Strong turnout at livestock nutrition in dry times workshop series 

Well over 100 people, the majority being landholders, have attended one of the four livestock nutrition in dry times workshops that were held toward the end of June. 

The workshops, which were held in Mossgiel, Anabranch, Tilpa and Packsaddle, were organised with support from Sheep Connect NSW and were presented by Geoff Duddy from Sheep Solutions. 

The main focus of the workshops were basic nutrition principles, interpreting feed test results, feed requirements of different classes of livestock, feeding grains and alternate feeds, early weaning and health issues. 

For landholders that were unable to get to a workshop, a recording of a recent webinar that focused on different feeding options that Mr Duddy was also the presenter for is available by clicking here.  

Alternatively, contact your nearest Land Services Officer on 1300 795 299 to discuss livestock feeding.

Nigel Baird condition scoring a dorper at the workshop held at Glen Esk Station, Anabranch. The workshop series was funded through Catchment Action NSW. 

Applications due for 2018-19 weed and pest animal drought funding

Incorporated organisations planning to apply for funding through the 2018-19 weed and pest animal drought program have until 5 pm on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 to do so. 

The program will support regional initiatives in drought-affected areas including the Western LLS region, with funding to be directed to projects that reduce:
  • grazing pressure from pest animals
  • stock losses from pest animals
  • the spread of weeds. 
Eligible organisations include local government and other incorporated associations, including Landcare, industry bodies, training and employment organisations and Indigenous or environmental groups.

To read the program guidelines or apply online click here.

The program will be administered by Local Land Services using funding through the Australian Government Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - the government's plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy. 

NSW livestock 'census' to protect our stock and markets 

All landholders in the Western region should by now have received their Annual Land and Stock Return. 

The Annual Land and Stock Return mailout is designed to help Local Land Services protect against biosecurity risks, respond to emergencies and maintain market access.

The returns are essentially a census for livestock on 30 June each year and include all stock six months of age or older, regardless of whether they belong to the landholder, are agisted or on the property for any other reason.

Pigs of any age should be counted, as well as flocks of 100 or more poultry - it is important to note that even if your property is not currently stocked, you must still lodge a return.

Forms must be lodged by 31 August 2018 and they can either be mailed back or completed online. 

Over 130,000 NSW land managers will complete a return to help LLS understand how land is used and where livestock are held. This process is essential for emergency response and for livestock markets to remain confident in the state’s ‘clean and green’ reputation.

Landholders share knowledge at recent erosion control workshop

Landholders that attended a recent erosion control workshop focusing on the Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) approach have received great advice regarding rangeland rehabilitation from presenter Hugh Pringle. 

In total, 12 people attended the workshop which was held at 'Caradoc Station' near White Cliffs while seven others that planned to attend were unable to following rain. 

For landholders that want to find out more on erosion control or are interested in hosting a workshop on their property, contact Senior Land Services Officer, Paul Theakston on (02) 6836 1575.

The workshop was held at Nathan and Christine Harvey's property. The workshop was funded through Catchment Action NSW. 

A change to the management of kangaroos is coming

Last month, the NSW Government announced a number of proposed changes to kangaroo management in NSW as part of a package of drought relief measures.

These changes are scheduled to be implemented in August 2018 - until then, all current arrangements remain in place. 

The changes to landholders' licences to harm kangaroos include:
  • accept licence applications and returns over phone and email 
  • allow more than two shooters to conduct culling operations
  • remove requirement for carcass tags 
  • allow non-commercial secondary use of carcasses by landholders and nominated shooters. 
The proposed changes to kangaroo management have been well received as per a recent story in The Land

All the proposed changes will support landholders to better manage kangaroo numbers on their property. The changes only apply to licences to harm kangaroos. There are no changes to licences to harm other species. 

Works carried out to reduce the spread of Prickly Pear

Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt and Biosecurity Officer, Colin Betts have been busy spreading Cochineal around the Narran Lakes area to reduce the spread of Prickly Pear.

After the Cochineal has established (12 months) the sites will be revisited with the anticipation of collecting and spreading more of the insects to other plants.

Over a couple of days, the pair visited four properties in the Narran Lakes area in search of Prickly Pear.

An area of 27,446 ha has now been treated with the Cochineal.

For more information regarding fencing or weed control, contact Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt on (02) 6836 1575.  

Colin Betts at work spreading Cochineal. Works were carried out by Western LLS through National Landcare Program funding. 

Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan launched 

At the start of the month, the Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan was launched along with plans for the other 10 LLS regions around the state.

The plans will allow landholders, community members and organisations to implement a range of coordinated control measures that will help reduce the impact of pest animals. 

The plan identifies priority pest animals and appropriate management tools, and has been developed in consultation with stakeholders and the community to ensure strong and responsive management activities that are fit for purpose in the Western region.

The plan and further information is available on the Western LLS website and can be accessed by
clicking here

During the six week consultation period, Western LLS held nine community meetings throughout the Western region. This picture was taken at the meeting held at White Cliffs. 

Border Fence Maintenance Regulation 2018 - have your say

The NSW Government is remaking the Border Fence Maintenance Regulation 2009, which will automatically be repealed on 1 September 2018.

The proposed regulation would remake the provisions of the 2009 Regulation without amendments.

Interested parties are invited to review the proposed regulation and accompanying regulatory impact statement, and provide comments.

To review the proposed regulation and provide feedback
click here. Feedback must be submitted by Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The regulation supports the Border Fence Maintenance Board to achieve its objectives under the Border Fence Maintenance Act 1921. 

DroughtHub to assist landholders during dry times

Further drought assistance was announced by the NSW Government last month. 

This information and more is currently available on the DroughtHub website. 

DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions.  

The NSW Government is committed to working closely with farmers, stakeholders and other organisations to ensure NSW is better prepared for drought conditions. Image: Jessica Payton.
Remember to keep Western LLS updated with your changes

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
  • Rhoda Betts (Brewarrina/Bourke/Wanaaring regions) on (02) 6839 2047
  • Meredith Brands (Cobar region) 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 & Stock Returns.
Further information can also be found on our website by clicking here.

Weather report 

Some fast facts about the weather in June.

Until next time...

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