FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, PETER GREENHAM
It’s been a while since I’ve written my corner and a lot has happened. On the lighter side, our team didn’t do any good in the grand final but my people inform me that the young group is staying together and can go one better in 2020.
I can’t say much about the dairy industry except that I do know that a fair number of farmers are buying fodder and not water which makes sense at the current pricing. Spring looks like a fair break for Victoria and I hope you get the rain you would like.
It’s amazing that people talk about unemployment in regional areas as if there’s nothing to do. Our plant is now running at approximately 50% imported labour and ONLY because others do not seek a job. Anyone reading this and keen for solid and consistent income with an Aussie owned company, please contact the team at the Tongala works.
One of the strangest happenings in our industry is that China is now the largest importer of Australian meat, outstripping even the powerhouse USA. Our company, alongside fifteen other processors, have sought listing to sell to China and is ostensibly approved, but needs the rubber stamp from the Chinese government.
As those who are close to the land know very well, we cannot let swine fever into the country and I think we would all agree, that whatever steps AQIS undertake, it’s impossible for them to go overboard. In my estimation, the troubles that China have got will take at least five years to be corrected. Where they get the sows or future breeders from, who knows? There is currently no vaccine available for African swine fever, leaving animal slaughter as the only effective disease control option.
If I don’t write again before Christmas, the rendering plant which you have no doubt heard about will be commissioned in January which will make us more secure for the future and handle whatever cattle become available. Currently our kills are 75% interstate and only 25% from the Goulburn Valley which is disappointing but we do understand the problems with smaller dairy holdings.