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Authorities assess stock losses

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA) have started the grim task of assessing bushfire stock losses. DPI emergency controller, Kevin Cooper, said DPI and LHPA staff are working with the Rural Fire Service to assist affected primary producers and regional communities. “Stock assessments are continuing and the toll is becoming clearer in a number of areas,” Mr Cooper. “At this point, we are expecting losses of around 10,000 head, which is mainly sheep and lambs. “One property devastated by fire has confirmed 1,500 head lost. “With many fires still burning, we don’t yet have a handle on the full extent of the damage to fences, pastures, stock and farm infrastructure. “Work is continuing and staff are assisting with the relocation of stock, assessing the welfare of animals and the destruction of injured animals where necessary. “About 1,000 sheep were lost between the Mates Gully Rd fire, Tarcutta and the Wokolena grass fires near Wagga Wagga. “Areas of major concern currently include Cooma-Monaro, Harden, Shoalhaven and far western NSW.” With conditions deteriorating again this weekend, authorities are urging landholders to activate their bushfire management plan and protect livestock. “Landholders need to take extra precautions over the next few days and avoid using machinery especially harvesters, angle grinders and welders,” Mr Cooper said. “Farmers should check water supplies, ensure water troughs, pumps and other watering equipment are working and that animals have access to shade.”

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