New LLS podcast gives farmers the seeds for success

A new podcast launched today by Central West Local Land Services is set to give the region’s primary producers insight into lessons learnt by other local producers through a series of on-farm conversations.

Called “Seeds for Success” the series features interviews recorded by District Vet Dr Jillian Kelly and Mixed Farming Adviser Callen Thompson with local farmers who have made changes in their enterprises and share some of their learnings along the way.

“Obviously a lot of local producers learnt some hard lessons during the drought but there were some real success stories to come out of the situation as well, particularly in the areas of early weaning and confinement feeding,” Dr Kelly said.

“We wanted to be able to share these stories with other producers so the podcast idea means farmers can hear what other farmers are doing and how they went about making changes on their place.

”The first podcast features a chat with Dr Kelly and Kieran (Mac) McHugh who manages a corporate farm north of Coonamble and set up a confinement feeding arrangement to better manage lambs.

“Mac found his team were spending hours travelling the property to feed sheep during the drought so established a confinement feeding setup and introduced early weaning with some good results.

”The series covers all aspects of life on the land from genetic selection to mental health and succession planning, all through conversations with locals, Mr Thompson said.

“In one episode we chat with the other half of one of the region’s most famous residents, in another episode we get an insight into what to look for when buying a bull and then others give some different perspectives on how to balance farming and family life.

”A few of the episodes contain some colourful language and plenty of laughs, he said.

“The series captures people as they are – funny, raw and willing to share.

“I think people will enjoy listening to the stories, have a laugh and maybe pick up a few ideas along the way.

Listen here or search for Seeds for Success on your favourite podcast app.

ENDS

Media contact: Jane Phillips

Link to behind the scenes chat with Jill and Call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW47OBOiYqg

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