Goulburn Broken Authority grants for stock containment area now available
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.