Australia lifts ban on cattle exports to Indonesia

Australia resumed its $350 million a year live cattle trade with Indonesia on Wednesday following a temporary ban over cruelty concerns. FULL STORY »

Famed Australia ranch to be sold due to export ban

Australia's best-known Outback cattle ranch has been put on the market by an owner who on Wednesday blamed the country's ban on livestock exports to Indonesia for destroying her livelihood. FULL STORY »

Cattle producers threaten suit in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald reports poor animal handling practices in Indonesia resulting in suspended exports from Australia may lead to a class action suit by Australian cattle farmers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Beef bashing Down Under

Aussies are grappling with the reality that humane transport for exported cattle often ends in horrific abuse once the animals arrive at Asian destinations. So should such sales be halted? FULL STORY »

Australia suspends live cattle trade to Indonesia

Australia has suspended live cattle exports to Indonesia after an outcry over footage that showed the animals screaming and writhing as they were slaughtered, the government said Wednesday as a key political party called for a permanent ban on the trade to any country. FULL STORY »

Cargill announces partnership with Australian processor

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports Cargill will team with the second-largest beef processor in Australia in a joint venture to process up to 1.5 million head of cattle per year. FULL STORY »

Scientist uses award to find if calm cattle make better beef

ABC Rural reports an award by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation will help a Murdoch University scientist find if a cow’s temperament affects the beef it produces. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Aussie advocacy

In response to a backlash against efforts to develop a viable rural industry harvesting kangaroos, a commercial and scientific coalition has crafted a powerful antidote to the animal activists. FULL STORY »

Beef trade continues to boost cattle markets

The latest trade data (for January) shows that the strong beef exports from 2010 have carried over into 2011. FULL STORY »

Kiwi conundrum

Recent developments within New Zealand’s livestock industries cast an interesting light on the validity of USDA’s proposed new rules on livestock sales and contract provisions. Here’s the story. FULL STORY »

Floods Costing Australia $3B In Lost Farming, Coal

The river that submerged vast swaths of Australia's third-largest city last week surged again Friday and began flooding some Brisbane suburbs, as rivers in Australia's southeast soared to record heights. FULL STORY »

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