Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) is extending the opportunity for producers and supply chain members to provide feedback on the proposed lamb definition change by an extra week - with the new deadline at Wednesday 6 December 2017.
SPA started an eight-week public consultation process in October 2017 to determine whether the definition of lamb should be changed to allow the eruption of permanent incisors, but without either incisor being in wear.
SPA President Allan Piggott says there had been only about 200 online surveys submitted and a handful of direct submissions made to independent project consultant Holmes Sackett.
"The Lamb Definition Consultation Paper was released in October 2017 and a process outlined for all state members of SPA and sheep producers to have their say through an online survey or by direct submission to Holmes Sackett," Mr Piggott said. "This process was set in place by the former Sheepmeat Council of Australia Board and will be followed through by the new SPA board.
"Given SPA knows the differences in opinion on the issue among our state members, we had been expecting more feedback through this agreed consultation process.
“All producers and supply chain members can visit the Sheep Producers Australia website to read the information or watch a recently recorded Making More From Sheep webinar and then have their say by Wednesday 6 December 2017.”
Mr Piggott said it was important state members and producers lodged their opinion through the agreed consultation process to ensure Holmes Sackett captured their input in the final report that would be provided to the SPA Board.
"We urge state members and individual producers to put their case forward either for or against the change and all feedback generated through the submission process will be considered by the Board."
The lamb definition consultation is part of the broader ‘Fit for Purpose Language Program’ being undertaken by SPA. The program aims to enable the introduction of meat and livestock specification language that strengthens the connection between consumer price signals and on-farm decision-making. Enhanced alignment will assist in producers being paid for the product attributes that consumers value most at the dinner table.