Managing your land and stock during dry times
In dry times it is important to make risk management decisions early. Below are some useful links, tools and resources that you might need, to make the necessary management and financial decisions on farm, and most importantly to look after your mental health in tough times.
Dry times, livestock and farm finance
This series of fact sheets is for farmers to manage livestock and farm finances in dry seasons. They were produced by Primary Industries and Regions SA and the Department for Environment and Water with the support of MacKillop Farm Management Group and SheepConnect SA.
These publications can assist you with decision making and management during dry times.
Tools and calculators
These tools and calculators can help determine and predict feed demand and budgeting, stocking rates, livestock condition scoring, climate impacts, pasture growth rates, weather and climate forecasts.
Feed budgeting calculator to compare cost of feeding, agisting or selling livestock (spreadsheet)
Tools and calculators - Meat and Livestock Australia
Tools for management - Lifetime Wool
Water and the land - Bureau of Meteorology
Long range weather and climate - Bureau of Meteorology
Confinement feeding videos
These videos, developed by Birchip Cropping Group, provide guidance on establishing and managing confinement feeding. The case studies were produced by Agriculture Victoria on farms which have established confinement feeding lots.
Why should I build a containment area?
How do I choose a location for a containment area?
How to manage sheep in a containment area?
How to make the transition out of a containment area?
Farmer view - Why I established a containment are
Confinement feeding case study - Trevor Robert’s story
Confinement feeding case study - Lachlan Ralton’s story
Primary Industries and Regions SA
Rural Financial Counselling Service
Regional Mental Health Services
Industry links - Livestock and crop management
SheepConnect South Australia
Meat and Livestock Australia
Grains Research Development Corporation
Grain Producers SA