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Cudlee Creek Fire: Mixed Livestock Meeting. Horse SA presentation.


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A brief overview relating to horses and people. Key links below:

The event was run in partnership with Livestock SA

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Cudlee Creek Fire: Mixed Livestock Meeting. Horse SA presentation.

  1. 1. Cudlee Creek Fire: Mixed Livestock Property Owners Meeting Woodside Hall 9 January, 2020
  2. 2. Health – initial & ongoing Land – initial & ongoing People and horse/animal welfare Travel card for horse float
  3. 3. Horse health – initial • Injuries (burns, fence injuries, smoke inhalation etc.) • Colic (stress, dehydration etc.) • Laminitis (stress, fire related, sudden diet changes etc.) • Changed behaviours (depressed, hyper-sensitive) Remove horses from burnt ground Clean water supply & storage (tanks), feed off ground Check horses daily very carefully as burns take some time to come through Group horses with social /friends in mind Reduce introducing new stresses e.g. travel. Share the load of nursing injured horses, it can take many weeks of daily care. through-bushfire-injuries horses-pinery-fires-2016-dr-lidwien-verdegaal Presentation with voice over .com/watch?v=z7dcN wXf- eA&
  4. 4. Six months after Pinery Fire with Dr van den Boom Horse health – ongoing Discuss with your veterinarian as may or may not self-resolve: Sand/ash accumulation in the gut and airways Hooves (supplements, hoof trimming techniques) Blood tests (kidneys etc.) Dietary requirements (supplements, ration make-up etc.)
  5. 5. Strategies talk includes idea for IBC use – Nick Stuart Property Management The EPA SA website has info on handling treated timber after fire. If you have any to dispose of - register with your Recovery Centre for pick up at a later date by EPA. Environmental risks The chemicals and heavy metals present in the ash from burnt CCA treated timber poses a risk to groundwater and surface water quality, human and animal health, and soil quality. CCA treated timber, when wet, generates a leachate that contains traces of heavy metal salts of copper chromium and arsenic, which may impact on soil and ground/ surface water quality in some environments. nfo/waste_management/burn_damage Contact for advice if available fact sheets not sufficient or potential to develop new fact sheets asap. E.g. Dam water quality • Awareness about/ management of risks e.g. Asbestos, treated timber • Future hazards –rainfall – ash –into dams, blocking drains or dust/high wind. • Cleaning plan – water tanks, water collection areas e.g. stable roof • Seek NRM advice and past experiences of fire affected horse property managers about resting paddocks, regrowth (may be increased native grasses in some spots until out-competed?). • Soil: manage erosion- avoid a rush to spray out weeds without a plan to replace with other pasture plants. Secure hay for 12 months supported with yard use, or agist off-site.
  6. 6. Before and after horse property success stories SlT6GzQhKmw&t=7s Property design Is there an opportunity to redesign the property to one that is better for the land and horses than the layout previously? Equicentral may be one system to look at, as saves on infrastructure $ and takes into account the grazing behaviours of horses.
  7. 7. People and Animal Welfare
  8. 8. Buddy up, have a regular cup of tea and check over the horses Refer a friend Pass a note over to a red cross person Draw a picture to ask for help It’s OK not be OK Check out the recovery centre resources Online, hotlines Horse-centred recovery focus option Reminders to bring back routine e.g. check list on fridge to feed animals Take lots and lots of photos to help see incremental progress
  9. 9. Horse SA