Workshops to focus on drought recovery

Financial costs, feed shortages and managing stock condition will come into focus as part of a series of drought recovery ­workshops across the Hunter early next month.

The Hunter Local Land Services workshops – at Gresford, Dungog and Singleton – will cover topics to help ­farmers get through the recovery stage.

LLS district veterinarian Digby Rayward said despite recent rain, a lot more is needed to replenish dams and ensure ­pasture growth in preparation for winter.

“With the current conditions, producers need to plan ahead for winter in case the follow-up rain doesn’t come,” Dr Rayward said.

“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 farmers 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.”

Workshops will be held in Singleton and Gresford on March 3 and Dungog on March 11. Landholders should call 1300 795 299 to register.

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