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·         Resilient beef industry committed to rebuild: Cattle Council

·         MLA working to ascertain full impact of bushfires on livestock

·         Cattle prices forecast to jump when drought breaks as farmers forced to sell breeding stock



Resilient beef industry committed to rebuild: Cattle Council


Source: Cattle Council of Australia

via Beef Central (Australia) - January 8, 2020


DEVASTATING losses suffered by cattle producers in bushfires across south-eastern Australia in recent weeks has compounded the crippling impacts endured by thousands of producers in the past year due to fire, floods and unrelenting drought.


Cattle Council of Australia CEO Travis Tobin said the series of natural disasters across the country was testing the resolve of beef producing families.


“Producers need to look after themselves, their families and other members of their communities. Working together is the only way to make it through the fires and other natural disasters we’ve been witnessing. That same teamwork is the best way to manage the livestock welfare and biosecurity challenges arising from the fires,” Mr Tobin said.


“Producers helping other producers, along with the critical assistance of volunteer fire crews and the roll-out of on-the-ground State and Commonwealth assistance will help ensure farming families emerge from this devastation.


“Right now, the deployment of State and Commonwealth vets is our most urgent priority. We’re working with Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie, the Department of Agriculture and state farming organisations to ensure the 100 Commonwealth vets which have been made available are utilised in the most effective manner.”


Mr Tobin said while the immediate bushfire risk continued in many areas, the recovery phase had already commenced for producers who have had their properties burnt out.


“Where cattle have perished in the fire or been fatally injured, and where on-farm infrastructure has been destroyed, the rebuild for producers is going to be like starting from scratch,” he said.


“As soon as it’s possible, producers and vets are getting back onto properties to assess livestock losses and the needs of surviving animals.”


Industry is also assessing the need to relocate livestock...





MLA working to ascertain full impact of bushfires on livestock


MLA managing director Jason Strong

via BEEF Central (Australia) - January 8, 2020


This article was first published on the Meat & Livestock Australia website.


IT has been a devastating start to 2020 for many red meat and livestock producers.


We have witnessed catastrophic bushfires roar through millions of hectares of rural and regional Australia, much of it farm land. The number of people and animals affected, plus the amount of infrastructure and vegetation destroyed is unprecedented.


The thoughts of everyone at MLA – some of who have been directly impacted – are with those who have lost loved ones, property, land and livestock.


While we are still in the tight grip of this crisis, it is becoming increasingly clear how challenging the recovery process will be – as those who have lost everything start to look at what the future may hold.


MLA is here to support producers in any way we can. Currently the focus is rightly on helping those producers who are needing immediate assistance, with MLA in close contact with the Department of Agriculture, State government, Peak Industry Councils, State Farming Organisations and livestock producers on the ground.


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Cattle prices forecast to jump when drought breaks as farmers forced to sell breeding stock


By Nathan Morris, ABC News Australia

Jan 8, 2020


The relentless drought is seeing more breeding female cattle sent to slaughter, with industry leaders warning of significant price increases when the long dry does break.


And with the Bureau of Meteorology not forecasting any improvement until March, those relying on cattle for cashflow are bracing for tough years ahead.


"As of this week we've sold 124 breeders out of 150. And their calves, 104 calves we've sold," said Mick Cosgrove, a cattle producer from Bell, three hours north-west of Brisbane.


The cost of keeping cattle during the drought has beaten most, and the nearby Dalby saleyards recently had their biggest yarding in a decade.


"There would be people's livelihoods being sold up at the moment, to make way for the lack of feed and water," auctioneer Peter Bird said.


Some pens of calves have been sold off for $10 a head, less than the saleyard fee.


"It's a forced sale, it's things we unfortunately have to do because of the weather," Mr Bird said.


In 2019, 58 per cent of all cattle slaughtered in Australia were female, up 10 per cent, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).


Most of the Western Downs has been drought declared since 2014, and alongside many others, Mr Janetzki has been prematurely offloading stock.


As breeding herds are sold off, the reality of the years to come is becoming clearer.


"It takes nine months to breed a calf, to get a calf on the ground, and for that calf to be a saleable item, you're looking at 18 months," Mr Bird said.


"So you know, straight away you've got 18 months to two years before you get back to production."


National herd back to 1990s levels ...


Beef prices expected to rise ...


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