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…

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…

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…

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…

August Southeast Asian Market Report

  9th Edition : August 2014. Key Points A rare month of market stability for Indonesia Vietnam continues to grow strongly Thai imports from Myanmar are a key driver of continental SEA live cattle supplies Feeder bulls in northern China selling for $6.97 per kg live Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.30 / kg liveweight…