From commodity, to customer, to consumer: The Australian beef industry evolution

Cattle were introduced to Australia in 1788, with the first convict settlement from England, as a source of food and to develop self-sufficiency for a new colony. This colonial structure and attitude effectively persisted to the end of the next century with the colony providing increasing supplies of agricultural commodities to England as land was opened up to grazing and a large pastoral industry developed. Production relied on grazing of natural pastures with the climatic extremes producing huge regional and seasonal variation. Early beef exports were tallow and hides due to the distance involved, with the advent of refrigeration leading to…READ MORE