Farm Guide VIC : 2012-13
18 Victorian Farmers Federation VFF Egg Group The industry in Victoria is committed to giving the consumer food security and freedom of choice. Food is very important to us all and the Australian consumer is very interested in knowing where their food is coming from, whether it is of high quality and most importantly that they have the choice when buying food for their family. As the Australian population continues to grow and egg consumption per capita continues to grow, egg producers must ensure that the egg industry continues to supply a quality food source for the Australian consumer and receives a fair return for their work and investment. Melbourne alone is growing by more than 1500 people a week and egg consumption has grown from 166 eggs per capita in 2006 to over 200 eggs per capita in 2010. We also had record sales of more than 122 million dozen eggs in 2011 - representing an increase of 9 million dozen from 2009. This equates to an extra 300,000 eggs per day. Recognised as the voice of the Victorian egg industry, the VFF 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 fve committee members who are elected annually. VFF Pig Group Victoria is a major pork producing state and is estimated to have the fourth largest number of sows in Australia. There are currently 250 herds with over 40,000 sows representing 15 percent of the total number of sow herds across Australia. Pork producers are spread throughout Victoria 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 1,351 in 2009. However, during this period the average herd size increased from 18.3 to over 200 due to improved animal care and husbandry practices. The economic value of the Victorian pig industry is around $200 million with over 3,500 jobs being generated. Across Australia, the current value is in excess of $3.5 billion a year, providing more than 33,000 jobs for Australia. The VFF Pig Group represents Victorian pig farmers' commercial and social interests to raise the standing and proftability of pig farming. The VFF 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.