Extra care needed when handling livestock in extreme weather 

After a warmer than usual start to the year where a number of temperature records were broken, landholders would have welcomed a return to normal temperatures in recent weeks. 

While summer is almost over, producers are reminded about steps that should be taken to minimise heat stress on livestock, in the event of another heatwave.  

These steps include: 
  • only handling livestock if its essential
  • handling in the coolest part of the day
  • ensuring adequate access to shade and shelter, particularly in the yard or feedlot situations
  • access to clean, cool water. Livestock may reject water that is fouled or hot. 
Click here for further information regarding heat stress and animals or contact one of our District Veterinarians: 
  • Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021
  • Felicity Wills, Broken Hill, 0409 858 901
  • Trent McCarthy, Buronga, 0437 822 012.

Care needs to be taken when yarding sheep for shearing. A shorn sheep has an increased heat load, as the insulation of the fleece has been removed, so the amount of water lost through evaporative cooling is increased. 

Aerial baiting for wild dogs to commence mid-March

We will be undertaking our autumn aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs next month. 1080 poison baits will be used with the rate of application being 10 baits per kilometre. 

This is planned to occur between 18 and 31 March, with ground baiting to be carried out throughout the Western region following aerial baiting.  

The area covered by the program is from Hungerford in the north-east, Broken Hill in the west and to Mt Hope in the south-east.

Landholders or community members wanting to find out more information should contact Biosecurity Team Leader, Tim Wall on 0428 915 070.

A coordinated approach to wild dog baiting results in the best outcomes. Contact your nearest LLS Biosecurity Officer on 1300 795 299 for more information today. 

Introducing District Veterinarian, Trent McCarthy 

We have recently welcomed a number of new staff members to our team, including a third District Veterinarian in Trent McCarthy. 

After completing his study at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Trent began his career in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley, followed by a locum period around regional NSW.

Most recently, he has been practicing at the Southern Highlands Veterinary Centre, prior to moving to the Western region to work for Western LLS.

Trent is enjoying his time so far in the Western region and is looking forward to travelling around and working with landholders. 

If you have any animal health queries contact your nearest Western LLS vet: 
  • Charlotte Cavanagh, Bourke, 0429 773 021
  • Felicity Wills, Broken Hill, 0409 858 901
  • Trent McCarthy, Buronga, 0437 822 012.

Since moving to the Western region, Trent has enjoyed getting to know his staff mates and meeting landholders. 

Things to consider when making livestock decisions

As all livestock producers would attest to, there are a range of factors that need to be considered when making decisions around your carrying capacity in light of the conditions at any given time. 

During an extended dry period like we are currently experiencing, these decisions have the potential to have a greater impact on your business, and your ability to not only make a profit, but stay afloat. 

Our Land Services Officer, Tanisha Shields, with assistance from landholder Gus Whyte, has developed a two-page article titled Making livestock decisions from here

Click here to access the article and contact your nearest LLS office on 1300 795 299 for further advice. 

Tanisha and Gus are calling for landholders to consider the long term implications for the business before making any livestock management decisions. 

Weed management projects get underway in the Western region

Sixteen projects that will seek to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region have commenced following an expression of interest round at the end of last year.

The projects, which are a part of the Western Weed Management Program, will look to manage invasive species, specifically African Boxthorn, which threatens the condition of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community.

African Boxthorn is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. It forms an impenetrable, spiny thicket that inhibits the movement of stock and provides a haven for feral animals. 

Other invasive species that will be treated include Mesquite, boxing glove cactus and prickly pear cactus.

The projects will manage a combined area of 25,000 hectares in Ivanhoe, along the Lachlan River (Euabalong to Hillston), Brewarrina and Broken Hill.

Landholders looking for further information on this project, or weeds management in general, can contact Senior Land Services Officer Brian Dohnt on 0455 901 258 or their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.

African Boxthorn outside of Cobar. This project is supported by Western Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW.

Case studies to provide insight into how goat industry has evolved 

A recent case study report into goats in Western NSW and the goat industry overall is now available on our website. 

