Emergency fodder distribution hub relocated to Tabulam

Guy Walker from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services helps load fodder for bushfire affected landholders.
Guy Walker from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services helps load fodder for bushfire affected landholders.

The emergency fodder supplies that were available from the Tenterfield Showground will be relocated to Tabulam.

The fodder collection point at the Tenterfield Showground will be closed from Friday afternoon (September 20) at 4pm.

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services General Manager, Paul Hutchings said landholders affected by the Mt Mackenzie Road bushfire at Tenterfield and Flagstone Rd at Legume have accessed emergency fodder in the last couple of weeks and should have now made alternative arrangements for feeding their livestock.

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"We were in severe drought before the bushfires and unfortunately the drought continues.

"The emergency fodder is a finite resource and was available to provide some breathing space for bushfire affected farmers to source their own feed for their livestock."

If you still need emergency fodder or water call the Ag and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

"There are almost 600 landholders affected by the northern NSW bushfires so far," Paul said.

"We have distributed 1480 bales of hay from the Tenterfield and Ebor emergency fodder collection points and have arranged emergency water for landholders where their livestock water supply has been emptied or contaminated due to firefighting.

"The Local Land Services team has contacted every farmer whose property was burnt out in the Mt Mackenzie Rd bushfire at Tenterfield and the Flagstone Rd fire at Legume to offer assistance, and they are genuinely appreciative of the support.

"We are currently getting in touch with all landholders affected by the Drake, Ebor, Red Range and Yamba fires."

Landholders affected by the Long Gully Rd bushfire at Drake will be able to access emergency fodder from the Tabulam Rural Store from Friday, September 20 depending on road access. The Tabulam Rural Store is also open from 10am to 1pm on Saturday morning. It is important to register your request for emergency fodder via the Ag and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.

The Ebor emergency fodder collection point remains open at this stage as access to the Bees Nest fire ground is still limited. The requirement for emergency fodder will continue to be assessed for the Bees Nest fire at Ebor and Kingsgate fire at Red Range as requests for assistance are registered via the Ag & Animal Services Hotline.

LLS teams continue to visit properties in the fire zones as access becomes possible.

The bushfires have fast-tracked the need for farmers to make tough decisions. If you need advice to help you make decisions about whether to feed or sell your livestock contact an LLS Livestock Officer at any of the Northern Tablelands offices: Inverell on 02 6720 8300, Glen Innes on 02 6732 8800, Armidale on 02 6770 2000 and Tenterfield on 02 6739 1400.

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