To assist producers affected by the Sherwood fire in the Upper South East, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) has established a 24 hour hotline – 1800 255 556.
The hotline will enable affected producers to request assistance in assessing burnt or injured livestock, locating missing stock or for reporting crop loss and infrastructure damage from the fire.
PIRSA recovery teams have also commenced operations in the area, meeting with producers to assess damage and to provide advice on dealing with injured stock.
State Controller for Agricultural and Animal Services, Will Zacharin said a full understanding of agricultural losses from the fire should be available by mid-week once all affected property owners have been contacted.
“We are also encouraging affected producers to contact us and discuss what damage has been caused to their farm businesses,” he said. “This can be done either through the hotline or when liaising directly with our assessment teams.”
PIRSA is also reminding livestock managers, particularly those properties on the outside but in close proximity to the main fireground area, to check the quality of their pasture, fodder and water sources in the wake of the fire.
“Ash falling on pasture and fodder near the bushfire may affect its quality and palatability,” Mr Zacharin said.
“If livestock owners have any doubt about the quality of their pasture, fodder or water in the wake of the bushfire, they should seek their veterinarian’s advice.”
More bushfire-related information for primary producers is available on PIRSA’s website at www.pir.sa.gov.au