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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2015-16 43 Victoria is proud to be at the forefront of Australian sheepmeat production, with the state producing 207,100 tonnes of lamb in 2012-13, of which is 44% of the nation’s total lamb production. The VFF is excited to continue supporting an industry with the scope and opportunity to develop further into the future. Issues we are striving for positive outcomes include: Red Meat Senate Inquiry At the beginning of 2015, the Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group and members rallied against the boycott of meat processors at Wodonga. With a meeting hosted at Barnawartha Town Hall with around 300 members in attendance, this was the catalyst for a senate inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on red meat processing. Members were called on to make a submission to the Regional Affairs and Transport Committee to inquire into the impacts of red meat processor consolidation on competition and farmer returns. Following the hearings in Roma, Canberra and Albury-Wodonga the VFF continues to lobby against this issue. Voluntary use of eRFID in sheep and goats An important policy directive of the VFF Livestock Group is advocacy against mandatory electronic tagging for sheep and goats. Our position remains firm that we do not support mandatory introduction of R FID. This opposition led the Victorian Labor Government to make a commitment to ensure the electronic tagging of sheep and goats does not become compulsory in Victoria. The VFF has maintained a strong presence in the media and holds strong representation at the decision making table and endeavours to continue to do so in the future. ChAFTA ChAFTA will unlock significant opportunities for Australia. China is Australia’s largest export market for both goods and services, accounting for nearly a third of Australia’s total exports, and a growing source of foreign investment. The VFF urged both sides of government to ensure they were aware of the benefits the Australian agriculture industry and importantly, the benefits producers, would gain from the agreement. There is a huge demand for safe, high quality Australian food and fibre and the agreement will provide market opportunities for farmers. There will be ample opportunities for investment on farm, in jobs, in new technology and importantly in local communities. It has taken 10 years to negotiate and it needs to be passed through parliament so farm businesses can take advantage of a double tariff cut. Australia’s sheep farmers will benefit from the phased abolition of tariffs ranging from 12-25%. Additionally, tariffs on Australian horticulture will be eliminated. Animal health and biosecurity extension The VFF Livestock Group is now the only SFO to offer extension services to its members and the farming community with the introduction of advisory services in animal health, welfare and biosecurity. This advice is industry funded from the Sheep & Goat and Cattle Compensation Fund. The program offers support to all Victorian sheep, wool, beef and goat producers. Focus is placed on delivering best practice animal health and biosecurity messages, with an emphasis on endemic diseases that affect on- farm production. Key messages and support are provided to producers through workshops and information sessions by working closely with VFF member groups, local councils, peak industry bodies, livestock agencies and various animal health companies. Workshops cover diseases such as ODJ, with the aim of helping producers to understand the disease and implement best management practice for their flock. These workshops are supported by online factsheets that cover topics such as internal parasites, leptospirosis, anthrax and general sheep management and are available on the VFF website. Ripple Effect Recently the VFF together with leading agricultural experts, health professionals and academics have been successful in obtaining a $440,000 beyondblue funding grant to reduce the stigma around suicide experienced by males in rural farming communities. The Ripple Effect is an online tool allowing men from the farming community to work shoulder to shoulder in the fight against the stigma of rural suicide – turning the negative ripple of suicide into a positive ripple of support. It will be available on multiple platforms – from PCs to the latest smartphones and tablets – to ensure that everyone can connect and contribute. The Victorian Sheep Meat Industry Despite the number of Victorian sheep farms halving from 22,000 since the mid-1980s, the 21st century sheepmeat industry has continued to grow as farms gradually shift away from wool to sheepmeat production. Farmers calling for action at the Bar nawartha Town Hall