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Flood recovery

This page includes information for producers recovering from flood impacts. If you are currently affected by floods, below is a list of alert services, relevant contacts and support as well as resources for managing and recovering from flood.

If you are currently affected by floods, below is a list of alert services, relevant contacts and support as well as resources for managing and recovering from flood.

Alert services

Australian national warnings summary

See current weather warnings in each state.

Bureau of Meterology

Australian rainfall and river conditions

Regional rainfall and river level updates   

Bureau of Meterology

Emergency updates by location 

Search for digital and radio emergency updates based on your location.

ABC Emergency

Floods and storms: current situation
Information for producers

Current information on floods and storms in NSW, including current animal safe places.

NSW Department of Primary industries

Key Contacts

State Emergency Services (SES)

For emergency support during or after a flood or storm

P: 132 500

 

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association

For assistance with emergency livestock movements

P: (02) 6247 5434

Service NSW

Customer service and support for people and businesses (including primary producers) recovering from flood

P: 13 77 88

NSW Agricultural and Animal Services hotline

For emergency fodder, water and animal welfare assistance in NSW

P: 1800 814 647

Queensland community support services (by region)

For community support services for individuals and families experiencing hardship as a result of flood

 

Queensland vet hotline

For emergency animal welfare assistance in Queensland

P: 1800 621 918

Lifeline Australia

24-hour mental health support for people experiencing distress

P: 13 11 14

NFF Farm Hub

A hub of resources for farm business assistance

 

Victorian Emergency Hotline

For emergency animal welfare assistance in Victoria

P: 1800 226 226

Dealing with flood

The following resources provide guidance for managing the wellbeing, handling and movement of livestock.

Farm and livestock management resources

For producers and advisors dealing with flooding, the following resources provide guidance for managing the wellbeing, handling and movement of livestock.

Financial and other assistance

Disaster Assist shows the Local Government Areas across Australia that have been declared disasters and outlines any recovery payments that have been announced.

NSW support

QLD support

Farmers impacted by floods in Bundaberg, Goondiwindi, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and the Western Downs can access freight subsidies of up to $5,000, as well as concessional loans of up to $250,000 and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000. Details here.

National support

The Farm Household Allowance program provides assistance to farming families experiencing financial hardship, no matter the cause of that hardship. Eligible households can receive income support, allowances for essential services and financial advice.

ATO support

The ATO has special considerations and support in place for businesses affected by flooding. They can assist in a range of ways, including offering more time to lodge and pay, or reissuing tax documents or records. For more information, visit ato.gov.au/dealing with disasters or phone 1800 806 218.

Flood recovery

Careful management can help minimise the impacts on productivity when a flood event occurs. Knowing the signs of pasture damage, parasites and disease that occur during and after flood events can make recovery faster and more effective.

Animal health

After a flood, livestock can be particularly susceptible to certain types of parasites and diseases. Populations of biting or nuisance insects may also increase.

Parasites

  • Recent rain may cause an increase in flies. Flystrike, particularly body-strike, can be caused by wet wool and dermatitis and after a flood sheep should be monitored daily.
  • Cattle ticks thrive in warm and humid conditions, which can lead to tick fever after floods or major rain events in Northern Australia.
  • Floods provide ideal conditions for several species of gastrointestinal worms to flourish. Effective worm control is needed to reduce parasite burdens in both sheep and cattle. Use worm testing tools such as worm egg counts (WEC), larval cultures or the Haemonchus dipstick to develop targeted drenching and grazing programs.

Diseases

  • Clostridial diseases, such as blackleg and pulpy kidney can increase due to bacteria commonly found in contaminated water and soil. Ensure all livestock vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Investigate sheep lameness, as virulent footrot often occurs in wet and warm conditions.
  • Watch for symptoms of three day sickness and Akabane as populations of biting insects such as mosquitoes increases.

Additional considerations are outlined in this livestock diseases following floods factsheet (Qld Govt).

Post-flood actions

To ensure animal health and welfare after a flood:

  • Keep livestock away from areas that have been spoilt with floodwater from stockyards or other areas that had a high build-up of manure and urine.
  • Monitor lactating cows and ewes as environmental mastitis is caused by mud and bacteria.
  • Inspect hay and grain for water damage or toxic mould growth as pasteurellosis, salmonellosis and botulism are bacterial diseases caused by ingesting contaminated feed or water that may become more prevalent after a flood.
  • Implement a weed control program and restrict livestock from areas where toxic plants may be present.
  • If livestock show signs of ill-thrift or illness, seek immediate advice from veterinarians or DPI animal health officers.
  • Check fences and ensure they are stock-proof to enable biosecurity to be managed and protected.
Parasites
  • Recent rain may cause an increase in flies. Flystrike, particularly body-strike, can be caused by wet wool and dermatitis and after a flood sheep should be monitored daily.
  • Cattle ticks thrive in warm and humid conditions, which can lead to tick fever after floods or major rain events in Northern Australia.
  • Floods provide ideal conditions for several species of gastrointestinal worms to flourish. Effective worm control is needed to reduce parasite burdens in both sheep and cattle. Use worm testing tools such as worm egg counts (WEC), larval cultures or the Haemonchus dipstick to develop targeted drenching and grazing programs.
Diseases
  • Clostridial diseases, such as blackleg and pulpy kidney can increase due to bacteria commonly found in contaminated water and soil. Ensure all livestock vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Investigate sheep lameness, as virulent footrot often occurs in wet and warm conditions.
  • Watch for symptoms of three day sickness and Akabane as populations of biting insects such as mosquitoes increases.

Additional considerations are outlined in this livestock diseases following floods factsheet (Qld Govt).

Post-flood actions

To ensure animal health and welfare after a flood:

  • Keep livestock away from areas that have been spoilt with floodwater from stockyards or other areas that had a high build-up of manure and urine.
  • Monitor lactating cows and ewes as environmental mastitis is caused by mud and bacteria.
  • Inspect hay and grain for water damage or toxic mould growth as pasteurellosis, salmonellosis and botulism are bacterial diseases caused by ingesting contaminated feed or water that may become more prevalent after a flood.
  • Implement a weed control program and restrict livestock from areas where toxic plants may be present.
  • If livestock show signs of ill-thrift or illness, seek immediate advice from veterinarians or DPI animal health officers.
  • Check fences and ensure they are stock-proof to enable biosecurity to be managed and protected.

Pasture

The effect of flooding is dependent on the flow and temperature of water, soil type, depth and duration of flooding, the health and type of plant species and the amount of silt or debris deposited. These factors will determine if pastures successfully recover, or if pastures will need to be resown.

Pastures not tolerant to waterlogging:

  • lucerne
  • cocksfoot
  • veldt
  • Italian ryegrass
  • Medic.

Susceptible to water logging:

  • ryegrass and clover pastures.

Tolerant pastures: