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Queensland government divided over stock route use

Amy Phillips and Virginia Tapp, Thursday June 20, 2013 - 15:25 EST
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The Australian Agricultural Company has just sold 18,000 cull composite heifers to South Australian pastoralist Tom Brinkworth - ABC

The Queensland Government is questioning whether 18,000 cattle should be allowed to use the state's stock routes.

South Australian pastoralist Tom Brinkworth has recently bought the large number of heifers from the Australian Agricultural Company properties in the Gulf and Northern Territory.

He is trucking them to central western Queensland where they will be walked 1,500 kilometres to Hay in NSW.

Earlier in the week, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources overruled a shire council's decision to reject a droving application because of a shortage of grass and water.

But now Agriculture Minister John McVeigh says the decision to let cattle not owned by Queensland graziers on the stock route is concerning.

"That will be a significant number of cattle on the stock routes," he said.

"Everyone needs to consider their situation and if they do have the ability to use other means, for example trucking cattle, if they have the resources to do that I would appeal to them to consider that considering the pressure many other pastoralists are under."

Meanwhile, a drover helping to walk the cattle south says some graziers and councils have been alarmist about the lack of feed and his crew will work around water shortages.


© ABC 2013

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