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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2011
49 responsibility’, AgForce Cattle lobbied to ensure this does not allow the government to abrogate its responsibility for funding biosecurity monitoring and compliance. The government’s proposed reform to tick management arrangements was an important biosecurity priority, with AgForce Cattle lobbying to ensure that the revised tick management system allows producers more flexibility in moving cattle while maintaining the integrity of the tick line. As the representative group for Australia’s biggest and most valuable beef industry, AgForce’s engagement with our extensive member base is vital. Open forums, branch and regional meetings over the last 18 months attracted more than 1000 people and proved to be an important channel for hearing the diverse range of views of our membership. A major highlight in terms of member engagement was the Rockhampton open forum in September 2010. Held ahead of our state conference in the beef capital, Rockhampton, more than 200 producers took the opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions with key industry decision-makers and weigh in on the direction of the Queensland industry. The forum pulled together some of the biggest heavyweights in the industry, including processors Teys Bros, JBS Swift, Nolan Meats and Nippon Meat Packers Australia; Greg Brown and David Inall from Cattle Council of Australia; Don Heatley, David Palmer and Glen Feist, representing Meat & Livestock Australia; HEAVY DUTY CRUSHES • AUTOMATED SYSTEMS • DESIGN Ph: 07 4666 6174 Fx: 07 4666 6242 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.thompsonlonghorn.com.au Grant Maudsley AgForce Cattle President Cattle Council Councillor and the AgForce Cattle board. Held back at a time when industry leadership, and the rightful role of peak industry groups, was being questioned in some industry circles, access to this calibre of industry player was unprecedented. Producers took the opportunity to raise questions and have their say on market access, supply chain costs and grassfed marketing – giving AgForce Cattle a clear lobbying focus for the coming year. AgForce Cattle has continued to voice the concerns of Queensland beef producers through the Cattle Council of Australia on national, state and international beef industry issues, and remains committed to the vital work being conducted by our peak industry organisation.