Farm Guide VIC : 2010 - 2011
9 Victorian Farmers Federation • The VFF provided input into the State Government review of the Code of Practice for Broiler Farms, with the objective of improving growers' ability to expand or establish new fa rms. The estimated value per member is $2,000. Grains Group Achievements: • Whilst liberalisation of the wheat marketing framework within Australia proved challenging to growers over the past twelve months, without forceful representation by the VFF in developing the Wheat Marketing Act of 2008, the situation would have been substantially worse if total deregulation had been imposed on the industry; • In order to assist members meet the challenges of deregulation, the VFF was instr umental in gaining government funding to host a series of Wheat Marketing sessions; • The Agfar m Alliance is another way the VFF Grains Group is helping grain growers adapt to the new marketing environment. The Alliance provides VFF members access to an independent grain broker who will help negotiate the best grain price available on the day from 110 different grain buyers; • Pricing information provided by the VFF Grains Group helped save grain growers over $400 per tonne on the cost of their fertiliser. Livestock Group Achievements: • VFF Livestock was successful with legal proceedings in the Hahnheuser case as a means to protect the $1.8 billion Live Export Trade, to ensure far mers can go about their business without fear of environmental activists damaging their business, and to make these activists personally accountable for their criminal actions; • The VFF Livestock Group continues to represent cattle, sheep and goat producers on the committees that manage industry compensation funds, thus ensuring the $14 million of producers levy are well spent in key areas, such as maintaining effective sur veillance of new and existing diseases, and to provide financial support for affected farmers in the case of a disease outbreak; • The VFF negotiated a special price for NLIS cattle tags for Victoria's cattle producers. At $1.65 each, this represents a saving of $2.15 from the price paid interstate a nd saves the local industry an estimated $1.2 million yearly; • By lending support to the marketing of the red meat industry, both domestically and inter nationally, the VFF has helped build the Australian red meat industry into a $14.6 billion industry. Eggs Group Achievements: • The VFF successfully worked with the AECL and major processors to stabilise the supply and wholesale price of eggs, which is estimated to save the industry $7.5 million per year; • In conjunction with Department of Primary Industry and Health Services, the VFF co-authored the ‘Eggs need TLC' brochure as a means to raise consumer and trade awareness of food safety in handling and storing eggs. The savings from loss of sales from minimising outbreaks of food poisoning, is believed to save the industry an estimated at $10 million per annum; • The VFF worked closely with the state government to educate and facilitate adoption of the Prevention of Cr uelty to Animals (Domestic Fowl) regulations as a means to retain consumer confidence from attempts by animal activists to besmirch industry practices. This initiative alone is estimated to save the industry upwards of $10 million every time animal activists seek media attention from their activities; • Lobbied successfully for the retention of the established Code of Practice for Free Range fa rming thus saving the industry $2.5 million. Pigs Group Achievements: • The VFF was instr umental in ensuring all pigs processed through domestic abattoirs will now be traceable, thereby enabling the industry to isolate quickly any illness or contamination that may occur. The estimated savings to the industry in protecting consumer confidence is estimated at $5 million per incident; • The VFF worked with all segments of the industry and super market chains to ensure domestically grow n pork is clea rly labelled, ‘Produce of Australia’. This will improve Victorian pig farmer incomes by an estimated $10 million per year; • Three members of the VFF’s Executive completed the PorkSafe training in relation to biosecurity risk thereby ensuring skilled personnel are available in the event of a disease outbreak.
2009 - 2010