Media Releases

14 February 2019
CPA Media Release
CPA calls on Government to ramp-up Biosecurity surveillance across Australia after a recent detection of Foot and Mouth Disease contaminated food brought in by international visitors.

1 February 2019
Beef Central – James Nason
Government response to red meat senate inquiry : Producer groups react


1 February 2019
North Queensland Register – Shan Goodwin
Anger at Governments lack of will for cattle lobby reform


1 February 2019
North Queensland Register – Shan Goodwin
CCA’s Response to the Governments Response to the Senate Inquiry into the Effect of Market consolidation on the Red Meat Processing Sector.


1 February 2019
CPA Media Release
CPA Responds to the Government’s Response to the Senate Inquiry into the Effect of Market Consolidation on the Red Meat Processing Sector


28 January 2019
Link to our latest video
Dr Paul Wright, Chair of Cattle Producers Australia, names Beef the King of Food and highlights the international reputation Australian beef has established as a clean, safe nutritious product.


23 January 2019
Link to Our New Video Here
Dr Paul Wright, Chair of Cattle Producers Australia, calls on the current generation to sign up to CPA so that upcoming generations of cattle producers inherit a legacy of grass-roots representation in the development of the government policies that affect their industry.


16 January 2019
Video link Here
Emeritus Professor Chris Pollitt visited Dr Paul Wright’s property at Taroom, Queensland to discuss the current top-down representation of grass fed cattle transaction levy payers. CPA plans to reverse this by giving the levy payers themselves a voice in the development of the government policies that affect their industry.


21 December 2018
Christmas Newsletter
The CPA Team wish Cattle Producers across Australia a very pleasant and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


17 December 2018
CPA  Media Release
CPA Opposes Beef Imports into Australia


13 December 2018
Opinion Piece – Dr Paul Wright, Chair CPA
Vested Interests Blocking Industry Reform



12 December 2018
Weekly Times – Opinion Piece – Dr Paul Wright, Chair of CPA
Cattle Industry Vested Interest Blocking Need for Urgent Reform



12 December 2018
CPA Blog
Cattle Producers Urge Government to Rethink Bushfire Policies


1 December 2018
CPA Blog
CPA Launches with growing membership numbers

 


2 December 2018
VideoAspiring young farmer interviews CPA Chair, Dr Paul Wright about Cattle Producers Australia and ACCC Deputy Commissioner, Mick Keogh on the ACCC Cattle and Beef Market Study update report at a CPA Beef Forum.

Border Mail Article on the CPA Beef Forum by John Chanter
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27 November 2018
Farmonline National
CPA Unhappy with Cattle Council’s planned restructure by Shan Goodwin


24 November 2018
The Border Mail
Cattle group calls for fairness by Jodie O’Sullivan


24 November 2018
A recap of the events from January 2018 which saw Cattle Council of Australia CCA resign from the CPA Implementation Committee.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-19/cattle-council-australia-quits-industry-reforms/9342770


21 November 2018
At the recent RedMeat 2018 Forum, RMAC Chair, Mr Don Mackay was asked how he manages matters with commercial conflict of interest between the various red meat industry sectors that it represents and how it advises Government on important issues such as live sheep and cattle exports.
Mr Mackay stated it is the role of the peak organisations to deal with that issue and indicated that it is unfair to expect that RMAC handles all the issues that arise in the industry, the peak bodies are there to deal with these issues.
CPA says, “Either you are the voice to Government for whole of industry or you are not!”
CPA questions RMAC’s role at RedMeat 2018


20 November 2018
CCA held their AGM this week at RedMeat 2018 and announced their draft restructure model for grass-fed cattle producers.
Dr Wright sees democratic discrepancies in the new CCA draft model as the direct elect board that comes from a levy payer vote do not actually appear to develop or deliver policy, they only oversee and endorse the policy created by the committees.
“This is a real concern for the industry, after all the senate inquiries and industry studies that have provided recommendations for reform we are still being dealt a false sense of democracy by industry leaders,” he said.
|CPA Media on CCA AGM 2018


10 November 2018
Border Mail – Rural – Jodie O’Sullivan
Article:  David Littleproud meets with Cattle Producers Australia members at Eldorado


