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Animal health update from our District Vets and advice on scanning ewes


Our District Veterinarians, Trent McCarthy and Charlotte Cavanagh have produced two fact sheets that all livestock producers are encouraged to read.  For further information on either of the above topics or any other animal health enquiry, contact Trent McCarthy (Buronga) on 0437 822 012 or via email or Charlotte Cavanagh (Bourke) on 0429 773 021 or via email 

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While on fact sheets, our Land Services Officer, Tanisha Shields has just developed one on the benefits of scanning ewes. 
All sheep producers are encouraged to have read over this document and if you have any further questions contact Tanisha on 0447 642 131 or via email. 

      

Since joining the team earlier this year, Trent and Tanisha have developed some great information for landholders to assist them with their animal and property management. 

Continuing to offer support during dry times 


It was great to get to five drought drop-in sessions held throughout the Western region recently.

The drought roadshow events, which were held across NSW in January, February and March, were attended by a number of local, State and Federal drought support services including government agencies, rural and agricultural support organisations and charity groups. 

We attended the Bourke, Cobar, Wilcannia, Broken Hill and Wentworth sessions and had a number of important conversations around how people were managing the drought and its impact on their enterprise, animal health issues with supplementary feeding and the importance of water quality and options in that space. 


Landholders looking to get in touch with their nearest LLS office should call 1300 795 299 and for further information on what drought support is available visit the DroughtHub website

Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke and District Veterinarian, Trent McCarthy with two community members at the Wentworth event.

Ground baiting for wild dogs continuing during April


Our Biosecurity Officers are busily distributing baits to pest animal control groups and Landcare groups throughout the region for landholders to lay for wild dogs and other pest animals such as feral cats and foxes.  

The ground baiting component of the program will continue throughout April and follows aerial baiting which commenced mid-March and was completed over a two week period. 

A large scale, coordinated approach to pest animal management is the best approach so landholders that are not in a pest animal control group or Landcare group are encouraged to get involved. 

Landholders and community members looking for further information should contact Biosecurity Team Leader, Tim Wall on 0428 915 070 or via
email or their Local Landcare Coordinator. 


Senior Biosecurity Officer, Grant Davis and Biosecurity Officer, Brooke Anderson preparing baits prior to the autumn campaign getting underway. 

Great day of knowledge sharing at recent drought lot bus tour


At the end of March, we took 20 landholders from the Euston, Ivanhoe, Booligal and Conargo area to three drought lots at Curragh, Merritop and Humewood.

It was a great day of knowledge sharing led by Sheep Solutions' Geoff Duddy, our District Veterinarian, Trent McCarthy and Land Services Officer, Tanisha Shields.

For more information on drought lots, contact Tanisha on 0447 642 131 or Trent on 0437 822 012 and below are some of the action shots taken from the day. 

Importance of tracking livestock demonstrated at recent workshop


Last month, we joined a number of our stakeholders including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) to workshop strategies and activities to improve livestock traceability in NSW. 

The key objectives of the workshop were to consider:
  • perspectives on livestock traceability (view of current systems, successes and challenges)
  • new opportunities and challenges (use of social media for the sale of livestock, review of current NLIS compliance activities)
  • future planning (NLIS reporting and what needs to stop, start and continue. Plans for communication with livestock producers and actions carrying forward from the workshop).  
Further information on livestock traceability

Livestock traceability, which operates under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), is crucial in protecting and enhancing Australia's reputation as a producer of quality red meats. 

The NLIS also enhances Australia's ability to respond quickly to a major food safety or disease incident using the NLIS database as a critical tracking tool.


Visit the NLIS website or NSW DPI website for further information on livestock traceability. 

From the saleyards to???

The below map shows where cattle from Bourke were tracked after leaving the property and being sold at the Dubbo saleyards. This highlights the value of tracking livestock in a potential disease outbreak. 


Australia exports to over 100 markets and is currently one of the world's largest red meat exporters. The NLIS allows Australia ongoing access to these valuable export markets. 

Farm water quality - testing and treating for stock and domestic use


During drought, water quality issues are more commonplace. This is generally because when the water supplies on your property start to become low, salinity, pH and chemicals can reach higher than normal concentrations, and in surface water supplies algal blooms can occur, all of which have the potential to be harmful.

As the dry times continue, landholders are reminded of the importance of water quality for their livestock, as well as other uses such as irrigation, other farm activities and of course, personal consumption. 


Visit the NSW DPI website for further information. 

The Emergency Drought Relief Package includes $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies. The subsidy can be applied for the cost of transporting water to a property for stock. Visit the Rural Assistance Authority website for further details.

