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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 34 secretariat function. Members represent an excellent cross section of expertise within the research and development sector, with many being involved in the new bodies under the Meat & Livestock Australia Consultation Model. The Committee has been focused on the following policy areas for 2015: 1. Development of MLA’s Consultation Model, the reformed process for selecting and approving R&D projects – the Committee’s work involved extensive consultation with MLA on the proposed Model. The feedback provided has ensured that producers have important input into the development of research priorities and projects. 2. Sustainability – Internationally Cattle Council has remained engaged in the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef due to its importance to our customers and also to ensure that Australian producers interests are protected. Domestically the Committee has been involved in the various approaches to sustainability undertaken by other industries, with a focus on the Diary Sustainability Framework, to develop a strategy for the beef industry. Committee Members: • Tony Hegarty • Andrew Gray • Andrew Ogilvie • Brett Hall • Clinton Gartrell • David Stoate • Dr Lee Fitzpatrick • Dr Paul Cusack • Dr Peter Parnell • Geoff Henderson • Hayley Goad • Joe Keynes • John Wallace • Kenton Peart • Lachlan Hughes • Martin Amidy • Rob Sinnamon • Chris Nott Marketing Market Access and Trade Bim Struss, Agforce Cattle President and a Queensland cattle producer, chaired the committee in 2015. The Committee membership comprised a successful combination of producers from various regions and also expertise from the processing sector. The work of the Committee was well supported with Jed Matz, Cattle Council CEO, utilising his extensive experience within market access and trade, to drive the implementation of the Committee’s policy proposals. A number of important policy matters have been the focus of the Committee over the past 12 months: