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.
Ongoing management of feral deer continues to be a concern for livestock producers across SA.
The South Australian livestock sector contributes $4.5 billion in Gross State Revenue to the SA economy and employs a significant number of people both on-farm and in meat and wool processing and in related industries off-farm, yet for the past two decades the SA Government has continued to reduce investment into research and development in the industries which underpin and contribute significantly to the health of this sector.
Telemetry systems are increasingly being rolled out on many pastoral properties across the state, including at Billa Kalina, via Roxby Downs, ensuring more efficient labour use and, more importantly, peace of mind.
Livestock advocacy continues to strengthen in South Australia, with South Australian producers recently appointed to leading roles with both the newly formed Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) and WoolProducers Australia (WPA).
Biosecurity is front of mind for many producers this month, with changes to the Livestock Production Assurance Program occurring from October 1.
Export markets continue to play a vital part in ensuring a strong and profitable sheep and lamb sector in Australia. In 2016 Australia exported 56 per cent of our total lamb production and 95pc of our mutton, so protecting these overseas markets is vitally important.
The Australian Livestock Production Assurance program is an important part of the livestock industry’s on-farm assurance program covering food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity.