Animal health and welfare

Animal Health Officers are available to provide advice and support related to:

  • animal health and welfare concerns during dry conditions
  • livestock transport requirements
  • biosecurity requirements such as requesting commodity declarations when buying in feed sources.

Find your local Animal Health Officer or call the Drought Hotline on 1800 931 314.

Livestock feeding and nutrition during drought

Factsheets and resources on feeding options in dry conditions, feeding calculators, or alternative livestock feeds is available via the following fact sheets and resources.

A comprehensive feeding livestock website, from Victorian Government, with all the tools, resources and calculators you’ll need during drought and other times when pasture. Go to Feeding Livestock website.

For more information on feeding options in dry conditions or alternative livestock feeds, contact Rural Solutions SA Livestock consultant Tiffany Bennett via email at or phone 0488 524 609.

Land transport of livestock

Livestock owners, transporters and receivers must comply with the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012 which contain specific requirements about livestock transport.

The regulations specify requirements for:

  • fit-to-load
  • vehicles
  • facilities
  • time off water
  • journey time.


Additional fit for load/transportation information

Meat and Livestock Australia video – Fit to load guide

Page Last Reviewed: 10 Dec 2019
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