Livestock

Free business help for bushfire-affected farmers

By Country News

Red meat producers throughout Australia impacted by the summer's bushfires can access support through Meat & Livestock Australia’s Back to Business program.

The program allows producers in fire-affected regions to access up to three free one-on-one-sessions with a local farm business consultant.

About 74 individual farm businesses have taken up the program throughout NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

A series of free weekly webinars are also being held for livestock producers, providing tips to help rebuild following recent bushfires, drought, floods and storms.

Hosted by MLA, Australian Wool Innovation, Sheep Connect NSW and Integrity Systems Company, the hour-long webinars are being held every Tuesday at 1 pm, until Tuesday, June 9.

The weekly webinars were originally planned to be in-person workshops, but have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions.

MLA managing director Jason Strong said to date, more than 500 producers had participated in the weekly webinars.

“In response to COVID-19 containment efforts, we are being agile in the delivery of support programs for producers, working in collaboration with AWI, Sheep Connect NSW and ISC to deliver the webinars, and with the state co-ordinators to deliver the one-on-one support sessions,” Mr Strong said.

“We’re pleased these programs are being well received by producers while the industry continues to support global containment efforts of COVID-19.

“The Back to Business one-on-one support sessions give producers clarity and direction by prioritising actions, which is vital during the ongoing recovery phase, while the webinars enable producers to access expert speakers, tools and advice.”

A Back to Business podcast featuring webinar presenters and technical experts has also been developed to complement the webinars.

Producers can watch the recordings of past Back to Business webinars at: https://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/

For more information on the webinars and how to register, visit the MLA website or the Sheep Connect website.