Drought ad­vice for strug­gling farm­ers

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

BEEF pro­duc­ers around Mathoura will be the fo­cus of a drought work­shop next week.

Run by Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices two work­shops — in Mathoura and Tocumwal — will cover a range of top­ics in­clud­ing de­ci­sion mak­ing, live­stock nu­tri­tion and an­i­mal health.

Agri­cul­ture team leader Tom McIn­tosh said the work­shops were in re­sponse to de­mand from cus­tomers.

“It’s still very dry across our re­gion, and with sum­mer com­ing up, we felt it was im­por­tant to give pro­duc­ers the op­por­tu­nity to hear ex­perts pro­vid­ing ad­vice and strate­gies to help get them through,” he said.

“While the work­shops have had a gen­eral fo­cus on stock, the Mathoura and Tocumwal work­shops will con­cen­trate on the beef pro­duc­ers of those ar­eas.”

The ses­sions will also cover top­ics in­clud­ing early wean­ing, mar­ket­ing, well­be­ing and fi­nan­cial sup­port. Pre­sen­ters in­clude veterinarians and agri­cul­tural ex­perts from Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices, as well as re- nowned live­stock nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist Pro­fes­sor Ian Lean.

The Mathoura event is next Wed­nes­day from 8.30am to 1pm at the Mathoura Bowl­ing Club (1-9 Moama St).

Lunch will be pro­vided freeof-charge at both events but RSVP is es­sen­tial by 5pm Mon­day to 0447 440 375 or ad­min.mur­ray@lls.nsw.gov.au

The Mathoura work­shop is sup­ported by the Apiam An­i­mal Health, De­niliquin Ve­teri­nary Clinic and De­niliquin Beef Group.

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