An important strategic project for Angus Australia is the development and implementing a sustainable program with the overall aim to increase demand for Angus and Angus infused cattle in the beef supply chain in northern Australia covering breeders, backgrounder’s, grass finishers, feedlots, abattoirs and exporters. Underlying initiatives will aim to benefit both Angus Australia members and the broader beef industry.
An initiative to underpin the northern development program was the formation of the Northern Development Consultative Committee. This committee was formed in December 2017 with the purpose to:
“A large percentage of the Australian breeder herd is based north of the Tropic of Capricorn, and this has traditionally been a Bos Indicus area. Hence there is huge scope for cross breeding with Angus genetics to improve fertility and carcase traits to help meet market suitability.”
“The Northern industry is principally made up of cattle breeders that achieve 100% of their income from cattle. They are well educated on the industry and are very astute. They do not respond to being preached to by “southerners” who don’t understand their requirements. More than anything this committee needs to gather information and build understanding. We know from experience the performance results by using Angus genetics can be spectacular and can be maintained long term.”
“As meat quality is gaining momentum in the north, Bos Indicus breeders are sourcing Bos Taurus breeds to improve their carcase quality traits of their herds. Angus Australia and its members are at the forefront of the industry for performance recording, the leader in genomics and the breed is recognised worldwide for its meat quality and excellent maternal traits. “
“With direction through an initiative such as the Northern Development program, the Angus breed and genetics can make further inroads into the northern Australia beef herds. This will ultimately expand new markets for Angus breeders and positively impact the Australian beef industry by increasing productivity & profitability through traits relating to meat quality and fertility.”
“Experience gained over 15 years of supplying Angus bulls into Western and Central Queensland has shown us that there are great benefits to be achieved for all concerned from the infusion Angus genetics into Northern herds. Northern producers can reap the fertility, temperament and performance benefits, regularly remarking that they “can’t believe how many calves hit the ground so quickly, how much those calves weigh at weaning and how easily they wean”.
Additionally, in June 2018 a full time Northern Development Officer was appointed with specific focus on delivering initiatives from the Northern development program. This appointment will be based in Central Queensland.