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The South Australian Government is committed to reducing the risk of bushfires to primary producers, the community and the environment. The Farming Guidelines for the Reduction of Bushfire Risk, (‘the Guidelines’) has been developed to provide farmers with a clear and consistent approach to the management of farms to reduce the risk of bushfire.
Livestock owners are reminded of measures to take in case of the threat of bushfire on their property. Planning should start well before the bushfire season and be part of ongoing property management.
While caring for livestock and other animals before and after a bushfire is essential, personal safety should be considered as a first priority on all occasions.
These are measures livestock owners can take in case of the threat of fire on their property. Planning however should start well before the bushfire season and be part of ongoing property management.
Personal safety should be considered as a first priority on all occasions.
A plan should be prepared detailing where to put stock in the event of a fire:
Listen to the ABC local radio for regular updates and bushfire bulletins.
Contact your local Biosecurity SA – Animal Health Adviser or Field Vet or visit the Country Fire Service website
PIRSA may provide assistance to farmers and producers affected by bushfires, usually where there are significant numbers of animals needing assessment.
This includes assistance to locate, inspect and assess burnt livestock and provide advice on how to access veterinary services for animals requiring on-going treatment. PIRSA may also assist with euthanasia of severely burnt livestock if urgently required on welfare grounds.
PIRSA staff may also be involved with estimating rural property losses and damage, coordinating the supply and distribution of emergency fodder, water, fencing and other materials, and implementing recovery measures, including advice on any financial relief that may be available, livestock management and reestablishment of farming businesses.
Farmers needing assistance in the event of a bushfire should call their local Biosecurity SA Animal Health Officer or Biosecurity SA Glenside on 08 8207 7900.