Monday, 22 October 2012

Positive light for the Australian Beef Industry.

Over the past 18 months or more the Australian Beef Industry has been receiving a lot of bad publicity in the media, over issues of animal welfare and the live cattle export industry. Whilst Australian beef producers appreciate the need for strict animal welfare regulations, the industry has been hit hard by the bans.

We thought we would include some links to very recent information about meat processing where animal welfare is of the greatest importance. These are stories that contain positive messages about our beef producers and processors in Australia.

The first story is about a meat processing plant in Gipsland in Victoria. This farm and abbatoir are using innovative technologies to increase their efficiency. Their effluent water recycling scheme is fantastic innovation and critical to their need to use 100 000 litres of water a day. They even convert the sawdust from the resting pens into compost so that nothing is wasted!

You can see this report by going to this link:

This next story is about veal production and how one dairy farmer is getting more out of his male dairy calves by fattening them for sale as prime veal. This is an innovative way for a dairy enterprise to increase its efficiency and profitability by developing a market for an otherwise valueless comodity.

You can see this report by going to the following link:

The next story is about the effects of the bans on live cattle exports to Indonesia after the reported animal welfare issues but also really gives you an apprecitation of the desire for Australian beef producers to be able to ensure that their cattle are slaughtered humanely. There is also some excellent information about the beef industry in the Northern parts of Australia. Please take note of the warning we have made about this story. The graphic images are only very brief and are not the focus of the content.

 A warning that there are some graphic images of animal slaughter in this video that may disturb some people.

Mrs Pain with some of the newly hatched chicks from the farm

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