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Graziers invited to feeding livestock information sessions

It's summer feeding time again, and most livestock producers will be looking at options for how to get livestock through the summer while doing the least damage to their budgets. How will your stubbles hold the ewes? What is the value of pinched grain? Are you buying the best value for money feed?

To help make these feeding decisions easier and clearer, Murray Local Land Services is facilitating a series of free workshops for livestock graziers in the central and western areas of the Murray region.

Grazing systems specialist Phil Graham, of NSW Department of Primary Industries, together with Dan Salmon, Murray Local Land Services District Veterinarian, will run the workshops, which are funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and Meat and Livestock Australia's Making More from Sheep program.

Mr Graham has written several courses such as Prograze, and has spent decades assisting landholders with grazing systems and maximising efficiencies when feeding.

Among other things, the workshops will help graziers understand the nutritional requirements of stock in dry times and save money, time and effort by reducing unnecessary feed or supplement costs.

The workshops are supported by the North Conargo Landholders Group, Central Murray Land Improvement Group and Western Murray Land Improvement Group and are designed to be a discussion around whatever feeding questions attendees have. 

"Commencing feeding at the right time can save a lot of feed and dollars later on, as maintenance feeding early can cost a lot less than feeding to regain condition. If stock don't get back into minimum joining condition, the risk of much lower pregnancy rates increases," said Colin Bull, of North Conargo.

Livestock Officer with Murray Local Land Services, Gen Reardon, said the workshops would be flexible according to participants' needs, but could cover understanding nutritional requirements, accurately costing and comparing feeds, assessing this season's grains and stubbles, and knowing what toxicity issues to look out for when rains come.

"There are a variety of tools available to assist with making these decisions less stressful but the tools themselves are frequently complex and stressful themselves, so Murray LLS is offering assistance to run these scenarios for landholders," she said.

"By better understanding the cost of various options, and implementing plans early, the financial and mental stress of feeding or selling stock over summer can be reduced."

The free workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • Jerilderie Monash Football Grounds,  Monday 14 December, 3-7pm (finger food)
  • Moulamein Tatts Hotel, Tuesday 15 December, 7:30am – 12pm (breakfast provided)
  • Mathoura Bowling Club, Tuesday 15 December 4.30-8.30pm (finger food).

RSVP by Wednesday 9 December for catering purposes. For further information, or to RSVP, please contact Gen on 0409 077 254 or genevieve.reardon@lls.nsw.gov.au.