Saturday’s announcement of a plan for the Northern Australia Beef Industry aims to develop a coordinated and informed beef plan for Northern Australia, to ensure trade opportunities are harnessed.
The Memorandum of Understanding is supported by Cattle Council of Australia, AgForce Queensland, The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia.
Cattle Council president Howard Smith says the plan is about leveraging the key initiatives already being developed across the north to maximise the impact for the beef industry.
“The plan will complement the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP2020) and will be underpinned by existing government and industry research to ensure investment in the North can have the biggest effect whilst protecting the integrity and biosecurity of the region” said Mr Smith.
The northern beef industry contributes more than $2.8 billion a year directly to the Australian economy and make up 57% of the regions total agricultural production.
The area holds more than 11.7 million head of cattle, making up over 45% of the national herd.