Livestock

Group adds members

By Country News

The Red Meat Advisory Council has announced five new members of the Sustainability Steering Group to drive implementation of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework.

Council independent chair Don Mackay said the new members of the expanded SSG brought a range of skills and experience to the group, and represented different sectors and geographic regions of the beef industry.

‘‘The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework shows customers, consumers, governments and investors that we’re committed to continuously improve how we care for animals, natural resources and the people who work in the industry and who consume our beef,’’ Mr Mackay said.

‘‘The new SSG members, who have all shown exceptional leadership in the industry, will help to build on the achievements of previous members to develop the framework and start its implementation.’’

The Sustainability Steering Group is responsible for progressing the framework, including addressing data gaps; refining some sustainability indicators; delivering the next Framework Annual Update in May 2019; communications related to the framework and continuing to provide advice to RMAC on sustainability matters.

The incoming SSG members are: Carl Duncan, resource efficiency group manager at Teys Australia; Melinee Leather, Central Queensland beef producer and previous chair of the Cattle Council of Australia’s Animal Health and Welfare & Biosecurity Committee; Stephen Moore, corporate and commercial general manager at North Australian Pastoral Company; Trevor Moore, group systems and compliance manager at Northern Co-operative Meat Company; Jenny O’Sullivan, Victorian beef producer, agri-tourism operator and chair of the south-east Victoria and Tasmania regional committee of the Southern Australia Meat Research Council.

Mr Mackay thanked former SSG chair Bryce Camm and outgoing SSG members Jim Cudmore and Tony Hegarty for their commitment to progressing the framework.

The new members join existing SSG members Greg Campbell, Susan McDonald, Kim McDougall and Michael Maxwell.