PIRSA has developed and provided links to a number of excellent resources to help those farmers who are seeking advice on animal health and nutrition, land and soil management, and other farming tools and methods recommended during dry conditions.
Additional resources will be added as they are developed. There are also a number of related workshops being organised and delivered in affected regions. See the Community Events and Grants page for more details.
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 and/or download the Weed Control App for a pictorial list of what’s declared in SA.
- Purchasers of interstate grain should also seek assurance that it meets the industry’s Grain Trade 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
Biosecurity SA’s animal health officers can also provide advice and support with biosecurity requirements such as requesting commodity declarations when buying in feed sources. Find contacts for your local Animal Health Officer in your region.
For anyone seeking additional information or have specific questions regarding animal health, animal welfare concerns or biosecurity please call the Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare Hotline on 1800 255 556.
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
- 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:
AWI has a range of tools and resources which can assist sheep producers to manage their business.
Future Beef has a range of tools to help you make informed business and production decisions relating to your beef enterprise. All tools are provided as downloadable Microsoft Excel files.
Mackillop Farm Group Management has a series of articles on getting the best from those unsuccessful crops within your livestock enterprise.
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 Resource Management boards and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) run a range of local programs that can provide technical advice and support on a range of farming and land management issues.
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:
- Drought support fact sheet ()
- Business and risk management for farmers
- For more information on the recent Federal Government drought assistance, download the Supporting Farmers and Rural Communities Fact Sheet ().