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Sheep Industry Fund (SIF)

The Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998 (The Act ) provides South Australian primary industries with a legislative based ability to raise money within their sector to deliver activities and services that support the sector.

Section 4 of the Act allows the Governor to make regulations to establish a fund for a particular primary industry sector.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development (the Minister) is the administrator for all funds established under the Act, which ensures appropriate accountability for the application of funds for the benefit of those industries. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) manages the operations of the funds for the Minister. The Minister is required to report annually to Parliament on the operation of each fund and its accounts.

The Sheep Industry Fund (the fund) is established by the Primary Industry Funding Schemes (Sheep Industry Fund) Regulations 2014 (Regulations).

South Australia’s sheep industry strives to be sustainable and profitable. To support this goal, South Australia’s sheep industry, through the Sheep Industry Fund, has identified the following priority outcome areas that are the basis of SIF investment:

  1. Animal Health
  2. Traceability
  3. Predator Control
  4. Advocacy
  5. Industry development

All sheep owners in South Australia contribute $0.67 per head to the Sheep Industry Fund when 5 or more sheep are sold for $5 per head or more.

This contribution currently comprises 2 parts:

  • a general contribution of $0.55
  • a dog fence rebuild contribution of $0.12.

Total levy contributions to the fund are approximately $4,000,000 annually.

Livestock SA is responsible for the industry's administrative functions of the fund and the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development is the signatory.

For more information please CLICK HERE to be taken to the PIRSA website.

Sheep Industry Fund Board

The current members of the Sheep Industry Fund Board are:

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Graham Clothier


Graham has been involved in sheep production and management since 1981, originally as a shearer, then becoming a partner in the family farm. He farmed...


Jane Kellock

Chair of South Australian Sheep and Beef Blueprints

Jane was born and raised on a sheep station in the north of South Australia and moved to Farrell Flat in 1991. She has an...

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Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas is a sheep grower based in Manoora, Mid North, but with properties in the Eastern Pastoral zone and the Fleurieu Peninsula. She is...

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Keith Bolto

Keith and his family shear 17,000 sheep and graze 1,700 hectares on Kangaroo Island. At 33 years old, Keith is a young industry leader who...

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Nette Fischer

Nette, along with her husband Troy and three children, run a White Suffolk Stud and cropping property in the lower Mid North. The stud markets...

Alex Mc Gorman

Alex McGorman

Board Member

Alex brings to the Board extensive knowledge from his feed lotting background where he turns over up to 80,000 lambs per year.

Mary Rowe

Mary is an animal nutrition and health specialist with experience across intensive and extensive sheep and cattle production systems in Western Australia and South Australia. She has worked in aspects of the meat and wool...