The Department of Agriculture reminds farmers and transporters that animals are at risk of heat stress in hot weather.
This particularly applies to pigs and poultry, housed or during transport.
Those in charge of animals on-farm or during transport are legally obliged to ensure that measures are taken to prevent unnecessary suffering. To minimise stress steps should be taken to ensure the animals can cope.
These include: increase frequency of animal inspection, reduce stocking density, provide adequate ventilation, increase water supply, provide additional cooling and shade from the sun.
Farmers with animals at pasture should ensure they have sufficient shade and supplies of water.
Sheep not yet been shorn should be attended to without delay.