate in the Australian carbon market. Source: Beef Central Pioneering project allows smaller graziers to earn carbon credits for first… Read more »

Business EDGE training now covers Australia

Red meat producers across Australia have the opportunity to grow their business skills and financial understanding with MLA’s popular Business EDGE workshop available nationally in 2020. Source: Beef Central Business EDGE training now covers Australia

China’s coronavirus outbreak will impact beef and cattle trade

Red meat and live cattle exporters are bracing for an impact in demand for Australian beef in China following the coronavirus epidemic, in the latest chapter in what has been a wild ride for export beef prices over the past four months.   Source: Beef Central China’s coronavirus outbreak will impact beef and cattle trade

Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

A major restructure looms for the Australian dairy industry, however some state-based advocacy organisations are concerned the proposal misses the mark. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

Biosecurity Queensland rejects charity's claim over feeding starved horses

The founder of a Queensland animal welfare charity says Biosecurity Queensland told her to let eight malnourished horses on a Darling Downs property starve, but a spokesperson for the agency describes that claim as “false”. Source: ABC Livestock Biosecurity Queensland rejects charity’s claim over feeding starved horses

Global feed survey reveals first production decline in nine years

The 2020 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage decreased by 1.07% to 1.126 billion metric tons of feed produced last year, due largely to African swine fever (ASF) and the decline of pig feed in the Asia-Pacific region. Source: Beef Central Global feed survey reveals first production decline in nine years

Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

ONE of southern Australia’s largest livestock exporting operations has changed hands, with Nutrien Ag Solutions’ sale today of its Landmark International business. Source: Sheep Central Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

Ownership of one of Southern Australia’s largest livestock exporting operations has changed hands with Nutrien Ag Solutions announcing the sale today of its Landmark International business. Source: Beef Central Nutrien sells Landmark International live export business

Bushfire livestock loss estimates downgraded

Estimates of livestock losses caused by Eastern Australia’s December/January bushfires have been downgraded. Source: Beef Central Bushfire livestock loss estimates downgraded

Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

AGRICULTURE Victoria has introduced a livestock tagging exemption to help bushfire-affected Victorian producers who move their sheep, goats or cattle for sale, agistment or slaughter. Source: Sheep Central Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

Wet-season storms drop 'best rain in years' across Territory cattle country

Wet-season storms have delivered much-needed rain across Top End cattle country, with drought-affected Barkly producers among those to benefit from the downpour. Source: ABC Livestock Wet-season storms drop ‘best rain in years’ across Territory cattle country

Woolworths, Coles grow fresh meat market share, at the expense of butchers

Dominant national supermarket retailers Woolworths and Coles continue to grow their fresh meat market share, mostly at the expense independent retail butchers, recent surveys conducted by Roy Morgan show. Source: Beef Central Woolworths, Coles grow fresh meat market share, at the expense of butchers

Webinar: What does US/China trade deal mean for global meat trade?

The implications for the global meat industry from last week’s phase-one trade agreement between the US and China will come under scrutiny in a webinar being held on Thursday morning. Source: Beef Central Webinar: What does US/China trade deal mean for global meat trade?

How is the live cattle export market shaping up for 2020?

Australia exported nearly 1.3 million head of cattle last year, which was almost a record for the industry. What’s expected in 2020? Source: ABC Livestock How is the live cattle export market shaping up for 2020?

New workshop to build skills in livestock producers

UP-AND-COMING livestock producers ready to build their skills and confidence to manage a modern agricultural business can now access a new workshop supported by Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Sheep Central New workshop to build skills in livestock producers

Drought, bushfires heighten calls for national fodder database

The fodder industry’s national representative body has ramped-up calls for a market database to provide better insight into stocks and demand, as the growing need for livestock feed drains hay supplies. Source: Beef Central Drought, bushfires heighten calls for national fodder database

MLA moves to longer-term bushfire rebuild response

MLA has shifted to a longer term operational response to assist in the rebuild for livestock producers affected by bushfires, after dropping a proposal for a $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund. Source: Beef Central MLA moves to longer-term bushfire rebuild response

MLA moves to longer term bushfire rebuild response

MEAT & Livestock Australia has shifted to a longer term operational response to assist in the rebuild for livestock producers affected by bushfires, after dropping a proposal for a $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund. Source: Sheep Central MLA moves to longer term bushfire rebuild response

