SMART PHONE APP
In conjunction with a digital organisation Meat & Livestock Australia have recently developed & released a smartphone application allowing customers to obtain details on the purchase, preparation and cooking of red meats.
DAIRY HERD FEED STOCKS
Recent research by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have demonstrated that the traditional use of grape wine marc as a feed stock for dairy cows has multiple benefits.
Cows fed with winery marc increased fatty acid content and milk production by 5% along with decreased methane output of 20%
The benefit to the wine industry is a relatively easy way of disposing of their waste.
Traditionally farmers in wine regions have fed cattle & dairy herds with grape wine marc, the waste seeds, skins & stalks, but there’s a limit to the use of such feed supplements.
Checks on the sources & integrity of grape marc are a necessity to ensure that residues are not being transferred to the meat or milk.
For the last 3 years purchasing demand has driven growth in the certified organic sector creating challenges for some industry producers who are unable to meet the demand.
The 2014 report highlights that the certified organic retail market is expected to grow because of price reductions and an increase in the number of private label producers entering the market.
This has been the case for organic dairy and meat and is predicted to continue.
Several certified organic beef producers are reporting equal trading in natural and organic meat products and in other cases an inability to meet demand.
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