Non-compliant carcasses costing millions
THE Australian beef industry is losing $127 million to $163 million each year to carcass downgrades, carcass condemns and issues relating to animal health.
At the same time the sheep industry is losing $62 million annually to issues relating to animal health and disease.
The figures from Meat and Livestock Australia show the beef industry loses about $51 million each year to carcass downgrades, $64 million to carcass condemns and between $12 and $49 million to animal health and disease issues.
Tim Hollier from Agriculture Victoria presented the figures to a recent sheep field day.
“This is a major issue we can improve on.
“Compliance is a significant issue and there are opportunities to recoup these costs,” Mr Hollier said.
He said the Livestock Data Link could provide feedback about non-compliant carcasses and associated costs.
He said producers could access the data through their National Livestock Identification Scheme account on the MLA website.
Mr Hollier said the Livestock Data Link could convert complex data
He said in the past few months breeders had gained access to the data relevant to their animals, even if someone else finished their cattle or sheep.
“There’s been an agreement by processors to give data to the breeders, which is a great advantage to the breeders. ” into simple information.