Dry Times Management

BOM Climate Outlook May - July 2016
The Bureau of Meteorology has released it's Climate and Water Outlook May - July 2016 (published April 28th 2016)
Summary:

  • Daytime temperature outlook: warmer than average for the tropical north and parts of southern Australia.
  • Overnight temperature outlook: warmer than average across the nation.
  • Climate influences include a very warm Indian Ocean, a rapidly weakening El Niño and warm sea surface temperatures surrounding much of Australia (see the Climate Influences section).

New Livestock and Farm Finance Fact Sheets:
A series of factsheets for Upper South East farmers to manage livestock and farm finances in dry seasons is now available for download.
The factsheets have been produced by Primary Industries and Regions SA and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources with the support of MacKillop Farm Management Group and Sheep Connect SA.

Livestock management options

Feed budgeting in a drought

Drought management checklist for livestock

Calculating supplementary feed amounts - Sheep

Calculating supplementary feed amounts - Cattle

Ration formulation using the ‘Pearson Square’

Basic ration diet formulation

Calculating dry matter intakes

Dry matter vs As fed

Comparing the costs of feed

Handy Tools and Tips from Sheep Connect
Sheep connect has compiled a list of very useful websites for managing dry conditions including climate tools, stocking rates, feeding sheep, managing pastures, diseases and much more. 
Click here to see the range of information and tools available.  

Drought Coordinator appointed for South Australia
The South Australian Government says a newly-appointed drought coordinator will help farmers in the state's upper south-east deal with current conditions- read the full story here.

A farmer’s health and land go hand in hand
During these dry times it is important to take care of your health and look out for others in your community. The dry times flyer lists details of health and financial support services available in the region for South East Rural Communities. Download Flyer

December Drought Management Opportunity Workshops
At these workshops, experts discussed how to adapt to drought conditions in your farm business with confidence. Presentations can be viewed at http://www.coorong.sa.gov.au/ctlapevents

Drought Concessional Loans
A new round of the Drought Concessional Loan Scheme is now available to South Australian farmers until 30 June 2016 (or when fully allocated – whichever occurs first). Farmers interested in meeting with PIRSA's Prudential and Rural Financial Services staff to discuss the Drought Concessional Loans Scheme are invited to call PIRSA toll free on 1800 182 235 to arrange an appointment time or visit www.pir.sa.gov.au

Dry Times Resources

In dry times it is important to make risk management decisions early. The following pages provide useful links, tools and resources that you might need to make necessary management and financial decisions on farm and look after your mental health in tough times.

Livestock Management

New Series of Factsheets

Livestock management options

Feed budgeting in a drought

Drought management checklist for livestock

Calculating supplementary feed amounts - Sheep

Calculating supplementary feed amounts - Cattle

Ration formulation using the ‘Pearson Square’

Basic ration diet formulation

Calculating dry matter intakes

Dry matter vs As fed

Comparing the costs of feed

Water Management

Crop and Soil Management

Financial Help

Looking after your Mental Health

 

 

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