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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 58 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 The discussion surrounding climate change attracted a record number of members to the annual Conference. after some robust debate, members decided on the direction that they would like pursued as a matter of urgency. The association came out of the event with a policy to ensure that they push for the agricultural industry to be at the forefront of any action to address changing climatic conditions. Towards the end of 2007, the drought assistance focus turned to flood assistance when many areas of the state received an abundance of welcome rain. The floods caused a large amount of damage for livestock producers and the association worked to ensure that assistance was delivered to those affected landholders. The association’s Cattle Committee had a busy year representing the NSW members. In late august the Committee hosted Cattle Council of australia and various Meat and Livestock australia representatives on a trip around the Casino region. The tour included visiting the Northern Cooperative Meat Company, commercial beef producers and hosting a dinner for producers followed by a Meat Standards australia presentation. The focus visit in the region was to the NSW Farmer of the year runner up Stuart and Katina Larsson. The Larsson’s along with their family own and operate Mara Seeds located at Mallanganee in the foothills of the Richmond Range. Mara Seeds produce organic grain, compost, soybeans and beef. The beef herd provides eU accredited organic beef finished on organic pastures, silage and organic grains. The company runs over 700 breeders which is a supply base to produce animals suited to premium market specifications. This is a ‘must see’ operation and all people involved in the tour were impressed with what they saw. Similar to many other organisations, the last 12 months has been a year for discussing climate change at the NSW Farmers’ association (the association). In between feeding livestock due to the severe drought, members of the association attended our annual Conference with a theme of global Warming - Opportunities for agriculture. New South Wales Farmers’ association The Association came out of the event with a policy to ensure that they push for the agricultural industry to be at the forefront of any action to address changing climatic conditions.