Summer travels
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I am just back from a great trip in the USA which included Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit and Los Angeles. Interesting to see the diversity in retail offerings from specialised supermarkets in all the cities we visited. Supermarkets remain key channels for beef and lamb purchases with Australian meat prices proving to be a barrier.

Top left - T-Bone steak at Curtis Stone's Gwen's in LA. Top right - A huge F450 v Porsche 4wd in Detroit. Bottom left - Bison mince was on a lot of the shelves in USA supermarkets.
Bottom right - Wagyu Striploin for $98/kg AUD in an LA supermarket

Dubai Gulfood 2020

Bill has just returned from a week in Dubai attending Gulfood 2020. There were over 100,000 attendees from across the globe. Many interesting meetings and some great opportunities for the year ahead. Bill will be back over in the Middle East to visit again in the coming months.
Bill Scott (KC Natural) and Angus Winterflood (Foodsource) at Gulfood 2020.
Due to the Coronavirus threat, attendees were asked not to shake hands... somewhat of a challenge when over 100,000 people are meeting and greeting! The view over Dubai from hotel room.

Coronavirus fears force China into mass chicken cull

  • China to start importing live chickens from US as feed shortages due to controls which have blocked shipments of animal feed
  • Farmers have slaughtered at least 100m young chickens which is small part of 9.3bn bird a year industry but it is expected to accelerate if the restrictions continue
Source: Financial Times read full article here

Is plant based meat all it's cracked up to be?

  • 137 plant based meat substitutes were identified on supermarket shelves last year representing growth in the sector of 429% since 2015
  • 1/3 of included protein rich legumes and lentils and 1/5 were made with whole grains like brown rice and quinoa
  • Most concerningly plant based products had on average six times more sodium than meat
Source: Beef Central read full article here
On shelf at Coles - pork-free Bratwurst discounted to sell. Any takers?

Sharing the red meat story

  • A series of new on-farm videos designed to showcase the red meat industry‚Äôs strong environmental, social and animal welfare credentials to consumers, has been produced by the MLA for its Australian Good Meat program.
  • The 11 on-farm videos feature beef and lamb producers sharing their own stories about how they care for their animals and natural resources.
  • Click here to view the videos.
Source: Beef Central read full article here

Southern NSW 50 years rainfall

  • Rainfall for 2019 was well below the 50 year average, with the exception of March
  • Amazing 70mm here at Hillgrove last week. Soft, gentle, soaking rain with no run-off. Incredible kick-start to Autumn. Almost nil rain forecast across the region of southern NSW over the next couple of weeks.
Source: Mecardo here

World record $37,000 sheep dog

A 2.5 year-old collie bitch made just over $37,000 at the Skipton Auction Mart in England held in February, setting a new world record for the highest price ever paid for a working dog. Surely 'Megan' the black and white sheep dog has an electric blanket and doesn't sleep a night outside. Wow. Must be a very handy dog.
34 year old shepherdess Emma Gray demonstrating Megan at the Skipton auction
Source: Sheep Central read full article here

Summer Lamb Campaign

The summer lamb campaign was launched Jan 27th and aims to inspire Australians to disconnect from their devices and reconnect face to face, while enjoying delicious Australian Lamb.
Source: MLA here

Lamb loin chops with haloumi and pomegranate salad

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