Welcome to the summer edition of the Regional Outlook newsletter. As we look forward to a break over summer, we also need to ensure we're prepared for emergencies such as bushfires and floods, which can occur after periods of drought, read on for some valuable tips.

Please note that Hunter Local Land Services offices will be closed from 4.30 pm on Friday 23 December until 8.30 am Monday 9 January. For all animal biosecurity emergencies during this period please contact the Emergency Animal Disease hotline on 1800 675 888. A full list of emergency contacts is available from the Hunter Local Land Services website

From all Hunter Local Land Services board and staff, have a very merry Christmas and a safe and productive new year.
Are you flood ready?
Rural landholders in the Hunter can better prepare themselves and their properties for the next flood event with the Farm Flood Readiness Kit, a new resource launched in November by Hunter Local Land Services. Read more
Landholders urged to prepare for bush fires

With the arrival of summer Hunter Local Land Services is urging landholders to plan how they will protect their livestock from bush fires. Read more

Managing livestock through drier conditions
Dry weather can be accompanied by an increase in plant poisonings as stock chase green feed, and common cattle diseases such as pink eye and worm burdens can also cause issues in herds in the current conditions. Read more
Ticks and Theileria risk for cattle
The prevalence of ticks and tick related cattle diseases increases over the warmer months. Two to look out for are the paralysis tick, which can affect young calves, and the bush tick, which carries the Theileria parasite. Read more
Hexham Swamp thriving once again
Valuable fish and prawn nurseries and wetland birds are thriving in the Hunter River Estuary thanks to the $10 million Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation Project, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in November. 
Read more
Community education grants still available
Organisations in the Hunter region are invited to apply for funding through the second round of Hunter Local Land Services' community education grants.

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Oyster growers encouraged to apply for funding
Hunter oyster farmers are invited to apply for grants of up to $5000, under the 2016-17 Hunter Region Oyster Farm Profile Incentives Program launched in November. Read more
Upcoming events 
Restore Regenerate Revegetate - 5-9 February, Armidale
Kooragang volunteer planting day - 19 February, Ash Island
Whole farm planning workshop (part 1) - 9-10 March, Manning and Great Lakes district
Whole farm planning workshop (part 2) - 30-31 March, Manning and Great Lakes district

Check upcoming events on our website for a full list of field days, workshops and community events in your area.

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