Managing resources in a drought
Improving farm management practices can help you recover more quickly from drought.
Drought feeding and management of livestock
The sheep and beef drought feeding and management books with other related livestock feeding resources, tools and links can now be found on feeding livestock.
Fodder and stockfeed requirements
Summer and dry conditions often mean Victorian farmers have to source fodder and livestock feed from other states and regions. This can pose biosecurity threats.
Biosecurity threats associated with the importation of livestock feed and fodder pose a serious risk to plant and animal industries in Victoria.
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.
Case study videos
Watch videos on dry weather farming.
- Stock containment areas - Trever Roberts
- Stock containment areas - Lachlan Ralton
- Stock containment areas - Jason Pymer
- Flexible management tools (PDF - 295.8 KB)
- Flexible management tools (WORD - 601.1 KB)
- A valuable tool (PDF - 177.7 KB)
- A valuable tool (WORD - 155.8 KB)
- Making the call and acting early (PDF - 149.5 KB)
- Making the call and acting early (WORD - 405.7 KB)
- Using stock containment areas during floods (PDF - 319.0 KB)
- Using stock containment areas during floods (WORD - 647.9 KB)
- Experience in using stock containment pays dividends (PDF - 269.3 KB)
- Experience in using stock containment pays dividends (WORD - 726.5 KB)
- A key tool during dry times (PDF - 275.6 KB)
- A key tool during dry times (WORD - 472.8 KB)
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. Animal health in a drought 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. View more information on water and irrigation related specifically to farming and agriculture.
- Livestock management in cropping systems
- Grazing management perennial forage shrubs
- Managing a wool enterprise through drought (PDF - 353.4 KB)
- Managing a wool enterprise through drought (WORD - 843.6 KB)
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.