Export grinding meat prices continue to soar to record levels

IMPORTED Australian 90 CL grinding beef prices into the US have soared to all-time record levels over the past month, driven by global demand for meat protein, a sharp seasonal decline in NZ beef production and favourable currency trends. International competitors have provided increasingly stiff opposition to US customers intent on sourcing lean Australian frozen […]

CSIRO auctions historic bull semen for charity

Advances in science mean an historic collection of bull semen is no longer required by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and will now be auctioned to raise money for the charities Drought Angels, the Queensland Country Women’s Association and Beyond Blue. The genetic material from a range of rare cattle breeds, including one named after […]

Bye bye bacon African swine fever threatens the Australian pork industry

African swine fever, the disease that has ravaged the global pig population, may be on our doorstep, but Australian butchers, farmers and government agencies are preparing themselves. “They say it’s only a matter of time before it gets here,” says smallgoods producer Felix Gamze from Gamze Smokehouse in Victoria. He refers to the announcement last […]

‘Never seen the market hotter’: A silver lining for drought-stricken farmers

China’s insatiable appetite for Australian beef has lifted prices to their highest levels since 2016, offering a silver lining for drought-stricken northern Australian cattle farmers in the face of seriously deteriorated conditions. Producers across northern NSW have flooded the market in the past week, encouraged by growing demand as farmers seek to offload their stock […]

MLA MD Jason Strong’s views on anti-meat activism, alternative proteins

EIGHT months into his new job as Meat & Livestock Australia managing director and CEO, Jason Strong gave a frank and forthright account of his views on anti-meat activism and the perceived threat to red meat from plant based proteins during last week’s annual general meeting in Tamworth. The Lemontree feedlot invasion took place the week before he started […]

Swine fever’s impact: the good and bad

AS AFRICAN swine fever wreaks massive disruption in global protein supply and demand over the next two years, there will be benefits to Australian producers in upward pressure on prices, analysts believe. On the flip side, ASF presents the greatest risk from animal disease Australia has ever faced, although red meat industry leaders feel the […]