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Thursday 11 May 2023
In this edition:
Flood and storm information
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A range of support measures are available for flood and storm-affected farmers.

Information about these measures can be found at

For any urgent animal welfare needs, please contact 136 186. 

Farmers are encouraged to contact the Agriculture Recovery team on 0427 694 185 (Mon-Fri between 8.30 am and 5 pm) or

Technical information and decision-making support 

Agriculture Victoria is working with Victorian farmers and industry to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters (including floods and storms) through delivery of technical information and decision-making support services to help farm business recovery, including:

  • grazing, cropping and pasture management
  • irrigation and horticulture system rehabilitation
  • soil erosion management 
  • land management
  • animal health and nutrition 
  • farm mapping and planning 
  • water quality
  • weed management.

Ag recovery newsletter

Farmers and service providers are encouraged to subscribe to the ag recovery digital newsletter to access latest events and information.

Ag recovery events

For information on events and field days across the state please visit the Events page on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Victorian Primary Producer Flood Recovery package

Flood and storm-affected farmers and growers are eligible to apply for financial support via the current flood recovery grants.

Applications for primary producer and rural landholder financial supports related to the October 2022 to 13 January 2023 flood and storm event have been extended to 13 July 2023.

Applications close at 4 pm on Thursday 13 July 2023.

The extension applies to:

  1. Primary Producer Recovery Grants: Up to $75,000 grants to support the cost of recovery and get businesses up and running again. Note: This replaces the $10,000 Primary Producer Flood Clean–Up, Relief Grants announced on 19 October. Producers that have received a Primary Producer Flood Clean–Up Relief Grant of $10,000 can now apply for up to a further $65,000 under the Primary Producer Recovery Grant, bringing the total to $75,000.
  2. Rural Landholder Grants: Up to $25,000 grants to support the costs of disaster impacts for small-scale producers.
  3. Primary Producer Concessional Loans: Up to $250,000 to restore or replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, or to cover short-term business expenses. This loan has been amended to allow primary producers who suffered a significant loss of income as a direct result of the 2022 Victorian floods and storms but who did not suffer direct damage to assets to apply for a concessional loan of up to $100,000.
  4. Primary Producer Transport Subsidies: Up to $15,000 to support the transport of emergency fodder or stock drinking water, and the movement of livestock.

To apply for support or for more information, visit the Rural Finance website.

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Service offers free and independent financial information, options, decision-making support and referral services to farmers and small, related rural businesses who are in, or at risk of, financial hardship.

They can also assist farmers to apply for financial assistance.

To connect with your local service call 1300 771 741 or visit the National Emergency Management Agency

National Centre for Farmer Health: flood response support

The National Centre for Farmer Health is committed to supporting primary producers whose properties, livestock or crops were damaged or lost in the floods and storms through the delivery of initiatives to boost farmer mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • A supportive online community through the #BuildingFarmSpirit social media campaign
  • Free access to online psychology support delivered by farmer health trained psychologists
  • Support for community events providing social connection and mental health promotion opportunities for farmers, farming families and farming communities
  • Distribution of mental health resources and support information.

More information is available on the National Centre for Farmer Health website.

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Facts about Acute bovine liver disease

Dr Jeff Cave, Senior Veterinary Officer

With the abundant pasture growth of recent months, the light stocking rates on many properties, and the large amount of dry standing feed, coupled with autumn breaking rains, farmers are advised to be on the lookout for Acute bovine liver disease (ABLD).

ABLD was first noted in Tasmania in 1987, and in recent years several incidents have been seen in South-West Victoria, South-East South Australia, Gippsland, and North-East Victoria.

There has been a recent case reported on a property in North-East Victoria.

Cases can result in a catastrophic number of deaths in cattle. It has not been described in other species.

The condition has been seen in both beef and dairy cattle. It can show up in a range of forms.

In the worst incidents there has been a sudden onset of deaths in cattle over six months of age.

The typical signs of photosensitisation, such as depression, agitation, raised temperature, and reddening of the lighter coloured skin and udder may be seen prior to death, and are common amongst the survivors.

The pathology is consistent with an acute liver disease. Cases are consistently linked to access to a plant called Rough Dog’s Tail (Cynosurus echinatus), also known as Manifold Grass.

It appears the plant is a likely carrier of a fungal toxin which briefly proliferates given the right set of environmental conditions.

