DPI investigating after cattle perish
THE DPI has put down more than 80 head of dehydrated cattle on Noonkanbah Station, in the Kimberley, after an investigation revealed a serious animal welfare issue.
Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development conducted inspections on the historic property over two days on December 26-27, and have alleged a number of water points on the station were inaccessible or not operational.
Noonkanbah, which is run by the Yungngora Association Incorporated, is located between Camballin and Fitzroy Crossing.
In a press release posted online, the department said a “significant number of cattle had died”. Western Australian media have reported 1000 head in total have perished.
The department stated Direction Notices had been issued under the Animal Welfare Act, requiring that all cattle must have access to proper and sufficient water.
Yungngora Association Inc chief executive officer Christopher Wilkin said two contractors were engaged “prior to this” and that the Association would “continue to address these issues, taking any and all necessary steps needed”.
“It also has been working closely with and under advice from the Department in a concerted effort to ensure that immediate and long term sustainable animal welfare is achieved,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DPI has said the station is undertaking urgent repair and replacement work at key water points and that recent rainfall has helped alleviate immediate concerns.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan praised the department’s team for working over the Christmas period to respond to the issue.
“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.
WELFARE CONCERNS: The Western Australian Government has put down 85 head humanely after investigating a property which had “inaccessible water points”.