Emergency fodder available at Wingham Showground

The depot has been established at Wingham Showground. Photo: Scott Calvin.
The depot has been established at Wingham Showground. Photo: Scott Calvin.

An emergency fodder depot for fire affected livestock has been established at Wingham Showground.

Landholders who need emergency fodder are required to register via the agriculture and animal services hotline on 1800814647.

Hunter Local Land Services and the Department of Primary Industries are working together to support landholders affected by the bushfires that continue to devastate the region.

"If you or someone you know has livestock that have been left without feed or water, please call the hotline now to register for support," Hunter Local Land Services general manager Brett Miners said.

"Immediate assistance is available, to help give landholders time to assess their situation and make plans for their stock.

"From calls received so far and the mapping we have done of the fire ground, we know more than 1,000 local properties covering nearly 130,000 hectares of land has been affected across our region and we want landholders to know we are here to help."

Where possible, staff are now out in the field assessing injured animals and welfare issues.

"Please understand, access to some fire grounds remains unsafe in some areas, but our teams are working to assess the full extent of livestock losses and impacts on agricultural infrastructure," Mr Miners said.

"This is why we are urging landholders to please register with the hotline so we know where you are and what help you require."

Livestock remain in local evacuation centres at Taree and Wingham showgrounds.

More than 560 animals including horses, dogs, cats, small pets and livestock including sheep, goats and alpacas have sought refuge in local evacuation centres.