Beef industry report card to be launched
The performance of the beef industry against key markers of sustainability and the leadership role Australia is playing in the global discussion surrounding sustainable agriculture will come into focus at the launch of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Annual Update on Thursday, June 16.
The update serves as a yearly scorecard for industry by reporting against key indicators spanning environmental stewardship, animal care and wellbeing, economic resilience, and people and the community.
This year will mark the release of the fifth report of its type since the launch of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework in 2017 to identify success, opportunity and areas for improvement in the sustainable production of beef.
Red Meat Advisory Council chair John McKillop said this year’s launch would highlight Australia’s growing role in leading the world in sustainable livestock production through innovation, investment in people and communities, and self-determined targets to improve performance.
“The ABSF has become a powerful tool to measure our performance and understanding of where we can do better — and transparently communicating that to our customers and consumers,” Mr McKillop said.
“Our commitment to sustainability has also been clearly demonstrated to the world through our industry-owned Carbon Neutral by 2030 target which is helping to propel the livestock sector — including beef, lamb and goat — towards no net release of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere within the next eight years.
“However, we also know true sustainability is multi-faceted and so the ABSF includes important economic, animal and social measures within the suite of indicators we use to monitor progress and set priorities.”
This year’s launch will include two important discussions exploring both the world-first research and innovation being undertaken in Australia and what striving for improved sustainability means in a commercial context.
“This includes a panel comprising grassroots producers, lot-feeders, processors and live exporters on what sustainability means in practical terms for beef businesses, as well as an innovation-based panel showcasing some of the exceptional and globally significant work occurring right here in Australia,” Mr McKillop said.