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The power of a cuppa: Drought drop in sessions

Central West Local Land Services is continuing to work closely with landholders across the region affected by drought conditions.

Over the past three months more than 1,000 landholders have attended drought information or ‘drop in’ sessions, also known as ‘smokos’, seeking advice on animal nutrition, pasture management, livestock health and importantly, a friendly ear.

Local Land Services Team Leader Animal Health Jillian Kelly said that producers have been open to the informal approach to discussing animal health.

“In the past 12 weeks we’ve run over 40 smokos in various locations and had more than 1,000 landholders come along,” Jillian said.

“It started off as a laid back weekly affair in the Coonamble office, but the demand grew and we ended up running them in country halls, pubs, back lawns, machinery sheds and clubs with other district vets right across the region.”

Jillian said the bulk of the inquiries are around livestock feeding requirements and fodder quality.

“Most producers have a good understanding of winter supplementary feeding however due to the extreme conditions, the complete lack of ground cover and rising feed costs a lot of questions have been about alternative fodder options and nutrition,” she said.

Drop in sessions are occurring at Local Land Services offices in Coonamble, Dubbo and Nyngan every Tuesday and in Forbes and Condobolin every Wednesday, with vets on hand from 9am until 11am.

“We will continue to host these drop in sessions at the offices (noted) every week until we see a clear improvement in conditions,”

“Our district veterinarians and agricultural advisory staff are on hand for producers seeking advice on management decisions. Please reach out to your closest Local Land Services office for assistance.”

For further information in relation to available drought support and services, visit the Department of Primarily Industries DroughtHub at or to find out more about drought support events occurring within Local Land Services visit


Media Contact: Fiona Townsend, 0428 284 252