Top of the trait list: Growth, fertility, ability to lay down fat
The upward trajectory this year has taken grain-fed cattle prices from 547 in March to hit the new high of 598/kg cwt at the end of August.
Taking account of the warming effect of different greenhouse gases - not their carbon emissions - would change the way methane was treated in emissions reductions targets.
Tough dry conditions in northern NSW and Queensland continue to push store cattle into southern Australia, and they're not stopping at Bass Strait.
Cattle producers at an MSA forum in Victoria have highlighted concerns about the challenge of alternative proteins and how they are labelled.
With South Australia's northern pastoral areas looking at a third year of drought the number of destocked cattle hitting markets is hurting prices.