After the Cyclone – lost or misplaced livestock
For those that have lost livestock, it is horrible to think the worst has happened to them and many would be still hoping to find them fit and well
on a neighboring property or somewhere down stream.
The departments you should be contacting immediately to notify of lost or found stock are as follows:
- The Mackay Regional Council;
- RSPCA on 1300 852 188 or 1300 ANIMAL (264 625), and
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23.
Under the Bio-Security Act that came into force on 1 July, 2016, it now requires owners of “designated animals” to be a Registered Biosecurity Entity
If you have not already registered and you keep any of the above specified animals, you should immediately register with Biosecurity Queensland.
Once registered, you will receive a property identification code (PIC) which attaches to the land where you keep your animal(s).
For those that already had a PIC before 1 July 2016, you will automatically be registered as an RBE.
Stray livestock can be identified by reference to brands, ear marks, and NLIS tags (if they are present).
While a brand is considered evidence of ownership, other evidence, such as sale documents and waybills, may be required to remove any doubt if animals
are no longer at their home properties.
If the last movement of the animal was not correctly recorded on the Department’s database, the listed owner may be incorrect. It is therefore essential
for stock owners to update the Department of any change of ownership promptly after a sale or purchase.
If you do attempt to restrain any wandering livestock, you must ensure this is done with care, as the livestock may become aggressive if spooked.
Before moving cattle from the property in which they are found, contact the local biosecurity inspector to check if there are any restrictions on the
movement of the cattle.
Contact your local veterinarian regarding sick or injured animals. Animals found in extreme distress should not be allowed to suffer. Contact your
local veterinarian for advice.