Hunter Local Land Services hosting free workshop to assist landholders battling drought

HUNTER Local Land Services is hosting a Regional Producer Update workshop this month in Scone, to provide advice and support to landholders battling drought and dry conditions across a large proportion of the region.

The event is tailored to each district, offering a mix of industry advice on current conditions in the beef market, support on managing during dry times and animal health guidance from District Vets.

These workshops follow on from seasonal condition workshops in October 2017, where industry experts warned of a dry season ahead and urged producers to make the hard decisions early when it came to preparing their herd and properties for drought.

“Landholders are reporting unprecedented conditions on their properties, after both normal spring rain and decent summer storms have failed to eventuate,” Hunter Local Land Services Regional Pastures Officer Justine Baird said. 

“Many producers have chosen to offload stock because of critical feed and water shortages, however some are still grappling with these hard decisions.

“These workshops will help connect landholders with industry experts, our staff and other support services that can assist them as we move into autumn and winter.”

The Upper Hunter producer update at “Thornthwaite” on 22 February, will focus on drought management advice including early weaning, water management, animal health issues, producer experience for managing drought conditions and financial assistance options.

RSVPs are now being accepted through Hunter Local Land Services Scone Office on (02) 6540 2400.

The events will also feature a number of trade stalls from seed, fertiliser and water solutions retailers, as well as Local Land Services and other support agencies, offering landholders the chance to secure one-on-one advice or product consultations.

Videos from these events will also be shared via Facebook and Youtube after the event, for landholders that cannot attend.