Cattle Council of Australia does not agree with the ACCC’s recently released Beef and Cattle Market Study 12 month review.

The update to the Study has not adequately considered industry’s positions and Cattle Council continues to be frustrated by the lack of consultation conducted by the ACCC following the release of the initial study.

Cattle Council President Howard Smith said “several of the recommendations made within the study are simply not practical for industry to implement and would increase regulatory burden”.

Cattle Council sees competition policy as being an avenue in which to ensure that transparency is implemented to the benefit of producers in making decisions for their business.

However, this information must not risk undermining our international competitiveness.

“We know that our international trade partners have access to, and have utilised in the past, information published by the domestic industry in negotiations with Australian companies,” said Mr Smith.

“This is a risk to our industry that needs to be managed.”

Industry continues to work to:

·   continue investment in new technologies to the benefit of industry including the introduction of objective carcase measurement technology;

·     actively pursue a carcase cut out model which will provide producers whole of   carcase value, including offal and co-products;

·     support the continued development of Livestock Data Link;

·     implement the Beef Language White Paper recommendations; and

·     continue to work with MLA to increase transparency of data via the ‘MyMLA’ portal.

Cattle Council is committed to ensuring that the information currently available is able to be utilised by producers to inform their business decisions.

Over the coming financial year Cattle Council will be continuing to facilitate workshops and webinars with producers around better utilising information available currently in processor grids, market reports and other materials.

For further information please contact Margo Andrae on or (02) 6269 5600.