South Australia's livestock water issues

Livestock farmers are being asked to take part in an online survey as part of a project to gather information on South Australia’s stock water issues.

Disappointed: Livestock SA president Joe Keynes says the high cost of reticulated stock waterhas risen as much as 250 per cent in the past eight years.

Disappointed: Livestock SA president Joe Keynes says the high cost of reticulated stock waterhas risen as much as 250 per cent in the past eight years.

The Identify Water Issues Impacting South Australian Livestock Industries project is allowing farmers to have input and identify stock water problems in their areas.

Livestock SA is partnering with Primary Industries and Regions SA and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in conducting the online survey.

According to Livestock SA president Joe Keynes, the project was the first step in responding to the high cost of reticulated water, especially with some regions having costs rise as much as 250 per cent over the past eight years.

“Livestock SA is working with all parties involved with the aim to reach a sustainable outcome with reliable and affordable water resources for all involved in the state’s livestock industries,” Mr Keynes said.

“We are advocating for water security to become a statewide objective for livestock producers – to deliver improved resilience and long-term viability to the state’s livestock industry.

Mr Keynes said the online survey gives livestock farmers a chance to air their grievances.

“The survey provides an avenue for primary producers and stakeholder groups to tell us what their stock water issues are and where they can see opportunities for fit-for-purpose and sustainable water supplies to support development of their livestock businesses,” he said.

“Livestock SA will use the survey results to identify issues for future action.

“Some issues or actions may potentially be dealt with easily and quickly; while other issues will need further investigation and discussion to be resolved.”

The survey is open until Friday, November 5, and all responses are confidential.

For more information or to enter the survey visit www.livestocksa.org.au/surveys or contact admin@livestocksa.org.au, or phone  8297 2299.