Livestock Committees Now In Place To Support Industry

16 March 2016

The membership of two important Victorian livestock industry advisory committees has been confirmed today, with members of the Sheep and Goat Compensation Advisory Committee (SGCAC) and the Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee (CCAC) appointed until 30 June 2017.

Nominees of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) include Michael Craig, who returns as Chair of the Sheep and Goat Compensation Advisory Committee, and Christopher Wallace-Smith who will continue as Chair of the Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee.

Faye Tuchtan, a livestock producer from Gippsland nominated by the VFF, and Angelique Raspin from the Australian Meat Industry Council will join both committees as new members.

Also joining the CCAC are:

  • VFF nominee Mr Ian Feldtmann
  • Elizabeth Summerville, nominee of the Australian Livestock Property Agents Association
  • Cassandra Meagher from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Margaret Piccoli and Kathryn Joseph, both nominees of the VFF, will return to the SGCAC.

The SGCAC and CCAC advise government on the allocation of funding to programs and projects that benefit their respective livestock industries, using revenue generated through levies on cattle, sheep and goats sold throughout Victoria.

They are also responsible for advising government on the amount of compensation payable to industry in the event of livestock disease, should that be necessary.

The committees are made up of representatives from the farming and livestock sectors, supply chains, processors, saleyard managers and livestock agents.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“The Andrews Labor Government is pleased to be able to rely on highly credentialed advice to help guide our support for livestock industries across Victoria.”

“The meat, dairy and animal fibre industries are vital to our state’s economy – these sectors are responsible for over fifty per cent of Victoria’s exports.”

“Trade data published just this month for example showed Victoria exported meat products valued at $2.9 billion last year, a 12 month increase of $61 million.”

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