In order to further demonstrate its commitment to the environment and sustainability in agriculture, LA, has adopted the United Nations Global Compact on Food and Agriculture. The six principles are designed to complement existing initiatives that advance sustainability in food and agriculture, and serve as an umbrella over voluntary standards and technical compliance platforms. They provide agreed global language on what constitutes sustainability in food and agriculture on critical issues. This is an important step for LA as it seeks out new markets for its naturally grown grass fed beef here in Australia and in Asia. Raising “green” credentials to the highest possible level is something that prospective customers particular from Asia are requiring and is an important goal.
Principle 1: Aim for Food Security, Health and Nutrition
Businesses should support food and agriculture systems that optimize production and minimize wastage, to provide nutrition and promote health for every person on the planet.
Principle 2: Be Environmentally Responsible
Businesses should support sustainable intensification of food systems to meet global needs by managing agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry responsibly. They should protect and enhance the environment and use natural resources efficiently and optimally.
Principle 3: Ensure Economic Viability and Share Value
Businesses should create, deliver and share value across the entire food and agriculture chain from farmers to consumers.
Principle 4: Respect Human Rights, Create Decent Work and Help Communities To Thrive
Businesses should respect the rights of farmers, workers and consumers. They should improve livelihoods, promote and provide equal opportunities, so communities are attractive to live, work and invest in.
Principle 5: Encourage Good Governance and Accountability
Businesses should behave legally and responsibly by respecting land and natural resource rights, avoiding corruption, being transparent about activities and recognizing their impacts.
Principle 6: Promote Access and Transfer of Knowledge, Skills and Technology
Businesses should promote access to information, knowledge and skills for more sustainable food and agricultural systems. They should invest in developing capacities of smallholders and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as more effective practices and new technologies.
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With Winter just around the corner we are busy organising our hay reserves, We’ve had to stack approx 1500 bales of wheaten and pasture hay. Some of this will be sold and the rest fed to our weaners and breeders.
To all those friends and family who have said prayers for Tudor Maitland-Moore, a most valued member of the Lauderdale Angus team, a big thank you he is well on his way to recovery.
Tudor has been suffering from an extremely rare disease known as Hyper-iGm and has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant. One has only to view the before and after picture of Tudor in order to see his improvement post transplant. We would all like to thank the transplant team at Royal Children’s Randwick in Sydney and Melbourne – where Tudor was originally diagnosed. We are all currently working on a campaign to help raise awareness of Hyper-iGm and other immuno-deficiency diseases so that valuable funding for research can be secured. Please see the IDFA website at http://www.idfa.org.au/ for further information.
Lauderdale Angus is currently in negotiations with a number of Chinese customers for the supply of prime Angus beef. L.A. principle Justin Maitland described the negotiations as being in their “early stages but promising”. With Chinese customers preferring Australian beef producers with quality Angus genetics, Lauderdale Angus has had a number of export enquiries for the supply of more than 25 tonnes of beef per month.
Launderdale Angus is pleased to announce that agreement has been reached with Aberdeen Angus producer Tom Arnott of Haymount Farm, Kelso, in the Scottish Border region, that will see Haymount supply genetics from its award winning bulls and cows.
The agreement is an exciting new addition to LA’s breeding programme, that will see genetics infused from award winning animals with genuine breed characteristics.
This will mean we have genetics exclusively available to Lauderdale Angus from one of the Scottish border regions most notable pedigree breeding operations.
A visit to Haymount farm, Kelso in the Scottish border region revealed surprising similarities with LA’s fattening property in Victoria.
John and Carole Mailtand, accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Lauderdale and Lady Biddulph, were welcomed to Haymount by the Arnott family who are renowned Angus breeders in the region.
Tom Arnott and his family have been successfully farming the land at Haymount since 1942. Haymount is part of the estate belonging to the Lady Mary Biddulph, Lady Mary is a Maitland whom married Lord Biddulph.
Haymount farm is 800 acres of undulating land quite similar to LA’s Bon Accord. The pasture is similar blend of Rye and clovers and they have thistle and dock as their major weeds. Haymount faces similar seasonal conditions and protect their animals from the harsh Scottish winter by housing them in purpose built sheds.
A tour of the farm with viewing some of Tom’s prize Angus Bulls and cows was followed by afternoon tea and discussions of similarities of both properties and future opportunities for cooperation and development.