In the 1990’s thousands of Australian cattle producers received training from AUS-MEAT in how to interpret carcase feedback and over-the-hooks price grids from abattoirs.
However, when industry funding for the workshops was discontinued the training stopped, leading to what has been identified in recent Senate Inquiries as a generational gap in industry knowledge.
In recognition of this, AUS-MEAT has reintroduced workshops and training material to assist producers with over-the-hooks trading. The training focuses on helping producers to understand the factors in AUS-MEAT Language that directly influence the farm gate price ($ per/kg) of cattle.
To help producers across Australia access this information, Beef Central and Future Beef are hosting a free webinar to pinpoint topics that producers need to be mindful of when assessing carcase feedback for compliance to the grid.
Topics of this webinar will include:
- Types of industry communication (Livestock grids, carcase feedback)
- The AUS-MEAT Trading Language (Both slaughter floor and basic chiller assessment)
- The impact of MSA Grading on carcases
Depending on the level of interest, a second webinar will follow to explore answers to producer questions in more depth.
QUESTIONS? To ensure this webinar focuses on questions and topics producers would like to see specifically answered, please email questions you would like addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the comment box below
‘A myriad of information to get better outcomes’
Central Queensland cattle producer and Cattle Council of Australia director David Hill said producers had much to gain in improving their knowledge of carcase feedback and price grids.
Mr Hill attended a two-day AUS-MEAT course in the 1990s and said that information had been invaluable in understanding where his cattle fit, where premiums are available and where changes were needed to improve his returns.
“There is a myriad of information out there you can use to get better outcomes.
Non-compliance with grids and cattle falling outside of specifications was also a major problem for processors.
“If we can educate people on grids, and where their cattle fit the spot on the grid, they can get their compliance up and that makes it better for everyone,” Mr Hill said.
“We can bring in value-based marketing and we can look to shift the industry into that next quality, and then the next value niche.”
Understanding price grids and carcase feedback
Join us for a webinar on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:30pm QLD time (1.30pm NSW/VIC time).