Cattle industry weathers tough start to 2019

Key points: National beef cattle herd revised down due to drought and floods Slaughter expected to slow in second half of 2019 Strong demand for Australian beef from China and the US supporting finished cattle prices Ongoing drought in many production areas of Australia combined with unprecedented flooding in north-west Queensland in February has resulted […]

Tackling activism and telling red meat’s story

With anti-meat extremism attracting more attention in the media, the Australian red meat and livestock industry has been working to inform consumers about the health, welfare and environmental credentials of red meat and share the story of its production. However, an hour-long piece on ABC’s Landline program on Sunday – reporting on growing animal welfare […]

Aussie beef showcases its sustainability credentials in Japan

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics aiming to be the ‘greenest games ever’, food sustainability has become a hot topic in Japan, Australia’s largest beef export market. To ensure the Australian beef industry is recognised as a global leader on the issue of sustainability, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Japan hosted the inaugural Aussie Beef Sustainability […]

Virtual showcase of Australian lamb – from paddock to plate

The story of how Australia produces the world’s most sought-after lamb, from the farm right through to the consumer, has been brought to life using innovative 360 degree virtual reality technology. Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) today launched the new Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story at Red Meat 2018 in Canberra. The immersive 360 degree reality […]

Lean red meat plays an important role in a healthy, balanced diet

Lean red meat plays an important role in a healthy, balanced diet and is recommended in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Red meat is a popular choice, especially at dinner, and is a great, natural source of protein, zinc and iron that’s well absorbed by the body. Iron is particularly important during early childhood and for […]

Elevated start to 2019 Australian red meat exports

Demand and supply trends have commenced 2019 much like they finished 2018. Drought and elevated numbers on feed have kept kill floors busy and pushed more product onto the export market, supported by a softer A$ and strong global demand. However, an unresolved US-China trade war and Brexit continue to fuel economic and political uncertainty, […]

Live export relief as new cattle density rules delayed

Cattle exporters have been granted an 11th-hour reprieve after being told yesterday tougher new rules that reduce stocking densities up to 15 per cent will not come into effect from today as originally planned. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources told cattle exporters yesterday the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry (Export of Livestock by […]

Indian buffalo meat success puts sizable dent in Australia’s live cattle trade with Indonesia — its biggest market

The introduction of frozen Indian buffalo meat in Indonesia has halved demand for Australian cattle, according to industry representatives. Indonesia is Australia’s largest live cattle market, taking more than 700,000 head in record years. But in recent years the price of Australian cattle has skyrocketed, reaching unprecedented highs. As a result, in 2016 the Indonesian […]