Landholders in the Riverina Local Land Services region can access Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) for a period of seven days at no cost as a temporary relief measure for cattle affected by bushfires.
Landholders who have had property burnt or who may have to be evacuated are eligible. At this stage this measure is for cattle only.
Due to the conditions on the eastern side of the Riverina Local Land Services region one drop off point has been allocated to ensure the safety of livestock is paramount.
Cattle should be delivered to the Bomen Reserve next to the Wagga Wagga saleyards – all stock will then be drafted and distributed to reserves that are well clear from the fire zone and have adequate feed and water.
“This is a temporary measure but with many of the TSRs either impacted by the bushfires already or within the danger zone we need to ensure they are logistically on a safe reserve,” said Riverina Local Land Services Acting General Manager Ray Willis.
“Landholders should be aware cattle may need to be boxed particularly if they are bringing in smaller lots. They can rest assured though that they will be fed and watered, and hopefully this will give them some breathing space to consider when they can return home or arrange fodder. We will work closely with landholders to assist them in making these decisions.”
Mr Willis said normal conditions of TSR use would apply including the need for an Animal Health Statement.
“We will do everything we can to streamline the paperwork process to ensure landholders can access this as quickly as possible.”
“For those not familiar with the use of TSRs, this can be discussed with you one on one when you make contact so please contact us to discuss your situation.”
Bushfire affected landholders who are interested must contact TSR Ranger Mitch Eastlake on 0427 201 175 before delivering stock. Contact prior is essential.
Neighbouring Local Land Services regions are currently working on TSR availability which will vary from region to region and this will be communicated when finalised.