Unlawful cattle transfer
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.