ICMJ’s 2019 Wagga workshop to celebrate 30 years

ONE of the red meat industry’s most successful capability-building programs, the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, will celebrate its first 30 years in July. The 2019 Australian ICMJ workshop and competition will be held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, from 9–14 July, supported by MLA and the Australian Meat Processors Corporation. In a […]

Angus 2019: Australia still a red meat nation

Two months after taking over as MLA managing director, Jason Strong was asked during a panel session at the Angus Australia conference in Albury what the producer levy-funded service company was doing to defend the red meat industry against escalating campaigns against meat production by vegans. Mr Strong said that within the constraints of its […]

Opportunities for Aussie Wagyu in affluent Asia

Premium Australian beef such as Australian Wagyu has an opportunity to tap into the demands of increasingly affluent consumers in key Asian markets where conspicuous consumption is on the rise, and the popularity of Japanese and Korean cuisine is growing. That was the message MLA International Business Manager – Japan and Korea, Andrew Cox, delivered […]

Mega month of China meat imports

China purchased an unprecedented volume of meat in April, with total pork, poultry, beef, sheepmeat and offal (mostly porcine) imports increasing 34% year-on-year to a record 467,000 tonnes swt. Part of this import expansion has been underpinned by the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) across China. As the China pork shortage becomes more acute […]

ICMJ to celebrate 30 years

One of the red meat industry’s most successful capacity building programs, the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ), will celebrate 30 years in July. The 2019 Australian ICMJ workshop and competition will be held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, from 9–14 July, supported by MLA and the Australian Meat Processors Corporation (AMPC). In […]

Diversify to ride out tough times

The reality of drought motivated Felicity McLeod’s 2017 Nuffield Scholarship research into effective business diversification strategies. With recorded rainfall being well below the average 200mm/year for the previous five years, she was keen to investigate ways to spread business risk and explore other avenues while still maintaining a wool-producing Merino flock. “Drought isn’t a new […]

Breeding herd further eroded

Nationally, 2.6 million head of cattle were processed from January to April, up 10% year-on-year. Add on the 350,000 head of cattle that shipped live over the same period, and the number of cattle that have exited the production system during the first four months of 2019 is only surpassed by the records set in […]

Global appetite for Japanese-style restaurants is great news for Aussie beef

Japan provided Australia with a pathway into premium export markets for beef and now the growing global popularity of its cuisine is offering new opportunities. Andrew Cox, Meat and Livestock Australia’s international business manager for Japan and Korea, said there had been a huge proliferation of Japanese cuisine globally and across Asia. The Japanese Government […]

Beef’s global opportunities and challenges

Global demand for beef is as strong as it’s ever been and is projected to go even higher, according to MLA’s global market insights. However, worldwide production is also set to rise, and the competition from both old and new proteins has never been so intense. MLA Managing Director Jason Strong gave an overview of […]

‘Fitbit for cows’ set to revolutionise beef industry from paddock to plate

An electronic tracking ear tag being developed for cattle could forever change the way graziers manage both livestock and farmland. Researchers from James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville are collaborating with the Queensland Department of Science, the CSIRO and commercial partner Ceres Tag to adapt GPS technology for small, affordable livestock ear tags. Computational chemistry […]