Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 2: Managing climate variability and the maintenance feed requirements for horses, sheep and goats

This series of recorded webinars is focused on supporting small landholders during times of drought and the subsequent recovery processes. This is part 2 of a 5-part webinar series.

In this presentation, Damien O’Sullivan (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Kingaroy) discusses:

  1. Climate variability in Australia
  2. Current climate outlook
  3. On-line tools available to help understand climate variability
  4. How these tools can be used to help manage climate variability.

During the presentation, Damien also discusses the maintenance feed requirements for horses, sheep and goats.

You can watch the full recording or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation.  26:06; published 12 May 2020 by FutureBeefAu.

Playlist

  1. Managing climate variability and feeding horses/sheep/goats
  2. Topics to cover
  3. Rainfall percentile (Australia)
  4. Rainfall percentile (Queensland)
  5. Queensland drought situation (as at 1/3/20)
  6. What’s driving our weather?
  7. Climate drivers
  8. Outlooks – rainfall
  9. Outlooks – temperature
  10. Where to get climate information
  11. Current climate research – Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP)
  12. Feeding horses, sheep and goats
  13. Horses – when to feed?
  14. Horses – estimating weight
  15. Horses – feed quality
  16. Horses – how much for maintenance?
  17. Horses – what’s the cost?
  18. Horses – other factors to consider
  19. Sheep and Goats – when to feed?
  20. Sheep and Goats – know the weight
  21. Feeding Sheep and Goats
  22. Sheep and Goats – what’s the cost?
  23. Cottonseed and pellets
  24. Sheep and Goats – other factors to consider
  25. Water supplies
  26. Management after rain
  27. Summary and take home messages
  28. More information

Download a copy of the presentation – Climate and Feeding Horses, Sheep and Goats May 2020 (PDF, 1.42 MB)


Other parts of the Resilience strategies for small landholders webinar series

← Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 1: Grazing land management and pasture recovery

← Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 3: Drought plans and maintenance feed requirements for cattle

← Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 4: Duty of care to animals

← Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 5: When euthanasia is the best option


Additional information

A new website has been developed to support small landholders: Animals in drought

The Long Paddock website

Comprehensive climate forecast information (MetEye) →

Forecast information 10 day climate forecast information (Wxmaps) →

Information on drought

Information on critical questions for drought decisions

Information on drought feeding (MLA) →

Information on supplementary feeding stock (MLA) →