Social licence and why it matters


Social licence is currently one of the most talked about issues in global agriculture. It is notoriously difficult to quantify or measure, but can be difficult to regain once it is lost. 

While there are a number of different aspects and issues regarding social licence, it provides a timely opportunity to remind landholders regarding best practice approaches and applying the highest standards for humaneness. 

This applies to both domestic stock and the treatment of native animals such as kangaroos. 

The DPI Game Licensing Unit has developed a comprehensive best practice guide for shooters wanting to be involved in non-commercial kangaroo culling. 

The guide covers critical aspects of safe and humane kangaroo culling including legislative requirements, kangaroo species identification, firearms calibres and projectiles, marksmanship and shot placement, disease identification and handling game meat. 

Find out more about the guide by clicking here. 


In the current climate of social media and viral footage, irresponsible individuals and actions can risk the reputation and social licence of entire industries. 

Advisory groups hit the ground running in Broken Hill 


Our two newly appointed advisory groups have identified a number of opportunities they’d like to see explored and achieved in the coming years by the organisation, following face to face meetings in Broken Hill last month.

Members of the Aboriginal Community Advisory Group and the Agricultural Services and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group met face to face for the first time to outline what they believe are the priorities for the people and industries they are representing.

The two newly formed groups join the already established Western Regional Weeds Committee, Western Regional Pest Animal Committee and Kangaroo Management Taskforce as advisory groups to Western LLS. 

The five industry specific advisory groups consist of landholders and community members with a range of skills, experiences and backgrounds and will provide advice to the Western LLS Board which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation.

For more information on the advisory groups contact Operations Manager, Andrew Hull on 0427 919 964 or visit our website.


The Ag Services and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group (pictured), along with the other advisory groups, will work with the Western LLS Board for the betterment of the Western region. 

Dates for the diary


 
All aboard the bus to the Pooncarie Field Day
 
What: We are organising a bus for community members to head up to the Pooncarie Field Day and as an added bonus, highly acclaimed outback photographer, Fiona Lake will be on board. The bus will depart from the Alfred Deakin Centre in Mildura at 8 am and can pick up passengers at Fotherby Park in Wentworth. It will depart Pooncarie for the return trip at 3:30 pm. A seat on the bus costs $15 and includes entry to the field day, offering great value. 
Reserving your seat: Bookings are essential - click here to reserve your spot.  
Further information: Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke on (03) 5021 9409 or via email

In addition to travelling on our bus, Fiona Lake will also present a morning and afternoon session in the speaker's tent, while also being available for a chat at our trade exhibit in the main marquee. 


Grazing naturally workshops (Brewarrina, Wilcannia and Anabranch)
 
What: This workshop series will offer landholders insights into landscape management options that will help to increase production, improve the properties natural resource base, provide greater biodiversity and enhance the resilience of the property. The highly regarded Dick Richardson has been engaged to run the workshop series. 
When and where (further information to come): 
Brewarrina - 20 May
Wilcannia - 22 May
Anabranch - 24 May.

More information: Land Services Officer, Andrea Cashmere on 0417 050 138 or email

This workshop series is being run by Western Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

 
Accessing carbon markets survey
 
The NSW DPI is developing a new tool to help landholders improve their knowledge of and engagement with carbon farming markets. The University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about motivations, constraints and information needs to improve access to carbon farming.

They are targeting all landholders, rural advisors, aggregators, government staff and researchers working in the Western division, NSW and have five $50 gift vouchers up for grabs.

To enter the draw, complete the online survey before 30 April.

Keep Western LLS updated with your details

If you have changed your address, phone number, e-mail address or recently sold your property then we want to hear from you. 

Please advise us of any change to your details via email or by calling one of our friendly Customer Service Officers:
  • Lauren Standen (Balranald/Hillston regions) on (03) 5020 1691
  • Mandy McKay (Broken Hill/Wilcannia/Tibooburra region) on (08) 8087 3378
  • Meredith Brands (Cobar/Brewarrina/Bourke/Wanaaring regions) on (02) 6836 2081 
  • Kristie Scott (Buronga/Wentworth regions) on (03) 5021 9400.
We can also assist you with:
  • information about property transfers
  • applying for new Property Identification Codes (PICs)
  • changing PIC managership 
  • applying for brands marks and routine stock movement permits 
  • assisting with Annual Land and Stock Returns.
Further information can be found on our website by clicking here.
 
Until next time...

Thanks for reading our April newsletter, please hit reply or contact your local Western LLS office for further information on any of the items.

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