There is no known direct cure of affected cattle. There is some evidence, if affected cattle are treated with medication to alleviate the effects of photosensitisation, it may help.

Several common features have been seen during each outbreak:

  • access to Rough Dog's Tail prior to the onset of clinical signs. Rough Dog's Tail is typically found on steep, hilly paddocks
  • access to paddocks with an abundance of dry standing feed that had been spelled for over three months
  • significant season breaking rain in late autumn or early winter at the time of the introduction of cattle onto those paddocks.

For further information please contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria Veterinary or Animal Health Officer, or in NSW your Local Land Services.

Subscribe to Victorian Biosecurity Matters – new biosecurity newsletter
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Agriculture Victoria has launched a new monthly e-newsletter, Victorian Biosecurity Matters, to serve as a key hub for all biosecurity-related content.

The monthly publication will cover topics such as emergency animal diseases, marine pests, pest animals, plant diseases, weeds, pest insects and mites, food safety and on-farm biosecurity plans.

Victorian Biosecurity Matters will pool together all of Agriculture Victoria’s biosecurity content into one publication, making it a valuable resource for farmers, small landholders, animal owners, veterinarians, and anyone with an interest to stay up to date with the most relevant information in relation to our agriculture industry.

It's Agriculture Victoria’s goal to ensure Victorians understand the importance of biosecurity and the role they can play in maintaining a healthy and sustainable agriculture industry.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, Victorian Biosecurity Matters has something for everyone.

Subscribing to the free newsletter is easy.

The Very Fast Break available now
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The latest Very Fast Break seasonal climate outlook for Victoria is now available. After a sensational start in many areas, but the northwest could do with some good follow up, let’s see where the rain fell in April.

Click HERE

Victorian pet owners to receive affordable desexing boost
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The Victorian Government is providing free or low-cost pet desexing services to Victorians in need through a new round of animal welfare grants.

Minister for Agriculture Gayle Tierney recently launched the third round of the Pet Desexing Grants, which is funded through the government’s Animal Welfare Fund (AWF).

The new round of grants will deliver $500,000 across eligible councils and not-for-profit organisations to deliver free or low-cost desexing programs for cats and dogs – greatly improving animal welfare outcomes and reducing the number of unwanted pets.

The latest round of funding will also provide support to organisations that rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses, with $330,000 allocated to Equine Rehabilitation Grants.

Since 2021, the Pet Desexing Grants have provided almost $1.1 million to 32 organisations across the state, while the AWF Grant Program has awarded more than $8.2 million in funding to not-for-profit animal shelters, foster care organisations and community vet clinics.

The government’s work to modernise the state’s animal care and protection laws to replace the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is progressing.

Draft legislation will be released later in 2023, for further industry and community consultation.

In addition, the government is working on reforms to improve pet rehoming outcomes, in response to recommendations from the Taskforce on Rehoming Pets.

Applications for Pet Desexing grants and Equine Rehabilitation grants are open until Wednesday 7 June.

To find out more and to apply click HERE

More skills for young Victorian farmers
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Looking to extend your skills?

We’re making it easier than ever for young farmers to learn new skills for their chosen career or retrain to get the job of their dreams.

Even with a previous qualification, Victorians are now eligible for Free TAFE and other government-subsidised courses, giving an additional 2 million Victorians access to more than 500 courses without having to pay full fees.

With free TAFE, you could undertake courses in agriculture, dairy production, horticulture and more without the cost of tuition.

Want to know more? Find the course you’re looking for HERE 

Young Farmer Scholarship closing soon
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Are you a #youngfarmer looking to take your career to the next level?

Applications for the 2023 Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships are closing soon.

The program offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to upskill and invest in your career.

To find out more and apply visit Business Victoria.

Applications close Monday 21 May.

Watch our invasive species videos
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Rabbits, foxes and feral pigs pose a major threat to our environment and agricultural production.

Monitoring pest animals before, during and after control efforts using activity plots, remote cameras, spotlighting and other methods can save you time, money and improve pest animal control on your place.

Click here to learn more

Victorian Gorse Taskforce community grants now open
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Speak with your local community group about applying for a VGT grant.

Community groups may apply for funding up to $8,000 for on-ground gorse control works on private land. All participating landholders involved may receive up to $1,500 in grant funding and must match this with their own monetary contribution.

