WA’s lamb producer cooperative WAMMCO has issued an urgent reminder to all WA producers to complete the Sheepmeats Council of Australia survey on lamb dentition before the November 29 deadline.
WAMMCO CEO Coll MacRury said grower support via the SCA survey to change the lamb dentition system was essential to remove the costly “Price Cliff Face” anomaly that downgraded the value of all Australian lamb as it progressed to hoggett.
“This has been an enormous cost to both Australian producers and processors because the downgrading of lamb to hoggett is currently triggered by the eruption of permanent incisor teeth. The proposal is that Australia now matches New Zealand by allowing the eruption of permanent incisors, without either incisor being in wear.
“For many years this regulation has not only incurred significant cost to the grower, but has also deprived Australian processors and exporters of large volumes of premium quality lamb.
“WAMMCO has worked consistently with WA producer groups since it was formed in 1999 to remove the dentition anomaly, but lost out originally because of indifference and opposition from Eastern States’ groups.
“There will be a case of enormous lost opportunity now if WA producers show indifference to this vital SCA initiative to change the dentition system.”
Mr MacRury said the benefits to WA growers of a more flexible system of dentition were substantial.
“Greater flexibility in lambing and marketing programs will complement the much higher values payable for lamb that is currently heavily discounted.
“With global demand for prime Australian lamb growing daily, any extra capacity will be welcomed by lamb market specialists like WAMMCO.”
Producer input to the dentition survey can be provided by completing a short online survey, accessed by the Sheepmeats Council Web page, or by more detailed survey via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAMMCO members may also contact Rob Davidson on 0429 380 195 for more details.
Further details: Coll MacRury 0409 371 295 or Rob Davidson 0429 380 195
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