Who We Are
The VFF Livestock Group is the peak representative body for livestock producers in Victoria and has been operating in its present form since 1979. The Group represents the interests of Victorian beef, prime lamb, wool and goat farm businesses, most of which are family owned and operated.
Victoria is currently home to 16% of Australia’s cattle herd, 50% of Australia’s lamb production and about a quarter of the Australian goat population. With one quarter of the nation’s farm businesses being Victorian, VFF Livestock plays an influential role in determining the priorities and direction of this major Australian sector.
What We Do
The VFF Livestock Group’s core business involves policy development, issues management and advocacy on behalf of our members to industry and government. Through our extensive branch network, and VFF Livestock Council, we have great contact with producers and unbeatable knowledge of the state livestock issues.
We also continue to work with livestock and allied industries, external stakeholders, and influence the grower owned research and development companies, Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.
Livestock Peak Industry Councils
The VFF Livestock Group is the peak representative body for Our member’s views and issues are also advocated at a national level through VFF Livestock’s membership of the Livestock Peak Industry Councils:
⇛ Sheep Producers of Australia
⇛ Wool Producers Australia
⇛ Cattle Council Australia
⇛ Goat Industry Council of Australia
Our voting power with each of these bodies ensures that member concerns are represented at a national level and Victorian interests are well understood across the country.
The VFF Livestock Group provides a range of member benefits that extend to all areas of your business.
Our Policy Priorities
The VFF Livestock Group is committed to a broad range of topics including farm crime, animal welfare standards, invasive animal control, market access, traceability, maintaining live export and disease control on an endemic, emergency and exotic standpoint.
If there is a livestock issue in Victoria, we work hard to ensure that our farmers have the freedom to operate, without unnecessary red tape and road blocks impacting their business. This only possible with a strong and active member base.
Goat Industry Advisory Group
The VFF Goat Industry Advisory Group (GIAG) represents and supports the Victorian goat industry, including fibre, dairy and meat producers. GIAG is a subcommittee of the VFF Livestock Council and advises the Council on goat industry policy issues.
The Chairperson of GIAG currently represents Victorian goat farmers at a national level by serving on the Goat Industry Council of Australia. This national council works with the Federal Government, industry bodies and other peak industry councils to advocate for Australia’s goat producers.
As a VFF Livestock member you are represented on a state level by the VFF Goat Industry Advisory Group, and also on a national level by the Goat Industry Council of Australia.
This membership is ideal for livestock producers managing a commercial farming operation. To join online, select from the membership options below and follow the steps to set up your account.
Provides you with 1 Voting Entitlement per nominee. An account can have 2 nominees.
Livestock Membership + WR
Everything in the Livestock Membership plus the Workplace Relations (WR) Handbook.
We help Victorian livestock producers adopt animal health and production practices that improve farm profitability, animal welfare and Victoria’s biosecurity status. Join in by attending events, accessing information online and getting in touch if you have a question or want to know more.
Stock Sense is co-funded by the Cattle Compensation Fund and the Sheep & Goat Compensation Fund, and is proudly delivered by the Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Group.