Stock Management Areas
Murray Local Land Services representatives: Garry Armstrong, Rebecca Stace and Kimberley Beer, conducted workshops on design, construction, regulations and animal management (download the guide below). Each workshop was followed by a Q&A session and SMA site walk.
Host farmers discussed how their SMA contributes to their farming practises, the construction, pros, cons and possible ideas for improvement.
Lindifferon & Bunnaloo
Positive workshop survey results
Farmers represented more than 90% of attendees, 87% said the activity was relevant in helping them prepare for or respond to future drought and a whopping 91% said that as a result of this activity they are more likely to make a practise change or consider doing so.
Bullatale & Conargo
- Reducing grazing pressure by confining livestock to a smaller portion of the property, allows for the maintenance of ground cover and the associated benefit of reduced erosion.
- Reduces pasture damage/loss due to overgrazing and the significant costs involved in pasture re-establishment
- Increases productivity, confinement feeding of livestock reduces daily energy requirements by 10-15% as animals are not walking around larger paddocks looking for feed.
- Reduces the spread of introduced weed seeds in purchased grain or fodder
- Reduces labor and running costs (for example less time travelling when feeding in paddocks).
- Prior to or following a seasonal break to allow pasture to establish
- When there are potential issues with pastures being toxic at different growth stages
- For yard weaning and as a quarantine area
- To control livestock following a fire or other emergency and as holding areas when shearing or crutching, weighing stock or prior to transport
- As a hospital including sick or recovery pens