The Cattle Council of Australia is the peak producer organisation representing Australia's beef cattle producers.
The objective of the Council is to represent and progress the interests of Australian beef cattle producers through wide and regular consultation with, and policy advice to, key industry organisations, relevant Federal Government Departments and other bodies regarding issues of national and international importance.
Cattle Council of Australia was established in July 1979, bringing together for the first time in a single organisation all farmer organisations whose members had beef cattle enterprises.
The mission of the Cattle Council is to represent and progress the interests of Australian beef cattle producers.
Any organisation representing the interests of Australia's beef cattle producers is entitled to apply for membership to Cattle Council. The Council has seven member organisations:
- NSW Farmers' Association
- Victorian Farmers' Federation
- Western Australian Farmers' Federation
- Pastoralists' & Graziers' Association of WA
- Tasmanian Farmers' & Graziers' Association
- Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association
- South Australian Farmers Federation
Cattle Council office bearers are:
- President: Andrew Ogilvie
- Vice President: Peter Hall
- Finance and Audit Chairman: Paul Saward
Cattle Council, through its President, 23 Councillors and staff, is represented on over 60 industry committees, covering all areas of the beef industry including trade, consumer marketing, research and development, animal health and welfare, economics, planning and corporate affairs.
The day-to-day activities of Cattle Council are undertaken by the Secretariat (5 staff) located in National Farmers' Federation House in Canberra.
Cattle Council’s specialist Taskforces provide detailed advice on the key affairs affecting industry, such as animal health and welfare, environment and climate change, research, development and extension, industry systems and food safety, marketing and trade and biosecurity.
View Cattle Council Taskforces and Committees
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