The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has released a summary of discussions held during a meeting of industry and Government signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra on November 27.
The meeting discussed the key recommendations from the Red Meat MOU White Paper released in July, and outlined next steps ahead of a second meeting of MOU signatories this Friday, December 6.
An RMAC statement said outcomes of the meeting included:
- The need to engage and provide value for levy payers first as our ‘true north’ moving forward, and improve the delivery of advocacy across the sector
- The need for beef, sheepmeat, goat meat producers, livestock exports and processors to retain identity and oversight of their own levy expenditure
- The need for a strong and coordinated industry organisation led by red meat business people
- The various proposals contained within the White Paper and the feedback received from industry members, and
- The need for the Australian red meat industry, as a collective, to demonstrate leadership in RDC modernisation and other forums.
Groups represented included the Australian Livestock Export Council, Australian Lot Feeders Association, Australian Meat Industry Council, Australian Meat Processing Corporation, Cattle Council of Australia, Department of Agriculture, LiveCorp, Meat and Livestock Australia, Red Meat Advisory Council and Sheep Producers Australia were in attendance. The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre was also invited to present.
Click here to read a formal communique summarising discussions and next steps released by RMAC.
A second industry-government roundtable will be held in Brisbane this Friday.