MLA drops $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund

MLA has dropped a proposed $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund to finance the transport of livestock out of affected areas, after industry body opposition and a roll-out of Federal Government support. Source: Beef Central MLA drops million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund

Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to 'Buy Queensland'

The Queensland Government is accused of “complete hypocrisy” for choosing two multi-national dairy processors over the family-owned Maleny Dairies to supply fresh milk and dairy products to some of the state’s major hospitals. Source: ABC Livestock Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to ‘Buy Queensland’

National campdrafting finals axed as 'fires and famine' bite

The ongoing drought forces Australia’s largest campdrafting organisation to cancel its national finals competition for the first time in more than a decade. Source: ABC Livestock National campdrafting finals axed as ‘fires and famine’ bite

Farmers concerned for hungry Gippsland livestock

Unable to truck feed in or to get their hungry cattle out, fire-affected farmers in East Gippsland believe a serious animal welfare issue is looming. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers concerned for hungry Gippsland livestock

Pellets trucked to cattle in bushfire-stricken Gippsland

THE first load of cattle pellets for bushfire-affected farmers in north-east Victoria left Ballarat today amid fears of a coming shortage of uncommitted fodder available for livestock in fire-ravaged areas. Source: Sheep Central Pellets trucked to cattle in bushfire-stricken Gippsland

Former Wellard boss eyes new live export venture

Former Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini has unveiled plans to develop a new livestock export venture, based on “cleaner, smarter” LNG-powered livestock vessels that he says will significantly improve animal welfare and environmental performance. Source: Beef Central Former Wellard boss eyes new live export venture

Fears over fodder shortage in bushfire-affected areas

The first load of cattle pellets for bushfire-affected farmers in north-east Victoria left Ballarat today amid fears of a coming shortage of uncommitted fodder available for livestock in fire-ravaged areas. Source: Beef Central Fears over fodder shortage in bushfire-affected areas

Weekly rainfall outlook 13 Jan 2020: Wetter than average week likely

For 13-19 January, a wetter than average week is likely across much of the north and west of the continent, as well as in southwest Queensland and northern parts of NSW. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall outlook 13 Jan 2020: Wetter than average week likely

Lighter young cattle firmer in 2020’s opening AuctionsPlus sale

Lighter steers and heifers were firmer in price in the first AuctionsPlus sales for the year held this week, compared with closing rates in 2019. Source: Beef Central Lighter young cattle firmer in 2020’s opening AuctionsPlus sale

Agribusiness community digs deep for bushfire support

Agribusinesses associated with Australia’s livestock industries are digging deep to offer financial aid and in-kind support for rural communities devastated by bushfires across four states over the past four weeks. Here’s a summary of contributions in cash and urgently needed goods that have been announced by donors over the past couple of days….. Source:… Read more »

JBS donates $1 million to underpin Australian Volunteer Firefighter Trust

As bushfire aid and support continues to flow in from across the business and general community this week, beef and sheepmeat processor JBS Australia has announced a $1 million donation to the Australian Volunteer Trust, established by the Business Council of Australia in partnership with Equity Trustees. Source: Sheep Central JBS donates million to… Read more »

Agribusiness community digs deep for bushfire support

Agribusinesses associated with Australia’s livestock industries are digging deep to offer financial aid and in-kind support for rural communities devastated by bushfires across four states over the past four weeks. Here’s a summary of contributions in cash and urgently needed goods that have been announced by donors over the past couple of days….. Source:… Read more »

Over a billion animals now dead in NSW bushfires, wildlife experts say

The number has more than doubled from the original figure, while the loss of insects — a critical food source and pollinator — is thought to be in the “hundreds of billions”. Source: ABC Livestock Over a billion animals now dead in NSW bushfires, wildlife experts say

Quarter of Kangaroo Island's unique bees may have died in bushfires

Apiarists estimates about 1,000 of the island’s hives have been burnt in bushfires that have devastated the western half of the “bee utopia”. Source: ABC Livestock Quarter of Kangaroo Island’s unique bees may have died in bushfires

Military in seven-day race to bury hundreds of thousands of dead animals

Australia’s Defence Force will dig mass graves for the country’s burned livestock, as the Agriculture Minister starts the clock to avoid a biosecurity emergency. Source: ABC Livestock Military in seven-day race to bury hundreds of thousands of dead animals