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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2013
38 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2013 The change means that SAFF is replaced by Primary Producers SA (PPSA) and this is not only a new name but a new structure. Whereas individual producers could be members of SAFF, the initial membership of PPSA is six organisations representing the agricultural commodity sectors. Individual producers now need to join their relevant commodity organisations. The six initial members are: • SA Dairy Farmers Association • Grain Producers SA Ltd • Horticulture Coalition of SA • Livestock SA • Pork SA • Wine Grape Council of SA PPSA will be the sector's peak industry body but will only deal with cross-commodity issues. Each of the six organisations will be represented on the PPSA Council which will set policy for all issues which affect multiple commodity groups. These organisations meanwhile have total autonomy on how they handle issues which specifically affect their industry alone. Primary producer representation in SA had become fragmented over time and SAFF membership had been declining. A decision of the SAFF Board last year opened the way to bring all primary producers together into one organisation. It is a very different model than previously. In relation to livestock, Livestock SA has been formed to represent the interests of sheep, beef cattle and goat producers. New Representation Model Currently under South Australia's Primary Industries Funding Scheme Act 1998 there is both a Sheep Industry Fund and a Cattle Industry Fund. All sheep owners in South Australia are required to pay 35 cents a head to the Sheep Industry Fund when five or more sheep are sold for $5.00 or more per head. Cattle owners who purchase transaction tags or permanent identification devices required under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) must pay 65 cents per NLIS identification device to go into the Cattle Industry Fund. Although contributions to these Funds are compulsory, under the legislation, a refund of contributions is permitted. Livestock SA applied to both the Sheep and Cattle Funds for funding to start the organisation. The aim is for a levy on all sheep, beef cattle and goat producers so that all are financing Livestock SA as their representative body. In addition to being a member of PPSA, Livestock SA has applied to be the South Australian member of the SCA, WoolProducers Australia, Cattle Council of Australia, Goat Industry Council of Australia and the South East Australian Livestock Exporters Association. For further information Contact Deane Crabb (08) 8297 2299 On 29 April 2013, at a special general meeting, members of the South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) voted for a fundamental change in the way the State’s food and fibre producers are represented.