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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 16 President’s Report It has been a significant year for the industry, a year that has seen the grassfed beef industry be provided with increased market opportunity, seasonal struggles, policy changes and price fluctuations. Asa producer, I understand the need for active participation and representation within the grassfed beef industry. This has provided me with the motivation to meet the challenges that have arisen throughout the past year to ensure that grassfed producers are provided with the best representation throughout the entire supply chain. Cattle Council has been operating under the new constitution for over a year now and the success of our two new independent directors has been welcomed by the board. The past year has seen for the first time grassfed cattle producers not affiliated with state bodies provided with the chance to actively participate in the oversight of their levy expenditure and have the opportunity to contribute to policy that can affect their industry. State Farming Organisations continue to play an integral role in the operation of Cattle Council and their commitment can never be overlooked, Cattle Council thanks all of our members for their support. The industry has demanded a greater opportunity for ownership of its levy expenditure and influence on industry issues. Cattle Council continued its engagement with producers, industry bodies, governments, value chain businesses and other stakeholders throughout the industry to effectively construct input for the new Beef Industry Strategic Plan 2020. The new strategic plan lays out a clear vision to shift industry efforts and resources towards strengthening Australia’s competitive position as a reliable source of quality products, underpinned by the integrity of its systems. The Consultative committees have been a great success in providing a central point of discussion for input on policy and strategy development. The committees have provided new direction, industry information and participation from a large variety of industry representation. I have been proud of the youth that have become involved within these committees from not only our past Rising Champions and but new members. The cattle herd has been decreasing as we have seen record slaughter numbers not seen since the 1970s. It is predicted that it will take 5 years before we see herd numbers grow to 2014 numbers again. Seasonal constraints across the country continue with close to 70% of rural Queensland still in drought when I wrote this. Senate Inquiry Cattle Council of Australia was invited to make a submission to the Senate standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport into the red meat processing inquiry last year, 2015 saw the investigation increase under a new inquiry which was under proper terms of reference. It is pleasing to see that the inquiry is focused on how consolidation in the processing sector affects farm gate returns. As part of the Senate Inquiry process, Cattle Council is also investigating areas for reform to strengthen protection for producers as well as ensuring producers are aware of their legal rights. Agricultural White Paper The $4 Billion Agricultural Competitiveness Whitepaper has been commended by the Cattle Council of Australia as a positive initiative which will assist to deliver the long- term vision of the Australian beef industry. Cattle Council provided a submission calling on the The Consultative committees have been a great success in providing a central point of discussion for input on policy and strategy development.