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Horizons #85 – Grain-fed meat versus grass-fed meat: any key differences?

Horizons #85 – Grain-fed meat versus grass-fed meat: any key differences?

You go to buy some beef and are confronted by rows of meat cuts with adjectives — hormone-free, grass-fed, organic, grain-fed, extra-lean, etc. When it comes to grain-fed versus grass-fed beef, are there any key differences in the nutritional qualities of the meat? Do any of the differences greatly matter? First worth highlighting is that both grain-finished and grass-fed beef are highly concentrated sources of beneficial nutrients. Each type of beef is loaded with vitamins B12, B3, and B6; highly bioavailable iron, selenium, and zinc. Each type of beef also contains high quality protein and various lesser-known nutrients, such as creatine and carnosine important for muscle and brain functioning.

Horizons #84 – More to celebrate….well done grains industry!

Horizons #84 – More to celebrate….well done grains industry!

In AEGIC blog #82 late last year I shared farm performance metrics for grain dominant farm businesses in Western Australia (WA) that revealed their remarkable achievements. It was a cause for celebration. The WA grains industry has recorded consecutive record grain harvests, 24.0 mmt in season 2021 and 26.1 mmt in season 2022! (GIWA estimate).

Horizons #81 – Grain industry policies in plain sight

Horizons #81 – Grain industry policies in plain sight

Most people have used or relied upon “Google Earth” at some stage. Not only does it help people find their way, it also reveals how a landscape is used. One interesting application of “Google Earth” compares land use along countries’ mutual borders1.

Media release: The true value of Australian wheat

Media release: The true value of Australian wheat

AEGIC is helping flour millers in South East Asia calculate the true value of Australian wheat. AEGIC Interim CEO Ken Quail said choosing high quality Australian wheat can often result in significant cost savings for millers in Asian markets – even though it may sometimes be more expensive per tonne.

Media release: AEGIC celebrates 10 years

Media release: AEGIC celebrates 10 years

AEGIC is celebrating 10 years of building long-term value for Australian grain growers. AEGIC was established in 2012 by the Western Australian Government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to increase value in the Australian grains industry.

Horizons #80 – Sad lessons from history: the war in Ukraine

Horizons #80 – Sad lessons from history: the war in Ukraine

At their zenith before 2022, Russia and Ukraine supplied around 30% of the world’s wheat exports and were globally important suppliers of barley. Additionally Ukraine was a major source of sunflower oil. Yet since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, large swathes of Ukraine’s croplands have become battlefields and its grain export infrastructure has been extensively damaged. The Statistics Service of Ukraine estimates that around 40% of Ukraine’s cropland may not be planted this year and, due to the expense and difficulty of obtaining crop inputs, wheat production may be halved.