THE Wangaratta Branch of the VFF held a forum last week.
The majority of the meeting was a forum updating members and others on the status of the submissions to the Senate Inquiry.
Sixty people, mostly beef producers, attended the meeting, including non members, and individuals from NSW, Tasmania, and the greater North East.
“Our branch analysed all 94 written submissions lodged with the inquiry, and some key points elicited from the submissions include the following,” branch president Greg Mirabella said.
• Post sale-weighing of cattle does not occur elsewhere outside Australia.
• The largest processor in Australia does not have a preference for either pre or post-sale weighing.
• Cattle sold in a post-weigh auction are precluded from being graded to premium MSA standards.
• The Shire of Campaspe believes that ownership and operation of the Echuca Saleyards is a core-business of the municipality.
• There are serious concerns about the transparency of meat grading, and processor reporting to vendors.
• There is a strong view that the saleyard auction system is critical to having a transparent price-setting mechanism.
All key points from submissions were rationalised into a list of 40 major observations and recommendations.