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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 50 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 BaCKgROUND The Cattle Council as the respected voice of australian beef cattle producers at the national level, provides effective representation to Federal Ministers, the Federal Opposition, government Departments and other industry sectors. In representing australian cattle producers, Cattle Council is involved in all aspects of the beef industry at a national level, to ensure a sustainable future for producers. Some of the Council’s activities include; • Influencing and monitoring Federal Government policy and Federal Departments management on trade, market access, animal health and quarantine. • Providing broad strategic direction to industry. • Setting cattle transaction levy distribution for funding industry programs. • Setting strategic policy direction within which Meat & Livestock australia (MLa) operates and consultation to guide individual programs in marketing and research and development. • Oversight of the cattle industry’s chemical residue control programs via the National Residue Survey (NRS). • Oversight of the management by Animal Health Australia (aHa) of industry’s disease control programs. • Input into broader rural issues such as via the National Farmers' Federation. The Cattle Council has been a full member of the NFF since both organisations were formed in 1979. Through its membership of the NFF, Cattle Council has input to cross-sectoral rural issues such as the environment, taxation, telecommunications and industrial relations. The Cattle Council of australia, as an independent producer-funded organisation, was established in July 1979, bringing together for the first time at a national level, all farmer organisations whose members had beef cattle enterprises. Cattle Council of australia Operations and Structure photo by Celia Jones, Courtesy of aHa