THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is encouraging farmers in Victoria’s flood affected areas who need assistance to contact DPI on 136 186.
DPI Tatura Flood Response Centre Manager, Chris Sounness said it is vital for rural landholders to understand that support and advice was just a phone call away.
“DPI officers will be making contact via phone which allows a quick response to issues common to a wide range of landholders such as animal welfare, pasture renovation, stock water quality and erosion control.
“DPI is able to assist producers to locate the owners of stray stock, if a producer finds stray stock and is able to read the number on the NLIS (Cattle) or NLIS (Sheep and Goats) tags that they carry, they should ring 136 186.
“With cattle, the visually readable 16 character number printed on each NLIS (Cattle) tag, or alternatively the scanned electronic number, uniquely identified each animal.
“By using the NLIS database, it is typically a straightforward process to establish the property from which the cattle have strayed.
“Sheep and goats are typically identified with a visually readable NLIS (Sheep) tag on which is printed the Property Identification Code (PIC) of the property of birth.
“If sheep or goats were still on the properties on which they were born when they strayed, the PIC on the tag can be used to identify the owner.
“Boundary fencing may have been damaged by the floods so producers should check for damage and take steps to prevent their livestock from straying.
“It is also important that producers monitor their livestock and act promptly to protect their health and welfare following the flood.”
For urgent assistance with animal welfare, technical advice on recovery or other information call DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or go to www.dpi.vic.gov.au.