Are you worried you could be the next victim of the dairy industry?
The Dairy Farmers of Australia is concerned about the rise in cow sightings in regional Queensland.
Key points:Dairy Farmers of Queensland (DFQ) is worried about the recent spate of cow sightingsDairy farmers have started warning people about the dangers of going to the marketDairy Products Industry Queensland (DPIQ) says the number of cow reports has risen from 300 in 2015 to 1,000 in the first six months of 2017More than 100 cows have been killed by hunters since mid-2017, with many of the deaths linked to over-the-counter products.
“We’re getting reports of people coming into our fields and going in to look at the cattle, they’re not there, there’s nothing there,” DPIQ chief executive Chris Fyfe said.
“You can’t see the animals and there’s no indication of what they’re eating or what they may have eaten, so you need to be careful.”
There are very strict rules that we have put in place around cattle and dairy farming, we don’t want to have anyone coming into the dairy business, and they should be aware of that.
“He said the number has risen dramatically since the start of the year, with the number now well over 1,500.DPIQ’s beef farmer partner, the Dairy Farmers Australia (DFA), is concerned the number could rise further.”
They’ve had more than 1,200 reported cattle sightings in the last few weeks alone, and a lot of those have been linked to people taking supplements that may be contaminated with live or dead animals,” DFA’s chief executive officer, John Wilson, said.
He said some people may not realise they’re in breach of the DFA meat safety regulations.”
It’s the same as taking antibiotics.
People are using supplements that have bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, or they may be taking antibiotics that have come from the meat industry,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said many people were unknowingly taking supplements and were not aware of the risks.”
If you go to your doctor and you’ve got the symptoms of something being contaminated with bacteria and they’re telling you you need a specific antibiotic, don’t do it,” he said.
The DFA said its beef farmer partners in Queensland had reported the cow sightings to the Australian Federal Police.”DFQ and the DPIXQ have also been contacted by members of the public reporting their cattle sightings to DFQ and DPIY,” Mr Fyff said.
We encourage people to contact their GP or local animal health officer if they see a calf, cow, sheep or goat.
The ABC has contacted the DFPQ and DPIQ for comment.