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Drought management support available for South East producers

South East producers are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming confinement feeding and drought management workshops being held by South East Local Land Services. Workshops are being held at Cooma (6 Nov), Tarago (7 Nov) and Bookham (8 Nov).

The workshops, featuring industry consultant Geoff Duddy (Sheep Solutions), will provide information that will help producers in making feeding and drought management decisions.

“Pastures have dried off very quickly in the last couple of weeks with the warms days and windy conditions.” said South East Local Land Services senior agriculture advisor Matthew Lieschke.

“Unfortunately the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting below average rainfall for the remainder of spring, so it’s not looking too promising at all.

“It is important that producers are thinking about how they are going to manage the period ahead.

“Every producer’s situation will be different, and what works for one may not be right for another, but we’ve had quite a bit of interest of late around confinement feeding as a way to maintain core breeding stock without compromising ground cover.

“These workshops will provide an opportunity to see a drought lot and the chance to hear about how they can work under the right circumstances”.

The workshops are applicable for both sheep and beef producers and will cover all aspects of confinement feeding; advantages and disadvantages of droughtlots, how to select a suitable site, infrastructure required, managing livestock for best results, practical nutrition tips and how to minimise stock health problems.

“Restricting stock to a small part of the property is an extremely valuable tool during drought.” Mr Duddy said.

“With good planning and management, confinement feeding can work extremely well, whether it’s via a sacrifice paddock or a dedicated facility such as a droughtlot”.

Land managers and producers are encouraged to get in touch with the team at their nearest Local Land Services office for any support and advice around decision making and nutritional requirements for their stock.

Land managers and producers should also take a look at the NSW DPI’s ‘Drought Hub’ website for information on the support, subsidies and services available to them.

To register or to find out more about the upcoming events visit the South East Local Land Services website or call 02 4824 1900.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880