From fires to floods, dairy farmers need to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Dairy Australia works with a range of partners and emergency services to coordinate support during extreme weather. There is a range of resources to help farmers prepare for and recover from these events:
- Managing in wet conditions
- Preparing for bushfire
- Drought support
- Managing in hot conditions (heat stress)
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. The checklists are not designed to be all-inclusive, but may be a useful starting point or guide.
The Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.