Flood response, a reminder to stay vigilant about bushfire threats
Driving across the state this past month to meet with Livestock SA members has provided a compelling perspective of the contrast between the extended wet weather last year; from the broken banks of the swollen River Murray to the dense stubble crops, and harvesters running late into January, it’s also an apt reminder about the importance of having an emergency disaster plan.
While these wet conditions have been devastating for those on the river, it has also been a welcomed relief for grain growers with bumper crops from years of drought, as well as livestock producers who for many haven’t had to supplementary feed sheep and cattle.
Livestock SA plays a critical role in disaster relief coordinating donations for livestock producers who are facing hardship due to emergency disasters.
This year, unlike the previous three years, “activation” by PIRSA for flooded livestock and dairy producers on the banks and flats of the River Murray has meant Livestock SA has been able to use resources to organise much needed fodder for producers on the River Murray.
While many procedures now work on recovery, all producers across the state need to remain vigilant as we navigate the bushfire season and continue to tweak plans hoping that it doesn’t spark on the dense fuel load we see across the state.
Livestock SA will be ready to coordinate any required relief, and we encourage all producers to be similarly prepared.
There are great resources available on the CFS website to help you create your own bushfire plan including thinking about who and what you plan to protect, considering some of the potential scenarios, and discussing the key decision points for your business.
To help producers to plan, Livestock SA delivers the Agri-Silience program throughout the state whereby South Australian livestock and broadacre producers can learn how to improve their business’s economic, environmental and social resilience and adapt to adverse events.
By Pene Keynes