Early weaning workshops proving popular across Central West

Local Land Services has reported strong interest from Central West landholders in early weaning, with the organisation running a series of workshops in August.

Events have been held in Coonamble, Nyngan, Gilgandra, Gin Gin, Tottenham and Merrygoen so far, attracting over 200 landholders to learn more about this livestock management tool.

The events have been organised by Local Land Services and supported by NALAG’s Our Shout program.

Further events are scheduled for Parkes (21 August), Lake Cargelligo (22 August), Dubbo (23 August) and Bugaldie (26 August).

With feed in high demand, early weaning is a key management strategy graziers can use in the drought, said Senior Land Services Livestock Officer, Sue Street.

“Now is the time landholders should be considering and preparing for early weaning,” Ms Street said.

“Feeding a lactating ewe or cow and in turn their offspring together is very inefficient.”

“Weaning and feeding animals separately allows better allocation of feed resources, as not only are the energy and protein requirements lower, they can get by on less quantity too.

“The main thing people need to consider is sourcing energy, roughage and protein for these animals, as they both play an important role in weaner nutrition.”

Landholders interested in attending a workshop can RSVP to Sue Street (0448 508 625 or sue.street@lls.nsw.gov.au) or visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/centralwest

ENDS.

Media contact: Rod Campbell 0428 058 549

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