State farmer organisations have this week united to throw their support behind the enhancement of Cattle Council of Australia’s directly elected model.
The state farmer organisations met in Sydney this week with Cattle Council executives to review the Council’s restructure priorities including the move to re-engage levy payers not affiliated with a state body.
Cattle Council President Howard Smith says the move demonstrated a direct commitment to progressing the interests of beef producers across Australia.
“The state farmer organisations clearly recognise the vital role played by Cattle Council in levy oversight, policy development and producer engagement, and I thank them for their support.”
“This is about shoring up the future of the beef industry as a whole. There is recognition of the need for a new model, and that state farming organisations are key to that model and driving it forward.”
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says with Queensland producing almost half of the country’s beef, the state’s producers were eager to have a well-organised and efficient national peak body providing strong leadership and strategic direction for the industry.
“We are delighted to see all the state farming organisations agreeing to work together to support Cattle Council through the restructure process during what are exciting times for the beef industry.”
The announcement brings to a close Cattle Councils involvement in the Implementation Committee.
Independent Chair of the Implementation Committee, Troy Setter says he welcomes the focus on developing the representative model to engage more grass-fed producers.
“This new approach by Cattle Council ensures momentum is maintained on improving cattle producer representation. As outgoing Chair of the Implementation Committee, I would like to thank each member of the Implementation Committee and recognise the considerable passion they have for the grass-fed Cattle Industry.”