31 October 2018
CPA met with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud along with members of the Wangaratta and Ovens Valley Branches of the VFF at Natasha Lobban’s Property near Wangaratta, North East Victoria. CPA and members sought support from the Minister for CPA as the new independent representative body for grass-fed cattle farmers and answers on why CPA has not received the $500,000 Leadership in Agriculture Industries funding that was approved back in October last year.
Press Release- Minister meets with CPA

Video snippet of meeting below

 


22 October 2018
Beef Central
EU gets green light to review grain fed quota deal with US


18 October 2018
Farmonline – Shan Goodwin
CPA Calls for Action on EU


17 October 2018
Beef Central
CCA Determined to maintain EU Market Share for Australian grain fed Beef


16 October 2018
Hunt Blog
Bringing Home the Bacon European Union Style
Win-Win for the EU Lose-Lose for Australia


15 October 2018
Beef Central
Cattle producers concerned by risk to EU beef market access


15 October 2018
CPA Press Release: CPA calls for Action on 481 EU Grain Fed Beef Quota
…CPA has an expectation that the Australian EU Red Meat Taskforce along with other industry representative bodies such as RMAC and MLA will stand firm on this issue and press resolutely for the retention of the present quota arrangement…. Dr Wright is calling on the Minister for Trade, Simon Birmingham to call it for what it is and to say to the EU, ‘We damn well expect you are going to play by the rules!’  “Many Australian businesses, including our EU customers have invested heavily in the development of this market on the basis that the quota would be applied in a non-discriminatory and origin-neutral manner” he said.
Press Release CPA calls for Action on 481 EU Grain Fed Beef quota


9 October 2018
Reuters
Exclusive: EU set to clear start of talks to boost US beef imports
Philip Blenkinsop


9 October 2018
Beef Central: Australia at risk of losing valuable EU beef access


2019 Science and Innovation Awards

Grants to realise big ideas for agriculture from young rural innovators

Grant applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, launched the 2019 Awards .

 


27 August 2018
Farm Online: CPA chair Dr Paul Wright responds against red meat peak councils merging.


26 August 2018
CPA Chair Dr Paul Wright fiercely opposes merger of red meat peak councils
CPA press release in response to Farmonline article 25818


25 August 2018
Farm Online: Push to merge red meat councils gains strength
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5606409/push-to-merge-red-meat-councils-gains-strength/?cs=5373


21 August 2018
Huntblog Newsletter – The Decline of Australian Rural Industry Representative democracy
2018.08.21 Huntblog Post


21 August 2018
CPA’s Chair Dr Paul Wright Slams Don MacKay’s Opinion Piece.
CPA’s response to RMAC’s Opinion Piece Farmonline


17 August 2018
Weekly Times ACCC heads up ante on cattle reform
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cattle/accc-head-ups-ante-oncattle-reform-call/news-story/025dfe1a7111f0c713a1beba1bad3c37


16 August 2018
Farmonline Don MacKay Opinion Piece – There is great merit in exploring the risks and benefits of turning three service providers into one; and merging our six red meat industry councils.
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5589443/plea-for-policy-security-in-the-red-meat-sector/?cs=5195


14 August 2018
Stock and Land Commissioner Mick Keogh – Farmers may soon be able to get more data on their animals, from processors
https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/5579543/data-laws-may-change-game/


10 August 2018
Commissioner Keogh presents overview of the Beef and Cattle Market Study at the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association Annual Conference
https://www.accc.gov.au/speech/overview-of-the-acccs-beef-and-cattle-market-study


5 July 2018
QLD Country Hour with Barry O’Sullivan
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/qld-country-hour/qld-country-hour/9922076


29 June 2018
Cattle Producers Australia forum hears from ACCC about slow reform progress
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https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5497473/barnawartha-incident-still-fuels-beef-industry-debate/


15 June 2018
Cattle Producers Australia’s first industry forum – a success
https://cattleproducers.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/cattle-producers-australia_s-first-industry-forum-e28093-a-success.pdf

 

 

 


15 June 2018
Cattle Producers Australia Forum to discuss “Urgent Industry Matters” Commissioner Mick Keogh to present at CPA Forum Monday 25 June 2018, Commercial Club, Albury, commencing at 1.30 pm
http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5470466/cattle-producers-australia-forum-to-discuss-urgent-industry-matters/?cs=11


26 May 2018
Reform still hot topic
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21 May 2018
NQ Cattleman donates cows to raise funds for new body

https://www.beefcentral.com/news/nq-cattleman-donates-cows-to-raise-funds-for-new-cattle-body/


