Small landholders learning from the ground up

The Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day on Sunday 25 May is shaping up as a key event for 2014, featuring a wealth of information and displays tailored specifically for existing and prospective small property owners. The Department of Agriculture and Food’s Small Landholder Information Service (SLIS) and Livestock Biosecurity team will be there to discuss how to make the most of your small property and register as a livestock owner. 

SLIS Manager Jodie Whitfield said at the department display, visitors would find helpful staff to provide landholders with information and advice on owning livestock and sustainably managing land. 

“Free advice and information will be available on managing orchards, fencing, water, supplementary feeding, pastures, pests and diseases and your small business to ensure managing your small rural property is enjoyable,” Ms Whitfield said. 

“It is important to understand the obligations of owning livestock so that you can look after them and your property with peace of mind."
“People must register as an owner of livestock even if they own only one or two sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, deer, alpaca, llama, horses or even buffalo."

“It doesn’t matter whether they are pets or commercial animals as they are all susceptible to diseases. Registration allows us to manage reportable disease outbreaks if they occur as we have better knowledge of where the animals are.”

“Free advice and information will be available to ensure managing your small rural property is enjoyable” Many small landholdings have the capability to produce crops such as fruit and vegetables and the newly launched Horticulture Handbook will be available at the field day. 

“The handbook provides a practical starting point for anyone considering developing a business and includes a helpful checklist and sections on key issues and considerations to assist in getting a new horticultural enterprise off the ground,” Ms Whitfield said.

“Visitors can also sign up to receive the SLIS e-newsletter detailing coming events and vital seasonal and land management information and each registration received on the day will go into the draw to win an informative booklet on ‘Southern weeds and their control’.”

For up-to-date information and tips for managing your small property, ‘like’ the Small Landholder Information Service on Facebook at facebook.com/DAFWAsmalllandholders or contact the SLIS team at [email protected]
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