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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
21 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA KEEPING IT SCIENCE BASED A central theme in the Five Nations Beef Alliance was the need for scientific, evidence based underpinning of decision making and regulation. This principle applies to outcome focused animal welfare legislation just as much as rules for trade in livestock and livestock products. FUTURE ACTIVITY Coming out of this recent meeting, the Five Nations group agreed to work together on issues of future industry leadership, environment and advocacy. The Five Nations Beef Alliance will coordinate funding and programs for leadership development for young producers, aimed at encouraging strong emerging representatives, leaders, and advocates to advance the global beef industry into the future. The group also made a commitment to work closely together on environmental research programs and advocacy strategies, to promote a more consistent approach to environmental issues of a global nature. For example, the group gave a commitment to promote the need to use consistent methodologies when conducting research into carbon and water life cycle analysis so that comparable data can be collected on the actual environmental impact of meat production. FUTURE OF THE FIVE NATIONS BEEF ALLIANCE The Conference discussed expanding the membership of the Five Nations Beef Alliance to include representation from South America. This will be progressed in the lead up to the next Five Nations Conference in Mexico in 2011. Angus heifers at 'Kapiro', a government owned, commercially run farm in Northland, New Zealand Greg Brown discusses issues affecting the beef industry with Hugh Lynch--Staunton and Dennis Laycraft of the Canadian Cattlemens Association Paul Fry Industry and Policy Analyst Cattle Council of Australia