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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 24 The quality of the consultation and strategic direction that they provide industry service providers and Government is starting to pay dividends for industry. The benefits gained from the committees offering direct producer input was especially during this period of significant change. With so many issues requiring producer input it was essential that a variety of producers were consulted and that the burden was shared across many producers. It has been pleasing to see better cattle prices in 2015, and the reasons behind this are explained in more detail later in this publication. It is important to mention, however, the importance of the three major trade agreements that have entered into force or been negotiated in 2015. Deals with Japan and Korea are now in force and tariff cuts are already paying dividends. The China FTA has been finalised and will enter into force toward the end of 2015. The recent conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been welcomed by the Cattle Council of Australia. Upon entry into force the TTP will provide increased market access for Australian beef. Cattle Council has supported the successful conclusion of the TPP agreement since the beginning of the negotiations more the then five years ago. The TPP will drive sustainable growth, promote innovation, enhance job opportunities and most importantly reduce trade barriers for Australian grassfed producers. Sustainability continues to be a focus of many of our major customers. Cattle Council maintains an active role in the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and is working with the Red Meat Advisory Council to develop an Australian framework for sustainable beef production in this country. Looking ahead, all industry commentators are in agreement, that for beef producers the market conditions indicate that prices should remain good for the foreseeable future. Cattle Council will be continuing to use this period of positive market conditions to reform our representative structure and funding model. It is likely that in 2016 industry will be given the opportunity to vote on a proposal to implement these changes. Whatever these changes might be, they will be designed to create a sustainably funded representative organisation that can fight for your interest and make sure producers get a fair share of the value created by the greatest protein on the planet – beef. JED MATZ Chief Executive Officer 1800 65 77 66 www.clipex.com.au Stockyards Clipex Fencing ® Cattle Crushes Jeremy Mcmillan QLD Farmer, Teelba Innovative solutions you can trust EYCI at historic highs 2015 Sourced Meat and Livestock Australia EYCI at historic highs 2015