For the last few months, Leading Sheep has circulated a series of newsletters summarising what Queensland sheep producers have learnt from the drought. This month we have collated the responses we have received from across the regions to provide a review of the key learnings.
- Look after yourself, your family and your friends.
- Plan with fixed dates to make decisions.
- Be flexible.
- Keep your stock in good enough condition that you still have options. Stock need to be strong enough to walk in the mud for a week if that’s how the drought breaks.
- Keep an eye on your stock and destock progressively and early.
As a follow-up, Leading Sheep recently asked members of one of the three Consultative Committees to answer this question ‘What is one thing I need to do now to recover from the drought.’ The answers were in two broad categories:
Looking after yourself and your family:
- Getting off the farm and joining in community activities that have gone by the wayside in the drought– tennis, clubs etc.
- Taking the family out for dinner to celebrate what you did together to get through the drought.
- Go on a holiday.
- Reduce stress.
- Whilst it is still fresh in your mind do your personal Drought Management Plan with triggers, firm dates and actions.
- Do not be in a hurry to restock – let your country recover first.
- Before restocking do your gross margins, cash flows etc.
- Ensure your rams are ready and your ewes in good condition to get the best possible lambing this year. Ensure effective predator control is undertaken well before lambing starts.
- Establish improved pastures and slow the cross-country water flow.
Leading Sheep invites you to contribute to this discussion via your local Leading Sheep Coordinator:
- South West – Hannah McKillop: firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 954 738
- North and Central West – Ingrid Miller: email@example.com 0467 566 728
- South – Noel O’Dempsey: firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 4653 1441
If typing is a challenge, please telephone. Your responses will be collated and circulated, anonymously if you so choose. Please keep your responses short – no more than five lines per idea.