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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Be it government regulation that is anti-agriculture, an education system that increasingly questions the importance of livestock production or general community apathy, the mood of change is fast. It is therefore more critical than ever that Australia sees a resurgence of passionate, committed and unapologetic farmers who, through state and federal bodies, both develop policy and deliver the message. And the message is good. The Australian beef industry delivers world-leading systems of food safety, on-farm best practice and animal health and welfare systems. All of which marry into a superior eating quality experience to the consumer as delivered through science, breeding and feeding. With careful guidance and foresight, this industry will continue to adopt new technologies as well meeting or exceeding consumer expectations well into the future. Climate Change poliCy Cattle Council remains tightly engaged in the debate around climate change policy, in particular the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). There is no doubt that beef producers around Australia are extremely anxious about what impact a CPRS will have on their business. Cattle Council, in concert with other key sectors in the red meat supply chain, has clearly voiced to government that we believe that the CPRS is not the appropriate mechanism to reduce carbon emissions in the beef industry. The lack of available tools for producers to mitigate or measure emissions remains a priority concern. Cattle Council is lobbying for changes to the international accounting rules in the lead up to a global agreement on emissions targets in Copenhagen at the end of 2009. We believe that beef producers are a part of the solution, hence recognition of the full carbon cycle, and the potential value of soil carbon sequestration, in the international accounting rules is critical. The Federal Government’s funding commitment toward exploring available options to agriculture to reduce methane emissions and explore the benefits of soil carbon storage will assist in developing these important tools for beef producers. beef marketing levy revieW The process for the review of the marketing component of the cattle levy is well underway. The Beef Marketing Funding Committee was formed in October 2008 to review the future marketing needs of Australia’s beef cattle industry. The committee has also been assessing the performance of Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) beef marketing efforts following the increase in the levy in 2006. The committee has released its report and it is now over to industry to consider the report’s findings. In 2005, cattle producers voted in a nationwide poll to increase the amount of money available for beef marketing by $1.50 from $3.50 to $5.00. The Government at the time established a sunset clause stating that the levy would revert to $3.50 on 1 January 2011 unless an alternate proposal is put to the Government before this time. Cattle Council will consult directly with beef producers to ensure that any levy recommendation proposed is sound and will add value to the future prosperity of our industry. David Inall Executive Director Cattle Council of Australia 16 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 16 5/5/09 7:59:48 PM