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.​


 Feed tests can save money (PDF 241Kb)

 Managing animals in extremely dry conditions (PDF 207Kb)

 Livestock Alert (PDF 209Kb), Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (a few livestock hazards that could cause serious health issues for sheep and cattle)

Animal Welfare during dry times​, Department of Primary Industries NSW

Dairy Farming through the Droug​ht​, DairyNZ

How does drought affect farmers?​ Dairy Australia

Confinement feeding of Cattle in Drought, Meat and Livestock Australia

Drought​ Feeding and Management of Beef Cattle, Agriculture Victoria

Drought Feedin​g and Management of Sheep, Agriculture Victoria

 Managing Sheep in Droughtlots - A Best Practice Guide (PDF 646Kb), Australian Wool Innovation

 Which Sheep Do I Keep - A Guide for Sheep Producers in Drought (PDF 457Kb), Australian Wool Innovation

Containment Feeding of Sheep, Sheep Connect South Australia

Making Mo​re From Sheep tool​s​, Meat and Livestock Australia

Feed budgeting for Ewe flocks in dry seasons​, Lifetime Wool

Drought Feeding & Management of Horses​, Agriculture Victoria

Cost of Production Calculator, Meat and Livestock Australia 

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

Planning for Tough Seasons: Restocking Strategies​, Meat and Livestock Australia​​

Pasture Control Tool​, Derwent Pasture Network, Tasmania


Managing Water in the Dry, Meat and Livestock Australia

Stock Water - A Limited Resource, Australian Wool Innovation

How much water does my farm need?, Agriculture Victoria

Water Req​uirements for Shee​p and Cattle​, NSW Department of Primary Industries

​Further information on Managing Your Water, Irrigation and Water programs and Water Requirements​.

​​Feed and fodder​​​

Drought and Supplementary Feed Calculator​  New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

 Managing Fodder Prices for Droughts - A Sheep Producers Guide (PDF 416Kb), Australian Wool Innovation

 Feed Budget Tables for Drought/Dry Conditions in Southern Australia (PDF 220Kb?, Lifetime Wool

Understand the Feed Value of Selected Foodstuffs​, Agriculture Victoria​

Drought ​feeding, Meat and Livestock Australia

Dairy Feed Budgeting, 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

Ring before you bring - information on importing fodder into Tasmania (03) 6165 3777​


Biosecurity for Livestock Owners, Farm Biosecurity

Farm Biosecurity Action Planner, Farm Biosecurity​​

Managing We​eds after a Disaster, Agriculture Victoria

​Transport - livestock​​​

Transport Stock across Bass Strait, NRE Tasmania

Transporting Livestock​, Australian Animal Welfare Standards​ and Guidelines

Calculator - Livestock Transport Costs​, NSW Department of Primary Industries


 Managing Native Pastures During Drought (PDF 275Kb)  (excerpt from the publication "Managing Tasmanian Native Pastures - a Technical Guide for Graziers" Chapter 11)

Rainfall to​ Pasture Growth Outlook tool, The long paddock, Queensland Government 

​​​​​​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

​Dry​ Season Managment - Apples​​​, Agriculture Victoria

Managing vegetable crops during long dry periods, Horticulture Industry Networks


Managing Wildlife Browsing and Grazing Losses, NRE Tasmania Wildlife Management

Permits and Regulations for managing wildlife, NRE Tasmania 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, NRE Tasmania​, Investing in Irrigation

Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program​.  The Tasmanian Government recognises the importance of farmers and communities being more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought,

Cost of Production, Meat and Livestock Australia