The Victorian Farmers Federation is calling for fodder donations to feed fire-ravaged livestock.
More than 10,000 sheep and 1000 cattle have reportedly perished in numerous grassfires which have been burning north of Melbourne, near Shepparton and in parts of Gippsland since Sunday, which have also destroyed more than 50 homes.
The VFF and the Victorian State Government are working together to deliver an emergency fodder drive for fire affected livestock owners.
Victorian minister for agriculture and food security Peter Walsh said the Victorian Coalition Government will provide funding and the VFF will co-ordinate the effort which will help stock owners in areas where fire had destroyed pastures and other feed supplies.
“The total loss and damage caused by the fires is not yet clear but we do know that a number of landholders have lost a large amount of pasture and it is essential they receive emergency supplies,” Mr Walsh said.
The areas most affected are Mickelham, Kilmore, Lancefield, Gisborne, Romsey, Wunghnu, Bunbartha north of Shepparton, Yarram, Buchan, Orbost, Bonang, Lindenow, Gifford and Morwell.
“Our priority is getting local donations of fodder on the ground as quickly as possible,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said.
“We’re also seeking agistment and will be establishing a register on the VFF website identifying who, where and what is available.
“I’d ask that people be patient at this time. We’ll be publishing details on where and how people can obtain fodder ASAP.
“In the meantime anyone with spare fodder in or around fire-affected regions should contact the VFF.”
Anyone with fodder that they are willing to donate should contact the VFF on 1300 882 833.
Landholders with urgent animal welfare needs should contact the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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