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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 AgForce worked to build better relationships with the bona-fide animal welfare focussed groups and presented to the Queensland RSPCA’s annual production animal conference. AgForce worked with MLA and major processors to ensure the development of MSA marketing options for producers. By working in collaboration with MLA staff, Processors and with local producers the understanding of the supply requirements for Meat Standards Australia (MSA), the premiums available and the underlying science of Meat Eating Quality is now better understood in Queensland than any other state. AgForce also worked to support new projects using NLIS records as part of an MSA review, in a production project undertaken by Queensland DPI&F. AgForce worked with the Department of Natural Resources and Water, Local Government and Drover organisations on the first major restructure of the stock routes arrangements for Queensland. AgForce cattle lobbied to ensure that all the routes were retained and not sold, and that the primary purpose of the stock route remains the travelling of animals, whilst also improving the funding for critical routes and the management options for static grazing. AgForce successfully lobbied the DPI&F, Ministers and extension and education agencies on the restructure of beef extension under the ‘Future Beef” initiative which resulted in an increase in the number of government funded staff. AgForce also developed new membership of the Northern Australian Beef Research Council and subsequently lobbied commercial and government researchers to prioritize important R&D priorities like 3 Day Sickness vaccines, Biofungal pest (especially tick) controls, and better options for pasture weed management. AgForce passed resolutions to CCA directing a greater focus on these production cost diseases in R&D work. AgForce will continue its strong association and involvement to the national issues and work of the Cattle Council of Australia. AgForce Cattle remain one of the most active and outspoken of all areas of policy relating to Australia’s cattle industry, as befits Queensland as “the beef state”. 62 Cattle Council’s Farewell Dinner to President Bill Bray (04-08) and Animal Health and Welfare Consultant, John Stewart (88-08) after CCA’s Annual General Meeting in Orange, NSW (L-R back) Stuart Kenny, AA Co, outgoing CCA President Bill Bray, MLA chairman Don Heatley, new CCA President Greg Brown, Mt Garnet, and AgForce Cattle Council representatives Peter Hall, Grant Maudsley, Justin MacDonnell, Howard Smith and Alex Stubbs 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 62 5/5/09 8:01:15 PM