The ongoing assessment on the impact of agricultural losses as a result of the devastating bushfires across South Australia continues.
State Controller for Agricultural and Animal Services, Mehdi Doroudi said as of this afternoon all of the 537 properties affected by the Cudlee Creek fire who have stock registered with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) have received initial contact by the agency.
"However there is some follow up work required from our officers and we are still verifying reports of livestock, horticulture, viticulture and other relevant agricultural losses. We can now confirm that over 2,700 stock has been lost as of today (Tuesday, 24 December) but as we finalise our assessments it is possible that this figure may change.
"PIRSA officers, along with those from our participating agencies can now continue to provide the relevant and urgent assistance landholders are seeking in recovering from the fire as quickly as possible.
"This includes immediate advice to livestock producers and animal owners on such issues such as the welfare and burn assessment of injured animals, disposal options and assisting with other services such as water contractors, access to local veterinary services if required or to Livestock SA if needing agistment or fodder supplies.
"PIRSA officers are also working with teams from both RSPCA and SAVEM as part of the livestock assessment operations and we are also liaising with the horticulture and viticulture industries on ways we can assist them.
"We are also in the process of facilitating a technical support network for viticulture and horticulture.
"While information is still coming in from affected vineyards, we are aware that 30% of Adelaide Hills growers are located within the Cudlee Creek fireground with varying degrees of damage.
"Initial assessments are still underway on Kangaroo Island and but so far we are aware that 21 registered PICs have been affected. We believe that figure may change as our officers gain access to the areas affected by the Duncan and Menzies fires.
"We remind livestock owners if they require urgent assessment of burnt livestock to contact our hotline – 1800 255 556. Bushfire-related advice on caring for stock is also available at PIRSA's website www.pir.sa.gov.au."
Current confirmed livestock losses from the Cudlee Creek fire are:
- Alpacas - 2
- Cattle - 139
- Horses - 1
- Pigs - 0
- Poultry - 15
- Sheep – 2,635
Bushfire-related information for primary producers and animal owners is also available on PIRSA's website at www.pir.sa.gov.au
Livestock producers and owners requiring assistance with agistment and fodder supply, and landowners wishing to donate emergency fodder, are advised to contact Livestock SA on 82972299
For assistance with injured and stray wildlife and companion animals please call SAVEM (South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management) – 0477 055 233.