eNews 10 May 2019

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Take Control of Your Farm Biosecurity

Poor sheep JD symptom 320pThe recent diagnosis of Johnes Disease in sheep on a property in Northern NSW is a timely reminder of the importance of enacting your Farm Biosecurity Plan.

Johnes Disease in sheep is a notifiable disease but diagnosis of the disease on farm does not lead to quarantines or compulsory eradication. It is however a disease that can have significant production and management costs if it becomes established.

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet, Andrew Biddle says the best way to manage the risk of introducing disease with livestock is to determine their disease status prior to purchase.

“The National Sheep Health Statement provides the prospective purchaser with information about vaccinations, drenches and diseases such as Johnes Disease and footrot.

“After animals are introduced to the property they should be kept separate from the home flock for as long as possible and observed for health issues. Management practices such as quarantine, drenching and vaccinations should happen at this time”, said Andrew.

The other important component of biosecurity is maintaining a stock proof boundary fence. Good fences make good neighbours and well maintained fences are the key.

Visit the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services website for a biosecurity plan template for your enterprise https://northerntablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/publications

If you require more information on Johnes Disease or any other animal health matter contact your Northern Tablelands Local Land Services District Veterinarians:
Andrew Biddle in Inverell on 0427 825 725
Nigel Brown in Glen Innes on 0419 434 087
Amanda Walker in Armidale on 0439 836 673
Lisa Martin in Tenterfield on 0428 623 471

 Events

Armidale Urban Rivercare Mother's Day Working Bee

AURG 9 October 2011 St Peters North

A great opportunity for the family to get together outdoors

Mother's Day Working Bee - We are planning for planting of Juncus and native shrubs at a new site on Dumaresq Creeklands upstream of Yagoonda Gully.

When: 8.30am Sunday 12th May.

Where: Dumaresq Creek upstream of Yagoonda Gully, accessed off Erskine Street at the Phil Wheaton Soccer Fields, and park at the gully, or along the bicycle track.

What to bring: BYO long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots. Please also bring gloves, broad brim hat and sunscreen.

AURG will provide equipment, morning tea and BBQ lunch for a gold coin donation.

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Permaculture Design Certificate

PhotoGrid 1549925033006 002320pArmidale, New England, NSW
Facilitators: Jane Pickard and Ray South of Banded Bee Farm

Learn about how to design for resilience and
sustainability. Visit local properties and see design
in action. Emphasis will be on the opportunities
and challenges of high altitude, cold country land
management. However, permaculture can be used
to design almost anything, from your house to
running a community group to financial systems.

Download the flyer here.

Ten day course will be run over 2 weeks: 26-30th August and 4-8th November 2019
Limited places so please book early - call Jane on 0413 725 386
or email: jane.eleanor.pickard@gmail.com



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Grants & Opportunities

Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme


casey schackow 1143889 unsplash320pCloses: 30th of June 2021 or when the $12 Million funding allocation is exhausted
Value: Up to $25,000 per farm enterprise
Run By: NSW Government Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority
Eligible Primary Producers can claim a rebate of 25% of the cost of purchase, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs.
The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to costs incurred from 1st July 2018 for new purchases, and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, de-silting dams, and associated power supplies such as generators. Read more.

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Ideas? Action Planning Assistance Now Available for Groups

diego ph 249471smallIf you and your neighbours are keen to do landcare-type projects in your area, why not have a group get-together around the barbecue, and ask one of our Local Landcare Coordinators to come out and assist with some group action planning? We can also assist you to develop project idea(s) and source funding or other resources. The group need not be a formal landcare group, it could be just a keen group of neighbours.

Alternatively, if you are a member and would like to would like to 'shelve' your project idea(s) with us until a suitable opportunity arises, why not fill out a Southern New England Landcare Expression of Interest form? We can help members develop their project ideas, or include them in a regional-scale project idea, and submit to a suitable funding opportunity when the time comes. Anyone wishing to have an Expression of Interest held on file is required to be a member of Southern New England Landcare.

If you are interested in pursuing this further contact us by phone on 6772 9123 or at mail@snelandcare.org.au.

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