Drought hotline and animal welfare

Anyone who is affected by current dry conditions and has questions about their individual circumstances or concerns relating to animal health or welfare can contact PIRSA on a dedicated 24-hour Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare Hotline - 1800 255 556.

If you require financial assistance, in relation to drought, go to our Financial Assistance page, which has contacts for a range of supports and financial aids or download the South Australian Guide for Drought Assistance (PDF 1.7 MB).

Animal Health Officers are available to provide advice and support related to animal health and welfare concerns during dry conditions, as well as livestock transport requirements and biosecurity requirements such as requesting commodity declarations when buying in feed sources.

Information about other support services is also available by calling the hotline. You can also contact your local Animal Health Officer in your region.

Information on feeding options in dry conditions or alternative livestock feeds is available by contacting Rural Solutions SA Livestock consultant Tiffany Bennett on email: tiffany.bennett@sa.gov.au or calling 0488 524 609.

Fodder register

Livestock SA is maintaining a fodder register to help connect farmers to fodder donations. Further information about the register is available by calling John Sharp on 8297 2299 or email: admin@livestocksa.org.au

Importing hay and feed

It’s important producers are aware that while there are no established cereal grain pests regulated for interstate transport into South Australia, there are several which could act as hitch-hikers particularly on other fodder types (e.g. hay). Weed seeds are also potential contaminants of grain and hay, and many of these are prohibited from entry into South Australia.  

It’s recommended that producers who are importing or receiving imported hay or grain:

  • Check with Biosecurity SA prior to importing material to ensure that they aren’t likely to be affected by pests
  • Purchasers of interstate grain should also seek assurance that it meets the industry’s Grain Trade Australia standards, which covers acceptable level of weed and pathogen burden.
  • Establish an on-farm strategy for reducing risk.  This should include isolating the areas in which feed is stored / put out for livestock and monitor these for the occurrence of pests and weeds

Rural Solutions SA can also provide advice on livestock feed and nutrition options, with contacts and additional resources below.

Land transport of livestock


  • owners
  • transporters
  • receivers

must comply with the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012 which contain specific requirements about livestock transport.

The regulations specify requirements for:

  • fit-to-load
  • vehicles
  • facilities
  • time off water
  • journey time.


More information

There are a number of services and avenues for assistance designed to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought.

For a list of contacts and available services download the Drought Support Fact Sheet (PDF 286.9 KB).

For more information on the recent Federal Government drought assistance, download the Supporting Farmers and Rural Communities Fact Sheet.

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