In this issue:
- Water reprieve huge win for livestock producers
- Around the traps
- Sheep Industry Blueprint review launched
- Nominations open for Livestock SA board members
- Online survey
- WFI Partnership
- Member Deal
ONE OF the good news stories of the year so far has been the reduction in water costs from July 1 for livestock producers reliant on water delivered through SA Water’s infrastructure network. Equivalent to an average saving of $1350 per year, Livestock SA welcomed this news given members had been calling for changes to water pricing since 2013.
For the best representation of all pastoralists in the SA Parliament, Livestock SA believes that pastoralists should all be in the one electorate with Port Augusta also in the same electorate.
Board Member Gillian Fennell presented at a hearing in Port Augusta on June 24, highlighting that most pastoralists did business in Port Augusta, not Whyalla, and so aligning pastoralists with Whyalla did not make sense.
The Sheep Industry Blueprint has successfully fostered greater coordination and collaboration, while attracting investments for research, development and extension.
Livestock SA has welcomed the South Australian Government’s announcement to begin the upgrade and sealing of the Strzelecki Track. [Read more…]
Livestock SA provided input to the commission’s inquiry into research and development outlining key targets from the Sheep and Beef Industry Blueprints.
It acknowledged that the State Government has an objective to lift the sustainable economic growth rate in South Australia to an average of 3% per year. Livestock SA is participating in further developing these sectors in line with this growth agenda but said the need for dedicated R&D for sheep, cattle and goats is essential.
South Australian livestock producers will be relieved from high water prices thanks to a State Government commitment to reduce water costs.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s (DPTI) has announced that it will not award a contract for Stage Two of the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS), and has discontinued the implementation of Stage Two for the periodic inspection of heavy vehicles.
If implemented, this scheme would have required certain heavy vehicles of more than 4.5 tonnes to undergo inspections every two years once they reach four years from the date of manufacture and inspected annually once they reach 10 years since manufacture.
Change of ownership inspections will remain to ensure compliance with heavy vehicle standards.
From 1 July 2020, Change of Ownership Inspection services will be provided at DPTI’s metropolitan and regional locations, as they are currently provided for road worthy inspections, clearing defects and various other inspection services.
GPSA will continue to hold workshops as part of its Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles… Made Easy! campaign, designed to educate South Australian primary producers about heavy vehicle standards and their obligations under the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual.
For more information or to register to attend a workshop, visit www.grainproducerssa.com.au
To learn more about the change of ownership inspections and the locations of inspection stations, visit the Heavy Vehicle Inspection website.
2020 South Australian AgriFutures Rural Womens Award Winner, Stephanie Schmidt has launched the pilot for her ACTFORAG program.
ACTFORAG provides practical skills to learn to thrive in adversity, with the aim of building resilient farmers, families and businesses. The program provides practical, easy to use strategies to manage the challenges that life throws at us and skills to choose to do what is most important to us.
The program is developed for farmers, farming couples/families and rural communities to build skills to manage stress and daily challenges and is open to individuals as well as couples or farming families to take part in together.
The pilot will begin on Thursday, June 11 via zoom and includes three 90 minute weekly sessions. Due to the nature as a pilot program, participants will be required to complete brief evaluation questions and provide feedback.
Limited spaces are available. Participants can register here or contact Steph.
Livestock SA supports the WoolPoll as it gives growers the opportunity to have input into the size of the levy, however welcomes the review of WoolPoll as the process needs to be made more robust to ensure maximum participation.
Livestock SA believes WoolProducers Australia should be given oversight responsibility for WoolPoll, as the national industry body in the wool industry that works in the interests of all woolgrowers.
Livestock SA has circulated the discussion paper questions among members to determine Livestock SA’s position.