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47 Cattle left to die. Qld Ag minister denies under staffing to blame.
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 11:16:27 AM »
Cattle deaths not a staffing issue: Ag Minister 

ABC Rural  By  Marty McCarthy 


  Swans Lagoon cattle deaths being investigated height=227 Photo: The deaths 46 heifers at the government property near Ayr this month is being independently investigated. The property has been a research station since 1962. (Karen Hunt)     

Queensland's Agriculture Minister says he doesn't think staff numbers at a Government research station in north Queensland contributed to the deaths of 47 cattle last month.

Cattle at Swans Lagoon near Ayr died after they were left in a holding paddock without water following a muster at the station.

John McVeigh denies speculation the site was under-resourced in favour of a new state-of-the-art research station at nearby Charters Towers.

"Swans lagoon is being transitioned to closure (and there are) staff involved in the transition process," he said.

"But senior departmental management have confirmed for me that staffing at Swans Lagoon on a relative basis is good if not better than it has been in the past when it's fully stocked.

"At any point in time I would expect there to certainly be an overseer on site and up to two or three staff.

“This is quite sensible and that’s common practice for the size of a property like Swans Lagoon.”

Mr McVeigh has moved to ensure cattle remaining on the property are adequately cared for.

An independent report into the deaths will be handed down in the coming days.
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