Rebuilding South Australia’s flock and herd

Forums to assist livestock producers rebuild and increase stock numbers are set to begin across South Australia this week as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $7.5 million Red Meat and Wool Program.

The livestock forums to be held in Naracoorte, Jamestown and Kimba have been rescheduled after being postponed in July due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the forums were the result of an identified need from the livestock sector for guidance on rebuilding flocks and herds after being impacted by drought.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to driving growth in the livestock sector and our industry partnership through the Red Meat and Wool Growth Program is aimed at accelerating that growth and supporting South Australian jobs,” Minister Basham said.

“These upcoming forums in the South East, Mid North and Eyre Peninsula not only provide an opportunity for farmers to consider strategies to increase their livestock numbers but is also a great refresher on optimising reproductive efficiency.

“The forums also complement other Red Meat and Wool Growth Program initiatives including the Livestock Technology Expos, Producer Technology Groups, Livestock Enterprise Planning sessions and the Livestock AgTech Adoption Rebate.”

Farmers attending the forum will hear from vets and industry production specialists, Nathan Scott (Achieve Ag), Jason Trompf (JT Agri-Source), Deb Scammell (Talking Livestock) and Sean McGrath (Millicent Vet Clinic) on business and production methods to assist in increasing livestock numbers. A local farmer will also be on hand to share their strategies and experiences.

Livestock forums are being held at:

  • Naracoorte: Monday, 30 August – Naracoorte Town Hall. 8.45 am to 3.30 pm
  • Jamestown: Wednesday, 1 September – Jamestown Town Hall. 8.45 am to 3.30pm
  • Kimba: Thursday, 2 September – Kimba Football Club. 8.45am to 3.30pm.

Registration for each forum is mandatory to assist with COVID-19 management and catering, to do so visit https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/livestock-forums/

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