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Livestock Control

Livestock Control

If you are the owner of livestock, you must ensure that they are securely contained to the property. Uncontained stock can cause serious injuries to people and damage to property.  If this occurs livestock owners can be held liable for any damages caused.

All stock owners must ensure that fences and gates are in good condition and are capable of securely containing stock to the property.

Report wandering stock

Authorised Officers respond to complaints about livestock on roads and reserves as quickly as possible to ensure they are not a risk to the public.

Regular offenders are likely to have their livestock impounded and/or receive a penalty notice.

If you see livestock wandering or not confined, see contacts below.

  • Council managed roads – call Council on (03) 5036 2333 (office and after hours)
  • On highways and major roads – call VicRoads 13 11 70

Alternatively you can email: locallaws@swanhill.vic.gov.au

What happens if my stock are impounded by Council?

What happens if my stock are impounded by Council?

Authorised Officers have the legal right to seize and impound wandering livestock. Owners of livestock may be able to claim their animals after providing proof of ownership and paying the prescribed release fees to Council.   If the livestock are not claimed within 7 days, Council has the legal right to dispose of them under the Impounding of Livestock Act 1994.

How do I report missing stock?

How do I report missing stock?

If you have noticed your livestock missing from your property, please lodge a report with the Regulatory Services Department during business.

You are also encouraged to lodge a report with Victoria Police on (03) 5036 1600.

Do I need a permit to move my livestock on a road reserve?

Do I need a permit to move my livestock on a road reserve?

You may require a permit under Section 79 of Councils Local Law No.2 to move your livestock within the municipality if you are not exempted under the Local Law.  Complete an application form below and submit to Council for assessment. Once your application has been assessed, you will be advised in writing if a permit will be issued.

If you are moving livestock on a VicRoads controlled road, you may need to obtain a permit from VicRoads.

Permit exemptions

You do not need a permit if you meet the following criteria:

  1. The person is moving livestock on a VicRoads controlled road only and has obtained a permit from VicRoads. The person would need to comply with the ‘Manual for Traffic Control at Stock Crossings’ (Vic Roads, June 2015).
  2. When livestock are being moved between two adjoining parts of a farm within the boundaries of those properties.
  3. The person who owns or is in charge of the movement of livestock between two properties divided by a road but shall comply with the following;
    • the livestock are moved directly across the road at a stock crossing approved by Council;
    • portable signage is displayed to warn motorists when livestock are being moved. Permanent signage and related infrastructure must not be installed without a permit;
    • the livestock are supervised and under effective control by a person who is competent in the management of livestock;
    • as far as possible, the livestock are moved during daylight hours;
    • areas of high conservation are avoided and protected at all times;
    • any livestock excretion, mud or other debris deposits on the road are removed if required by an Authorised Officer for safety and amenity of the area;
    • any reasonable direction from an Authorised Officer is complied with.

Under certain circumstances, Council may also grant a permit exemption to the owner of any farming property upon written application to Council.

Is there a fee for the permit?

No fee is required.

How long does the permit process take?

Allow up to 7 business days for an application to be assessed.

What happens if I get caught moving livestock without a permit?

Authorised Officers may issue an on the spot fine for moving livestock on a road reserve without a permit.

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