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Drought Support for Gloucester and surrounds

With increasingly critical conditions impacting the eastern parts of our region, Hunter Local Land Services is urging producers in the Gloucester district and surrounds to attend a drought workshop on Friday 15 November, to hear important animal health and drought support updates.
After hosting two drought roundtables for rural businesses as well as drought updates at Coopernook and Bunyah, the Hunter Local Land Services teams are coming together to provide local cattle producers with essential drought information at Gloucester.
“It’s an incredibly difficult run of seasons across our region, and we are mindful of the fact in the Gloucester district the usual winter pasture gap has extended into now intensive drought,” said Agricultural Extension officer Albert Mullen.
“Producers need to be assessing their situation and making the tough decisions now, to minimise the impact of the drought on their farm business, but also themselves and their families.
“The ongoing dry conditions takes a huge toll mentally, physically and financially and we want local farmers to be armed with as much support and information as possible to help them best manage in difficult times.”
NSW DPI Beef Development Officer Todd Andrews will focus on supplementary feeding cattle, balancing rations and feeding for production to target available markets for stock.
Advice on how to early wean calves, developing a drought plan and animal health issues are some of the other topics that will be covered, as well as a focus session on available drought support from the NSW Government including Emergency Transport Subsidies and the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.
Support services including Hunter Local Land Services Drought team, the DPI Rural Resilience Program, Rural Financial Counselling Service, CWA and other counselling support services will be attending the day, so producers can make contact with these vital support agencies.
The event is being held at the Gloucester Anglican Hall from 9am-3pm. With morning tea and lunch provided. Producers can RSVP via this link: https://hunterlls.wufoo.com/forms/mxudieb1lp1fg6/
Or for further information contact Hunter LLS Community Engagement Officer Daniel Trudgeon on 0419 436 185 or email daniel.trudgeon@lls.nsw.gov.au