The South Australian Sheep and Cattle Advisory Groups will go into 2018 with new leadership. Both groups provide advice to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries on issues of significance to the livestock industry.
Marrabel farmer Ian Rowett is the new chairperson of the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group (SASAG) whilst Glencoe dairy farmer Lyndon Cleggett has been elected as the new chair of the South Australian Cattle Advisory Group (SACAG).
Mr Rowett, previously the SASAG deputy chair, replaces outgoing chair Leonie Mills who has been in the role since October 2014. Mr Cleggett replaces outgoing SACAG chair Tom Honner who has held the position for the past two years.
Kangaroo Island commercial sheep industry representative Keith Bolto has been elected as the new SASAG deputy chair. Livestock SA representative, Penny Schulz from the Upper South East is the new SACAG deputy chair.
All positions, which will be for 12 months, will remain in effect until October 2018.
Quotes attributable to Will Zacharin, Executive Director, Biosecurity SA, PIRSA
Sheep and beef are the two biggest sectors of the state’s $4.8 billion livestock industry and their continued growth can be attributed to strong leadership.
The advice provided from both SASAG and SACAG is vital in ensuring projects and programs supported by the Sheep Industry and Cattle Industry Funds deliver the best benefit for our sheep and cattle producers.
Quotes attributable to Ian Rowett, Chair of SASAG
The South Australian sheep industry is robust, underpinned by projects supported by the Sheep Industry Fund but we need to be constantly looking at improvements to ensure that the fund remains flexible and able to meet future demands.
I would like to thank Leonie Mills on behalf of the rest of the group for her efforts in representing the interests of the SASAG and wider SA sheep industry during her time as chairperson.
Along with the State Government through Primary Industries and Regions SA, SASAG will continue to maintain the productive relationship it has with other South Australian livestock industry groups.
Quotes attributable to Lyndon Cleggett, Chair of SACAG
I would like to thank Tom Honner for his stewardship during a period of change for the Cattle Industry Fund. The September 2016 increase in the contribution rate, whilst challenging, has been an important step in ensuring the sustainability of the fund and that it can meet future industry needs.
Established under the Livestock Act 1997, the South Australian Sheep and Cattle Advisory Groups also provide advice to the Minister on the use of the respective Sheep Industry and Cattle Industry Funds.
Sheep Industry Fund 2017-18 funded programs include:
- Farm biosecurity (disease control and prevention)
- Specific sheep health issues (footrot, lice and Johne’s disease in sheep)
- Facilitated predator control (dog fence and baiting programs)
- Livestock traceability and disease monitoring (National Livestock Identification System compliance and abattoir surveillance)
- Advocacy (LivestockSA)
- Industry productivity and communications (Sheep Industry Blueprint and SheepConnect)
- Skills development (WoolTAG toolbox and the Sheep Expo)
Cattle Industry Fund 2017-18 funded programs include:
- Farm biosecurity (disease control, prevention and traceability)
- Specific animal health issues (Johne’s disease in cattle)
- Livestock traceability (National Livestock Identification System)
- Advocacy (Livestock SA and SA Dairyfarmer’s Association)
- Skills development (Dairy Youth Development and SA Junior Heifer Expo)