Livestock safety during bushfires

Planning for bushfires is part of on-going property management. Always make sure people are safe before animals.

Download the information below in the Livestock safety during bushfires fact sheet (PDF 89.9 KB or DOCX 70.5 KB).

At the start of bushfire season

  • Plan where stock will be put in a bushfire.
  • Prepare a ‘safe paddock’ close to the homestead or yards where stock can be kept during a bushfire. Make sure:
    • grass is slashed
    • water is available
    • fencing is secure.
  • Make sure all of your stock is clearly identified with ear tags in case they get loose.
  • Have photographs of valuable stock.
  • Make sure your insurance covers the value of your stock.

When a bushfire is approaching

  • Move livestock into the safe paddock. Move them to an area where dry grass and timbre is minimal if you don’t have a safe paddock available.
  • Move all livestock well before a bushfire is likely to move through your property.

After a bushfire

  • Assess livestock for burns or injury.
  • Separate burnt or injured animals for treatment.
  • Seek veterinary advice for burnt or injured animals.
  • Dispose of dead animals safely. Make sure there is no risk of disease.
  • Repair fences.
  • Give surviving livestock feed, water, and shade.


Keep pets indoors during a fire. Seek veterinary advice if any of them are injured.

More information

Contact Biosecurity SA offices in these locations:

Clare – (08) 8842 6222
Glenside – (08) 8207 7900
Murray Bridge – (08) 8539 2112
Kingscote – (08) 8553 4949
Lenswood – (08) 8389 8800
Kadina – (08) 8821 1555
Mt Gambier – (08) 8735 1300
Nuriootpa – (08) 8568 6400
Port Augusta – (08) 8648 5160
Port Lincoln – (08) 8688 3400
Struan – (08) 8762 9100

Country Fire Service

Country Fire Service (CFS) website

Care of Pets and Livestock, Horses and Bushfires; and Protection of Fodder Reserves

Page Last Reviewed: 30 Oct 2014
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