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Executive Director's Report

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT – 43rd AGM

It gives me great pleasure to present the Executive Director’s report for the 2016/17 year.  This has been a very busy year with a number of projects undertaken.  These have included regular activities plus a number of new projects.

 

1. Activities in the 2016/17 financial year

During the year, ARCBA performed all of its routine functions consisting of:

In the 2016/17 year ARCBA performed a number of other functions including:

Bovine Johnes Disease:

Export of genetic materials:

Benchmarking survey:

Young Breed Leaders and Youth scholarship:

Annual General Meeting:

Genomics conference:

Other matters:

 

2. Beef Cattle Registrations

For the 2016 year beef cattle registrations totalled 147,999.  This was 12,310 registrations higher than in 2015, representing an increase of over 9% and represents the highest number of registrations in the past 20 years.

The composition of registrations by breed group in 2016 is:

Breed Group

2016 Registrations % of registrations
a. British breeds & Australian derivatives 84,492 57.1
b. Tropical breeds 31,843 21.5
c. European breeds & other derivatives 20,938 14.1
d. Other breeds 10,726 7.2

 

Total registrations decreased for the British, Tropical and European breed groups with only the Other breeds group showing an increase.

Figure 1: Beef Cattle Registrations - All Breeds for the period 1996 to 2016

 

The number of animals recorded in secondary registers also increased in 2016.  The increase was only small with 63,782 animals recorded in 2016 compared to 63,650 in 2015 and 62,129 in 2014.  These animals represent the number of non-herdbook animals bred for seedstock production.  This category had increased from 57,966 in 2011.  Since 2005 the ratio of primary to secondary register cattle has been fairly stable at around 70% primary to 30% secondary.

 

3. Membership

Total Full Membership of ARCBA members in 2016 increased by 61 to 7,088 members.  By comparison, total membership was 7,521 in 2013. 

During the year the Australian Gelbvieh Association decided to renew membership of ARCBA.  As a result, there are currently 38 breed associations with membership of ARCBA.

 

4. Financial Results

The final result for 2016/17 was a deficit of $5,702 compared to an expected deficit of $23,450.  Accumulated reserves of $261,314 at year’s end are therefore higher than was anticipated.

The table below shows the budget for 2016/17 (as approved by the 42nd Annual General Meeting) and the actual results.

 

ARCBA BUDGET VERSUS ACTUAL – 2016/17

 

Budget ($)

Actual ($)

Income

 

 

Members subscriptions

25,500

25,716

Interest

6,000

5,952

Animal export certification

2,000

14,693

Semen issuing certificates / other

200

200

Total Income

33,700 46,561

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

Audit & accounting

1,200

1,309

Bad & doubtful debts

0

0

Bank Charges

100

70

Benchmarking Survey

20,000

8,000

Cattle Council subscription

2,000

2,000

Consultancies

9,000

15,222

Filing fees

100

54

Food & Accommodation

3,000

3,391

Insurance

2,800

2,769

Meeting / Workshop expenses

2,000

1,236

Post & photocopying

300

131

President’s honorarium

2,500

2,500

Secretariat

12,000

12,858

Telephone, fax

50

142

Travel & airfares

2,000

2,241

Sundries

100

340

Total Expenses

57,150

52,263

 

 

 

Net Operating Income

$(23,450)

$(5,702)

Total income was 38% over budget estimates; as a result of the income from export certification being higher than forecast.  Other Income items were very close to the budget figures. 

Total costs were below the budget figures primarily because the cost of the Financial Benchmarking Survey was significant lower than expected.  Costs of consultancies were higher than budget with an increase in work on projects such as BJD and exports of genetic materials.  Other costs were close to budget figures.

 

5. ARCBA Representation

During the past year ARCBA was represented on a number of important livestock industry organisations:

 ABRI Board  - Brett Coombe
 JD  - Alex McDonald
 Cattle Council - Animal health, welfare, biosecurity and environment Committee  - Alex McDonald
 Cattle Council – Research, Development and Adoption Committee  - Peter Parnell

ARCBA members appreciate the time and experience that these representatives provide on behalf of the registered beef seedstock sector.

 

6. Summary

I would like to also acknowledge the support and efforts of all members of the Executive Committee, and in particular, the President Arthur Rickards.  Their knowledge, input and assistance are invaluable in providing ARCBA’s services. 

Special mention should also be given to members of the Executive Committee who resigned their positions during the year.  On behalf of members of the ARCBA I would like to thank Fran O’Dea, Michael Gadd and Alex Ball for their contributions to ARCBA.

I would also like to thank members for their support during the year. 

 

Steve Skinner

Executive Director

June 25 2017