Category: Livestock

Red meat R&D Update: Technology, people and sustainability

AMPC’s recently published Annual Operating Plan outlines key activities for the year ahead. Here are a few examples of current important R&D work in the fields of technology, sustainability and people Source: Beef Central Red meat R&D Update: Technology, people and sustainability

NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws

NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has released the NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper as the next step of the NSW Government’s moves to modernise animal welfare legislation. Source: Beef Central NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws

Dalby sale 4 Aug 2021: Market firm for smaller yarding

Prices for a number of classes of young cattle continued to improve, with any downward price changes due to quality. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 4 Aug 2021: Market firm for smaller yarding

Remote town known for droughts now famous for its goat pies

As it turns out goat and pies are a lucrative combination, just ask Meedo Station’s Chris and Tim Higham who are capitalising on a growing trend. Source: ABC Livestock Remote town known for droughts now famous for its goat pies

VIC cattle producers get even cheaper NLIS eartags

The retail price for the NLIS cattle ear tags for Victorian producers has fallen again with the tag prices reduced when ordered online. Late last year, Agriculture Victoria tendered for the supply of eartags in Victoria to be used for the electronic identification of cattle, as part of NLIS. Source: Beef Central VIC cattle… Read more »

'Is that a chicken?' Chook bitten by travel bug hitchhikes 300km in caravan

A stowaway chicken is causing some excitement in Western Australia. The heroic hen snuck inside a couple’s caravan, making a 320-kilometre journey to Broome and laying an egg along the way. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Is that a chicken?’ Chook bitten by travel bug hitchhikes 300km in caravan

Can breeders select for greater environmental adaptation within a breed?

In the search to get more production traits, it is important does not erode an animal’s environmental adaptation. As a result, new research EBVs such as coat type in Angus or tick scores in Brahmans when released, may help ensure these adaptation traits are not lost or wasted in the focus on production traits … Read more »

UN meat tax will “close down cattle industry and starve 80 million”: Katter

A carbon tax on meat which has been proposed at a United Nations food summit would shut down Australia’s cattle industry and starve 80 million people alone, says Federal MP Bob Katter who represents the sprawling North Queensland electorate of Kennedy. Source: Beef Central UN meat tax will “close down cattle industry and starve… Read more »

Wagga sale 2 Aug: Soaking rains boost prices

Buyer competition intensified despite a much bigger yarding of 2300 cattle. Price gains  were recorded across the board with trade and light weight steers  enjoying the greater rate lift. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 2 Aug: Soaking rains boost prices

Weekly kill: Elevated COVID risk, shipping congestion impacting processing

The elevated COVID challenge being experienced in southern Queensland – easily the largest concentration of beef processing capacity in the country – has seen operators redouble their efforts to keep illness out of factories over the past fortnight. Meanwhile, grid prices continue to push into new record territory this week. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

To restock or not: making good decisions when livestock prices are high

After years of drought depleting livestock numbers and with continued high prices in the saleyard and online auctions many producers are faced with some difficult decisions about restocking. Source: Beef Central To restock or not: making good decisions when livestock prices are high

Dog deaths linked to contaminated horse meat

A recent spate of dog deaths in Victoria has been traced to a consignment of horses transported from the Northern Territory to be processed for pet meat, according to Primesafe and Agriculture Victoria. Source: Beef Central Dog deaths linked to contaminated horse meat

Dogs vs drones: unlocking the benefits of AI mustering

Drones are being put to the test against working dogs to muster sheep as part of new UNSW Canberra and Charles Sturt University research. Source: Sheep Central Dogs vs drones: unlocking the benefits of AI mustering

Pet food crisis deepens with spotlight on NT horse meat, questions over recalls

Horse meat from the Northern Territory is being investigated as the cause of 21 pet dog deaths in Victoria amid a worsening scandal which now includes up to 30 Melbourne retailers. Source: ABC Livestock Pet food crisis deepens with spotlight on NT horse meat, questions over recalls

Qld police seek help to find missing cattle

Police believe the mob of mixed bred flat back steers went missing or were stolen sometime between 4.30pm on Tuesday, 27 July, and 8am Wednesday, 28 July. Source: Beef Central Qld police seek help to find missing cattle

Definitions of Meat inquiry submission deadline extended, producers urged to speak up

The deadline for the Senate Enquiry into Definitions of Meat and other Animal products has been extended to the 13th of August providing a great opportunity for all cattle producers to make a statement on the issue.  Source: Beef Central Definitions of Meat inquiry submission deadline extended, producers urged to speak up

