Drought management

On this page, you can find a range of guides and information collated by MLA to assist livestock producers as they head into, manage through and plan to recover from drought.

When heading into drought

Drought prepardness should be part of any business.

These resources are avaible to assist and support producers in drought planning and decision making when heading into a drought:

Help when in drought

Have a look at how MLA Challengers Lachlan Hughes and Andrew Miller (and their families) are dealing with the drought in QLD that has been affecting their businesses. They are both sharing their experiences, struggles and coping strategies in their blogs and videos.

In this video, the Millers provide insight to their decision to destock and sell steers in a dry time:

 

Drought assistance

Drought assistance will vary between states and regions. Contact your state department for more information on what is available in your area.

Support services

  • The Rural Mental Health Support Line is staffed by trained mental health personnel, who provide advice for people seeking mental health assistance for themselves, and assistance, advice and support for people who feel concerned for the mental health and wellbeing of people with whom they have contact - call 1800 201 123

  • Lifeline provides a national 24-hour telephone counselling service - 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au

  • Beyondblue is the national depression initiative and is working with various agencies in NSW, QLD and VIC to provide support to those affected by the floods - call 1300 22 4636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au

Resources on managing drought

Several state government departments and other organisations have also published information and resources on managing drought. 

New South Wales   Both these pages on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website provide information on animal health, welfare and feeding during a drought.

StockPlan® is a suite of decision-support tools that enable cattle and sheep producers to explore management options in the early stages of and during a drought.

Victoria
Queensland

Recovering from Drought

  • Managing weeds after drought 

    This publication uses the SWOT analysis and the 3Ds - deliberation, diversity and diligence - concept to assist you in handling situations after the drought.

  • Looking after drought pasture 

    This factsheet explains how management can make a significant difference to subsequent pasture production following a drought as well as how management tactics can avoid potential problems with pasture survival, recovery and composition.

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