Calf Marking and Cattle Health Workshop

This workshop was an opportunity for a group of small farmers to learn and practice routine animal husbandry procedures for cows and calves. ‘Marking’ refers to a set of husbandry practices for calves that includes vaccination, ear tagging, castration, dehorning and mothering up. See the MLA’s A Guide to Best Practice Husbandry in Beef Cattle … Continue reading “Calf Marking and Cattle Health Workshop”

Cattle Husbandry field day summary

The Cattle Husbandry for Small Farms Field Day was held at DMB Galloways in Sutton on the 29 April 2017. Here is a summary of the key points discussed: The day was led by Greg Meaker a former educator in beef cattle husbandry and management at Tocal Collage and District Livestock Officer with the NSW … Continue reading “Cattle Husbandry field day summary”

Keeping horses at pasture Day 1

Horsewoman Helena Warren from Cadfor Equestrian and Murray Greys Pty shared her expertise with a group of participants over a two-day workshop in 2019. Day 1 of the workshop included pastures for horses, stringhalt and laminitis. Pastures for horses When planning your horse property, think about ways to minmise runoff and nutrient loss. This can … Continue reading “Keeping horses at pasture Day 1”

Poisonous plants and livestock

At this workshop Dr Lou Baskind, the District Veterinarian from South East Local Land Services in Braidwood, discussed weeds, livestock and how pasture plants can be poisonous to ruminent livestock in some conditions. Temperature, rainfall and the plant’s lifecycle can influence the amount of poisonous compounds in a plant. Other plants have inherent physical and … Continue reading “Poisonous plants and livestock”

War on Worms workshop summary

Managing worms in livestock is a tricky business for people on small farms. There are many variables to understand and manage including animal factors (breed, age, sex, pregnancy status and nutrition), grazing options and climactic conditions. This workshop was an opportunity for participants to learn about management tools that reduce the need for drenching and … Continue reading “War on Worms workshop summary”

A passion for rations: supplementary feeding workshop summary

Low rainfall and high stock feed prices put significant strain on livestock managers. This workshop presented by Darren Price from Price Rural Consultants and Helen Smith, Agricultural Advisor from South East Local Land Services (LLS), looked at how to feed livestock safely and economically when pasture is in short supply. Key points and resources It … Continue reading “A passion for rations: supplementary feeding workshop summary”

Biosecurity and Animal Health Workshop

  For this workshop our hosts were Peter and Penny Dagg from Eastern Dorpers and White Dorpers who shared their knowledge and experience about managing sheep health with our enthusiastic participants. Our other guest speakers were Dr Kate Sawford, the District Veterinarian from South East Local Land Services and Dr Natasha Lees from Scibus Pty … Continue reading “Biosecurity and Animal Health Workshop”

Tapping Into It: Water for Small Farms summary

  Farm dams Each NSW property has a maximum volume of water (harvestable right) that can be stored in dams that is based on the area of the property. Before building a dam you need to calculate the capacity of existing dams to see if you have any more harvestable rights available (see NSW Office … Continue reading “Tapping Into It: Water for Small Farms summary”


Getting started on a small rural property Rural Living Guide from South East Local Land Services is a good place to start. Every time we have hard copies of this guide they get snapped up like hot cakes. You can read the PDF version any time. PICs and NLIS – information you need … Continue reading “Resources”