Rural communities are being hit hard again as another abattoir loses 118 processing jobs .
Consumers are feeling the pinch too, with meat prices continuing to rise in our supermarkets.
Yet the Minister for Agriculture seems to be sitting back and rejoicing in higher prices for cattle producers but fails to mention they are drought- induced.
What cattle producers need is long-term profitability driven by a productivity agenda. Drought-induced supply shocks do not lay the foundations for beef sector success.
The Minister must stop falsely claiming credit for higher farm-gate prices to make time for some policy thinking.
TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2016