Tips and Strategies - Dry Conditions


​​​​​​​​​How to manage issues on your property when experiencing dry seasonal conditions.​ Some information may be from other states however it is still relevant to many Tasmanian conditions.


Extremely Dry Conditions - information and tools, DPIPWE

Managing Animals in Extremely Dry Conditions, DPIPWE

​Livestock Alert, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (a few livestock hazards that could cause serious health issues for sheep and cattle)

Managing Water in the Dr​​y​, Meat and Livestock Australia

Cattle - drought management, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Dairy herd preparation, Dairy Australia

Dairy herd management strategies in drought, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Sheep - drought management, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Managing Sheep in Drought lots (PDF, 635 KB) Australian Wool Innovation

Which Sheep do I Keep? (PDF, 450 KB) Australian Wool Innovation

Calf rearing​, FutureBeef

Animal welfare in drought​, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Stock Water - a limited resource (PDF, 132 KB) Australian Wool Innovation

Cost of production calculator, Meat and Livestock Australia 

Condition Scoring Livestock​, Classing and Culling, Meat and Livestock Australia  

Containment Feeding of Sheep, Sheep Connect South Australia

Lifetime Ewe Management, Lifetime Wool

Making More From Sheep tool​s, Meat and Livestock Australia

Drought Feeding & Management of Sheep​, Agriculture Victoria

Drought Feeding & Management of Horses​, Agriculture Victoria

Planning for tough seasons:restocking strategies​, Meat and Livestock Australia



Managing Water in the Dry, Meat and Livestock Australia

Stock Water - A Limited Resource, Australian Wool Innovation

Water Requirements for Sheep and Cattle, NSW Department of Primary Industries


Feed and Fodder

​​​​​​​​FAQ Donations in Extreme Dry Conditions, Tasmanian Government

Feed Tests Can Save Money, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Understand the Feed Value of Selected Foodstuffs​, Agriculture Victoria

Drought feeding, Meat and Livestock Australia

Drought Feed Calculator app, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Managing Fodder Prices for Droughts (PDF, 410 KB) Australian Wool Innovation

Feed Budget Tables (PDF, 218 KB) Lifetime Wool

Agistment and Fodder Register, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Dairy Feed Budget Tips​, Dairy Australia

Tips for tackling tough seasons, Meat and Livestock Australia  

Feed demand calculator, Meat and Livestock Australia 

Stocking rate calculator, Meat and Livestock Australia

What is Fodder​, Biosecurity Tasmania

Ring before you bring. Information on importing fodder into Tasmania (03) 6165 3777



Biosecurity for Livestock Owners, Farm Biosecurity

On-farm Biosecurity Planning (see page 51),  Livestock Biosecurity Network

​​Transport - Livestock

Transport stock across Bass Strait, DPIPWE

Transporting livestock​, Australian Animal Welfare Standards​ and Guidelines

Calculator - livestock transport costs​, NSW Department of Primary Industries


Managing Native Pastures During Drought (PDF, 272 KB) - excerpt from the publication "Managing Tasmanian Native Pastures - a Technical Guide for Graziers" (Chapter 11)​​​​​​​

Pasture Predictor, Sense-T

Rainfall to Pasture Growth Outlook tool, Meat and Livestock Australia 

​​​​​​More Beef from Pastures, Meat and Livestock Australia 

Managing Ground Cover​​, Meat and Livestock Australia

Looking After Drought Pastures, Meat and Livestock Australia (link at bottom on page)

​Crops and Horticulture

​Salvaging Crops for Fodder, Grain or Grazing - costs and income calculator, ​NSW Department of Primary Industries

Grazing Crops in a Dry Year​, ​Grains Research and Development Corporation.  Although the trial is from Western Australia many of the grain and cereal crop tips are useful.

Dry Season Information: Pome Fruit​​, Agriculture Victoria  

​​Managing Vegetable Crops​ through long dry periods, Agriculture Victoria

Managing Grain Crops​, Climate Kelpie.  A software package developed to help grain growers manage their crop in response to climate variability.


SprayWise Decisions​, Climate Kelpie. Match the timing of chemical applications to your local weather conditions. 


Managing wildlife browsing and grazing losses, DPIPWE Wildlife Management

Permits and Regulations for managing wildlife, DPIPWE Wildlife Management

Reporting concerns regarding animal welfare, RSPCA


​"Drought-facing the challenge and managing the risk" (PDF, 2MB) a Tasmanian property management tool produced by NRM North and NRM South

Gross margin tools to understand the impact on your finances, DPIPWE Investing in Irrigation

Property Management Planning - Financial Management Module, TFGA.  These profit and loss and balance sheet tools can assist you to make more informed decisions on the management of your entire farming operation.

Cost of production, Meat and Livestock Australia

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