October Market Report : S.E. Asian Beef Industry

35th Edition : October 2016. Key Points  Indonesian feedlotters agree to import 20% breeders Insignificant numbers imported to Indonesia for September & October & early November More Vietnamese feedlotters excluded from Australian import supply chains Shipping rates under great pressure   Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $4.32 / kg live weight (Rp9,950 = $1AUD)  Live…

1984 has arrived, at least the bovine version has.

“Nineteen Eighty Four” is a novel written by George Orwell in 1949.  The story describes a mythical future society run by a privileged Inner Party and headed up by a tyrannical leader called “Big Brother”.  The society elite used their power, including omnipresent government surveillance for their own selfish purposes leading to rebellion from those…

Ucok

Last year I wrote a story about a skinny boy called Bambang, who was (and still is) an exceptional Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) in South Sumatera, Indonesia.  Ucok is an AWO in North Sumatera and while he is every bit as effective as Bambang, the two could hardly be more different. 32 year old Ucok…

April Market Report : S.E. Asia Beef Industry

17th Edition : April 2015. Key Points Indonesia releases additional permits for Q2 slaughter cattle Strong import flows into Indonesia mean feedlots must clear stock to make room. Prices in Vietnam stay soft as feedlot fats begin to flow. Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.65 / kg live weight The Indonesian government issued additional import…

March Market Report : S.E. Asia Beef Industry

16th Edition : March 2015. Key Points Q2 permits for Indo might just be in time for Ramadan & Lebaran Prices ease in Vietnam following a flush of imported cattle Thai prices back off slightly following the first Aussie imports China puts the squeeze on illegal box beef imports Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.85…

It’s a small world.

This sleepy river crossing on the Thailand-Myanmar border near the northwestern Thai town of Mae Sot is the only significant site where live cattle and buffalo from Myanmar are imported into Thailand.  120,000 head of cattle and buffalo walked across this shallow crossing into Thailand during 2014.  The simple fact is, the cattle movements across…

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…

How do you say “Gangbusters” in Vietnamese?

I visited some live cattle importer projects in southern Vietnam last week and I am now having difficulty finding the right adjectives to describe the phenomenal progress that has been made since the trade began in earnest with the importation of less than 2000 head from Australia in 2011. The figure for 2014 was close…

Can they pay more?

Can our Asian customers pay more for beef if the price suddenly goes up? Short answer : Absolutely. The long answer is a mixture of complex pricing structures combined with radical differences in supply chain arrangements, cultural perceptions, social eating habits, input costs, waste management, meal preparation styles and the unparalleled reputation of Aussie beef.…