Technical and farming advice resources
The following resources are designed to provide advice on pest and disease management, land and soil management, and other farming tools and methods recommended for farmers experiencing or recovering from drought.
Additional resources will be added as they are developed.
Importing hay and feed
It’s important producers are aware that while there are no established cereal grain pests regulated for interstate transport into South Australia, there are several which could act as hitch-hikers particularly on other fodder types (e.g. hay). Weed seeds are also potential contaminants of grain and hay, and many of these are prohibited from entry into South Australia.
It’s recommended that producers who are importing or receiving imported hay or grain:
- Check with Biosecurity SA prior to importing material to ensure that they aren’t likely to be affected by pests. Call the hotline on 1800 931 314.
- Purchasers of interstate grain should also seek assurance that it meets the industry’s Grain rade Australia standards, which covers acceptable level of weed and pathogen burden.
- Establish an on-farm strategy for reducing risk. This should include isolating the areas in which feed is stored / put out for livestock and monitor these for the occurrence of pests and weeds.
- You can also download the Weed Control App for a pictorial list of what’s declared in SA.
Managing pests, weed and chemical residue risks
The following fact sheets have been prepared to help primary producers manage risks associated with imported feed and fodder and/or alternative feed sources, as well as raise awareness regarding issues such as maximum residue limits (MRLs):
- Drought feeding and residue fact sheet ()
- Weed risks in drought conditions fact sheet ()
- Avoiding snail contamination
Feeding/dry time programs and calculators
- Agistment Guidelines Fact Sheet ()
- Drought Feeding and Management ()
- Managing Sheep in Droughtlots ()
- Feeding and Managing Sheep in dry times ()
- Drought Feeding and Management of Beef Cattle ()
- Drought feed calculator App
- Feed Cost Calculator (NSW DPI)
- Feedlot Calculator
- Ration Book – Least Cost Feeding for Sheep and Beef
You can also find some great resources and information at these websites:
A comprehensive feeding livestock website, from Victorian Government, with all the tools, resources and calculators you’ll need during drought and other times when pasture is limited.
MLA has produced a range of guides and information collated by MLA to assist livestock producers as they head into, manage through and plan to recover from drought.
Sheep Connect SA has a range of Case Studies, Fact Sheets and Webinars to help sheep producers manage through and plan to recover from drought.
Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin have developed a dry times website with key information and links to documents with a range of good information on livestock and crop management options and strategies, tools, information, and advice that is available, support services, and key contacts .
Weeds and pest animals compete with crops, pasture, livestock and native flora and fauna. PIRSA oversees programs to destroy or contain weeds and pest animals and to prevent new pests coming in to South Australia.
PestFacts newsletter offers solutions, warnings and reminders for a range of invertebrate pests of all broadacre crops including cereal, oilseeds, pulses and fodder crops.
The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) publish Crop Watch to keep growers and advisers informed about disease-related issues and solutions during the growing season.
Additional support material including technical and practical farming fact sheets on farm management decisions and pest and disease: