October 26, 2020


Australian initiative seeks producer input on beef sustainability


Australian beef producers are being encouraged to have their say on the big issues facing the country's beef industry through a series of online forums and an online survey, Beef Central reported.

Their feedback will help provide updates to the industry initiative Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) to define and report on how the industry cares for people, business, livestock and the environment.

Chair of the ABSF, lotfeeder Tess Herbert, says producer engagement in the survey is critical.

"No one knows the beef industry better than those at the heart of it: producers. That's why we're seeking their input on which issues they think are the greatest risk to the industry thriving," Herbert says.

The ABSF was set up in 2017 by the Red Meat Advisory Council, with support from Meat & Livestock Australia.

The online forums are survey are part of the first major review of the ABSF since its establishment. The Framework team is also interviewing major retailers and other stakeholders including exporters and bankers.

"We need to know what issues producers think are most important, but must also ensure we understand and meet the expectations of other groups who have a stake in the Australian beef industry," Herbert explains.

"With COVID-19, we can't meet in person to discuss these issues, but hosting the forums online means we aren't confined to one location and can welcome many more beef producers from right across Australia to have their say," Herbert adds.

The forums are scheduled from November 10-12. Producers can register to attend one of the forums here: https://www.sustainableaustralianbeef.com.au/upcoming-events

The online survey will close on November 13 is accessible till then at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BeefSustainability