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Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


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rollout managed to secure federal funding even with little known about how the shortfall in funding would be addressed. LGAP will remain a key issue in 2017. The implementation committee has our very capable CEO Tracey Hayes as the CCA representative. Live Export In Indonesia we are seeing the impact of permits issued for 100,000 tonnes of Indian buffalo meat (300,000 live cattle equivalent) in our most important live export market. Also, as discovered by our industry friend and colleague Ross Ainsworth, is subsidised Eu cow meat from Spain selling at 50,000 rupiah per kilo - or half the price of the Australian Indonesian product. The interpretation of the recent Constitutional Court ruling on Indian buffalo imports remains unclear. However the fact that India does not have a clear zone free of FMD poses a biosecurity risk to both Indonesia and Australia. The 5:1 feeder ratio to breeders is also a major concern, not only to the profitability of importers to run another enterprise, but to the potential welfare risks posed by providing cattle not suited to Indonesian conditions. If we consider the high Australian cattle prices, the 5:1 breeder imposition combined with government intervention in imports, taxation and market price fixing. There has probably never been a more difficult time to be an Indonesian feedlotter. Vietnam Vietnam continues to be an important market providing challenges. China China is slowly becoming a focus for live export operations, however due to the Bluetongue virus with its zonal restrictions we will see southern Australia with its bos-taurus cattle as the main beneficiaries in the developing trade. Livestock Export Program The LEP is funded 30% by Livecorp and 70% Producers (MLA). It is expected that with reduced cattle volumes less expenditure will be required for training and compliance in key markets. Resources may be moved to assist Indonesia with its breeder imports. Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Most producers would have heard, by now, of the benefits in the new DExA technology involving Value Based Marketing (VBM) - DExA will tell us the lean meat yield, bone and fat ratios of carcasses. $150 million has been presented by MLA as the rollout figure to install the technology in processing plants to capture the data. To date this has not been welcomed by the processing sector; AMPC are conducting their own review of the technology and its benefits. Both Government and processors have already invested millions in DExA via the MLA Donor Company as a research project. To date the MDC has assisted JBS in Bordertown with the technology working well with lambs prior to robotics. Lakes Creek (Teys) is installing a unit for use with cattle. CCA is still awaiting a detailed business plan on DExA from MLA that identifies partners and cofunding options. AMPC The Australian Meat Processing Corporation is seeking to address concerns and improve dialogue with the production sector. This is largely in response to two Senate Inquiries and the ACCC report on improved price transparency. There is no doubt that cooperation with the processing sector is essential if the benefits of DExA or value base marketing are to be realised. Sustainability Framework The Steering Committee has given the production sector a unique opportunity to control the Sustainability Framework and tell our story. We should commend them for their efforts. Funding for the framework into the future is unknown and needs to be addressed. Industry Systems Our industry systems that underpin our beef product integrity; National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), Livestock Product Assurance (LPA), National Vendor Declaration (LPA NVD) are now in one location at MLA accessible at MLAs online dashboard. The LPA databases once seen as a funding opportunity and collection point for CCA is no longer an option. Mandatory modules for Biosecurity and Animal Welfare will be introduced on the first of July this year as part of the LPA system. Meat Importation In 2010 the Agriculture Minister Tony Burke reinstated the BSE controls on meat imports due to public pressure and a Senate inquiry. Those controls have been lifted and it is possible that we will soon see meat imported from the uSA, Japan and The Netherlands. The desktop analysis provided by the Department of Agriculture and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is supportive of imports. The science behind them is questionable. Australias hard won safe disease free reputation as a meat exporter could be damaged by importing meat from countries that do not have equivalency of trace-back or systems in place to ensure product integrity Trade & Marketing The MLA marketing budget, of which CCA has oversight, is $56 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17 27

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