The Weekly Grill

Episode 30: Cattle Council President, Markus Rathsmann

On the Weekly Grill with Kerry Lonergan this week is Markus Rathsmann,  President of Council of Australia.

Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann.

A Northern Territory beef producer, Markus answers the burning questions on possible restructuring of CCA and MLA, he has opinions on the journey ahead for beef producers as they try to meet the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 – and of course, there’s the levy – to lift or to lower – it’s On The Grill this week.



Check out our previous Weekly Grill podcasts here, including interviews with Patrick Warmoll, the boss of Jack’s Creek Wagyu; veteran pastoral company executive Roger Halliwell; retired non-packer beef exporter, Richard Rains; carbon trading expert, Toby Grogan from Impact Agriculture; Red Meat Advisory Council chair, John McKillop; stud cattle showing identities Gary Noller and Rob Sinnamon; veteran Victorian cattle buyer David Ronalds; beef processing legend, ACC’s David Foote;  Live export class action facilitator, Tracey Hayes; Signature Beef’s Blair Angus; Consolidated Pastoral Co chief and Livecorp chairman, Troy Setter, nutrition scientist and MLA special skills board member, Manny Noakes; CCA independent northern and southern directors, Alice Greenup and Olivia Lawson; Australian Agricultural Co head Hugh Killen; Sydney independent red meat retailer Stephen Kelly; lotfeeder, Charlie Mort; processor and supply chain manager, Terry Nolan; livestock transport operator Ross Fraser; Organic supply chain manager Alister Ferguson; and  our first cattle market outlook, with TEM’s Matt Dalgleish and Stockco’s Chris Howie.

































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  1. David Hill, 20/09/2021

    As Kerry said, possibly the least enviable job going in the industry.
    The unintended consequences of having enough passion to take time away from your own beef business to lead an organization that has a $2million budget, 6 permanent staff and producer representatives that are largely voluntary, trying to be the Peak Council for producers in an industry that is worth around $18billion annually, go figure!
    Best wishes for the restructure Markus, hopefully you can be part of a successful resolution to this issue, would obviously be a memorable achievement if you and all concerned can get it done!

  2. Andrew Dunlop, 20/09/2021

    This is a transaction levy, how many levies (at $5) are collected per animal slaughtered? Cattle could now be sold 2 or 3 times prior to slaughter and therefore 2 or 3 $5 levies could be collected on each animal slaughtered.

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