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)
- The current trajectory for the cyclone has it crossing the NT coast between Borroloola and Groote Eylandt on Saturday afternoon Category 4 level and tracking inland towards the Barkly Tablelands.
- Evacuation of communities on the East Arnhem coastline and Groote Eylandt is commencing.
- This is a very large tropical system and could bring with it up to 100-200ml of rain per day and bring with it storm surges between 3-5 metres
- Now is the time to check flood maps and move stock out of the proposed flood path where possible and safe.
- If your property is in an area prone to flooding via a storm surge then where possible, move cattle to higher ground.
- Also consider leaving paddock gates open to allow stock escape routes if needed.
- If you have cattle currently yarded, please consider the risk of yards and holding paddocks becoming inundated and act appropriately before the weather system arrives.
- If you have cattle movements planned, there is a risk that roads may become impassable, stranding trucks at properties or on roads. Consider postponing planned cattle movements.
- Ensure horses or other stock kept near the home yard have an escape route. Avoid keeping them confined in yards or stables if there is a risk that these areas could become flooded.
- If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider your evacuation plans for you and your family.
- If you have to evacuate your home and cannot take your companion animals with you, leave them in the house with enough food and water for 5 days. Fill buckets of water and leave them around your house.
- For further information, please contact your local government livestock biosecurity or veterinary officer
- Darwin - 0427 00 3600, 0401 115 802
- Katherine - 0437 527 372, 0467 740 233
- Tennant Creek - 0401 113 445
- Alice Springs - 0401 118 181, 0401 118125