The number of livestock killed as a result of bushfires in NSW has now topped 13,000 and the toll is expected to climb.
Farmers and animals in the state's south have been worst-hit, with more than 12,000 stock having died since Christmas, Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says.
"The toll is expected to continue to climb in coming days - it's absolutely devastating for producers and our state's agricultural sector," he said in a statement on Monday.
Crews from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services have been assessing livestock and burying dead animals in fire-affected areas.
"Livestock assessment and burial is a grim task but it is one way we can support our landholders during the emergency," Mr Marshall said.
More than 10,500 tonnes of fodder have been distributed to farmers, with more than 16,000 landholders thought to have been affected by the fires.
Australian Associated Press