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…

Three little Presidents

I took this photo about a year ago near a tiny fishing village in southern Sumatera.  I kept returning to it because there was something about it that struck a cord but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then it came to me, the subject is a metaphor for the Indonesia that I live…

September Southeast Asian Market Report

10th Edition : September 2014. Key Points Prices steady in every market – The calm before the storm Cross-rates are more important than the US/AUD movement The Korban festival is the dominant factor for October in Indonesia and Malaysia Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.40 / kg liveweight The remarkable thing about the Indonesian market…

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.…

Indonesian Beef policy

Q.   Why have Indonesian government policies been so unsuccessful at influencing their national beef industry? A.   Because it is not really a beef industry. The Indonesian government is concerned about food security just like every other government around the world. High levels of beef and live cattle imports building up to huge volumes…