On 20 December 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources received a self-report from Livestock Shipping Services Pty Ltd (LSS) about a weather event in Turkey causing significant damage to a feedlot in their supply chain, resulting in mortalities and euthanasia of cattle. The feedlot concerned has an onsite veterinarian.
LSS reported that on 14 December 2016, a severe storm at the feedlot spooked the cattle, causing a stampede which led to injuries and subsequent euthanasia of 308 cattle. At the time of the storm there were 2275 LSS cattle in the feedlot. No other ESCAS cattle were in the feedlot. The remaining cattle from the affected paddocks were immediately moved to a different area of the feedlot and monitored. Those with minor wounds were treated. LSS provided a full reconciliation and identification of the affected cattle. The LSS Turkey supply chain manager visited the facility in December and January to confirm repairs and improvements had been completed.
The department determined that the mortalities and euthanasia were the result of a storm in the area where the feedlot is located. The facility repaired all affected fences and implemented additional security. Since this incident there have been no further reports of high mortalities at the feedlot.
No further action was required and no regulatory action was taken by the department.