The 2023-24 Community Grants Program is now open and will close on 30 June 2023. If gorse is a problem across your area the VGT encourages you to connect with your local community group and apply now.


  • Grants are available to Victorian community groups e.g., Landcare or Friends of Groups only.
  • Funding is available for gorse control on private land only.
  • Projects must promote and carry out gorse control that aligns with the Gorse National Best Practice Manual.
  • Incentives to participating individual properties must be capped at $1,500 per property ownership.
  • Participating landholders must sign a three-year voluntary work agreement that commits them to maintaining all necessary follow-up gorse control at their expense.

For more information and to check out the grant guidelines and application form click HERE

Or send your inquiry to

Livestock Farm Monitoring Project calling for participants
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Spots are now available in a free and trusted sheep and beef farm benchmarking project.

Find out how your farm stacks up against similar businesses across the state by participating in Agriculture Victoria’s Livestock Farm Monitor Project.

All information is treated as highly confidential.

For more information see the project website or contact

Farmer feedback sought to improve farm safety
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The Victorian Farmers Federation’s Making our Farms Safer Project (VFF MOFS) is calling for farmer feedback to gauge the impact of the ‘Making our Farm Families Safer’ campaign, which aims to improve the safety of children on farms.

VFF President Emma Germano is urging farmers to complete a short anonymous survey that will be used to inform future campaigns and help reduce tragedy from striking Victorian farming families.

“We’re asking farmers themselves to do a short survey and let us know what worked as part of the campaign and what they’d like to see in future to assist us in our commitment to improve safety outcomes for children on farms.

“This campaign couldn’t be more important. Recent figures from Agrifutures Australia reported 55 deaths on farms nation-wide in 2022, demonstrating that we must continue to work towards keeping every family member and employee safe on our farms,” Ms Germano said.

The ‘Making our Farm Families Safer’ campaign, including the Child Safe on Farms handbook, was initiated in response to a Coronial recommendation in 2021 following the death of seven children on farms between 2016 and 2021.

It launched during Farm Safety Week in July 2021 and is primarily aimed at providing information, tools and resources to those caring for children aged 10-15, who are performing farm work tasks.

Since launching, one campaign video featuring the Head of Trauma and Burns Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Dr Warwick Teague was viewed over 55,000 times on YouTube and the guidebook has been downloaded more than 1,000 times per month from the MOFS website.

“We know thousands of people viewed the campaign videos, read case studies and the guidebook. Now we’re asking farmers what they’d like to see in the future,” Ms Germano said.

The two minute survey and can be completed here or by visiting and is open until 23 May.

This initiative was developed by the Victorian Farmers Federation Making Our Farms Safer Project with support from KidSafe Vic, the TAC and FarmSafe Australia.

More skills for more women across Victoria
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Looking for a new challenge?

We’re making it easier than ever for women across Victoria to learn new skills for their chosen career or retrain to get the job of their dreams.

Even with a previous qualification, Victorians may now be eligible for free TAFE and other government-subsidised courses, giving an additional 2 million Victorians access to more than 500 courses.

With free TAFE, you could undertake courses in community services, nursing, agriculture, early childhood, construction and more without the cost of tuition.

Want to know more? Find the course you’re looking for HERE

Fox and wild dog bounty collection details for North East, Goulburn Broken and Loddon regions
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Participants are reminded the Victorian Fox and Wild Dog Bounty is now digital.

Agriculture Victoria introduced the new system last year to streamline the application process, reduce wait times at collection centres and allow participants to keep track of bounty applications.

To register for the digital system visit our bounty homepage and follow the prompts.

For assistance, please chat to our bounty collection staff on collections days or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Tatura collections

Address: Depot, 255 Ferguson Road, Tatura.

Collection type: Fox only

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

  • Monday 29 May
  • Monday 26 June
  • Monday 24 July
  • Monday 21 August
  • Monday18 September
  • Monday 16 October.

Wodonga collections

Address: 14 Moorefield Park Drive, Wodonga.

Collection type: Fox and wild dog

Time: 9 – 11 am

  • Tuesday 30 May
  • Tuesday 27 June
  • Tuesday 25 July
  • Tuesday 22 August
  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Tuesday 17 October.

Ovens collections

Address: 5338 Great Alpine Road, Ovens.

