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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association With water storage levels dangerously low because of the lack of significant rainfall, by late winter/early spring 2008 looked to be a disaster in the making. Then November saw some good rainfall across the state, with some parts getting their best rainfall for more than two years. hormone groWth promotant (hgp) status The Tasmanian Farmers Grazier’s Meat Council agreed to continue to support Hormone Growth Promoted -free status in Tasmania to reinforce its clean and safe image. By maintaining bans on the use of these growth promotants, Tasmanian farmers can maximise their competitive advantage. Tasmanian meat producers have established a reputation for exporting quality meat because they adopt world’s best practices and industry quality assurance systems. They guarantee their meat is HGP-free. Tasmania’s beef industry alone is worth more than $150 million a year with exports of more than $90 million. national livestoCk identifiCation system (nlis) beef Workshops Beef producers and industry representatives attended two NLIS workshops organised by the Tasmanian Farmers Graziers Association (TFGA) and held in February at Greg Bradfield’s Illawong Plains property at Montagu and Leon Quilliam’s Winnaleah property. The workshops involved a range of speakers, who talked about NLIS scanning in the dairy and red meat industries, and demonstrations of tag scanning devices in use. Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) staff were also on hand to discuss national vendor declaration (NVD) and livestock production assurance (LPA) documentation. Tasmania’s beef industry alone is worth more than $150 million a year with exports of more than $90 million. 68 Jbs sWift In April JBS Swift, the country’s biggest meat packer and exporter, acquired Tasman Group Services, whose national operations included the meat processing plants at Longford, Devonport and King Island, three in Victoria and a feedlot in NSW. The TFGA Meat Council wants to discuss the potential of branding Tasmanian meat products throughout their global market networks. Swift livestock manager and director Ross Keane said the company considered Tasmania a niche producer with significant marketing potential and Swift would be developing a strong brand focus by utilising Tasmania’s clean and safe image, which includes being free of hormone growth promotants. bass strait livestoCk shipping Committee The committee is made up of representatives of the TFGA, the Department of Primary Industries and Water, shipping and trucking companies, port operators, livestock agents and TAFE. The committee met in June to discuss the declaration of feed and water curfews before shipment, livestock crates, discharge times for livestock and updating the information brochure Shipping Livestock across Bass Strait. king island In early November, acting TFGA general manager Chris Oldfield held several days of talks on King Island on a range of issues, including the island’s ports, JBS Swift, native vegetation and product branding. CirCular head Late in 2008 the TFGA’s manager of member services Tony Clarke met with members from the Circular Head region to discuss the prospects of forming a new TFGA branch there. As a result, the inaugural meeting of the Circular Head branch was held in February 2009. 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 68 5/5/09 8:01:28 PM