If you have livestock, it pays to be prepared early in case of emergencies.

Develop an emergency plan which includes your livestock and consider the following:

  • check whether local arrangements cater for relocation of livestock
  • coordinate relocation of domestic animals and livestock with neighbours, friends or livestock associations as early as possible
  • if relocating, ensure you complete all National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) requirements – please see the NLIS website for more information
  • fit gates on internal fences to avoid moving stock along public roads
  • mark gates and water locations on a map of your property in case someone has to move the stock for you
  • if an emergency warning is current, or on days of high risk, consider moving stock into a safe area before leaving your property for any length of time.

Livestock in emergencies

The best preparation for livestock is to relocate them to a safe location as early as possible. If this is not possible, follow these precautions:

  • in a flood, move animals to high ground with adequate natural feed.  Additional feed may be required for stock stranded for extended periods
  • in a severe storm or a cyclone, place animals under solid cover if possible (e.g sturdy stable, shed or covered pen)
  • in extreme circumstances, the best option may be to cut fences so that stock can escape danger.

Read more in the guide to keeping your pets safe during the cyclone season (1.4 mb) (1.4 mb)