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Land and Livestock workshops for smaller and smarter farms

Land & Livestock Workshops to help small farms get smarter will be rolled out by Central Tablelands Local Land Services in coming weeks in Oberon, Orange and Mudgee.

“We held our first Smaller Smarter Farms workshop in Bathurst in December and we had a fantastic turn out, most of whom were relatively new to agriculture,” reported Land Services Officer, Kate McCarthy.

More than two thirds of the approximately 14,000 landholders in the Central Tablelands Local Land Services region own or manage properties of 150 hectares or less, and over 7000 of those rural holdings are only 50 hectares or smaller in size.

“We know that many landholders don’t live every day on their farms, and that the farm isn’t always their primary source of income,” says Kate.

“We want to give these landholders the sort of services and information that will be useful to them, rather than expecting everyone to turn up to events targeted at large scale traditional farmers.”

“The aim is to learn new things, refresh your knowledge, or just come and say hello and tell us about what you need from an organisation like Local Land Services.”

Local Land Services recognises that new landholders who have been working in other industries can bring different skill sets into agriculture, along with a fresh perspective and dynamism.

“Smaller landholders make up a big proportion of the agricultural sector in our region and we value the role they play in managing our land and natural resources,” says Kate.

“We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our first workshop in Bathurst and we’re keen to connect with more small or absentee landholders who might not normally come along to Local Land Services events because of work and other commitments.”

The workshops are being run in partnership with the NSW Farmers Association and will provide an overview for landholders interested in learning more about looking after their land, and managing pests and weeds, as well as the legal requirements for keeping livestock like horses, sheep and cattle.

Land and Livestock workshops will be held on Friday evenings from 6-9 pm on:

Friday 8 February - Oberon RSL, Oberon St, Oberon NSW 2787

Friday 22 February - Duntryleague Golf Club, Woodward St, Orange

Friday 8 March - Mudgee Palate Restaurant, 1 Sydney Rd, Mudgee

Landholders are asked to register with Kate McCarthy on email Kate.mccarthy@lls.nsw.gov.au or by phone on:  0448 229 696