Managing dry seasonal conditions
4 May 2018
Agriculture Victoria is supporting East Gippsland primary producers currently experiencing and managing dry seasonal conditions.
Agriculture Victoria's Regional Manager for Meat and Wool Services, Nick Dudley, said livestock management and feeding options need to be carefully considered and planned, particularly as we head into winter.
"If the current low rainfall continues and ground temperatures drop, the opportunity for pasture growth significantly reduces. Farmers need to make decisions early to get their livestock through," Mr Dudley said.
"Producers should consider developing feed budgets to compare different feeding options and costs, and identify stock to retain or sell. Assessing water reserves is critical.
"Assessing your grain and fodder supplies and considering if other feed supplements will be required to maintain your different classes of stock is very important along with doing your homework on cash flow budgets.
"Farmers also need to assess the quality and volume of water reserves, and consider restricting livestock access to dams as water levels drop. Stock water troughs are an excellent option when dam water levels are very low.
"A stock containment area may be considered as part of the property and livestock management plan, and once established can be maintained for use as an ongoing management strategy," he said.
As always, plan early so you can make the best decision for your livestock and business.
Agriculture Victoria is continuing to support producers through the coordination of dry seasonal workshops across the region this month.
Upcoming information sessions include:
- Bendoc on 10 May
- Tubbut on 10 May
- Buchan South on 17 May
- Bengworden on 22 May
- Swan Reach on 30 May
The Bendoc and Tubbut workshops will be delivered in collaboration with the Snowy Interstate Landcare Committee. The Bendoc workshop will start at 10am at the Bendoc CFA shed, the Tubbut workshop will start at 2.30pm at the Tubbut Hall.
For more details on these workshops or to register please contact Caroline Love from Agriculture Victoria on telephone 0427 515 668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on managing dry seasonal conditions is also available online at the Agriculture Victoria website or from the Customer Service Centre on telephone 136 186.
Producers facing financial difficulties are encouraged to contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Gippsland on (03) 5662 2566. For information on loans and allowances contact Rural Bank (formerly known as Rural Finance) on 1300 660 115 or Centrelink on 132 316.
Contact Number: 0409 255 140
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