South Australian sheep fund is looking for good ideas

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SOUTH Australia’s Sheep Industry Fund is looking for good project ideas to fund next year.

The fund t5his week said it was looking for idea for a project that could benefit the local sheep industry from individuals and organisations.

Marrabel farmer and SIF Chair Ian Rowett wants anybody with a project idea for the 2022/23 funding year to get in touch with Livestock SA before the board’s meeting on 15 December 2021.

Mr Rowett said contributions to the SIF increased by about 13 percent last financial year on the back of higher sheep sale transactions across the state.

“This means that the fund has more resources to complete projects that meet its investment priorities.

“We’re looking for projects of all shapes and sizes that have one thing in common: they benefit the local sheep industry,” he said.

Tom Cosentino, executive officer of the Sheep and Cattle Industry Funds, said he was looking forward to some constructive projects being put forward.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in our industries and we’re very keen to see projects that reflect that,” he said.

One major project supported by the sheep industry is the dog fence rebuild, with 12 cents from every sheep sale being put towards its roll-out. As of 12 November, 341km of the dog fence has been completed, 405km is currently underway and a further 278km of rebuild procurement current occurring.

The SIF also contributes to the Footrot Management Program, research into the benefits of melatonin implants in ewes, predator control programs and is sponsoring the annual Sheep Expo.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Tom or Ian Livestock SA on 8297 2299 or email [email protected]