Free workshop in Wingham for beef producers battling drought

Both normal spring rain and decent summer storms have failed to eventuate.
Both normal spring rain and decent summer storms have failed to eventuate.

Hunter Local Land Services will host a Regional Producer Update workshop in Wingham on Tuesday, February 20 from 9am to 1.30pm at Wingham Golf Club.

The aim of the workshop is to provide advice and support to landholders battling drought and dry conditions across a large proportion of the region, and is offering a mix of industry advice on current conditions in the beef market, support on managing during dry times and animal health guidance from our district vets.

This workshop follows 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,” said Justine Baird, regional pastures officer for Hunter Local Land Services.

“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 Wingham workshop will focus on drought management advice including early weaning, water management, animal health issues, producer experience for managing drought conditions and financial assistance options. The workshop will also include a presentation from Meat and Livestock Australia, and a processor update from Wingham Beef Exports, providing crucial market information for producers,” said Ms Baird.

“We want to help producers make the best decisions for their situation, in what has been an unfortunate season so far.”

RSVPs for this event is now being taken through Hunter Local Land Services’ Wingham office on 6553 4233.

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.