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July news and events

VARROA MITE EMERGENCY RESPONSE


NSW DPI is carrying out an emergency response to the recent detection of varroa mite. An eradication plan is in place, which is supported by a number of varroa mite emergency zones covering areas within a 50 km radius of infested premises.

Up-to-date information can be found on the NSW DPI website: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/varroa

Don't forget, a total standstill of hive and beekeeping equipment movement within NSW across all zones is in place. If you find varroa mite in a hive you are responsible for, notify NSW DPI by:

LODGE ANNUAL LAND & STOCK RETURNS

Don't forget to lodge your Local Land Services Annual Land and Stock Returns before the end of August. 
The returns are a statutory requirement and would have landed in your letterbox in the last week. 

WHY SHOULD I LODGE A RETURN?

By filling in the Annual Land and Stock Return, you help to build a picture of agricultural land use and livestock numbers across NSW. With biosecurity threats like Foot and Mouth disease on Australia’s doorstep, we need to work together to safeguard NSW and keep our markets open for producers. This combined effort assists in monitoring flocks and herds for emergency animal diseases. It also ensures we have the right information when emergencies strike to support you with emergency fodder, yards or shelter. 

HOW DO I LODGE MY RETURN?

  • Our dedicated Annual Land and Stock Return portal opened recently for you to securely lodge your return online.
  • The online form asks the same questions as the paper form and only takes a couple of minutes. 
  • Where there are barriers to online lodgement, you can still mail to the PO Box listed on the return form or phone for further assistance on 1300 795 299. 
  • Many landholders don’t have any livestock and utilise their property for horticulture and cropping or enjoy their property for its biodiversity and lifestyle value. We still need you to complete your ALSR to ensure you do not occur additional livestock charges on your rates and to make certain our records are up to date in case of emergencies. 

Please note that Annual Land and Stock Return numbers do not affect your Local Land Services rates as these are calculated on the Notional Carrying Capacity of each property. However, you must complete your ALSR by 31 August, to avoid additional charges being applied to your rates next year.  
Lodge your Annual Land and Stock Return now 

UPDATE YOUR FARM BIOSECURITY PLAN

Have you got a farm biosecurity plan?
We all have a role in biosecurity to protect ourselves, our families, our farms, natural resources, communities and markets. Practicing good biosecurity every day will help to reduce the risk of unwanted pests, weeds or diseases ending up at your place.
Download our free Farm Biosecurity Plan which includes:

  • A checklist for on farm biosecurity
  • Handy reference numbers
  • Contact details
Keep it up-to-date and get in touch on 1300 795 299 to discuss how you can improve biosecurity on your place and if you'd like an industry-specific biosecurity plan.

FLOODS IN CENTRAL WEST

At this stage farmers and landholders potentially impacted by high river levels are advised to relocate livestock, pumps, chemicals and equipment to higher ground.
Please stay safe and monitor the latest flood and weather updates from the Bureau of Meteorology and NSW SES.
View current warnings.

TOP 10 TAX TIME TIPS

After a busy sowing season for many, tax time is now upon us. It’s out of the paddock and into the office. Carmen Quade from AgriFocused has pulled together some tips for getting the right information together for your accountant to work their magic.

  • Start with a tidy office 
  • Get your account reconciliations up to date  
  • Collect your livestock numbers 
  • Undertake end of year tasks in your payroll system 
  • Ask your accountant for their checklist 
Read the full list of tips  including links to other handy resources
 

FARM OFFICE PLUS COURSE
For those of you looking to make improvements in your farm office management, Central West Local Land Services is running a three part course over August and September. Farm Office Plus participants will work on developing systems that work for their own farming businesses and learn about technology, tips and tricks to make things streamlined and more efficient.

DID OUR NEWSLETTER HIT YOUR MAILBOX?

