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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