eNews 23 February 2018

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Hello Visitor,

In this issue:

Feeding strategies for early weaning

Feed mix with grain SmallAdvice from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Officer (Beef Cattle) – Jason Siddell

There has been a bit of storm rain about (and let’s hope it continues) but there is, of course, a lag between rainfall and feed growth. Early weaning is a tool that can be used by Northern Tablelands cattle producers to manage feed costs and maintain productivity. Please find below strategies for early weaning.

Image courtesy NT LLS.

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"Balance & Boom" starts Wednesday - register now!

DerekSquareFormulate a long-term plan for your soil management so in 5, 10 and 20 years time, your farm is in better shape and more resilient to challenges with Derek Smith, one of only 4 Kinsey-Albrecht Soil Practitioners in Australia. Join Derek as he guides and mentors you through this 4-day soil management program.

Days 1 & 2 (28 Feb - 1 Mar 2018) focus on how and why soils respond in certain ways to inputs, stock management and farming practises. Explore options to improve outcomes in the short, medium and long term.

Download the flier here.

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Ecological Whole Farm Planning | David Hardwick

Southern New England Landcare will host Soil Land Food's David Hardwick to run 4 days of ecological whole farm planning with an innovation focus. Save the dates: Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April and Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May. 

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Your Nest Egg. Your Future.

Succession planning, superannuation and wealth management. GWYMAC Landcare is hosting this free event for farm enterprises on 12th April 2018. Download the flier here.

Are you in tourism? Sitting on an idea?

RISE is a TWO DAY event that will give up to 30 individuals the opportunity to pitch their ‘brilliant idea’ for tourism innovation in regional Australia. In only three minutes, each budding entrepreneur can present their tourism idea. Participants made up of high school students, UNE students, innovators, entrepreneurs, micro businesses, programmers, regionally based tourism operators will select their favourite idea and join the team.

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Southern New England Landcare has a keen member at Mihi who would like to do some Landcare activities. If you are in the Dangersleigh, Enmore and Gostwyck areas and would like an extra pair of hands for your next Landcare project please contact our office on 02 6772 9123 or mail@snelandcare.org.au and we can give you her contact details.

Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund Grants open

The Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund (AFTF) provides grants ($0 to $1,000,000) and loans for the enhancement, maintenance and protection of Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as for Aboriginal communities to develop businesses associated with fisheries resources throughout NSW. Closes 21 March 2018.

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Environment Small Grants for groups

The Australian Government is investing up to $5 million in small grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 to community, environment and other groups to deliver natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment. The program aims to provide access to funding for projects that address the following National Landcare Program environment objective: to protect and conserve Australia’s water, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with local communities.

Applications close 19th March. More information at http://www.nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-program/environment-small-grants. Why not call our office and let us help your group get organised to apply!

Restoration & rehabilitation grants

The NSW Environmental Trust is now inviting applications to the 2018 round of its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program. Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available. Applications close 3pm Monday 26 March 2018. See http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/envtrust.htm for more information. If your group would like to submit an application, please contact our office on 0267729123 to find out how and get some help.

Have your say on the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

The draft strategy “Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2018-2030: Australia’s biodiversity conservation strategy and action inventory”, is available online and open for public comment until 16 March 2018. Unlike the current strategy there are no references to Landcare in this long term national plan. You can provide your feedback via an online survey and you can also provide a written submission at https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/conservation/strategy/draft-revision.

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