February 20, 2013
The Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) latest Seasonal Conditions Report has revealed a mixed bag for the State’s farmers throughout January. DPI’s Executive Officer, Regional Assistance Advisory Committee, John Newcombe said limited rainfall has seen a further deterioration in seasonal conditions across much of the Western, Darling and Riverina districts and parts of the Lachlan, Central West and North West districts. “Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald did however generate extremely heavy falls and flooding in the north east of the State,” said Mr Newcombe. “Patchy storms delivered some relief to parts of the north west, south east and central tablelands however many areas missed out altogether. “Pasture growth levels are low in western and central areas and any remaining standing feed is extremely low quality. “Many producers continue to handfeed stock and some graziers have begun offloading store cattle and sheep. “Water storages also continue a downward trend in January, with some farm dams drying up and water carting starting in some areas.” Mr Newcombe said the new Seasonal Conditions Report is part of the suite of drought management measures available in NSW. “These new Regional Seasonal Conditions Reports replace the existing state drought declarations,” said Mr Newcombe. “The format of the new reports is currently being finalised with input from producers and the newly-formed Regional Assistance Advisory Committee. “The new reports act as a management tool to help landholders manage operations and prepare for worsening seasonal conditions and drought. “The reports provide valuable information on rainfall, water storages, crops, livestock and other issues to help farmers make informed decisions.” Producers can access the latest report and provide feedback at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/emergency/seasonal-conditions/regional-seasonal-conditions-reports Once the format and content of the statewide Seasonal Conditions Report is finalised, a full suite of Regional Seasonal Conditions Reports will be developed to match the Local Land Services regions.