7 February 2018

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has today launched Feeding Our Nation 2018 which showcases high priority and bang-for-buck policy solutions for Australia’s 75,000 red meat businesses.

Independent Chair of RMAC, Mr Don Mackay, said the focus of Feeding Our Nation 2018 was to enhance the industry’s track record of generating jobs and economic growth across Australia as well as assist industry’s ambitious goal of unlocking $7 billion in value by 2030.

“Getting policy settings right across the board is of upmost significance to Australian beef, sheep, lamb and goatmeat businesses so we can continue to sustain our high growth rates as well as the 405, 000 jobs we sustain both directly and indirectly” Mr Mackay said.

“Given our industry’s national contribution in terms of food security, economic activity and export revenue, it is crucial that the Australian Government joins us in tackling the challenge of making our supply chains even more robust and competitive.”
“That is why Feeding Our Nation 2018 is focussed on tangible and readily implementable initiatives that the Australian Government can actually deliver.”

Feeding Our Nation 2018 highlights 26 key actions the Australian Government can lead this year across priority areas of Expanding Trade & Investment, Wellbeing of People & Livestock, Better Policy Settings and Supply Chain Collaboration.

Mr Mackay said he was excited to work with the newly appointed Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon David Littleproud MP, to build on existing momentum of key trade reform achievements already in 2018.

“We have had a great start to the year with the announcement of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership – let’s build on this for a bigger and better year for true Aussie red meat, our customers, and our businesses.”

“We commend Feeding Our Nation 2018 to Minister Littleproud and look forward to working with him to return greater value to Australia’s 75, 000 red meat producers, lot feeders, manufacturers, retailers and livestock exporters and the broader Australian community.”

Minister Littleproud was presented with Feeding Our Nation 2018 this morning at a welcome reception for the Minister hosted by the Board of RMAC at Australian Parliament House.

Feeding Our Nation 2018 can be viewed here.

Media Contact: Anna Campbell, anna@rmac.com.au, 0448 692 245