Goul­burn Bro­ken Au­thor­ity grants for stock con­tain­ment area now avail­able

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

FARM­ERS in the Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity re­gion can now ac­cess grants to es­tab­lish stock con­tain­ment ar­eas to help man­age their live­stock in the dry con­di­tions.

Grants of up to $2000 are avail­able to farm­ers to as­sist with im­ple­ment­ing this valu­able man­age­ment tool af­ter $500,000 was al­lo­cated from the re­cently launched drought pack­age to cofund stock con­tain­ment ar­eas.

Stock con­tain­ment ar­eas en­able farm­ers to fence off part of the farm to hold, feed and wa­ter live­stock in tough con­di­tions such as drought and af­ter a bushfire.

These ar­eas de­liver a range of ben­e­fits dur­ing droughts in­clud­ing min­imis­ing soil ero­sion, en­abling faster pas­ture re­cov­ery, lim­it­ing the spread of weeds and al­low­ing for good stock man­age­ment.

Ad­vice, as­sess­ment and pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of suit­able sites for stock con­tain­ment ar­eas will be pro­vided by the De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Jobs, Trans­port and Re­sources through the Drought Ex­ten­sion Pro­gram.

Pro­gram guide­lines in­clud­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria are avail­able at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/ drought.

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