LOCAL stock owners ticked all the right boxes this time around, but police are promising further crackdowns as part of a sweep on saleyards.
Oxley rural crime investigators have set up Operation Upload to ensure farmers are complying with the rules of stock movements.
Detective Senior Constable Scott Kellahan said drivers and owners had the right paperwork when officers swooped on the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange recently.
“It’s part of an ongoing initiative, as part of the rural crime investigators at Oxley Local Area Command, to make sure all documentation is completed before the movement of stock in the local area,” he told The Leader.
“It’s for disease traceability, so if there was an outbreak of any sort of disease we would be able to quickly isolate it back to the source properties.
“This would allow the country to keep trading while we isolate and quarantine properties impacted, so that there is less impact on the rest of our beef industry in Australia.”
It was a planned sweep, but some locals still got a shock when rural crime investigators arrived. “There was a number of checks taken in relation to documentation,” Detective Senior Constable Kellahan said.
“In this instance all the documentation and the livestock were compliant, so there were nil offences detected.”
Operation Upload is targeting owners and drivers who don’t carry the right paperwork that shows which consignment is on the trucks.
National vendor declarations and transport stock statements must be filled in, otherwise owners will cop fines of more than $400 for each offence.
“Most stock owners do the right thing, but you always have to check that none slip through the net,” Detective Senior Constable Kellahan said.
“The documentation has to be completed by the owner or employee of the stock owner for every individual load of stock transported by road from properties to saleyards.
“The onus is on the owner to supply the proper documentation to the carriers.”
Police warn the sweeps will continue across the Oxley command, to ensure landholders are complying with the rules.