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June 2022 Newsletter

In this issue:

Geoff Power

Livestock issues highlighted with new State Government


With Joe Keynes President, Livestock SA

Livestock SA extends its congratulations to the Albanese Labor Government for its recent victory in the federal election. Labor has been returned to power after nine years of Coalition Government and so Livestock SA will be working hard to progress our members’ interests as the new Labor-Labor dynamic at both the federal and state levels is bedded down over the coming months.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, Livestock SA CEO Travis Tobin and I met with new Minister for Primary Industries Hon Clare Scriven MLC last month.
To expand on some of the details that we will continue to progress for our members, one of the key issues discussed with Minister Scriven was sheep traceability and seeking continued support and investment from the South Australian Government. The Australian Government recently announced an additional $68.4 million investment to step up agricultural traceability, which is vital to ensure that SA meets requirements under the National Livestock Traceability Performance Standards.
Other areas Livestock SA is seeking government support include:
  • Biosecurity. The increasing threat to livestock from a range of biosecurity issues, such as lumpy skin disease in cattle and Foot and Mouth Disease, remains prevalent. Livestock SA is seeking investment in initiatives that will drive priorities identified through the development of the Livestock Biosecurity Blueprint and thorough consultation on changes to the Biosecurity Act.
  • Agricultural workforce. Across the sectors that Livestock SA represents, the wool industry is struggling the most with labour shortages and further government support in building capacity and skills is needed.
  • Maintaining PIRSA funding. With agriculture as one of the first declared ‘essential service’ industries during the COVID-19 pandemic, we need a capable, well-funded government department and so are advocating against any further funding cuts to PIRSA.
  • Water infrastructure grants. The joint federal/state ‘On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme’ has been very successful. At the end of 2021, SA producers had received $6.8 million through the scheme. The Australian Government has extended support for a further 12 months to 30 June 2023 so Livestock SA is seeking the State Government to do the same.
Our broad ranging discussion also covered continued investment in the Red Meat & Wool Growth Program, management of the Sheep Industry Fund (SIF) and Cattle Industry Fund (CIF), consultation regarding producer support of the CIF, maintaining live sheep exports, and continued support of fox and wild dog bounties.
We also met with Hon Geoff Brock MP in his role as Minister for Local Government and Regional Roads. The previous government had increased spending on regional road upgrades by five times and Livestock SA believes this support needs to continue. There are numerous regional road network challenges, as well as high freight loads for ferries to and from Kangaroo Island, which require urgent attention. We are working with other commodity industries through Primary Producers SA to compile a strategic roads plan.
Livestock SA raised the issue of unsustainable increases to local government rates with the Minister as well. Over the past five years, rates for livestock producers across various local government areas have increased by 50%, while residential rates in some councils have reduced. Rates should not be tied to rural land valuations because they fluctuate and there must also be a link between the revenue of council and its expenditure if there is to be fairness in its rating strategy. A fairer approach is needed and Livestock SA reiterated to Minister Brock the need for leadership and action by the State Government in this area.  
We also flagged our desire to see more action on the Pastoral Lands Act. While not directly Minister Brock’s responsibility, as Member for Stuart, it is a big issue for his constituents and we are seeking a strong voice within the Labor Cabinet to see change progressed.
In other news, the Board met virtually in May, with discussions focused on the future strategic direction of Livestock SA and a number of changes and challenges facing the industry. As always, if you have queries or wish to know more about the organisation’s activities, please contact me or any of the board members.
Around the Traps!
See what Livestock SA's team has been up to this month ...

Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD): Weekly meetings of the ‘Domestic Containment Strategy Committee’ were held throughout the month. This broad industry-government committee is working to develop effective strategies to contain and manage the spread of LSD should it arrive in Australia.

PPSA Council: The quarterly PPSA Council Meeting was held on 10 May. Draft strategy and business plans were approved, and all commodity groups agreed the State Government needed to bolster the State’s biosecurity capacity, given it is a frontline service. The government has committed to increasing investment in these areas.

Cattle Industry Fund: The Cattle Industry Fund Board met on 20 May to review and assess projects for this year’s application round. Recommendations will be provided to the Livestock SA Board for approval.

WoolProducers Australia: The WPA Board held its quarterly meetings at Michell Wool in Adelaide on 25-26 May. President Joe Keynes and CEO Travis Tobin joined Livestock SA’s representative on the WPA Board, Glen Tilley, for the meetings and a tour of the Michell processing facility. Major issues covered included traceability, biosecurity, domestic and diversified processing, international markets and chemical defleecing.

Cattle Council of Australia Rising Champions: Livestock SA’s Tom Cosentino attended the week-long intensive development program in Canberra from 22-27 May. For the past decade, this signature initiative has fostered up-and-coming leaders (one winner from each state and the Northern Territory) within the Australian beef industry.

Heritage Agreements: President Joe Keynes joined a consortium comprising representatives from Livestock SA, Nature Foundation, Trees for Life, Conservation Council of SA, PEW Trust and PPSA who met with the Deputy Premier Susan Close on 27 May to discuss the future of the private land conservation program.

Keen to join the Livestock SA Board?

