Wandering livestock

A heifer and calf in a paddock.

Council's Rangers at times can help with stray livestock on roads and issuing a fencing order if necessary.

However, if livestock are moving between properties, it is a private matter between neighbours and any damages are a civil matter. Private property owners can impound stray animals for no more than four days before sending them to the pound or Lismore Saleyards.

Landholders have a responsibility to care for impounded animals and can recover costs from the owner.

If you see sick livestock, contact Local Land Services. For individual animal problems and other farm animals, contact a local veterinarian.

The Rural Lands Protection Act 1989 and the Impounding Act 1993 address stray livestock. According to these laws, stock left unattended on public roads or land may be considered "abandoned" and can be impounded by a Rural Lands Protection Board officer or council ranger.

There is a fee for releasing impounded animals and a fine may also be imposed.