Major milestones for Aussie beef

A report card into the sustainability of the Australian beef industry from paddock to plate has been released by the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC).

The Annual update for the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework has e-launched featuring a panel including celebrity chef Darren Robertson; wholesaler and a first mover in Carbon Neutral beef marketing, James Madden; Group Manager Resource Efficiency & Sustainability from Teys, Carl Duncan; and Queensland producer and Agforce President, Georgie Somerset.

Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group (SSG), Tess Herbert, said, "Since launching four years ago the feedback from external stakeholders, including retailers, banks and NGOs is that the Framework is valuable. It is providing a clear and transparent report card on where we are up to in the areas they care most about.

"Where we can do better is to engage more with producers and other members of the supply chain. That is something that our Steering Group is focussed on in 2020."

Launching the 2020 Annual Update on behalf of the Sustainability Steering Group, Mrs Herbert will highlight key achievements from the report, including:

  • Properties covered by biosecurity plans increasing from 25% to 90%
  • A further 4.6% reduction in carbon accounts in the last year and a reduction since the baseline year of 2005 of 56.7% on the road to carbon neutrality by 2030
  • Pain relief use has been increasing since becoming commercially available three years ago and moved from 15% to 21% in the last year.
  • 59% of feedlots voluntarily have developed antimicrobial plans – further demonstrating to our customers the good story Australia has to tell in this area; and
  • From a framework perspective we’ve now got data for 84% of the indicators.

"Ultimately the framework aims to ensure that Aussie beef is not only recognised for its high quality, but for the care we take in looking after our people, our animals and the natural environment in which we operate"

This article was first published in Leading Agriculture magazine.

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