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May news and events

Productive potential of temperate pastures

By Mixed Farm Adviser, Rohan Leach
You may be seeing in a critical feed gap this autumn due to slow pasture growth rates in unimproved pasture paddocks. To try and overcome this problem you could consider sowing temperate pastures to improve productivity in the cooler months. Temperate pastures have the potential to fill seasonal feed gaps or provide high quality feed capable of finishing livestock, without the need to supplementary feed. Additionally, increased quality and quantity of feed can mean increased stocking rates and a better bottom line.
 

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FREE worm test kits for sheep producers

We are currently offering Central West producers a FREE worm test (valued at $120) and some follow up advice about how to interpret the results. First in best dressed, for a very limited time only! Get in touch with your local District Vet today on 1300 795 299 if you would like one of these kits (one per producer).

While it has been a wormy spring and summer, things have started to really become clinical with lots of dead sheep from Barbers Pole Worm in the past two weeks. 
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Big Tech: Tickets on sale now

BIG TECH FIELD DAY | Tuesday, 21 June  2022
Trangie Agriculture Research Centre

  • Demonstrations, exhibits on drones in ag, green-on-green spraying, precision sowing, spraying robotics, virtual fencing, auto-draft weighing, mechanical handlers, electronic ID tags

BIG IDEAS CONFERENCE | Wednesday, 22 June 2022 
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre

  • Hear from local and national speakers
  • Livestock and cropping panel sessions featuring producers with first-hand perspective on their experiences with ag tech.
Tickets 
  • Ticket options:
    • Field day + conference combo - $100
    • Conference only - $75
    • Field day only - $50
    • Big Catch Up - $15
    • Big Brekky - FREE
    • Field Day bus to Trangie - FREE

This project is jointly funded by Central West Local Land Services and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Promote your business at the Big Tech event through sponsorship or exhibiting.
Find out more: lls.nsw.gov.au/big-tech

Upcoming events

HEALTHY FARM DAMS WORKSHOPS
  • Mogriguy and Trundle
  • 9:30am-12:30pm, 10 and 11 May 2022
Join us and the ANU Sustainable Farms team to learn about the latest research into the benefits of enhancing farm dams.
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATION WORKSHOPS
  • Condobolin, Forbes, Coonamble, Dubbo, Wellington, Coonabarabran, Warren
  • 10 May - 27 May
Workshops across the region to share information on our Aboriginal Communities program and to get input into our five-year Aboriginal Communities Engagement Opportunities Plan.
WEBINAR: BUSINESS PLANNING FOR SUCCESS
  • Online
  • 12-2 pm Tuesday 17 May
Interactive webinar covering business direction, goals and strategy, planning and balance, execution and accountability with real examples and action planning
SWIFT PARROT TRAINING DAY
  • Gum Swamp
  • 9am-11am, Saturday 21 May
Meet Chris Timewell from Birdlife Australia to learn all about the Swift Parrot and the foraging habitat they need to survive their winter stay on the mainland.
GREY BOX GRASSY WOODLANDS ON FARMS
  • Pullabooka
  • 10:00 am - 1:30 pm, Thursday, 26 May
Join us for a practical workshop on the identification and management of TECs including Grey Box Grassy Woodlands.
THREATENED ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES ON FARMS WORKSHOP
  • Tomingley
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Friday, 27 May
Join us for a practical workshop on the identification and management of TECs.
SWIFT PARROT WORKSHOP
  • Eugowra
  • 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Monday, 30 May 
Join us for a workshop on camera trapping and information on critically endangered woodland birds, focusing on the Swift Parrot and its habitat requirements. (Image: Chris Tzaros)
REVEGETATION WORKSHOP
  • Goonoo area
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Wednesday, 8 June
Landholders are invited to this revegetation workshop to learn how to get the most out of your revegetation project including what plants are endemic to your local area and suitable to your soil type, planning and preparing a revegetation site, and practical planting methods.
FARM FINANCE ROADSHOW
  • Lake Cargelligo
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Friday, 10 June 2022
This event will focus on available finance options in the current competitive farm finance sector and how to get a better deal for your farm. 
REGENT HONEYEATER WEBINAR
  • Online
  • 12pm - 1pm, Wednesday, 8 June
Getting to know the Regent Honeyeater Webinar with Mick Roderick – Birdlife Australia
Learn all about ID, ecology, management actions and survey techniques in this one-hour webinar.
Contact David Kellett for details david.kellett@lls.nsw.gov.au. Image: Dean Ingwersen

Travelling Stock Reserves not for firewood

The public can apply for a permit to collect firewood from selected state forests by calling 1300 655 687 or visiting www.forestrycorporation.com.au.

