Beef industry achieving ‘major milestones’ towards more sustainable production
Beef Central (Australia)
June 6, 2019
A REPORT card released today into the sustainability of the Australian beef industry highlights the advances being delivered by producers, and demonstrates that consumers can have trust in the way red meat is produced, from paddock to plate.
The Red Meat Advisory Council’s 2019 Australian Beef Sustainability Annual Update shows an industry that is achieving major milestones in its care for people, land and livestock.
The report card, released at a dinner in Sydney last night, demonstrates the contribution that cattle producers make to sustainably managing almost half of the Australian landscape and the significant contribution the sector has made to the national emissions profile and health of regional and rural communities.
The update reports against the priorities of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, an industry initiative that aims to meet changing community expectations and support a thriving beef industry.
Highlights include reducing the carbon accounts of the sector by 56 percent, demonstrating the ambition to be net carbon neutral by 2030 is ‘on track.’
RMAC chairman Don Mackay said the 2019 Sustainability Update sent a clear message to customers and other stakeholders that the industry is demonstrating a self-directed approach to improving the environment and welfare of animals in its care while producing high quality and nutritious beef.
“The 2019 update for the first time benchmarks our industry’s commitment to achieving the right balance of tree and grass cover and shows that forest and woodlands on beef-producing land nationwide are increasing, and removal of primary forests has declined more than 90pc since 1990,” Mr Mackay said.
“Our customers recognise the important role beef producers play in managing the landscape, biodiversity and our grasslands, and our 2019 Update captures this.”
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