The road from Mandalay : 2020

4 years ago I wrote a story about the Myanmar cattle industry with the heading “Myanmar’s Enigmatic Beef Cattle Industry : Please ring back in 2026.” I have just spent 2 weeks in Myanmar in mid-January 2020 and must review my predictions for the future of the cattle industry as a lot has happened in…

May Market Report : S.E. Asian Beef Industry

42nd Edition : May 2017. Key Points  “Weak demand from both Indonesia and Vietnam” has had zero affect on the northern Australian prices which have in fact risen over May. Poor call by me last month! Indian buffalo beef supplies continue to strangle live cattle demand in Indonesia The proposed Indian ban on buffalo beef…

Burma’s Border Blues and Australian cattle prices.

  Myanmar has been featuring in the news headlines lately with numerous reports of boat refugee crises, serious cross-border rebel skirmishes and peace making efforts between the central government and some of the 135 different ethnic nationalities.  The majority Burman ethnic group makes up about two thirds of the population and controls both the government…

Dorper Lamb : The story behind the brand.

                Late in 2002, Central Pacific Livestock Pty Ltd (CENPAC) negotiated a contract with the Shandong Agricultural Group from Jinan in northeastern China to supply 1000 head of purebred Boer goats and 1000 head of purebred Dorper sheep.  These animals were to be used to develop an elite…

February Market Report : S.E. Asia Beef Industry

15th Edition : February 2015. Key Points Prices begin to climb in Indonesia. Two shipments delivered to Thailand and 3rd on the water Vietnamese prices steady despite large inflows via Cambodia Inquiries from prospective Chinese importers mounting   Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.80 / kg live weight Live cattle prices are climbing as supplies…

Go Cambodia

  Last month I wrote an article describing the amazing developments occurring within the Vietnamese live cattle importing industry. Well, watch out because Cambodia is coming up fast right behind them. The governments of Cambodia and Thailand signed off on import health protocols for live feeder and slaughter cattle with Australia during the latter part…

Meat Sheep and Goats in Asia

There has been a great deal of media hype for years now around the live cattle trade throughout South East Asia and more recently China. Surprisingly, the sheep and goat trade to this region still manages to fly under the radar despite some spectacular pricing. Indonesia is a big consumer of goats with 99.9% produced…

January Market Report : S.E. Asia Beef Industry

14th Edition : January 2015. Key Points Indonesian Government policies continue to send conflicting messages Strong competition in Vietnam from Cambodian live imports The Aussie $ collapse is a lifesaver Chinese prices vary dramatically around the country. Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.65 / kg live weight Live cattle prices are firm on last month…

October Southeast Asian Market Report

11th Edition : October 2014. Key Points Prices generally steady for another month Western style abattoirs in Indonesia under pressure from very cheap imported Australian product Major Philippines abattoir closes AUD$ weakness helps offset rising Australian cattle prices Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.40 / kg liveweight Once again the slaughter cattle prices remain steady…