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 […]

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 […]

Australia’s largest meat processor in beef-tracking trial

Major beef company working with Microsoft partner on IoT trial. Australia’s largest meat processor, JDS Australia, is trialing technology that tracks beef from ‘paddock to plate’. The company, which is a subsidiary of global food processing giant JBS S.A., is using sensors, artificial intelligence and blockchain to provide information about beef provenance and quality. Sydney […]

South America flexes but the US still our main competition

WHILE South American countries continue to flex their muscle in global beef markets Australia holds dear, the United States remains our number one competitor. US overlap with Australia in high-end export markets became even more pronounced through 2019 with their trade deal negotiations and heavy supply having an impact. The US, Brazil and Argentina remain […]

Red meat’s leading export status confirmed by State of the Industry Report

As the world’s largest sheepmeat and goatmeat exporter, and third largest beef exporter behind Brazil and India, Australia consistently exports more than 65 per cent of its red meat production to overseas markets. That’s according to the Australian red meat and livestock industry State of the Industry Report 2019, launched by the Red Meat Advisory Council […]

Bendigo chicken producer says industry could help as African swine fever spreads and red meat prices rise

BENDIGO chickens could help fill a global “protein shortage” spurred on by a swine fever pandemic and high red meat prices, the head of Hazeldenes planned to tell agribusiness leaders on Friday. African swine fever has swept through Asia and the Victorian Farmers Federation fears the highly infectious disease could enter Australia and devastate the […]

Meat-processing facilities are mobilising toward sustainability

Solar PV cuts the mustard for meat-processing facilities Industry sectors are mobilising toward sustainability, with different supply-chain partners inspiring one another to take part. Andrews Meat Industries in Lidcombe, NSW, has announced deployment of 836 kW of rooftop solar power to reduce both electricity costs and its carbon footprint. From paddock to plate, the meat […]