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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
55 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA In WA, we have witnessed some of the lowest cattle prices in real terms in three decades. The year has seen marked contrasts in both season conditions and prices received. As we speak, seasonal conditions in some pastoral regions of WA are disastrous with the south of Western Australia also seeing little to no rain. In late 2009, WAFarmers was saddened to learn of a fire at Western Meat Packers, a major processor, which destroyed their beef boning and packing facilities. The immediate and medium-term impacts on the state's beef industry were profound, with the burgeoning feedlotting industry going into it's peak season with less supply contracts than in previous years. In general, it's the availability of lower- than-usual grain prices that is driving reasonable activity in the state's feedlot sector. It is likely that increased meat imports from the Eastern States, due to a high-export dollar driven oversupply of domestic beef, together with a supply interruption for the WA domestic market will hasten any recovery. Furthermore, the hard work in export market development by Western Meat Packers could also be in jeopardy due to the reduced market serviceability. Western Australian Farmers' Federation Although the live cattle export industry, particularly to Indonesia, has been somewhat of a saviour in Western Australia for 2009, the same can't be said for our state domestic situation, with beef prices at an unsustainable level. WAFarmers is working with other sectors of the industry, such as WA Lotfeeders Association, to help minimise the collateral damage. WAFarmers held crisis talks with processors and unions during 2009 when industry heavyweight, Harvey Industries, reduced their killing capacity and closed the plant for a short period as a result of the global financial crisis. The closure had devastating effects on the confidence of the WA beef industry. Added to these troubles is Harvey Industries picking selective markets to supply their meat which adds to struggles within the WA cattle industry. » WAFarmers continues to be instrumental in discussions to further the Regional Saleyard Strategy in an effort to have an industry ownership model. TOUGH TANKS FOR A TOUGH COUNTRY Freecall 1800 700 701 KALI315835 Water, Liquid Fertiliser, Chemicals or Molasses Whether you need to move 200 litres or 15,000 litres, our cartage tanks deliver. They're hardwearing and tough, providing the high-tensile strength that can handle the hydraulic forces that liquids exert. All cartage tanks are also fully baffled to limit liquid movement. But because they're engineered using precision molded fibreglass, they're light and easy to manoeuvre too. Full manufacturer's 10-year warranty. Queensland office (07) 3386 1387. www.freedomtanks.com.au www freedomtanks com au T T T ANK ANK ANKS S S