Fodder advice for farmers in Wide Bay
One of the major impacts of the current drought on livestock producers is the reduction in available fodder to feed their animals, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said today.
Mr Truss said drought-affected farmers experiencing severe fodder shortages now have the opportunity to be shown alternative ways to keep their stock nourished at workshops in Gympie and Wondai in June.
Mr Truss said farmers would receive practical and expert advice on matters such as long-term feed ratios (including the use of diets with low fibre content), managing herd numbers and regional differences in feed availability.
The workshops are being funded by the Australian Government as part of its assistance programme for farmers affected by exceptional drought.
The workshops will be held at Wondai RSL Diggers Club, Wondai on the 22nd June at 9.30am and at the Gympie Civic Centre, Gympie on the 28th June 2007 at 9.30am.
"If the drought continues at its current level it appears that it is going to be extremely difficult for cattle producers to be able to rely on traditional sources of fodder and roughage in the months ahead," Mr Truss said.
"We are moving into winter, and in Queensland, that means less rain, and less grass growth. Many beef and dairy farmers are concerned that possible cuts to water allocations in coming months may put even greater pressure on their livestock, and restrict the growing of irrigated fodder."
"These workshops will provide them with vital information on technical and nutritional aspects of managing their herds."
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics has been conducting a survey of on-farm fodder stocks to establish the extent of the current fodder shortage. The results will be provided through the forums.
Information is available on the following websites: australiandairyfarmers.com.au and cattlecouncil.com.au.