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New CEO to lead SA livestock advocacy

The Board of Livestock SA has appointed experienced policy and livestock industry professional Travis Tobin as its new chief executive officer.

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2 March 2022 Media Type: Media Release / News / Policy Area: Cattle /Goats /Industry & Government /Industry innovation /Industry Leadership & Advocacy /Industry training & development /Sheep & wool /

Applications now open for new farm resilience program

South Australian grain and livestock producers have to opportunity to learn how to manage and adapt to adverse events and improve their business’ economic, environmental and social resilience thanks to a new farm resilience program.

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15 February 2022 Media Type: Media Release / News / Industry Dev: AgRi-Silience Program / Policy Area: Cattle /Goats /Industry & Government /Industry Leadership & Advocacy /Industry training & development /Sheep & wool /

Livestock SA's 2022 SA State Election Priorities

Livestock SA has announced the 14 key areas it will advocate for in the upcoming South Australian State Election.The organisation is calling on all political parties and candidates to support Livestock SA on a range of issues, including: The development and enactment of new Pastoral Lands and Biosecurity Acts, The continuation of the Red Meat and Wool Growth Program, Improved health and mental health services in regional and remote areas, Commitment to policy setting, funding, and ongoing research investment that ensure the South Australian red meat and wool industries can be at the forefront of carbon neutrality, Commitment to maintaining water security and cost efficiencies to ensure sustainable agricultural businesses in SA, Continuing funding of the Revitalising Private Conservation program, and More funding support for Vocational Educational and Training programs that develop the future work force.

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3 February 2022 Media Type: Media Release / News / Industry Dev: Biosecurity /Heritage Agreements /SA Sheep Industry Funds /SA Cattle Industry Funds /Mental Health Resources / Policy Area: Animal Welfare /Biosecurity /Cattle /Goats /Industry & Government /Industry Leadership & Advocacy /Industry training & development /Native Vegetation /Sheep & wool /Water security /Climate /

New Members Join Industry Fund Boards

Newly appointed members to both the SA Sheep and Cattle Industry Funds Boards will bring a wealth of experience to their respective committees. The Cattle Industry Fund Board welcomes Tim Burvill (Luncindale) to the Board as its sixth member.Tim owns and manages a vertically integrated beef cattle operation which producers, processes and retails beef as well as operating two steakhouses in SA and Victoria. He will bring a raft of production knowledge as well as supply chain insights, which will be valuable to the Fund’s industry development investment priority which it looks to expand in the short term. The Sheep Industry Fund welcomes Alex McGorman (Sanderston) and Elke Hocking (Lucindale) as levy paying independent members on the Board.Alex brings knowledge from his feed lotting background, turning over up to 80,000 lambs per year and Elke’s extensive experience as a livestock consultant will provide the Board with knowledge in all areas of lamb production.There are now eight Sheep Industry Board members from varying production backgrounds from across South Australia. Executive Officer to the Industry Fund Boards, Tom Cosentino, said that the appointments would ensure the Funds were invested effectively with advice from leaders within the industry.“The new Board members are all highly experienced and well regarded industry leaders and I have no doubt that will make sure that our industry levies are put to best and most effective use," he said."I look forward to working with all board member and encourage every producer to reach out to the Boards with project concepts and industry priorities going forward."Annually, the SA Cattle and Sheep Industry Funds invest approximately $800,000 and $4,000,000 respectively into projects that benefit their industries. Full Cattle Industry Fund Board:Penny Schulz – Chair (Field)Steven Radeski (Woodside)Lyndon Clegget (Glencoe)Robert Brokenshire (Mt Compass)Tom Hampton (Woodside)Tim Burvill (Lucindale) Full Sheep Industry Fund Board:Ian Rowett – Chair (Marrabel)Helen Thomas (Manoora)Jane Kellock (Farrel Flat)Graham Clothier (Lucindale)Keith Bolto (Kangaroo Island)Nette Fischer (Wasleys)Alex McGorman (Sanderston)Elke Hocking (Lucindale)

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29 November 2021 Media Type: Media Release / Industry Dev: SA Sheep Industry Funds /SA Cattle Industry Funds / Policy Area: Cattle /Industry Leadership & Advocacy /Sheep & wool /

New Sheep AI Handbooks

New handbooks will help improve the success of artificial sheep insemination (AI) practices. The SA Sheep Industry Fund and its project partners - Primary Industries and Regions SA and the South Australian Research and Development Institute - have created the Improving the Success of Sheep Artificial Insemination Programs handbooks. Aimed at both AI practitioners and sheep producers, the handbooks provide a range of information including how to synchronise the oestrus cycle in flocks and how to improve results in an AI program. The handbooks will help producers to know when their flocks are cycling and ovulating and will provide other ways to improve AI outcomes.They will also provide ways for producers and practitioners to understand what is happening in the oestrus cycle when programming ewes for AI. Co-author of the handbooks SARDI’s Dr Jen Kelly said the information would be invaluable for both producers and AI providers. “They will increase the understanding of the oestrus cycle and follicle development as well as the timing of AI to increase commercial outcomes,” she said.A brief economic analysis by the SARDI Reproduction Research Team with assistance from the South Australian Stud Merino Breeders Association accompanies the handbooks.Dr Stephen Lee, University of Adelaide, prepared the section on genetic gain.

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20 September 2021 Media Type: Media Release / Industry Dev: SA Sheep Industry Funds / Policy Area: Sheep & wool /