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$3.8 million funding injection for livestock industry

Monday 26 August 2019

Protecting the state’s sheep and cattle industries from biosecurity threats, controlling wild dogs, and enhancing animal health and disease surveillance are the focus for $3.8 million of livestock industry funds.


Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone has approved $3.17 million from the Sheep Industry Fund and $667,000 from the Cattle Industry Fund to support initiatives recommended by the South Australian sheep and cattle advisory groups.

“This significant industry investment has long term benefits for farmers and continues to assist in upholding South Australia’s enviable reputation in animal health management, traceability and biosecurity,” said Minister Whetstone.

“South Australia’s cattle and sheep industries generated $3.4 billion in revenue in 2017-18 and are significant economic contributors to the state’s economy.

“The Marshall Liberal Government has a vision for our livestock industry that would see an increased flock and larger herd to take advantage of strong cattle, sheep and wool returns.

“Our government is leading a new $7.5 million Red Meat and Wool Growth Program and it is encouraging to see industry investing their own funds into this initiative.

“We will also work with industry to deliver the once-in-a-generation $25 million rebuild of the 100-year-old South Australian Dog Fence which will benefit our livestock industry well into the future.”

Projects to be funded from 2019-20 livestock industry funds include support for disease management such as footrot, investment in the Dog Fence and opportunities to access new markets.

The Sheep Industry Fund and Cattle Industry Fund were established under the Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998 and provide a way for South Australia’s primary industry sectors to raise funds so they can favourably position themselves in the national and international marketplace.

Minister Whetstone recently announced the sheep and cattle industry funds’ administration and governance will transition to Livestock SA in 2019-20.

Sheep Industry Fund projects 
Animal health 
Footrot Management Program $ 754,905
Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance Program&; $ 439,114
Farm Biosecurity & Endemic Disease Management Program                      $ 239,675
National Sheep Health Declaration Booklet Printing $ 14,310
Sheep Lice Compliance Program $ 160,000
Toxoplasma Control & Prevention Project $ 32,000
Traceability 
NLIS Compliance Program – Sheep $ 372,095
Predator control 
Dog Fence Maintenance Program $ 244,419
Biteback Wild Dog Control Program $ 186,536
Wild Dog Trapper Program $ 37,500
Box Flat Wild Dog Control Program $ 5,100
Industry advocacy 
Livestock SA advocacy $ 399,484
Industry development 
Growth of Red Meat & Wool Industries Program $ 150,000
Enhancing Mixed Farming Enterprises Project $ 30,000
SheepConnect SA Communications $ 32,000
Merino Sire Eating Quality Evaluation $ 23,000
Sheep Expo 2020 $ 11,500
Farm Gross Margin Guide Update 2020 $ 5,600
WoolTAG Toolbox $ 5,000
Other 
Small Projects (projects to be determined) $ 30,000
Cattle Industry Fund projects 
Efficient and sustainable production 
Growth of Red Meat and Wool Industries Program $90,000
Farm Biosecurity and Endemic Disease Management Program $69,550
Maintaining market access and securing new markets,
and efficient and sustainable production
 
National Livestock Identification System Compliance Program – Cattle    $ 260,932
Industry advocacy 
Livestock SA Contribution $ 200,000
SA Dairyfarmers Association Contribution $ 45,000
Business management and skills development 
SA Junior Heifer Expo 2018 $ 2,500

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