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Prepare your property for the Christmas New Year shut down

10 December 2019

Central West Local Land Services is advising producers to consider livestock feed and water requirements as well as service provider closures in preparation for the upcoming Christmas and New Year period.

Calculating how much feed and good quality water is available for livestock in advance will help reduce last-minute worries and account for potential delays, the agency advised.

Central West Local Land Services Mixed Farming Advisor Callen Thompson said there were handy feed calculation resources available free for producers to understand their requirements and plan to meet their livestock needs.

“The key things to think about are feed, water, selling and support services,” Mr Thompson said.

“The Department of Primary Industries Drought Feed Calculator App is a great resource for working out livestock feeding needs and the costs and nutritional makeup of different feed types.

“Now is a good time to look at your fodder and grain supplies and make sure you have enough on hand to get you through summer.

“Make sure you factor in potential truck or machinery breakdowns event if you have loads organised as maintenance and parts can be more difficult over the shut down period.”

Assessing farm water supplies is also critical to get through the summer months, Mr Thompson said.

“There is an article on our website that can help with working out how much water is in a farm dam and how long that water might last,” he said.

“It may also be worth assessing your water system and making a plan in the event of a failure.”

Livestock market closures and the availability of veterinary services, rural retailers and agents were all important to prepare for and keep in mind, Mr Thompson said.

“Preparation is key. Central West Local Land Services will shut down from Monday, 23 December and re-open Monday, 6 January 2020.”

“If you need help preparing for summer or have an emergency during the shut down you can call us on 1300 795 299.”

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Media contact: Jane Phillips, Phone: M: 0455 023 764