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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 74 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 1. Increasing adoption of technologies and practices 2. Cost effectively increasing animal and herd productivity 3. ensuring sustainable land and grazing management 4. Improving business and management systems 5. ensuring product integrity to enhance market access 6. Research and extension to increase the uptake of new ideas and practices It should be noted that the goals and actions relating to these Issues are receiving attention as to their effectiveness. One particular issue continually raised by producers in the 11 Regional Beef Research Committees across Northern australia and at NaBRC meetings by their Chairs is the stated decline in extension personnel and services in State and Territory Departments of agriculture or primary Industry. It is of real concern to producers that experienced staff are retiring and remaining staff are restricted in their ability to maintain one on one contact. The issues of ‘extension and education’ are fundamental to NaBRC’s Operational plan of Research, Development, education, extension and Training (RDeeT) and the widespread concern of producers is such that governments are urged to respond. electronic distribution of results cannot be relied upon to reach producers in remote areas for any number of reasons. The issue of Climate Change is one currently under discussion at NaBRC meetings as it is elsewhere and we are committed to science based outcomes in addressing community concerns and the role of beef producers in the debate. a major session on ‘Futuring’ is planned for our next meeting and this will encompass climate change and sustainability. There are a number of groups both government and Industry who are reviewing the future of research over the next 15 to 20 years and NaBRC is included in this activity. Our strong arm of the Regional Beef Research Committees continue to provide a basis of producer originated and orientated research projects and I thank them for their role in bringing regional issues to the table. I would particularly like to register our thanks to our stakeholders and their support without which NaBRC could not function as an alliance that brings together all the key R&D stakeholders in Northern australia. The 2008 NaBRC Medals are in full swing and I look forward to reporting on the outcome in next year’s Report. North australia Beef Research Council – The Year in Review NaBRC and its function are guided by a four year Strategic plan 2004-2008 which this year has been reviewed. although this is not yet finalised, it would appear that all stakeholders are in broad agreement that the principles of the current plan will hold for the 2008-2012 Strategic plan. It is worth re-stating these Strategic Issues: John Cox, Chairman