Season 2019: seasonal and management information for farmers and pastoralists

Page last updated: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 - 2:00pm

This page provides seasonally relevant information on conditions and management options for those conditions in the agricultural areas of Western Australia.

The outlook period is April to May 2019 inclusive. The seasonal situation information identifies conditions that will affect management choices in the outlook period.

2019 northern pastoral season – this webpage contains seasonally relevant information, including forecasts and management options for conditions in the northern pastoral areas of WA.

Important points

The message is still to destock pasture paddocks that have less than 750kg/ha of dry matter: save the soil and save the livestock

  • Livestock: keep feeding livestock to maintain condition score and prevent health issues in late pregnancy (e.g. pregnancy toxaemia)
  • Pasture, erosion and animal welfare: paddocks with less than 750 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) of dry matter, or 50% groundcover, should be destocked now and livestock moved immediately to confinement feeding areas or heavier soils with better pasture coverage. Prevent animal welfare and erosion problems.
  • Water supplies: community livestock and spraying water supplies are being used at a rapid rate. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is working with the Water Corporation and Local Governments to monitor those water supplies.
  • On-farm water reserves: are very low in some southern shires and some dams are badly fouled: check the depth of your dams, treat contaminated water, and check water quality for spraying crops and pastures.
  • Climate outlook: is for slightly drier than average conditions over the next 3 months, and perhaps for the season.
  • Seek professional advice about the costs and benefits of feeding, agisting or selling livestock if feed or water is limiting.

Quick links

Livestock and pasture situation

Pasture production in some southern shires has been much lower than average, and the risk of erosion over summer is high.

  • Destock any paddock with less than 750kg/ha of dry matter, or less than 50% groundcover, or where large bare patches have developed. Do this as soon as possible.
  • Do a livestock water budget now. Allow for silted dams, and a late start to the 2019 season.
  • Do a livestock feed budget now. Include supplementary feeding over summer and into late autumn 2019.

Shires with very low pasture dry matter areas are Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Kent, Lake Grace and Ravensthorpe.

See the nutrition links below.

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Livestock information

Nutrition and water

Read these first:

And then these should help feed decisions:

Following germination of pastures

Health and animal welfare

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Crop situation

  • Many areas have reported heavy stubble loads, which may cause problems during seeding. Check your stubble management options.

Crop information

Land and water information

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Climate situation and outlook

Climate information

Health and finances information

Contacts

Contact your local DPIRD office to find out who can help you on any of the topics above.