Forum hears beef matters
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.
Great Giant Livestock representatives Budiman Safari, Windhi Trianugrayati and Dayu Ariasintawati.