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 […]

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 […]