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Need help with pest animals?

We provide a free service

We provide a free service

Farmers and landholders do not need to pay to register for the program and there is no fee for our members' pest control services.

You have total control

You have total control

Farmers and landholders have total control over who comes onto their property and what conditions our members must follow.

Accredited shooters only

Accredited shooters only

SSAA members registered for this program have undertaken a shooting skill test that is equivalent to tests undertaken by professional shooters.

Covered by insurance

Covered by insurance

All SSAA members participating in this program are covered by the association's $20 million public liability and personal accident cover.

Testimonials

I have found the Farmer Assist program to be extremely helpful in controlling feral animals on our drought stricken property. I would recommend the program to other farmers.

Pat H, Longreach

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BY: SSAA    |    March 8, 2019

Can you help? Queensland Flood Recovery

We have had a number of members suggest that SSAA Farmer Assist should aid farmers that ha ...
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BY: SSAA    |    December 17, 2018

Farmer Assist hits TV screens

To help build awareness of our SSAA Farmer Assist Program within the farming community, SS ...
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BY: SSAA    |    May 17, 2017

Farmer Assist at AVPC

Farmer Assist promoted at the 17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference SSAA National&# ...
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BY: SSAA    |    May 17, 2017

SSAA National meets TSC

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2 weeks ago

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We have had a number of members suggest that SSAA Farmer Assist should aid farmers that have been impacted by the recent Queensland floods. After investigating the most efficient and practical way to do this, and after discussions with AgForce Queensland, the SSAA Farmer Assist team has concluded that our members can best help by volunteering through the organisation BlazeAid. BlazeAid already has the infrastructure and programs to assist in this type of clean-up and rebuilding activity.

BlazeAid runs basecamps that are staging areas in specified locations to accommodate volunteers who will undertake rebuilding damaged fences in the local areas. You don’t need any fencing experience, just a willingness to give it a go and learn on the job. You can volunteer for a day or two or a week or more. All you need to do is contact the camp coordinator a few days before you are ready to attend a basecamp.

More information on how to volunteer for BlazeAid to help flood-affected farmers can be found on their website: blazeaid.com.au/volunteering-information/being-a-blazeaid-volunteer/

As a Farmer Assist member, if you feel like leaving your firearms at home and assisting farmers in a different way, this is certainly a worthwhile way to do so. This will show the wider community that members of SSAA Farmer Assist are not just concerned about shooting pest animals but that we also care about our rural community. SSAA will provide all members who register to participate in flood recovery work with a free SSAA Farmer Assist cap to wear while they are on site. This will ensure that while you are helping rebuild farmers’ damaged infrastructure, you will also help build awareness of our program.

To receive your free SSAA Farmer Assist cap, please email your details to farmerassist@ssaa.org.au once you have contacted and committed to joining an activity managed by BlazeAid. We will then have a SSAA Farmer Assist cap sent to you.

Volunteering for BlazeAid is not restricted to SSAA Farmer Assist members so feel free to invite family and friends to join you in a worthwhile community support initiative.
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3 weeks ago

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To ensure that you receive system messages and that we have your correct contact details, its important to keep your profile details up to date.

It's also good practice to shoot a copy of the assessment target every time you sight your firearms in so you have a recent copy of the target in your profile.

Remember targets are only valid for three years so it makes sense to redo the target shoot often when you visit the range.
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3 weeks ago

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DO YOU NEED PEST ANIMALS CULLED? 🦘🐕🦌

There might be a shooter willing to help you out.

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) runs a program called Farmer Assist, which lets landholders submit jobs to a system for trained shooters to take up.

The service is free, and SSAA Farmer Assist National Coordinator Matthew Godson hopes that if more farmers sign up it will help reduce the number of pests in the state.

"The program was designed to give farmers a way of finding volunteer shooters to assist them with pest management," he said.

"Landholders just need to sign up to the website and ask for assistance by creating what we call a 'job'.

"That is only a five minute exercise, and as soon as they're finished the job's live and our members can start to apply to provide assistance to the individual farm owners."

Mr Godson says the shooters are fully trained and accredited, and that there's capacity in South Australia to handle more jobs.

SSAA will also be working with Livestock SA and the State Government to try and tackle overabundant kangaroos.

FILE PHOTO: Audience submitted/Darren Gall
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4 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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End the roo taboo!

Millions of Australia’s escalating kangaroo population are starving during the drought. This video shows what happens when we don't properly interact with the environment and why sustainable management of game is critical to the welfare of Australia's wildlife. Experienced ecologists Dr Katherine Moseby and Dr John Read are among those saying kangaroo management measures, like culling and eating them, must be put in place to end the suffering but first the commercial meat market needs to be strengthened (see our story in Great Australian Outdoors ‘Why eating kangaroo is harder than you think’).
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1 month ago

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Shooters! We need you to head over to our latest magazine's Facebook site and like or follow the page. We have about 1000 follows at the moment but want to add a zero to the end of that! Great Australian Outdoors is the new magazine that explores Australia and explains the benefits that shooters like you have to the environment. We need your support and why not enter the competition to win a Hema GPS while you are there? ... See MoreSee Less

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