Police are investigating a farmer for allegedly giving his cattle a “flesh-eating bug” in the field, leaving them to die.
Key points:A spokesman for the NSW Police Service said the farm is on a property on the Darling Downs in the northern state of New South WalesFarmers in the community are not allowed to sell their cattle to other farmers until they are under “appropriate veterinary care”.
He said the cattle had been in quarantine for more than four weeks and were not given any veterinary care, leaving it unclear if they had been given a proper diet.
“The matter is now being investigated by the NSW Health Department’s Animal Health Unit,” NSW Police Superintendent Andrew White said.
“We have no further information to share at this stage.”
Farmers and farmers associations are already concerned about the use of farm gates in farming.
Mr White said the department had contacted the owners of the farm and would not tolerate any farm gate breaches.
He said police would investigate the matter further and “seek to prevent any further harm to animals”.
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