SEASONAL UPDATE 

We apologise for our printed newsletter reaching mailboxes a little later than we had hoped! If you missed it - here's what was covered:
  • Dual purpose cereal trials
  • Lamb survival guide
  • New pre-emergents
  • Leaf disease in forage oats
  • Big Tech Conference + Field Day
  • The value of soil testing
  • Phosphorus and lime demos
  • Oestrogenic clovers 
  • Tropical pasture demonstration
  • The Adapt Project

UPCOMING EVENTS


FARM OFFICE PLUS WORKSHOPS
  • Dubbo and Forbes, August and September
  • If you are new to farm office management, undertaking or planning to grow your business or are after higher levels of efficiency or competence, this is the course for you!
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY FORUM
  • Forbes, 4-5 August 
  • The 2022 forum features a number of high calibre speakers including representatives from Rabobank, Department of Primary Industries, Endeavour Meats, HE Silos, Lachlan Commodities, Future Feed, Charles Sturt University, AgSTAR Farming, AWI Sheep Connect NSW and The University of Melbourne.

EXCLUSION FENCING FIELD VISIT

“Keep it simple” was the top take-home message from the exclusion fencing field trip held recently to Euchareena near Stuart Town last week.

Organised by Biosecurity Officer Ethan Goninan, the event involved a tour of exclusion fencing on the Wykes family 4,750 acre grazing property.

Alongside his parents, brother and families Brett Wykes runs sheep, cattle and some goats and said they got started with the exclusion fencing to control grazing pressure and to hold feral goats for longer to sell at convenience.

“We were catching goats in the river country and thought it would be good to be able to hold them for awhile, so we fenced out a couple of paddocks and it worked so well we kept going,” Mr Wykes said.

“You could really see the difference when we could keep everything out. We can control our grasses now whereas before we were losing everything.

Read more

SUBSIDISED PIG GRAIN TREATMENT 


Given the ongoing issues with feral pigs across the region and critical need to reduce numbers we are again subsiding the treatment of landholder grain to help tackle feral pigs. Get in touch with your local biosecurity officer on 1300 795 299 to:
  • Find your local pest animal group to work with nearby landholders
  • Get advice on the best way to tackle feral pigs on your place
  • Organise treated grain for baiting

BE AWARE OF ROCK FERN TOXICITY

By Forbes District Vet Dr Belinda Edmonstone
Rock or mulga fern (Cheilanthes sieberi) grows on the iron bark and pine ridges and its effects can be devastating to cattle (and less commonly sheep). 
WHAT DOES IT DO?
It causes damage to the part of the bone marrow that produces platelets, and results in sporadic haemorrhage.  Animals can be found dead due to sudden enormous haemorrhage or can become weak and staggery before going down due to smaller ongoing haemorrhages and anaemia.  A more chronic syndrome also exists in cattle where carcinogenic effects of the toxin from the plant causes benign or malignant tumours of the urinary bladder resulting in weight loss and death. Sheep grazing rock fern develop either a haemorrhagic disease or more commonly a condition of the brain, polioencephalomalacia (PEM). This causes staggering, blindness and death.
HIGHEST RISK STOCK
Naïve young stock are most at risk as they will readily graze it. Although not highly palatable it can be attractive to stock as it may be the only green and fresh plant amongst the frosted summer perennials.
Stock will have typically been grazing the plant for at least four weeks before clinical signs appear.
If grazing these paddocks have a good look around for the presence of the plant. If stock are eating this fern then allow no greater than three weeks access to the paddock before moving them.

PODCAST SURVEY: SEEKING YOUR INPUT

Do you like hearing local farmer stories on Seeds for Success? Or would you prefer a show with straight technical advice from experts? We are currently reviewing all Local Land Services podcasts across the state and we would love to hear from landholders interested in agricultural podcasts.    

We would like to know:

  • Why you listen to ag podcasts
  • What you like about them, and
  • What you’d like to hear more of.   

Your honest feedback will help us identify what future Local Land Services podcasts might look like.  

This survey shouldn’t take any longer than five minutes. We really appreciate you taking the time to provide your valuable feedback.  

Complete the survey before it closes on Friday, 8 July.

