The varied conditions in NSW affect the sheep industry in a similar way to their effect on other livestock industries in the state. To accommodate varying markets, sheep producers have adopted a range of different productions systems.
Sheep producers face many challenges when managing their livestock. Genetics play a huge role in the successful breeding of sheep.
Lambing in drought years is certainly a challenge. Ewes often reach lambing in low fat score conditions, and while they are often fed large quantities of supplements, they still fail to produce sufficient milk to achieve good lamb growth. These can be very problematic and survival rates can be compromised.
Flooding can also be incredibly difficult to manage. Mustering to higher ground is far easier in dry conditions, so sheep really need to be moved as early as possible.
How Local Land Services can help
Local Land Services (LLS) will work in partnership with farmers and farming groups to provide support, advice and best practise examples to increase productivity and profitability.
LLS work closely with organisations such as the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to provide up to date technical advice and support.
More specifically, LLS will collaborate with DPI to implement strategic plans such as the NSW Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Strategic Plan 2013-2015. The aim of this plan is to safeguard the economy, environment and community from diseases and pests that affect animals as well as improve animal welfare outcomes.
We focus on solving local challenges and creating opportunities for farmers. LLS livestock officers will coordinate local producer groups and hold field days on timely and locally relevant topics including animal husbandry, pasture management, disease management and drought preparedness.
Training and courses
LLS experts are pivotal in the delivery of education programs such as the PROfarm range of short courses, including Sheep care and husbandry, and Wean more lambs.
Advice and assistance
Call 1300 795 299 for assistance from your Local Land Services region.