Dairy cattle export trade R and D to be boosted

26 Dec, 2017 04:00 AM
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ALEC chief executive officer Simon Westaway.
ALEC chief executive officer Simon Westaway.

THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed formal industry support for the implementation of a new statutory dairy cattle export charge.

ALEC chief executive officer Simon Westaway said the statutory charge would be collected by industry service provider LiveCorp to delivery technical support for dairy cattle export supply chains and fund research, development and extension programs specific to Australia’s dairy cattle trade which is worth almost $130 million annually.

“The statutory charge will ensure LiveCorp is adequately resourced to administer programs to enhance the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of Australia’s dairy cattle export industry,” Mr Westaway said.

At the ALEC Annual General Meeting in Perth last month, exporter members resolved to proceed with an industry ballot proposing a rate of $6 per head, in accordance with the Australian Government’s Levy Principles and Guidelines.

Livestock exporters were subsequently invited to register to vote on the statutory charge in a ballot which closed on Monday.

The ballot demonstrated emphatic industry support for the new statutory charge, with 80 per cent of registered exporters voting in favour of the reform.

Australian livestock exporters currently pay statutory export charges on exported beef cattle, sheep and goats. In 2006, livestock exporters initiated a voluntary charge on exported dairy cattle to enable funding for sector-specific RD and E and marketing at a rate of $3 per head. In 2014, ALEC members voted to increase the voluntary dairy cattle charge to $6 per head.

“The voluntary dairy cattle export charge has been significantly under-collected and, as such, has not been sufficient to meet the RD&E and marketing needs of our dairy cattle export trade,” he said.

Mr Westaway said LiveCorp and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) had now been advised of industry’s strong endorsement for the new statutory charge. He said a wide range of stakeholders participated in the consultation process, which had informed industry’s decision to proceed with the ballot.

“Peak producer groups including Australian Dairy Farmers and the National Farmers Federation support the statutory charge for dairy cattle exports because farmers recognise the importance, and further potential, of Australia’s dairy heifer export market,” he said.

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