Managing livestock after a bushfire can be challenging and stressful. Animals may be dead or injured, access to feed may be reduced, and fences and other infrastructure may be damaged.
To assist producers in meeting the requirements of Australia’s red meat integrity system in the event of a bushfire, Integrity Systems Company (ISC) provides the following guidelines:
Planning for adversity
As part of on-farm biosecurity plans, producers should ensure they have a disaster management plan in place. This may include:
- Evacuation plans for people and livestock – including locations of where stock can be moved to in the event of a fire
- Plans for the purchase and storage of emergency fodder
- Plans for the provision of water if infrastructure is destroyed by fire