Red meat producers hit by the bushfires can now access free one-on-one support from a local farm management consultant thanks to a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
The ‘Back to Business’ initiative, which is being co-ordinated by Agriculture Victoria with financial support from MLA, will provide fire-affected red meat producers with the expert advice that they need to develop a strategic recovery plan.
Producers will have access to an experienced consultant who has an in-depth understanding of livestock farming systems from an integrated technical and financial perspective.
During the sessions, producers will be given tailored support to assess their current situation, work through the key issues and opportunities, and prioritise what actions to take.
All red meat producers, including sheep, cattle and goat, who have been affected by the recent bushfires are eligible to apply.
This program is one of several activities the Labor Government is delivering to support farmers to recover from the fires.
“The fires over summer have been devastating for many regional Victorians, and especially our farmers – that’s why we’re doing everything we can to back our primary producers,” said Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes.
“I encourage anyone who needs assistance to get in touch and get the support they need.”
“We hope this MLA-funded project will assist producers to rebuild their business,” said Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong
“We understand that each situation is likely to be very different and so the program that has been developed has flexibility to meet the needs of individuals.”