Early weaning workshops proving popular across Central West

EARLY WEANING: Senior Land Services Livestock Officer, Sue Street, presenting to landholders at the Gin Gin workshop last week. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
EARLY WEANING: Senior Land Services Livestock Officer, Sue Street, presenting to landholders at the Gin Gin workshop last week. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Livestock producers in the western region have had the opportunity to hear about the benefits and considerations associated with early weaning, thanks to a series of workshops hosted by Local Land Services

The Local Land Services hosted a number of workshops in Coonamble, Nyngan, Gilgandra, Gin Gin, Tottenham and Merrygoen so far, attracting over 200 landholders to learn more about this livestock management tool.

Workshops discussed the top tips for successful weaning, animal health and getting it right, lessons learnt and producer experiences from 2018.

With feed in high demand, early weaning is a key management strategy graziers can use in the drought, Senior Land Services Livestock Officer Sue Street said.

"Now is the time landholders should be considering and preparing for early weaning," she said.

Now is the time landholders should be considering and preparing for early weaning.

Senior Land Services Livestock Officer Sue Street.

"Feeding a lactating ewe or cow and in turn their offspring together is very inefficient."

"Weaning and feeding animals separately allows better allocation of feed resources, as not only are the energy and protein requirements lower, they can get by on less quantity too.

"The main thing people need to consider is sourcing energy, roughage and protein for these animals, as they both play an important role in weaner nutrition."

The workshops have been organised by Local Land Services and supported by NALAG's Our Shout program.

Further events will also be held in Parkes (21 August), Lake Cargelligo (22 August) and Dubbo (23 August).

Landholders interested in attending a workshop can RSVP to Sue Street at 0448 508 625 or sue.street@lls.nsw.gov.au.