Drought

As we move into a period of drying conditions, with predictions for lower than average rainfall over the coming year, it is important that farmers are aware of the services available to them.

Our staff are on the ground to support farmers with advice, resources and contacts leading up to, during and after drought.

Local Land Services role in drought support

We are available with ongoing advice for farmers and landholders planning for and dealing with drought.

Our staff live in regional NSW and are available to offer hands-on support with current, localised information and advice on managing and recovering from drought:

  • our livestock officers provide technical advice on feeding and nutrition
  • our district veterinarians manage and advise on livestock health and welfare
  • our TSR rangers manage permits for grazing on travelling stock reserves and roads
  • our drought adoption officers assist in delivering drought planning and preparedness across the state.

Key drought initiatives

We are working closely with the Southern and Northern Drought and Innovation Hubs and the Federal Government to deliver the following projects across NSW.

  • Adoption officers: Local Land Services will receive $1 million in funding over the 2022-23 and 2023-24 financial years to employ additional extension officers who will assist in delivering drought planning and preparedness across the state.
  • Saving our soils (stock management areas): Local Land Services will lead the saving our soils project over two years. This $1 million project is a partnership with six farming system groups and the Soil Knowledge Network. The project will deliver demonstration sites, case studies, workshops and follow-up design support for producers to establish stock management areas.
  • Soil extension funding: LLS also received $750,000 in investment from the Australian government for three projects that will provide soil testing and soil health extension services across five Local Land Service regions.

How can I prepare for drought?

Drought is a risk that needs to be managed, just like any other business risk. The following resources are aimed at helping producers plan and prepare for drought.

Drought preparedness guides

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On-farm drought management

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Drought decision-making

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Drought feeding livestock

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Confinement feeding sheep and cattle

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Stock water requirements in drought

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Drought video resources

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Drought

Upcoming events with advice on local seasonal conditions and preparing your property for drought.

Western
Western landscape
22 Feb 2024 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rangelands resilience roadshow workshop — Bourke

Join us for a day to discuss grazing management, ecosystem functioning, business finances and water efficiency and quali...

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Western
Western landscape
24 Feb 2024 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rangelands resilience roadshow workshop — Packsaddle

Join us for a day to discuss grazing management, ecosystem functioning, business finances and water efficiency and quali...

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Hunter
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29 Feb 2024 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Manning-Great Lakes - Seasonal Condition Update Gloucester

We'll be joined for this Seasonal Update event by Bill Hoffman of Bill Hoffman Beef Consulting. Local producers will giv...

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Hunter
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1 Mar 2024 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Manning Great Lakes - Seasonal Condition Update Mt George

We'll be joined for this Seasonal Update event by Bill Hoffman of Bill Hoffman Beef Consulting.Market conditionsMaking l...

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Hunter
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5 Mar 2024 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lower Hunter - Seasonal Condition Update Dungog

We'll be joined for this Seasonal Update event by Bill Hoffman of Bill Hoffman Beef Consulting.Market conditionsMaking l...

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Riverina
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6 Mar 2024 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Salinity Management – Temora Area

Is salinity impacting the productivity of your property, or are you concerned about future impacts?Join Andrew Wooldridg...

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Riverina
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12 Mar 2024 (all day)
Pasture Research Update - Wagga Wagga

Are you interesting in hearing from DPI researchers, industry experts, and farmers who are breaking the mould?Then mark ...

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Riverina
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13 Mar 2024 (all day)
Pasture Research Update - Binya

Are you interested in hearing from DPI researchers, industry experts, and farmers who are breaking the mould?Then mark M...

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Riverina
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19 Mar 2024 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Drought Resilience Field Day - Wagga

Join us for a constructive workshop demonstrating a range of on-farm practices to build drought resilience and improve m...

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What is the NSW DroughtHub?

The NSW Government’s DroughtHub provides full details of the wide range of practical and financial support available to people and businesses across the state. This includes information on:

  • available drought assistance
  • latest drought maps
  • state seasonal updates
  • managing during drought
  • water resources during drought
  • animal welfare during drought
  • wellbeing
  • assistance near you
  • drought news and media.

Australian Government drought support

The Australian Government has released a drought response, resilience and preparedness plan, with three themes:

  • immediate action for those in drought
  • support for the wider communities affected by drought
  • long-term resilience and preparedness.

Visit the Australian Government's Drought, disaster and rural support page to find out more.

Additional drought information and resources

There are a range of publications, factsheets and apps on the NSW DroughtHub and elsewhere, including:

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