Technical and farming advice resources

PIRSA has developed and provided links to a number of excellent resources to help those farmers who are seeking advice on animal health and nutrition, land and soil management, and other farming tools and methods recommended during dry conditions.

Additional resources will be added as they are developed. There are also a number of related workshops being organised and delivered in affected regions. See the workshops page for more details.

For anyone seeking additional information or have specific questions regarding animal health, animal welfare concerns or biosecurity please call the Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare Hotline on 1800 255 556.

Feeding/dry time programs and calculators

Drought Feeding and Management (PDF 2.1 MB)

Managing Sheep in Droughtlots (PDF 631.1 KB)

Feeding and Managing Sheep in dry times (PDF 1.1 MB)

Drought Feeding and Management of Beef Cattle (PDF 1.7 MB)

Drought feed calculator App

Feed Cost Calculator (NSW DPI)

Feedlot Calculator

Ration Book – Least Cost Feeding for Sheep and Beef

Soil Erosion

Emergency measures to curb wind erosion (PDF 1.3 MB)

You can also find some great resources and information at these websites:

Australian Wool Innovation

AWI has a range of tools and resources which can assist sheep producers to manage their business.

Future Beef

Future Beef has a range of tools to help you make informed business and production decisions relating to your beef enterprise. All tools are provided as downloadable Microsoft Excel files.

Mackillop Farm Group Management

Mackillop Farm Group Management has a series of articles on getting the best from those unsuccessful crops within your livestock enterprise.

Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA has produced a range of guides and information collated by MLA to assist livestock producers as they head into, manage through and plan to recover from drought.

Sheep Connect SA

Sheep Connect SA has a range of Case Studies, Fact Sheets and Webinars to help sheep producers manage through and plan to recover from drought.

Natural resources and the environment

Natural Resource Management boards and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) run a range of local programs that can provide technical advice and support on a range of farming and land management issues.

Natural Resources SAMDB

Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin have developed a dry times website with key information and links to documents with a range of good information on livestock and crop management options and strategies, tools, information, and advice that is available, support services, and key contacts .

Weed and pest threats

Weeds and pest animals compete with crops, pasture, livestock and native flora and fauna. PIRSA oversees programs to destroy or contain weeds and pest animals and to prevent new pests coming in to South Australia.

PestFacts newsletter

PestFacts newsletter offers solutions, warnings and reminders for a range of invertebrate pests of all broadacre crops including cereal, oilseeds, pulses and fodder crops.

CropWatch newsletter

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) publish Crop Watch to keep growers and advisers informed about disease-related issues and solutions during the growing season.

Additional information

Additional support material including technical and practical farming fact sheets on farm management decisions and pest and disease can be found:

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