National sheep and lamb production to drop as farmers look to restock

Sheep and lamb production is set to be down on 2019 figures due to slaughter numbers reducing as farmers look to restock during the favourable conditions. Despite demand uncertainties, sheep producers appear to have commenced flock rebuilding amid improved seasonal conditions, high-end productivity and record lamb prices, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2020 Sheep […]

South American processing giant eyes off Australian investment

SOUTH American processing giant Athena Foods is eyeing-off investment in Australian red meat processing, as part of an expansion move driven by a planned public listing on the New York stock exchange. Athena Foods is a subsidiary of Minerva Foods, which split its business two years ago, with Minerva continuing to run operations in Brazil, […]

Simple program for lamb success

KEEPING their program simple and using the right breed for their area is what keeps the Freeman family’s prime lamb enterprise viable. Paul and Julie Freeman’s Redbrae farm consists of 8000 hectares and is situated in marginal country around Mullewa. The family’s mixed farming enterprise is mainly cropping, with their sheep breeding program run as […]

Beef exports still dropping, but someone’s picking up the slack

Beef exports continued heading south for the month of September, in line with production, and it is likely to keep tracking lower for the rest of the year. September saw Australia send just 72,619 tonnes of beef overseas, the lowest monthly volume since January 2019. This was also just one tonne more than the closest […]

Beef Australia to make a call on 2021 event in November

A DECISION on whether the Beef Australia 2021 event goes ahead in Rockhampton next year – and if so, what format the event might take – is expected to be made during November. Beef Australia chairman Bryce Camm provided an update to stakeholders yesterday, as the beef industry continues to navigate through travel and distancing […]

Australian lamb consumption continuing to decline

DOMESTIC lamb consumption continues to decline in Australia, but China has dominated export demand, according to the latest red meat State of the Industry report. The State of the Industry 2020 report said that although in recent years the retail price for lamb has climbed higher, Australia continues to be one of the largest per […]

An outstanding line up for Ascot’s annual bull sale

An outstanding, 100 per cent polled line-up of 124 Angus and Charolais bulls have been selected by Ascot stud principals Jim and Jackie Wedge for their 13th annual Spring Sale taking place on-property at North Toolburra, Warwick, on Friday, September 18, from 1pm. The Wedges will also hold an open day on August 27 between […]

Australia’s spring lamb flush is incoming

It’s the first week of spring and the annual flush of lambs are beginning to come through saleyards but the influx isn’t expected for another couple of months. Thomas Elder Markets commodity market insights manager Matt Dalgleish said in Victoria, the state that typically sees the biggest yardings at this time of year, weekly yardings […]

Australia moves to embrace digital agriculture

Australia has unveiled its new agricultural innovation agenda, with digital innovations taking centre stage. The 1 September agricultural innovation agenda announcement by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is good news for farmers, National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar said. “The NFF and our members have been calling on the Government to take a lead role in supporting […]