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Wednesday, 7 July 2021
New solar technology provides water reliability for travelling stock

North West Local Land Services has converted five large windmills to solar powered submissible pumps on Travelling Stock Reserves around the Warialda district, which will provide a safer and more reliable source of stock water to users of the Travelling Stock Reserves. 
Upper Mooki Rehydration Project

In 2019, 13 landholder enterprises joined forces as a Landcare group partnering with North West Local Land Services on a $660,000 project called the ‘Upper Mooki Rehydration Project’. Want to know more? There is now a video which showcases this impressive regenerative ag project and the landholders behind it. 
Walgett Autumn wild dog baiting program 

Autumn coordinated baiting programs for wild dogs have wrapped up In the Walgett district for 2021. With free fresh meat baits available, we saw a large number of landholders participating in the programs with just shy of 13,000 baits issued across seven control groups. 
Bushfire recovery aerial control programs 

Landholders affected by the 2019/20 black summer bushfires have benefited from targeted aerial control programs to reduce the pest animal burden and promote the regeneration of native species.
Animal health update

Bloat and foot and mouth disease are livestock conditions that producers should be mindful of this season. Our District Veterinarian team explains what to look for in your livestock this winter. 

Tail docking, castration, and mulesing are all procedures which have demonstrable health or management benefits in the long term. Producers should consider what pain relief to use at marking this season. 
Annual land and stock returns 

Each year, NSW landholders who are liable to pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code (PIC) are required to complete this ‘farm census’ of land use and livestock numbers. This information is vital in helping us respond quickly and accurately in emergencies and biosecurity events.
EOIs extended for Fencing Northern Basin Riverbank program 

Round one expressions of interest for the fencing Northern Riverbanks in NSW program have been extended until Friday, 19 November 2021. 
Profitable crop rotations for the Liverpool Plains 

Characterised by high productivity and crop diversity, growers in the Liverpool Plains cropping area face complex crop sequencing decisions. The use of a structured crop sequence can greatly assist farm management, particularly in relation to factors such as income stability, risk management machinery, storage use, and herbicide residues.   
Mice affected hay - What's the risk? 

Given the high levels of mice activity NSW has dealt with over the past few months, producers should be mindful that stored hay, or the hay you are buying in, could have some level of contamination from mice. Most industries require properties to have a biosecurity plan. Here’s what needs to be included.  
Increased penalties under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTA)

The NSW Government has made some changes to the POCTA Act. Click below to view the changes. 

Dreaming of summer? Better get prepared! 

It is often difficult to look ahead when we are still up to our ankles in mud from all the recent rainfall, but our grasses and pastures are loving the rain, and growing at a rapid rate.  

This means that this spring and summer, we will be at risk from grass fires. 

Regional Weed Wrap - Parthenium Posse Rides Again and Hudson Pear Taskforce Update

A multi-agency Parthenium weed response continued in the Croppa Creek area and the North West Hudson Pear Taskforce met at Lightning Ridge in May - here's an update.

We've also noted a couple of key weed species in the region to target your control programs this winter. 
Farming systems research update 

Results are in for the 2020 season of the GRDC and DPI funded Nowley farming systems trial managed by the DPI.
  • Good cereal crops in 2020 resulted in high levels of crown rot inoculum which will need to managed in future years.
  • Levels of beneficial soil fungi varied depending upon cropping intensity, the crop type grown previously and how well it grew. Low levels of beneficial fungi can result in yield penalties and need to be managed.
  • The low intensity system performed well financially over the five years of the trial but depended heavily on a good cotton crop.

NSW Government mice support available, despite APVMA decision 

You may have heard the NSW Government’s application for the use of bromadiolone to manage mice was refused by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). 

While this means Local Land Services is unable to open any grain treatment sites, there are still a range of other government support programs that you may be able eligible for.                            Image credit: GRDC

 These include:

  • Rebates for eligible primary producers to help cover the cost of buying zinc phosphide
  • Cash rebates for eligible small businesses and households to help cover the cost of mouse baits, traps and cleaning products.

For more information and updates on this program, click on the link below.

Upcoming opportunities for watercourse landholders to get involved in the Gwydir Constraints Measures Project 

Landholders along the Gingham and Lower Gwydir watercourses, the Lower Mehi River and Ballin-Boora Creek are invited to events in July to help develop business cases for a range of measures to improve river and wetland health across the region under the Gwydir Constraints Measures Project (Gwydir CMP).
Upcoming Events & Training 
Public Demonstration - AquaTill Jetacide 

Where & where: 
  • Wednesday 21 July | Breeza 
  • Thursday 22 July | Narrabri - University of Sydney PBI (Lara)
  • Friday 23 July | Moree - Keytah 
AquaTill uses Flow ultra-high-pressure technology to inject herbicide travelling faster than at Mach 2 directly into the translocating tissue of the ratoon.
Independent trials show outstanding control of cotton ratoon without soil disturbance. 

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Annabelle Guest, DCRA Research Coordinator on 0428 924 568 or 
Vertebrate Pesticide Training | Moree 

When: 8am - 3pm, Wednesday 11 August 2021 
Where: Local Land Services Office, 203 Balo Street, Moree 2400 

To acquire and use 1080, Pindone, RHDV, or PAPP baits in NSW, you must be accredited (or under the direct supervision of an accredited person) with an AQF3 Chemical Accreditation or Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training (VPIT) course accreditation.

This training will run for approx. three hours, with successful participants receiving a five year accreditation to use vertebrate pesticide products on their land. 

RSVP to reserve your seat! Contact your local Biosecurity Officer or call 1300 795 299.
Nowley Field Day 

When: 8am - 2pm, Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Where: ‘Nowley’, 680 Howes Hill Road, Spring Ridge

Join North West Local Land Services, the University of Sydney and the DPI for a field day at the University of Sydney Farm ‘Nowley’, to look at a range of technologies and farming systems research directly relevant to the Liverpool Plains.

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Bill Manning on 0428 607 731 or
Wrapping it up...
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