BeefBank has announced the formation of the national charity herd as a means to sustain the supply of beef cattle for charitable purposes.
Supported by Michael Guerin and Bim Struss from AgForce and supported by David Crombie (AM) this represents a major breakthrough in supplying beef to feed the homeless and disadvantaged.
This program is designed to be sustainable both for the farmer and for charities across the country. It is modelled on the successful, efficient and cost effective procurement process developed by BeefBank over the last 15 years.
As part of the program BeefBank will become the Charity of Choice for AgForce. In return BeefBank will provide AgForce with an avenue for fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.
AgForce members will make a donation of an animal to be processed by BeefBank at a future date. The farmer will give notice at the time of donation when the animal will be ready. BeefBank will record the donations and roster them for processing on the agreed due date.
The farmer will retain ownership of the animal up until donation and it will remain on farm until processing. When the donation falls due, BeefBank will coordinate with the farmer on starting the BeefBank process. As part of the process the animal owner will receive notice from BeefBank at the time of the original donation and be provided with a BeefBank ear tag.
BeefBank will organise and pay for the transport and processing of the donated animal. The meat will be donated to Foodbank or similar organisation for distribution to charity. Any donation of an animal will attract a tax deductible receipt.