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May 2024

Dear ,

As we navigate through a challenging season with yet no sign of a break in the weather, I understand the growing concern as fodder reserves become critically low in some regions. We remain hopeful for the arrival of much-needed rain soon.

There has been some confusion surrounding the proposed changes to Livestock SA's constitution and our committee structures. I want to assure you that the Livestock SA Board, comprised of fellow producers and industry experts, is committed to enhancing the organisation's structure to ensure stability and strength for the next decade and beyond. Our new structure aims to

increase accountability and efficiency, which we believe is in the best interest of the livestock industry in South Australia. I encourage those with questions or who seek further information to join us for an online session on 3 May at 12pm – register here. You are also welcome to contact any board member directly; we are here to provide transparency and support.


We are excited to announce the launch of our new membership database, designed to improve communication with you. Please update your details and provide comprehensive information to ensure you receive communications tailored to your specific needs - update your details here.


The next round of the Agri-Silience program was also launched this month. This initiative is designed to enhance financial literacy, develop additional skills and enhance decision-making, building resilience in both individuals and businesses. Graziers and broadacre farmers can register interest here for the new program that will run through 2024-2025.


To help coordinate community events without overlaps, we have introduced an events calendar on our website where livestock-related events can be submitted for approval and listing. This will serve as your central resource for industry events in South Australia.


This month, Livestock SA made submissions to state, national and international processes impacting our members. State submissions were to DEW on proposed amendments to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007 (here) and DEM on the draft Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Regulations (here). Nationally, we outlined the impact of the Biosecurity Protection Levy on South Australian livestock producers to the current Senate inquiry (here), and internationally we contributed to the European Commission’s public consultation on the environment tool that will be used by brands to assess the impacts of textile products (here).


The SA Sheep Expo 2024, which is supported by the Sheep Industry Fund, was again a highlight for April and a credit to the organisers and volunteers. This year, Livestock SA ran biosecurity awareness and training sessions. Congratulations to all participants and the winners. It was heartening to see the enthusiastic participation of so many young people, eager to learn about the sheep industry.


We were also a proud supporter of the Rural Support Charity Match on 12 April. This is the second year this great initiative has been held to raise funds to reduce financial hardship through adverse events for South Australian primary producers and small related agribusinesses. Thank you to those who contributed by purchasing tickets and donating to the Rural Business Support Relief Fund.


The 2024 Student Compendium, funded by the Cattle and Sheep Industry Funds, has been launched. This resource aggregates opportunities for students in primary industries and natural resource management, aiding in the discovery of careers, scholarships, graduate programs, and training opportunities. The Compendium is available for download at this link.


Changes in agricultural banking over the past five years have been substantial. Join us tonight (Wednesday 1 May) for a webinar with Chris Scheid to explore how to effectively manage your banking relationships, including negotiating interest rates and exploring non-bank lending options – register here.


Thank you for your continued support and engagement.


Kind regards,

Joe Keynes, President - Livestock SA

Biosecurity awareness session at the SA Sheep Expo

Sheep Industry Funds sponsorship at the SA Sheep Expo

Managing Your Bank Manager with Chris Scheid

This webinar will present the opportunity to ‘Manage Your Agri Manager’:

▶️ How we can successfully navigate the annual bank review – purpose, preparation and presentation.

▶️ Negotiating on Interest Rates – brokering vs debt advisors vs do it yourself; how banks assess risk; how we can present our best case

▶️ Other non-bank lending options

When: 1 May

Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Online

Register: Here

Busted Boots Campaign

We're thrilled to launch the "Busted Boots" campaign for our Livestock SA members! Show us your well-worn boots and share the stories they've collected from your adventures in red meat and wool production. Snap a photo, post it on social media tagging Livestock SA with the hashtag #BustedBoots2024, and tell us your tale. You could win a new pair of Blundstones boots! The contest kicks off today and runs for four weeks. Join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication that your boots represent!

Member Consultation on the Livestock SA Constitution Changes

There are some misunderstandings circulating about the proposed constitutional changes at Livestock SA. Join our upcoming online session to ask your questions and get the facts.

Following a thorough review by a top governance lawyer, Livestock SA is proposing changes to enhance transparency, governance, and accountability. These changes are all about aligning our structure with industry best practices without altering the valuable work we do.

When: 3 May

Time: 12pm to 1pm
Where: Online

Register: Here

New Feature - South Australian Livestock Events Calendar

We're excited to launch our South Australian Agricultural Events Calendar! Now you can find and submit local agricultural events all in one place

📅 Upcoming events

📅 Submit an event

Animal Welfare Strategy set to be renewed

[as published in the Stock Journal]

Travis Tobin, CEO of Livestock SA, outlines a compelling vision for the future of animal welfare in Australia in his latest column for the Stock Journal. The Australian Government has committed $5 million over 4 years to renew the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) and Travis emphasises the essential role of industry practices and frameworks. Travis calls for a strategy that integrates modern science and acknowledges the contributions of the livestock sector.

>> Read More

Legal Advice on the Road

Mellor Olsson Partner, Matt Dorman and Associate, Georgia Hamood-Smith will be visiting the following towns and surrounding areas during May and June 2024.

  • 14 May: Kimba, Cleve

  • 22 – 24 May: Ceduna, Wudinna, Streaky Bay

  • 11 June: Kimba, Cleve

  • 18 – 20 June: Ceduna, Wudinna, Streaky Bay

Mellor Olsson advises on Wills & Estates, Commercial & Agribusiness, Property & Conveyancing, Family Law, Litigation, Mining & Native Title, Personal Injury Planning & Environment, Insolvency & Restructuring, Employment & Workplace Relations.

Contact the Mellor Olsson Port Lincoln office to book your appointment on

8682 3133 or [email protected]

Discount Fuel through Shell

Livestock SA has entered into an arrangement with Viva Energy by providing a Shell Card that will reward our membership base with competitive fuel discounts and offers. 


The Shell Card can be used in over 1,360 locations across Australia including 166 truck stops. Express your interest for more information by clicking here.

Sheep and Goat eID Explained

Watch this short video (4 mins) to learn more about eID. Sheep and farmed goats born on or after 1 January 2025 will need to be identified with an NLIS-accredited eID tag before leaving their property of birth. The rules apply to anyone who owns one or more sheep or farmed goats, even if they are kept as pets.

Find out more about South Australian's transition to eID on the PIRSA website here.

2025 Nuffield Scholarships

Earn a $40,000 bursary to travel globally and enhance your business and industry knowledge. Broaden your international networks and contribute to more sustainable and profitable primary industries in Australia by investigating a topic relevant to your business, community, or sector. Learn more and apply now here.

Offer for Livestock SA members through Telstra

Members of Livestock SA, through their affiliation with PPSA, can benefit from discounted Telstra products. The following discounts are available on network extension devices:

  • $50 off the Telstra Mobile Smart Antenna (TMSA)

  • $10 off the Yagi antenna

  • $50 off the Telstra Go Repeater

Please note: To be eligible members must have a current Telstra mobile post-paid or fixed account.

Telstra customers can also check if they need to upgrade their device before the 3G network closes on 30 June this year. Just send an SMS with the number 3 to 3498 or “3G XT” to receive almost instant advice on your device.

To ensure we can better connect, communicate and understand member needs, Livestock SA has transitioned to a new database system.

We need your help to ensure we have your current details to successfully implement the new system as soon as possible.

Please help us to provide a better service to you by updating your member details by clicking the link below and completing the online form. It only takes a few minutes.

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