In this issue:
- Effective use of pain relief
- Foot and Mouth Disease Ready Project
- Wash your boots!
- Simple steps to safeguard your biosecurity
- Upcoming events
With the recent rainfall boosting pasture growth and producer confidence after the extended dry conditions, restocking is now at the forefront of many producers’ minds.
Livestock purchasing decisions have the potential to have long term implications, including financial, animal health and biosecurity risks.
There are two main options for producers who are considering rebuilding their herd or flock.
Beef Week in South Australia is an exciting time for producers to showcase their genetics to potential buyers.
The introduction and subsequent losses of a disease is a significant ongoing threat to all producers.
For producers buying bulls this year, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of introducing disease to your herd.
Arriving at the farm
If you see any signs of illness or death, contact your local vet. Any unusual signs should be reported to your Department of Primary Industries (PIRSA) animal health advisor or the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline 1800 675 888.
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Livestock SA is looking forward to the opportunities 2021 presents to provide increased advocacy and continued engagement for the SA livestock industry.
It is disappointing that livestock producers are not listed as one of the stakeholder groups in the Veterinary Practice Legislation, particularly given the importance of the livestock sector to the South Australian economy.
The livestock sector is one of the largest single users of veterinary services in SA. Livestock SA recommends the Act be amended to enable the inclusion of a representative of the primary sector be included on the Board and to have the Minister refer to Primary Producers SA to seek a nomination of a suitable person for the seat on the Board.
SA producers often complain there are not enough veterinarians in rural areas. As producers need to ensure their animals are cared for appropriately, experienced animal producers should not be criminalised for providing or administrating certain levels of care to their animals if veterinarians are not available (such as administering drugs).
Alternate methods of inspection, rather than a vet visit, need to be established as vet visits and consults are often not practical (e.g., during COVID-19 restrictions). Livestock SA also recommends the legislation be changes to allow for laparoscopic AI to be performed by lay operators.
MOVING livestock across main roads can be a challenging and dangerous task which is why appropriate safety measures need to be taken into consideration to protect stock and staff.
There is currently no legislation in South Australia covering traffic control requirements for the movement of livestock.
Livestock SA is calling on the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to work with the Australian wool industry, rather than against it, by supporting shearers and recognising the value and respect woolgrowers have for them and their important role in farm businesses.