Livestock safety during bushfires
Planning for bushfires is part of on-going property management. Always make sure people are safe before animals.
Download the information below in the Livestock safety during bushfires fact sheet ( or ).
At the start of bushfire season
- Plan where stock will be put in a bushfire.
- Prepare a ‘safe paddock’ close to the homestead or yards where stock can be kept during a bushfire. Make sure:
- grass is slashed
- water is available
- fencing is secure.
- Make sure all of your stock is clearly identified with ear tags in case they get loose.
- Have photographs of valuable stock.
- Make sure your insurance covers the value of your stock.
When a bushfire is approaching
- Move livestock into the safe paddock. Move them to an area where dry grass and timbre is minimal if you don’t have a safe paddock available.
- Move all livestock well before a bushfire is likely to move through your property.
After a bushfire
- Assess livestock for burns or injury.
- Separate burnt or injured animals for treatment.
- Seek veterinary advice for burnt or injured animals.
- Dispose of dead animals safely. Make sure there is no risk of disease.
- Repair fences.
- Give surviving livestock feed, water, and shade.
Keep pets indoors during a fire. Seek veterinary advice if any of them are injured.
Contact Biosecurity SA offices in these locations:
Clare – (08) 8842 6222
Glenside – (08) 8207 7900
Murray Bridge – (08) 8539 2112
Kingscote – (08) 8553 4949
Lenswood – (08) 8389 8800
Kadina – (08) 8821 1555
Mt Gambier – (08) 8735 1300
Nuriootpa – (08) 8568 6400
Port Augusta – (08) 8648 5160
Port Lincoln – (08) 8688 3400
Struan – (08) 8762 9100