The NSW Government is ramping up its support for bushfire affected farmers in Southern NSW as the number of livestock confirmed to have perished across the State exceeds 13,000.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said losses continued to grow and that Southern NSW had borne the brunt, with more than 12,000 head of livestock having died since Christmas.
“The toll is expected to continue to climb in coming days – it’s absolutely devastating for producers and our State’s agricultural sector,” Mr Marshall said.
“But, no matter how bad the damage is, we are doing everything we can to make sure primary producers affected by these fires bounce back as soon as possible.”
NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services staff are on the ground assisting fire-impacted landholders with livestock assessment and burial of dead animals.
Mr Marshall said it was just one of the services being offered to help ensure animal welfare during the bushfire emergency.
“Livestock assessment and burial is a grim task but it is one way we can support our landholders during the emergency,” Mr Marshall said.
“Yesterday we had 15 field crews conducting stock assessment in Moruya, Nowra Hill, Cobargo, Meryla, as well as Dunns Road and Green Valley Talmalmo fires.
“We’re also providing fodder to get landholders through the critical first few days of an emergency and now have fodder distribution points operating in Moruya, Cooma, Holbrook, Adelong, Tumut and Tumbarumba.”
Over 16,000 landholders are estimated to have been impacted since the bushfire emergency began and the NSW Government has distributed more than 10,500 tonnes of fodder.
Producers can report stock losses and infrastructure damage, or request animal assessment, or emergency fodder or water for stock by calling the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.