Blue Mountains News

How Fireproof is Your Animal Emergency Plan?

By Local Land Services
Posted: 13 Jan 2021
Local Land Services (LLS) is reminding livestock owners to still be prepared for the threat of bushfires this summer.

Following high rainfall across the state, vegetation has grown quickly, bringing with it the risk of grass fires.

LLS Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Business Partner Scott Ison said there are a range of measures landholders can undertake to make sure they minimise the threats and impacts of fire on their properties and on their animals.

"It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bushfires, so it's important for landholders to ask how fireproof their animal emergency plans are," Mr Ison said.

"We recommend preparing adequate low-risk areas where stock can access water and where the potential bushfire fuel is minimal.

"These paddocks should be large enough to allow stock to move away from the fire and ideally be protected by a road or a 3-6 metre ploughed fire break.

"The last thing we want to see is landholders lose stock, especially after they've invested so much in keeping them going through the drought."

To prepare for the threat of bushfires, LLS also recommends livestock owners:

  • Create or review your Animal Emergency Plan and Farm Fire Plans. These can be downloaded from the SES and RFS websites, respectively.
  • Ensure all your animals are identified, ideally with National Livestock Identification System ear tags, and that all horses, cats and dogs are microchipped.
  • Consider keeping hay stored at multiple locations to minimise risk of loss. Ensure sheds are protected with a fire break or that fuel levels around them are minimised.

In a bushfire emergency, LLS works with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to coordinate rescue, evacuation and emergency care for animals.

During last summer's devastating bushfires, LLS and DPI distributed more than 13,600 tonnes of fodder, 433 tonnes of sugar and 14 megalitres of water to keep livestock and bees alive.

For further information and advice on how livestock owners can prepare for bushfires, contact your LLS district veterinarian.

 
Activity Tours Australia Activity Tours Australia Activity Tours Australia Great Value Blue Mountains Day Tours!

Recent News

Dinosaur Valley Extended for Four Weeks due to Popular Demand
Dinosaur Valley Extended for Four Weeks due to Popular Demand
Dinosaur Valley has been extended until February 28 due to popular demand,...
Greens Ward One Candidate Pushes for Greening of Lurline Street
Greens Ward One Candidate Pushes for Greening of Lurline Street
Greens Ward One candidate Sarah Redshaw has prioritised the push to transform...
Temporary Closure - Fairfax Track, Blackheath - Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 January 2021
Temporary Closure - Fairfax Track, Blackheath - Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 January 2021
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Blue Mountains National Park –...
Thanking Our Community this Australia Day
Thanking Our Community this Australia Day
The seven Blue Mountains Rotary Clubs, supported by Blue Mountains Cit...
Win, Win for Council's Carbon Reduction Projects
Win, Win for Council's Carbon Reduction Projects
Reducing Council's carbon emissions to zero by 2025 makes great environmental...

What's New

5 Caves Open with Small Tour Groups
5 Caves Open with Small Tour Groups
Jenolan Caves Booking Essential. Bring a facemask and enjoy exclusive small tour groups.
All occasion Beauty at your door
All occasion Beauty at your door
Glamour & Elegance Mobile Beauty Pamper Events-Hens/bridal-Corporate-Kids Parties-Couples-Weddings-Ladies Pamper-Mothers Groups-Vouchers-
1929 Cadillac LaSalle Experience
1929 Cadillac LaSalle Experience
Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs Blue Mountains Luxury Tours - Stretch Limousine, Caprice, 1929 Cadillac LaSalle
School Holidays Are Here!
School Holidays Are Here!
Federation Gardens and Possums Hideaway Family friendly, fully self contained cottages on offer
Enjoy a cottage in the Blue Mountains
Enjoy a cottage in the Blue Mountains
Matildas Of Leura Enjoy a comfortable stay in this delightful self-contained 3 bed cottage only minutes from Leura Mall
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Anime mini film fest for kids!Explore the world of anime films these holidays! 20-22 January. Details and tickets at bluemountainstheatre.com.auView The Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub »