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Laytwin Pty Ltd, Australia

Weve had the U.S. troop surge in Iraq, now we have the U.S. beef surge into South Korea.

The surge from our great trading partner has ended Australian beef producers Golden Run in the premier beef market - South Korea.

Its just 55 days since U.S. beef had been allowed back into the S. Korea market and already they have 20% of the market.

Since the ban on U.S. beef import following the mad cow out break in 2003 Australian beef producers have enjoyed an unprecedented golden run with over 90% market share of the South Korean beef market.

Sadly for Australian Beef producers who have enjoyed record prices for the last 5 years, that lucrative market dominance is over, thanks to the USA.

Australias share of S.Korean imported beef has slumped to 60% and falling. That equates to 11,570 tonnes (12,753 imperial tons) for the period since July 1st.

The US has surged to second spot with 20% 3,991 tonnes (4,400 imperial tons.)

Our friends across the ditch New Zealand are third with 17.7 percent 3,400 tonnes (3,750 imperial tons.)

While Mexico is the only other significant player with 1.1 percent 219 tonnes (241 imperial tons.)

Australian and New Zealand Beef are the cleanest beef in the world. Australia is the only country that has a compulsory national animal identification (NLIS) program in the world. New Zealand and Mexico have no animal ID program, whilst the U.S. has a voluntary program that has less than 30% uptake and at a standstill for enrollment.

Producers have constantly been told by Meat and Livestock Australia the number one proponent of animal ID in Australia that our NLIS is imperative to gaining market access in the worlds premium beef markets and will make our producers world leaders.

They (MLA) and every other proponent of Animal ID in the world (U.S.A & New Zealand) have pointed to Australias market access in the No1 beef market in the world (S.Korea) as the reason we must have animal ID.

The surge of U.S. beef back into S.Korea makes a mockery of those claims. It proves that animal ID is not necessary for world competition. Not even a consideration.

Free Trade will always dictate that the country that can supply the market with a certain quality of product, at the cheapest price will not only dominate the market, but set the price for every other player in the market.

The key to real estate is location first, second and last.

The key to the global beef trade is price, first, second and last. Total animal ID is again proven to be of no value ----- zip!!


All Aussies need to read this document concerning trade agreements and what it means when it is connected to NLIS. This one sentence will say it all...Australia is under increasing pressure to harmonise its risk assessment and quarantine regulations with international recommendations, leading to a weakening of Australian standards. Click on the text to read: *********

Reports are coming in that our Sister Country of Australia are having more then a bit of "Problems" with their National Livestock Identification System, NLIS for short!
Are the powers to be this stupid that they can see that this so called Disease program is NOT WORKING Down Under?
Now it comes out that the horses will be paying for Clean up cost .
Here are the links to the bills and articles..
And here they have a Horse Council well if its anything like the AHC no worry they only work for the RACING INDUSTRY.
If you live and own livestock in Austraila and have feed back on this program please leave me feed back on the home page , on the bottom  in Comments. I will be the only one to see these comments. let me know if I can post..

Australian Beef Association

(ABN 66 079 048 847)

PO Box 812

Phone 07 4637 9477

7/188 Margaret Street

FAX 07 4637 8303


4 October 2007

Scrap NLIS or Have the Government Pay For It

ABA Chairman, Brad Bellinger said today, "Minister McGauran must
urgently scrap NLIS before it breaks Australia's cattle producers."

The ABA called on the Minister Peter McGauran, to either pay the
costs of NLIS, which are out of control, or scrap the whole system.
The costs of NLIS to producers will exceed the Governments Drought
relief figure and NLIS is not achieving any of its claimed objectives.

He said, "The just announced cost of $1.80 per lot NLIS/LPA handling
charge by Elders is another nail in the NLIS coffin and of the
producers who pay it. ABA wants the dishonestly introduced and
hopelessly flawed program to be abandoned."

He said, "Recommendations from COWCATCHER II exercise dwelt on the
need for "commercial drivers" to try and make the scheme work. There
are only disincentives in falling prices and escalating charges that
the Minister has inflicted on cattle producers with the system and
the increased MLA levy.

Mr Bellinger said "Other than Australia, the only other inter-
property trace-back schemes are in Europe and are mostly paid for by
Government. Government also subsidises these beef producers. The UK
Auditor General's Report on Livestock Tracking released on 10/11/2003
showed their farmer/Govt. cost ratio estimate figures. If
transferred to Australia, it would give a total cost to Australia's
beef industry of $870 million per annum. The UK's 2006 cost benefit
analysis of any introduction of RFID to their sheep system, showed
that the cost would increase".

He added, "The FMD and Blue Tongue outbreaks in UK and the Equine
Influenza outbreak in Australia have illustrated that trace-back
schemes like NLIS are irrelevant. The US return to Japan and Korea
with no NLIS, has shown that the claims that NLIS was needed for
market access, were lies."

Mr Bellinger explained, "Here in Australia the beef industry, like
other primary production, is in big trouble in the deepening
drought. Prices are down to pre - 1990 levels but the pre - 1990
cattlemen did not have the costs of NLIS and a $ 5 levy on every
beast that they sold".

Mr Bellinger continued, "We have been told by Cattle Council, MLA and
numerous State Ministers that NLIS is essential to preserve access to
our markets and to protect the Australian consumer. This is now
found to be incorrect."

"Why is the cattle producer carrying the entire cost? It is not
borne by the Feedlotters, or the Processor, or the Consumer, or the
Government - just the poor drought affected producer. If Government
sees an advantage for Australia in maintaining the system, then let
them fund it."

"We again call on the Minister to either scrap NLIS, or have
Government pay for it if they think it is all they claim it to be,"
Mr Bellinger suggested

For more information please contact Brad Bellinger on 02 6725 4282
Mob 0428 765 421

Linda Hewitt 07 4623 3707 Mob 041 978 9211

For more background information go to our website www.austbeef.com.au

Office Manager
Australian Beef Association
7/188 Margaret Street
PO Box 812

P: 07 4637 9477
F: 07 4637 8303
M: 0411 103 059
Website www.austbeef.com.au

In order to stay up on NAIS one must read numerous articles and documents and now more "TRUTHS" come out !!!!!
National Livestock Identification System-NLIS

Hot News from Downunder posted 03-06-07

One of the big fears about NAIS is that it is a government census of ownership so that then the government will be able to easily levy a tax on owners of livestock. Pretty soon you’ll be paying the government money for the privilege of working hard to raise meat for your own table. This is what is happening in Australia now following the establishment of the Australian version of NAIS, the Australian National Livestock Identification System (NLIS):

Taxing small landholders:
the only way to protect livestock
The Cooma Rural Lands Protection Board is defending a decision to rate small landholders, saying it is the only way to protect livestock producers from exotic diseases.

Rates were previously only charged for holdings of 10 hectares or more but that has now been reduced to four hectares.

Board chairman Barry Bridges is dismissing objections from some small landholders who accuse the board of a cash grab.

“They do receive benefit whether they think they do or not … they will be looked after if we get an exotic disease outbreak,” Mr Bridges said.

“Whether they are commercial or not doesn’t make any difference … I believe anybody who owns any animal should have to pay some sort of animal health levy to ensure the disease-free status of our country.”
-ABC News

Government is growing ever larger and hungrier for more sources of taxes to feed it’s coffers.

http://www.naissucks.com/flyers/AussieNAIS.pdf in this artical it states that Chuck kiker went to the Austrialian Beef Association in Nov 2004  and learned that cattle producers there had been told the United states has an animal identification system in place and were ahead of them in the race to implement a nation wide program.
Then in 2005 Australia mandated a National Livestock Id System- NLIS .
Then this article came out in April 07-06 Johanns said the US livestock industry will need the tracking system to stay competitive with other beef exporters, such as Australia and Canada. "Traceability is being used as a marketing tool by several countries," he said. "For example, Australia is aggressively marketing animal traceability to gain a complete advantage over us."

Another Article dated April 6 2006

April 6, 2006
Aussie cattlemen dispute Johanns’ comments about ID

The Australian Beef Association (ABA) says the agency running that nation’s livestock identification program has led USDA Secretary Mike Johanns “up the garden path” about the competitive impact of the Australian ID program.

On Monday, Johanns told ag journalists that Australia was “aggressively marketing traceability to gain an advantage. It is critical that the U.S., like other nations, have this in their trade arsenal. Competitors are out there saying, ‘We’ve got ID. They don’t.’”

But ABA Chairwoman Linda Hewitt was critical of Meat and Livestock Australia, the agency handling the ID program. Johanns’ comments, she said, “are tinged by the U.S. BSE outbreaks and the misguided belief, fueled by MLA, that (ID) provides total traceability.” She said MLA had led Johanns “up the garden path” about the benefits of ID.

ABA is a long-time opponent of mandatory ID, and favors a voluntary system. Hewitt said the program provides “no competitive advantage. It only adds extra costs to the price of beef.” Johanns, Hewitt said, “has been led by the nose, as has every other international beef market.”

The “only beneficiaries” of the ID program, she said, are those “selling the tags and the software.”

MLA Managing Director David Palmer said the Aussie livestock industry had no influence on the American industry’s decision-making concerning livestock ID. “In fact, the U.S. decision-making process has been going on for more than eight years, which is longer than Australia.”

Email from Brad Bellinger of the Australian Beef

Ann,where do I start.The Australian Animal ID system is an absolute
disaster you must do anything you can to stop it becoming law in
your country.
We have been fighting the National Livestock  Identification System or NLIS as it is known down here for three  years. We have had a fierce battle against our official farmers  organisations and governments that have forced this upon us
Any one who tells you that the Australian system is working well is lying or believing the propaganda that is being fed to them, there are two organisations to be particularly wary of one is The Cattle Council of Australia & Meat and Livestock Australia  they are full of it.
After 18 mnths into NLIS we now have 11 million phamtom cattle on the data base out of a total herd of 27 million & due to our lobbying our federal Agricultural Minister has initiated an audit into the NLIS data-base to find out what has gone wrong. A growing number of producers are facing court action for none
compliance & costs are spinning out of control with equipment
mulfunctions & tag losses .I could go on for hours but to save time I
have sent you 2 attachments one on NLIS costs so far & the other
the most recent letter I have sent to Australias largest rural
weekly. Lobby hard and best of luck
Regards Brad Bellinger Vice
Chairman Ausralian Beef Association

Drought movement no defence against NLIS prosecution
Wednesday, 28 February 2007

A Western Darling Downs, Qld, grazier this week was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty in the Dalby Magistrate’s Court to a breach of state regulations that underpin the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).

The court heard that the grazier had breached the Stock Identification Regulation 2005 on October 11, 2005, by moving 80 head of cattle from his property to another property at Wandoan, without their being identified with approved NLIS devices.

The Court heard that the defendant, who was also a veterinarian, admitted to having prior knowledge about the mandatory requirements for NLIS in Queensland.

The defendant claimed that he moved the cattle as they were drought stressed and were suffering from the affects of pimelea plant poisoning.

DPI&F alleged the defendant admitted to failing to discuss the movement with a DPI&F Biosecurity Inspector or an authorised person to determine the identification requirements that applied to the movement of the cattle before they were moved, and did not apply for approval to move the cattle untagged because of extenuating circumstances.

DPI&F general manager animal biosecurity Dr Ron Glanville said the conviction sent a strong message to livestock industries to comply with statutory NLIS requirements or face significant fines.

* More information on NLIS: www.dpi.qld.gov.au/NLIS

SOURCE: Extract from report in Queensland Country Life, March 1.

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Premises Registration will be an "Official" USDA unique seven Character identifier.
In the New User Guide it states on Page 22:
The premises identification number (PIN) is assigned permanently to a geophysical location. If an owner or entity sells his/her farm, the next operators of the premises use the original premises identification number that had been
assigned to that location. If the seller buys a new location to build a new operation that never had livestock, he/she would register that location and obtain a new premises identification number (PIN).

Premises Identification = Encumbrance

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