Livestock SA recommends that the process of developing the Far North Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan 2019-2029 be paused until the South Australian Arid Lands Landscape Board is fully operational and the new Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act is established. Following this a further period of consultation should be undertaken. Livestock SA recommends water licenses must be permanently attached to pastoral leases and expresses its concern about the science that sits behind the calculated water access entitlements along with the unease about the possibility of water meters being required. Livestock SA wishes to express its disappointment in plan consultation, with further consultation required before the plan can be implemented.
Livestock SA supports the revised wild dog management policy as the whole of landscape approach proposed is necessary to control wild dogs in South Australia. Stringent measures are required if there is to be any chance of eradicating wild dogs inside the dog fence. The measures currently in place, along with those proposed, will need to be well-policed and enforced with strict penalties applied to those who do not conform.
Livestock SA is concerned in the lack of measures to control wild dogs outside the dog fence. While there are some changes in the policy that will assist in minimising the impacts of wild dogs on cattle outside the dog fence, stricter measures are required. The treatment for wild dog control also needs to be expanded to include all pastoral lands outside of the fence and consideration should be made to combining the SA Wild Dog Advisory Group and the SA Dog Fence Board to ensure effective management of wild dogs in this state.
Livestock SA welcomes ESCOSA’s draft determination which proposes reductions to the total revenue that SA Water may recover during the four-year period commencing 1 July 2020. The revenue outcomes proposed would still provide SA Water with sufficient revenue to fund efficient operations and prudent investments on a long-term basis and meet the health, safety, environmental and customer service standards that will apply to SA Water over the coming four years.
One of the major concerns for livestock producers is the security of water supplies for livestock at reasonable prices, with the increasing cost of water becoming a restraint on investment in livestock production systems throughout SA. Livestock SA is hopeful that the outcomes of both the State Government’s Water Pricing Inquiry and this draft determination will mean a reduction in water prices.
Primary Producers SA has made a submission to the SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission regarding the 2019/20 bushfire season. The submission discusses the need for equipment subsidies for farm fire units, consistency of quality of equipment within CFS brigades, aerial support, access to land or properties following fires, military support, logistics particularly on Kangaroo Island, grant eligibility and administration, national park environmental effects and Federal versus State government responsibilities.
Wool Producers Australia, the Livestock Contractors’ Association and Australian Wool Innovation have finalised and made available the Plan, Prepare & Conduct Best Welfare Practice for Sheep Husbandry Procedures – Training Guide.
Help to unlock the potential for South Australia
Calling all people involved in primary industries, research, or agricultural technologies (AgTech).
The State Government, through the guidance and advice of the AgTech Advisory Group, is creating an AgTech strategy for South Australia to encourage greater uptake of technology on-farm to increase productivity and profitability.
This survey is the first step in putting together a blueprint to make South Australia a leader in AgTech.
Survey closes at 5pm, Friday 24 April 2020
The MLA ‘Goats on the Move’ program and industry news update for March 2020.
The Cudlee Creek Fire Landscape Recovery Grants support rural landholders and farmers in the Cudlee Creek fire scar, who have been fire-affected and are working to protect and restore their natural resources, after the bushfire which started on 20 December 2019. Consideration may be given for eligible works that have already been undertaken prior to signing of a grant agreement, provided that they commenced after 20 December 2020. Each landholder can apply for up to $5,000+GST.
These funds are being made available from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and South-Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management boards levies.
The State Government has appointed Mrs Michelle Edge as the new Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Regions SA.
- Expand mental health outreach support with enhanced Family and Business Support Program
- Introduce a $120 per dog wild dog bounty
- $330,000 for community drought recovery events
- Extend the 50 per cent rebate for pastoral lease rents
- An extra wild dog trapper to be employed
The Marshall Liberal Government’s $21 million drought package will be expanded to allow more primary producers dealing with extended dry conditions to access support as an outcome of the Premier’s recent drought tour.