Cattle blowing up dust on rural farmland in sunset stock photo

A farmer moving stock, dealing with effluent and getting vehicles on and off their property can be challenging tasks. Understanding and acknowledging these activities can play an important role in how farming activities can be managed without conflict or disputes.

A farmer is responsible for removing any mess that is made by livestock on public roads. Manure on a paved surface can create slippery conditions, is inconvenient to other motorists, and may erode bitumen surfaces.

Be patient with stock movement when travelling on public roads. Check with your local Council on its policy relating to stock management.

Under the Roads and Jetties Act 1935 it states the following:

51. Laying down timber, &c., on roads: No person shall –

a. Lay down or cause to be laid down or deposited any timber, stone, hay, straw, dung, lime, soil, ashes, or other like matter or thing, or any rubbish upon any road;

b. Fell, cut, bark, or remove any tree on or at the side of any road; or

c. Remove any soil from any road – unless he be authorized by the road authority having the care, control, or management of such road so to do. More here

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