Preparing for Dry Conditions Workshop to be held in Wandin North, Yarra Valley

9 February 2016

Many landholders in the Yarra Valley region 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 the Yarra Valley, 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: Friday 19th February 2016 Time: 10am – 1pm Venue: Wandin North Public Hall, 430 Clegg Road, Wandin North If you are a landholder in the Yarra Valley region, 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/33277/preparing-for-dry-conditions-workshop-yarra-valley

Registration closes Wednesday 17th February 2016.

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