WAGs plus dogs

North West Local Land Services invite women across the region to the next round of North West WAGs (Women in AGriculture) events this week.

Tony Overton, well regarded dog handler and stockman, from Walcha will share his knowledge of using and training working dogs with the network, along with tips to handle livestock safely and with minimum stress.

Livestock Officer, Sally Balmain said WAGs meetings were a great place to learn and grow skills, especially with the challenges drought is currently presenting.

“If you like you can come along with your dog this week and develop your stockmanship skills and confidence. It’ll be a fun session and one we hope is really useful” she said.

The WAGs program continues to facilitate technical upskilling in on and off-farm agricultural production, and agribusiness management.

“It’s really important to foster the development of networks and social connections contributing to resilient rural communities” Ms Balmain said.

This program is facilitated by Naomi Hobson, Kate Pearce and Sally Balmain from the North West LLS Ag Extension team and has engaged with over 100 ladies across the four WAGs groups based around Tamworth, Narrabri, Walgett and North Star areas.

The bi-monthly workshops offer an opportunity to share and gained skills and knowledge around ruminant nutrition, plantings and drought resilience.

WAGs events will run in North Star on Wednesday 30 May, Walgett on Thursday 31 May, and Tamworth on Friday 1 June.

Any ladies interested in learning more about the North West WAGs program are welcome to contact the North West Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

ENDS

Media contact: Emelia Rixon, North West Local Land Services, 0417 238 413.

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