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MEAT RESEARCH

STATEMENT BY TEE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY

THE HON. J. D. ANTHONY

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The Minister for Primary Industry Mr. J.D. Anthony

announced today that he had approved the allocation of

$3,082,529 from the Meat Research Trust Account for meat

research in 1970/71. More than $2 million of this total was

for research associated with cattle and beef and almost

v1 million for investigations concerning mutton and lamb.

Funds provided by meat producers, which are matched

by the Commonwealth:, are the main source of this finance but the

meat processing industry also contributes towards research into

problems encountered in meat processing and these, also, are

matched by the Commonwealth.

Approximately 42% of the total allocation will be made

to the CSIRO, 28% to the State Departments of Agriculture and

18% to the Universities. The remaining 12% will be utilised

by the Northern Territory Administration, the Australian Meat

Board, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and in administration

costs.

Investigations covered a very wide field and included

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disease and parasite control, pasture development and nutrition,

herd and flock improvement, integration of crop_.and animal pro-duction, meat chemistry and physiology, and economic research

into production and marketing.

Mr. Anthony said that the industry was in a strong pos-ition to face competition in the marketing of meat overseas

due largely to the vigorous support by its leaders to a soundly

based meat research programme in which there was a high level

of organisation to combat difficulties of vital concern.

Canberra.

29th May, 1970,