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Is on farm water an issue for you?

on farm water works

Droughts place a lot of pressure on all parts of the farming system, including water. Having an adequate supply of water that is sustainable and of good quality is critical.

While summer storms have helped alleviate water concerns generally, some dams are still very low and unfortunately some areas have missed out on the bigger storm events and are still struggling for water.

Some graziers have taken the opportunity this summer to improve on-farm water security. This can be done through a number of ways - putting in a new dam, enlarging existing dams or setting up a reticulation system.

South East Local Land Services is hosting farm water workshops in Braidwood and Goulburn for producers who are keen to learn more about how they can make their enterprises more resilient.

Industry consultant Peter Smith, from Sapphire Irrigation Consulting will be joining the workshops to talk about key aspects of managing on-farm water.

Peter, a Certified Irrigation Agronomist says careful planning is needed before investing in water infrastructure.

“It’s important to calculate how much water you need, what water sources are available, what approvals might be needed and so on.

So there are a number of things to think through and plan out”.

With warmer conditions and higher evaporation rates, water management is going to become more important into the future.

“The climate in which we farm is getting more challenging and on-farm infrastructure needs to be up to the task” Peter said.

Workshops are scheduled for:

  • Thursday 28 February, Braidwood, 9am – 3.30pm
  • Friday 1 March, Goulburn, 9am – 3.30pm

To register and for further information, please contact South East Local Land Services Goulburn on 02 4824 1900 or matthew.lieschke@lls.nsw.gov.au

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