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Executive Director's Report

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT – 44th AGM

It gives me great pleasure to present the Executive Director’s report for the 2017/18 year.  This has again been a busy year with a number of projects underway.  These have included regular activities plus a number of new projects.

 

1. Activities in the 2017/18 financial year

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

In the 2017/18 year ARCBA performed a number of other functions including:

RW Vincent Award

Export of genetic materials

Contamination from PFOS and PFOA

Young Breed Leaders Workshop

Youth scholarship

Genetics Conference

Annual General Meeting

ARCBA Website

Other matters

Participation on Sub-Committees of Cattle Council of Australia which are used to formulate national policy.  Reports from ARCBA’s representatives are forwarded to members.

 

2. Beef Cattle Registrations

For the 2017 year beef cattle registrations totalled 140,898.  This was 7,108 registrations lower than in 2016.  The 2016 year represented the highest number of registrations in the past 20 years.

 

Figure 1: Beef Cattle Registrations - All Breeds for the period 1997 to 2017


 

The composition of registrations by breed group in 2017 is:

Breed Group

2017 Registrations % of registrations
a. British breeds & Australian derivatives 75,210 53.4
b. Tropical breeds 32,902 23.4
c. European breeds & other derivatives 20,030 14.2
d. Other breeds 12,756 9.1

 

Total registrations decreased for the British and European breed groups with the Tropical and Other breeds group showing increases.

The number of animals recorded in secondary registers also declined in 2017.  There were 60,510 animals recorded in Secondary registers in 2017 compared to 63,973 animals recorded in 2016. 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 2017 declined by 93 to 6,995 members.  By comparison, total membership was 7,521 in 2013. 

There are currently 38 breed associations with membership of ARCBA. 

 

4. Financial Results

The final result for 2017/18 was a deficit of $20,331 compared to an expected deficit of $16,850.  Costs of consultancies were higher than budget with an increase in work on projects such as the development of an export secretariat for genetic materials.  Final costs of providing the Workshop were higher than budget whilst Secretariat cost were below budget.  Other costs were close to budget figures.

Accumulated reserves at March 31 were $243,355.

The table below shows the budget for 2017/18 (as approved by the 43rd Annual General Meeting) and the actual results.

 

ARCBA BUDGET VERSUS ACTUAL – 2017/18

 

Budget ($)

Actual ($)

Income

 

 

Members subscriptions

25,500

25,286

Interest

6,000

5,179

Semen issuing certificates / other

200

-

Scanner accreditation

-

1,432

Workshop / conference

6,000

13,600

Total Income

37,700 45,497

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

Audit & accounting

1,300

1,383

Bad & doubtful debts

0

0

Bank Charges

400

85

Cattle Council subscription

2,000

2,000

Consultancies

25,000

26,805

Filing fees

100

45

Food & Accommodation

4,000

360

Insurance

2,800

2,875

Meeting / Workshop expenses

1,000

16,090

Post & photocopying

200

244

Scanner accreditation

-

1,432

Scholarship

-

1,798

Secretariat

15,000

12,119

Telephone, fax

150

25

Travel & airfares

2,400

567

Total Expenses

54,550

65,828

 

 

 

Net Operating Income

$(16,850)

$(20,331)

 

5. ARCBA Representation

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

 ABRI Board  - Brett Coombe
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. 

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

 

Steve Skinner

Executive Director

July 25 2018