Nominations for five positions on the Livestock SA Board are now open. To nominate, producers must be a member of Livestock SA and must submit a nomination form before 5pm on Monday 18 July 2022.
Members will vote on which of the nominated producers will represent them on the organisation. This process will be conducted through an external online process TrueVote to ensure transparency.
Successful candidates will be announced at Livestock SA’s annual general meeting on 29 August 2022 at Hahndorf. The AGM is being held in conjunction with the GROWING SA 2022 Conference.
Livestock SA CEO Travis Tobin encouraged members to consider applying for a position on the Livestock SA Board.

“Joining the Livestock SA board is a great opportunity for producers to contribute to their industry and drive its future,” he said. 

“For experienced industry leaders, it is a chance to give back to the industry. For emerging leaders, it is an excellent opportunity to gain a greater understanding of industry-government relations, how Livestock SA works in advocating for them and, at a personal level, continue developing their leadership and governance skills.
“I encourage all Livestock SA members who are passionate about their industry and believe they have something to offer to throw their hat in the ring.”
Contact Livestock SA on 08 8297 2299 for a nomination form. Forms must be emailed to by 5pm Monday 18 July 2022.

Are you coming to GROWING SA?

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the GROWING SA Conference is back in 2022 – and registrations are now open.
GROWING SA 2022’s theme is sustainability and the conference program focuses on requirements integral to achieving this on-farm such as innovation, taking advantage of opportunities, planning for challenges and building skills for a prosperous future.
Hosted by Livestock SA and Grain Producers SA, the 2022 event will be held over two days at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, on Monday 29 August and Tuesday 30 August, including the Livestock SA AGM on the first day and the full-day conference program on day two.

Progress update: Dog fence rebuild
Phoompy’s Contracting, sub-contracted by SA Outback Company, at work on the Dog Fence rebuild.
Livestock SA congratulates PIRSA Dog Fence Rebuild Manager Lindell Andrews on her induction into the Hall of Fame in the category ‘Leading Industry Women’ at the Australian Fencing Awards, held in Sydney last month. Here’s her latest update on the progress of the rebuild:
The rebuild of the Dog Fence is progressing steadily. There are now 26 kilometres of posts installed in Stage 7 (Pureba), and the prefabricated mesh has started to go up. This is some of the hardest ground encountered to date, with a rock drill required to create each post hole – so far, 3692 holes! Further west in Stage 8 (Penong), about 12 kilometres of posts have been installed. At May 20, 407km has been completed and another 470km was under way.
Minimum wage, super and unfair dismissal

Industrial relations update with Chas Cini

At this time of year, the Fair Work Commission invites submissions for the minimum wage adjustment which invariably is effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July of the year.

The unions, through the ACTU, have lodged a claim for 5% to be applied to the Award rates. They have since increased it to 5.5% to mirror the projected CPI increases for next year. Employer groups are seeking between 3% and 3.5%. The Financial Review has forecast an increase of 4%.

The Fair Work Commission is likely to finalise its findings in mid to late June.

Read the full update on the Livestock SA website
Tips to make tax time a breeze

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has a range of resources and tips to make tax time a breeze and help you understand what you can and cannot claim.

  1. Check out the ATO's work-related expenses guide for agriculture to find out what deductions you can claim if you work in the industry. The guide has also been translated into other languages
  2. If you're lodging online, the best time to lodge is from late July. By then, all your information from employers, banks and health funds will be automatically included in your tax return. All you need to do is check the information and add anything that's missing.
  3. Once you've lodged, you can check the progress of your return online by logging into ATO online services through myGov or using the ATO app. Remembers, most tax returns lodged online take about two weeks to be processed. 
For more information, visit

Livestock SA Southern Region Meeting 

Monday 27 June 2022

The meeting will be held at Gather on Gordon, 85 - 87 Gordon Street, Naracoorte between 6pm-9pm for an informal cocktail style meet and greet with the new Livestock SA CEO Travis Tobin. 

Tickets are available through Eventbrite for only $20 per head. 


PIRSA Red Meat and Wool Livestock Forums

Livestock forums are free for producers and will focus on strategies to improve the productivity and profitability of the state’s sheep flock and beef herd. Topics and speakers include:

  • Making every moment count: the one percenters that are worth so much to you and your livestock business – Nathan Scott, Achieve Ag
  • Pregnancy management: what we know – Deb Scammell, Talking Livestock
  • Managing cattle and sheep diseases – Dr Sean McGrath, Millicent Veterinary Clinic
  • Breeding for your best future – Mark Ferguson, neXtgen Agri

Register for Snowtown – 7 June, 8.45 am – 1.00 pm
Snowtown Football Club, North Terrace

Register for Orroroo – 8 June, 8.45 am – 1.00 pm
Blacksmith's Chatter Function Centre, 7 First Street

Register for Wudinna – 9 June, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wudinna Football Club, 43 Medley Terrace

The Australian Farmer - new version available

The Australian Farmer is a digital book offering extensive and expert insight into advanced farming principles and practices in this country to help all farmers, no matter their commodity or region, enhance productivity and profitability outcomes.
The second instalment was recently released and is available for download.

Download The Australian Farmer here

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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