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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
61 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Ten-Rose Edgar Allen Poll Pure-bred Stud Simmental Bull When the world wants MARBLED, tasty TENDER beef and demands carbon reduction from 40% plus more FEED EFFICIENT cattle with the possibility to sell carbon production credits on an Exchange that could offer an income stream ... think about it. TEN-ROSE genetic edge for record geneSTAR MVP Local and International export Future pedigree creations to suit individual requirements Chris & Sharon Jordan -- Melbourne, Australia Ph/Fax: (03) 5629 9060 Email: email@example.com Engineered for record GeneSTAR/MVP DNA Carbon Credits Poll with performance Muscle & thickness Moderate frame Stucture with barrel Softness & positive fats Grass fed. BWt 40Kg Dark red Excell. cross with Angus Ai Straws for sale Early in 2009 it became clear to ARCBA that the Global Financial Crisis would limit the export demand of registered beef cattle for breeding purposes. At the time the Australian Cattle Genetics Export Agency (ACGEA) under International Livestock Resource and Information Centre Ltd (ILRIC) was carrying two full time staff -- an infrastructure that was out of proportion to the short-term business opportunities. ARCBA played a key role in putting a case to the ILRIC Board to cease employing staff and to outsource the ACGEA activity on an as-required basis. This restructure cut the operating costs down to one tenth of the previous costs and ensured the viability of the service. Mr Christian Duff has taken over the role of Executive Officer of ILRIC Ltd and liaises closely with the joint MLA/LiveCorp program. He joined this group for presentations in Russia in October 2009 and was on hand to see the only 2009 shipment of 3130 cattle unloaded in Russia. It contained certified Angus, Hereford and Limousin heifers and some bulls. A further shipment was exported to Russia in March 2010 with interest growing in Turkey as well. It is still early days, but it seems that the registered beef cattle sector can expect the export demand for breeding cattle to grow throughout 2010. Export of dairy heifers to China, Russia and Turkey continued at strong levels throughout 2009. ARCBA has played a major role in preparing the registered cattle industry for the availability of DNA marker tests. In 2006, ARCBA ran its first Genomics Seminar at the Ekka to introduce the beef industry to genomics and to outline how the SmartGene for Beef validation of the effects of 12 DNA markers was to be conducted. Two years later, ARCBA ran a follow up Seminar on the results which showed that the markers for tenderness did explain some of the differences between animals for these traits but that the four markers then available for both feed efficiency and marbling had little predictive capability. In March 2009 Pfizer Animal Genetics released its 56-marker panel. ARCBA worked closely with Pfizer to put in place a mechanism for validation of this and other marker panels and developed an appropriate contract template for offering this technology to breed society members. Genomics has the capacity to help GENOMICS INTRODUCTION AND GENETIC EXPORTS DOMINATE In 2009 ARCBA's activities were dominated by the introduction of gene markers for breeding decisions and the restructuring of the Secretariat for export of Australian genetics. stud breeders to accelerate the genetic progress of their cattle but only if the effects of markers are independently validated before being put on the market. Herdbook registrations of beef cattle reduced by 3.6% in 2009 to a total of 136,345. This was considered to be a fairly strong result given the challenging seasonal conditions and a fall of up to 20% in cattle prices. ARCBA has appreciated the work that Cattle Council of Australia does on major policy issues such as the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme. Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association Dr. P.A. Rickards OAM Executive Director Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association