Managing resources in-drought
Improving farm management practices provides an important means of managing and recovering more quickly from drought.
Drought feeding and management of livestock
The department has developed specific information on feeding and management for livestock in drought.
These booklets help producers break down the daunting planning phase into manageable steps that can be used to plan a successful way forward.
- Drought Feeding and Management of Sheep - A Guide for Farmers and Land Managers 2015 (Accessible Version)
A practical guide to help producers build a plan on sheep feeding and management during drought.
- Drought Feeding and Management of Beef Cattle - A Guide for Farmers and Managers 2015 (Accessible Version)
A practical guide to building a plan for managing beef cattle in drought.
Hard copies of this information is also available free of charge and can be sent to you by contacting us.
Animal Health and Welfare
Farmers have legal obligations to protect the welfare of livestock on their property. Drought calls for hard economic decisions to be made, particularly on the fate of stock. Take action early to minimise the impacts. The Animal health in a drought fact sheet provides important information to aid decision making.
When preparing for or entering extended periods of dryness it is important to understand what demands are being made on existing farm water storages. we have developed a fact sheet to assist land managers calculate water demands and understand how long dam water may last in times of drought.
- Emergency Water Supply Points
- Complete list of Water Corporations
- Complete list of Catchment Management Authorities
- Drought Reserve Dams
Horticulture FARMVIEW Videos
The FARMVIEW video series focuses on the horticulture industry and provides information about responding to drought and extreme conditions, using water efficiently during drought, business planning and a range of other topics.
Dairy Australia has technical information on drought, water, feeding options and drought assistance.
Meat and Livestock Australia provides technical information on managing livestock in times of drought and market information.
The Victorian Farmers Federation has developed information resources across a range of areas including animal health, farm safety, fire service property levy, mental health and food and fibre career advice.