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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 February 2009 flooding at Yalleen station in the Pilbara The PGA Kimberley Division won the best stand at the North West Expo, Broome, in March 2008. Edgar Richardson, Jack Burton, Vicki Burton and others animal Welfare The PGA has led the way on working with animal support groups in Western Australia. We have established very good relationships with groups such as RSPCA and Animals Angels in developing protocols for the long haul transport of animals, and continue to ensure all players in the beef production chain have involvement in simple standards and guidelines for their respective practice. Many of these projects, including the Saleyard Standards and Guidelines for Animal Welfare and on-going research and development into improving practices for the live export industry, are driven by PGA broad involvement. stoCktake proJeCt The price for Western Australian beef, when compared to eastern states, was significantly higher in price on the supermarket shelf, when producers were getting paid far less in relation to their eastern neighbours. The result was a whole-of-industry commitment to look at this price discrepancy and the Western Australian Beef Industry Stocktake was born. The WA Beef Industry Stocktake Management Committee has chosen Warwick Yates and Associates to conduct the six-month study into the beef industry’s supply chain. All parties, from producers to retailers, have agreed to an open and frank discussion of their role in the value chain as we seek to improve the efficiency of the WA beef market. Teaching kids about cattle production was a highlight for pastoralists at the North West Expo in Broome live export The PGA remains focused on committing the state government to recognise the importance of port efficiency to the live export trade. The PGA are attempting to facilitate Port Authority membership to the ports of Port Hedland, Broome and Geraldton as the industry competes for use of these ports in competition with the iron ore and petroleum industries. saleyards strategy After lobbying the previous and current governments for funding from the land sale at the Midland saleyards to build new facilities at Muchea, the livestock industries were finally successful. Not only did they create a $54.54 million state-of-the-art selling complex at Muchea, but they are seeking additional funding to urgently upgrade regional saleyards at Katanning, acquisition of Mt Barker (Great Southern) and upgrade of Boyanup. The PGA continues to push for the WA Meat Industry Authority to manage the regional yards. 73 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 73 5/5/09 8:01:34 PM