Senators leading an inquiry into the beef industry have expressed frustration at the lack of progress in long-running efforts to create a single, powerful body to represent levy-paying grassfed cattle producers across Australia.
Senators conducting an inquiry into the red meat processing sector have asked for another reporting extension to consider recent reports about the proposed implementation of DEXA carcase-scanning technology in Australian abattoirs.
The VFF says producers have been been left dismayed by inaction on the pre-sale weighing issue, while the ACCC says its investigations showed no conclusive evidence in favour of pre-sale or post-sale weighing.
In the final report from its cattle and beef market study released earlier this month, the Australian Competition Consumer Commission laid responsibility for implementing its 15 recommendations on the shoulders of the Red Meat Advisory Council.
A Senate Inquiry to be introduced to federal parliament next week will consider whether a national interest test should apply to applications to patent livestock genetics.
Many public hearings have been held around Australia in recent years with the aim of getting to the bottom of market competition issues between producers and processors. However, very few have involved producers and processors talking to each other in the same room.
He has spent much of the past two years in senate inquiries investigating what’s wrong with the red meat industry, but Senator Barry O’Sullivan still sees enough right to be investing confidently in expanding his own cattle breeding and backgrounding operation. But he warns the industry can not achieve its potential until trust is rebuilt along the supply chain.
The Cattle Council of Australia is calling on the major political parties to commit $4 million to pay for the council’s long-planned restructure if they win the Federal election.
Mandatory cattle and beef price reporting in Australia will benefit producers, but only in a small way, a recent MLA report suggests.
The Cattle Council of Australia says the costs and complexity of introducing a mandatory price reporting model would outweigh any benefits received.