Cattle Council and Meat and Livestock Australia have put together a number of factsheets to help producers who want to advocate for the beef industry at the community level. These factsheets cover key topics around Environment and Sustainability, Animal Welfare and the Nutritional value of Beef. All sheets come with basic facts, and evidence about what the beef industry is doing in these areas with references to credible and independent studies and science that verify our claims. Click the links below to download.
A range of useful information about maintaining on-farm animal health is available from Animal Health Australia and can be found here
Animal Welfare Standards
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle can be found here
Beef Fast Facts
This fact sheet contains information about beef consumption, who Australia exports to and national beef figures.
Integrity Systems Company has put together a document with Livestock Data Link Tech Tips which can be found here
Border control restrictions by state (COVID-19)
Assistance after the 2019 and 2020 summer bushfires is being coordinated through the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
Farmhub can also help you find out what assistance is avaliable in your area.
In the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the Victorian Government prepared this guide to assist producers recovering from bushfires.
Cattle Council Strategy Documents
Cattle Health Declarations
National animal health statements are a way of producers to provide information about the animal health status of their herds. Buyers should ask for a copy and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals offered the sale. Information on the Cattle Health declarations can be found here.
Cattle Council is taking a lead to make sure the impact of animal agriculture is measured accurately. Visit our dedicated climate metrics page for more.
COVID-19 has increased pressure on broadband and mobile phone networks, particularly for educational and business purposes.
Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia has prepared a useful guide for getting the most from your internet connection.
Telecommunications companies are also offering financial assistance to anyone in distress. More information is available from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) is also providing useful COVID-19 information to consumers at this site, including how to contact your service provider and how the TIO can assist with unresolved complaints and arrange urgent assistance with connectivity.
Information and resources to assist producers as they respond to the onset of coronavirus can be found on the Cattle Council’s dedicated COVID-19 resources page www.cattlecouncil.com.au/coronavirus.
State, Territory, Commonwealth and Local Government Assistance can be found through www.farmhub.org.au
For further information on Commonwealth drought assistance, click here.
The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework:
Cattle Council supports the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework as a way to guide sustainable beef production and demonstrate the beef industry’s sustainability credentials to consumers and stakeholders.
Launched in April 2017, the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (the Framework) was developed by the Australian beef industry to meet the changing expectations of customers, investors and other stakeholders. The Framework defines sustainable beef production and tracks performance over a series of indicators annually. The indicators will continue to be refined through a process of consultation with both stakeholders and technical experts. https://www.sustainableaustralianbeef.com.au/the-framework
CN30 (Carbon Neutral 2030)
Cattle Council supports the goal of the Australian red meat industry becoming carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30).
The red meat and livestock industry is on the front foot, proactively taking action and aims to maintain or improve long-term productivity and herd numbers while striving to deliver zero net emissions. https://www.mla.com.au/research-and-development/Environment-sustainability/cn30/.
Information on financial assistance provided by the state, territory and federal governments can be found at farmhub.org.au
Information on special tax arrangements for businesses affected by COVID-19 can be found through the Australian Tax Office’s small business newsroom.
Fit to Load Guide for Domestic and Export Markets
Cattle Council in collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia and Livecorp have combined the domestic and export fit to load guides into one easy to use brochure. You can download a copy here.
Producers and their communities recovering after flooding in Northern Queensland can access information about avaliable Commonwealth support through the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency.
Further information, including state and local government assistance can be found through farmhub.
See: Travel within Australia
Health and Welfare (COVID-19)
Cattle Council has prepared a factsheet with advice to help protect the health and wellbeing of people on-farm and the Federal Government has provided a planning tool to help make the workplace COVIDSafe
Lifeline is also offering support services during the COVID-19 crisis and have online mental health resources available here
Information on what to do if there is a case of coronavirus on your farm can be found here
Health and Wellbeing (General)
Hormone Growth Promotants
Information on the best practice for documenting the use of Hormone Growth Promotants (HGPs) can be found by clicking here
For detailed information about accessing the Federal Governments JobKeeper payment click here
The new, national approach to Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle – the BJD Framework – offers a fresh approach to the management of the endemic disease. It focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risk rather than controlling disease through regulation and treats JD as just one of many diseases that producers must manage within their business.
Supported by more flexible regulation, producers will be able to make informed decisions about the opportunities and risks associated with purchasing livestock.
JD is difficult, but not impossible, to eradicate from infected properties. The principal focuses are to avoid introducing JD infection into a disease-free beef cattle herd; and to detect, isolate and cull high-risk animals from a newly infected herd. Read more about the new approach here.
The Grassfed Cattle Levy is paid by cattle producers on the sale of their livestock and is collected by the Department of Agriculture’s Levies Service and distributed to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the National Residue Survey (NRS).
Cattle Council of Australia plays an important role in overseeing how the levy is invested in projects designed to increase on-farm productivity, profitability and sustainability of grassfed cattle producers. Information on how the grassfed cattle levy is used can be found here.
MLA provides the latest news, market reporting, in-depth analysis and forecasting for domestic and overseas red meat markets and livestock exports. Click here.
The latest Meat & Livestock Australia cattle market projections can be found here.
National Vendor Declarations
ISC has produced useful guides to help complete NVDs. Click the links below to take you to the relevant guide.
You can order updated NVD books or access eNVDs online here
Further information can be found through the Integrity Systems Company
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Cattle Council also offers the following information services
- Media Releases
- Beef Brief Newsletter
- Board and Committee Meeting Communiques
- Cattle Council Policy Statements
- Cattle Council Policy Submissions
Cattle Council has produced a factsheet for the use of pain-relief on-farm which is available by clicking here
Australia’s livestock saleyards have a staged plan to returning to business as usual. Stage two came into effect on 15 June 2020 allowing vendors and auditors to return to saleyards Information on the stages can be found here.
Further information, and the latest on saleyard restrictions can be found through the Australian Livestock Markets Association.
Staffing Arrangements (COVID-19)
The National Farmers’ Federation has produced a useful guide to help producers manage staff during the COVID-19 response, which has been published on farmhub.com.au
For detailed information about accessing the Federal Governments JobKeeper payment click here
If you have staff on a temporary working visa, such as working holidaymakers or staff engaged under the Seasonal Work Program and Pacific Labour Scheme, then they may be able to extend their stay to keep working on your property. More information can be accessed from the Department of Home Affairs.
Information on staffing arrangements during the crisis can be found through Fair Work Australia.
Trade – International (COVID-19)
The Commonwealth, states and territories have committed to keeping their borders open for freight, securing the national supply chain for beef and inputs to beef production such as fodder, water and veterinary medicines.
Cattle Council and its industry partners are working with all levels of government to keep the supply chain secure and minimise blockages. CCA is also working with industry and government to maintain international trading arrangements.
The latest information on international trade arrangements can be found through AusTrade’s dedicated COVID-19 Resources Page
Livestock Data Link Tech Tips – see Biosecurity
Travel within Australia (COVID-19)
Information on interstate border restrictions and the impact on the red meat sector can be found on the latest Border Control Arrangements Summary.
Strict controls are in place for travel into designated isolated areas. There are a number of reasons you are permitted to travel into these areas which can be found here.
Cattle Council’s producer update from April 2019 contains useful tips for producers facing on-farm trespassers, read it here.