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



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


Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association yearbook; Reports; PublicationNT




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at about a gazillion indicators, processing and analysing them to death and consulting with everyone, and ended up with 22 pages of the framework and the story about it. The Framework is really all about telling our story of the cattle (productivity and welfare), the country (condition, cover and tree-grass balance) kids (our contribution to the nutrition and health of rural, urban and export communities) and cash (profit and prosperity) and it all relies on the top 6 of soil and the fact it rains. using it we can describe and improve production and marketing systems and can communicate and plan amongst ourselves, with our customers and consumers at home and abroad. It provides a basis to argue for appropriate policy at territory and federal level. Due in part to customer demand and part to ever diminishing resources from government, the beef industry and the individual enterprises within it need to be more responsible and proactive in monitoring and regulating its own performance and management of endemic diseases, without contributing to red-tape. This is not a get-out for Government who need to recognise & maintain their responsibilities in regulation and border protection. Clearly we need to do this efficiently, but we need to be crystal clear about the significant risks involved if we do not practice what we preach particularly in regard to animal welfare and environmental stewardship areas, and commit to strive for continual improvement. We need to maintain and enhance the trust of our customers, consumers and the deplorables wherever in the globe they live. Animal Welfare We need to ensure husbandry practices from the station to the processing facilities are humane productive and efficient. On station, our handling and husbandry practices must continually consider the animals welfare health and productivity. The review of NT animal welfare legislation must support these industry goals not simply add more red-tape. The major disease-free status of Australia is one of our strongest competitive advantages and must be protected at all costs. Protection from diseases such as FMD must remain a priority of industry and government. Importation of buffalo meat into Indonesia is a timely reminder of the need to remain vigilant of real diseases potentially on our doorstep. Environmental Stewardship As an industry we commonly state our love of the land, our responsible stewardship. But how well are we doing it? Pastoral Land Board monitoring generally shows respectable district results for land condition dependant on season, but as politics and resources dictated, it Figure 31: Mean CO2 concentrations (398 ppmv) in the earths atmosphere (29/9/14 - 28/9/15) as recorded by sensors on NASAs OC0-2 satellite. This visualisation is strongly supportive that Australia and Queensland still act as a net CO2 sink (cf. Detmers et al. 2015). Note the different average concentrations (colour scale) over the oceans and the various countries depicted. is an imperfect measure to date. The promise of remote-sensing methodology for monitoring the pastoral estate is long promised but yet unrealised, but there is stuff around to help us put seasons into historical perspective. At a national and industry level we have been preoccupied and diverted for nearly two decades with the role of carbon dioxide in changing climate, and have spent billions researching it and legislating inefficient industries out of efficient ones. Well I have good news and bad news. The good news is that there is now monitoring satellite technology about (and has been for a while) that shows how much CO2 is circulating around the globe. Along with other studies and measures I can say to you that Australia is actually a net sink for CO2 for nearly the whole year (see figure 31). Even when the Queenslanders were clearing at their hardest and when drought was about, Australia was largely a net sink for CO2. The politicians know this. The bureaucrats know this. We Presidents Address 6 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17

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