Beef boom has WA in­dus­try smil­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Brad Thomp­son

WA has de­fied na­tional trends to in­crease its cat­tle herd as the value of beef and live ex­ports sky­rock­ets.

The size of the herd is up more than 14 per cent to 2.25 mil­lion head over the past two years and in­dus­try lead­ers pre­dict the trend will con­tinue based on strong prices and ex­port de­mand.

WA Beef Coun­cil chair­man Ivan Rogers said the in­dus­try was set to build ded­i­cated sup­ply chains from farms through to overseas cus­tomers.

Re­search by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food WA shows that from 2012 to last year, beef ex­ports grew 170 per cent in value to $184 mil­lion.

In the same pe­riod, live ex­ports in­creased in value from $154 mil­lion to $253 mil­lion.

Mr Rogers, who runs a feed­lot at Tam­min, said the fig­ures re­flected a vir­tual dou­bling in cat­tle prices.

“We have come off a low base for beef ex­ports be­cause we weren’t par­tic­i­pat­ing when the China mar­ket ex­ploded in 2012 and 2013,” he said.

“We have be­come part of that through some com­mer­cial in­no­va­tion and sup­ply-chain man­age­ment.

“I can’t see de­mand for beef dwin­dling.”

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