Straying stock can be a problem in rural areas, especially if the residents are absent from the property for a period of time.
Council Rangers can help if stock is on a road by putting the stock back and issuing a fencing order if a problem exists with fencing.
However, if cattle or other livestock are going from property to property, it
is a private matter between neighbours and even if the livestock are
damaging property, it is a civil matter and Council has no powers to get
Rural Lands Protection Act, stock is considered to be ‘abandoned’ if
they are left unattended on a public road or public land. Abandoned or
trespassing animals may be impounded by a Rural Lands Protection Board
officer or Council Ranger and there is a fee to have them released. A
fine also may be imposed.
If the owner of the stock
cannot be found, you may contact Council by lodging an online customer request, or phone us on
1300 136 833 and Council will help with this process.
Landholders have a responsibility under the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 to feed and care for any animals which are
impounded on their land. You can recover any costs associated with the
care of straying stock from the owner.
Local Land Services shares responsibilities for stock
health with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. If you see any
stock that appears to be in ill health, contact Local Land Services.
For individual animal problems and other farm animals contact a local vet.