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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
45 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Throughout 2009 the TFGA Meat Council dealt with a range of issues. Matters relating to animal health and welfare, transport services, sheepskin sales and the displaying of cattle live weights were just some of the issues Meat Council dealt with in 2009. In November TFGA Meat Council welcomed Sarah Gatenby as their Executive Officer. 2010 will see the appointment of Jan Davis as CEO with Chris Oldfield resigning after more than two years. KING ISLAND ABATTOIR Following the announcement by JBS Swift in March that they were to suspend operations at the King Island abattoir, TFGA called on the State Government to keep the abattoir open. The abattoir is one of the major employment businesses on the island and vital for the communities future. The Government announced a low interest loan to JBS Swift of $12 million to help with capital investment upgrades to secure the future of the abattoir. DISPLAYED CATTLE WEIGHTS AT SALES The TFGA has called for livestock agents throughout the state to implement the displaying of live weight of store cattle prior to sale. Producers should be given the option of having their cattle weighed at all sale centers. Displayed cattle weights at saleyards are a win-win for the whole industry. Vendors are paid for what they produce and buyers know exactly what they are paying for. Knowing how much is paid for and received at the saleyard per kilogram allows producers to determine their cost of production. We are pleased that Elders and Roberts have responded to our request and decided to upgrade the Powranna and Bothwell saleyards to include weighing facilities, it gives producers confidence in the industry when infrastructure developments like this are made. Meat Council encourages all our members to support the sales where weights are displayed. PESTIVIRUS Meat Council approached Department Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment to determine the feasibility of eradication of Pestivirus from King Island. A project is Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association With the arrival of long awaited rain, 2009 saw great improvements in the season and a rise in cattle prices as producers began rebuilding their herds. Paul Saward Meat Council, TFGA Cattle Council Executive currently still being carried out by Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DIPIPWE). If eradication can be done and is financially viable for farmers then the same process can be applied throughout the State. A successful King Island information session was completed on Monday 5th October where three speakers addressed the issue of pestivirus. TFGA sponsored the BBQ lunch and had a member session prior to the BBQ lunch. MEAT STANDARDS AUSTRALIA (MSA) It is pleasing to see the uptake of MSA grading in this state with both major processors now using MSA to underpin their brands. MSA grading numbers in Tasmania more than doubled in 2008/2009 to around 60,000 head. NATIONAL REPRESENTATION The TFGA is affiliated with a number of national peak bodies, including the Cattle Council of Australia and has farmer representatives who attend meetings on our behalf.