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.
Courses in farm business risk management skills are available. They have been designed by industry experts to ensure relevance and demonstrate value to the sector.
Dry weather farming videos
- Dry weather farming – Tony Coombes
- Dry weather farming – Stephen Poole
- Dry weather farming – Joan Liley
- Dry weather farming – Andy Smith
Drought feeding and management of livestock
The managing resources in drought guides help producers break down the daunting planning phase into manageable steps that can be used to plan a successful way forward.
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.
Stock containment area videos
- Stock containment areas factsheet (PDF - 341.7 KB)
- Stock containment areas factsheet (WORD - 639.0 KB)
- Water case studies
- Water supply for stock containment areas
- Managing resources in drought (includes drought feeding and managing of sheep and cattle)
- Drought reserve dams