Feeding programs still needed

Landholders urged to continue supplementary feeding

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Landholders in the state's west are being encouraged to continue supplementary feeding programs despite a recent rainfall event.

Landholders in the state's west are being encouraged to continue supplementary feeding programs despite a recent rainfall event.

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Veterinarians in the state's west are encouraging landholders to continue supplementary feeding with recent rainfall events likely to have little impact on native pasture regeneration.

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Despite a rainfall event last week, Western Local Land Services district veterinarians are still calling for landholders to be mindful of the impacts of heat on their livestock with more high temperatures forecast. 

This summer has already seen a number of heatwaves with maximum temperatures exceeding 40 degrees and minimum temperatures remaining around 30. 

During these weather events, livestock producers are reminded there are a number of management practices that should be followed.

“Western NSW did not receive enough rain from last week’s event to have a significant impact on the regeneration and growth of native pastures,” Western Local Land Services district veterinarian, Felicity Wills said.

“With this being the case, it is important landholders continue to maintain body condition.

“There is still a need for appropriate supplementary feeding programs.

“It is also very important landholders monitor not only access to water points, but water quality also.

“If water in dams and rivers is low, stock will wade through it, fouling the water and increases the chances of stock bogging. 

“If the water is dirty, stock may reject it so landholders need to consider fencing watering points and pumping water through troughs.”

In addition to these measures, Ms Wills said landholders need to consider the impacts of humidity during the warmest times of the year and suggests handling stock in cooler periods like early morning or evening.

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