Fo­rum hears beef mat­ters

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

West Aus­tralian cat­tle pro­duc­ers need to find ways to im­prove av­er­age daily gain in their cat­tle, ac­cord­ing to the head of a ma­jor In­done­sian beef com­pany.

Speak­ing at the North­ern Beef Fu­tures fo­rum in Kar­ratha last week, In­done­sia’s Great Gi­ant Live­stock Com­pany di­rec­tor Dayu Ari­as­intawati said In­done­sia’s im­port quota pol­icy, af­ford­abil­ity, pro­duc­tion in­ef­fi­ciency and com­plex value chains were the key hur­dles to over­come to cre­ate a strong sup­ply chain be­tween WA and In­done­sian mar­kets.

“We want to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing — I think ev­ery­thing starts with hav­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­fore we can say we can do some­thing,” she said.

“(The con­sumers) like lean meat, they don’t like to have fat, that’s why there’s a lot of chal­lenge from our feed­lot as to how we meet those spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“It doesn’t mean that ev­ery­thing is worse here, but we need to have fur­ther anal­y­sis be­cause a lot of fac­tors af­fect the av­er­age daily gain.”

Ms Ari­as­intawati said pol­i­tics played its part in lim­it­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the beef in­dus­try as well.

“I would con­sis­tently say to the Govern­ment that if I look at the data here, ev­ery time the Govern­ment de­creases sig­nif­i­cantly the im­port, the price sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases,” she said.

Ms Ari­as­intawati said beef prices had risen so high peo­ple were chang­ing their di­ets so as not to buy it.

“This in­dus­try is very con­fus­ing be­cause there are so many things we can’t con­trol”

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Ken Bas- ton said un­der­stand­ing the cus­tomers’ needs and cul­ture was vi­tal.

“I’ve al­ways ad­vo­cated it’s im­por­tant that we have coun­tries such as In­done­sia come out and visit, see where the live­stock is ac­tu­ally pro­duced so they can see and un­der­stand it from this end,” he said.

“It was men­tioned to­day that (In­done­sia) wants meat with­out fat.

“Now you go to other coun­tries — some­where like Thai­land — and they’re the op­po­site.

“We need to ac­tu­ally work out what each par­tic­u­lar coun­try wants.”

Mr Bas­ton said the most im­por­tant fac­tor in meet­ing mar­ket de­mands was price.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Great Gi­ant Live­stock rep­re­sen­ta­tives Budi­man Sa­fari, Windhi Tri­anugray­ati and Dayu Ari­as­intawati.

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