Why do this course?

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Section 1: Setting the scene

    • Purpose of this drought management program

    • Using the Workbook

    • What is a drought?

    • The RCS Three Legged Pot

    • What are the effects of drought?

    • Understanding your climate

    • Calculating Your Green Date

    • Introduction to DSE

    • Introduction to LSU

    • What’s the difference between LSU and DSE?

    • Matching Stocking Rate to Carrying Capacity

    • Calculating Your Benchmark Carrying Capacity

    • 3 Stages of Drought

    • Producer Case Study

    • Getting Started

  • 2

    Section 2: Drought proofing. Things are looking good outside

    • Drought Proofing People

    • Strategy

    • Biological Plan

    • What are the core fundamentals of your business?

    • Roles and responsibilities

    • Communication

    • Other tips/areas to consider for people

    • Drought Proof Land

    • Water Cycle, Soil and Land Health

    • Build your health in the good seasons

    • Water and Fencing Infrastructure

    • Fire Management Plan

    • Early Decision Making

    • Other tips/areas to consider for land

    • Drought Proofing Business

    • Other tips/areas to consider for your business

  • 3

    Section 3: Managing during a drought

    • Drought management - what outcomes would you like to achieve?

    • Communication and Managing People During a Drought

    • Put it Into Action

    • Important dates

    • Look After Yourself

    • Labour and Community During a Drought

    • Look for Opportunities

    • What is Happening in the Paddock?

    • Early Action and Adjustments

    • Mixed Farming Areas

    • Are You Considering Feeding?

    • Ask Yourself These Questions

    • Know your figures

    • Write a Plan and Communicate it

    • Stockflow and Cashflow Tracking

    • Drought Sales Income

    • Other tips and areas to consider

  • 4

    Section 4: Recovering from a drought

    • Drought Recovery People

    • Drought Recovery Land

    • Drought Recovery Livestock

    • Drought Recovery Business

  • 5

    Section 5: Case Studies

    • Stuart Austin and Trisha Cowley, Ebor NSW

    • James and Kimberley McClure, Wilcannia NSW

    • Dave and Tracey Hegarty, Bourke NSW

    • Katalpa Station, Broken Hill NSW

    • Dan Lynch, North Qld and NT

    • Robin and Evan Pensini, Cheela Plains Station WA

  • 6

    Resources

    • List of resources

  • 7

    Closing Remarks

    • Congratulations

    • What next?

    • How did we go with this course?