Weekly genetics review: Getting your bulls safely through joining

In breeding cattle, joining is a make-or-break period, in more ways than one. In areas where controlled matings are used, production levels for the following season are determined by events that occur during a 6-12 week window. Here are some tips for joining, such as how to manage dominance, and the need for regular inspections.

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Weekly genetics review: Getting your bulls safely through joining

How much milk is enough in a beef herd?

Producers often place emphasis on milk as a BreedPlan trait when considering a new beef sire. The ability to provide sufficient milk to support calf growth should be part of a producer’s check list, however, while milk is important, it needs to be placed in context to other traits. In particular it is important to consider the impact milk and calf growth has on overall enterprise profitability, genetics editor Al Rayner suggests 

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How much milk is enough in a beef herd?

Sun sets on WA attempts to eradicate Johne’s disease

The regulatory status of Johne’s disease will be reduced in Western Australia, after cattle industry representatives agreed that eradication of the chronic wasting disease is now unfeasible following a recent detection of the cattle strain on a cattle property in the State’s south, the WA Government has confirmed. 

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Sun sets on WA attempts to eradicate Johne’s disease

Support for voluntary labelling of plant-based proteins “hotly contested”

Plant-based protein sector claims that meat sector opposition to voluntary labelling of alternative meats amounted to “a significant minority” have been hotly contested at the Senate Inquiry into meat category branding on Friday. 

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Support for voluntary labelling of plant-based proteins “hotly contested”

MLA’s AGM goes digital for second year, as COVID challenges continue

MLA’s November annual general meeting will be held online for the second consecutive year this year, as COVID-related interstate people movement restrictions continue to create challenges for live meetings. The face-to-face AGM on November 25 has now been replaced with a virtual AGM gathering to be held the same day, supported by weekly Information Update webinars over the five weeks prior.

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MLA’s AGM goes digital for second year, as COVID challenges continue

Numbers lift in online sales, as price movements become more volatile

It was another busy week for AuctionsPlus cattle sales last week, with the offering jumping ten percent on the week before to 18,642 head. Price changes and clearance rates were the most volatile experienced for several months, with an increasing distance developing between vendors and buyers through the breeding lines.

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Numbers lift in online sales, as price movements become more volatile

Episode 30: Cattle Council President, Markus Rathsmann

On the Weekly Grill with Kerry Lonergan this week is Marcus Rathsmann,  President of Council of Australia. A Northern Territory beef producer, Marcus answers the burning questions on possible restructuring of CCA and MLA, he has opinions on the journey ahead for beef producers as they try to meet the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 – and of course, there’s the levy – to lift or to lower – it’s On The Grill this week.

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Episode 30: Cattle Council President, Markus Rathsmann

Red meat R&D: Advancing red meat sustainability

The Australian Meat Processor Corporation has a strong sustainability agenda and has highlighted a recent study that shows meat processing plants produce zero food waste. AMPC has also recently launched two services to help its members apply for sustainability grants and assess solar energy options.

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Red meat R&D: Advancing red meat sustainability

Weekly property review: South Australian grazing land attracting interstate interest

This week’s property review looks at the state of play in the grazing land market in South Australia, where there has been a significant rise in listings of ‘station country’ in the region over the last 12 months – often viewed as ‘affordable’ compared to other areas further east, and for the first time attracting considerable interstate interest.

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Weekly property review: South Australian grazing land attracting interstate interest

McDonald’s re-introduces Wagyu burger to premium lineup

Burger chain McDonald’s has today reintroduced the Wagyu Beef Burger to its deluxe offering, after a two-year absence. The company says it has secured about 170 tonnes of F1 Wagyu trim from more than 100 Australian properties for the limited-time offer, which sets a new high-water mark for the company’s burger prices.

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McDonald’s re-introduces Wagyu burger to premium lineup

Weekly genetics review: Financial progress through genetic selection

This week’s genetics review extends the discussion on breeding timelines to highlight the importance of not expecting massive measurable change from new genetics in a herd, and that producers wanting greater profitability should also focus on strategic decisions to complement existing genetics while their new genetic selections are built into their herd.

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Weekly genetics review: Financial progress through genetic selection

Is it possible to select cattle for higher rates of twins?

Is it possible to select beef cattle for high rates of twinning? A small but enthusiastic group of cattle producers in western Victoria have been exploring this challenge for the past 16 years, with considerable success. One herd saw 53pc of mature cows scanned for twins this year, and equally impressively, 33pc of first-calf heifers.

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Is it possible to select cattle for higher rates of twins?

10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

The Australian livestock export industry, in partnership with Australian livestock producers and the Australian Government, have invested significant time and funding into the development of LGAP, and remains committed to its goals writes ALEC CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton.

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10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry