Dry Conditions Workshop to be held in Koo Wee Rup

9 February 2016

Many landholders in Koo Wee Rup and surrounding areas face the significant challenge of trying to effectively manage their land during periods of reduced rainfall or drought. However, having the knowledge and resources available to help prepare for these conditions can greatly improve the resilience of their land and their ability to remain financially viable during these tough times. The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA), with support from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, along with Agriculture Victoria, are holding a ‘Preparing for Dry Conditions’ Workshop in Koo Wee Rup, to give landholders the tools needed to prepare for these extremes.

The workshop will provide information and resources not only on preparing for dry conditions, but also on climate variability and mulching opportunities in horticulture. Guest speakers from Agriculture Victoria, Nick Dudley and John Bowman, will provide insight on the benefits of stock containment areas, protecting pastures during dry conditions, feed budgeting and animal welfare. Agriculture Victoria Animal Welfare Officer, Craig Swain, will also give a presentation on animal welfare during dry conditions.

Workshop details: Date: Thursday 18th February 2016 Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm Venue: Koo Wee Rup Community Centre, Cochrane Park, Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup If you are a landholder in the Koo Wee Rup area, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn more about how to adapt and manage your land in order to maintain or maximise output during dry conditions.

For further information contact Sarah Halligan (sarah.halligan@ppwcma.vic.gov.au) or Karen Thomas (karen.thomas@ppwcma.vic.gov.au). To register, visit https://register.eventarc.com/33278/preparing-for-dry-conditions-workshop-koo-wee-rup

Registration closes Tuesday 16th February 2016.

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