Great weather for worms, $2 million worth of quad bike safety rebates now on offer, wild dog expertise from Ben Allen and a host of activities and events coming up in the Western region ...
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August-September 2016

In this issue:

Rocks, Rust, Stars and Dust
September is Monitoring Month

Annual Land and Stock Returns due 31 Aug
Great weather for worms
Quad Bike safety alliance
Schools take part in National Tree Day
Dr Ben Allen shares wild dog expertise
Pest control workshop at Mt Hope
Advanced Stock Movement Workshops
Pooncarie Outreach Enviro-Education

Events and training opportunities
Before mating season heats up
Western Local Strategic Plan

Cattle producer alert: Bovine Johne's Disease regulations have changed
Ovine Johnes Disease and sheep movement in Western NSW
Get in touch with us

Rocks, Rust, Stars and Dust - capturing the Life and Light of Western NSW in 2016 

We have just launched the 2016 Life and Light in the Western Region photo competition with the theme, 'Rocks, Rust, Stars and Dust', inspired by the incredible western landscape (rocks), the history of the region (rust), our awesome night skies (stars) and the red earth that has come to characterise the west.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers, but the photographs must be taken in the Western region, with prizes to be won in six categories including the People's Choice award for the the entry that receives the most 'likes' on the 'Life and Light in the Western Region' Facebook page'

Entries close 30 September 2016.

September is Monitoring Month

Incentive funding recipients will soon receive a reminder letter, instructions and a recording sheet in the mail for monitoring month.

You can submit your monitoring one of three ways:
  1. In person at your nearest Local Land Services Western Region office
  2. By mail to ‘Monitoring Month’, PO Box 342, Bourke NSW
  3. Via email to
It is now a requirement that all funding applicants must be up-to-date with their monitoring to be eligible for further funding. Please contact a member of staff if you need assistance in completing your monitoring.

Our monitoring program is undergoing some changes with the addition of a groundcover survey to be carried out by staff on a sample of projects every 3 to 5 years. This is intended to give us a more accurate measure of changes in ground-cover and shrubs and species composition over time. You will be contacted if your project is chosen for these surveys.

Thankyou to everyone who submitted their monitoring in 2015 and don't forget to get out in the paddock and take those photos in September!


Annual Land and Stock Returns
Due:  Wednesday 31 August

More than two thousand land managers across the Western region received their Annual Land and Stock Return documents in the mail in July.

Land and Stock Returns must be completed and submitted to Local Land Services by Wednesday 31 August.

The returns record livestock numbers at 30 June each year and include all stock six months of age or older, regardless of whether the animals belong to the landholder, are on agistment, or are on the property for any other reason. The information collected is used to build a statewide picture of agricultural use and livestock numbers.

For more information about your Annual Land and Stock Return call  Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or visit the Local Land Services website.

Click here to complete your Annual Land & Stock returns online.

Great weather for worms ... 

Charlotte Cavanagh BVSc  Biosecurity NSW (DPI) Bourke - Phone: 02 6830 0004 

With plenty of moisture around and the weather starting to warm up, conditions are becoming ideal for internal parasites to complete their life cycles and build up numbers in your stock. 

Recent worm tests on sheep in the Western Local Land Services region have shown moderate numbers of scour worms, such as Black Scour Worm (Trichostrongylus spp) and Brown Stomach Worm (Teldorsagia, formerly known as Ostertagia).

These guys can complete their entire life cycle – from egg to larvae to egg-laying adult in around three weeks in ideal conditions. Moist, warm conditions (10-35 degrees Celsius) are perfect for larval development on pastures.

Producers are advised to carry out worm tests one to two weeks prior to mustering to carry out management procedures. This allows time to get a result prior to handling, in case a drench is required.

Worm test kits are available from Local Land Services or DPI offices.  The kits are free so it is advisable to have some on hand to monitor stock if you suspect they may be suffering from a worm burden. Testing costs range from approximately $37 to $80 depending on which test you choose.

For information on how to conduct a worm test contact Local Land Services or call Veterinary Officer, Charlotte Cavanagh on 0429 773 021.



The $2 million quad bike safety rebate program is offering financial incentives to assist farmers and farmer workers.

Local Land Services and SafeWork NSW have launched the quad bike safety improvement program to encourage safer use of quad bikes on farm.

Click here to find out more about the rebate package.

Western wrap 

Schools take part in National Tree Day 

Fiona Harris, Regional Landcare Facilitator and Alice Jarrett from Western Landcare, teamed up with local seed expert, Chris Ware, and community artist Kristi Smiles to take National Tree Planting Day to some of the local schools in the Northern community.

The team worked with schools at Louth, Brewarrina, Weilmoringle and Wanaaring, where kids learnt about the importance of trees and seed collection and helped plant native trees in their school yards. 

Pictured:  Aaliyah Boney-Coffey and Deaken Boney taking part in a National Tree Day planting at Brewarrina.

