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Assistance rolls out to farmers in south-east NSW

Published: 8 January 2020
More than 880 tonnes of fodder has been distributed to bushfire affected farmers in south-east NSW, as the number of livestock killed or euthanised increases.
A young girl helping a farmer feed cows fodder

The number of livestock killed or euthanised due to the south-east NSW bush fires has risen to almost 5200. This will bring the statewide total to nearly 6300.

Crews are currently working with contractors to help farmers assess and manage their remaining stock and bury stock where required. The livestock killed in the fire and filmed recently along Batlow Road have been buried.

More than 2350 animals are in care at animal safe places across south-east of NSW.

Fodder distribution points have been established at Moruya, Bega and Cooma to allow farmers to pick up emergency supplies. Direct fodder deliveries have also been made under escort from the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the fires have taken a huge toll on livestock, on farms and farm infrastructure.

“Farmers really care for their animals and in many cases they have managed them through months of crippling drought, so to see them affected like this is heartbreaking for the people involved,” Mr Marshall said.

“We know there is very high demand for emergency fodder in these areas and we are working to make that available for people as soon as it is safe for both staff and for the people travelling to pick it up.”

Farmers 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.

For assistance regarding the transport of donated fodder contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.

Find out about the support available for bushfire affected communities

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