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Free event to guide drought containment feeding set-up

Well-known sheep expert Geoff Duddy will headline presenters at a free containment feeding information day at Mullengandra this month.

Murray Local Land Services has organised the event as part of its ongoing response to the drought, and is inviting producers from around the region to attend.

The day will involve a series of expert presentations followed by an on-farm discussion and tour, with a focus on managing livestock through the drought while maintaining groundcover in the paddock.

It will also include a demonstration of the new drought and supplementary feed smartphone app from NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Organiser, Livestock Officer Liz O’Grady, said using stock feeding containment areas was a proven way for producers to preserve groundcover and land condition while ensuring their animals’ nutritional demands are met.

“It involves confining livestock to a small area where they are fed a total ration,” she said. “It is a valuable drought management strategy, providing many benefits including reducing stock energy requirements by between eight and 15 per cent.

“To assist in developing your full ration, feed tests are an invaluable tool, we will be giving some free feed tests away on the day.

“Our presenters will also provide expert advice on the process of establishing and maintaining a containment feeding system, including sessions on livestock nutrition and containment lot design and set up.”

Apart from Geoff Duddy, the presenters include Geoff Casburn from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Murray Local Land Services vets and agriculture staff, and Matthew Martin, who will present a producer’s perspective on feeding sheep in containment.

Details of the day are:
Date and time: Monday 11 November, 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Location: ‘Mullameah’, Hume Highway, Mullengandra.
Cost: Free (refreshments provided).

Those interested can RSVP by Thursday 7 November via Eventbrite, or through (02) 6051 2200 or admin.murray@lls.nsw.gov.au.