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May 2022 Newsletter

In this issue:

Geoff Power

Success at SA's Livestock Biosecurity Summit


With Joe Keynes President, Livestock SA

Livestock SA and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) Biosecurity came together in April to host the inaugural SA Livestock Biosecurity Summit at Murray Bridge. A fantastic group of producers, agents, livestock transporters, processors and peak industry groups attended to discuss biosecurity priorities for managing endemic diseases.
From this summit, the state’s first Livestock Biosecurity Blueprint for sheep, cattle and goat industries will be developed. The Livestock SA team will be working with PIRSA and industry to develop a draft in coming months.
Livestock SA’s CEO Travis and I met with the new Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Claire Scriven this month. We discussed many topics including sheep traceability, the Biosecurity Act, the Red Meat and Wool Growth program, Sheep and Cattle Industry Funds, water infrastructure grants, wild dog and fox bounties, the agricultural workforce and PIRSA funding for these initiatives.

It was a productive meeting and we will continue to meet with the Minister on a regular basis to ensure agricultural, regional, environmental, infrastructure and workforce issues important to SA livestock producers are addressed.
The 2022 Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) and TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer competition was held on Tuesday 12 April in Sydney. This is the premiere classing competition which brings together the best graduate wool classers from across Australia. The 2022 winner was Sarah Haynes from Naracoorte.

Sarah is a graduate of the registered training organisation Shearing Contractors Association of Australia (SCAA), which is funded by the SA Sheep Industry Fund’s WoolTAG program, and was trained by Alie Tuinder from Kingston.

SCAA and Alie Tuinder also received the 14th Dennis Teasdale Perpetual Trophy. It is great to see high calibre and talented wool classers coming out of the South Australian training program. For more information on SCAA, visit the SCAA website.
Around the Traps!
Check out what the Livestock SA team has been up to this month!

The Beef & Sheep Industry Blueprint Executive Committee met on 6 April. The operations plan, budget, Executive Committee and Working Group succession, and priority focus areas such as eID and carbon were discussed.

The Sheep Industry Fund Board met on 8 April to review and assess projects for this year’s application round, with its recommendations going to the Livestock SA Board for approval.

Livestock SA joined key sector stakeholders across multiple agencies and organisations at SA’s Primary Industries and Regions Forum in Adelaide on 11 April. This was the first strategic event hosted by incoming PIRSA Chief Executive Mehdi Doroudi and provided participants with an opportunity to share their thoughts on our sector’s challenges around workforce and skills, trade and new markets, biosecurity, climate adaptation and regional development.

Livestock SA contributed to a Relief and Recovery Stakeholder Forum hosted by the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 27 April.

The Livestock SA Board convened in Adelaide on 28-29 April. Directors welcomed the first face-to-face meeting of the board for many months, with a lot of issues progressed or resolved.
AgRi-Silience Program

There are still spaces available for the upcoming AgRi-Silience Program workshops!

Get subsidised access to leading advisers who will deliver both on-farm support and group workshop learning to prepare you and your business to bounce back in the face of adverse climate and other challenges through the new AgRi-Silience program, a joint project between Livestock SA and Grain Producers SA.

To find out more and apply, visit the Livestock SA website or call the office.


Lower SE (Lucindale) – May 11
Hills/Fleurieu (Meadows)- May 24
Lower EP (Cummins) – June 6
Barossa (Angaston) – June 9
Upper EP (Cleve) – June 11
Upper North – POSTPONED

Are you banking on beef for your family's future?
If the answer is yes, then you’ll be looking for the profit and sustainability essential to delivering your family’s dreams.

You’ll also be hoping your industry will support you in achieving your goals by having the answers, advice, tools and technology you need to move to the top of your game.

You’ll also be keen to implement plans now while prices are good, to safeguard your business and your family’s future when tough times hit.

If you fancy being at the front of the queue for the latest information and expertise on how to make your beef property more profitable and sustainable, while also making your family proud by establishing yourself as a leader in your sector, we invite you to join the SA Beef & Sheep Industry Blueprint Working Group.

The Beef Blueprint was developed by industry for industry and its Working Group includes beef producers just like you, who have a passion for their industry as well as for their businesses.
We are looking for forward-thinking beef producers of any age, who share our goal of making South Australian beef a sought-after commodity in the global market. 
Find out more
2021 Landcare SA Encouragement Award
The Revitalising Private Conservation SA program recently received a highly commended encouragement award in the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare category of the Landcare SA awards.
This is a huge achievement for the pilot program, which has been running for less than two years. The program has provided grant funding of $2 million to 125 projects across South Australia from the three grant rounds delivered. The program has been busy interviewing, surveying and visiting property owners to discuss their needs as Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement owners.  

Find out more on the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board website
Have your say on ag machinery movement

Grain Producers SA is partnering with all Primary Producers SA commodity groups to gain an understanding of the issues facing South Australian producers when it comes to moving agricultural machinery on public roads. 

The Moving Ag Machinery … Made Easy! stakeholder survey takes two minutes and will help to improve road access, training in use of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Portal and inform policy makers and regulators.
Producers of all agricultural commodities are strongly encouraged to have their say on this important issue.
The information will be captured in an action plan that will inform workshops, training and educational resources for primary producers.

Complete the survey
AgCAREERSTART is a structured gap-year program encouraging young Australians to try a career in agriculture by connecting them to jobs on Australian farms.

The program will train the next generation of workers and secure a skilled and enthusiastic workforce for seasons to come.

Farming businesses can sign up to become a host-farm and introduce a young Australian to a rewarding career in agriculture.

Farmers will be responsible for employing and paying the participant across the course of the program. Businesses will receive a $2,000 grant for participating.
Find out more

Board Member Contact Details

Livestock SA's Board is comprised of up to ten Livestock SA members as outlined in the Livestock SA constitution.

Please see below the contact details for Livestock SA's Board members:

Joe Keynes -
Livestock SA President

P: 0428 648 235

Allan Piggott -
Livestock SA Vice President

P: 0407 580 925

Gillian Fennell -
Livestock SA Treasurer

P: 8670 1071

Marina Gregor - 
Board Member

P: 0400 725 553 

Samantha Neumann -
Board Member

P: 0457 928 995 

Robert Brokenshire -
Board Member

P: 0419 815 990 

Richard Kirkland -
Board Member

P: 0428 343 690 

Bill Nosworthy -
Board Member

P: 0428 890 618

Mark Dennis -
Board Member

P: 0428 844 250 

Glen Tilley -
Board Member

P: 0409 140 592 
To find out more, call the Livestock SA office on 08 8297 2299 or visit our website.
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