The rise and rise of MSA
31 July 2015
The growth in MSA shows no sign of slowing down, with the 2014-15 results breaking more records.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Over-the-hooks premiums for MSA yearling cattle averaged 33¢/kg above non-MSA yearling cattle compared to $0.29/kg in 2013-14 (Source: NLRS OTH reports).
- MSA yearling cattle in Queensland received the greatest average premium of 40¢/kg (compared to 32¢/kg in 2013-14).
- Average premiums of 26¢/kg were reported in NSW (similar to 2013-14's 25¢/kg).
- A 6% increase in the number of cattle presented for MSA grading – representing nearly an additional 200,000 head.
- The MSA Index was 57.61 (national average), an increase of 0.84 points on the previous year, representing a significant increase in eating quality of MSA cattle nationally.
- Even with the difficult seasonal conditions faced by producers this year, compliance to MSA requirements was the same as 2013-14, at 93%. MSA requirements do not include company specifications but relate to meeting pH, meat colour and fat coverage requirements. High pH and/or dark meat colour were again the main reasons for non-compliance.
- A 24.5% increase in the number of sheep processed using MSA pathways and identified as MSA to the end user.
- 3.47 million lambs were MSA trademarked in 2014-15, compared with 2.78 million in 2013-14.
- Victoria was the largest producer of MSA lambs, accounting for 48% of the total.
- Producers registered for MSA increased by 12%, with 41,973 now registered across Australia (from 37,616 in 2013-14). Of the new producers, 3,500 are eligible to supply cattle and 2,200 are eligible for sheep.
- myMSA was launched in August 2014 and already 1,030 producers have logged in 5,457 times to access carcase grading feedback.
Brands and end users
- 21 additional MSA beef and/or lamb brands were licensed, taking the total to 131. Of these, 115 are beef specific, 12 are lamb specific and four are multi-species.
- 917 additional end user outlets (wholesale, supermarket, retail and foodservice) were licensed to use the MSA trademark, an increase of 33% on 2013-14. There are now 346 MSA licensed wholesalers supplying 3,330 MSA licensed foodservice and retail outlets.
- 2,423 producers participated in MSA training; 196 processor operatives participated in MSA optimisation training; 161 processor operatives from 24 abattoirs completed MSA processing training (beef and sheep); 23 new MSA graders were accredited; and 36 people completed the week-long MSA Meat Science course.
- 820 end users were trained – an increase of 12% from 2013-14 with 60% utilising online training tools.