Cattle Council Australia (CCA) has recently secured funds to begin its long-awaited restructure. CCA was one of the first of 27 groups to share in the $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund. Until now, the peak body for grass fed beef cattle producers has been unable to secure funding.
This grant is intended to “support activities leading to the establishment of Cattle Australia” and to “provide leadership across the grass fed cattle industry — and for leadership capacity building once the entity is established”.
This funding was a result of recommendations of the Senate Committee inquiry into the red meat sector, which saw a role for Government to assist CCA to transition to a new producer representative body. The Senate called for the Government to provide “immediate support, including appropriate financial assistance” to CCA for its transition into a new peak body.
Sheepmeat Council of Australia also received a grant, getting $450,000 to develop a Future Flock Network, and WoolProducers Australia got $187,430 for their Raising the Baa Leadership Program.