Big variation exists in producer financial performance, despite high cattle prices

Big variation exists in producer financial performance, despite high cattle prices

Articles & Publications, Opinion Pieces
By Ian Mclean (a summary of his presentation to the Young Beef Producers Forum 2016) This article was first published on Beef Central It is an exciting time to be in the beef industry with high prices, increasing demand for our quality product and a positive climatic outlook. But what exactly does this mean going forward for beef producers? What should producers do to capitalise on the current situation, and best position their business for future performance? A discussion on future performance should start with an understanding of current and past performance of beef producers in Australia. The best available data on long term national industry performance is the ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences) farm survey data. Analysis of this data shows that the total…
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Tectonic shift or high tide for the beef industry?

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Record high beef prices, increasing demand for quality protein, decreased herd size…… are we seeing a tectonic shift for the beef industry, or is this a cyclical high tide that while welcome, is only temporary? This is best addressed by looking at the current prices relative to longer term prices in real terms (with inflation removed), which is shown in the below graph. Two major points can be seen here; there is an obvious cycle in the prices, and we are currently at a high point in the cycle, the current prices are not significantly higher than they were in 2001, This doesn’t mean prices won’t continue rising; what prices will do in the short term is anyone’s guess. However the cyclical nature of commodity prices is pervasive and high…
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Queensland Beef Industry Debt

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Over the past decade, the Queensland beef industry has moved to a position where it is not making sufficient profits to cover interest costs. Not only has total and average debt increased, but the number of businesses with debt has also increased. Wide variation in business performance exists, with some businesses still profitable in the current environment. Full article
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