Policy Development

Livestock SA is the voice of livestock producers on all livestock-related issues.

The organisation works to inform government, businesses and the wider community on the contribution of livestock producers to the food and fibre industries.

Livestock SA is one of six autonomous commodity groups in South Australia which focus on the needs of their members. Livestock SA works with Primary Producers SA and the other commodity groups on issues which affect all farmers, such as transport and natural resources management.

Livestock SA represents SA producers and their views on WoolProducers Australia, Sheep Producers Australia, Cattle Council of Australia and Goat Industry Council of Australia.

Members can contribute to the direction of policy at a state and national level by attending Livestock SA meetings held regularly around the state or by contacting their nearest board member or regional representative.

Policy Filter:

Animal Welfare

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Livestock SA has endorsed mandatory anaesthesia or analgesic use during mulesing of sheep.

Motion 5 August 2020

Pain relief should be used for all invasive procedures.

Note: Need to survey members to ask if this should be voluntary or mandatory.

Initial 5 December 2016, updated 2 April 2020

Livestock are at the heart of our business. We work with them every day. We seek to treat them well and humanely. Livestock South Australia commit to and we expect that all reasonable standards of husbandry and care be taken when dealing with the objects of our livelihood. We believe that our reputation as the source of premium food should be protected at every opportunity not least of which is the reputation that we have for caring for our livestock.

To that end we commit ourselves to the following principles:

  1. Livestock should not be exposed to unnecessary thirst. Sufficient water should be made available.
  2. Livestock should not be inappropriately exposed to hunger. Sufficient and appropriate food should be made available.
  3. Livestock should have reasonable freedom of movement and when resting that the animal be allowed to comfortably rest.
  4. Livestock should be provided an environment where they are not unnecessarily exposed to temperature extremes and where possible steps to mitigate such exposure are taken.
  5. Livestock should be maintained in an environment that will be hygienically maintained and avoidable exposure to preventable diseases be prevented.
  6. Livestock should be free of physical injuries and where injuries do occur the livestock be humanely treated.
  7. Livestock should not be exposed to unnecessary pain in their treatment or handling.
  8. Livestock should not be exposed to unnecessary distress.

The following definition of working dogs is supported –

A dog usually kept or proposed to be kept and/or worked:

    • On rural land and/or
    • By an owner/breeder or lessee who is
      • a Primary Producer, or
      • a person engaged or employed by a Primary Producer, and
    • Primarily for the purpose of:
      • Herding, droving, protecting, tending or working stock or
      • Being trained in herding, droving, protecting, tending or working stock.

11 March 2016

Biosecurity

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All interstate movements should be vaccinated as part of a producer’s on-farm biosecurity plan.

27 June 2019, updated 2 April 2020

One Biosecurity is supported

Initial motion 18 September 2014

Cattle

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Livestock SA strongly supports the introduction of a cattle transaction levy for all cattle sold in South Australia.

Initial motion 6 October 2015

Goats

There should be a 10-day holding period in a depot for rangeland goats before tagging is required.

Motion 4 December 2017

Industry & Government

Agriculture should be a stand-alone ministerial portfolio.

Motion 5 December 2017

Livestock SA requests a review of the South Australian Government’s Compulsory Acquisition legislation and policies with specific focus on the effect on farmland.

Note: Need to check progress.

Motion at AGM 14 September 2018


Livestock SA calls upon the South Australian Government to effectively communicate with land owners the imposition of caveats, easements and other impositions, including legislative changes to land owners and that any such communication should mandatorily address all adverse impacts upon the land owners including but not limited to, biosecurity impacts, disturbances, adverse business impacts caused by the easement or caveat, and any other disruptions with demonstrable negative effects on the operation of the farm.

Motion at AGM 14 September 2018


Livestock SA petitions the Commonwealth Government (through its organ the Australian Taxation Office) to clearly describe the operation of the Capital Gains Tax regime on land affected by compulsory acquisition. Such description should also consider the effect of any subsequent livestock and equipment sales and income.

Motion at AGM 14 September 2018

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Industry innovation

Livestock SA supports national guidelines on advanced breeding technologies including gene editing.

Initial motion 5 December 2016, updated 2 April 2020

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Industry Leadership & Advocacy

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Industry training & development

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Livestock SA to be involved in supporting Wool TAG (Wool Training Advisory Group).

Motion 20 February 2014


Certificate II in wool handling to continue to be a subsidised course for students.

Motion 2 December 2013


Invasive Species

Feral goats to be held appropriately on SA pastoral properties until there are enough to transport. The SA Pastoral Board needs to change its current policy to allow for this (currently can hold for up to 6 weeks subject to Board approval).

Motion 30 September 2016

Wild dog best practice guidelines as detailed in the SA Arid Lands NRM Board publication Best Practice Guidelines for Wild Dog Control, October 2017 are endorsed.

15 September 2017



Producers outside the fence must be given access to the same wild dog control measures to those inside the fence.

2 December 2019



Livestock SA supports the creation of a Wild Dog Control Board which absorbs the functions of the Dog Fence Board and the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group, but with the expanded role of managing wild dogs in general.

2 December 2019

Mining

PPSA Mining and Gas Statement of Principles (see Attachment 2) is supported.

Motion 11 December 2014



Based on the concerns raised by livestock producers, fracking in the South East cannot proceed at this stage.

Motion 11 December 2014


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Native Vegetation

The Department for Environment and Water to make consultation with adjourning landholders mandatory when conducting controlled burns on national parks, and other reserves and Crown land. There is the need for backburns into national parks to be allowed.

24 March 2017, updated 2 April 2020

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Sheep & wool

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All wool brokers in SA are to encourage the use of NWDs and to follow up with those that do not comply.

Motion 5 December 2016

The wool levy to be extended to five years with a provision for a 500-signature requirement to trigger a levy vote.

Motion 6 October 2015


There should be a regulated oversight position for the wool industry and AWI.

Motion 6 October 2015

Trespass & Theft

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Water security

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