Non-com­pli­ant car­casses cost­ing mil­lions

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

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.

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