Travelling Stock Reserves Restrictions Apply
04 November 2014
The North West Local Land Services has applied restrictions to travelling stock reserves (TSR) due to prolonged dry weather conditions and depleted grazing available on travelling stock routes.
North West TSR team leader Gerard O'Connor said the restrictions were necessary to reduce grazing pressure on TSR's across the North West.
"The condition that has been applied is 'all walking stock must have a destination.'
"This means all walking stock must have a nominated destination and must walk to the destination via the shortest, most practical route.
"The nominated destination may be the farmer's home property, the nearest saleyard or a neighbouring TSR, if available.
Mr O'Connor said the restriction had been put in place due to the diminished groundcover levels created by a large travelling and grazing stock burden on TSR's and the prolonged dry conditions.
"The current weather and TSR feed conditions are almost identical to what we had this time last year.
"We lifted the nominated destination condition on May 1 this year and since then have had in excess of 15,000 cattle and 8,000 sheep walking around circuits across the North West with an additional 8,000 cattle and 4,000 sheep on monthly grazing permits.
"Unfortunately, the TSR's cannot cope with this amount of grazing pressure which is why the restrictions will remain in place until further notice," Mr O'Connor said.
The TSR nominated destination restriction commenced on October 14 and is expected to remain in place for a period of six to eight weeks after a substantial improvement in the season.
The North West Local Land Services will continue to issue grazing permits for local stock where feed is available.
For more information or enquires please contact Gerard O'Connor on 0427711361
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