South West Fires
The devastating fires that swept through South West Victoria on 17 and 18 March have caused substantial losses of stock and farming assets.
In total, Agriculture Victoria staff visited 290 properties, helping with damage and loss assessments, identifying urgent needs and connecting farmers with recovery programs.
Unfortunately, about 1000 cattle and 2000 sheep died as a result of these fires. There were also significant pasture and fodder losses.
For the latest information on any emergency in Victoria visit emergency.vic.gov.au, download the app or call 1800 226 226.
Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can call VicEmergency via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
Practical information for managing your farm after a fire
- Assessing cattle after a bushfire
- Assessing sheep after a bushfire
- Horses affected by bushfire
- Disposing of carcasses
- Stock containment areas
- Pasture recovery after fire
- Agisting livestock affected by a bushfire
- Water and pasture after bushfire
- Livestock after an emergency
- Building a sediment fence
- Weed invasion after emergencies
Links to local government recovery pages
- 14 July: ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ to provide long term fire recovery
- 29 May: Managing pastures after a tough start to the season
- 9 May: Emergency fodder scheme to close on May 15
- 30 April: Assessing feed budgeting and planning needs after the March fires
- 22 April: Recovery grants for fire affected primary producers
- 5 April: Advice to get fire-affected pastures back on track
- 25 March: Livestock tolerating peat fires conditions
- 21 March: Support for fire affected farmers in South-west Victoria
- 19 March: Bushfire disaster assistance for Victorian communities