Cattle Commodity Update

My Produce, Your Plate, Our Future Field Day a huge success
The AgForce and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Field Day in Gayndah last week was a great success with over 200 people in attendance.

DAF was so pleased with the level of engagement they are planning to run similar events bi-annually in the future. Pasture dieback was the key note topic and producers were interested to hear the scope of the MLA and DAF project. Unfortunately despite relentless research, no clear pathogen, cause or solution for the spread and management of the disease has become apparent.  What is clear however is the rapid spread and speed of the die back which appears up and down the coast in high thoroughfare and restricted areas. 

Without a clear pathway for the control of the disease MLA are seeking input and genuine ideas about the management of dieback. If you have dieback on your property and ideas you would like to see further researched please email berglasr@agforceqld.org.au.

AgForce President Grant Maudsley, CEO Mike Guerin, Cattle president Bim Struss, R&D committee members Justin Boshammer and Neville Galloway discussed future plans for the organisation, and our role in Research and Development, which sparked a lively debate.

Issues raised by members included vegetation management, mapping (the arrival of the blue dot), tick management and the review of the tick line, water and transport.

The next forum in conjunction with a Cattle Board meeting will be in Roma on 23 October. Keep an eye out closer to the date for details.

The Cattle Board has been working closely with the Sheep and Wool Board and the Roma meeting will see both groups come together to hold their annual AGMs and meetings.     

Cattle Board
The AgForce Cattle Board met at Brian Pastures after the forum, for a further day and a half. The meeting was very productive, with progress on (a soon to be announced) animal welfare policy aimed at providing a strong foundation to build positive industry messages.

It was clear after the destructive and distressing images shown to the public during the live export of sheep issue that Cattle Board needed to present a united front in support of best practice animal welfare principles.

A new strategy is needed, one that identifies our industry strength and showcases continuous improvement in animal welfare.  Other issues discussed included:
  • Discussion about the management of effluent - How to counter the National Transport Committees proposal to use chain of responsibility to fine producers. The Cattle Board supports the management of effluent at appropriate dump sites in high risk, high density areas and is looking to identify a value proposition for the waste product. Securing the ongoing existence of the Livestock Loading Concessional scheme by working collaboratively with the livestock trucking industry was a good example of the power of a united voice for agriculture. The Board is looking to further strengthen relationship with trucking associations and work collaboratively on effluent management.
  • Lay Pregnancy Testing - This long running policy issue is in the hands of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Minister for Agriculture Hon. Mark Furner to progress through the government process. We have a strong case for change, but the next debate will come when the regulatory impact statement is released to the public for comment.
  • Biosecurity - Biosecurity remains a focus with a number of projects currently under development to improve producers preparedness and ability to manage increased disease risk.  
  • Ticks - Ticks are always a hot topic and progress is being made with Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) to provide additional support for producers. If you are in a high risk area (particularly in the old control zone) and would like to host a meeting in your area to provide neighbours with management options and access to biosecurity training please contact berglasr@agforceqld.org.au. We are currently arranging a run of shed meetings with BQ to listen to producers and better understand how they have adapted to the change in regulation and where they need more assistance and tools to manage issues in a high risk areas.
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