Today’s announcement of a plan for the Northern Australia Beef Industry aims to develop a coordinated and informed beef plan for Northern Australia, to ensure trade opportunities are harnessed.

The Memorandum of Understanding is supported by Cattle Council of Australia, AgForce Queensland, The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia.

Cattle Council president Howard Smith said following the announcement “This plan is about leveraging the key initiatives already being developed across the north to maximise the impact for the beef industry”

“The plan will complement the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP2020) and will be underpinned by existing government and industry research to ensure investment in the North can have the biggest effect whilst protecting the integrity and biosecurity of the region” said Mr Smith.

Senator Matt Canavan, Federal Minister for Northern Australia and Northern Territory Primary Industries and Resources Minister, The Hon Ken Vowles today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a plan for the Northern Australia beef industry at the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association annual conference in Darwin.

NTCA chief executive Tracey Hayes said the push for Beef Plan North, an overarching strategy for one of northern Australia’s key industries, was aimed at meeting the great opportunities and challenges ahead.

“We want to position ourselves to drive a new era of development, growth and innovation for all of Australia. That’s a vast area,” said Ms Hayes. “It’s crucial that we make a collaborative effort for the mutual benefit of us all.

The northern beef industry contributes more than $2.8 billion a year directly to the Australian economy and make up 57% of the regions total agricultural production.  The area holds more than 11.7million head of cattle, making up over 45% of the national herd.

For further details contact Margo Andrae on or 0404836631