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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 60 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 The work of agForce Queensland in pursuing our member’s interests has never been of greater importance. agForce Cattle’s representatives from the 5 Queensland regions, as well as a special Director for youth and another for the agForce Corporate group (representing large pastoral houses) have worked on a wide number of issues in the last twelve months. agForce has taken the time to closely engage with our members and also the commercial partners in the beef supply chain. This has of course included representatives from the Northern region of aLpa (australian Livestock and property agents) and also senior leadership from LTaQ (Livestock Transporters association of Queensland). Fatigue, Welfare and sale issues have been the focus with these groups. agForce takes particular pride in our close association with processors, especially those adopting the MSa grading standards; especially Teys Bros and Swift australia. By working with processors on issue of common interest, we ensure that agForce has a strong commercial relevance and up to date information on the beef trade in Queensland and around the world. MSa has again been a highlight area in 2007-08. a producer information forum for MSa suppliers was held in Biloela and attracted several hundred producers. acknowledged as one of the most positive meat industry meetings of recent times, the forum was a great opportunity for agForce members to discuss the supply chain with Teys Bros and MLa experts. agForce will be working with Swifts and MLa to carry out more educational forums in the near future. Other events have been held across the state, one importantly being the 2007 Meat profit Day and MLa agM, held in Rockhampton. agForce Directors Ian McCamley and Howard Smith were heavily involved in the planning, and subsequent success of the Meat profit Day and the forum held at graham acton’s property “paradise Lagoons”. The day attracted over 600 Queensland producers and covered a wide range of important industry issues. One of the topics raised on the day is actually an agForce initiative – the development of a grass or pasture fed certification system for beef. The development of this standard, and a cipher to describe for trade purposes, has now been taken up by Cattle Council and will be an important process for beef producers in the state. agForce have met with aUS-MeaT to pursue this system and to discuss general producer concerns. earlier in the year a joint Cattle Council – agForce initiative saw a number of MLa regional managers travelling to emerald to discuss global marketing with Queensland producers, ensuring a wider knowledge of the pressures on our industry and opportunities for future growth. agForce have also continued our engagement with members, holding a number of very successful forums for local producers. Of course the CCa Rural awareness Tour (RaT) tour was also held in Queensland in 2007 and was hosted by agForce Cattle president greg Brown. The finalization of NLIS and the process of Cattle Tick Control have required significant agForce input, with a number of important regulatory decisions required as the shire boundaries changed in Queensland in March. agForce have also worked with the DpI&F to push for improved NLIS services and production advice, as the finalization of the Federal grants occur in June 2008. We have continued our representation to transport and police service Ministers and policy makers, as well as to NRM bodies and extension agencies. agForce have also taken up a larger role in the development of biosecurity systems and standards in Queensland, both In 2007-08 the beef industry in Queensland rose by 3% to $3.7 billion (of the state’s total agricultural production of $12.6 billion) and Queensland accounts for around 40% of the national herd. agForce Queensland AgForce have also taken up a larger role in the development of biosecurity systems and standards in Queensland, both for disease issues and for weed and pasture management.