Drought workshops

FINANCIAL costs, ongoing low prices, feed shortages and managing stock condition are issues to be addressed at a series of Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) drought recovery workshops being held across the region in March.

The workshops will cover a number of important topics to help famers get through the recovery stage.

LLS District Vet Digby Rayward said that although the regions had good rain recently, a lot more is needed to replenish dams and ensure pasture growth in preparation for winter.

With the current 'green drought' conditions, producers need to plan ahead for winter in case the follow up rain doesn't come. Pasture growth is much slower in the winter and livestock feed requirements are higher.

At these workshops we'll talk about the current conditions and options, and what producers should be considering for the months ahead as we go into winter.

Times have been hard and these events are a great opportunity for famers to catch up with friends and neighbours, and discuss what strategies their mates have been using.

Without doubt, ongoing drought conditions cause financial and mental stresses on all of us, and advice on these issues will also be covered.

Landholders can register for a workshop by calling 1300 795 299. Landholders must RSVP for catering purposes.

Singleton March 3, 10am - 2pm

Gresford March 3, 6 - 8.30pm

Wingham March 4, 10am - 2pm (Wingham Bowling Club)

Merriwa March 6, 10am - 2pm

Bunnan March 6, 4 - 8pm

Moonan Flat March 10, 10am - 2pm

Gloucester March 11, 10am - 2pm 

Dungog March 11, 4 - 6.30pm