Welfare of drought-affected livestock

Australian seasons are variable and droughts are a part of Queensland's agricultural environment. Therefore, if you run a property operation you need to have knowledge about and skills in animal welfare and nutrition, pasture management, climate forecasting and drought strategies.

It is important that you understand your obligations to care for livestock throughout times of drought. You have a legal duty of care to provide for the needs of your animals, including providing suitable food and water.

There are particular obligations to consider when transporting drought-affected livestock, including managing risk and techniques for handling livestock.

This guide outlines what you can do to protect the welfare of your livestock in the event of a drought.