September 17, 2021
On the Weekly Grill with Kerry Lonergan this week is Markus Rathsmann, President of Council of Australia.
A Northern Territory beef producer, Markus answers the burning questions on possible restructuring of CCA and MLA, he has opinions on the journey ahead for beef producers as they try to meet the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 - and of course, there's the levy - to lift or to lower - it's On The Grill this week.
September 10, 2021
There's a world champion on the Weekly Grill this week - Patrick Warmoll, the boss of Jack's Creek Wagyu tells host Kerry Lonergan the story of winning the 'World's Best Steak' title - not once but twice. Now he's determined to get a third title later this year - and it all started because of an article in a magazine.
Third generation family owned Jack's Creek has evolved into an integrated Wagyu and Angus beef supply chain based out of Willow Tree, NSW.
In 1991, brothers David and Phillip Warmoll began crossing their Angus herd with the famous Tajima Wagyu sires from the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.
With a secure farming platform and the Wagyu business born, the Warmoll brothers took the next natural step into beef processing and marketing, forming Australian Certified Wagyu Beef, which has traded as Jack’s Creek since 2000. They became one of the first Australian companies to breed, grow, feed, process, and market Wagyu beef.
Today, led by Phillip’s son Patrick, Jack’s Creek is a prominent premium beef producer, now processing and marketing grainfed Wagyu and Black Angus products into more than 20 destinations worldwide.
September 3, 2021
In this week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on veteran pastoral company executive Roger Halliwell.
Roger spent a quarter of a century with Stanbroke Pastoral Co, then the biggest beef producer in the world, before the company was sold by its owner, AMP, in 2006.
August 27, 2021
In this week's week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on veteran red meat industry identity Richard Rains.
Prior to his retirement Richard was the head of Sanger Australia, one of the nation's largest non-packer exporters.
He is widely credited for convincing global burger giant McDonald's US to shift its grinding beef policy from domestic only, to also including imported product from Australia. McDonald's global has since become Australia's single largest beef customer.
A passionate crusader for the red meat industry, Richard has strong views on wide ranging topics including fake meat, the greater need for branding to lift Australian beef out of the commodity space, and how the industry should respond to attacks from animal activists and environmentalists over its sustainability performance.
August 20, 2021
In this week's week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on carbon trading expert, Toby Grogan, from Impact Agriculture.
Carbon credits and carbon trading are arguably some of the most complicated and misunderstood topics in the beef industry today. What are they? How do they work? What's in it for producers?
Currently there are about 150 properties in Australia involved in regulated soil carbon projects, and perhaps a couple of hundred more involved in vegetation management carbon projects, Mr Grogan estimates.
The pair explore issues such as what the carbon trading rules say around a property selling credits, and then seeking to claim carbon abatement as part of beef brand claims.
August 13, 2021
In this week's week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Red Meat Advisory Council chair, John McKillop. The pair tackle sustainability, fake meat, red meat's carbon footprint, the red meat industry's ability to cut-through in Canberra, the evolving scope of RMAC, and other related issues.
August 6, 2021
How does the future look for stud cattle shows in Australia?
While the 2021 Royal Queensland Show has unfortunately been cancelled due to COVID, this week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series sees host Kerry Lonergan turn up the heat on RNA councillor and Beef Cattle Committee chairman Gary Noller, and Northern NSW stud cattle breeder and exhibitor Rob Sinnamon.
Both have had a life-long connection with stud cattle exhibitions across Queensland and NSW, and suggest that the competitive showing of stud cattle remains as popular as ever, despite rising costs and other challenges. The pair also discuss the growing importance of the RNA's Paddock to Palate Performance Classes, which have risen in prominence over the past ten years - providing a great opportunity for cattlemen to benchmark their herd's performance against some of the best in the land.
July 30, 2021
In this week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat again on veteran Victorian meatworks cattle buyer, David Ronalds, who this year clocks up his fifth-eighth year buying cattle across eastern and central Australia. How has the industry changed? What was cattle buying like back in 1964, when he first started? Did he ever foresee slaughter cattle making the money they are today?
Tune-in to hear David's account of how cattle buyers used 'dead reckoning' on cattle weights, and other challenges facing buyers from days gone by.
July 23, 2021
In this week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat again on StockCo's Chris Howie and Thomas Elder Markets' Matt Dalgleish, as the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator this morning crashes through the magical 1000c/kg barrier for the first time in history.
Have we yet seen the peak in young cattle prices? Both Matt and Chris are forecasting a softening trend between now and mid-September, but market fundamentals among restockers, lotfeeders and processors jostling for scarce young cattle remain buoyant, to say the least.
July 15, 2021
In this week's episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Queensland beef processor and supply chain manager, Australian Country Choice's David Foote.
Mr Foote is currently in gradual transition out of his full-time role as ACC's group managing director, which he has filled for the past 22 years, handing over the reins recently to Anthony Lee.
Over the years Mr Foote has become well-known for expressing strong, well-argued opinions about red meat industry matters - ranging from labour reform to industry representation, the industry's response to recent challenges over its environmental footprint and animal welfare and a host of other topics - many of which are touched-on in this podcast.