Dozens of cattle on a pastoral station in the state’s north have been put down after an inspection by government officials found they had no access to water.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development conducted aerial and on-ground inspections of the unnamed property over Boxing Day and December 27, and found a significant number of cattle at the station had died.
Officers determined cattle at the property had no access to a number of water points - some of which were not operational - and were forced to humanely destroy 85 cattle.
The pastoral lessee was issued with direction notices under the Animal Welfare Act, and the station undertook urgent repair and infrastructure replacement to fix access to the key water points.
A local contractor was also engaged by the pastoral lessee to conduct daily aerial inspections to monitor the welfare of the cattle, and the department’s Livestock Compliance Unit will continue their investigation.
In a statement, Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said station management and and the department were working hard to ensure the immediate welfare of the remaining cattle.
“All pastoral properties need to be vigilant in ensuring cattle have access to feed and water, especially given the hot conditions and lack of surface water in the north this season,” she said.
“The department's team showed great dedication working over the Christmas period to respond to this very serious animal welfare issue in a timely manner.”