About the Grassfed Cattle Levy
Levies paid by cattle producers on the sale of their livestock are 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.
The New Approach to JD
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.
Beef Fast Facts
This fact sheet contains information about beef consumption, who Australia exports to and national beef figures.
Cattle Market Projections
A dry finish to winter and an exceptionally warm and dry September has ensued across much of the country. The main impact of the poor season has been the downward trajectory of Australian cattle prices – largely caused by waning restocker demand. In recent weeks, however, some rain across southern Queensland and northern NSW has revived the market, with reduced yardings and stronger restocker buyer activity lifting prices.
The dry is yet to jeopardise the national herd rebuild, with adult cattle slaughter remaining on track with the July update. However, record numbers on feed and a relatively low proportion of females making up cattle slaughter has resulted in an upwards revision to average carcase weights. This, in turn, has flowed on to a slight increase in projected beef production and export volumes.
Although coming off the boil in recent weeks, the appreciation of the A$ over the last few months has challenged Australian exporters – particularly at a time when the US, Australia's greatest competitor on the global market, has been expanding its beef production and global market share.
The cattle market hangs in the balance, with the price direction in the short-term dependent on how the season plays out in the lead up to summer. If the positive rainfall outlook for eastern Australia in October comes to fruition, this will go a long way to supporting young cattle prices. Read the full market projections here.
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