Dry season resources for farmers

A range of services are available to support farming families, communities and small businesses to manage the impact of drought and dry seasonal conditions In Victoria.

Dry seasonal conditions support brochures

These five brochures summarise the programs and assistance provided by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, community organisations and not-for-profit organisations and are updated monthly.

Assistance across all of Victoria:

Assistance in Central and East Gippsland:

Assistance in Goulburn Murray Irrigation District:

Assistance in North West Victoria:

Digital local contact cards

Our drought and dry seasonal conditions local contact cards are now digital. Download them and stick them on your fridge door or pinboard.

There are three versions with specific support and assistance information for farmers in the GMID, the North West and Central and East Gippsland:

Mallee Sustainable Farming farm talk podcast

Agriculture Victoria and Mallee Sustainable Farming have developed the Mallee Farming AgVic series podcast.

In this series, Drew Radford chats with a range of agriculture specialists to bring updates, new findings, ideas and insights on farming in low-rainfall Mallee regions of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

Feeding Livestock website

Agriculture Victoria recently launched a comprehensive Feeding Livestock website with all the tools, resources and calculators you’ll need during drought and other times when pasture is limited.

Young farmers

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the next generation of farmers develop and prosper, by providing opportunities for young people in agriculture to have a say and enhance their career.

See Young farmers for more information.

Online learning

The Agriculture Victoria learning management system provides online learning opportunities including Whole Farm Planning for fire recovery and a farm business e-learning module.

See our learning management system.

Stubble management information

Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF) have produced guides to assist farmers in the region to manage stubble and groundcover.

Download the guide or flip cards at Stubble Management: A Guide for Mallee Farmers, or contact MSF for hard copies.

Drought and Supplementary Feed Calculator (DASFC) app

App icon for the Drought and supplementary feed calculator

The Drought and Supplementary Feed Calculator is an essential tool for sheep and cattle producers to develop drought feed rations as well as rations for dry periods when supplementary feeding is required.

Featuring a comprehensive feeds database listing average nutritional values of 71 different feeds you can compare and develop a mixed ration containing up to five feeds.

Download the app for free from the:

An instructional video produced by NSW Department of Primary Industries is available to assist you to use the app.

Water Market Watch app

App icon for the Water Market Watch app

Every hour of every day water is traded on the Victorian water market. A new app — Water Market Watch — is now available so you can keep up to date with this changing information anywhere, anytime on your mobile phone.

The app uses authoritative and up-to-date market information from the Victorian Water Register administered by the Victorian Government.

Download the app for free from the:

Tips and tools to improve your digital literacy

The following webinar recordings provide a unique opportunity for farmers to improve their digital literacy skills and knowledge and learn more about the options to measure and improve on-farm connectivity and ensure that it works as best as possible for you and your farm business.

The webinar series was delivered in conjunction with ExtensionAus.

Webinar 1

On-farm connectivity

Webinar 2

Getting the most out of video meeting software

Webinar 3

Internet of Things (IoT)

Webinar 4

Online networking to better communicate on-farm and service farm businesses

Page last updated: 07 Sep 2020