17 September 2014
SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS
A NEW LEVY-FUNDED PRODUCER CORPORATION
TO MEET THE COLLECTIVE NEEDS OF THE GRASS FED CATTLE INDUSTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Congratulations to Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce for having the perception to ask the Senate RRAT Committee to inquire into Australia’s grass fed cattle levy structures and system. I first met Barnaby Joyce at the Bindaree Beef/ABA beef producer forum in Roma in 2004 where 1500 cattle producers aired their dissatisfaction with the current red meat levy-funded organisational structure. I was also present at the Armidale and Rockhampton Beef’s New Direction forums in 2010 where Barnaby, other politicians, and industry leaders addressed a total of 1700 disgruntled and disillusioned cattle producers concerned about the future viability of their industry.
Barnaby appears to have picked up the message and moved to do something about the plight of Australia's great beef industry shortly after he assumed the Federal Agriculture Ministry.
Congratulations to the Senate RRAT References Committee for agreeing to pick up on Barnaby Joyce's reference, and for the diligent and extensive review that the Senate Committee carried out into Australia's grass fed cattle levy structures and systems. All sectors of the Australian grass fed cattle industry were given, and accepted, the opportunity to put their views before the Senators.