Talks over dead cattle crisis

Zach RelphCountryman
Cattle pictured at a different station, not under investigation.
Camera IconCattle pictured at a different station, not under investigation. Credit: Nic Ellis

State Government officials have met with the association controlling a remote northern WA livestock operation, where more than 600 dehydrated cattle have died, to determine its future cattle management.

Mugarinya Community Association representatives convened in Perth on Tuesday, regarding the more than 650 cattle euthanased at Yandeyarra Reserve, near Port Hedland.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage officials were involved in the discussions.

A DIRPD spokeswoman confirmed the meeting was held to “discuss cattle management requirements and future actions” at Yandeyarra.

“The meeting was productive with discussions progressing short-term management arrangements focused on immediate cattle welfare, including re-establishing water supplies in target areas and moving stock to areas of feed and water where practical,” she said.

“Discussions are continuing to finalise and implement key outcomes from the meeting.”

WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan did not attend the meeting, with State Parliament resuming on Tuesday.

The Yandeyarra revelations sent tremors across the State’s pastoral sector, after reports of mass cattle deaths at the property surfaced last month.

It generated backlash from industry figureheads, with Red Hill Station pastoralist Digby Corker saying the crisis was avoidable despite unseasonable dry weather riddling the Kimberley and Pilbara.

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