Cattle Die In Waroona Paddock

AUSTRALIA - More than a dozen undernourished cattle have died at a Waroona farm and more are expected to die.
calendar icon 23 September 2009
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Royal Society for Provention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman, Richard Barry said an investigation was being carried out into cattle deaths at the property reports WA Today.

It is reported that a herd of 650 cattle and a flock of 150 sheep scattered across a large property were the subject of complaints about their poor condition.

"Over the past month, RSPCA inspectors have been on-site at several paddocks stretched over a considerable area where more than a dozen cattle have died and the sheep are in poor condition,'' Mr Barry said.

Preliminary veterinary reports indicated the cattle deaths were due to a lack of feed. The deaths come despite the state's south-west agricultural areas enjoying their highest winter rainfalls in years and one of the longest continuous stretches of daily rain since recordings were first taken.

A weather bureau spokesman said Perth had recorded 20 consecutive days of rain this month, breaking the city's 1915 record, reports WA Today.

He also said Perth had recorded the lowest level of sunshine of any capital city during September. Mr Barry said without sun, the rain caused pasture growth to stop and the cattle require supplementary feed.

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