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Senators frustrated at lack of grassfed cattle restructure progress

James Nason, 10 August 2017

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.

Senate report into red meat processing postponed again

Beef Central, 15 June 2017

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.

Vic producers demand pre-sale weighing, ACCC says evidence inconclusive

Beef Central, 11 April 2017

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.

Has the ACCC thrown RMAC a massive hospital pass?

James Nason, 22 March 2017

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.

Senate inquiry to probe if livestock genetics should be patented

Beef Central, 17 November 2016

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.

Processors, producers tackle market issues in Qld meetings

James Nason, 05 October 2016

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.

Down on the farm: Why Barry O’Sullivan is backing beef

James Nason, 27 June 2016

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.

Cattle Council calls for $4 million in Govt funding

Beef Central, 06 June 2016

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 price reporting no silver bullet on its own

James Nason, 03 June 2016

Mandatory cattle and beef price reporting in Australia will benefit producers, but only in a small way, a recent MLA report suggests.

CCA backs voluntary price reporting, ABA questions report transparency

James Nason, 03 June 2016

The Cattle Council of Australia says the costs and complexity of introducing a mandatory price reporting model would outweigh any benefits received.