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Preparing for dry conditions 

Watching seasonal and long term forecasts lets you plan ahead for dry conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology website provides updates on seasonal outlooks. Our Climate Toolkit also has some useful resources.

Preparing for dry conditions is part of managing your farm business. Our resources on Farm business management can help you prepare.

Managing feed

When conditions are looking dry, plan a feed budget and think about alternative options for fodder. Use this Feed Budgeting template (PDF, 221kb) when planning your budgets.

We also have some useful reports on farm inputs. The Hay and Grain report tracks feed prices locally and nationally and is updated weekly. The Production Inputs Monitor provides a monthly update on farm input costs including water, hay, grain and fertiliser.

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Along with preparing for dry conditions make sure you are also Preparing for bushfire and thinking about Managing in hot conditions.


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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