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Sheep Industry Fund: Approved Projects 2022

The Minister of Primary Industries and Regions approved the release of $4.3 million from the Sheep Industry Fund in July 2021 for projects to benefit South Australia’s sheep industry as recommended by the Sheep Industry Fund Board. Expenditure from the Sheep Industry Fund also funds administration, board expenses and refund payments.

Livestock SA Application

Amount Approved

Animal Health

Footrot Management Program

Service Provider: Biosecurity SA

The program aims to reduce the animal welfare issues and economic impact of the spread of footrot in the South Australian sheep industry and to assist sheep producers with virulent footrot to manage the disease.

$820,000

Farm Biosecurity & Endemic Disease Management Program

Service Provider: Biosecurity SA

Johne’s disease management program assists producers in managing Johne’s disease within their flocks and high biosecurity flocks to maintain status. Provide integrity to industry assurance programs to support national and international trade of premium product.

$219,221

Sheep Lice Compliance Program

Service Provider: Biosecurity SA

The sheep lice program minimises the impact of sheep lice on the Industry by providing inspectorial services, education, advice and where appropriate compliance action.

$173,781

Good Clover, Bad Clover (Part 2)

Service Provider: Rural Solutions SA

In oestrogenic affected flocks, adoption of strategic grazing of low oestrogen pastures by the young ewe flock can have an immediate improvement on ewe fertility and lambing performance.

$6,610

Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance

Service Provider: Biosecurity SA

The Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance (EAS) program monitors and provides feedback to producers about specified diseases and conditions present in sheep consigned to Thomas Foods International (TFI) abattoir. This assists producers to optimise their production efficiency, increase profitability and improve animal welfare, and abattoirs and industry to reduce wastage and improve trade access.

$200,000

Traceability

NLIS Compliance Program – Sheep

Service Provider: Biosecurity SA

The NLIS Sheep Program supports the South Australian sheep industry by monitoring and enforcing compliance with sheep identification and traceability standards for the purpose of disease control, food safety and market access.

$262,078

Predator Control

Wild Dog Trapper Program

Service Provider: Biosecurity SA

Reduce the spread and impacts of wild dogs on livestock production inside the Dog Fence through the employment of two FTE trappers in SA.

$67,500

Biteback Wild Dog Control Program

Service Provider: SA Arid Lands Landscape Board

To reduce the impact of wild dogs (dingoes and their hybrids) on the sheep industry in the SA pastoral zone and to support landholders to control wild dogs.

$380,000

Advocacy

Livestock SA Advocacy Program

Service Provider: Livestock SA

Facilitates Livestock SA advocacy efforts.

$428,500

Industry Development

Growth of Red Meat & Wool Industries Program

Service Provider: Rural Solutions

A collaborative program to improve sheep productivity, profitability and quality through the enhanced utilisation of technology and data, together with improved business acumen with the aim to increase the number and quality of sheep produced.

$150,000

SheepConnect SA Communications

Service Provider: Rural Solutions SA

SheepConnect SA is Australian Wool Innovation Ltd.’s lead extension project in South Australia for information and skill development of wool producers.

$40,000

Merino Sire Evaluation

Service Provider: Merino SA

The site is seeking support to collect carcass phenotypes for eating quality traits (intramuscular fat % and shearforce) which are of critical importance to maintaining lamb eating quality and providing further information to inform sire selection.

$23,000

Sheep Expo 2022

Service Provider: SA Sheep Expo Council

Ensure that the South Australian sheep industry attracts young people that will engage and contribute to the long-term viability of the industry by developing industry capability and capacity.

$15,500

Sheep Industry Fund - Governance & Administration Services

Service Provider: Livestock SA

The project supports the governance and administration structures of the SA Sheep Industry Fund Board.

$104,220

SA Sheep Industry Blueprint Implementation
Service Provider: Livestock SA

This project will deliver management and implementation services of the SA Sheep Industry Blueprint.

$95,000

Simple Steps to Safeguard Biosecurity

Service Provider: Livestock SA

A program of work designed for livestock producers to improve attitudes, knowledge, and skills, and enable adoption of best practice biosecurity on-farm.

$10,000

Melatonin Improves Ewe Productivity and Wellbeing

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

It is predicted that the use of melatonin on ewes immediately prior to joining in hot environments will increase the number of ewes that conceive, the proportion of twins conceived and increase the survival rate of twin born lambs.

$47,380

SA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub Contribution

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

The SA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub consists of a network of >50 RDE&A partners. This application focusses on maximising the benefit from the Drought Hub for the SA sheep industry through a linked network of integrated producer demonstration RDE&A sites.

$50,000

Sheep thermoregulation and fertility

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

This project will quantify the impact of individual ewe and ram thermoregulation on pregnancy rates, litter size and weaning rates of ewes joined during summer.

$58,531

Small Project Fund

Service Provider: Livestock SA

The Sheep Industry Fund Board has preapproved the expenditure for small projects that provide benefit the industry. Unspent funds will be returned to the SIF at financial year end.

$30,000

Total Livestock SA application

$3,181,321

Other approved expenditure 2022FY

Dog Fence rebuild

$ 865,000

Dog Fence maintenance

$ 250,459

Total Industry Funds

$4,296,780