Collection type: Fox and wild dog

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

  • Tuesday 30 May
  • Tuesday 27 June
  • Tuesday 25 July
  • Tuesday 22 August
  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Tuesday 17 October.

Benalla collections

Address: Depot, 89 Sydney Road, Benalla.

Collection type: Fox only

Time: 10 am – noon

  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 20 September
  • Wednesday 18 October.

Mansfield collections

Address: Depot, 128 Highett Street, Mansfield.

Collection type: Fox and wild dog

Time: 2 – 4 pm

  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 20 September
  • Wednesday 18 October.

Broadford collections

Address: 5 Mollinson Street, Broadford.

Collection type: Fox only

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Thursday 1 June
  • Thursday 29 June
  • Thursday 27 July
  • Thursday 24 August
  • Thursday 21 September
  • Thursday 19 October.

Bendigo collections – fox only

Address: Corner Midland Highway and Taylor Street, Epsom.

Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

  • Monday 15 May
  • Tuesday 13 June
  • Monday 10 July
  • Monday 7 August
  • Monday 4 September
  • Monday 2 October
  • Monday 30 October.
AgVic Talk on all things AgTech and Energy
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AgVic Talk podcast is back for season five, this time talking about the future of Agricultural Technologies (AgTech) and Energy.

From solar-powered poultry farms to on-farm drone trials and the difficulties of connectivity in rural and remote areas, this season covers everything you need to further understand the evolving world of AgTech and Energy.

The series will help farmers learn what AgTech is, what energy solutions are available and how they can use them to improve productivity and efficiency on-farm.

These 14 episodes are the latest in the AgVic Talk series, which began as a pilot in August 2020 to cover contemporary commentary on how members of the agricultural community recover, grow, modernise, protect, and promote Victorian agriculture.

You can subscribe and listen to AgVic Talk wherever you get your podcasts:

  • Subscribe to AgVic Talk on Spotify
  • Subscribe to Apple podcasts.
Free online training modules for Emergency Animal Disease Awareness
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Farmers across Victoria are encouraged to complete a series of free online training modules to help them protect their animals from diseases and biosecurity threats.

Agriculture Victoria’s online training modules aim to give farmers an overview of the risk and impacts of an emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreak.

They raise awareness of Foot-and mouth disease and Lumpy skin disease, what a livestock standstill means for the industry and how people can visit farming properties safely.

The four modules include:

  • Foot-and-mouth disease awareness
  • Lumpy skin disease awareness
  • Come clean, stay clean, go clean – when visiting farms
  • Livestock standstill for Foot-and-mouth disease.

Each module takes about 15 minutes to complete. To get started, click here.

In case you missed it

Victoria’s iconic Helmeted honeyeaters take flight

The Victorian Government is boosting Victoria’s critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater population, with 20 more birds released into the wild as part of conservation efforts to save the species.

Minister for Environment Ingrid Stitt visited the Yarra Ranges National Park to participate in the wild release of the birds, which are one of the state’s faunal emblems.

Find the media release here

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Details about Agriculture Victoria events can now be found in one spot on our website.

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Register now! 2023 BWBL Conference and dinner
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The Ag Vic 2023 BestWool/BestLamb Conference will be held at the Bendigo Showgrounds on Tuesday 20 June.

A pre-conference dinner will take place on Monday 19 June at the All Seasons Resort Hotel in Bendigo to celebrate 25 years of the BestWool/BestLamb program.

Our dinner guest speaker will be Mark Wales, former SAS and winner of TV series Australian Survivor.

The line-up of conference speakers is sure to inform, challenge and excite participants with the most up to date sheep industry research and information.

Early bird registrations are now on sale until 31 May.

For the conference program and registration click HERE

For more information contact Lyndon Kubeil on 0418 532 085 or

Pasture budgeting workshop – 17 May THOWGLA

This practical workshop on pasture budgeting for beef producers, presented by Dr Leah Tyrell of the Mackinnon Project, will help you make informed, timely grazing management and livestock feeding decisions, improving your business productivity and profitability. 

Wednesday 17 May 

10 am – 3 pm

Thowgla Hall, 457 Thowgla Road, Thowgla Valley

Hosted by the Upper Murray BetterBeef group

Topics include:

  • Measuring pasture quality and quantity
  • Understand the nutritional requirements of livestock classes
  • Learn to use industry tools and calculators available to develop a feed budget 
  • Compare the cost and value of common feeds
  • Prepare for seasonal variability.