Live exports suspended over welfare concerns in Jordan

An Australian exporter says live export sales to Jordan have been stopped due to “unacceptable conduct” in a breach of animal welfare rules. Source: ABC Livestock Live exports suspended over welfare concerns in Jordan

Cattle producers set for bumper spring: MLA Projections

Cattle producers are expected to experience the best spring in recent memory, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest Australian Cattle Industry Projections. Source: Beef Central Cattle producers set for bumper spring: MLA Projections

CQLX Gracemere retains mantle as southern hemisphere’s largest stud selling venue

Rockhampton’s CQLX Gracemere selling centre easily retained its mantle as the largest stud cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere last year, accounting for 2628 head of bulls and registered females, spread across 15 sale fixtures and eight major breeds. This year, another 14 sales are scheduled between August and October, as the northern Australian… Read more »

The cost of an extended calving period

There’s been strong reader comment response to last week’s genetics item discussing advantages of a shorter gestation length (click here to view). Here’s a second item from genetics editor Alastair Rayner on the cost of an extended calving period and related topics…. Source: Beef Central The cost of an extended calving period

 Meat and plant science showcased at livestock forum

The path to a carbon neutral future, environmental sustainability and profit for the red meat and livestock industries will be the focus at a forum in Wagga later this month. Source: Beef Central  Meat and plant science showcased at livestock forum

Farmers concerned about “anti-meat UN talkfest”

The National Farmers’ Federation and Red Meat Advisory Council is seeing red at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) and has urged the Government to do its best to stop uninformed and alarmist outcomes being supported. Source: Beef Central Farmers concerned about “anti-meat UN talkfest”

Tight goat supplies keep prices and clearances high

TIGHTER supply has helped goat clearance rates remain strong on AuctionsPlus in the past two week period, with 80 percent clearance achieved and 781 head sold. Source: Sheep Central Tight goat supplies keep prices and clearances high

$1.5m grant for MLA to explore new meat export channels

The Australian government has invested $72.7 million through its AgriBusiness Expansion Initiative to help Australia’s agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries diversify and expand export markets.  Source: Beef Central .5m grant for MLA to explore new meat export channels

High promise shown in industrial hemp livestock trial

Industrial hemp has shown promise as a potential high yielding, multi-purpose, summer feed option for livestock following results of a pilot project. Source: Beef Central High promise shown in industrial hemp livestock trial

Record prices push online offerings to 18,617 head

The record high prices on offer across all categories again attracted more cattle online this week, with the AuctionsPlus offering up 34 percent to 18,617 head. This comes on top of a 33pc increase the week before. Source: Beef Central Record prices push online offerings to 18,617 head

EYCI crashes through historic 1000c/kg milestone

Just 12 months ago, a 1000c/kg Eastern Young Cattle Indictor was an inconceivable figure, but overnight the nation’s primary indicator of the state of the store cattle market powered into four digits for the first time in history. The EYCI has been threatening to crash through the barrier for most of this week, after more… Read more »

Sheep, cattle and machinery underpin record AuctionsPlus result

ONLINE selling platform AuctionsPlus hasn’t had a big year in sales of camels, baby formula, wine or water, but sheep, cattle, machinery and goats are another story. With huge increases… Source: Sheep Central Sheep, cattle and machinery underpin record AuctionsPlus result

Feedgrain Focus: American dry, lower dollar lift bids

A weakening Australian dollar and more hot and dry weather for North America’s northern wheat regions have lifted export bids for nearby and new-crop grain this week. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: American dry, lower dollar lift bids

Vaccines work!

Make no mistake, vaccines work and work very well, writes veterinarian Dr Ross Ainsworth, drawing on decades of experience working across Australia’s livestock sector. Source: Beef Central Vaccines work!

Wild dogs baited over huge area in western NSW

WILD dog baits have been dropped across more than 10 million hectares in one of the largest baiting exercises in New South Wales’ Western Division. Source: Sheep Central Wild dogs baited over huge area in western NSW

Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan

In what is claimed to be a first for Australian agriculture, Queensland grainfed beef producer Stockyard Group has entered into a sustainability-driven loan with Commonwealth Bank, linking environmental, animal welfare and workplace safety performance directly with the applicable interest rate. Source: Sheep Central Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan

Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan

In what is claimed to be a first for Australian agriculture, Queensland grainfed beef producer Stockyard Group has entered into a sustainability-driven loan with Commonwealth Bank, linking environmental, animal welfare and workplace safety performance directly with the applicable interest rate. Source: Grain Central Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan

Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

One of Australia’s largest pet food-manufacturing plants remains closed this week amid the COVID lockdown of the City of Orange and the Blayney and Cabonne shires. Source: Beef Central Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

Farmers desperate as Need for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19

COVID restrictions have ruined a fodder charity’s plans to return with 30 loads of hay this weekend to help Mid North Coast farmers hit by the March floods. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers desperate as Need for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19

Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

One of Australia’s largest pet food-manufacturing plants remains closed this week amid the COVID lockdown of the City of Orange and the Blayney and Cabonne shires. Source: Grain Central Blayney pet food plant closed amid central NSW lockdown

Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan

In what is claimed to be a first for Australian agriculture, Queensland grainfed beef producer Stockyard Group has entered into a sustainability-driven loan with Commonwealth Bank, linking environmental, animal welfare and workplace safety performance directly with the applicable interest rate. Source: Beef Central Lotfeeder Stockyard secures Australian agriculture’s first sustainability-linked loan

Emerging talent sought for Helen Newton Turner awards

A NEW award to encourage emerging talent has been added to the prestigious Helen Newton Turner awards this year. Source: Sheep Central Emerging talent sought for Helen Newton Turner awards

Limestone Coast dairy producers welcome winter downpour

Parts of South Australia’s dairy industry are feeling more confident with the onset of late rains and strong milk prices.  Source: ABC Livestock Limestone Coast dairy producers welcome winter downpour

Browse legume leucaena proves it’s worth across Northern Australia

Impressive weightgain performance on marginal far north Queensland and Northern Territory grazing country has reinforced the benefits of investment in leucaena-grass pastures across Northern Australia. Source: Beef Central Browse legume leucaena proves it’s worth across Northern Australia

Weekly genetics review: Advantages to a shorter gestation length

Across the bull sales underway this spring, a lot of buyer attention will be given to traits such as Birth Weight and Calving Ease EBVs. These traits will have a direct impact on next year’s calving rates, and with more than the usual number of heifers being joined, there is rightly a lot of focus… Read more »

Will video replace the bull selling ring?

As the seedstock industry continues to innovate, some sales are holding physical sales in front of buyers featuring video footage of each bull displayed on a series of large video screens, instead of running each bull through the ring. Here’s genetics editor Alastair Rayner’s verdict Source: Beef Central Will video replace the bull selling… Read more »

Weekly kill: Export weight grass steers crash through 700c/kg

Slaughter cattle direct consignment price grids have surged deeper into record territory this week, driven by a rise in international beef demand in some countries as COVID confidence grows, at a time when mid-winter supply becomes chronically tight across large parts of eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Export weight grass steers crash… Read more »

Knackery breaks silence on dog deaths

A Gippsland meatworks linked to a dozen dog deaths and at least 50 illnesses has issued a recall on raw meat sold throughout Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Knackery breaks silence on dog deaths

‘Perfect storm’ drives feeder steer prices to unprecedented record highs

A perfect storm is driving feeder steer prices to unprecedented record highs, but some big lifts in slaughter cattle pricing may be necessary to justify current price levels, some lotfeeders say. Source: Beef Central ‘Perfect storm’ drives feeder steer prices to unprecedented record highs

Animal agriculture organisations launch new Protein PACT

Twelve organisations representing farmers and companies who make the vast majority of America’s meat, poultry, and dairy, as well as animal feed and ingredients, have unveiled the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow – the first joint initiative of its kind designed to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable… Read more »

Farmer disqualified from owning livestock for life

The accused owned five cattle confined to yards on his property, which were observed in poor condition and without access to water or adequate food which resulted in dehydration. Source: Beef Central Farmer disqualified from owning livestock for life

Six finalists from four states to contest 2021 Young Lotfeeder award

A record 19 entries have been received for the Australian Lot Feeders Association’s Young Lot Feeder of the Year 2021 Award, to be announced at the upcoming ALFA SmartBeef conference to be held at Dalby in October. Source: Beef Central Six finalists from four states to contest 2021 Young Lotfeeder award

Working dog championships

The best working dogs from NSW compete under COVID-19 restrictions. Source: ABC Livestock Working dog championships

JBS grainfed supply chain introduces first mandatory BRD vax program

In an Australian first, JBS Australia has introduced a mandatory BRD pre-vaccination requirement for feeder cattle entering the company’s three NSW feedyards. Source: Beef Central JBS grainfed supply chain introduces first mandatory BRD vax program

