A NEW peak body has been endorsed by industry members to represent grass-fed cattle producers in Australia.
Cattle Australia was endorsed by eight state farming organisations, which were founding members of Cattle Council of Australia.
These members gave in-principle support for a draft constitution to underpin the new representative body.
CCA president Lloyd Hick said all parties had to make compromises to strike the agreement.
“We are on track to transition to a new, more democratic, financially sustainable and transparent industry representative body,” Mr Hick said.
“The state farming organisation founding members were able to find the middle ground for the good of our industry. This will lead to a stronger industry body for the good of all producers.
“We will now go away and make a series of minor amendments to the new constitution, as agreed by the founding members..
Mr Hick said members can support the new Cattle Australia constitution at a special general meeting in early September, and prepare to elect directors to form the inaugural board.
New Cattle Australia board members would start their term after the CCA’s final annual general meeting in November.
“All cattle producers should get involved in this once-in-a-generation reform,” Mr Hick said.
“Cattle Australia membership will be free for the first year, and I encourage all levy payers to sign up so they can vote.”