Dr Ben Allen shares wild dog expertise

Local Land Services hosted a series of wild dog workshops in July at Pooncarie, Ivanhoe, Hillston, and at the Anabranch Community Hall, featuring one of Australia’s leading wild dog expert, Dr Ben Allen.

"It is essential to remember that the situation in south western NSW now, was once the situation sheep graziers found themselves in across central Queensland. Complacency and a lack of proactive management played a large role in the eradication of sheep from central Queensland some 30 years ago and it would be unfortunate for history to repeat itself in western NSW." Dr Ben Allen, University of Southern Queensland.

Wild dog sightings have been increasing in the south west and land managers are urged to remain vigilant to ensure the ongoing viability of sheep and goat grazing industries.

For more information contact the Local Land Services Buronga office on 03 5021 9460.  Fact sheets, case studies, wild dog management plans, and other useful information is available on the PestSmart Connect website.

Pest control workshop at Mt Hope

Nine landholders took part in a training session at Mt Hope Community Hall in the use of 1080 poison, Pindone poison, and Canid Pest Ejectors.

The training day was supported by Cobar Senior Biosecurity Officer, Robynne Wells-Budd, Hillston Biosecurity Officer, Andy Andy McKinnon, Alice Jarrett from Western Landcare, and Regional Landcare Facilitator,Fiona Harris.

The landholders were very interested in the canid pest ejectors, which can shoot a dose of 1080 into the mouths of target animals, and their potential for use as part of property pest management programs.

All participants completed the course and will now receive their 1080/Pindone/CPE card through Local Land Services Western, enabling them to use these chemicals for pest management on their properties.

"It's great to see landholders taking advantage of these opportunities to get their accreditation. We're always keen to help people develop new skills they can use on the property," said Andy McKinnon.

For more information contact:  Andy McKinnon - Biosecurity Officer (Hillston)  
Tel:  02 6967 2507  Email:

Advanced Stock Movement Workshops

Advanced Livestock Movement and Management workshops were held at the Woollahra Goat Depot at Ivanhoe and at Yantabangee Station, Wilcannia  in July.

The workshops were held to provide Western Region landowners with the opportunity to learn about safe livestock management and movement, particularly when implementing strategies for planning grazing management and controlling total grazing pressure. Additionally landholders were able to share their experience in managing stock to manage groundcover.

The workshops were presented by Neil McDonald and were attended by 23 Western Region land managers, including a large representation of female land managers, and a number of participants under the age of 18 that attended free of charge.

The course highlighted practical stock management strategies to overcome issues such as staff shortages, an aging workforce and a less skilled workforce. The techniques reduced stress on livestock and enabled less physical exertion by the landholder, allowing for increased productivity and better health and safety outcomes.

Heidi Wright from Yantabangee keeping a mob intact during the stock movement school

For further information about the advanced livestock management & movement schools contact Rob Dini at the Buronga Local Land Services office on Tel: 03 5021 9430  Email:

Pooncarie Outreach Enviro-Education

Local Land Services Western funded the Pooncarie Outreach Children’s Service to run six sessions of the EnviroEdu program from May through to July. 

The Pooncarie School has been “in recess” since 2012 so the Pooncarie Outreach Children’s Service provides a fortnightly opportunity for the remote students to participate in classroom activities with other children.

The Enviro-Eudcation  program funding was provided through the Education Training and Community Activities category of the Small Land Management Grants program.

The program presented fun, interactive and hands on environmental education to 175 students, play group members, parents, governesses and teachers over three visits, including a Broken Hill School of the Air mini school.

The program was enjoyed by all, event the slightly fearful! We have also used the same grants program to engage EnvrioEdu to run the Amazing Aussie Animals program for 10 schools across the Southern Community this year.

Kaye Gottschutzke, Senior Land Services Officer - Regional Landcare Facilitator & Partnerships
Tel: 03 5021 9409  Email:



Events and training opportunities


Plant ID paddock walks

Landholders and interested community group members in the Broken Hill, White Cliffs and Bourke areas are invited to attend 'paddock walk' plant identification workshops coming up at:

Clevedale Station via Broken Hill
Monday 29 August

Glen Hope Station
via White Cliffs
Tuesday 30 August

Naree Station
via Fords Bridge
Thursday 1 September

Workshops will run from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm

Participants will get hands experience in plant identification in the field with Australian Network for Plant Conservation.

A light lunch will be provided. Bring a hat, sunscreen and drinking water, and samples of plants you’d like to be identified.  

