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TAS Country : September 16th 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010 Tasmanian Country 11 Your Say firstname.lastname@example.org Beef growers fear cost of Coles HGP boycott This is a grubby sales tactic that should be deplored by all meat industry and consumer organisations.' THE decision by Coles to boycott beef produced using HGPs will cost Aust- ralian beef producers at least $20 million per annum in lower cattle prices. HGPs increase the growth rate and carcase yield of the average domestic trade steer by about $50 per head. This benefit accrues directly to lot feeders and processors. This higher productivity increases competition in all store and finished cattle markets. Logically, lot feeders and processors will pass this artificially added cost increase back to producers by lower- ing the price of store and grass finished cattle. The use of HGPs is not detrimental to human health and banning them will not improve eating quality. The Coles boycott of HGP will needlessly undermine consumer confi- dence and the local and international reputation of Australian beef. Coles boycott of HGPs will ultimate- ly harm the whole industry and deliver no benefits to consumers. This is a grubby sales tactic that should be deplored by all meat indus- try and consumer organisations. There is a real risk the HPG boycott will be adopted by other supermarket chains and eventually independent butchers would be forced to comply as well. In this case, the cost to producers could exceed $100 million per annum. In addition to the loss of production, producers will bear the cost of the paper trail necessary to verify HGP- free status of individual animals. The National Livestock Identifi- cation System (NLIS) does not have the capacity to provide this infor- mation. The NSW DPI estimates HGPs add about $210 million to the value of the domestic and export Australian beef industry annually. BRAD BELLINGER Australian Beef Association Power price rises a threat to farm policy THE State Government must make a case for fairer pricing for farmers in its submission to the Economic Regulator over power prices. Treasurer Michael Aird has said that the State Government will make a submission to the Economic Regulator's Electricity Price Investigation and it is important that this recognises the particular impact on agriculture of proposed power price increases. As Minister for both Primary Industries and Energy Bryan Green needs to ensure that the State Government's submission recognises the damaging impact of power price rises on farmers. Power price rises will directly undermine the State Government's policy to expand irrigation and agricultural production. Mr Aird has conceded that farmers were often in a special position of not being able to fully pass on power price increases as they are, in most cases, price takers. The final pricing determination could provide greater fairness to farmers by ensuring that they do not have to bear the full brunt of a 15 per cent increase and the State Government has a role to play in ensuring the circumstances facing farmers are properly considered by the regulator. Many agricultural businesses operate on extremely tight margins, and these price shocks could well put them out of business. I call on Bryan Green to make sure the Government submission to the Regulator makes a case for fairer pricing for farmers.GREG HALL MLC Western Tiers *Sample contains 6 Gripple T- Clips. Limit 1 pack per customer. Must register on or before 30/9/10. To be eligible, you must register or be registered on the Waratah website & be an Australian resident. See website for full promotion details. TM Trademarks of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1397/TC THE GRIPPLE® T-CLIP. TIES OFF WIRE AT THE RATE OF KNOTS. When it comes to tying off wire around strainer posts, Waratah has it covered with their latest innovation -- the Gripple T-Clip. It saves you time by eliminating the need for knotting, so get yourself some Gripple T-Clips and make short work of long fences. For more information phone 13 10 80 or visit www.onesteelwaratah.com.au R EGISTER AT www.onesteelwaratah.c om.au WHILE STOCKS LAST FREE SAMPLE* CONDITIONS APPLY
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