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The NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are encouraging landholders and community members to report any deceased livestock left by the recent floods so they can be removed and disposed of.

North Coast Incident Controller, Piers Harper said the Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services were working with animal owners in affected areas to manage impacts on stock and companion animals, and to ensure deceased livestock are disposed of quickly and safely.

‘We understand the discovery of deceased livestock and pets is very distressing, especially for their owners. This flooding disaster has sadly seen stock losses across large areas of the North Coast, where floodwaters impacted farmland.

As floodwaters recede

‘As floodwaters begin to recede the access to these areas is improving and landholders and other community members may begin to encounter deceased stock and other animals.

‘We are working to locate and safely remove any carcasses as quickly as possible to help producers deal with the immediate impact and to reduce the risk of disease and contamination.’

NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services respond to natural disasters together as the Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA).

‘AASFA is working closely with landholders, local councils, contractors and other agencies to remove deceased livestock from public and private land,’ said Mr Harper.

Too early for a full understanding of stock loss

‘It is too early at this stage to have a full understanding of stock losses, but AASFA will have a better understanding as waters recede and access to flooded areas improve.

‘Flooded areas are often unsuitable for onsite burial, so where possible transport and burial of carcasses are being arranged through appropriate local sites.

‘We will have dedicated and highly skilled crews working across the impacted areas supporting and assisting landholders with this difficult task, which we understand is also taking a huge emotional toll on many producers.

‘We also understand it can be a shock for community members to encounter deceased stock so we appreciate the effort that goes into reporting these incidents. If people are able to take a note or photo of any tags, brands or ear markings on the stock when reporting them, that will help us support the stock owners through this process.’

Members of the public who encounter a deceased animal can report it to the Agriculture and Animal Services hotline on 1800 814 647.

Landholders can register with the Agriculture and Animal Services hotline on 1800 814 647 if they need assistance with animal assessment and disposal.

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  1. We gave a pelican a dignified burial after we found it deceased in our paddock. By 7am next day it had been dug up and devoured by wild dogs and dingoes.
    Back in 2011 floods in Lockyer Valley, Grantham etc searching for flood victims is not usually drawn out, I assume for reasons stated herein. To pay for a backhoe to dig a suitable gravesite for a horse could be a fruitless task. We will cremate our horses first. Good health & enjoy your day.


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