Don't miss out on free pig grain treatment

Treatment of pig grain will be fully subsidised until the end of the financial year to encourage people to free feed, monitor and control feral pigs.
Get in touch with your local biosecurity officer to arrange treatment of your grain by calling 1300 795 299.
 

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Aerial baiting targeting wild dogs 

Central West Local Land Services is planning to conduct a wild dog aerial baiting program using 1080 meat baits between the Monday, 23 and Friday, 27 May 2022.

Baiting will take place in pre-approved locations of:

  • Crown Land including Burrendong foreshore lease country and Tuckland State Forest,
  • authorised private property in the Euchareena, Stuart Town, Mumbil, 12 Mile, Yarrabin, Wuuluman, Three Brothers, Leadville, Dapper, Neilrex, Digilah, Tucklan, Merrygoen, Weetaliba, Mendooran and Binnaway.
  • Boyben State Forest between Gilgandra and Mendooran in the Ulungra and Breelong 

WARNING: Pets and working dogs may be affected. It is recommended to restrain pets and working dogs and 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 poisoning. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance. 

For further information contact Senior Biosecurity Officer Rhett Robinson on 0428 462 474.

Recent events 

Miss an event? Catch recordings and summaries here or find video resources on our YouTube Channel.

84 volunteers spot 100+ Glossies in Great Inland Count

More than 100 Glossy Black-cockatoos were observed during this year's Great Inland Glossy Count. The counts were completed across three main sites including Pilliga National Park and forests, Goonoo National Park and surrounding reserves, Goobang National Park, surrounding state forests, crown land and private properties. 
The Great Inland Glossy Count is an annual count of the threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo as part of the project ‘Making Central Inland Glossies Great Again’, funded by the Environmental Trust and the Saving Our Species program. The seven year project is an important collaboration across land tenures, led by Central West Local Land Services in partnership with NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, North West Biodiversity Conservation Division, the Forestry Corporation of NSW, Dubbo Field Naturalists and Conservation Society, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and the Central Inland
Glossy Black Cockatoo Working Group. They are implementing conservation strategy actions across these three areas that will enable community involvement and on-ground action in Glossy Black Cockatoo conservation.
This year 84 volunteers assisted the project team in completing the counts at over 50 sites across these areas, contributing 378 volunteer hours to the project. While the numbers seen were down compared to the height of the last drought, the results were comparable to last year with 55 Glossy Black Cockatoos observed in the Pilliga, 40 at Goonoo and 7 at Goobang. The lower numbers being counted is likely to reflect the good seasons we have been having with their favourite food, Allocasuarina sp or She-oaks, which are fruiting well and there is plenty of water around, resulting in the flocks being well dispersed across the landscape.
 For more information on the project, please contact Project Manager, David Kellett on 0456 757 438.

Small Purple-pea propagation workshop
The Saving the Small Purple-pea and native plant propagation workshop took place at the Burrendong Arboretum on Tuesday 22 March. Mike Herbert, manager of the Arboretum and Tanya Muccillo from Central West Local Land Services spoke about the progress of the Saving the Small Purple-pea project. Annabelle Greenup from Bilby Blooms delivered the hands-on propagation workshop, teaching landholders skills in native plant propagation.
Twenty four landholders from across the Central West region attended the day. Participants learnt about the Small Purple‐pea (Swainsona recta), how to identify it, where it was found and what they can do to assist in its recovery and expansion. The workshop received excellent feedback from landholders, especially for the detail into practical skills in seed collection, propagation and planting.
For further information on the Saving the Small Purple-pea project please contact Project Manager, Shaley Allen on 0436 122 140.

App of the month | I Spy Koala

Contribute to research and knowledge of koala numbers by logging any sightings in the I Spy Koala App.

This App is part of a pilot designed to improve the flow of Koala observation data to NSW planning and decision tools. All data submitted via the App is made available by DPIE through BioNet, NSW's corporate biodiversity data repository. From there the data is accessible to researchers, land managers, planners, consultants, government and the public via the BioNet website www.bionet.nsw.gov.au and associated data services. Once your I Spy Koala data is submitted it will be available in BioNet within approximately two weeks. Your data will then be combined with other BioNet Koala observations and published to the SEED data portal where you can conveniently view the interactive BioNet Koala Sightings map. Koala data helps inform environmental managers, land managers and the community about koala numbers, distribution and habitat, and assists the implementation of long term conservation strategies to secure healthy koala populations in the wild.

Grants and financial assistance


Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants


Grants of up to $50,000 for Landcare and natural resource management groups to carry out riverbank restoration work.

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Crown Reserves Improvement Fund


Funding for repairs, maintenance and improvements on Crown reserves

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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.

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.

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Service NSW grants and financial assistance


Information on grants and financial assistance for small businesses in NSW

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