MORE accountability and transparency has been a key focus for the first annual call cycle for grassfed beef research, development and adoption projects in Australia.
The first annual call cycle, which includes both sheepmeat and beef RD&A projects, saw producers assess over a hundred applications from across Australia.
18 projects were endorsed in the final selection round, to the value of $9.4 million for 2016/17.
A more transparent submission and approval process was implemented as a response to producer concerns regarding how their levies were being invested.
Cattle Council of Australia chief executive officer Jed Matz said Cattle Council had long advocated for a more transparent and accountable RD&A investment structure.
“The success of the first annual call cycle is a positive reflection of the cultural shift in Meat and Livestock Australia governance and acts as testament to the ability of producers to collaborate and tackle issues across a wide variety of production systems.
Cattle Council has been engaged in the design and implementation of the consultation model and is pleased to see a positive outcome from many hours of consultation.
“This new process has been well received by the producer community and CCA is proud to play a part in the ongoing development of the structure,” said Mr Matz.
“MLA and the Chairs of the Regional Advisory Councils have done an exceptional job in ensuring the process was transparent and reflected the needs of producers.”
The projects address a range of issues for producers and the beef supply chain including grazing pressure management, biosecurity, production system integration and capacity building through mentor programs and staff retention.
Delivering against the Beef Industry Strategic Plan 2020 priorities was in important aspect of Cattle Council’s consideration of the projects.
“Cattle Council have been vocal that greater investment in R&D and enhancing extension programs is key to enhancing the beef industry’s productivity and profitability.
“These projects fit across many priorities in the BISP 2020, particularly in improving production efficiency on farm and building industry capability,” Mr Matz said.
“The range of projects that have been approved is impressive and exciting for the industry and we look forward to seeing these projects deliver practical outcomes for beef producers and the whole supply chain.”
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