Hundreds of 'cute' baby camels due to be born on farm in just weeks

About 200 camel calves are expected to be born at Megan Williams’ farm in central Victoria over the next few weeks in what she says is her largest calving to date. Source: ABC Livestock Hundreds of ‘cute’ baby camels due to be born on farm in just weeks

‘Once in a lifetime’ prices lift online offerings

A sharp jump in cattle numbers offered through AuctionsPlus this week had only a minor impact on the record prices of recent weeks, with clearance rates remaining high. The 13,936 head offered this week was up 33pc, with some of the additional numbers offered undoubtedly being drawn out by the “once-in-a-lifetime” prices being returned. … Read more »

DAWE investigating new allegations of cattle mistreatment in Indonesia

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is investigating new claims of animal cruelty allegedly involving Australian cattle in Indonesia, in what is understood to be the first such complaint lodged by animal rights group the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Source: Beef Central DAWE investigating new allegations of cattle… Read more »

NSW Farmers urges govt to heed US chicken stance

A US presidential order prohibiting unfair practices against poultry processors should be heeded by the Australian Government, according to NSW Farmers. Source: Grain Central NSW Farmers urges govt to heed US chicken stance

Bee thieves find themselves caught up in sting operation

Police say thieves may have got more than they bargained for when they stole a number of beehives in NSW’s far west. Source: ABC Livestock Bee thieves find themselves caught up in sting operation

Two men jailed following major Queensland cattle theft

Queensland courts have convicted two men over what police say was one of the state’s biggest cattle theft cases in recent decades. Source: Beef Central Two men jailed following major Queensland cattle theft

This once-rare dog disease appeared in the outback last year. Now it's arrived in the city

Kept out of Australia for decades, a potentially deadly disease spread swiftly through ticks now has a foothold in urban Northern Territory. Patricia Powell’s Staffordshire-cross, Leo, is just one victim lucky to be alive.  Source: ABC Livestock This once-rare dog disease appeared in the outback last year. Now it’s arrived in the city

Kempsey saleyards get a multi-million-dollar boost

The Kempsey Regional Saleyards gets a $6.3 million boost to upgrade the facility, with hopes it will become a key player in regional New South Wales’ livestock trade.  Source: ABC Livestock Kempsey saleyards get a multi-million-dollar boost

Kempsey saleyards recieve multimillion dollar boost

The Kempsey Regional Saleyards has received a $6.3 million boost to upgrade the facility, with hopes it’ll become a key player in regional New South Wales’ livestock trade.  Source: ABC Livestock Kempsey saleyards recieve multimillion dollar boost

Graham Centre Livestock Forum moving online

Promoting discussion on current issues and giving sheep and beef producers insight into new research to boost their bottom-line is the focus of an online Forum being hosted by the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. Source: Beef Central Graham Centre Livestock Forum moving online

New website takes fight to cattle parasites

Cattle producers have a new online resource with the latest information on control of ticks, buffalo fly, worms and lice. Source: Beef Central New website takes fight to cattle parasites

Ag teachers get a taste of feedlot life at Smithfield

A group of 35 agriculture curriculum teachers and their assistants got a better appreciation of how a typical Australian grainfeeding business operates during a visit to Smithfield feedlot near Proston in southern Queensland this morning. Source: Beef Central Ag teachers get a taste of feedlot life at Smithfield

EYCI’s blistering ‘near vertical’ climb continues, with 1000c/kg in sight

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator continues its near-vertical climb towards the magic 1000c/kg barrier this week, reaching yet another record high of 988.11c/kg (dressed weight equivalent) yesterday. In what amounts to the most extraordinary rally in the indicator’s 25-year history, the EYCI has risen almost 37c/kg over the past week, and the best part of… Read more »

Weekly kill: Slaughter cattle grids surge deeper into record territory

Slaughter cattle direct consignment price grids have surged deeper into record territory this week, driven by a rise in international beef demand in some countries as COVID confidence grows, at a time when mid-winter supply becomes chronically tight across large parts of eastern Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Slaughter cattle grids surge deeper… Read more »

Second man jailed over one of largest cattle thefts in decades

A 16-year-old ringer has been praised for alerting the victim and police of a cattle stealing operation in remote north-west Queensland. Source: ABC Livestock Second man jailed over one of largest cattle thefts in decades

SE Asia Report: COVID surge creating havoc across Asia

The Covid 19 surge is creating havoc across Asia with human health and market supply chains, Northern Australian cattle prices remain high in June for the first time and Indonesian imports increase rise sharply to just over 50,000 for June. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: COVID surge creating havoc across Asia

Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud second half outlook

AUSTRALIA recorded its highest monthly cattle export volumes for 12 months in June, with shipments increasing to 97,542 cattle for the month despite the sustained high price of Australian cattle. Source: Beef Central Australian cattle exports lift in June, COVID outbreaks cloud second half outlook

Is St George emerging as a new Australian grainfeeding ‘hub’?