REVEGETATION & DIRECT SEEDING EVENT

What was discussed:
A workshop held in June provided a detailed look at how to plan your revegetation project for the long term and included:

  • Production benefits of revegetation on your farm
  • Design of planting and direct seeding sites
  • Site preparation – vital for a successful revegetation project
  • Species selection that are endemic/native to your area
  • Maintenance following your revegetation
  • Direct seeding demonstration
  • Gadgets to make the planting job easier
Attendee feedback:
“I was not aware of how important soil site preparation and follow up maintenance was to ensure a successful planting project. Understanding the placement of different species, sizes and heights of plants was so interesting” - Belinda
“I was under the assumption that we only planted trees – I was not aware of the importance of shrubs that provide habitat, food and shelter for smaller woodland birds and animals” - Malcolm.
“I have not undertaken regeneration of vegetation at his point in time. The workshop is my first step. I became very interested in the local genetics of the seed. I am interested in propagating seed from the farm to match what exists, this is most likely a long term goal” Sally

Landholders also heard about:
  • Future incentive funding for the beautiful Glossy Black-cockatoo to protect & support this iconic species
  • Plenty of great giveaway resources for landholders including Field Guides, flyers and Best Management practice booklets
  • Plants were provided to landholders on the day and lucky door prizes were given out
Find out more

APP OF THE MONTH: EUCLID

EUCALYPTS OF AUSTRALIA

Eucalypts are the dominant trees in Australia. Consequently, they play significant roles in the landscape, in the ecology of our land, in forestry, in apiculture and in horticulture.

EUCLID provides complete descriptions of 934 species and subspecies of Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus plus an interactive identification key using Lucid software. It covers all Australian States and Territories. Over twelve thousand images are used to assist interpretation of species features and the species themselves as well as their geographic distribution.

This innovative application makes identification a breeze. The process begins by choosing from simple characteristics of the eucalypt you are trying to identify. For example, answer questions such does it have rough or smooth bark, leaf shapes and flower types. If you’re not sure what to look at next the Lucid application can even recommend features to guide you through to the fastest identification possible. EUCLID is a treasure-trove of information. The application brings together beautifully illustrated features states to help visualise your choices as well as fact sheets and images of every species – all at your fingertips.

The App edition of EUCLID still functions without an internet connection, making it especially valuable for people working in the field.

WATCH OUR WEBINAR
Our Natural Resource Management team recorded a Eucalyptus Identification Webinar all about how to use EUCLID to identify Eucalypts in Central West NSW.

AG TECH: WHERE DO I START?

BIG TECH BIG IDEAS

Hundreds of Central West farmers and ag industry professionals caught up on current and future agricultural technologies at the Big Tech Big Ideas field day and conference.

Held in Trangie and Dubbo the two-day event presented everything from walk-over-weighing of livestock to remote water monitoring, satellite pasture mapping, precision spraying, soil moisture monitoring and linking various data systems together.

Big Ideas Conference keynote speaker Meat and Livestock Australia’s Digital Agriculture Program Project Manager John McGuren gave an overview of digital technologies investigated through MLA’s digital demonstration farms and advised producers to think about what problem they are trying to solve.

“What do you need the technology to do?” Mr McGuren said.

“Is it going to reduce labour, is it going to make your operation more efficient, is it being able to remotely monitor your pastures, livestock or water?” he said.

“It’s important to consider the return you should expect from the investment in technology.

“This includes looking at what it currently costs you to do the tasks you want to apply technology to versus the costs and benefits.”

Read more

SEEDS FOR SUCCESS - LATEST EPISODES

  • Broden Holland - Game changer: How precision ag can improve crop yields
  • David Greig - The right rams: Twinning at the Merino game
  • Tess Herbert - An insight into feedlotting with a passionate red-meat advocate
  • Ros Patton - Destigmatising mental health in rural communities
  • Callen Thompson - The farming podcaster: Lessons from two years of hosting ‘Seeds for Success'
Catch up and listen

GRANTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


Regional Development Australia - Orana


Subscribe to the grants newsletter, obtain assistance with applying for grants and see what grants are currently on offer.

Find out more
 

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)


FRRR provides funding and capacity building support at the hyper-local level. We have reach, relationships, networks, and know-how to align funding, big and small, to community-led solutions that build resilience and long-term viability and vitality of smaller remote, rural, and regional communities across Australia.

Find out more
 

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)


The RAA administers financial assistance programs including transport subsidies for animal welfare and natural disasters to primary producers on behalf of both the NSW and Australian Governments.

Find out more

 

TAFE subsidised training and qualifications


Subsidised training and courses from TAFE NSW.

Find out more

 

Service NSW grants and financial assistance


Information on grants and financial assistance for small businesses in NSW

Find out more
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