Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association
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The NTCAs own facility, near Alice Springs, is now certified for the trans-shipment, monitoring, feeding and dispatching of organic cattle or receiving, spelling, and selling of certified organic livestock for both the domestic and uSA organic markets. The facility conducted an audit process, soil test, and an assessment of operating procedures to become accredited. The fact that Bohning Yards Operations Manager Noel Cuffe has been running the yards as an organic operation for some time made this process relatively straight forward. This development of the facility opened significant opportunities for Central Australian pastoralists, who responded well, with significant numbers of organic cattle, making use of the new accreditation at the subsequent sales and when transiting to interstate. An increasing number of Central Australian stations are turning to organic cattle production, and the accreditation of the yards gives pastoralists in Central Australia already organic accredited another market option and increases access to the organic markets. Previously, due to a lack of accredited spelling facilities, it was difficult to keep cattle from uSDA accredited properties in that market. The new 2016-17 Bohning Yard Complex Report June 2017 saw the NTCAs Bohning Yards become the first registered cattle saleyard in Australia to be certified to the domestic National Certified Organic (NCO) standard and to USDA (US Department of Agriculture) National Organic Programs (NOP). The Yards also became just the second registered spelling facility in the nation, and the first in the NT, to become Certified Organic. 116 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17116 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17
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