Un­law­ful cat­tle trans­fer

Western Times - - NEWS -

A MAN has pleaded guilty to fail­ing to pro­vide “pre­scribed in­for­ma­tion’’ af­ter mov­ing cat­tle around western Queens­land.

Bank­rupt for­mer whisky baron Keith Batt ran in to a bit of strife over his An­gus herd in­vest­ment scheme af­ter fail­ing to no­tify the author­i­ties in Novem­ber when he moved the beasts around.

It turned out that cat­tle, which were sup­posed to be graz­ing at Au­bigny Sta­tion, near Au­gathella, had been re­lo­cated to Lis­burn Sta­tion, out­side Black­all.

Fol­low­ing the po­lice probe, Mr Batt fronted Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to the sin­gle charge.

He was re­leased on the pro­viso that he main­tain good be­hav­iour for 12 months or face a $800 fine. No con­vic­tion was recorded..

Queens­land Po­lice con­firmed in March that they had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a se­ries of com­plaints about Batt, who went bust ow­ing $16.2 mil­lion in late 2015.

In­vestors al­leged that the 10-digit Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem num­bers pro­vided by Batt were in­cor­rect, owned by other peo­ple and/or the cat­tle were in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion.

Mr Batt said ear­lier this year he had in­ad­ver­tently sent out in­cor­rect NLIS num­bers be­cause of a mix up of cat­tle on one of the prop­er­ties.

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