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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 01:42:07 PM »
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Cattle left without water at Qld Govt research station.
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 01:40:47 PM »
Cattle deaths at Qld research station.

The RSPCA has backed an investigation into the deaths of 46 heifers at a state government research station. 

The cows were found dead at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's Swan’s Lagoon property near Ayr earlier this month.

DAFF director-general Jack Noye said the heifers died after they were left in a holding paddock without water following a muster at the station.
 
A DAFF spokeswoman could not provide details about when the cattle were found or how long they had been left without water in the paddock.

‘‘That will be part of the investigation,’’ she said.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman said that Mr McVeigh had ordered an independent investigation as soon as he found out on Friday.

Mr Noye said that full independent investigation was already being initiated.

"There is a clear need for an independent investigation into this matter as the department is responsible for administering the Animal Care and Protection Act," he said in a prepared statement.

RSPCA Queensland chief inspector Daniel Young said the loss of life at the Swan’s Lagoon facility was ‘‘alarming’’, particularly given the good reputation of such government facilities in Queensland.

He said an independent investigation was a ‘‘good place to start’’.

‘‘Hopefully they’ll get to the bottom of it and if people need to be held accountable, they are,’’ he said.

‘‘If it’s a matter of rectifying procedures and how they manage cattle in these facilities, then that’s certainly something that needs to take place.’’

Mr Noye said operations at Swan’s Lagoon – and other stations – would be reviewed to ensure there was no repeat incidents.

Mr Young said that course of action was appropriate.

‘‘Usually (the government’s) standards are quite high, so that’s why I think it’s very important that an investigation is conducted as soon as possible in relation to this matter,’’ he said.

‘‘It certainly isn’t the norm, however that doesn’t take away from the severeness of the incident.’’

18 May, 2013
CAMERON ATFIELD

http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/cattle/beef/cattle-deaths-at-qld-research-station/2658031.aspx

 
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