BREAKING NEWS: Peak producer group Cattle Council of Australia has backed Meat and Livestock Australia’s plan to install the ground breaking objective carcase measurement system DEXA on a voluntary basis in Australian meatworks.
Cattle Council councillor David Hill, Clarkwood, Clark Creek, said in a statement issued this morning that DEXA technology was another positive step towards objective carcase measurement for the beef industry.
Mr Hill said Cattle Council would continue to work with MLA, other peak councils and industry stakeholders on how to best structure the $150 million one-off cost of the roll out.
While the MLA model centres on producers funding the roll-out of DEXA, the method of funding was still to be determined, he said.
“There are market advantages to be gained through this technology and we are committed to ongoing collaboration within the red meat industry,” Mr Hill said.
“Ongoing collaboration will only be successful if the costs associated with reducing risk and increasing reward are equitably shared, as well as any benefits.”
Cattle Council met in Canberra last week. However, the position on MLA’s P150 (DEXA) plan was not annouonced until today, after councillors had an opportunity to review infomation over the weekend, Mr Hill said.