Lessons learned in feeding grain-based supplements and rations to stock during the 2019-20 drought have encouraged some western Queensland livestock producers to embrace more structured grainfeeding operations this year. A good example is four recent large greenfield commercial feedlot development applications currently under consideration by the Balonne Shire Council – two for beef, and two… Read more »

Is St George emerging as a new Australian grainfeeding ‘hub’?

Lessons learned in feeding grain-based supplements and rations to cattle and sheep during the 2019-20 drought have encouraged some western Queensland livestock producers to embrace more structured grainfeeding operations this year. A good example is four recent large greenfield commercial feedlot development applications currently under consideration by the Balonne Shire Council – two for beef,… Read more »

$150k boost for live export animal welfare reporting

The Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) has received a $150,000 Australian Government grant to enhance health and welfare reporting for livestock exports. Source: Beef Central 0k boost for live export animal welfare reporting

New CEO takes LiveCorp helm

The Board of Livecorp has appointed a new CEO to replace Sam Brown who is stepping down to pursue new challenges after 13 years with the livestock export research and development corporation. Source: Beef Central New CEO takes LiveCorp helm

Buffalo industry relieved as NT's only major meatworks reopens

The Batchelor abattoir is an important asset for NT industry, so after a number of delays to its seasonal reopening musterers are relieved it is processing animals not suitable for export. Source: ABC Livestock Buffalo industry relieved as NT’s only major meatworks reopens

Review finds no convincing scientific evidence red meat harmful to human health

A synopsis of five significant, recent and broad-scale scientific investigations on the health risks and health benefits of red meat consumption indicates that there is no convincing scientific evidence for assertions about harmful health effects of unprocessed red meat intake. Source: Beef Central Review finds no convincing scientific evidence red meat harmful to human… Read more »

Young cattle prices head north in online trading

Prices rose again in most young steer and heifer weight categories in online trading this week Source: Beef Central Young cattle prices head north in online trading

Record for heifers smashed as price hits 655c/kg at CQLX Gracemere

A feature run of premium Fenech Brahmans females broke the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX) Prime and Store Sale price per kilo record for commercial heifers at 655.2c/kg on Wednesday, smashing the previous figure by more than 113c/kg. Source: Beef Central Record for heifers smashed as price hits 655c/kg at CQLX Gracemere

Red meat R&D: Working towards greater sustainability in water use

Red meat processors have reduced water intensity by nine percent in their operations since 2009, mostly through water efficiency actions. The next big challenge is advanced water recycling, using reverse osmosis. Source: Beef Central Red meat R&D: Working towards greater sustainability in water use

Court told ex-NTCA CEO treated staff poorly, appropriated meat

As the court battle between the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and its former CEO Ashley Manicaros heats up, claims of poor treatment of staff, misappropriated meat and unapproved salary sacrificing are made.  Source: ABC Livestock Court told ex-NTCA CEO treated staff poorly, appropriated meat

Top young meat sheep judges head to Brisbane’s Ekka

TOP young meat sheep judges from across Australia and New Zealand will compete at Queensland’s Ekka show next month. Source: Sheep Central Top young meat sheep judges head to Brisbane’s Ekka

Red meat sectors must meet livestock traceability standards

AUSTRALIA’S beef industry is potentially compromised by other red meat industries unable to meet national traceability performance standards, according to Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathmann. Source: Sheep Central Red meat sectors must meet livestock traceability standards

Weekly genetics review: Objectively assessing structure – a new app for producers

Many seedstock breeders are now looking to provide additional information for clients on the structural soundness and physical suitability of bulls for use in new programs. A new downloadable App allows bull breeders to do a full visual assessment on phenotypic traits like muscle score, feet & leg traits. shoulders, temperament, sheath, and head traits… Read more »

Weekly kill: Mid-winter rain impacts processing operations

Areas of heavy unseasonal winter rain across parts of Central and eastern Queensland, plus NSW and Victoria have disrupted processing operations over the past week. Last week’s national kill fell 10pc from the week before, as saturated paddocks and flooded creeks made consignment challenging in some areas. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Mid-winter rain… Read more »