Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
19 Victorian Farmers Federation VFF Pig Group Victoria is a major pork producing State and has the third largest number of sows in Australia. There are currently 350 herds with over 65,000 sows representing 20 per cent of the total number of sow herds across Australia. Pork producers are spread across the State but are largely concentrated in the northern regions. The pork industry has undergone profound structural change over the last 20 years, with Australian producers decreasing from 19,279 in 1980 to 1,999 in 2004. However, during the period the average herd size has increased from 18.3 to 159.1 due to improved animal care and husbandry practices. The economic value of the Victorian pig industry during 2003 was estimated to be $573 million with over 7,760 jobs being generated. Across Australia, the current value is in excess of $2.5 billion a year, providing more than 30,000 jobs for Australia. The VFF Pig Group represents Victorian pig farmers commercial and social interests to raise the standing and profitability of pig farming. The Pig Group provides a means for Victorian pig farmers interests and views to be represented on State issues directly through VFF resources and on national issues through Australian Pork Limited, the pig industries national representative body. VFF Egg Group The VFF Egg Group represents the majority of Victoria’s egg industry. There are three egg production systems - cage, free range and barn-laid. Producers from all three systems join the Egg Group to form a united voice on industry issues such as codes of practice, animal welfare, food safety, the environment, research and development, education, training, feed grains, imports and industry relations. Deregulation has brought many changes. The most far reaching change has been the rise of smaller marketers. Some farmers produce their own eggs as well market their own and other producers’ eggs, while others sell to industry packers and distributors. Egg producers, through a levy system, can be members of the Australian Egg Corporation Limited. AECL was set up to represent the Australian egg industry - producers and marketers - at a national level after consultation with its members. The Egg Group represents Victorian producers at AECL meetings. Recognised as the voice of the Victorian egg industry, the Egg Group is committed to the long-term viability of the Victorian egg industry. The VFF Egg Group has an elected executive committee consisting of a President, Vice President, Treasurer and five committee members who are elected annually.
2009 - 2010