Tough year ahead but farmers will remain on the job

REDUCED production and a third consecutive year of contracting farmgate revenues will make 2020 one of the most challenging for the majority of Australian farmers, the flagship early-year report from big agriculture lender Rabobank shows. Agribusiness Outlook 2020 concludes a ‘multi-year rebuild’ is how business is now shaping up for most agriculture sectors. However, report […]

Sharp rain-induced spikes the cattle market story for 2020

The hard and fast jump in young cattle prices that has come on the back of January rain is likely a good indicator of the volatility producers can expect from the market this year, according to agribusiness specialist Rabobank. The bank’s beef experts expect all cattle classes to trade in a higher price bracket this […]

Insatiable Chinese demand creates turning point for beef

THE red hot demand for Australian beef that has helped hold cattle prices up against a backdrop of drought-induced offloading has led to a turning point, the release of new Federal Government export data shows. For the first time ever, China has taken the crown as Australia’s largest beef market, volume-wise, over a calendar year, […]

Signs are few, but good, for young cattle prices

SPORADIC restocker activity at early sales, combined with clear indications both lotfeeders and live exporters have the capacity to pump strength into the young cattle market, is delivering encouraging signs for producers scheduled to sell over the next few months. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator opened this week at 486.75 cents per kilogram carcase weight, […]

Will red meat end up with a single voice peak body?

EFFORTS to reform the way the red meat industry is structured, to ensure both the advocacy groups and the research corporations are still fit for the job, ticked away throughout 2019. It’s just one of the big ticket items at play in Australia’s red meat game featured in Australian Community Media’s Rare Vision publication, to […]

Australia’s red meat industry is operating in an increasingly challenging global environment

Australia’s red meat industry is operating in an increasingly challenging global environment, not only experiencing tough seasonal conditions in many regions, but also facing significant attention around the sustainability of the red meat and livestock sectors and the place of red meat in a healthy diet. More than ever before, consumers – particularly in developed […]

Digital livestock project showing good results

Livestock producers have been told that a trial of digital technology for livestock management is showing some cost saving positives. Meat & Livestock Australia’s Digital Livestock 4.0 project has been trialled for the past year by the Carwoola Pastoral Company in southern NSW. The operation comprises 16,000 hectares over four properties in the Canberra and […]

The facts every cattle producer should know by heart

SINCE 2005, Australia’s beef industry has reduced its emissions by 56 per cent. On the animal welfare front, 82pc of the national herd is now vaccinated for clostridial diseases, new pain relief products have been launched in the past few years and producer uptake has jumped to 15pc and poll gene prevalence is sitting at […]

Refocus on lean lamb in new cook book

LAMB will be the focus when author and Murdoch University professor Catherine Itsiopoulos completes her new book on the Mediterranean diet and heart health. Ms Itsiopoulos, vice chancellor of Science, Health Engineering and Education, said lamb was traditionally part of the Greek Mediterranean diet, but over the years it had been replaced by other types […]

MLA AGM endorses the new and the re-elected

A NEW board member and two incumbents returning for a second three-year term were endorsed by levy payers during Meat & Livestock Australia’s annual general meeting in Tamworth this afternoon. Almost 500 producers and industry representatives participated in a three-day program held as part of the Red Meat 2019 industry event, which culminated in today’s […]