Northern Australia beef situation analysis. A report to the Cooperative Research Centre for Develoing Northern Australia

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Chilcott, Chris; Ash, Andrew ORCID ID icon; Lehnert, Sigrid ORCID ID icon; Stokes, Chris; Charmley, Ed; Collins, Kerry; Pavey, Chris ORCID ID icon; Macintosh, Andrew; Simpson, Amelia; Berglas, Renata; White, Emma; Amity, Martin


2020-07-01


Report


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With an ongoing interest in developing northern Australia, we undertook a beef situation analysis to assist the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australian in tailoring their investment decisions. The northern beef industry is dominated by rangeland enterprises that include family farms, indigenous pastoral enterprises and large corporate interests. The analysis was a whole of supply chain examination of current practices, strategies and plans. It included consultation with producers, industry groups, research organisations and government departments. The competitive advantages of the northern beef industry are its adapted production systems, low cost base and geographic positioning that allows it to take advantage of south-east Asian markets. However, the inherent low productivity, high capital costs and over reliance on a small number of markets make it vulnerable to market shocks. We found that the industry faces challenges in maintaining profitability and the ability to translate research to practice to enhance productivity its social license to operate. Further, it is not immune to Global megatrends, where megatrends are defined as a significant shift in environmental, economic and social conditions that will play out over the coming decades, and the impacts of associated policy responses, some of which are already influencing industry strategies and investments. Whilst, new research is required to push the innovation frontier, there was widespread recognition in the consultation that there is sufficient technical research currently available to make the vast majority of enterprises more profitable and that the key challenge is translating science to practice. The review challenges the notion that traditional approaches to research extension are effective, and that the social and behavioural characteristics in which research findings are presented needs to be better understood. Pathways to uptake of research based on a typology that characterises the different ways producers behave, find and use RD products and interact across scale and sector is needed to improve the current practices within the northern beef sector. The review makes recommendation under four themes: Implementing proven RD; Investing in RD for profitability and productivity gains for top businesses; Investing in infrastructure and supply chains, and; Future proofing and derisking.


CRC for Developing Northern Australia


Townsville, Australia


Sustainable Agricultural Development


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Funding Body NameProject/Grant ID
CRC for Developing Northern AustraliaA.1.1718117


EP207401


Client Report (Author)


English


9781922437068


Chilcott, Chris; Ash, Andrew; Lehnert, Sigrid; Stokes, Chris; Charmley, Ed; Collins, Kerry; Pavey, Chris; Macintosh, Andrew; Simpson, Amelia; Berglas, Renata; White, Emma; Amity, Martin. Northern Australia beef situation analysis. A report to the Cooperative Research Centre for Develoing Northern Australia. Townsville, Australia: CRC for Developing Northern Australia; 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/375990?index=1



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