21 May 2018
Cattle Producer Mr Ernie Camp from Burke in Queensland’s Gulf Country provides seed capital for CPA
Cattle Producers Australia to receive seed capital donation210518


18 May 2018
CPA supports Commissioner Keogh’s Speech at the Third Annual Agricultural Law Conference in Melbourne on the Topic of Regulation in the Agriculture Industry
CPA Supports M Keogh’s Speech at Law Conference in Melb


15 May 2018
ABC Country Hour reporter, Charlie McKillop interviews CPA Chair, Dr Paul Wright – Why we need a democratic organisation to represent all cattle producers across Australia.
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/qld-country-hour/qld-country-hour/9741394


15 May 2018
ABC Country Hour interviews Derek Schoen, President of NSW’s Farmers Association, who highlights the degree of general discontent among cattle producers with the current advocacy organisations.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/vic-country-hour/2018-05-15/vic-country-hour-podcast-15-may-2018/9762970


11 May 2018
The Border Mail – Little has changed in 12 months since ACCC’s cattle and beef industry market study, update shows
https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5387626/accc-says-beef-industry-reform-too-slow/?cs=59


11 May 2018
Industry Groups respond to ACCC review – AMIC, CCA, CPA
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/industry-groups-respond-to-accc-review-amic-cca-cpa/


7 May 2018
CPA Supports ACCC Cattle and beef industry market study – Update Report
CPA response to ACCC Update Report on the Cattle and beef market study


4 May 2018
RMAC – ACCC Should enable not inhibit competition
https://www.beefcentral.com/uncategorized/accc-should-enable-not-inhibit-competition-rmac/


4 May 2018
ACCC: Poor progress on cattle and beef industry market reform
https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/poor-progress-on-cattle-and-beef-industry-market-reform


30 January 2018
Wheels turning on new cattle producer group
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5197040/wheels-turning-on-new-cattle-producer-group/


30 January 2018
Grass-fed restructure committee members incorporate ‘Cattle Producers Australia’
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/grassfed-restructure-committee-members-incorporate-cattle-producers-australia/


29 January 2018
Cattle Producers Australia Incorporates
Announcement of Cattle Producers Australia’s Incorporation


23 January 2018
ABC Rural report, Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) quits industry reforms – Charlie McKillop interviews CCA President, Howard Smith, Implementation Committee member, Norman Hunt and AgForce President Grant Maudsley
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-19/cattle-council-australia-quits-industry-reforms/9342770


20 January 2018
Will there be a new big cattle producer group?
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5178751/will-there-be-a-new-big-cattle-producer-group/


18 January 2018
Grass-fed restructure stakeholder reaction
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/grassfed-restructure-stakeholder-reaction/


18 January 2018
Cattle Council resigns from grass-fed industry restructure committee
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/cattle-council-walks-away-from-grassfed-industry-restructure-process/


22 November 2017
Slaughter reporting raises concerns over transparency, competitiveness, say ACCC
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/slaughter-reporting-issue-raises-concerns-over-transparency-competitiveness-says-accc/

22 November 2017
Reliable information is essential to red meat industry productivity ACCC
https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/reliable-information-is-essential-to-red-meat-industry-productivity-accc

31 October 2017
ACCC beef study reveals price transparency issues
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/accc-beef-study-reveals-price-transparency-issues/

27 October 2017
Cattle Council receives $500,000 to help with grass-fed industry restructure
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/cattle-council-receives-500000-to-help-with-grassfed-cattle-industry-restructure/

20 September 2017
Cattle reform inaction 
A key aspect of reform for the red meat sector, cannot happen without Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s assistance, industry warns. Red Meat Advisory Council chair Don Mackay, said the industry was crying out for help from the Federal Government to restructure its peak body, Cattle Council of Australia.
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cattle/red-meat-sector-cattle-reform-inaction-galls/news-story/0953a1cf8c08fab5a0f0383e947f819d

15 September 2017
Clock running for red meat sector to get reform happening
https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4926780/clock-running-for-red-meat-sector-to-get-reform-happening/

13 September 2017
Government will force reforms if industry doesn’t: Rural senate committee
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/government-will-force-reforms-if-industry-doesnt-rural-senate-committee/

