After several years of conducting inquiries into various elements of the red meat sector, Senators have communicated in their latest report released overnight that they have lost patience with what they see as a lack of genuine progress by industry to address pricing, market transparency and representational concerns that have been repeatedly voiced by producers.
Senators have told the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association it has just three months to lead the development of industry Standards of Practice that cover all commercial livestock transactions.
Here’s how various red meat industry councils and organisations have responded to the red meat Senate Inquiry report released overnight.
Cattle Council of Australia should be replaced as the grassfed cattle industry’s peak industry council by a new “a transparent and accountable producer-owned body” to be called Cattle Australia, and the Australian Government should provide immediate funding support to help the grassfed cattle sector to do this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.