Move stock to higher ground

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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.

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