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NSW Feed Shortage

As the dry conditions continue across the state, we're working with our industry partners to provide a range of support initiatives for farmers.

Free session - Taking Stock 1:1 consultations

Dairy farmers in drought affected regions can access a free, confidential one-on-one session with a trained adviser, who can help farm families work through key decisions and identify next steps.

For more information please call 1800 270 778 or contact your local Dairy NSW Regional Extension Officer.

Free feed planning advice from a feed base consultant

Join your neighbours and a specialist feed base consultant to discuss the best fodder management options for farms in your region. This session will help you make the most of spring as the national fodder market continues to tighten.

Please call 1800 270 778 or contact your local Dairy NSW Regional Extension Officer.

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    Dairy Feed Tools

    This complete feed management toolset has data from your region and helps with on-farm tasks including creating feed plans, set up inventories. Sign up to Dairy Feed Tools.

    Feed budgeting excel tool

    Download this feed budgeting tool to help you review your feed supply and demand over a 3, 6, 9 and 12 month period - 2018 Feed Budgeting Tool. (ZIP, 1.45MB)

  • Copy Link Market updates

    Dairy Australia's Hay Report and Grain Report inform farmers of regional Australian prices of hay and grain as well as supply and demand reporting.

  • Copy Link Weather, water, feed and fertiliser

    The Production Inputs Monitor gives you monthly updates on core farm inputs including water, hay and grain, fertiliser and weather.

    When hay and grain prices are high, nitrogen can be a relatively cheap source of additional feed. Read our fact sheet on how to maximise spring feed with nitrogen.

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    Farmer dinners

    In tough times it is easy for the farm to take priority and we often forget to ensure our own health and wellbeing. The Dairy NSW Farmer Dinners are a chance for you and the family to join neighbours and industry consultants for a night out.

    Come along to hear valuable advice and information to sustain your mental health and wellbeing so you can continue to support your farm through the dry season. Please call 1800 270 778 or contact your local Dairy NSW Regional Extension Officer.

    Service provider mental health training

    Drought affects the entire industry and extends beyond the farm gate, so it is important for all areas of the supply chain to be aware of the mental health and wellbeing challenges which face our farmers and friends.

    Join industry colleagues for a 3 hour training workshop where you'll learn the skills needed to deal effectively with clients experiencing stress and look after your own mental wellbeing too. Please call 1800 270 778 or contact your local Dairy NSW Regional Extension Officer.

    Mental health resources

    Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMPH)

    RAMPH has 14 coordinators living and working across rural and remote NSW, who can identify and link people experiencing mental health concerns with appropriate mental health support.

    Find your local RAMPH coordinator for further support.

    Rural Resilience Program (RRP)

    RRP connects farmers with support services for managing mental health and wellbeing. It offer a range of training programs for farmers to develop mental resilience and build skills manage mental health during challenging times. RRP is a program of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    Find out more about RRP initiatives.  

    Emergency contacts
    : If you're concerned about your own or someone else's mental health, you can call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice.

    Mental health

    The Mental Health Line (1800 011 511) is a single number, state-wide 24-hour mental health telephone access service. Anyone with a mental health issue can call to speak with a mental health professional and be directed to the right care for them.

    Having a tough time and need someone to talk to right now? The following services are there to listen and help you out. They are confidential and available 24/7.

    Lifeline 13 11 14
    Men's Line Australia 1300 78 99 78
    Kids Help Line A counselling and support provided for young people (to 24 years old) who are feeling depressed, sad, or lonely  or just need someone to talk to 1800 55 1800
    Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463
    Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

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    Farmer information sessions

    Both state and federal government have committed drought support funding for NSW farmers.

    As it can be difficult to find out exactly what you qualify for, come along to a Dairy NSW farmer information session where key industry spokespeople can help you understand and make the most of funding support.

    Speak to trained representatives of the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Local Land Services and others to make sure you have all the facts.

    Please call 1800 270 778 or contact your local Dairy NSW Regional Extension Officer.

    Meet the NSW Dairy Team and contact us with any questions.


Our Farm, Our Plan

Our Farm, Our Plan is a new program designed to equip farmers to clarify their long term goals, identify the actions needed and to manage uncertainty and risk.

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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