Drought planning and recovery: webinar series

Planning for drought or drought recovery will require you to make some tough and difficult decisions around feeding your livestock and how to best manage your pastures.

The webinars provide best practice advice about feeding your livestock in a drought and making decisions about their future. There will also be information on what you can do to maximise pasture recovery after drought and the support services available.

These sessions are suitable for anyone, including smaller landholders and hobby farmers who keep cattle, horses, goats or sheep.

Webinar series

Planning for drought or drought recovery will require you to make some tough and difficult decisions around feeding your livestock and how to best manage your pastures.

The webinars provide best practice advice about feeding your livestock in a drought and making decisions about their future. There will also be information on what you can do to maximise pasture recovery after drought and the support services available.

This three part webinar series, held in May 2020, was suitable for anyone, including smaller landholders and hobby farmers who keep cattle, horses, goats or sheep.

Each session was recorded and you can watch by clicking on the links below.

Session 1: Managing climate variability, pastures & the feed requirements for horses and sheep

This session focussed on:

  • Managing climate variability
  • Maintenance feed requirements for horses, sheep and goats
  • Land management and pasture recovery

Session 2: Drought plans and feed requirements for cattle

This session will focus on the development of drought plans and the concept of having a strategy in place when faced with the challenges of dry conditions. The topics covered were:

  • Rain and pasture websites
  • Review drought plans
  • Feed budgeting
  • Drought options and tools
  • Feeding cattle
  • Holding breeder condition
  • Protein and energy supplements
  • Costing nutrients

Session 3: Duty of care to animals and when euthanasia is the best option

This final webinar will focus on your obligations for duty of care to your animals when faced with the challenges of dry conditions. The topics discussed include:

  • What is ‘duty of care’ for animals
  • What is appropriate care
  • Who is classed as a ‘person in charge’ of animals
  • Appropriate transportation of livestock / How to assess if animals are fit to load
  • What does transporting mean?
  • When euthanasia is the best option