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to improve river
Plains Producer, Wednesday February 20, 2013
‘Partners in pork’
last year at
reserve by a
Alliance to boost
FROM UNDALYA TO THE ROCKS RESERVE ...
SECTION of the Wakefield river heavily infested with wild artichoke, fennel
and boxthorn – Picture from SA government’s report, River Management
Plan for Wakefield Catchment.
LOCAL landholders are about to
embark on several environmental protec-
tion projects along a vital stretch of the
Northern and Yorke Natural Resourc-
es Management water officer, Jennifer
Munro, was in the district last week,
meeting with growers with property
connecting to the river.
The planned works, which includes
fencing to prevent erosion and some
revegetation planting, will be funded
through a Caring for Our Country grant.
“This current project is about on-
ground works and working with the
landholders through that area, using
financial incentives to do fencing, weed
control, revegetation, that sort of thing,”
Ms Munro said.
“Because of the high quality nature
of that area, we’re looking to work with
them to protect that area with fencing for
stock control, but also enhance the area
She said about 25 landholders have
been involved to date, with about 10
taking on a majority of the main works.
A research grant from the Native
Vegetation Council has also recently been
used to do a vegetation survey along the
river, which is nearly finished.
“We’re using some of the information
from that survey in this new project,
particularly for weed control,” Ms
The section of river in the spotlight
stretches from Undalya, near Auburn, to
Rocks Reserve, near Balaklava.
“The permanent water supply through
that section and the presence of the per-
manent pools is very significant,” Ms
“It also supports a lot of diversity in
the vegetation and often then you get the
wildlife like the frogs and other aquatic
The geomorphic nature of the area is
another highlight of the area.
“It’s quite rocky and steep in areas,
so that is part of why the water is up at
the surface, rather than underground,”
Ms Munro added.
There are plans to hold a public open
day at Rocks Reserve in May.
“That’s hopefully going to be held in
conjunction with Volunteer Week,” Ms
“It will have a combination of envi-
ronmental information, presentations,
but also have the opportunity to do some
more planting at the reserve as well.
“It will help people get to know the
project and give them the opportunity to
be part of it too.”
Wakefield Regional Council, with
help from local volunteers, has already
carried out some revegetation at the site
from a recent NRM grant.
“So, we’re looking to build on that,”
Ms Munro said.
The landholder-related works fur-
ther upstream started with a survey
to determine relevant priorities and
understanding how the river relates to
their respective businesses. “That gives
us their perspective and we also try to
ascertain what sort of future projects they
may be interested in,” Ms Munro said.
Fencing work should begin within the
next month, followed by a majority of
the revegetation planting in May, which
should be finished by the end of June.
Following that, NYNRM would also
host another public workshop, similar
to what was held last year, to present
outcomes from the project.
Ms Munro said a separate Biodiversity
fund, which encompasses projects across
four catchments in the NYNRM area,
including the Wakefield River, would
continue environmental works in the
local catchment over the next four years.
FREE FIELD DAY
Rabbits and Foxes:
a common pest
Wasleys, Mid North
9 March 2013
9.00am – 12.00pm
Come along to a FREE field day designed to
help you develop an effective control program
on your rural property. You can also purchase
fox baits on the day if you preorder.
• implementing your fox baiting program
• identifying rabbit damage
• control techniques
o warren and den destruction
o harbour removal
• management tools.
This field day is funded from the NRM levy.
For further information, to preorder
fox baits and to register, please phone
Andy Day on 0416 137 875 or Jess Frahn
on 8523 7725, 0429 580 969 or email
South Australia’s pig industry will be
supported by local research into sow and
piglet housing, reproduction, welfare and
other initiatives under the new Southern
The alliance, to be launched at the Uni-
versity of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus
on Friday, consolidates SA’s leading role
in Australian pig research, development
The alliance between the University’s
School of Animal and Veterinary Sci-
ences and the South Australian Research
and Development Institute (SARDI), will
capitalise on the higher education, animal
health and welfare, reproduction, molecular
diagnostics, product quality and food safety
capabilities at Roseworthy as well as the
Waite Campus in Adelaide.
SA is a major supplier of Australia’s
pork, with more than 25 per cent of domestic
production – about 1.2 million pigs or more
than 90,000 tonnes of pork – processed at
modern plants in Murray Bridge and Port
Dr Roger Campbell, chief executive of
the national Cooperative Research Centre
for High Integrity Pork Chief, said industry
was working closely with Southern Pork
Alliance specialists at Roseworthy to pro-
mote better standards of production and
“Whole-value-chain innovation, col-
laboration and research, development and
education will ensure the future of a more
efficient, sustainable and profitableAustral-
ian pork industry,” Dr Campbell said.
The Pork CRC, which also is based
at Roseworthy, funds a range of research
projects covering nutrition, reproduction,
housing, production and welfare, with
several key projects involving University
of Adelaide and SARDI scientists.
Professor Iain Reid, Executive Dean
(Roseworthy Campus) at University of
Adelaide, said pork research at Roseworthy
was focused on sow and piglet management,
with particular emphasis on reproduction,
health, welfare and housing.
“These areas are becoming increas-
ingly important for the efficient and ethical
production of pork, without the need for
confinement of sows in stalls or widespread
use of antibiotic medications.”
“For the School of Animal and Vet-
erinary Sciences, this alliance dramatically
strengthens the potential for research and
teaching in pig production and disease
management, making it a unique resource
among Australian veterinary schools and
ensuring a continuing supply of research-
ers and veterinarians to service the needs
of the industry.”
Professor Alan Tilbrook, SARDI Live-
stock and Farming Systems Research Chief,
said the alliance brought together a diverse
range of infrastructure and high-level skills.
“Our pig and poultry production re-
searchers work with industry, producers,
vets, engineers and nutritionists, as well as
with University of Adelaide and TAFE pro-
grams at Roseworthy,” Prof Tilbrook said.
“SARDI and the University of Adelaide
have been conducting a nationally rec-
ognised course in pork industry training,
which this year attracted participants from
all around Australia.”
• The new pork alliance will be launched
at the SA Pig Industry Open Day at Rose-
worthy this Friday.
Local producers, suppliers, researchers
and students will be updated on the latest
pork industry research. The alliance follows
the establishment last year of the Southern
Poultry Alliance between the University of
Adelaide and SARDI.
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