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New resources to support farmers across the Hunter

After a difficult period of drought and bushfires across the Hunter Region a number of free resources to support local cattle producers have been made available.

Hunter Local Land Services has prepared the resources in a bid to support the community.

The organisation held four workshops across the Manning Great Lakes area in early Autumn to assist landholders with bushfire recovery strategies.

The workshops covered the issues of pasture management for beef production and improved farm profitability and have now been converted into a video and podcast series, ready for local producers.

Extension and Advisory Officer in Sustainable Agriculture, Albert Mullen, said following the catastrophic bushfire season pasture management was critical and encouraged producers to take advantage of recent rainfall to get back on track.

“Pastures are the lifeblood of any livestock enterprise and how we manage these pastures will dictate cost of production per hectare,” he said.

“Some of the key points from the workshops included putting recent replacement female prices into perspective for those understocked and rebuilding using home grown replacements as a ‘mix and match’ strategy to average out costs and to provide adequate nutrient to achieve the best outcomes.”

Neil Moss from SciBus was among the presenters.

He worked extensively with the dairy industry and presented information around livestock nutrition and the energy and protein requirements of different classes of livestock.

Mr Moss shared his knowledge to assist cattle producers with cost structures, profitability and targets.

The video presentations are now available on the Local Land Services YouTube channel or you can download the videos as a podcast here.

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