More than 100 Murray farmers will come together on Monday with a focus on managing livestock through drought.
Well-known sheep expert Geoff Duddy will headline presenters at the free containment feeding information day at Mullengandra with the event organised as part of Murray Local Land Services ongoing response to the drought.
Livestock officer Liz O'Grady said using stock feeding containment areas was a proven way for producers to preserve ground cover and the condition of the land while ensuring their animals' nutritional demands are met.
"It involves confining livestock to a small area where they are fed a total ration," she said. "It is a valuable drought management strategy, providing many benefits including reducing stock energy requirements by between eight and 15 per cent.
"To assist in developing your full ration, feed tests are an invaluable tool, we will be giving some free feed tests away on the day.
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"Our presenters will also provide expert advice on the process of establishing and maintaining a containment feeding system, including sessions on livestock nutrition and containment lot design and set up."
Ms O'Grady said the aim of the event is for producers to come away with "good, practical information" about keeping their animals in the best condition through the drought and keeping their properties in good condition.
"I also hope that they realise that there is support out there for them if things get tough, and that there are tools and strategies they can use to mitigate the effects of drought," she said.
"Bringing producers together like this can also, I hope, foster a sense of community among them, so that they can feel that they've got neighbours and friends they can turn to for support."
The day will involve a series of expert presentations followed by an on-farm discussion and tour, with a focus on managing livestock through the drought while maintaining ground cover in the paddock. There will also be a demonstration of the new drought and supplementary feed smartphone app by NSW Department of Primary Industries.