Rangeland goat production in Western NSW: Where are they now? is a follow-on publication to case studies that were produced in 2012 by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Livestock Graduate Officer, Allie Jones. 

The 2012 publication was prepared to gain insight into western NSW goat enterprises, provide a resource for other producers within or entering the industry, identify challenges and opportunities faced by producers, and propose recommendations for further development of the goat industry. 

Revisiting producers five years after the original report was developed has allowed the opportunity to identify how their businesses and the broader industry have evolved during this time. This includes identifying the degree to which past recommendations have been addressed or priorities changed.  

Click here to access the case study report or contact Senior Land Services Officer, Mitch Plumbe on
0408 241 200 for further information. 

The case study report features six of the seven landholders that were involved in the 2012 publication. 

Involve your business in the NSW Landcare and LLS conference 

There are some great opportunities for businesses and organisations to partner with the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference. 

By coming on board as a sponsor you will have the opportunity to:
  • promote your brand and products to a broad range of community and agency delegates 
  • network and build relationships with leaders in the Landcare, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management community 
  • align your company with the Landcare community's commitment to healthier landscapes, communities and environments 
  • increase brand awareness both in NSW and across Australia
  • interact with delegates during all breaks and social functions
  • provide a unique environment dedicated to the exchange of ideas and expertise. 
If this sounds like something that your business should be involved in, head to the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference website now and have a look at the sponsorship opportunities that are available. 

For further information contact the conference manager, Bradley Hayden on 0412 461 392. 

The conference is not only the pinnacle community based natural resource management event in NSW, but one of the leading forums of its kind in Australia. 

Playing your part when it comes to camels in the Western region

Feral camels are a pest of rangeland areas as they cause damage to livestock enterprises, the natural environment as well as to social and cultural assets. 

In order to assist with the management of camels, the species is listed as a registerable dealing in the Western Division of NSW, requiring keepers to register their animals with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), permanently identify their animals with ear tags or microchips, and to keep their camels in enclosures that prevent escape.

If poorly managed, camels can break through property fences and stray onto public roads and neighbouring properties, where they can compete for resources with livestock.

Once they have escaped a property, feral camels can expand into new areas and double in numbers within eight to 10 years, increasing the extent and magnitude of biosecurity impacts.  

For this reason, NSW DPI has recently conducted audits of a number of camel keepers. The audits allowed NSW DPI to check that registered camels were being kept appropriately to manage the biosecurity risks of the species.

The auditors noted that although the majority of keepers were found to be compliant, penalties were issued in cases where serious non-compliance issues were found.  

Unregistered or feral camels can be reported to the NSW DPI by completing an
 online form or by reporting the information through the FeralScan.

Play your part by reporting unregistered or feral camels to the NSW DPI or through FeralScan. 

Dates for the diary

Drought lot tour (Balranald - 27 March)
Landholders in and around the Balranald region are encouraged to take part in our drought lot tour which will offer insights and opportunities for landholders to improve their livestock and property management during dry times. There are a number of designs and ways to set up a drought lot, so with this in mind, the bus tour will visit three local properties to see the different management options and explore the benefits of each.   

The highly regarded Geoff Duddy from Sheep Solutions will be guiding the tour and brings over 20 years of industry knowledge. Western LLS District Veterinarian, Trent McCarthy will also be presenting on animal health. 

The drought lot bus tour will be held on Wednesday, 27 March with the bus to depart from 82 Market st, Balranald (Western LLS office) at 6.30 am. Attendees can also be picked up from the Homebush Hotel at 7 am and the Oxley church at 8 am, while other pick-ups can be arranged, enquire when you RSVP.

The bus will travel to Curragh, Merritop and Humewood before returning to Balranald around 5.30 pm. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Places are limited so RSVP to Land Services Officer - Agriculture, Tanisha Shields on 0447 642 131 or via

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
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
  • 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 and Stock Returns.
Further information can be found on our website by clicking here.
Until next time...

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