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Preparing for summer on your farm - update sessions

Preparing for Summer: information on pastures, livestock and water supplies at seasonal update sessions

Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) is inviting landholders to a series of evening information sessions on current seasonal conditions and preparing for the summer ahead at Meroo, Rylstone, Cumnock & Goolma.

"These sessions will give landholders an opportunity to meet with local LLS staff and hear about some useful management options to prepare for the upcoming summer period," said Central Tablelands Land Services Team Leader, Clayton Miller.

"The information will be targeted towards graziers with a focus on water availability, and livestock and pasture health, as well as an update on pest animal management in this region."

"Although recent rainfall has certainly provided a reprieve for most farmers across our region, water storage and security continues to be a major issue for a lot of graziers moving into the summer months."

"Some areas haven't had a significant runoff event for over three and a half years and dam water levels are running critically low."

"Water will be one of the key issues we'll be discussing during the information sessions, particularly the requirements of sheep and cattle, and strategies for ensuring water quality is adequate," said Clayton.

Central Tablelands Senior Land Services Officer, Brett Littler, will lead the discussion regarding water and making plans to get through the summer months.

Brett will assist landholders in calculating how much a cow or a lamb will actually drink during summer, and whether they have enough water to last the season.

"As dams get low, water quality starts to deteriorate and that's another issue farmers need to consider.  Poor water quality leads to a reduction of water intake, which then results in a reduction in feed consumption and productivity," said Brett.

"Poor water quality can cause significant animal health problems.  If stock are being fed grain, a high water intake is necessary to minimise the risk of acidosis, and to flush the bladder to minimise the development of bladder stones."

Animal health issues related to water supplies will be explained in detail at the LLS seasonal conditions workshops coming up at Meroo, Rylstone, Cumnock & Goolma:

  • Monday 23rd November 2015 – Meroo (Meroo Hall)
  • Monday 30th November 2015 – Rylstone (The Rylstone Club, Cox St)
  • Tuesday 1st  December 2015 – Cumnock (Bowling Club, 44 Obley St)
  • Tuesday 8th  December 2015 – Goolma (Goolma Hall)

Time:  5:30pm -7:30pm

Topics at the Seasonal Conditions workshops will include:

-       water availability (animal requirements and quality)

-       livestock health and nutrition

-       pastures now and future

-       management options including early weaning

-       local pest animal update

For more information or to register please contact: Brett Littler on 0427 007 398 or email:, or Clayton Miller on 0409 656 585 or email:

A light supper will be provided following the completion of each session.  For catering purposes please RSVP at least 3 days before each session.

Media contact: Kylie Krause on 0439 608 370