NSW Flood Response

The NSW Floods in March 2021 had a devastating impact on farmers in the Mid North Coast, Northern Tablelands, Hunter and Central Tablelands regions.

Across the NSW dairy regions, around 150-200 farmers were initially impacted in some capacity with around 20-25 farms having their operations severely impacted. Damages continue to be assessed and significant farm, paddock and stock losses have been reported. Milk prices also took impact as pick ups were interrupted due to road closures.

34 local government areas were declared natural disaster areas and the NSW State Emergency Service led the emergency on ground response. Local Land Services (LLS) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) continued to be the emergency contacts for animal and feed related enquiries.

Dairy NSW and Sub Tropical Dairy continue to work in collaboration with Regional Development Programs, State Government, LLS, processors and SDFOs on the immediate and ongoing response to the flood damage. We are leading a flood recovery advisory service providing one-to-one support from experienced advisors to assist farmers in recovery and planning following the impacts of the floods. Confidential advice is provided to impacted dairy farm business in the areas of:

  • Animal health and welfare

  • Mastitis management

  • Feed budgeting and ration formulations

  • Emergency on-farm infrastructure

  • Milking machine servicing

  • Cashflow budgeting

  • Agronomic advice

Working with farm businesses, the advisor visits face to face and provides a written report outlining an action plan for the farm. A Dairy Australia extension officer then follows up to offer support with implementing the action plan.

This service is still running, and all dairy farms impacted by the March 2021 floods are eligible for this service. To find out more contact your local Regional Extension Officer.

This article appeared in the May 2021 edition of The Milkflow newsletter

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