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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
52 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA It was extremely disappointing that the exceptional circumstances drought declaration for parts of the Alice Springs district was withdrawn as the regions producers battled their way through another tough year. Rainfall returned to the Barkly region in early 2009 in the form of major flooding after a horror drought year in 2008 when major destocking occurred. Substantial damage to both station and national highway infrastructure occurred with the Barkly highway being completely washed away in some sections. However the good rains allowed the return of large numbers of cattle to the district during 2009. Further north, a short heavy wet in the Top End was followed by a long hard dry season and some areas of the Victoria River District (VRD) were particularly hard hit after a very light wet season. Fortunately, 2010 has seen a generally outstanding start with good rains through Central Australia following a long protracted dry period for the past 6 to 8 years. Although variable, the northern monsoon has certainly provided a good start for most producers across the Top End, Katherine / VRD and Barkly regions. The NTCA's 26th Annual Conference (2010), held in Darwin drew a record crowd of 500 from the NT, around Australia and overseas, including an Indonesian delegation led by the new agriculture minister H.E Suswono and 3 provincial governors. Once again the conference put together a field of challenging and stimulating local and international speakers on topics 2009 was a mixed year for the Northern Territory cattle industry season-wise. Central Australia continued its run of below average and drought years throughout 2009 with Alice Springs airport recording its lowest rainfall on record for the calendar year. from animal welfare, international market trends and buyer preference, succession and education. There are a range of challenges faced by our northern industry including increasing input prices and flat to declining returns for cattle in both the live export and domestic markets. The poor state of roads and competition for port infrastructure as well as the need for greater market diversification, particularly in live export markets where 90% of the trade is currently into Indonesia create ongoing challenges. While Australia seems to have emerged from the economic crisis relatively unscathed we did see the impact of reduced international demand for beef and a knock-on effect into the live export sector. The beef industry retained its status as the NT's largest non-mining sector, managing a landmass of over 620,000 km² and producing over 600,000 head of cattle from a herd of approximately 2.1 million. Disruptions to the domestic and export meat trade, and more recently, the live export trade has dampened the short to medium term outlook. The longer-term outlook remains strong with optimism around export demand for both beef and live cattle. The NT Cattlemen's Association remains strong, focused and vocal in lobbying for the rights of its members. It also maintains its unique position of covering at least 90 per cent of the NT cattle herd on its membership books. Increasing environmental pressures at the NT and federal level is placing greater pressure on landholders to assume responsibility for management of land for public good. In 2010 we expect to see increased attention to legislative and policy change relating to pastoral land legislation and the introduction of new native vegetation legislation. With an increasing focus at NT and federal level on environmental outcomes, the NTCA continues to seek greater balance in production and environmental considerations and maintain that production and conservation are not mutually exclusive. An initiative to develop a Northern Territory Agribusiness strategy has been welcomed as a positive response to continued pressure from industry to see greater co-operation across government and ensure consistent » Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association Further north, a short heavy wet in the Top End was followed by a long hard dry season and some areas of the Victoria River District (VRD) were particularly hard hit after a very light wet season.