GANNAWARRA Shire Council is urging livestock owners to ensure animals are well secured.
The number of stray livestock callouts council local laws officers have attended so far this year has increased compared to previous years, with three collisions with cars or trains occurring.
‘‘The prolonged dry period and a lack of pasture is a key factor, with stock trying to roam to find more food,” mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.
“A 500-kilogram cow seeking food on the other side of a fence is no match for fences that are not in adequate condition.’’
Landowners can play a role in preventing livestock from roaming by ensuring fences are in an adequate condition.