Limestone Coast Landscape officers are about to begin inspections of deer farms to assess compliance with farmer obligations to keep farmed deer secure and tagged.
The inspections are the next step following a 24-month education period where updated obligations were communicated to registered deer farmers in the region by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board.
The period allowed deer farmers time to implement ear tagging and fencing requirements.
Under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 deer are declared for control, and the Act includes separate declarations for domestic (farmed) and feral deer.
Board chairperson Penny Schulz said farmed deer must be clearly tagged and confined in South Australia, with inspections regularly undertaken.
"In South Australia, farmed deer must be tagged and confined to ensure they are clearly differentiated from feral deer," she said.
"The inspections that will be undertaken by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board aim to reduce the considerable damage escaped deer and feral deer cause to our environment and agricultural industries."
She explained that feral deer can be devastating to landholders, and plenty must be done to limit there impact .
"Feral Deer eat native plants, pasture, crops, damage fences and have significant potential to spread diseases and are also known to cause other problems, such as hazards on our roads and attracting illegal hunters, on both private and public lands," she said.
Limestone Coast Landscape officers are now undertaking inspections to ensure deer farms are compliant.
In South Australia, all farmed deer must be registered with PIRSA under a property identification code.
Farmed deer over 12 months of age, and farmed deer of any age being moved, must carry a permanent ear tag.
Further information on deer farmer responsibilities for fencing standards and ear tagging requirements, can be found at: www.pir.sa.gov.au
Any escaped farmed deer should be reported via the board's website: www.landscape.sa.gov.au/lc or to the nearest regional office at Mt Gambier 08 8735 1204 or Keith 08 8755 1620.