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Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Paper 2156


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Barry Coulter


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Rural Industries and Fisheries has been to reduce the capacity o f the industry, however, re-stocking has commenced, and herd quality has improved substantially. Both these factors bode well for future exports. Other Livestock Industries The Northern Territory also has a number o f other livestock industries supplying products such as eggs, poultry (chicken and quail) meat, pork, horse meat, camel meat, fresh milk to the local market, live exports (horses, camels, donkeys, sheep, goats), and crocodile skins and flesh. In 1992/93 the gross value o f the total other livestock industries was $ 13 million, on par with the previous year. Pastoral Outlook Following the BTEC associated decline in herd and turn-off numbers, rebuilding o f the Territory cattle and buffalo herd has commenced. The need to re-stock both in the Territory and Queensland, following the breaking o f the drought in that State, will depress production levels in the short term. These factors may generate upward pressure on cattle prices, which if realised, may impede continued strong growth in live cattle exports to Asian markets from the Territory. Industry priorities are adjusting toward an emphasis on production efficiency and product quality. This applies particularly to the cattle and buffalo operations in the higher rainfall regions. The buffalo industry is planning for both a rebuilding o f the controlled breeding herd and improvements in structural efficiency. The extensive grazing practices o f the past are being progressively replaced by: adoption and practice o f the principles o f sustainable pastoral production and LandCare; introduction o f more effective property management planning techniques; im proved range land m anagem ent techn iques to increase both pastu re and herd productivity; introduction o f highly productive pastures to increase carrying capacity, herd production and to improve carcass quality; and introduction o f herd management techniques such as performance selection, crossbreeding, supplementary feeding, reproductive management, and mustering and handling techniques. 58