13 September 2017
Red meat sector Senate inquiry recommends new cattle peak body
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cattle/red-meat-sector-senate-inquiry-recommends-new-cattle-peak-body/news-story/d19386722464a06899ff855e567266f3

12 September 2017
Senate inquiry calls for ‘beef up’ of peak beef cattle representation
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/senators-call-for-new-grassfed-peak-council-in-final-red-meat-inquiry-report/

30 August 2017
RMAC responds to ACCC recommendations, blasts Senator’s criticism of industry leadership. Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie claiming industry leaders continue to stick their heads in the sand. Beef Central Article.
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/rmac-responds-to-accc-recommendations-blasts-senators-criticism-of-industry-leadership/

26 August 2017
Senator McKenzie – beef leaders continue to stick their head in the sand
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/4881136/senator-mckenzie-beef-leaders-continue-to-stick-their-head-in-the-sand/

11 August 2017
Senator Barry O’Sullivan’s beefy blast at Cattle Council all “True” says President Howard Smith
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/4848961/barry-osullivans-beefy-blast-at-cattle-council-all-true/

8 August 2017
ABC Rural – ‘Like the fox guarding the hen house’ Red meat industry failing to address bad sale yard behaviour, Senators Say.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-21/calls-to-reform-beef-markets-and-increase-transparency/7864490

8 March 2017
The ACCC says cattle processors should publish their price grids for direct to works sales to improve transparency in the Australian cattle market, this is one of 15 recommendations it has released in its beef and cattle market report. For more information.
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/beef-sectors-react-to-accc-beef-and-cattle-market-study/

20 January 2017
Ovens Valley VFF urges government to make mandatory price reporting just that in open letter to Barnaby Joyce
https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4416433/ovens-valley-vff-urges-government-to-make-mandatory-price-reporting-just-that-in-open-letter-to-barnaby-joyce/

20 January 2017
Mandatory price reporting calls renewed as ACCC report nears
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/mandatory-price-reporting-calls-renewed-as-accc-report-nears/

21 September 2016
ABC Country Hour, Warwick Long interviews Senator Bridget McKenzie and Loretta Carroll – Calls to reform beef markets and increase transparency
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-21/calls-to-reform-beef-markets-and-increase-transparency/7864490

5 August 2016
Is it time agricultural risk was shared along the supply chain? by M Keogh, AFI
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/grading-commission-buying-dominate-twba-accc-forum-discussions/

14 June 2016
ACCC Toowoomba Forum:  Grading, Commission buyers, mandatory reporting debated
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/is-transparent-market-information-the-best-medicine-for-sick-markets/

1 June 2016
ABC Country Hour, Warwick Long interviews David Byard, Australian Beef Association wants independent inspectors in abattoirs
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-01/7465326

1 June 2016
ABC Country Hour, Warwick Long interviews Greg Mirabella and Loretta Carroll from North East Victoria seeking change to the Sale yard system
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-01/7465328

5 May 2016
ABC Country Hour, Warwick Long interviews Senator Bridget McKenzie
Senate Inquiry into red meat processing calls for changes to address culture of fear in the Industry
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-05/senate-interim-beef-findings/7385546

5 April 2016
ACCC launches market study into cattle and beef industry
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cattle/australian-competition-and-consumer-commission-investigators-at-nvlx/news-story/7acd209c7183ebddcd4d329ba21e6384

9 December 2015
ABC Rural Report by Anna Vidot – No Evidence Barnawartha boycott was the result of collusion: ACCC – interview with Commissioner and Chair Rod Sims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-09/no-evidence-barnawartha-buyers-agreed-on-boycott-accc/7013350

9 December 2015
ACCC – Alleged Barnawartha boycott concerns investigated
https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/alleged-barnawartha-boycott-concerns-investigated

14 September 2015
Is transparent market information the best medicine for sick markets? by M Keogh, AFI
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/is-transparent-market-information-the-best-medicine-for-sick-markets/

31 July 2015
Is it time to re-examine the red meat industry’s MoU?
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/time-to-re-examine-red-meat-industry-mou/

17 July 2015
Ag White Paper:  Good in parts but focused on symptoms by M Keogh, AFI
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/opinion/ag-white-paper-good-in-parts-but-focused-on-symptoms/

