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 $25 million rebuild of the 100-year-old South Australian Dog Fence which will benefit our livestock industry well into the future.”
Projects to be funded from 2019-20 livestock industry funds include support for disease management such as footrot, investment in the Dog Fence and opportunities to access new markets.
The Sheep Industry Fund and Cattle Industry Fund were established under the Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998 and provide a way for South Australia’s primary industry sectors to raise funds so they can favourably position themselves in the national and international marketplace.
Minister Whetstone recently announced the sheep and cattle industry funds’ administration and governance will transition to Livestock SA in 2019-20.
|Sheep Industry Fund projects|
|Footrot Management Program||$ 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|
|NLIS Compliance Program – Sheep||$ 372,095|
|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|
|Livestock SA advocacy||$ 399,484|
|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|
|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|
|Livestock SA Contribution||$ 200,000|
|SA Dairyfarmers Association Contribution||$ 45,000|
|Business management and skills development|
|SA Junior Heifer Expo 2018||$ 2,500|