More than 700 tonnes of hay has already been donated to fire-affected farmers around the state who have been struggling to feed their livestock, with Livestock SA inviting further fodder donations to support the bushfire crisis currently unfolding in Kangaroo Island.
Last year was a busy and successful year for Livestock SA and its members despite the tough weather conditions faced by many South Australian producers.
In this issue:
- The year that was
- Around the traps
- Livestock SA Southern Regional Meeting
- Guidelines give organic producers more options for wild dog control
- Property ID reform submission
- Farm Household Support Amendment (Relief Measures) submission
- Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basic Action Plan submission
- Growing food, wine and agribusiness in South Australia submission
- Winner of the Livestock SA & WFI National Ag Day Weber Baby Q competition
- Christmas Office Hours
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s site states that a stand down occurs when the reason is beyond the employer’s control.
Heat waves fall within this definition as it is unsafe and unhealthy to allow employees as outdoor workers to work in this heat.
Employees can be stood down (including fulltime) without pay and accrue leave.
The options available to employers in these circumstances is to offer the employee the choice of:
- Annual Leave
- Time off in lieu of payment of overtime on a time for time basis
- Provide work where the employee is not effected by the heat
Information courtesy of Mediation and Employment Relations Services (MERS).
There are a number of measures growers can take to help protect family, staff and assets ahead of days of catastrophic fire danger.
According to the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS), a catastrophic fire danger rating indicates the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire.
- Implement a plan for catastrophic fire danger days which all family members and staff are familiar with
- Gather feedback from staff and family to improve planning
- Shift machinery to a gravel or concrete pad ahead of catastrophic fire conditions
- Consider utilising ex-fire authority fire trucks and fit other harvesting equipment with firefighting units
- Have an adequate insurance policy which covers all farm assets.
The Australian Government has released a discussion paper on Modernising Australia’s Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) as part of the growth agenda for agriculture. Livestock SA is interested in two RDCs – Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), indirectly also Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) and Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp). The submission discusses the RDC structures, inclusion of AWI with red meat industry bodies, engaging with levy-payers, cross commodity issues, collaboration and attracting new participants, uptake of agricultural R&D, marketing, social licence and advocacy.
Security of water supplies for livestock at reasonable prices is a major concern to Livestock SA. The increasing cost of water has become an effective restraint on investment in livestock production systems in South Australia. The State Government’s Water Pricing Inquiry has found that there needs to be a reassessment of SA Water’s regulated asset base, with Livestock SA requesting consideration be given to how SA Water can best assist livestock producers. Livestock SA would like to see a reduction in the cost of water for livestock with a differentiation in water prices for water used from SA Water for livestock consumption. A program needs to be established that could deliver grants and research surrounding water efficiencies, links between farmers and relevant business information, desalination and storage technology and a possible rebate on water used by livestock.
TAFE SA is looking for feedback regarding the Pastoralists course offered for the first time this year.
The course, targeting those wanting to work on large station properties, was delivered in intensive blocks of three to five days over 12-15 months at Regency Park, Roxby Downs, Port Augusta or on a station, depending on the skills being covered.
The course provides students with a range of skills including shearing, sheep and cattle handling, welding, vehicle and motorbike servicing, fencing, operation of graders and tractors and boning and sharpening knives.
If you are or you know someone who may be interested in this program, please click the survey link below.
Livestock SA is pleased to note that the new Planning and Design Code has been drafted with the intent to support primary industries. It will be necessary to ensure the changes are compatible with two new pieces of legislation being developed by the State Government – the new Biosecurity and Pastoral Acts. Livestock SA’s submission discusses the minimum land size for farming, conflicts between primary production industries and flexibility surrounding changes in farming practice.
Fire danger season is well upon us with bushfires impacting the Yorke Peninsula and other areas throughout the state recently. Livestock SA extends its sympathies to farmers impacted by the recent bushfires and is urging all producers to prepare themselves for the threat of a bushfire on their property.