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.
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.