Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Regional Outlook newsletter. The disappointing rainfall and warmer temperatures so far this season have producers in some parts of our region assessing their options for the coming winter months, hopefully May brings some good falls to turn things around. Read on for details of workshops being run by Hunter Local Land Services to help producers respond to the current conditions.
If you have issues with wild dogs, now's the time to bait
Free training and instruction on effective baiting and trapping techniques will be provided to landholders who take part in wild dog baiting activities being coordinated by Hunter Local Land Services throughout the region in May. 
Read more
Buffalo fly on the move
Buffalo fly, a common summer annoyance for coastal cattle, has been reported at Gloucester, Barrington, Dungog and Stroud and more recently near Rawdon Vale and Curricabark, prompting a call to farmers to be vigilant to avoid production losses.
Read more
Seasonal conditions workshops to assist landholders with planning
For many landholders in the Upper Hunter and north-west of Gloucester, pasture feed and surface water supplies are diminishing rapidly and some properties are supplementary and hand feeding stock already. 
Read more
Benefits to come from drench resistance trial
A new trial being conducted in the Hunter could shed some light on the efficacy of current drench treatments for cattle worms, which are a major cause of lost productivity and increased costs in livestock industries. 
Read more
The problem with plastic
Hunter Local Land Services are supporting community groups and volunteers to remove debris from the region’s waterways and record what they collect to create a clearer picture of plastic pollution in the Hunter. 

Read more
Funding gives oyster growers a boost
A number of oyster growers will receive a boost of funding through a three-year project that will improve the long term sustainability, profitability and adaptability of the industry. 
Read more
2016 Landcare scholarships awarded
The Hunter Regional Landcare Tocal Scholarships for 2016 have been awarded to two promising Conservation and Land Management students at Tocal College. 
Read more
Upcoming events 
Pastures field day - 6 May, Allynbrook
NSW Sustainable Horsekeeping Conference - 7 May, Richmond
'Raising Claims' for beef producers workshop  - 10 May, Tocal
Alpaca shearing and fleece preparation workshop - 14-15 May, Mount Vincent
Kooragang Planting Day - 15 May, Ash Island
Free range egg farming information session - 18 May, Tocal
Managing our creeks workshop - 19 May, Mitchells Flat
Prograze abridged course - 24-25 May, Tocal
Hunter Aquatic Research Seminar - 25 May, Speers Point
Introduction to Indigneous Fire Management Community Forum - 25 May, Mandalong
'Raising Claims' for beef producers workshop - 7 June, Tocal
Free range egg farming information session - 9 June, Denman
Beef information session - 10 June, Tocal
Kooragang Planting Day - 19 June, Ash Island
Giant Parramatta Grass information session - 29 June, Dungog
Check upcoming events on our website for a full list of field days, workshops and community events in your area.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list