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August news and events


With the detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease in Indonesia recently, it is important landholders be extra vigilant – understand what to look for, check your animals regularly and report any suspect cases. 

Emergency animal diseases, particularly exotic diseases like Foot-and-Mouth and Lumpy Skin Disease can have a serious impact on livestock activity, trade and even human health. If you suspect or know of a notifiable animal disease, you have a legal obligation to report it immediately. 

Fortunately, Australia currently has a disease-free status for Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease. However we all need to play an active role in monitoring and reporting any suspect cases.  

Your support is essential to protect NSW’s clean reputation and ensure ongoing market access.  An early report can make the difference between something becoming establishing or being eradicated.  

Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease are nationally notifiable diseases. It is critical that:   

  • all livestock owners know what these diseases look like 
  • you check your animals regularly 
  • you report any suspect signs immediately to your local district vet on 1300 295 299 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888. 

Emergency Animal Diseases Workshops

We are holding a series of free, one-hour workshops for landholders to: 

  • learn more about the current status of FMD and lumpy skin disease   
  • find out how to identify these diseases and know what to do if they suspect cases  
  • find out what they can do on their farm 
  • hear what LLS does to prevent Emergency Animal Diseases 
  • hear about the work of LLS in pest animal control. 
RSVP essential - register for a Central West workshop below:
  • Dubbo | 11:00am Tuesday, 9 August | Dubbo RSL Club
  • Forbes | 11:00am Wednesday, 10 August | Club Forbes

For further information on workshops in other areas and to sign up to updates for emergency animal diseases and other biosecurity issues, visit our website
Image source: Animal Health Australia.


  • 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.
  • Dubbo, 24 August
  • Join us for a practical workshop to explore the importance of hollows and the creation and installation of artificial hollows and nest boxes to provide future homes for our native wildlife.
  • Hermidale, 24-25 August
  • Tactical Grazing Management is a 1.5 day, practical, paddock-based workshop that integrates landholders experience with science-based principles of landscape function, grazing management and livestock production.
  • Condoblin, 29 August
  • Tullamore, 30 August
  • Dick Richardson from Grazing Naturally is an internationally recognised grazing expert with more than 25 years experience. These workshops will be practical and engaging designed to assist land managers to make effective decisions around grazing management.
  • Tullamore, 6 September
  • Join us for an afternoon discussing and touring local pastures as well as our phosphorus and lime demonstration site.
  • Collie, 22 September
  • Hear the latest on feral pig research as well as tips and tricks to successfully trap and bait feral pigs at our Feral Pig Awareness Day.


Are you passionate about securing the future of agriculture and the environment for NSW? 

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for people, from all walks of life, to join our Central West Local Land Services board.   

We take great pride in working with people focused on the long-term sustainability of our natural resources and agricultural industries. Our local boards connect us with landholders and communities to identify the issues and services relevant to your region’s needs.  

Given the diversity of our rural communities, we are interested in applicants who reflect the diversity of our region and primary industries.  

Our board members offer their experience and knowledge to strengthen Local Land Services to strategically deliver services focused on:  

  • agricultural production  
  • biosecurity  
  • natural resource management  
  • animal welfare 
  • emergency management  
  • sustainable land management. 

If you share our commitment to growing productive and sustainable communities in NSW, we want to hear from you. Together, we can strengthen Local Land Services for the future. 

You can read more about these exciting roles and how to apply on our Board Member Recruitment Page

Recruitment closes 30 August 2022.  


Landholders with frontage to waterways in the NSW northern Murray-Darling Basin are encouraged to lodge an Expression of Interest under round 2 of the NSW Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program. 

The program offers incentive grants to landholders to protect sensitive riparian zones through stockproof fencing, alternate water points and a range of complementary measures with the aim of improving native fish populations and water quality. 

Further information about the program, including a map, program guidelines and how to sign up regular program updates, can be found at  Expressions of Interest close on Friday 26 August 2022.


By Cropping Adviser, Tim Bartimote

As beekeepers across NSW respond to the Varroa Mite outbreak, many farmers are wondering what impact the restriction on bee movements this will have on broadacre crops across our region. 

Bees have long been considered beneficial to broadacre crops. But exactly how helpful are they?  

Pollination methods vary across different broadacre crops. Cereals like wheat, oats and barley are known as self-pollinators. Therefore, insects are typically of little benefit in improving pollination. Other crops cross pollinate and require pollen from another plant to achieve fertilisation. Some crop species, like maize, achieve this largely through wind pollination. However, many others benefit from insect pollination. 

Read more



Are you a land manager or farmer who wants to be rewarded for your natural capital protection and environmental stewardship activities?
Do you plant trees, invest in your soil, rehabilitate your waterways, or provide habitat for wildlife on your property?
Do you want to learn from others who are making natural capital and environmental markets part of their farming business?
Our Environmental Markets Leadership Program will support you to benefit from the environmental work you do on your land. We are looking for land managers and farmers who want to better understand and participate in the world of environmental markets, creating a network of supportive peers who will participate in interactive and case-based online learning over two years.
Find out more 


A wild dog aerial baiting program using 1080 meat baits will take place on Tuesday, 23 August 2022.
Baiting will take place in Boyben State Forest between Gilgandra and Mendooran
in the Ulungra and Breelong localities, Burrendong foreshore lease country, Tuckland State Forestand authorised private property in the Euchareena, Stuart Town, Mumbil,12 Mile, Yarrabin, Wuuluman, Three Brothers, Tucklan, Dapper, Leadville,  Merrygoen, Weetaliba, Mendooran and Binnaway localities. This program is to assist local landholders in the control of wild dogs in inaccessible country. 
WARNING: Pets and working dogs may be affected and should be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations or to muzzle dogs if they are required to work the baiting location during and after baiting. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information contact Senior Biosecurity Officer Rhett Robinson on 0428 462 474.


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


NSW WeedWise is a free smartphone app through the app stores.

Like the web version, the smartphone app provides key information to help users reduce the impact of over 325 weeds in New South Wales.

Users, ranging from home gardeners and residents to farmers, land managers and weeds professionals, can search or browse weed names (common or scientific); recognise a weed by its physical description and image gallery; and find out about its impacts, where it occurs, how it spreads and its preferred habitat.

Control options are described for each weed and the herbicides registered for control by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority are listed, including application rates and techniques, and any minor-use permits that must be complied with.

General, state or regional biosecurity duties under the Biosecurity Act 2015 are displayed for each weed.


WIRES National Grant Program

WIRES has committed to a $5 million dollar National Grants Program to be rolled out over five years. The WIRES National Grants Program (WIRES NGP) has been designed to support best practice rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, an increase in emergency preparedness in the sector, along with native species recovery projects to improve long-term outcomes in Australia.

Find out more

Bee Friendly Farming grants

Bee Friendly Farming aims to work with land managers to optimise the potential of their land as far as pollinators are concerned. The tree grants support this aim.

Grants valued between $500 to $10,000 are on offer. Applications must be received on or before 5pm AEST on Wed 15 September 2021.

To be eligible to apply for these tree grants, you must either be a BFF CERTIFIED Farm or have your BFF CERTIFIED application submitted and pending approval by the tree grant closing date.

Find out more

Regional Development Australia - Orana

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

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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.

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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.

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Service NSW grants and financial assistance

Information on grants and financial assistance for small businesses in NSW

Find out more
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