NSWFA Contact

Alexandra Bunton

Senior Policy Analyst - Livestock
Ph: (02) 9478-1020
Email: buntona@nswfarmers.org.au 

Kiara Drinan

Policy Analyst - Livestock
Ph: (02) 9478-1076
Email: drinank@nswfarmers.org.au

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Livestock

The NSW livestock industry is a diverse and vibrant part of the agricultural sector.  It produces high quality meat and animal products for both domestic and international consumers.  The industry is valued at over $4.33 billion and in 2010/11 there were over 52,000 people employed by the sector.   Our members are keen to ensure the ongoing viability of this vital industry and are at the forefront of developing innovative and sustainable farming practices which reflect the economic, social and environmental realities of farming livestock in NSW.

NSW Farmers will work to:

  • Improve biosecurity awareness and preparedness
  • Advocate for best practice regulation in animal welfare
  • Improve farmers’ access to tools to prevent and treat animal disease
  • Promote integrated pest management across public and private land
  • Expand farmers’ access to cutting edge research, development and extension

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Cattle

Beef is the most valuable agricultural product in NSW, with a farm gate value of $1.59 billion.  The 5.3 million cattle and calves across the state account for 21% of Australia’s production and are raised on 49% of farms in NSW.  97% of beef cattle in the state are grass fed and the main centres of production are in the Upper Hunter, North West Slopes and Northern and Central Tablelands.  NSW Farmers represents the interests of our cattle members, advocating on their behalf to ensure the sector remains profitable and sustainable.  Our members are given access to the latest research and development information to ensure they remain at the forefront of the industry.

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Dairy

NSW produces about 12% of the nation’s milk, the majority of which is sold as fresh drinking milk.  The rest is either used in the manufacture of milk products such as powder, butter or cheese or exported.  The main concentrations of dairy farms are in the Murray Valley, the mid-north coast and on the south coast, around the cheese manufacturing centre of Bega.  NSW Farmers advocates on behalf of our dairy members through representation on peak industry bodies and lobbying to ensure that the industry is vibrant and profitable. Our members are given access to the latest research and development information to ensure they remain at the forefront of the industry.

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Eggs

Egg Production in NSW is worth $145.3 million annually with the state accounting for 29% of national production.  The state’s 3.5 million birds are concentrated around Greater Sydney, the central Coast and the lower Hunter.  Eggs are sold under a variety of labels including Organic, Free Range, Barn and Cage.  Membership of NSW Farmers ensures that our egg producers have their concerns represented and that they have access to the latest research and development information to ensure they remain at the forefront of the industry.

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Goats

The goat industry is an emerging market supplying meat, mohair, milk and milk products both domestically and overseas.  Goat meat is in fact the most consumed meat product in the world, with China, India and Pakistan the largest consumers.  Mohair, the silk-like fabric made from the hair of Angora goats is recognised globally for its durability, resilience and high sheen.  NSW Farmers’ Goat Committee works in the interests of members to develop this industry and ensure that their concerns are represented.  Our members are given access to the latest research and development information to ensure they remain at the forefront of the industry.

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Oysters

Oyster farming is the most valuable aquaculture industry in NSW.  Annual production of over 106 million oysters is worth of $35 million.  The main focus of oyster production in the state is the native Sydney Rock Oyster, with members also producing Angasi and Pacific Oysters.  Three distinct cultivation methods have evolved in New South Wales over the years; rock culture (now seldom practiced), stick culture; and various tray type cultures.

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Pork

Pig farming is a highly intensive industry and in NSW there are 770,000 pigs which are raised for meat products.   The majority of pigs are grown in specially designed sheds that provide a controlled environment conducive to the efficient production of large numbers of animals.  NSW, the largest pig producing state, has approximately 600 commercial piggeries with a gross production value of $265 million.  The majority of pigs across the state are raised in the Murray valley, with the north coast, Tamworth/Gunnedah and the Young/Harden area also important centres of production.

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Poultry Meat

Poultry meat production in NSW is worth $568 million annually with the state producing 66% of chicken meat in Australia.  Production is concentrated near the consumers with 60% grown around Greater Sydney, the central Coast and the lower Hunter.  Six chicken meat producers share 68% of the state market with birds grown in a contract grower/processor relationship.

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Sheepmeat

The NSW sheep flock comprises 34% of the nation’s 77 million sheep and is the largest flock among the Australian states and territories.  In 2008 the combined value of sheepmeat and wool production NSW was $1.2 billion with sheepmeat accounting for approximately 40% of this value.  The major prime lamb production area is the Riverina in southern NSW.  NSW Farmers’ advocates on behalf of its wool members to ensure that they are well represented on peak industry bodies and that their concerns are heard by the relevant authorities.  Our members are given access to the latest research and development information to ensure they remain at the forefront of the industry.

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Wool

The state’s 26 million sheep are run across all regions of NSW, except for the coastal areas and are most heavily concentrated in the tablelands and adjacent slopes.  The most common breed used for wool is the Merino, with Merino-Border Leicester crosses concentrated on the slopes.  NSW Farmers’ advocates on behalf of its wool members to ensure that they are well represented on peak industry bodies and that their concerns are heard by the relevant authorities.  NSW is famous for its production of high quality wool for use in the textiles and building industries and NSW Farmers’ members are at the forefront of this industry.

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