Participants will receive a free feed test funded by the Agriculture Victoria Flood Recovery program.

Register by contacting the event organiser Chris Mirams at or on 0409 205 235.

Lunch provided, please note dietary requirements at registration.

Pasture budgeting workshop – 18 May Myrtleford

This practical workshop on pasture budgeting for beef producers, presented by Dr Leah Tyrell of the Mackinnon Project, will help you make informed, timely grazing management and livestock feeding decisions, improving your business productivity and profitability. 

Thursday 18 May 

10 am – 3 pm

St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 14 Clyde St, Myrtleford

Hosted by the Kiewa, King Valley and Mudgegonga BetterBeef groups

Topics include:

  • Measuring pasture quality and quantity
  • Understand the nutritional requirements of livestock classes
  • Learn to use industry tools and calculators available to develop a feed budget 
  • Compare the cost and value of common feeds
  • Prepare for seasonal variability.

Participants will receive a free feed test funded by the Agriculture Victoria Flood Recovery program.

Register by contacting the event organiser Chris Mirams at or on 0409 205 235.

Lunch provided, please note dietary requirements at registration.

Save the date – Riverine Plains is back with the 2023 Innovation Expo, 24-25 August
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Riverine Plains is back with the 2023 Innovation Expo, 24-25 August.

Join farmers, researchers, suppliers, and future thinkers to learn, network, and challenge thinking about local farming systems. The theme, 'Putting Farmers First – Driving Decisions using Data'.

Learn about the latest technology and management trends impacting farming businesses and rural communities.

Follow Riverine Plains to stay up to date.

Webinar – Tackling invasive weeds and animals at the public/private interface

Landholders are invited to join a webinar that will discuss how a coordinated and prioritised approach can treat invasive weeds and pest animals on public land, where it adjoins private land. 

Invasive weeds and animals have a significant impact on Victoria’s natural environment.  The Good Neighbour Program is run by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) and Parks Victoria (PV).

Each year over 200 Good Neighbour projects are delivered across Victoria targeting Gorse, rabbit, Blackberry, fox, Serrated tussock, Prickly pear, and many other species along the public / private boundary.

Mel Birleson – Good Neighbour Project Officer, DEECA, will present on how the Good Neighbour Program complements your weed and pest control efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species, protect your property, and sustain our natural environmental assets.

Andrew Griffiths  Natural Resources Co-Ordinator from Wodonga Council will outline the importance of determining land tenure, the weeds and pests of concern to Wodonga Council, how to contact your Council and what assistance may be available for pest and weed control on council land to complement work on your property and maintain natural assets.

When: Tuesday 16 May, 7 – 8 pm

Register: by Monday 15 May.

For further information contact Gervaise Gaunt 0409 027 115 or at

Pasture management workshop for beef farmers

Learn how you can maximise pasture productivity and utilisation at this free one-day workshop with leading pasture expert Phil Shannon.

When: Monday 15 May, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Harston Hall, Harston

This workshop delivers the latest information on grazing guidelines for main pasture and crop types, providing a practical approach to managing grazing rotation length and daily pasture allocation.

There will be a focus on farm layout and paddock size required for profitable grazing control and consistent feed allocation.

The ‘peg’ system is explained, as this greatly simplifies the challenge of working out where the herd should graze next – and can help with the challenge of establishing a rotation plan when the season breaks and identify the true farm surplus in spring.

Whether you are:

  • new to the industry and looking for the latest approach to gain key skills and tools to optimize home grown feed and feed cows profitably 
  • an experience farmer looking to check that your current approach is on track and take the opportunity to explore new approaches this program is for you.

The workshop is free and open to all beef farmers.

Free lunch provided.

To register or for more information: Tanya Dobrijevic on 0484 620 029 or at

Climate, water and soils: using technology and observations for agriculture management decisions

On Thursday 18 May from 10 am to 2 pm at Kyabram.

Presenters include:

  • Dale Grey – Agriculture Victoria Agronomist, seasonal forecast outlook presentation
  • Dale Boyd – Agriculture Victoria Agronomist, how to read and interpret soil moisture probe information
  • James Diack – Soils for Life, how to read and interpret observational in paddock testing.

