From fires to floods, dairy farmers need to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. We work with a range of partners and emergency services to coordinate support during extreme weather. We also have a range of resources to help you prepare for and recover from these events:
Managing in hot conditions
Managing in wet conditions
Preparing for bushfire
Preparing for dry conditions
It is a good idea for dairy farmers to think about hazards, risks and areas of vulnerability on their property at least once a year. Checklists are a simple way to manage general contingency and emergency planning for the business. Recognising hazards, then taking steps to reduce or prevent them should create a safer environment for everyone on the farm.
We have developed an Emergency preparedness checklist (PDF, 2MB), which includes suggestions to help you prepare for and reduce the potential for injury and property damage.
We have also developed a Recovery priority checklist (PDF, 1.2MB) to help you organise tasks immediately after a natural disaster has hit.
The checklists are not designed to be all-inclusive, but may be a useful starting point or guide.
The power can go out at any time due to localised issues such as a fallen tree or following a flood or bushfire. Preparing for power outages (PDF, 203kb) will help you develop a contingency plan that will save time and keep the dairy operational during a power outage.
If the power does go out, our tips for Milking through power outages (PDF, 178kb) will help minimise recovery efforts by keeping the farm working during a prolonged power disruption.
Listen to our tips on how to prepare for extreme weather, fire and flood and some simple steps you can take to protect your family, workers, animals and farm.
The Bureau of Meteorology website has a wealth of information on forecasts and warnings when extreme weather looks imminent.