Emergency Fodder Available Now for Fire Affected Livestock

20th Nov 2019

EMERGENCY FODDER AVAILABLE NOW FOR FIRE AFFECTED LIVESTOCK

Emergency fodder for fire affected livestock is available at the Glen Innes Showground and Walcha Racecourse from 8am to 4.30pm daily.

Bush fire affected landholders requiring emergency fodder and water are required to register via the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.

Local Land Services and the Department of Primary Industries are working together to support landholders affected by the fires that have devastated our region.

“If you or someone you know has livestock that have been left without feed or water, please call the hotline now to register for support,” said Paul Hutchings, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services General Manager.

“Immediate assistance is available to help give landholders time to assess their situation and make plans for their stock.

“From calls received so far and the mapping we have of local properties, we know 378 landholders and their livestock have been affected across the Northern Tablelands region and there are more than 3000 affected landholders across the north of the state. We want them to know we are here to help.”

“These fires come on the back of the worst drought on record so we know our landholders are under huge strain.”

Where possible, our staff are now out in the field assessing injured animals and welfare issues.

“Please understand, access to some fire grounds remains unsafe in some areas, but our teams are working to assess the livestock losses and impacts on agricultural infrastructure wherever they can gain access.”

“This is why we are urging landholders to please register with the hotline so we know where you are and what help you need.”

Our teams can help with emergency fodder and stock water for immediate welfare situations, feeding and nutrition advice, as well as veterinary assistance and, where necessary, stock euthanasia and burial.

Due to the ongoing fire situation, some livestock remain in local evacuation centres, where our staff are also assisting owners.

Over the last week 60 animals including horses, dogs, cats, goats and chooks have sought refuge in local evacuation centres at Glen Innes and Guyra.

We are here to help for the duration of the emergency and will remain on hand for the recovery to help our communities and producers with the difficult times ahead.

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