Murray Local Land Services will restrict stock access to some travelling stock reserves in the region due to the continuing dry conditions.
Available stock feed and water on many Murray TSRs has reduced to the point that stock access needs to be limited to reduce grazing pressure, with the most severe impacts occurring in the Federation and Berrigan shires.
Murray LLS general manager Gary Rodda said the restriction would ensure the long-term sustainability of the reserves.
‘‘We will continue to work closely with stock owners and managers while taking a triple bottom line TSR management approach that balances economic, environmental and social interests,’’ he said.
‘‘By temporarily limiting stock access to TSRs, we ensure these public assets are well managed now and for the future.’’
Mr Rodda said the measure would have no impact on routine stock movements.
‘‘Applications for short-term grazing permits may also be restricted and will be assessed on a case by case basis,’’ he said.
Currently, new travelling stock mobs without a genuine destination are not being accepted on many TSRs in the region. There are, however, opportunities for TSR access in some locations where stock grazing has not recently occurred and/or stock owners are prepared to cart water.
Mr Rodda said TSR permit officers would continue to consult with current TSR permit holders on the situation and advise the implications on a case by case basis.
‘‘It is likely that TSR permit extensions for some existing mobs of travelling stock will not be possible beyond early June,’’ he said.
Murray LLS will continue to monitor the TSR network and will reopen reserves to stock when feed and water supplies improve.
For further information, contact your local TSR permit officer at the Albury, Jerilderie, Deniliquin or Moulamein offices.