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Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association

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The NTCA is the peak primary industry body in the Northern Territory, representing over 90% of the Territory’s pastoral industry, from small family pastoral holdings and Indigenous enterprises to large corporate entities.  The NTCA’s mission is to ‘Advance and protect the interests of cattle producers in the Northern Territory’.

NTCA members manage over 700,000 km2 of the NT landmass and a total herd of over two million head of cattle

Established in 1984, the NTCA comprises four branches, one for each of the main regions of the Northern Territory.  Each branch is represented by a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson from among the local pastoralists. The Branch Committee is the voice of members in their region.

The Executive Committee is formed of the NTCA President, the two representatives from each branch and the NTCA representatives to the two national representative bodies: Cattle Council of Australia and the National Farmers Federation.  The NTCA works collaboratively with numerous community and industry groups.

Affiliated Industry Bodies & Groups

The NTCA Executive Committee works closely with the full time staff in the Secretariat Office, located in Darwin, principally through its Chief Executive Officer.  The Board meets a minimum of four times each year to advance and protect the interests of NTCA members and the pastoral industry.

Facts and Figures 

  • Pastoralists generate 90% of the NT’s primary production value*
  • The NT cattle industry generates $750 million of gross value directly to the economy*
  • 2.1 million cattle across 55% of the Territory’s land mass 
  • 700,000km2 is managed by NTCA members 
  • 8,000 head of cattle is the average NT herd size
  • The average NT cattle property is approximately 3,000km2
  • Around 600,000 cattle are turned off NT pastures annually
  • The Darwin Port is the busiest live export port in the world
  • The NTCA’s Bohning Yard facility in Alice Springs is the only Organic and USDA NOP certified spelling and sale facility in Australia
  • The NTCA is fully funded by membership levies

*Source: ABARES 2016, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the Northern Territory, 2016


1.  Agricultural industries in the Northern Territory

Source: Catchment scale land use of Australia — update March 2015 (ABARES, 2015) 


2.  Value of agricultural production, Northern Territory, 2014–15

Note: The graph shows aggregated values for all published data.
a the "Other commodities" classification includes totals for commodities not shown elsewhere.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, cat. no. 7503.0, Value of agricultural commodities produced, Australia (ABS, 2016b)


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