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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr McMAHON - The Australian Meat Board recently submitted recommendations to me that certain changes in the grading of export meat be undertaken. The purpose was to ensure that over-fat meat and heavy quarters would be cut out and thai, as far as was practicable, the size and weight of beef shipped overseas would be reduced. The reason for the recommendations was twofold. First, it is difficult to sell fatty beef overseas, and secondly, it is desired to introduce effective and efficient methods of animal husbandry in Australia. The Government has agreed to the proposals of the board, which have the wholehearted approval of the majority of meat producers, particularly those in the vital areas of Queensland, lt is the hope of the Government that such a measure will lead, not only to an increase of prices for the producers, but also to long-term help for the industry.

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