2,500 sheep lost in fires

While local farmers have not seen the stock losses where fires have struck at nearby Yass and Bookam, a number of farmers in the district are struggling with the aftermath of the Yarrabin fire.

Department of Primary Industries livestock officer Doug Alcock said at the moment the worst case scenario, around 2,500 sheep and lambs, and one calf have been lost in the blaze, which began on Sunday January 6.

"The numbers of animals that survived on fire affected properties are about 3,500 sheep and about 2,250 total head of cattle," Mr Alcock said.

"Rangers [Livestock Health and Pest Authority] and the district vet have been going out to properties where the fire went through, assessing livestock and destroying animals that have been burnt or injured.

"Fencing estimates are scratchy but on properties with livestock affected there is probably more than 200km of fencing lost.

"There will be lots of fences lost on the small holdings as well."

Mr Alcock and volunteers have been organising fodder and adjustment for farmers who have been burnt out.

To find out what help is available, including government subsidies, farmers and property owners can contact Doug Alcock on 0411 139 594 or email him on douglas.alcock@dpi.nsw.gov.au .

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