Australian Red Meat industry Supply Chain Information Standards


There are many types of selling options for cattle, from forward contracts to paddock sales. However, saleyard actions are common and key for cattle sales. In this case, the cattle is transported to a central saleyard and sold to the highest bidder. It is important for producers to be up to date with the supply and demand status and the impact it has on price, if they aim to sell cattle efficiently.

Saleyard diagram

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The inputs of the sale yard include transportation to the sale yard, and the location which would house the cattle until sale and during the sale process. The cattle- the cattle for sale. Vehicles- for transportation of livestock. Fuel- for the vehicles. Holding pens- for the livestock during sale and actions proceedings.

The cattle- the cattle for sale, measurement: Head. Vehicles- for the transportation, measurement: Number of the transportation. Fuel- The transportation fuel, measurement: Litres. Holding pens- The pens to hous the cattle temporarily, measurement: Number of holding pens.

Cattle sold- the number of cattle sold.

Catttle sold- the number of cattle sold. Head.

* Sales are weekly with about 45 vendors with approximately 3,500 head (average). * Approx. 70% of the cattle are from New South Wales or Queensland depending on season.

* Meat Standards Australia * Meat and Livestock Australia * Australian Sale Yard Association * Australian Livestock Markets Association.