Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
16 Victorian Farmers Federation VFF Livestock has helped to protect the Live Export Trade and deliver to Victorian farmers the cheapest NLIS Cattle tags in Australia. We support fair and competitive livestock selling systems, harsher penalties for stock theft, effective use of producer levies and the acknowledgment that the animal welfare standards delivered by Victorian farmers are world’s best practice. Recently we have been focused on; • drought assistance, • ensuring livestock producers get a fair deal in any emissions trading scheme, • implementation of effective but economical stock tracing technology, VFF Livestock Group VFF Livestock is the peak representative body for livestock producers in Victoria, operating in its present form since 1978. Currently representing the interests of approximately 2700 farm businesses, most of which are family owned and operated. Livestock has more than 4000 individual members. Membership is state-wide and covers the key Victorian agricultural industries of cattle, Sheepmeat, wool and goats. Together these industries’ output is valued at around $2.5 billion for Victoria’s rural economies each year. Victoria is currently home to 16 per cent of Australia’s cattle herd, 20 per cent of the Australian sheep flock and about a quarter of the Australian goat population. With one quarter of the nation’s farm businesses Victorian, VFF Livestock plays an influential role in determining the priorities and direction of this major Australian industry. VFF Livestock’s core business involves policy development, issues management and advocacy on behalf of our producer members to industry and government. Through the extensive branch network and district council representative structure, VFF Livestock has good coverage of the state livestock issues. • keeping animal welfare legislation to a minimum, yet still demonstrating our industries’ long-time good husbandry and reassuring the community, • maintaining high animal health and quarantine standards – for example, helping secure wider availability of OJD vaccine, and the registration of a wider range of treatments for use with goats, • the revision of the code of practice for selling cattle by liveweight to ensure livestock producers are treated fairly, • developing viable quality assurance programs that let our product stand out from overseas competition, a crucial point of difference when more than 2/3 of our product is exported. We also play an important role on a national level through our affiliations to the National Peak Commodity Councils. These councils include; Cattle Council of Australia, Sheepmeat Council of Australia, WoolProducers and the Goat Industry Council of Australia. Our voting power with each of these bodies ensures that member concerns are represented at a national level and Victorian interests are well understood across the country. VFF Livestock makes sure your voice counts on the issues that matter to you. Through the UDV, dairy farming families join the strength of the Victorian Farmers Federation and the Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd. Today, our members’ vision is to be the premier dairying representative organisation, forging an operating environment that creates a rewarding future for members. Our mission is to advance and promote the commercial, environmental and social interests of dairy farmers. At any one time, the UDV can be running with up to 30 issues, representing dairyfarmers on a range of issues to Federal, State and local government, the dairy industry and the wider community. United Dairyfarmers of Victoria The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is the peak body for Victorian dairy farmers, created through the strength of almost 4,000 grass roots dairy farmer members having a united voice. The UDV provides dairyfarmers with a voice on issues as diverse as farmgate prices, electricity infrastructure, animal welfare, drought response and recovery, tools to adapt to dry conditions and labour shortages. The UDV has a proud record of working constructively with government and dairy industry organisations to achieve positive outcomes for dairy farmers.
2009 - 2010