Farmers offered 'practical advice' to recover from fires, flood

Farmers offered 'practical advice' to recover from fires, flood

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HELP: Burnt fence wire rolled up near Corryong earlier this year.

HELP: Burnt fence wire rolled up near Corryong earlier this year.

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The 12 webinars will take place for an hour each Tuesday.

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Farmers grappling with a range of natural disasters will be offered a series of free webinars aimed at providing "practical advice" for primary producers.

The series of webinars will offer useful tips to help rebuild on the back of the recent bushfires, drought, floods and storms.

Twelve workshops, hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and AWI Sheep Connect NSW, were revised to the webinar format amid the recent COVID-19 developments.

The hour-long webinars will be held weekly every Tuesday at 1pm for the next 12 weeks and are expected to offer resources and support to help those affected by the recent events to get 'Back to Business'.

RaynerAg principal Alastair Rayner will lead the first seminar, sharing information on cash flows, and options to consider regarding feedbase and livestock.

"As an advisor, I'm always excited about sharing ideas and opportunities that can become a new focus for producers looking to move on from fires and droughts," Mr Rayner said.

"There are some really neat options that can work, but often they can be overlooked when we are so focused on immediate operational and day to day tasks. It's good to see the producers I work with taking some time to reassess and realise there are some exciting directions to pursue.

"These webinars are really designed to give that opportunity to pause and think about what people really want, what excites them about their business, and then offer some tips on how to make the start towards that."

The webinars are set to provide tools and advice on decision making, rebuilding and setting business priorities and will include information on health and well-being and accessing financial and government assistance.

Other topics in the series will inform producers on livestock nutrition, water access and quality, mental health support services, and accessing financial and government assistance as well as farm infrastructure, pasture recovery, and the redevelopment and rebuilding of your herd or flock.

The first workshop will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24.

For more information, visit https://www.mla.com.au/news-and-events/events-and-workshops/.

  • 24 March - Cashflow is king - things to consider now and options available - feedbase and livestock
  • 31 March - Accessing support that's available - financial, personal and business
  • 7 April - Planning for a resilient future - what's possible? Personal and business direction
  • 14 April - Farm infrastructure - sheds, water, fences and shelter
  • 21 April - Livestock health, welfare and biosecurity during rebuild
  • 28 April - Livestock nutrition and feeding options during rebuild
  • 5 May - Grow more feed - pasture recovery, redevelopment, forage crops and purchasing fodder
  • 12 May - Opportunities to drive livestock operations - enterprise options and genetics
  • 19 May - Making use of short-term business resilience opportunities - cashflow, feed/sell/agist, market scenarios and season forecast
  • 26 May - Building long-term business resilience - budgets, business structure, farm management and succession planning
  • 2 June - Rebuilding your herd or flock - using management and genetics to achieve the best reproduction results
  • 9 June - Maintaining the integrity of Australia's red meat and wool industries.
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