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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
8 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Cattle Council's operations, taskforces and associated committees Cattle Council is a prescribed peak council under the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997. Cattle Council evaluates the performance of and planning of the strategic goals to be pursued by levy funded bodies, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the National Residue Survey (NRS). Cattle Council is funded by voluntary membership subscriptions paid by State Farmer Organisations (SFOs) and by the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) for the industry activities it performs on behalf of all Australian beef cattle producers. Cattle Council's key role is providing practical policy advice at the farm and industry level to the Federal Government on issues affecting producers' profitability. Cattle Council's specialist Taskforces provide detailed advice on the key affairs affecting industry, such as animal health and welfare, environment and climate change, research, development and extension, industry systems and food safety, marketing and trade and biosecurity. Cattle Council represents all Australian beef cattle producers and subsequently is involved in all aspects of the beef industry at a national level. Cattle Council's respected position also allows it to proactively seek out industry opportunities of national value to the beef industry which are then advocated to stakeholders and activated through the industry's red meat service provider, Meat and Livestock Australia. The Cattle Council has been a full member of the National Farmers' Federation (NFF) since both organisations were formed in 1979. Through membership of the NFF, Cattle Council has input to cross-sectoral rural issues such as the environment, taxation, telecommunications and trade.