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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Victorian Farmers' Federation State Farmer Organisations (SFO) demonstrate their value in many ways. Examples can be seen in recent efforts in emergency response, and the policy and lobbying work that is the bread and butter of SFO’s. it happens at a time when roles SMO’s are called upon to fill, seem to be growing. I feel it is worth noting the extent to which the cattle industry relies on export markets. As a result, national issues are finding common relevance to all beef cattle producers around Australia, reinforcing the increasing importance of national industry bodies, a trend likely to continue in coming years. D espite this, we continue to see SFO’s struggling to maintain their previous levels of activities in all areas. This is made even more interesting as By far, the most remembered headline in Victoria of the past twelve months has been the “Black Saturday” fires. This event prompted an unprecedented level of community response in the relief effort that followed. An estimated 10,000 head of livestock were lost from the fires, a relatively low figure compared with 27,000 lost to the Victorian fires in 1983. The Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) office co-ordinated fodder and fencing relief responses to help affected properties, a service provided to all rural land owners, not just members of the 66 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 66 5/5/09 8:01:25 PM