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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 AgForce Queensland The AgForce Cattle board continue to lobby a number of groups, to ensure the best outcome possible for our beef producing members in Queensland. A gForce worked with the Livestock Transporters Association of Queensland (LTAQ) in relation to driver fatigue and long haul transport issues, highlighting the animal welfare concerns related to extended travelling times. AgForce Cattle took the concerns of industry to senior government and opposition spokespeople over the new chain of responsibility legislation and initiated work with Cattle Council (CCA) to ensure a national solution could be found to this difficult legislation. AgForce worked with Department of Primary Industries & Food (DPI&F) on a communication program and with major corporate pastoral houses and legal advisors on solutions for producers to the Chain of Responsibility Legislation which also came into law during the year. AgForce also worked to attempt to get more equitable road access and infrastructure funding for rural roads and will continue to do so, via a new strategy on Rural Freight. AgForce continued to work on food safety. This included a number of issues; from National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tag retention rates, to interstate stock movement requirements and the concerns over weed declarations in Queensland. AgForce worked with DPI&F on training for NLIS and conducted surveys to quantify the loss rates following member reports of problems. It also included work on improving producer understanding of Property Identification Code and Brand usage, and in ensuring that government did not begin to charge producers for these systems (as was proposed by government). AgForce made resolutions to CCA on alternative E-ID options and on the systems in place. AgForce Directors continued their participation in high level discussion between the CCA, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and AUSMEAT. AgForce have worked to ensure a new certification for extensive producers is developed, and have worked with AUS-MEAT, CCA and MLA. Discussions with Teys Bros and JBS Swift have also taken place on the Premium grass-fed standard. AgForce also raised concerns and made resolutions to CCA on directing MLA and AUSMEAT to improve grading standards and systems. AgForce continued it’s Every Family Needs a Farmer campaign, which has begun to turn the tide on the Queensland urban community’s view about agriculture. A number of Cattle Board directors were featured on urban media as part of this campaign. AgForce Cattle pushed for greater communications of the beef industry’s environmental credentials by industry groups, especially on key issues like biodiversity, greenhouse gas, water use and vegetation management. As part of the submission to the $1.50 Cattle Transaction Levy review AgForce’s submission called on MLA to ensure appropriate resources are allocated to this work. 61 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 61 5/5/09 8:01:14 PM