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Opinion: Optics not ethics driving banking’s social conscience

It might seem ironic to some that banks these days have a set of principles they hold potential customers to when deciding whether or not to lend to them – or even to keep them as a customer…Read More

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin, 16/11/2021

Opinion: Defining beef’s challenge

There is a narrative around the beef industry that policy decisions and regulations that happen to us are someone else’s fault. We need to accept responsibility for these decisions if we are going to address the problem, writes ABSF chair Mark Davie. ..Read More

Mark Davie, Australian Beef Sustainability Framework chair, 01/11/2021

Carbon pathway must create opportunity: Cattle Council

Australia’s climate targets present significant opportunities for beef producers, which must not be overlooked by our national leaders, Cattle Council of Australia directors Markus Rathsmann and Olivia Lawson write in this guest post…Read More

Guest Author, 19/10/2021

Op-ed: No further loss of rural property rights for inner-city emissions

Imagine then a situation where you buy a fully roadworthy new car, only to be told a month later by the government that the car model is now illegal to drive. That is exactly what happened to thousands of farming families who bought agricultural land for grazing and were then told by the government that it couldn’t be touched and had to be locked up…Read More

John McKillop, Chair, Red Meat Advisory Council, 07/10/2021

Opinion: Our climate future is in our hands

In the lead-up to the Farmers for Climate Action virtual conference this Friday, Professor Mark Howden, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shares his perspective on why If the world stays on its current high emissions trajectory it will be terrible news for agriculture…Read More

Mark Howden, ANU, 15/09/2021

Ag Worker Visa potential game changer for northern beef industry

The new Agricultural Worker Visa is welcome news for the northern beef industry where producers in the wet-dry tropics and rangelands where seasonal labour is vital, writes Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann…Read More

Markus Rathsmann, President, Cattle Council of Australia, 31/08/2021

Definitions of Meat inquiry submission deadline extended, producers urged to speak up

The deadline for the Senate Enquiry into Definitions of Meat and other Animal products has been extended to the 13th of August providing a great opportunity for all cattle producers to make a statement on the issue. ..Read More

Mark Davie, 30/07/2021

Biosecurity = food security = national security

$66 billion reasons to radically shift our perspective on biosecurity and the systems that protect our prosperity and security…Read More

Andrew Henderson, 30/07/2021

All sectors need to get behind red meat traceability in Australia: Cattle Council

Traceability reform: As reforms to SAFEMEAT for improving traceability across all red meat species are broached Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann argues that the benefits of an effective system far exceed any cost, and warns that non-compliance by any sector places the entire red meat and livestock industry at considerable risk…Read More

Markus Rathsmann, President, Cattle Council of Australia, 02/07/2021

Opinion: Protect consumers by protecting beef

If using the beef name and image didn’t help the alternative protein industry attract investors and sell their products, they simply wouldn’t do it, writes CQ cattle producer, food manufacturer and AgForce cattle board director Mark Davie, in outlining three major issues he believes truth in labelling in legislation must address…Read More

Mark Davie, 20/05/2021

Opinion: Our brand is our Industry

There should be no free ride for manufactured plant-based protein products trying to piggyback off the reputation of Aussie red meat, writes Red Meat Advisory Council chair John McKillop…Read More

John McKillop, Red Meat Advisory Council, 29/04/2021

Cost recovery must also include cost efficiency: Cattle Council of Australia

Cost recovery is not a new concept for cattle producers, who are used to paying their way, but critcially, cost efficiencies also need to be explored as part of any assessment of effective regulation, writes Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann in this opinion piece in response to Department of Agriculture proposals to increase cost recovery measures for livestock exporters…Read More

Guest Author, 23/03/2021

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