15 July 2015
Opinion piece: Strengthening the future of the grass fed cattle industry
by Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture
http://www.beefcentral.com/news/opinion-piece-strengthening-the-future-of-the-grass-fed-cattle-industry/

31 March 2015
Red meat processing inquiry will target supply chain transparency:  O’Sullivan
Opinion Piece: Senator Barry O’Sullivan
https://www.beefcentral.com/processing/red-meat-processing-inquiry-will-target-supply-chain-transparency-osullivan/

19 March 2015
Senate approves inquiry into red meat processing sector
https://www.beefcentral.com/processing/senate-approves-inquiry-into-red-meat-processing-sector/

2 March 2015
Producers call for senate inquiry into processor boycott
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cattle/barnawartha-sellers-call-for-senate-inquiry-into-processor-boycott/news-story/06615c889568fae3070b7efe367eff26

26 February 2015
ACCC investigates Barnawartha boycott
https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/cattle/australian-competition-and-consumer-commission-investigators-at-nvlx/news-story/7acd209c7183ebddcd4d329ba21e6384

20 February 2015
ABC Rural Report Farming Groups want ACCC to investigate meat processors after Wodonga boycott
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-19/accc-meat-industry-investigation-push/6144616

17 February 2015
Labor Senator Glenn Sterle has repeated demands for Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to act on structural reforms to benefit the beef cattle industry, as recommended in a far-reaching Senate inquiry. Farmonline National Article
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/3380228/beef-industry-reform-overdue

17 February 2015
Grass-fed groups present Joyce with restructure plan
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/grassfed-groups-present-joyce-with-restructure-plan/

5 November 2014
ABC Rural Report – James Jooste interviews CCA CEO, Jed Matz
Cattle Council will establish independent and democratically elected board to administer grass-fed cattle levies
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-04/cattle-levy-representation/5865288

4 Novembers 2014
Levy restructure:  What are the implications for MLA?
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/levy-restructure-what-are-the-implications-for-mla/

31 October 2014
Grass-fed Cattle restructure breakthrough
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/grassfed-cattle-restructure-breakthrough/

19 September 2014
Senate report not an attack on CCA or MLA:  Chris Back discusses the fundamentally flawed relationships between producers, peak industry councils and industry service providers
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/senate-report-not-an-attack-on-cca-or-mla-chris-back/

18 September 2014
CCA left out in the Cold 
https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/3568994/cca-left-out-in-the-cold/

9 September 2014
Grass-fed Senate inquiry recommends producer body to control grass-fed levies
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/grassfed-senate-inquiry-recommends-producer-body-to-control-grassfed-levies/

6 March 2014
Does levy funding compromise CCA – MLA’s master – servant relationship?
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/does-levy-funding-compromise-cca-mlas-master-servant-relationship/

12 December 2013
The Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 28 March 2014.
The industry structures and systems governing the collection and disbursement of marketing and research and development levies pertaining to the sale of grass-fed cattle
https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/Beef_levies/Report/

9 November 2012
Cattle Council in levy service talks with MLA
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/cattle-council-in-levy-service-talks-with-mla/

2 August 2012
Former Cattle Council head call for MLA changes
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/former-cattle-council-head-calls-for-mla-changes/

10 February 2012
A fog descending on Australian Agricultural markets by M Keogh, AFI
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/a-fog-descending-on-australian-agricultural-markets/

5 April 2012
Northern cattlemen relive ‘betrayal’ call for a review of beef industry representation
http://adf.farmonline.com.au/news/nationalrural/cattle/beef/northern-cattlemen-relive-betrayal/2511915.aspx

23 May 2011
Exclusive:  CCA facing membership crises
https://www.beefcentral.com/news/exclusive-cca-facing-membership-crisis/

October 2010, Meat Livestock Industry …The MOU incorporates the definition of agreed roles and responsibilities; through RMAC with other Peak Industry Councils.
http://rmac.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Red-Meat-MOU.pdf

September 2009
Levy producers pay to promote beef consumption, with levies to be lifted to $5 based on a predicted increase in the national herd to 30.4 million head, which in turn would deliver an extra 335,000 tonnes of beef to market by this year. 2018 and we’re still seeing a steady drop in beef consumption. Farm Weekly Article,
http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/the-big-5-beef-levy/1625357.aspx

2009 Beef Levy Review
https://www.mla.com.au/globalassets/mla-corporate/generic/about-mla/beeflevyreview2009.pdf