Primary Industries and Regions SA will commit $150,000 to expand Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) successful sheep extension program SheepConnect SA.
SheepConnect SA began in 2009 and is the AWI’s lead extension project in SA, and one of the six extension networks across Australia set up to deliver the latest industry information and skill development for wool and sheep producers.
The funding boost will help expand the SheepConnect SA program to better cover the State’s important pastoral wool growing region across the SA Arid Lands, SA Murray Darling Basin and the Northern & Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas.
SheepConnect SA is delivered through Rural Solutions SA, the regional delivery division of Primary Industries and Regions SA.
AWI has also committed $200,000 of its own funds to Sheep Connect SA for the next 12 months, with additional funding and program support provided by regional Natural Resource Management boards and the SA Sheep Industry Fund.
Information regarding the expanded SheepConnect SA Program and AWI will be available via information stands at this week’s 19th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society in Port Augusta, from 25 to 28 September 2017.
There are an estimated 130 wool-producing pastoral leases and 120 freehold leases found across the SA Arid Lands, SA Murray Darling Basin and the Northern & Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas.
These pastoral leases cover an area of 180,000km2 and run an estimated 975,000 sheep across South Australia.
Overall, South Australia’s sheep, lamb and wool industry is the biggest agriculture sector in the state with an estimated 6800 producers farming around 11 million sheep. View the PIRSA ‘South Australian Meat and Livestock’ video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/CaCOc7vZOms
For more information about SheepConnect SA go to sheepconnectsa.com.au
Quotes attributable to Rural Solutions SA Executive Director Daniel Casement
This is a highly successful program with great industry support and we’re confident the extra funding will help support SA’s pastoral wool producers to have healthy and productive farming businesses, livestock and properties.
Through a strong network of partners and government and industry collaboration, SheepConnect SA is able to provide timely technical information to assist on farm management decisions as well as host and support important group and industry workshops and events.
Extension programs like this are also a great way to encourage and arm producers with the skills to deal with climate variability and other market risk management which can be significant challenges in the agriculture sector.
Quotes attributable to AWI General Manager Woolgrower Services Stephen Feighan
SheepConnectSA provides timely, relevant and practical information – through a mix of mediums such as workshops, media and webinars – encouraging the adoption of best practice in grazing management as well as the latest technology and advice in sheep productivity and reproductive efficiency.
I would encourage anyone who is a wool producer in SA and hasn’t already signed up to the program’s regular updates, to do so today via the SheepConnectSA website sheepconnectsa.com.au