Livestock SA regularly makes submissions and offers comments to governments and other organisations on issues impacting members.
In November, Livestock SA made a submission of Phase Two (Rural Areas) of the Draft Planning and Design Code Consultation. As Phase Three covers a significant part of rural South Australia, particularly in terms of agricultural production including livestock, several points need to be addressed including clarifications of definitions within the new Planning and Design Code, consistency with other legislation, minimum size for farming, conflict between primary production industries and flexibility in changes of practice. Other concerns include updates to the Peri-Urban zone and the impact on broadacre livestock production.
Following the release of the Draft National Wool Declaration (NWD) V8 on 18 February 2020, Livestock SA would like to support Wool Producers Australia’s comments once again regarding the AWEX’s Review of the NWD.
We wish to reiterate that the proposal to still include identification of alternative methods to mulesing adds another dimension that was not envisaged when the NWD was first introduced. Livestock SA is concerned that this will add to confusion not only for growers, but along the wool pipeline including buyers, processors, retailers and customers. This alteration could meant that less wool producers will provide this. While Livestock SA does not agree with making the NWD mandatory, its use needs to be encouraged.
The Department for Innovation and Skills discussion paper ‘Hi-Tech Sector’ outlines various industries that have competitive hi-tech advantages whether it be advances within their technology products or services. It is disappointing to see that the agricultural industry has not been recognized or acknowledged within the discussion paper.
The agricultural industry is at the forefront of new technology and has immense potential for growth and development to help increase the South Australian economy. Although new technologies are developing at exponential rates, they are not being well adopted by farmers. The industry needs more support for new technologies to be implemented on farms, while encouraging the continual advancement of the agricultural industry.
There needs to be more recognition to the agricultural industry, particularly as it is one of the main contributors to our economy. With the continual support, technologies will continue to advance in order to meet future demands, challenges and needs. Livestock SA acknowledges the need of technology within the agricultural industry and will offer our on-going support to producers and the industry.
Livestock SA would like to support Wool Producers Australia’s submission to AWEX’s review of the National Wool Declaration (NWD), which rejects the proposed new mulesing status categories. The NWD was developed specifically to provide details on mulesing status, as well as dark and medullated fibre risk. The addition of the new categories may cause immense confusion amongst growers and the supply chain.