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By Elisa Rose
Unique Hills ecosystems
could be threatened if
funding removed from the
Green Army is not reinvested
into other land care activities,
local environmentalists have
Funding for the Green Army
was slashed from the Federal
Government’s budget late last
year to save $360m.
The Government recently
made a promise to the Greens
that it would inject $100m into
However, Sturt Upper Reaches
Danny Rohrlach and Friends of
Woorabinda Bushland Reserve
member David Ragless have
said the one-off funding injection
would not be enough.
“The general grants to
Landcare was at a level four
or five years ago of $480m,” Mr
“That was then scrapped when
the Green Army came in, and
now $100m is being put back
to Landcare so really funding
for land care type activities
has gone from $480m down to
“That’s a big drop and it’s very
difficult to keep up the same
level of work.” Mr Rohrlach is
involved in the Olibel bandicoot
project, which aims to reunite
isolated bandicoots living
in the Belair National Park
with their relatives in Mark
Oliphant Conservation Park by
revegetating a corridor of land
with bandicoot-friendly habitat.
A new Green Army team is
about to start working on the
corridor, but Mr Rohrlach said
it would be the last team to
work on the project, potentially
leading to its deterioration.
“It’s very important to have
that long term perspective – a
short term blast of work and
energy and funding doesn’t
really do the trick, it just reverts
back to what it was,” he said.
“So really things stand still for
a bit and then they go backwards
and then the bandicoots will be
“So we predict the population
would diminish and they would
be even more threatened.”
Since its inception in 2014
the Green Army has provided
thousands of hours of labor on
hundreds of projects.
Ecologist Craig Baulderstone
said slashing the program could
mean much of the ecological
achievements made in the
region over the past few years
He said the Green Army had
often played an important role
in maintaining the re-vegetation
work done by landholders and
volunteers, removing weeds
which threaten native species.
“It was good to have that
support – really they were doing
follow up work for us on top of
the huge investment already
made by landholders and public
funds,” he said.
“Take away Green Army –
what else are you going to do to
Funding loss a threat to unique ecosystem
Local environmentalists David Ragless, left, Craig Baulderstone and Danny Rohrlach are concerned the
end of the Green Army will have detrimental effects on local ecosystems.
By Tom Staggard
With record breaking cattle prices
and good seasonal conditions, the
Australian beef industry could
be set for a major boom, industry
Last year was one to remember for
beef producers with prices breaking
records and experts suggesting
similarly solid returns projected for
An industry report recently revealed
that due to high beef prices, national
cattle herd numbers declined from
26.5 million in 2013 to an estimated
23.3 million in mid-2016.
As the national herd number
dwindles, producers are faced with
the tough decision of whether to
chase immediate returns on their
investment or to rebuild their own
herd numbers for years of future
profitability, the report stated. It found
that while keeping herd slaughter
rates high in the short-term would
provide immediate returns, lowering
slaughter rates could be the difference
between fostering a growth that could
see Australia boast a $16.4 billion beef
industry as opposed to a $9 billion
On its current path the Australian
beef industry is estimated to be worth
around $11.6 billion with a national
herd number of about 21 million by
Due to these high returns and
promise of future economic viability,
the interest in next month’s bulls sales
during the 2017 SA Beef Field Days
Andrew Taylor of the Kingarth Angus
stud in Nairne will be opening his
gates during the field day for anyone
looking to improve their herd.
Mr Taylor and his son Patrick have
been involved in cattle breeding all
their lives with Andrew’s father Don
buying his first cow in 1934.
Kingarth will be open on February
5 alongside other Hills studs
participating in the Field Days.
Mr Taylor said the stud attracted
visitors from all over the State.
“People in the past have come from
not only the Hills and Fleurieu area,”
“We’ve had people from Kangaroo
Island, the South East and we’ve even
had people from Broken Hill in the
“This year we have 14 high quality
bulls for sale so we’re expecting a
pretty good turnout,” he said.
All of his bulls will be aged about 20
months which he said was the perfect
age to work with a bull.
“They’re old enough and big enough
to work without compromising their
growth or general well-being,” he said.
Beef market buoyant
SA BEEF FIELD DAYS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A BETTER BULL
Head – The head should be long
yet broad, strong and masculine. A
long and thin head means a similarly
shaped body which equates to less
Eye – Look for a ‘kind’ eye. Only buy
a bull that appears calm and good
natured. Buying a bull with an attitude
problem is buying trouble.
Crest – At 20 months of age a bull
should not be too crested. A large
crest indicates maturity and a young,
heavily created bull could mean he will
not grow much more.
Body – The body itself should be
thick, long and deep. A big barrel
means they can digest more feed and
therefore produce more meat.
Back – Should be straight and level.
It is best to avoid animals with a dip in
Rump – A big backside is a must.
Meat equals money in the beef
business and the rump is a quality cut.
The more the better.
Testicles – Should be quite large.
Bulls should have a minimum scrotal
circumference of 34cm (for Angus) at
18 months of age. Studies have proven
that bulls with larger testicles are more
fertile. Large testicles also mean that
the bull can handle larger workloads
and breed more fertile daughters.
Testicles should also be assessed for
Sheath – The sheath should be
reasonably tight (not too loose) to
avoid irritation form grass seeds.
Shoulders – Beware of bulls that are
too wide and thick at the shoulders.
If this trait is passed on it can lead
Legs – Should have good structure
and look strong. Avoid bulls with
curled hooves – they should be fairly
straight. Remember a lame bull will
not work as well resulting in fewer
Mouth – Avoid bulls with either
an overshot or undershot jaw. Such
animals will have trouble eating and
A Kingarth bull retained by the stud displays all the attributes of a quality animal.
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