- McGowan Government supporting WA’s livestock and feedlot industries to meet market demand for sustainably produced beef
The McGowan Government’s efforts to assist the Western Australian beef industry to reduce greenhouse emissions, boost biosecurity preparedness and remain internationally competitive was highlighted today at the BetterBeef23 conference in the Swan Valley.
Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis opened the conference, hosted by the WA Lot Feeders Association, by discussing State Government work to support beef industry emissions benchmarking and the move towards a lower emissions industry.
The McGowan Government is also supporting industry adoption of covered feedlots by contributing to the development and implementation of national standards and guidelines to improve animal welfare, productivity and sustainability.
The lot feeding industry plays an important role in the WA beef industry – finishing cattle to meet increasingly discerning market requirements – with the capacity to feed more than 100,000 head at any one time and up to 400,000 head each year.
As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis:
“WA’s beef and feedlot industries are leading the way in responding to market signals and embracing change to satisfy consumer demand for sustainably produced, premium quality beef that meets the highest animal welfare standards.
“Our Government is committed to working throughout the beef supply chain to assist this important industry to adapt and capture market opportunities.
“Through initiatives like the WA Agricultural Research Collaboration and joint research with partners, such as with Harvest Road on emissions reduction, we are tackling key challenges to give our beef industry the best chance of success.”