If you have not yet done so, you need to put plans in place for livestock and animals that may be impacted by extreme heat. Record temperatures have been recorded during January making it the hottest month on record. The forecast is for temperatures to continue over 40 degrees Celsius for the next week. According to Local Land Services Central West, heatwaves can be fatal for livestock, particularly for at-risk animals such as lambs and calves, older animals or animals in poor condition.
In preparing for extreme heat conditions, Local Land Services Vets offer some common sense advice for farmers and producers:
Make sure shade is available to protect animals from sun and wind. Check that stock have easy access to cool, clean
water, preferably close to shaded areas – animals can drink up to double the amount of water in hot weather. Minimise stock movements and only move animals in the cooler part of the day. Monitor livestock regularly and check for any signs of heat exposure, including sweating, excessive panting and drooling.
If you would like any further information in relation to livestock health, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299. And remember – stay cool!