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Sheep Producers Australia looking at structures and systems going forward

  • By: "Prime" Ag News
  • Jan 24, 2018

Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) has today released an investigative report that sets the foundation for its focus in 2018 to strengthen Australia’s sheepmeat market structures and systems.

The independent report, Sheepmeat Market Structures and Systems Investigation, was commissioned by Meat & Livestock Australia at SPA’s request. It will guide the Australian sheep industry in developing an evidence-based policy response to findings delivered to the red meat industry by recent parliamentary and statutory authority inquiries in 2017.

These inquiries include the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Cattle and Beef Market Study and the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport.

The report provides an overview of the sheepmeat industry and current state of the market and looks at the drivers for change historically, currently and forecast in future.

It analyses methods of selling, differences between markets across Australia, price reporting, over-the-hook grading, and barriers to entry in the processing sector.

SPA President Allan Piggott said the report provided an in-depth stocktake ...
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