Managing farm businesses during drought

DPI has a number of Primefact information sheets available specifically developed for primary producers preparing for and experiencing dry seasons and drought conditions.

If you can't find the information you are looking for in this list, DPI has a large library of Primefacts and other fact sheets, developed over many years, available on its website.

Information and support is also available through your Local Land Services offices.

The advice provided in these resources may not address the specific on-farm requirements of each user and individual circumstances should be assessed before adopting advice presented.

Managing in drought

General drought management
Local Land Services drought response
Feeding livestock

Water allocation

  • For more information on how water is allocated for all water sources, including regulated rivers, groundwater and unregulated rivers, visit the Water in NSW Allocations page.
  • Water Allocation statements are updated regularly through the year and provide valuable information on how much water is available, including during drought.
  • Subscribe to Water Allocation Statements for each regulated valley, which outline how much water is available and how it has been distributed.
  • Water allocation process outlines the way that decisions are made about water allocations, based on the range of factors that impact these decisions.
Water quality Farm water quality – testing and treating for stock and domestic use
Household water supply Check with your local Council for water filling stations in your area. See Household water supply for guidelines for collecting water for domestic and stock use, guidelines for professional water caters and links to known participating councils.
Animal feed quality

Feed testing is a vital part of animal nutritional management to achieve the best and most profitable results. The Feed Quality Service (FQS) offers a laboratory testing service for animal feed including hay, silage and grain, mixed feeds and total mixed rations, pastures and forages. The FQS is able to undertake competitively priced testing with a prompt turn-around time.

Hay and grain report Dairy Australia releases a hay and grain report 40 weeks of the year and assesses the grain and hay markets in each dairying region.

Preparing for drought

Rural Resilience
Soil contamination

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