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MACLORANFARM PRINTRES 91

Sheep Industry Fund: Approved Projects 2023

The Minister of Primary Industries and Regions approved the release of $4.9 million from the Sheep Industry Fund in July 2022 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.

$871,100

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.

$247,558

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.

$187,638

Biosecurity Extension Officer

Service Provider: Livestock SA

The aim of the South Australian Livestock Biosecurity Extension Project (SALBEP) is to improve knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations around biosecurity in the red meat and wool sectors in South Australia.

$68,800

Toxoplasma gondii vaccine for sheep

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

This project will involve the on-farm evaluation of a vaccine to prevent Toxoplasma gondii reproductive loss in sheep.

$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

Business Case and Implementation Plan for SA Sheep Traceability

Service Provider: Livestock SA

This project will analyse the need for and evaluate the benefits of an electronic identification (eID) traceability system for the South Australian sheep industry and develop an implementation strategy.

$15,000

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.

$200,000

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.

$260,925

Box Flat Wild Dog Control Program

Service Provider: Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board

The Box Flat wild dog control and coordination project is to assist landowners around Ngarkat Conservation Park with the coordinated control of wild dogs.

$3,825

Advocacy

Livestock SA Advocacy Program

Service Provider: Livestock SA

Facilitates Livestock SA advocacy efforts.

$437,000

Industry Development

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.

$41,400

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.

$20,000

Sheep Expo 2023

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.

$14,500

Farm Gross Margin Guide Update 2023

Service Provider: Rural Solutions SA

Produce an updated Farm Gross Margin Guide for use by crop and livestock producers in SA as part of their farm business planning process in 2023.

$6,000

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.

$94,500

Melatonin Improves Ewe Productivity and Wellbeing (Instalment 2)

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.

$35,535

SA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub Contribution (Instalment 2)

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

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

$150,000

Sheep thermoregulation and fertility (Instalment 2)

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.

$48,898

Improving Spring Oestrus Synchrony

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

As poor oestrus synchrony during artificial insemination (AI) contributes to financial losses and unsatisfactory results, we will optimise current oestrus synchrony protocols for spring AI.

$55,591

Better AI – on-farm validation

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

Poor synchrony causes financial loss in AI programs. An improved protocol has been developed that will be validated in commercial and stud flocks across South Australia.

$36,213

Sheep Blowfly Sterile Insect Technique – Implementation (Year 1)

Service Provider: SARDI

Implementation of the Sterile Insect Technique to control sheep blowfly in a 4-year pilot project on Kangaroo Island.

$100,000
Sheep Pain Mitigation Program

Service Provider: University of Adelaide

Rapidly reindicate drugs to treat chronic pain through the use of tests to quantitatively measure pain and demonstrate drug efficacy and associated productivity gains.

$247,698
WoolTAG

Service Provider: Livestock SA

Sponsorship for WoolTAG to be able to provide tool box allowances for learner shearers and wool handlers.

$5,000

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.

$50,000

Total Livestock SA application

$3,763,479

Other approved expenditure 2023FY

Dog Fence rebuild

$ 925,000

Dog Fence maintenance

$ 257,632

Total Industry Funds

$4,946,111