The western Victoria committee have developed the priorities with an unselfish sense of making real improvements at the farm level for all producers. It is no surprise that adoption of existing information and targeting adoption at the larger segment of red-meat producers who have had lower than desirable uptake is a dominant theme. The priorities also address the need to invest in the feed base and improve the utilisation of the feed that is grown from the existing resource base. Maintaining livestock on-farm in a changing environment will be a major challenge in order to utilise the improved feed base and drought proofing western Victoria to sustain and enhance the red meat industry is a priority. Priorities around traceability and feedback systems are themes that resonate around the need of producers to ensure they are producing the desired product, whilst ensuring the ongoing viability of the industry by reducing the risk of a biosecurity threat – essentially safeguarding their businesses that they are heavily invested in.
An overarching principal of the committee is to consider these priorities in the context of:
- What is the end point we need to reach?
- How are we going to reach it?
- Who are the beneficiaries?
- Why would this project work?
The committee hopes that they have provided simple and uncomplicated priorities that will provide RD&E providers with clear focus and direction on the issues facing re-meat producers in the western region of Victoria.
- Water Resources
- Biosecurity & Traceability
- Supply Chain