Thursday, December 13, 2012


Cattle Mistreated in Israeli Abattoir [View Here]

Israel in Livestock Cruelty Claims [View Here]

Live Export Shame - Posts [View Here]

Live Export Industry Says Israeli Cruely Preceded Welfare Rules [View Here]

New Cruelty Allegations Focus on Israeli Abattoir [View Here]

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Beef Industry Issues - Media Release

Financial Review's article of 1 December 2012 "Cattlemen's Beef with Banks" [View Here]

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Red Meat Industry Issues - Media Release

Getting a Bigger Share of Meat Buck [View Here]

Beef Industry Restructure: The Need for an Amalgamated Policy Setting and Policy Delivery Model

The following articles from the Weekly Times and Beef Central set out the current state of the debate on the industry structure issues succinctly:

"Gloom Surrounds Cattle Council" [View Here]
"Cattle Council Restructure Plan Takes Shape" [View Here]
"Support for Cattle Council" [View Here]
"ABA Responds to MLA" [View Here]

One major issue that seems to have slipped off the radar is the separation of policy setting and policy delivery under the current structure, (except perhaps the underlying gist of the ABA/David Byard's Beef Central article which queries whether the MLA may be putting a positive spin on their key performance indicators, in order to promote their own performance in the eyes of  levy payers and Government).

On the face of it the proposal for a fee for service payment to the MLA to the Cattle Council to assist the Cattle Council in overcoming its representative funding shortfall would only work if the Cattle Council receive an overpayment for the services provided.  In other words, if the Cattle Council is to carry out and provide the services on the basis of normal profit margins, the extra work would simply take up the time of the existing overworked staff or otherwise CCA would have employ additional staff to provide the services.  This would leave very little additional funds available to the Cattle Council to carry out their lobbying role with Government and their role in overseeing MLA. 

The "opt out" proposal would not only set up a precedent for every other Peak Council in every other industry to also put up their hands and seek that part of the levies paid in their industry, but adopting an "opt out" methodology rather than an  "opt in" methodology seeks to rely on levy payers forgetting to fill out the "opt out" box rather than adopting an "opt in" system which would ensure that all those that tick the box really intended that part of their levy go to the Cattle Council.

The rationale put forward for the Cattle Council claim - that they need to maintain a close policy setting relationship with the State Farmer Organisations who have an established network and an enormous equity in the CCA and have provided CCA delegates for thirty years plus - doesn't seem to be very logical.

If all directors of the Cattle Council (and/or MLA) were to be directly elected by levy payers, State Farmer Organisation delegates could stand for election and, if they do have a well established network, one would imagine that the SFA delegates would have a better-than-even chance of being elected as board members. 

The "equity" in the CCA and the provision of delegates for over thirty years is a historical point that seems to have little to do with issues of good governance and good representation for cattle producers in 2012.

David Inall goes on to say in the Beef Central article of 28 November 2012 that the Cattle Council isn't set up to be the direct recipient of the $60m annual levies.

The simple answer which is set out in the Weekly Times article is the pork industry's "Australian Pork Limited" model established in 2012 by amalgamating the pork producers Peak Council, R & D and marketing arms, with a levy-payer elected board;

The pork industry model is a simple solution that addresses both the issues of division between policy setting and policy delivery and funding for the Peak Councils.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beef Industry Issues - Media Release

Financial Review's Article of 31 May 2012
Ludwig Warned of Cattle Ban Dangers [View Here]

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More Beef Farmers News Releases

Secret Talks Over Cattle Export Ban Compo [View Here]

Beef Farmers Want Compensation [View Here]

Friday, March 9, 2012

AMPG Industry Reform Meeting Outlines

AMPG Brisbane 23.2.12 and Canberra 28.2.12 Meetings  [View Here

Government Levy Principles and Guidlines [View Here]

Cattle Industry Producer Satisfaction Rates  [View Here]

Friday, January 27, 2012

AMPG-Brisbane Meeting 23 Feb 2012-Reference Material

Summary of AMPG Think Tank Red Meat Industry Reform Options [View Here]

Summary of the Cattle Council Consultative Funding and Structural Reform Proposals [View Here]

Cattle Council, National Representation Discussion Paper (1) (16 January 2012)  [View Here]

Comment by HuntBlog, Cattle Council Draft Funding and Structural Reform Proposal (27 January 2012)  [View Here]

Article in Response by Jon Condon of Beef Central, "CCA Restructure Plan: What does industry think?" (27 January 2012) [View Here]

John Condon, Beef Central, "Industry models emerge in count down to Longreach" (09 November 2011) [View Here]

AMPG Red Meat Industry Reform Outline (9/11/2011) [View Here]
Summary of History of 1998 Red Meat Organisational Restructure [View Here]

Australian Meat and Livestock Reform for the Future Steering Committee and Task Force Report (1996) [Title Page] [Overview and Recommendations] [Section Five - Factors Shaping Future Organisational Structure] [Section Six - Future Organisational Structures] [Section Seven - Options for Future Structures]

The Need for Change - MLA Performance Overview [View Here]

Summary of 2002 Senate Review of Red Meat Government Advisory Structures [View Here]

Senate Rural and Regional, Transport and Legislative Committee, Report into the Red Meat Industry Structures (2002) [View Here]

Uncompetitive Government Costs and Charges [View Here]

SG Heilbron Economic and Policy Consulting, Study on the Impact of Government on Industry Competitiveness (February 2001) [Executive Summary & Strategic Recommendations]

SG Heilbron Economic and Policy Consulting, The Future of the Queensland Beef Industry and the Impact of Live Cattle Exports (June 2010) [View Here]

Booz Allen Hamilton Report (1993) Identified Government Charges and Inspection Costs as being a Source of Disadvantage for Australian Meat Producers:  [View Here]

Article by Brad Cooper, The Land, "Cattle Council Defends Plan" (8 February 2012) [View Here]

Article by Brad Cooper, The Land, "Cattle Council Calls for Slice of Levy" (2 February 2012) [View Here]

Bills Digest, Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Bill (1997) [View Here]

John Condon, Beef Central, "Livex response exposes industry structural flaws, says lobby group" (09 September 2011) [View Here]

John Condon, Beef Central, "Lobby group presents case for industry reform" (20 July 2012) [View Here]