Tough talk urges local farmers to look forward

AS MID North livestock producers look to the season ahead, they have been reminded of the importance of community and connectedness during the tough times at a Eudunda drought forum on Thursday.
Many expressed their sense of relief after guest speakers, ‘The Unbreakable Farmer’ Warren Davies and Western NSW Division pastoralist Gus Whyte, shared
their stories on ways for struggling farmers to make business decisions and plans during the dry times.
Event co-organiser Spence Dix & Co’s Daniel Doecke said more people attended than he had expected.
“We have not held an event like this in this community for a really long time, if ever, so it was a chance for everyone to share a common story with each other,” he said. “The event gave people a chance to feel more positive and remember to look forward to better times, and understand they are not alone.” Many farmers had already decided to destock by up to 50 per cent this year, in anticipation of an expected hard season.
Click here to read the full article by The Stock Journal’s Vanessa Binks.

South Australia Endemic Sheep Disease Management Programs – Update

Bio Security and PIRSA are implementing changes to the SA Johne’s Disease in sheep and Footrot management programs and will be phased in over the coming months from July 2018.

Click here to view the fact sheet with information about the new programs.

“We aim to increase industry awareness of JD and Footrot in order to help reduce the risk of disease and production losses. This will be implemented by encouraging on-farm biosecurity and best practice for managing endemic diseases.”
Speak to your local Animal Health Officer or Livestock SA representative for further information or visit PIRSA’s website:


Updated Cattle Health Declaration Now Available

An updated version of the Cattle Health Declaration is now available for use.
Key updates include:
• The owner and cattle details have been removed, as this information is captured on the NVD – it’s rare that a CHD would be used independently of an NVD, so these documents should complement one another.
• ‘Type’ of on-farm biosecurity plan is no longer specified.
• EBL questions have been removed as they do not apply in most instances.
• The JD testing questions are now easier to understand.
• Co-grazing with sheep has been removed as a question.
• A new explanatory note advises that co-grazing with any JD-susceptible species may be important to some buyers.
The updated CHD is available HERE and also the ALPA website.