Livestock producers play an important part in helping to shape the development and review of policies and the industry bodies which influence the livestock industry.
As “the break” nears, it’s important that producers begin setting themselves up to be in the best position possible for the growing season.
Rising water prices are an ongoing concern to livestock producers throughout the State, with rates in some regions rising by more than 250 per cent in the past decade.
The over-abundance of invasive species and the need for a strategic, united approach to the issue will be the major topic of discussion for Livestock SA and its members at the organisation’s upcoming Southern Region meeting at Robe on 6 February.
The management of kangaroo populations, the condition of the dog fence and drought were key issues raised at the Livestock SA Northern Region meeting, held in conjunction with the Pastoral Board of SA, last month.
The wool industry has long remained a key focus for many South Australian producers, with strong price highs continuing to deliver good returns to those who have remained in the industry.
Pest animal control remains a significant issue for Livestock SA members, with results from our recent 2018 annual survey highlighting it was a “major issue” for 35 per cent of producers.
This season has delivered a very different weather pattern to that which has been seen in recent years, bringing with it a range of challenges for our industry and for producers.
In the past decade continual decreases in the level of funding within the training and skills sector has placed increased pressure on skills in the South Australian livestock industry.
Biosecurity remains a key focus for livestock production across Australia with recent changes to the Livestock Production Assurance and Johne’s Beef Assurance Score programs.