For more information visit: GBCMA Events Calendar

Register HERE

Managing worms, animal health and biosecurity for small sheep flocks
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Agriculture Victoria and the City of Greater Bendigo Council are excited to be partnering with sheep vet Dr Monica Dickson for a free seminar on managing worms, animal health and biosecurity for small sheep flocks.

The program is ideally suited to small landholders and artisanal agricultural producers in the Bendigo region and surrounds.

We encourage all small sheep flock owners in the Bendigo area to register for this free seminar to gain valuable information on managing worms and biosecurity planning.

Location: Peppergreen Farm, 44 Thunder St, Bendigo
Date: Wednesday 17 May
Time: 6 – 8 pm

Light dinner will be provided.

Register HERE

If you have any issues registering or further questions about the event, please contact Jennifer Shaw on 0499 684 237 or at

Ewe management and feed planning workshop at Navarre

9 am – 2:30 pm, 18 May

Join us for a free, interactive workshop on measuring to manage ewe and lamb body condition and feed requirements.

Topics covered will include:

  • Assessing ewe body condition
  • Feed on offer assessment
  • Ewe feed requirements before and after lambing
  • Lamb feed requirements
  • Managing ewes to optimising joining and lambing outcomes
  • Livestock feeding tools
  • When you register for this workshop, you can also register for a free feed quality test, click on the link in your registration email
  • Farm Business Resilience program and Flood/storm recovery support packages available from Agriculture Victoria.

Register HERE

For more information contact Kate McCue on or call 0407 099 793.

Webinar – Supporting farmers to measure and manage their emissions – Wimmera broadacre case study
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Want to hear how two Wimmera Development Association projects are supporting Wimmera farmers to measure and manage their emissions?

Join our webinar on Thursday 18 May at 12 pm to explore the findings of the 'Road map to Net Zero Emission Grampians Agriculture Project' and 'Wimmera Broadacre Farming Net Zero Emissions Project'.

For more information and to stay up to date with our upcoming climate webinars click here

Future Drought Fund Science to Practice Forum – registrations are open

Registrations are now open for the Future Drought Fund’s 2023 Science to Practice Forum, 6-8 June 2023.

The annual forum is a showcase of the innovative tools and practices helping Australian farmers and communities respond to a changing climate and prepare for future drought.

Award-winning television journalist and presenter of ABC TV’s Landline, Pip Courtney, will host this year’s online forum and facilitate engaging discussions, with each day focussed on a particular theme:

  • Tuesday 6 June – Research and Development: Data-driven projects, stories around research trials and outcomes, future-driven content and content relevant to opportunities under the Future Drought Fund for Natural Resource Management, farming systems groups and research bodies.
  • Wednesday 7 June – Farmers, Producers and Agricultural Advisors: Stories of drought and preparing for it, ‘call-to-action’ presentations, content relevant to opportunities under the FDF for producers and their communities, farmer and farm-advisor delivered stories.
  • Thursday 8 June – Community and Policy: Community and social projects, including presentations on farmer wellbeing and community resilience in the context of drought, policy discussions and input from FDF network partners.

The forum connects participants to research and activities building the sustainability of Australian agriculture and is an opportunity to collaborate and network with like-minded people.

Register for the 2023 Science to Practice Forum via Eventbrite.

Tallangatta, Rochester and Numurkah – Biosecurity workshops for dairy farmers

Victorian dairy farmers are invited to join Agriculture Victoria’s upcoming workshops to learn about developing and updating their on-farm biosecurity plan.

Three workshops will be held on 14 and 15 June at Tallangatta, Rochester and Numurkah.

It is critical that dairy producers have an updated on-farm biosecurity plan, to safeguard their businesses, industry and our state from emergency animal diseases and pests.

With many dairy farmers currently active in building or upgrading feeding and housing infrastructure, there are more people than usual, such as contractors, visiting farms.

During these workshops, participants will learn how to understand the emerging biosecurity threats to agriculture, identify potential biosecurity risks, and develop a property specific plan tailored to individual farm needs.

These workshops are being delivered to ensure Victorian dairy farmers are equipped with the information and skills they need to develop an effective on-farm biosecurity plan.

To find out more or to register your interest call or text Richard Smith on 0436 803 765.

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