Looking At Landcare (1/2/2019) – Livestock Learning Opportunities Aplenty

We are fortunate to have some fantastic workshops and opportunities coming up in the weeks ahead. Many of these are in this week’s newsletter, which can be found on our website.

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT are holding an Information Session at Trundle Services and Citizens Club on Monday, 4 February between 10:30am – 12pm to provide information on Fixed Rate Offers and the Conservation Partners Program.

The BCT have several programs running in the region and are keen to speak with landholders who have native vegetation on parts of their property.

To register your attendance go to the Eventbrite. The link is on our blog. For further information, contact 1300 992 688.

The Central West Local Land Services are holding several livestock workshops in Forbes, Dubbo, Gilgandra and Bedgerabong.

The Central West Local Land Services are holding two workshops in the Forbes area on Sheep Confinement Feeding/Feed-lotting in February.

Geoff Duddy from Sheep Solutions is working with CWLLS to deliver this workshop to assist producers to make practical, key decisions for livestock production improvement.

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in all facets of sheep, wool and lamb production and his primary goal is to help producers to fine-tune breeding, feeding and finishing management practices to achieve cost effective and profitable outcomes.

Topics to be covered on the day include: preparing the ewe (and ram) for joining for winter/spring lambers; condition scoring/checking testis/teeth etc; scanning pro’s and con’s; managing the ewe flock post-scanning; and preparing the flock/pastures etc for lambing.

The first workshop is being held at the Forbes Inn on 7 February between 9am and 3pm. The second workshop will be held at ‘Glamis’, Bedgerabong, on 8 February, also between 9am and 3pm. Directions and further details can be found on the CWLLS website (link in our blog). RSVP’s can be directed to Mixed Farming Officer, Wendy Gill on 02 6851 1600 or 0438 358 819.

Advantage Feeders are also hosting several workshops in our area, with a focus on making a profit from sheep and beef. All proceeds from these workshops will be donated to the CWA of NSW for Drought Relief Aid.

Topics include knowing your animals needs and feeding to their requirements; review and evaluations strategies and best practice feeding; enhancing rumen function to extract more out of pastures and stubble, controlled feeding to reduce feed costs and much more information about nutrient requirements for livestock.

In our area the Dubbo workshop will be held on Wednesday, 13 February and the Forbes workshop on Thursday, 14 February. To register to the Advantage Feeders website or phone 1300 88 1575. Workshops run between 8.30am – 12pm with morning tea and lunch provided.

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Workshop is being held in Parkes on 27 March between 9am – 4pm. If you are interested in attending, you will need to register via Eventbrite. The link is on my blog or via our newsletter.

If you are like me and have had cause to head to Westmead in the past 12 months, you would know how costly this can be, particularly for parking and accommodation. I was fortunate enough to be sleeping at the end of a bed though.

Chisholm Cottage is accommodation near both Westmead hospitals and is available at $60.00 a night for double and twin and $80/night for up to four people. I hope that this might be some helpful information if you have the need for these services.

For more information, go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org, facebook, twitter or Instagram @cwllandcare or contact our office on 02 6862 4914 or cwllpo@hotmail.com.

Until next week, happy Landcaring!