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Monday, Sep 1, 2003
Alleged: Tasman Farms
The RSPCA has found nearly 100 dead calves and 55 dead cows near a Woolnorth dairy farm in Tasmania's far north-west. A total of 200 dead calves have now been found in just over a week and inspections have begun at 12 nearby properties which are owned by the same company.
The RSPCA revealed it is likely to charge at least one person with aggravated cruelty after inspections on the farms. It alleges cows are starving, hygiene standards are poor and diseased cows and calves are left untreated. Last week, 100 dead calves were found in just three days. But the discovery of another 152 dead animals, on September 18, 2003, has confirmed the RSPCA's concerns about the Van Diemen's Land Company's farm management.
That company is largely owned by New Zealand dairy giant Tasman Farms, whose senior management will meet RSPCA officer Frank Bingham at Woolnorth early next week. The company has agreed to reduce the milking of 1,400 cows and will stop milking another 150 altogether. Mr Bingham says some of the animals may have been there for up to three months.
- ABC News - September 19, 2003
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