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    Help available in tough times

    Drought Feed CalculatorWith the unprecedented drought taking its toll across our region, it is more important than ever that we look to our friends, family and outside services for support.

    The expertise of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services team is readily accessible and available in these challenging times.

    The message to the farming community from Lauren Wilson, Sustainable Agriculture Team Leader, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, is loud and clear.

    “We are here to help!”

    The Northern Tablelands LLS team are well-trained to give advice about feeding options in drought, livestock management, agronomy and animal health. The team is encouraging producers to call on their expertise to assist in making tough decisions.

    “We know it is tough out there. Our team is there to help you develop a feeding plan tailored to the type of stock you have and the feed they need. With the drought so widespread producers are looking at new and unfamiliar feed sources and are unsure about quality. Our team are able to assist you to run the calculations and work out what to feed and how much you need,” she explained.

    “I’d encourage producers to take advantage of the free-of-charge, practical feeding advice our Livestock Officers can offer. It includes feed testing, which is so important when you are trying to meet the energy, protein and roughage requirements of your specific class of stock. With shortages in feed, particularly roughage, the quality of the feed can vary widely, making feed testing even more important,” said Lauren.

    Acknowledging the difficulties presented by the current circumstances, additional resources will be made available by Local Land Services as required. The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services team will work with producers in a way that is convenient for them - whether that is through on-farm visits, phone calls or meeting at designated locations.

    “We can also help farmers fill out drought relief and subsidy forms which can be confusing,” said Lauren.

    “We are here to help you make the tough decisions. If you have any questions, are seeking advice or a listening ear – please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or call into any of the Northern Tablelands LLS offices.”

    For help and assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Offices: Inverell – 02 6720 8300, Glen Innes – 02 6732 8800, Armidale – 02 6770 2000 or Tenterfield – 02 6739 1400.

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