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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Without those industry funds, activities with available funding would be limited to compliance and regulatory issues. A further review will be required for 2011. The Regional Saleyard Strategy is a now a priority for Western Australian cattle producers, involving the Great Southern Regional Saleyards at Mt. Barker, Katanning sheep saleyards and South-West regional yards, which all require significant upgrades. WA Farmers have been working closely with the State Government to secure the most sustainable ownership model for livestock producers. The Long-Haul Transport standards, which WA Farmers play a role, are being developed as part of the Land Transport Guidelines, and will assist in documenting travel of stock greater than twenty-four hours. With contributions by the Cattle Industry Compensation Fund, the State National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) was bolstered to a previously high standard after Federal Government funding expired last year. The extra monies will help provide education & training services, as well as provision of technical equipment throughout the state, particularly in pastoral regions. ® WAFarmers members played a significant role in the consultation process of the National Beef Research, Development & Extension program, which is to be implemented in 2010. The National Beef and Sheepmeat RD&E Strategies will provide RD&E agencies with clear direction on the long-term prioritisation and allocation of the resources (infrastructure, information and personnel) required to deliver the needs of the beef industry production sectors. This year will see hopefully a return to profitability to all sectors of the red meat industry, as we prepare for other issues such as climate change, falling consumption of higher-value cuts due to recessionary trends, and uncertainty over grain prices for the lotfeeding sector. Michael Campbell Meat Council Vice President Western Australia Farmers’ Federation Cattle Council Executive 71 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 71 5/5/09 8:01:32 PM