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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
64 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Brett Hall Chairman Southern Australia Meat Research Council Angus Hobson Executive Officer Southern Australia Meat Research Council John Cox Chairman North Australia Beef Research Council In implementing the National Beef Production RD&E Strategy, contributing agencies will be assigned roles to manage major RD&E programs, based on their capacity to co-ordinate and/or deliver research, development and extension at a national, regional and local level, respectively. Accordingly, the strategy provides mechanisms for a more collaborative approach to modelling and determining the highest priority RD&E investment areas, significantly greater sharing and alignment of resources and information, and a more standardised approach to monitoring and reporting on progress to industry. Importantly, the National Beef Production RD&E Strategy represents a practical example of effective collaboration between government and industry. In developing the strategy and representing the strategic RD&E interests of the southern and northern beef industries respectively, the North Australia Beef Research Council (NABRC) and its recently revamped southern equivalent, the Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC), have provided a pivotal role in collating RD&E ideas from grass roots producers and facilitating linkages between the RD&E provider sector and Cattle Council. The close working relationship that NABRC and SAMRC share with CCA has also provided a relatively seamless mechanism to align CCA's RD&E imperatives under the Meat Industry Strategic Plan with those of federal and state agencies, and MLA. While the true success of this strategy will only be revealed in the fullness of time, it is already apparent that the processes and principles that sit within it will provide a new way of doing business for all RD&E providers and a template for more effective and efficient use of RD&E funds across the beef industry. Within and beyond the National RD&E Framework, NABRC and SAMRC look forward to working with CCA to provide the essential links between industry and RD&E agencies; this is a pivotal relationship in ensuring the collation and delivery of RD&E outputs and capability that will help deliver profitability, competitiveness and sustainability to the Australian beef industry. REFERENCES IC (Industry Commission). 1997. Assessing Australia's productivity performance, AGPS, Canberra, Australia. Sheng, Y, Mullen, J and Zhao, S. (2010) Has productivity growth in Australian broadacre agriculture slowed?. Proceedings of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 10-12 February 2010, Adelaide, Australia. PC (Productivity Commission), 2005. Trends in Australian Agriculture -- Productivity Commission Report, Australian Government THE SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA MEAT RESEARCH COUNCIL (SAMRC) Like its northern beef equivalent, NABRC, the newly devised dual sheepmeat/southern beef platform of the Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC) will provide an important contribution to livestock RD&E in Australia. With a formalised role under the National Beef and Sheepmeat Production RD&E Strategies, SAMRC is a key industry-agency forum that assists in determining and advising on the strategic requirements for sheepmeat and southern beef RD&E, including in education and training. Both SAMRC and NABRC act as the central consultative councils comprising all major red meat RD&E agencies and educational institutions (DPIs, CSIRO, CRCs and universities) and producer representatives from applicable states and territories. SAMRC and NABRC liaise closely with the CCA and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, and provide a source of independent, apolitical advice on RD&E matters to support policy development by these prescribed bodies.