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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 74 Representing over ninety per cent of the Territory’s industry, from small family pastoral businesses and Indigenous organisations to large corporate entities, its members are custodians of over 700,000km2 . Representing cattle producers in the Northern Territory, the NTCA is a single commodity, state farmer organisation and a member of both the National Farmers Federation and Cattle Council of Australia since its inception 31 years ago in 1984. The Northern Territory cattle herd is estimated at around 2.1 million head. In 2014-15 year the Darwin port became the world’s busiest live export port, shipping a staggering 613,473 for the twelve months to the end of June 2015. The pastoral industry contributes around $500 million directly to the NT economy, and close to $1B indirectly. The continual push by the NTCA for greater market access and more favourable terms of trade for its members has been an ongoing priority of the Association. Diversity in markets, as well as stability in the supply and demand cycle for our key trading partners such as Indonesia, are key to the economic prosperity not only for the north, but for the Australian cattle industry in general. The NTCA welcomed the announcement of the free trade agreements with Japan, Korea and China. These agreements will see tangible economic benefits flow through the cattle industry over time, which in turn will assist the industry to reinvest in our businesses and production systems to boost efficiency and productivity, as well as the quality of product that we deliver to our For the first time in over twenty years, the Northern Territory has a new beef processing facility – Australian Agricultural Company’s $91 million Livingstone Beef facility. Officially opened in February 2015 by Past Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the facility is close to finalising its commissioning phase and hitting capacity single shift production of around 500 head per day. The company has exported its first shipments from the Port of Darwin, as well as selling several containers domestically. The addition of the processing facility adds another welcome market option for northern producers. With the facility due to process year-round, including during the wet season, the need for infrastructure improvements in the NT is once again being highlighted. Many of the NT’s roads are still inaccessible during the wet season, especially for road trains, which severely limits the ability for cattle producers to send their cattle to markets, either foreign or domestic. The NTCA has been lobbying the Federal Government to review the cost/benefit methods of allocating road funding to ensure that the NT, despite its low population, receives the “nation-building” investment in infrastructure that is needed to unlock the enormous production potential that is available. The Northern Territory is home to a diverse array of rangelands, from the tropical wetlands in the Top End, the open Mitchell Grass plains of the Barkly Tableland to the deserts of Central Australia. The production systems of the pastoral sector are aligned with the regions using a variety of breeds to produce high-quality grass-fed animals. The production systems of the high rainfall areas of the Top End, Gulf and Victoria River regions are dominated by high Bos indicus content herds, whilst the drier areas of the Barkly Tablelands and Central Australia regions utilise composite and Bos taurus breeds. The rangelands are the most important asset of the pastoral industry, and it is vital that these be protected to ensure the future prosperity of the industry. Another key Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) continues to advance and protect the interests of cattle producers in the Northern Territory and has been the peak primary industry body for the past thirty one years The continual push by the NTCA for greater market access and more favourable terms of trade for its members has been an ongoing priority of the Association.