RSVP by Monday 15 August to Jasmine Wells, Senior Land Services Officer, on 0417 499 496 or email:

Exclusion fencing demonstration days

Learn first-hand about the benefits of pest exclusion fencing at demonstration days coming up at:

Nullagoola Station via Cobar
60 km west of Cobar on the Barrier Highway
Tuesday 23 August

Priory Tank Public Watering Point 
60 km south of Cobar on the Kidman Way (at the Nymagee turn off)
Wednesday 24 August

Both days will start at 9:00 am

RSVP by Monday 15 August to Amy Gunn on 02 6896 2244 or email:


 2016 Western Landcare Forum - Broken Hill 

Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 

Broken Hill will host the bi-annual Western Landcare Forum at the Broken Hill Racecourse on 7 and 8 September.

The forum will showcase how erosion is caused by paddock roads and how to correct them, plant identification and their nutritional value, web-based technology and the hot topic of wild dog management. In addition to this, there will be 'hands on' sessions and tours of properties where people can get up close and personal with erosion control, recreated wetlands, bush regeneration, wild dog traps, cameras, ejectors and possibly 1080 certification.

Registrations close Wednesday 31 August.

Registration forms are available from your local Landcare Coordinator or online at

Environment of Change Seminar

The University of NSW and Climate Wise Agriculture are holding a special free public seminar to celebrate the 50th year since the establishment of the Fowlers Gap Research Station and to discuss the agricultural future of the far west region:

Saturday 24 September
The Palace Hotel, 227 Argent St, Broken Hill
8:30 am registration for a 9:00 am start

RSVP by 14 September to Anika Molesworth on 0408 386 121 or email:

Spatial Hub workshop

Land managers in the Broken Hill region are invited to attend a workshop to learn about an innovative new land management tool – the NRM Spatial Hub.

The free one-day workshop will
showcase the Spatial Hub world first technology, which will enable rangeland managers to efficiently map, plan, analyse and monitor their property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover.

The NRM Spatial Hub contains nearly 30 years of satellite data, allowing land managers to identify changes in property infrastructure, land resources and groundcover over time - particularly after management decisions have been put in place.

Thursday 27 October
Broken Hill - CG2 Broken Hill Main Campus
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spaces are limited to 10, book early to reserve your place.

For further information and to RSVP contact Jasmine Wells - Senior Land Services Officer on 0417 499 496 or email:

Before mating season heats up   

Now is the perfect time to get your ram flock tested for Ovine Brucellosis.

Testing now allows plenty of time to clean up or re-stock rams prior to your next joining.

Testing while it's still cool, rather than waiting till the weather warms up, is also much more pleasant for the sheep and for the handlers!

PHOTO: A swollen ram testicle in an advanced case of Ovine Brucellosis.  However, infected rams may have no visible abnormalities which is why a blood test is required to identify the disease in your ram flock.

Western Local Strategic Plan

How we provide service to you

Strategic Plans
The ways we provide service to you, our customers, is outlined in the Local Land Services strategic plans.  They were developed with considerable community input and we thank those people and organisations who provided a submission during the six-week consultation period.  Read the strategic plan for the Western region or watch this three-minute film to understand how we’ll be working with you to improve primary production within healthy landscapes.

Cattle producer alert:  Bovine Johne's Disease regulations have changed  - from 1 July 2016  


Be sure to check animal health statements when purchasing or agisting stock

The recent widespread rainfall across the western region has resulted in a welcome turn around in pasture and stock water availability. However if you’re taking advantage of the improved conditions make sure you are well informed about stock prior to introducing them onto their properties, particularly following changes in regulations regarding Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD).

This applies to both stock purchases and mobs on agistment. Producers are advised to request the relevant Health Statement prior to receiving or purchasing stock.

All the relevant and current statements are available on the Farm Biosecurity website.

Cattle Movement:  From July 1 2016, there have been significant changes to the management of Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) across Australia. 

NSW is no longer a Beef Protected Area for BJD, meaning there are no movement restrictions for cattle moving into or within NSW with regard to Johne’s disease. This applies to both beef and dairy cattle. 

Cattle properties will no longer be quarantined due to BJD and dairy farmers are not required to declare their Dairy BJD Assurance Score (DAS). Whilst these changes free up trade and cattle movements, producers now more than ever are responsible for ensuring that introduced cattle pose no threat to the health of their existing stock.

Ovine Johnes Disease and sheep movement in Western NSW 

The Western Local Land Services region is a Regional Biosecurity Area (RBA) for Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) in sheep.

While there are no regulated movement restrictions into our area on account of OJD, Western Local Land Services producers are required to work within the guidelines of the Regional Biosecurity Plan. (New Regional Biosecurity Areas have been added since the creation of this weblink, however all other information remains accurate at the time of newsletter publication.)

Both Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) and Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) are notifiable diseases in NSW. If you suspect that any of your stock may have these diseases you must notify the relevant authorities.

For more information contact Charlotte Cavenagh BVSc, Biosecurity NSW (DPI) Bourke - 02 6830 0004, Local Land Services, or the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Get in touch with us

If you’d like some advice or support with agricultural productivity, natural resource management or pest and weed management, please contact one of the staff members at the office nearest you. 

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