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Farmers urged to move stock and report flood damage

Farmers should continue to move stock to higher ground as the flooding situation continues in the Murray region, according to Murray Local Land Services.

Areas of current flooding concern continue to be the Tuppal and Bullatale Creeks between Tocumwal and Deniliquin where extensive flooding is occurring.

The area of major concern is the Edward and Wakool River systems west of Deniliquin and Billabong and Yanco Creek systems north of Deniliquin.

The State Emergency Service is coordinating the flood response, with Local Land Services playing a supporting role in looking after animal welfare, in close cooperation with NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Murray Local Land Services has established a local control centre in Deniliquin. The local control centre will continue to support the farming community through the joint Local Land Services and NSW DPI response.

Incident controller, Geoff Corboy, said it was important for farmers to move stock to higher ground and report flood damage to Local Land Services as it happens.

“Because of an already saturated catchment, this flooding event is expected to continue for the next month in the Deniliquin-Wakool-Moulamein area of southern NSW,” he said.

“Stock owners in this area are urged to move stock to higher ground or an alternative property, if available.”

Mr Corboy warned that graziers may face also animal health issues following the flooding.

“There are a number of animal health issues that comes with floods and inundation, including damage to feet and skin caused by inundation and pasture quality,” he said.

“We understand that many landholders may not have the options available to relocate stock. There is a high likelihood that stock will be standing in water for extended periods,” he said.

“Animals standing in water have an increased risk of health issues and even death.  Landholders need to be particularly vigilant about stock standing in water for extended periods.”

“Because of the nature of much of the floodplain to the west of Deniliquin, provision of fodder, assistance with stock movement and help with euthanising stock will be difficult.”

Farmers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299, or contact their nearest Local Land Services office, to report agricultural losses, including fencing, crops, erosion and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.

Flood damage reports are an essential part of understanding the full impact of the floods on the primary industries sector and provide support where needed.

For further information on flood-related animal health issues, contact your local district veterinarian.

For emergency help in floods please contact SES on 132 500.

Media contact: Matt O’Connell 02 6051 2244, mob 0427 220 506, matt.oconnell@lls.nsw.gov.au