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Seeking SA Sheep producers to help guide the future of Footrot

Views of South Australian sheep producers on the SA Footrot Management Program are now being sought through an online survey. The findings will be used to guide the future of the Footrot Management Program in South Australia.

Livestock SA President Joe Keynes has noted that while the annual investment exceeding $900,000 by South Australian sheep producers has historically been deemed appropriate, inquiries from members and the industry regarding the program's effectiveness have prompted this comprehensive review.

Footrot is a significant endemic disease that has financial, personal and welfare issues for the sheep industry, the aim of this review is to ensure that the ongoing investment continues to yield positive and effective outcomes for Footrot management in the state.

Livestock SA has engaged independent consultants Dr Ron Glanville and Sapere to review the existing program and alternative strategies that may yield better outcomes for a future program.

“Sheep farming systems across the South Australian regions are diverse, as are the opinions on how footrot should be managed.

“Our goal is to get a range of perspectives to encompass as many of these viewpoints as we can and ensure that the future program aligns with the needs and preferences of industry participants,” said Mr Keynes.

This work has been made possible by the Sheep Industry Fund and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The survey will be open until January 15 and can be completed here:


Media Contact:

Hannah Trevilyan, Communications and Membership Manager, 08 8297 2299

Published: 12 December 2023