Dry time tactics for western Victorian farmers

Managing winter feeding and setting up for a successful spring are among the topics at the Tactics for Dry Time seminars.

Western Victorian dairy farmers facing challenging dry conditions will receive assistance at a series of seminars in July and August.

WestVic Dairy will host the Tactics for Dry Times seminars in Camperdown, Heywood, Colac and Koroit.

WestVic Dairy regional manager and executive officer Lindsay Ferguson said the seminars will be an opportunity for farmers to better understand what the current operating conditions mean for their farm business and help in making important decisions.

“We are seeing that dairy farmers are under pressure,” Lindsay said.

“Tactics for Dry Times will give farmers practical advice and resources to help them assess what decisions they need to make to get through these tough dry conditions.

“The seminars are an opportunity for farmers to discuss management tactics with fellow farmers, and to receive advice from a range of experts.”

Tactics for Dry Times will feature local farm business consultants, agronomists, vets and rural financial counsellors who can provide expert advice.

The topics covered will include: assessing your current business position and cash flow options; managing winter feeding and setting up for a successful spring; animal health issues to be on alert for in dry times to manage cow health, fertility and production; and the support available for personal health and wellbeing.

Tactics for Dry Times has been developed by WestVic Dairy and Agriculture Victoria in collaboration with the Industry Leadership Group in response to the dry seasonal conditions.

The seminars will be held from 11am to 1.30pm at:

  • Camperdown on Tuesday, July 23.
  • Heywood on Thursday, July 25.
  • Colac on Monday, July 29.
  • Koroit on Friday, August 2.

For more details and to register, visit https://www.westvicdairy.com.au or call WestVic Dairy on 5557 1000.