Livestock producers urged to guide research

Livestock producers urged to guide research

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Livestock producers across south-eastern Australia are being urged to contribute to the industry’s research, development and adoption needs

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Livestock producers across south-eastern Australia are being urged to contribute to the industry’s research, development and adoption needs by applying for positions with the Southern Australia Meat Research Council.

SAMRC is a key research, development and extension consultation and planning network.

One of its main functions is collating the RD&A priorities of grassfed beef and sheepmeat producers and stakeholders across SA, NSW, Vic and Tasmania, as well as from Qld sheepmeat producers.

The priorities direct Meat & Livestock Australia's grassfed beef and sheep producer levy investments in R&D.

SAMRC Chair and livestock producer Angus Hobson, Bukalong, Bombala, NSW, said SAMRC is supported by seven regional committees, each chaired by a local producer, which gather input from local producers and producer networks on local RD&A needs.

“As part of SAMRC’s commitment to building industry and organisational capability, recruitment is now underway for a number of key positions within the SAMRC network,” Mr Hobson said.

“In most of SAMRC’s seven regions, terms for the Chairs and Regional Committee Members expire this year.

“Expressions of interest are invited to fill four SAMRC Regional Chair positions for Western Vic, South-East Vic and Tas, Northern NSW, and Central and Western NSW (including Qld sheep).

“Producers are also invited to apply for multiple SAMRC regional committee member positions across all seven regions – SA, Central Vic, Western Vic, South-East Vic and Tas, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, and Central and Western NSW.

“SAMRC’s regional committee members provide the critical interface between RD&A providers and the needs of red meat producers.

“Candidates should have strong commercial beef and/or sheepmeat production experience, and this includes producers with mixed farming operations.”

MLA general manager – producer consultation & adoption Michael Crowley said SAMRC plays a key role in determining MLA RD&A investment priorities for Southern Australia.

“SAMRC, along with the WA Livestock Research Council and the North Australia Beef Research Council, determine producer priorities and enable MLA to consult with producers to ultimately invest in R&D that drives productivity and profitability in the red meat industry,” Mr Crowley said.

“SAMRC’s Regional Chairs collectively form the Southern Producer Panel, which provides commercially-relevant context, direction and feedback on RD&A priorities and proposals seeking MLA funding via the annual call.”

The selection committee will consider expressions of interest for the Chair positions on May 28 and Regional Committee positions on July 2.

  • Details: samrc.com.au
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