Farm Guide VIC : 2010 - 2011
60 Farm Safety Having to contain panicked animals in the middle of a bushfire is to be avoided, and you need to incorporate livestock management into your bushfire survival plan. There are many things you can do around your property to prepare your livestock for the bushfire season ahead: • Move livestock to well grazed paddocks with adequate water on days of higher Fire Danger Ratings, or earlier. • Create bare earth firebreaks, slash or spray around buildings and boundaries, crops and fences. This will reduce the risk of them burning and ensure they continue to contain your animals. • Remove halters or summer rugs off horses, and; • Make sure everyone on your property is well-aware of your stock management plans. Your daily routine during su mmer should include: • Monitoring the weather forecasts and Fire Danger Ratings. • Regularly monitor conditions in your area, keeping an eye out for smoke and wind change. • Monitoring the CFA website or listen to ABC Local Radio for warnings a nd alert messages that may be relevant to your area. Sur vival is paramount. It is always safer to leave early, well before bushfire threatens. Ensure you leave ea rly on days of higher fire risk before fire threatens. It's a good idea to also make plans for after a fire occ urs, and incorporate recovery into your bushfire sur vival plan. Should bushfire impact your property, the time after ward may be difficult and there are issues that need to be considered, such as: • The welfare of you r family, contractors or staff. • Pasture regeneration, weed management and erosion control. • Stock management – feed and containment. • After the fire, there may be opportunities to make some changes on the farm, like fencing and relocating sheds. You can find further information on preparing your farm for bushfires in our free publication On the Land. Download a copy from the CFA website: www.cfa.vic.gov.au or phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 for a hard copy.
2009 - 2010