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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 58 ARCBA urrently represents 38 breed associations and nearly 7,200 stud members. As such it provides leadership, direction and education to its members, the individual breed associations. It also works to improve the Australian seedstock industry environment and Australia’s international beef cattle seedstock image. One of ARCBA’s regular activities is the collation and release of registration and membership statistics on an annual basis. ARCBA members finished 2014 with lower total registration numbers and total membership. Members have faced continuing challenges, including difficult seasonal and market conditions. For the 2014 year beef cattle registrations totalled 133,880. This was a decrease of 7% on the 2013 level and is the lowest number of registrations since 2004. In 2014 there were 62,129 animals recorded in the secondary registers, a decrease of 0.5% on the 2013 level. These animals indicate the number of non-herdbook animals bred for seedstock production. This category had increased to a high of 63,438 in 2013. Since 2005 the ratio of primary to secondary register cattle has been fairly stable at around 70% primary to 30% secondary. The number of live cattle exported under the Australian Cattle Genetics Export Agency Standards declined significantly in 2014 to 29,421. The number of cattle exported for breeding purposes had increased from 5,397 in 2010 to 44,724 in 2013. Exports in 2014 were mainly Angus heifers but included Hereford and Simmental, and for the first time, Wagyu. The Executive Committee of ARCBA is continually addressing issues which have importance to the beef seedstock industry. In the 2014/15 year these representations have included: • continued close involvement with the Bovine Johnes Disease situation in Australia. ARCBA was invited to have a representative of the seedstock sector on the Review of the National BJD Strategic Plan. • efforts to support attempts to develop the export of bovine genetics. ARCBA’s President has been part of a small working group which has been trying to develop momentum in this area. They have met with a number of organisations and held a Forum Beef 2015 in Rockhampton. • ARCBA’s President being invited to meet with the Minister of Agriculture to discuss recommendation 1 of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural Affairs and Transport Inquiry into Industry Structures and Systems Governing Levies on Grass-Fed Cattle. • strengthening ties between Cattle Council and ARCBA. As part of this engagement ARCBA has provided representatives on Cattle Council Subcommittees which have direct input to formulation of national policy. ARCBA honoured Alex McDonald with the prestigious RW Vincent Award in May 2015. The award is intended to recognise outstanding contributions to the beef cattle breeding industry and is a prestigious acknowledgement of services to cattle breeding. Alex McDonald has had an outstanding career spanning more than 40 years serving the beef cattle breeding industry in a number of roles and responsibilities. These contributions have extended across breed lines and involved a significant voluntary and personal contribution. Finally, renowned cattleman and cattle industry figure, Dick Vincent was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) medal in the Queen’s Birthday Awards for distinguished service to the beef cattle industry, including internationally and to thoroughbred horse breeding and racing. Dick Vincent is credited with the establishment of the ARCBA as we know it today. Through his energy and foresight he restructured it into a true national voice for the registered cattle breeding sector which had 35 breed members within the first two years of his Presidency. ARCBA welcomes the opportunity to continue representation on the Cattle Council policy subcommittees and looks forward to being able to continue our work with the CCA in the future. STEVEN SKINNER Executive Director Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association The Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association (ARCBA) is the peak industry body for the Australian beef cattle seedstock industry.