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: Management failures blamed for over 1000 Tasmanian sheep deaths
: Export News Tasmania May 10, 2012, 10:14:01 PM
10.05.2012 The deaths of more than 1,000 sheep on a Tasmanian farm have been blamed on a lack of vaccinations and worming.

A property in the Midlands has been under investigation by the RSPCA for the past three months.

Its owner says he contacted the Department of Primary Industries himself, concerned about the welfare of his flock.

He has told the ABC a manager in charge of the sheep failed to vaccinate and worm them, and more than 1,000 have died.

It is understood someone else called the RSPCA a week later.

The animal welfare group's deputy chief inspector, Scott Basham, has confirmed it has uncovered possible management shortfalls.

The manager in charge of the sheep, Maurice Barwick, says there has been a problem with footrot at the farm for 18 months, but it is close to being resolved.

He says more than a 100 sheep have been culled since February, but not because they were not cared for.

"There's no doubt that it got out of hand, but I didn't invent footrot and I didn't invent the older sheep on the property and, of course, you have wet seasons you get more worms and you get more footrot."

The owner says hundreds of sheep have survived and remain on the property.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-10/sheep-die/4002016?section=tas
: Re: Management failures blamed for over 1000 Tasmanian sheep deaths
: Export News Tasmania May 10, 2012, 10:15:10 PM
Why is the RSPCA leaving the remaining sheep? Is this part of the 'educational approach', asking these people nicely not to abuse animals? Definitely the cheapest option.
: Re: Management failures blamed for over 1000 Tasmanian sheep deaths
: born_for_freedom May 11, 2012, 01:07:12 AM
All very bizarre. The 'owner' contacted the DPI about the animals in his flock.  Why didnt he take proactive steps to address the suffering instead of calling in the regulator?

No one appears to take responsibility for the suffering and deaths of the animals in their care. Regardless of who invented what, the person who is in charge has every responsibility to ensure the animals are cared for so to prevent suffering.

It seems no one cared enough to do much at all to stop it getting "out of hand".

Typical
: Re: Management failures blamed for over 1000 Tasmanian sheep deaths
: Export News Tasmania May 11, 2012, 06:18:18 PM
The question is, why has them RSPCA left ANY sheep at this property? Perhaps they're using their facourite 'educational approach'.... certainly the cheaper option compared to doing the right thing by the animnals.