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Army reservists will dig mass graves for more than 100,000 sheep and cattle killed in the bushfires to stave off a potential biosecurity emergency.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said disposing of dead livestock was an urgent task.

'We will be trying to take pre-emptive steps today with state agencies around making sure the disposal of the livestock is done quickly - there is a biosecurity risk there,' Mr Littleproud said.

'We have to think about our native species that have been decimated by the fires, too, in terms of our recovery.'

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has offered 100 vets to bushfire-affected states to assess and euthanise thousands of injured livestock.

Senator McKenzie fears the bushfire crisis could devastate the national herd, with animals dying from heat stress and smoke inhalation.

Army reservists will dig mass graves for sheep and cattle killed in the bushfires to stave off a potential biosecurity emergency

Army reservists will dig mass graves for sheep and cattle killed in the bushfires to stave off a potential biosecurity emergency

Senator McKenzie fears the bushfire crisis could devastate the national herd, with animals dying from heat stress and smoke inhalation

Senator McKenzie fears the bushfire crisis could devastate the national herd, with animals dying from heat stress and smoke inhalation

Defence personnel will be sent into fire grounds once it is safe to dig pits and bury dead stock.

'Bearing in mind, though, it's about getting access to those still live fire grounds,' Senator McKenzie told the ABC.  

'Where it's safe to do so we need to be getting in within a week, ideally, to really be dealing with the carcasses in an appropriate way.'

The National Farmers' Federation estimates thousands of sheep and cattle have been killed in the bushfires.

The livestock toll is expected to climb after fires tore through southern NSW over the weekend, with dozens of dead livestock seen lining the road into Batlow.

Fodder and water is being distributed to surviving livestock herds on blackened paddocks, while fencing and other farm infrastructure is repaired.

Fodder and water is being distributed to surviving livestock herds on blackened paddocks, while fencing and other farm infrastructure is repaired.

Fodder and water is being distributed to surviving livestock herds on blackened

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