A whole-of-industry response is being organised to tackle the problems and stress being caused by radical animal activists.
The 2019 update of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework shows big gains in environmental and animal welfare standards.
Nearly 18 months after the severe blaze at Thomas Foods International's Murray Bridge abattoir the family-owned company has announced it will build a new state of the art, multi-species abattoir.
The meat industry says it is fed up after yet more illegal vegan activism, this time targeting a Brisbane butcher shop.
Asia is now taking 75 per cent of Australia's beef exports as China's pork crisis because of African swine flu worsens.
An atypical case of BSE disease in Brazil has triggered a ban on imports into the key Chinese market.
China remains the shining light for Australia's beef industry which is dealing with a relentless drought in many regions.
Research in WA has shown feedlot cattle can, with good management, have lower stress levels at slaughter than on feedlot entry, but temperament does play a part.