Preparing your farm for drought
Drought inflicts major financial, social and environmental costs on farm businesses and communities. The often slow onset of drought can add further complexity to the decisions required to successfully run a farm business. It is important to take the time now to ensure good strategies are in place for your farm and business before the impacts of drought hit.
The department has developed a number of information tools to assist in business management and farm planning. The increased likelihood of drought is also calling for improved skills and capabilities in how farmers manage business risk and plan for the longer term.
A new course in Farm Business Risk Management is available. Farm Business Risk Management Skills have been designed by industry experts to ensure relevance and demonstrate value to the sector.
Farm Risk Management Grant Program
The Farm Risk Management Grants Program was established by the Victorian Government as a key component of the Victorian Government's Drought Response Package.
The program is providing eligible farm businesses up to $10,000 to improve risk management and drought preparedness practices and enhance overall farm performance.
The Program has been positively received and now the number of applications received exceeds the funding available. As such the program is now closed to further applications.
Stock containment areas
Stock containment areas (SCAs) enable farmers to fence off part of the farm to hold, feed and water livestock in tough conditions such as drought and after a bushfire.
SCAs deliver a range of benefits during droughts including minimising soil erosion, enabling faster pasture recovery, limiting the spread of weeds and allowing for good stock management.
Eligible livestock producers in the Wimmera, Mallee, North Central, Goulburn Broken and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA) regions will receive financial assistance of up to $2,000 for each stock containment area (SCA). A maximum of three SCAs, or $6,000 per farm property applies. Advice on the design and location of the SCA is available as well as information on livestock management, water quality and erosion management.
Contact details for the relevant CMAs are:
Wimmera CMA on (03) 5382 1544
North Central CMA on (03) 5448 7124
Mallee CMA on (03) 5051 4377
Goulburn Broken CMA on (03) 5822 7700
Glenelg Hopkins CMA on (03) 5571 2526
Farmer workshops for managing seasonal conditions
Managing resources in drought (includes drought feeding and managing of sheep and cattle)