2.7 The committee recommends that the
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources consider requesting Meat and
Livestock Australia to conduct a study into pre- and post-sale weighing to
provide the southern industry with an evidence-base on which to consider
selling methods at saleyards.
2.103 The committee recommends that the
Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) lead the
development of industry Standards of Practice that cover all commercial
transactions in relation to livestock – including online, paddock and saleyard
transactions. The Standards of Practice should include guidelines which
encourage all parties to conduct transactions in good faith, do not mislead other
parties, and ensure that all such transactions are negotiated under the law.
4.108 The committee recommends that the
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources conduct a review into the
operations and capability of AUS-MEAT to determine whether it is the most
appropriate body to oversight the installation, inspection, calibration,
replacement and quality assurance auditing processes of the new DEXA
technology. The review should also identify what reforms and resources AUS-MEAT
would require to fulfil this role.
5.77 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government provide immediate support, including appropriate
financial assistance, to the grass-fed cattle sector in its efforts to replace
Cattle Council of Australia with a transparent and accountable producer-owned
body as the sector's Peak Industry Council.
5.78 The committee recommends that the
Australian Government officially recognise Cattle Australia as the grass-fed
cattle sector's Peak Industry Council under the Australian Meat and Live-Stock
Industry Act 1997 and Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding once it is
operational and has a membership structure in place.
5.88 The committee recommends that a joint
industry and government meat and livestock task force be established to conduct
a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Red Meat Memorandum of
5.89 As part of the Red Meat MOU review,
the joint industry and government meat and livestock task force should consult
widely across the industry and consider options for reform.
5.90 The task force should present a
report to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources within two years of
its establishment. The report and its recommendations should be made public.
5.91 To ensure full transparency and
encourage industry ownership over the reform process, the task force should
endeavour to publish its preliminary findings during the review period as well
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