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.
Sheep Producers Australia has reported on a year of strategic work and outlined its core areas of focus for 2020 at its Annual General Meeting yesterday in Tamworth, NSW.
SPA members also farewelled long-serving board member Michael Craig and endorsed returning board member Jamie Heinrich and new appointment Allison Horswill for three-year terms.
The $25 million rebuild of the South Australian Dog Fence is underway with material and labour supply tenders now open.
Announced by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone, the tender documents reveal just how epic this project is with successful applicants being asked to supply up to 71,000 timber posts, 127,500 steel droppers and more than 7000km of wire.
Applications are also being sought from fencing and earthworks contractors.
Minister Whetstone said: “With our pastoral areas facing the challenges of drought, this project will not only limit the impact of wild dogs on our $4.3 billion livestock industry but also provide extra employment opportunities.”
The project is expected to create up to 63 full-time jobs by its third year
MLA has teamed up with Australia’s biggest recipe website, taste.com.au, to inspire the site’s 5.1 million visitors to cook more beef and lamb each month.
The 12-month partnership launched on 1 November will help build greater awareness and cooking confidence among Australian consumers.
Next Thursday, 21 November is National Agriculture Day!
This AgDay we’re reminding all Australians what they have in common with their country cousins with the theme #WeAreAustralianFarmers!
Whether city or bush-based, Australians are all motivated to create a better future for our families and our environment.
We all live in the same modern world and share the same progressive values.
With so many farmers contending with one of the worst droughts in living memory, there’s never been a better time to stand with our farming communities.
Show your support on AgDay by sharing the hashtags #WeAreAusFarmers and #AgDayAU across your social media platforms.
During September, with PIRSA and with funding from the Australian Government’s Primary Health Network, Livestock SA ran seven shearing shed discussions for livestock producers in some of the areas most affected by the drought in the last three years.
The sessions were designed to draw on farmers’ knowledge and experiences in managing the tough conditions, the support from industry experts, planning and management while in drought, planning for recovery and managing well being.
Livestock SA welcomes the expansion of the use of property identifiers to include crops as well as livestock. This will assist in enhancing Australia’s traceability arrangements across all sectors of agriculture, and help with managing pest and disease outbreaks, emergencies, food safety, trade and market access requirements. These reforms will also allow industry to address increasing consumer interest in product sustainability, ethics and providence.
At Livestock SA’s recent Annual General Meeting, concerns were expressed about the possibility of further using flows from the South East to assist towards trying to maintain the long-term ecological health and resilience of the Coorong. There are fears from landowners and others in the South East that there may be further widening of drains to achieve this, with depletion of water for livestock and other uses. It is important that if this option is developed the South East community is consulted and kept fully informed throughout the process.
The PIRSA Pastoral Update for October 2019.
When Queensland organic producer Stuart Mackenzie talks about wild dogs, it’s easy to see how a man might get depressed.
Successive drought years in the state’s south-west have not only driven hungry and thirsty dogs towards his sheep flock but have also changed the social and economic landscape around him, making wild dog management tougher than it’s ever been.