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Wednesday 9th March 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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MSD Animal Health

Australian Cattle on Feed at Record Levels

Cattle in Australian feedlots reached record levels in the final quarter of 2015 with 997,765 head on feed, with the increase driven by more cattle in the large NSW feedlots, which offset a small decline in Queensland, Sarah Mikesell reported this week.

Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) President, Tess Herbert said the results reflected the decrease in the Australian dollar and grain prices.

“The Australian dollar averaged 72US¢ in the December quarter, which is a 16 per cent year-on-year decline,” Ms Herbert said.

"At the same time, Darling Downs wheat averaged $281 per tonne, back 11 per cent, and sorghum decreased 8 per cent, to average $270 per tonne for the last three months of the year,” Ms Herbert said.

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Manager of Market Information, Ben Thomas, explained that strong international demand resulted in solid cattle prices throughout the December quarter – click here to read more.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, a new report from Beef + Lamb NZ says cattle revenue is forecast to rise 2.1 per cent to $120,400 per farm for 2015-16, on the back of cattle prices remaining relatively high (despite a slight decrease on last season’s pricing) and increased stock values.

Farm-gate prices are expected to ease by 2.6 per cent – to 499 cents per kilogram carcase weight for steers and heifers and 390 cents for cows – after gaining more than 30 per cent in the previous season.

Heavier average carcase weights should partly offset the slight decline in per kilogram pricing.
The report also said that this season’s export cattle production is estimated to decrease 7.3 per cent to 605,000 tonnes carcase weight.

This follows record high production, particularly for cows, in 2014-15, driven by high international beef prices and low dairy prices - read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Cattle Farmers Look Into Improving Upland Grazing Opportunities
A group of farmers in the North of England have got together to run a trial looking at cattle grazed on rough upland pasture. Neil Ryder reports.

Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production?
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Infographic: The Global Mycotoxin Threat 2016
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Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 8 March 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   United States

CME: US Beef Exports Looking Stronger in January Data
Cattle Outlook: USDA to Reduce Cattle Inventory Reporting
CME: US Cattle Numbers Continue to Increase
Increased Biofuel Production Could Lead to Global Food Deficit, Study Shows
CME: Poor Restaurant Performance a Concern for US Meat Industry
US Markets Reopened to Dutch Beef

   United Kingdom

Co-op Price Cuts Emphasise Difficulties in Red Meat Sector
New Inspection Reporting to Improve Livestock Health
Farmers Call for Fairer Share of Beef Retail Price
Farmgate Prices Report Recommends Action on Rural Payments, Exports

   Australia

Researchers Help Aussie Beef Farmers Maximise New Road Cash
Australian Cattle on Feed at Record Levels

   European Union

Assessing the Environmental Impact of Meat Production

   France

Further Bluetongue Outbreaks Found in France

   Global

Global Food Prices Steady in February

   New Zealand

NZ Cattle Revenue Expected to Rise This Year

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