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Regional ag businesses harvest the fruits of broadband internet

When two large Queensland lotfeeding operations invested in broadband internet, questions were posed around whether the service would really help the businesses increase productivity, and whether it was ‘only going be used for social media and Netflix by staff.’ But according to feedback from both, improved connectivity has not only boosted productivity and staff retention,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 20, 2019

The Dollar has headed into the New York interbank open on a mixed footing, showing gains versus the Pound while changing hands at near net unchanged levels against the Euro and Canadian Dollar, and showing losses against the Yen and Australian Dollar. Sterling’s underperformance saw Cable print a three-day low at 1.2074, which was the… Read more »

Weekly genetics review: The practicalities of introducing and managing new bulls

With thousands of herd bulls currently changing hands in the spring bull market, genetics editor Al Rayner offers some advice to buyers on managing new sire introductions and assimilating them into the herd Source: Beef Central Weekly genetics review: The practicalities of introducing and managing new bulls

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 20, 2019

The Australian Dollar has traded firmer and, to a lesser extent, the New Zealand buck. The gains came despite Chinese stock markets sputtering, although other equity markets across the Asia-Pacific region performed better, continuing the recouperation from last week’s acute phase of risk-off positioning. AUD-USD printed a five-day high, at 0.6795, as did AUD-JPY, at… Read more »

Wagga sale 20 Aug: Most categories back 10-40c

A lack of buyer support and little competition from feedlots influenced rates in a larger yarding of 3540 at Wagga.  Most categories took a hit of 10-40c depending on condition and weight. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 20 Aug: Most categories back 10-40c

Weekly kill: Some Qld grids lift 5-10c

Some Queensland slaughter cattle grids have risen 5-10c/kg this week, but the trend is more about processors re-aligning with their competitors’ higher offers, rather than overall cattle market changes. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Some Qld grids lift 5-10c

Tasmania’s GM ban stands as SA move largely welcomed

South Australia’s move to lift its moratorium on GM crops has been largely welcomed by industry groups, and leaves Tasmania as the only Australian state with a GM ban still in place. Source: Grain Central Tasmania’s GM ban stands as SA move largely welcomed

Time for national animal welfare standards, says AMIC

As new legislation to introduce jail sentences for people who incite farm invasion and harassment makes its way through parliament, processors have called on state and federal governments to work together on harmonised national standards for animal welfare across the supply chain. Source: Beef Central Time for national animal welfare standards, says AMIC

New projects tap the pulse of northern Australia

A new funding agreement has been announced to support the development of a northern Australian broadacre cropping industry. Source: Grain Central New projects tap the pulse of northern Australia

National farm debt mediation scheme a priority

A national farm debt mediation scheme remains a priority, as outlined in the Government’s Banking Royal Commission Implementation Roadmap, rural finance minister David Littleproud says Source: Beef Central National farm debt mediation scheme a priority

Heytesbury deal for Wellard vessel purchase now back on track

A deal to sell its live export vessel, the MV Ocean Swagman to Western Australia’s Heytesbury Holdings is back on track, just a fortnight after owner Wellard signalled that the agreement was off, and an alternate buyer had been found. Source: Beef Central Heytesbury deal for Wellard vessel purchase now back on track

‘Some improvement’ in cattle and beef industry transparency, says ACCC

The cattle and beef industry has taken some steps towards improving transparency in dealings between processers and livestock producers, but more work is needed, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has noted. Source: Beef Central ‘Some improvement’ in cattle and beef industry transparency, says ACCC

Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture

Large or small, each business is defined by its company culture; it is the unique identifier of its principles and values. The most successful agribusinesses will always have a solid workplace culture in place. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture

Would you buy meat on Instagram?

Indonesian ‘mumpreneurs’ are cashing-in on an appetite for purchasing cheap beef online, threatening Australia’s live cattle trade. Source: ABC Livestock Would you buy meat on Instagram?

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 19, 2019

The Dollar was rangebound in N.Y. on Monday, leaving the DXY between 98.18 lows at the open, and 98.27 after the London close. There was no data to drive the market. Wall Street was higher on trade negotiation hopes, while Treasury yields edged higher as well. EUR-USD slipped from 1.1104 to lows under 1.1090 later… Read more »

Tools available to help producers pick a high-performance sire + Videos

When two sires look similar – same breed, same weight and both structurally sound – how does one tell which will produce the most fertile daughters or progeny with the best marbling? The truth is, nobody can tell, by looks alone. But that’s why producers have access to breeding values. They allow stakeholders to see… Read more »