Livestock census under way

Whether NSW landholders have stock or not they are asked to complete the Annual Land and Stock Return. Photo by 0433693210

Local Land Services are once again asking 172,000 NSW landholders to record how many livestock are on their property as part of the Annual Land and Stock Return.

The census helps Local Land Services map stock numbers and land use across the state and provides information when a biosecurity outbreak or emergency, such as flood or bushfire, occurs.

With the threat of emergency animal diseases close to Australia, LLS regional operations executive director Rob Kelly said now more than ever before this information was crucial for safeguarding NSW.

“With foot and mouth and lumpy skin disease recently detected in some of our closest neighbouring countries, your stock return information has never been more important,” Mr Kelly said.

“If an emergency animal disease outbreak occurs, our expert vet teams rely on your Annual Land and Stock Return information to map livestock numbers, plan control programs and support landholders.

“Stock returns play a crucial role in safeguarding NSW’s agriculture industry and protecting our market access for producers.”

Mr Kelly said even landholders who don’t have livestock should complete the survey.

“We still need you to complete your return to ensure you do not incur additional livestock charges on your rates and to make certain our records are up-to-date in case of emergencies,” he said.

“By ticking ‘no stock’ and submitting your return, we can build a stronger picture of land use across NSW and tailor our biodiversity and agriculture programs to assist you.”

The information also determines whether the animal health rate and meat industry levies are charged on rates notices the following year.

The Annual Land and Stock Return can be completed via or by filling out and posting back the paper form that was recently mailed to landholders. It is due by August 31.