Heat stress warning

Beat the heat: Stock must have access to an adequate amount of good quality drinking water.
Beat the heat: Stock must have access to an adequate amount of good quality drinking water.

North West Local Land Services Animal Biosecurity staff are reminding landholders to be mindful of the impacts of hot weather on livestock with another week of high temperatures forecast.

It is advised not to handle stock in extremes of hot weather. If it is necessary, then stock should be handled in the coolest parts of the day such as early morning or in the evening.

Team leader animal biosecurity Bob McKinnon said stock must have access to an adequate amount of good quality drinking water.

“It’s important to plan ahead during hot weather, taking care of your stock, and your own health too,” he said.

“We’re here to support you in profitable and sustainable production and encourage landholders to stay in touch when conditions are tough.”

Dams should be checked for quality and quantity of water and the risk of stock bogging.

Trough systems should be regularly checked to ensure they are working, and cleaned to manage fouling of water by stock.

Landholders with any animal health questions should contact a North West Local Land Services District Veterinarian.

Visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au for further information on water requirements for sheep and cattle.