AC­TION PLAN TO DOU­BLE QLD BEEF PRO­DUC­TION

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIVESTOCK -

AN “AM­BI­TIOUS” plan to dou­ble beef pro­duc­tion in Queens­land by 2040 is the ba­sis for a State Govern­ment draft ac­tion plan look­ing for feed­back from in­dus­try.

Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Forestry Min­is­ter John McVeigh said the draft plan for Queens­land’s leading farm in­dus­try was am­bi­tious and wide feed­back from across in­dus­try was in­vited.

“Un­der the LNP we’ve set an am­bi­tious beef pro­duc­tion tar­get of two mil­lion tonnes a year by 2040,” Mr McVeigh said.

“With the Ac­tion Plan’s re­lease, we’re invit­ing feed­back on prac­ti­cal ways that we can sup­port the in­dus­try reach the tar­get.”

Mr McVeigh said global de­mand for beef was fore­cast to grow strongly in com­ing decades, even though much of Queens­land was cur­rently do­ing it tough due to drought.

“To boost pro­duc­tion we need bet­ter man­age­ment and ge­net­ics. We must at­tract new in­vest­ment and need higher nu­tri­tion through im­proved pas­tures, for­age crops and feed-lot­ting,” Mr McVeigh ex­plained.

Other ar­eas tar­geted in­clude pro­ces­sor ex­pan­sion and mar­ket­ing.

The draft Beef In­dus­try Ac­tion Plan is avail­able at www.daff.qld.gov.au.

Sub­mis­sions must be re­ceived by May 21.

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