Move stock to higher ground
Murray Local Land Services is reminding landholders to move stock to higher ground as the region prepares for more heavy rain forecasts.
The rain has the potential to cause floodwaters to rise across the region.
The State Emergency Service is coordinating the flood response, with Local Land Services playing a supporting role in looking after animal welfare, in close cooperation with NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Farmers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299, or contact their nearest Local Land Services office to report agricultural losses including fencing, crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.
Murray LLS incident controller Mark Corrigan said high water levels are expected to remain for the next few weeks, potentially stranding stock for an extended period.
The agency has set up a local control centre in Albury.
Dr Corrigan said LLS staff would be onhand to help producers affected by flooding.
‘‘We need to assess the extent and nature of the damage to better direct resources and provide assistance to producers,’’ he said.
LLS will collate the information reported by farmers into an Agricultural Natural Disaster Report for the Department of Primary Industries.
It will assist in assessing the extent and nature of damage and also in the allocation of resources over the coming days and weeks.
Dr Corrigan said with the forecast rain, producers should prepare and plan now, particularly with regards to livestock safety. Actions to take include:
moving stock to higher ground away from known flood-prone areas;
ensuring, where possible, these areas won’t be cut off from access;
ensuring, if access is cut, that there is sufficient fodder available on-site to sustain stock for an extended period;
ensuring fodder supplies/storage are accessible.
Any immediate calls for assistance should be directed to the State Emergency Service on 132 500.