Grazier fined for NLIS breach

CLERMONT: A Clermont grazier has copped the largest fine ever issued in Queensland for not tagging his cattle properly.

Ralco Holdings pleaded guilty in the Clermont Magistrates Court on Monday to breaching National Livestock Identification System regulations

Ralco is based in the Charters Towers area and has a couple of properties around Clermont.

One of the properties involved was Beresford station, which is owned by the Rea family.

Outside court, Biosecurity Queensland’s investigation manager Craig Elliott said the company had failed to tag 317 of 815 animals it had moved from Beresford to Rockhampton.

Ralco was fined $10,000 for the transgression.

Mr Elliott said it was the fourth prosecution of its kind in Queensland.

“It’s not that common, there haven’t been a lot of prosecutions,” he said.

“Essentially it came down to compliance with NLIS.

“It wasn’t the largest number of stock untagged but it’s the largest fine we’ve ever seen.

“They had three consignments that went from Clermont to an abattoir at Rockhampton.

“I guess what we’re really pushing now is that NLIS has been in for four years.

“In this case the company admitted they were aware of the requirements.

“The potential implications of doing the wrong thing are fairly high.

“Local officers in Rockhampton and Clermont picked it up.”

Mr Elliott said owners are obliged to tag cattle before transporting them. “We believe most of the industry understands it,” he said.

“Ralco did admit, during the investigation, that they failed to meet the requirements. It was a fairly simple case and the company was fairly co-operative, which always makes it a bit easier.”

Mr Elliott added that Biosecurity Queensland would continue to follow up any suspected NLIS breaches.



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