2017 A big year for Animal Production in Australia!
Dear ASAP member
Welcome to 2017. It promises to be a great year for animal production in Australia! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the outlook for animal enterprises as bright as they are this year. Prices and markets for most of our products are very solid. Rainfall across wide areas of the country, albeit in unusual patterns in some parts, has generated vast feed resources. The gross value of animal production is expected to be $31bill in 2016/17 accounting for more than half of the nation’s agricultural production of $60bill. Lamb exports are up 4%, wool up 3% and cattle prices are forecast to rise a further 7% over the next year. Even dairy farmgate prices are forecast to rise 1%. Rebuilding of depleted stocks after poor seasons is taking some of the value out of the system but is a great sign for the future of animal production.
Never before has the Australian Society of Animal Production been more relevant to the future prosperity of our animal industries!!
We are an organisation with a unique position providing:
- A forum for scientists, students, producers, extension specialists, veterinary health specialists, educators, consultants, pasture agronomists, processors and economists to come together to establish farming systems that are sustainable, resilient, profitable, and that meet society’s demands for animal welfare
- A whole-of-chain approach to animal production from paddock to plate
- A network of students and educators with a passion for animals
- A global network with our partners in the American Society of Animal Science which gives our members access to the Journal of Animal Science, student opportunities to travel abroad, professional management of our society, opportunities to exchange scientists for conferences
Our Society has a strong emphasis on students as the future of our industries and it’s great to see our 2 new animal science interns Ashlee McEvoy from Adelaide University and Penny Young from Melbourne University starting their internship in science writing and communications in the ASAS office in Illinois this week. They will be preparing the issues of Taking Stock Australia which you will receive throughout this year amongst a raft of other activities.