$114,000 fines for cattle movement

AGFORCE has urged producers to be aware of their responsibilities when buying livestock interstate after the Goondiwindi Magistrates Court handed down $114,000 in fines to five people.

Cattle director Ian Harsant, who chairs the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad consultative committee, said the fines were applied last week after the individuals were found guilty of breaching the Stock Act 1915 by introducing stock into Queensland without a health certificate.

“This is the biggest collective fine for this offence in Queensland, and it highlights the seriousness of ensuring that correct permits are used when making a stock transaction,” Mr Harsant said.

“While such a fine may seem large to many, we must look at it in the context of the threat it posed to the Queensland beef industry, worth more than $4 billion.

“These cattle came from a Bovine Johne’s Disease-infected herd – a disease which Queensland is free from.

“This is why AgForce supports this action by Biosecurity Queensland and the court’s decision.

All stock entering Queensland, unless going direct to an approved abattoir, must have a Queensland health certificate/waybill.

The breaches related to two consignments of cattle totalling 198 beasts moved from New South Wales into Queensland in March 2009.

For more information on moving livestock visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au

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