The VFF Livestock Group is the peak representative body for livestock producers in Victoria, operating in its present form since 1978. The Group currently represents the interests of approximately 2000 farm businesses, most of which are family owned and operated.
Membership is state-wide and covers the key Victorian agricultural industries of cattle, sheepmeat, wool and goats. Together these industries' output is valued at around $2.5 billion for Victoria's rural economies each year.
Victoria is currently home to 16 percent of Australia's cattle herd, 20 percent of the Australian sheep flock 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.
The VFF Livestock Group's core business involves policy development, issues management and advocacy on behalf of our producer members to industry and government. Through the extensive branch network, VFF Livestock has good contact with producers and coverage of the state livestock issues.
Member's views and issues are also pursued at a national level through VFF Livestock's membership of the Livestock Peak Industry Councils – Sheep Producers of Australia (SPA), WoolProducers Australia (WPA), Cattle Council Australia (CCA) and Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA). 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. We also continue to work with and influence the grower owned research and development companies, Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.
The VFF Livestock Group remains committed to a broad range of topics including animal welfare standards, wild dog control, maintaining live export and disease control on an endemic, emergency and exotic stand point. Essentially, if there is an livestock issue in Victoria, we are here to stand up for your rights, concerns and views.