Writ seeks ‘missing’ cattle
livestock trading company is demanding access to neighbouring Murchison stations to get hold of more than 700 head of cattle it claims to own.
Livestock Trading WA Pty Ltd has claimed in a Supreme Court writ that 115 cattle transported by Wheatbelt-based company Southern Star did not arrive at Milly Milly and Beringarra stations.
Livestock Trading also claims another 612 head it bought in March last year had been converted — an agricultural term commonly referring to changing of livestock ear tags.
Livestock Trading, which is listed as being run by Innaloo-based businessman Paul Williams, is suing the owners of the two stations and a related company.
Milly Milly and Beringarra are jointly owned by Chinese-owned Senghoo Australia and by Wheatbelt-based Feysville Pty Ltd.
Feysville and the Chinese interests acquired the Milly Milly and Beringarra leases from Milly Milly Pastoral Company Pty Ltd in a $1.4 million-plus series of transactions in 2016 and 2017.
Mr Williams’ Livestock Trading is now suing Senghoo Australia, Southern Star and Feysville over the cattle.
Livestock Trading is seeking damages, compensation, and costs from the Chinese-owned company and the two related Wheatbeltern based entities. Livestock Trading claims Southern Star did not honour an agreement it had with property investor Perdaman Capital’s agriculture arm to deliver 115 cattle to Milly Milly and Beringarra.
The writ said Perdaman Agriculture had “acquired” 115 cattle from Southern Star and they were then assigned to Livestock Trading on February 19 last year.
Livestock Trading alleges SouthA Star was “obliged” to transport the Perdaman cattle from a Cunderdin feedlot to Milly Milly and Beringarra stations.
However, Livestock Trading claims Southern Star breached the contract in “various” ways and did not deliver the cattle.
The writ says Livestock Trading also purchased 135 head of cattle located on the Murchison stations from Southern Star on March 22
last year. And in a third deal described in the writ as the Mindaroo sale, Livestock Trading alleges it bought a further 477 head of cattle that were delivered to the station on March 29 and March 30 last year.
Livestock Trading claims it had an agreement with Feysville and Senghoo to keep its cattle at the stations until it decided to move them.
Livestock Trading claims the agreement also included “unrestricted access to the stations in advance” to move the cattle to a destination of its choosing.
However, Southern Star allegedly did not deliver the initial 115 head of cattle to the station.
Livestock Trading claims cattle had been converted and it has suffered loss and damage because of the alleged non-compliance of Southern Star, Feysville and Senghoo Australia with demands for the cattle to be delivered.
The Williams-directed company makes an alternative claim that its right to possession of the cattle had been impaired or interfered with.
It is seeking an injunction for unrestricted access to the stations to get the cattle back.
Livestock Trading wants an injunction preventing the three companies and their respective “servants, agents and employees” from impairing or interfering with it gaining access to its cattle and dealing with them.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission also list the directors of Feysville and Senghoo as also being directors of the feedlot company Senghoo Watercarrin Beef Pty Ltd.
Landgate records show Feysville owns land at Watercarrin, near Cunderdin.
The Supreme Court writ does not identify the Cunderdin feedlot where the 115 Perdaman were originally located.
Milly Milly, Beringarra and an unnamed feedlot in Cunderdin are listed on a website for investment promotion and migration solutions operation Next Horizon Group.
Next Horizon’s website lists Milly Milly station and Beringarra as having 1000 head of cattle and revenue of $790,000.
Next Horizon Group could not be contacted, nor could the directors of Feysville and Senghoo Australia.
Perdaman declined to comment, but confirmed it had the sold the cattle in February last year.
Countryman understands Perdaman has no connection to the dispute.
Cattle pictured at Milly Milly station in 2010.