INCREASING compliancy and reducing costs to producers and processors was the focus of the Livestock Data Link launched 12 months ago by JBS Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia.
An industry-wide, online carcase analysis tool, LDL links slaughter information to National Livestock Identification System and Meat Standards Australia databases ensuring producers receive comprehensive feedback on processed livestock.
JBS Australia’s Jose Webb, who will speak at Animal Production 2016, a conference held on July 4-7 by the Australian Society of Animal Production and the New Zealand Society of Animal Production in Glenelg, South Australia, said LDL allowed JBS to provide enhanced feedback to JBS Farm Assurance producers which in turn allowed producers to analyse their business performance and make continual improvements to their business through understanding and obtaining advanced carcase feedback information.
“Identifying and acknowledging the most compliant beef and lamb producers that continuously provide compliant carcases and meet company and market specifications will not only reduce the non-compliant cost to producers and processors but to industry as well,” she said.
“A study conducted by ProAnd Associates estimated that within the beef industry alone, $51 million is lost every year from cattle not meeting market specifications and an additional $64m is lost annually from carcase condemnations.
“By pinpointing non-compliant carcase issues, JBS is able to identify and work with industry and producers to reduce or mitigate the issues through further research and development, within producer groups such as the JBS FA grass-fed group.”
Ms Webb, who was recently awarded the CAS Hawker Scholarship in Canberra, said LDL also identified non-compliant carcases, non-compliant issues and associated costs. “It gives producers and processors the ability to benchmark within lots, by property, by region and or at state level,” she said.
The tool was also used to determine inaugural beef and lamb producers of the year from a cohort of 3000 producers.
Ms Webb said it was achieved by analysing a number of traits, such as percentage of compliant animals, MSA Index, along with other factors such as number of head supplied, spread of supply and loyalty to the program.
“Identifying and awarding the beef and lamb producers of the year will result in increased producer satisfaction and appreciation through understanding that processors are working to one line of communication, to strengthen and develop the relationship they have with producers,” she said.
“The analysis that underpins these awards is only the beginning of refining and determining what could be the “A” and “B” grade suppliers within the FA program. This analysis may result in increased producer incentives such as price received per kilogram and access to kill space during peak demand.”
This recognition will increase producer’s determination to strive to produce the “ideal” and most sought after carcases.
As part of their sponsorship JBS Australia will provide beef and lamb and Primo Australia will provide smallgoods and pork for the Animal Production 2016 Gala Dinner. Other major sponsors include the University of Adelaide, MLA and Primary Industries and Regions SA.
Keynote speakers at the conference include renowned US animal behaviour expert Temple Grandin.
To view the program and book your ticket, please register by June 20, here.