Sheep and cattle producers have the opportunity to improve farm viability and responsiveness during the dry season, through a series of workshops offered by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The business program Stockplan can assist cattle and sheep producers, advisors and agribusinesses in exploring management options in the early stages of drought, during drought and recovery.
Sheep and cattle producers are encouraged to register their interest in one-day training workshops which will be held across the agricultural region.
Department research officer Jeisane Accioly said the roll-out in Western Australia followed a highly successful program in New South Wales.
“Producers in many parts of WA are currently contending with the extended dry season,” she said.
“These workshops take a whole-of-business approach to managing climate risks, minimising the long-term impact and improving recovery.”
StockPlan workshops will include information on: options for livestock such feed, sell or agist; feed requirements and cost; stock structure and cash flow effects when selling or buying livestock; and designing a stock containment facility to carry stock.
“The workshop will provide hands-on experience with a software program designed to explore these questions and many more to help producers manage this dry season and be in the best position possible to recover when it breaks,” Ms Accioly said.
The workshops, funded by DAFWA and Rural Business Development Corporation, will run between February and June with dates and locations depending on producer interest. Workshop numbers and places will be limited.
Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW livestock officer Greg Meaker was recently in WA to support department officers in the delivery of the Stockplan program.
Mr Meaker said a survey of producers who undertook the training in NSW reported that after attending the course, they were more confident in their approach to drought management.
“The course also led to changes in producers’ practices that resulted in early destocking with a market advantage and enhanced capacity to retain and feed stock, maintain productivity of the core herd or flock and improve ground cover,” he said.
To register interest or for more information about Stockplan, contact Ms Accioly or James Dee on 9780 6100.
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