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    $ 2million worth of cattle reported stolen from Murranji Station, NT.

    That's an enormous duffing, in this day & age.


    $2 million worth of cattle reported stolen from NT's Murranji Station, calls to reinstate a stock squad

    ABC Rural
    / By Jack Price
    Posted Yesterday at 4:50pm, updated Yesterday at 4:52pm



    More than 1,400 head of cattle are believed to have been stolen from Murranji Station.(Supplied: RuralCo Property)
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    The alleged theft of around $2 million worth of cattle from a Northern Territory station has sparked renewed calls from pastoralists for the reinstatement of a stock squad.
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    • 1,400 head of cattle reported stolen from remote NT station
    • Owners offer $250,000 reward for information leading to a conviction
    • Pastoralists renew calls for the reinstatement of a stock squad

    More than 1,400 head of cattle have been reported stolen from Murranji Station, 700 kilometres south-east of Darwin near Daly Waters.
    The theft is believed to have occurred over a number of months.
    The Pickersgill family purchased the 447,500-hectare property in March, with 12,500 Brahman-cross cattle guaranteed as part of the sale.
    But when the family completed an extensive bangtail muster of the entire property, stock numbers came up short.
    "There's 1,456 branded cattle missing, and there are also the unbranded weaners that would've been on those cattle," Kevin Pickersgill said.
    "There probably would have been 800 head of weaners that we're missing as well, so I'm thinking it's in the vicinity of $2 million worth of stock."


    Cattle in yards at Murranji Station, NT.(Supplied: RuralCo)Mr Pickersgill believes the cattle theft started prior to the purchase of the property but it has continued since the station changed hands.
    The family has offered a reward of up to $250,000 for information that assists with the police investigation.
    "We just can't allow this to go unchallenged," Mr Pickersgill said.
    "It's quite a large lump of money so if someone knows or has heard of anything, there's potential there for them to claim some of that reward."
    Mr Pickersgill said he was not holding out hope of seeing many of the cattle again.
    "There's every chance the majority of these cattle are long gone, or on a boat, or dead," he said.
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    Missing stock an issue across the NT

    Station owners across the NT have long called for the reinstatement of a stock squad, which could investigate incidents of alleged cattle theft.
    Dianne Martin from Mt Denison Station, 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, believes those calls have become louder this year, as such incidents appear to have increased.
    "It's definitely gotten worse recently," she said.
    "Because of the strong cattle prices there's been a lot of moving of cattle, and there's a lot of cattle missing from stations."
    Ms Martin said there was a "desperate need" for a stock squad, insisting that current systems of cattle identification and traceability were not enough to deter people from stealing stock.
    "A squad could respond when people find animals with their tags changed, as well as randomly stopping trucks to check brands, earmarks and all the paperwork on the waybills," she said.
    Earlier this year the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association put a proposal to the NT Government for the establishment of a 16-person strong Livestock Ranger group, which would provide a specialist response to criminal allegations in the cattle industry.
    The $5-million-a-year proposal has not been taken up by Government.


    I’m pretty sure the dinosaurs died out when they stopped gathering food and started having meetings to discuss gathering food

    A bookshop is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking

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    Ole mate Harry Redtford would be chuckling ,

    perhaps the white bull will turn up somewhere.

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    With the ear tag tracing system now in force, I would doubt that someone could have over 1000 cattle without RFDS tags slaughtered without someone noticing.

    I wonder if there were always 1000 fewer cattle.

    Regards PhilipA
    On the other side I recall a discussion with the NSW Director general or Agriculture where I opined that the tag system would stop rustling to which he replied thathe wished that his cattle weren't being stolen.
    You can see a tag on one of the second row cattle ( and on the ones in the first row now I look closer) but they all should have one when branded.

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    $250,000 reward if anyone has heard of anything.

    i.e. heard of the herd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 350RRC View Post
    $250,000 reward if anyone has heard of anything.

    i.e. heard of the herd.
    Blimey!

    It looks like a weekly or twice-weekly Stock Take is in order, but I see some cowboy has beaten them to it.


    Should be easy to trace, just look for the smoke of many BBQs & the smell of Barbied meat in the evening around the top end.

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    “Heard of the herd.”
    “Stock take”
    You buggers should be on The Two Ronnies or that bloke from Woy Woy😢

    Dave

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    Dave, I have a good mind to report you to a Mod. The word B****** is intolerable in today's society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipA View Post
    With the ear tag tracing system now in force, I would doubt that someone could have over 1000 cattle without RFDS tags slaughtered without someone noticing.

    I wonder if there were always 1000 fewer cattle.

    Regards PhilipA
    On the other side I recall a discussion with the NSW Director general or Agriculture where I opined that the tag system would stop rustling to which he replied thathe wished that his cattle weren't being stolen.
    You can see a tag on one of the second row cattle ( and on the ones in the first row now I look closer) but they all should have one when branded.
    My drover grandfather reckoned all the most successful cattlemen followed the Kidman Creed. " Leave your cheque book at home and keep your branding iron hot."
    URSUSMAJOR

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    AND.......never eat your own meat .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hogarthde View Post
    AND.......never eat your own meat .
    Except when the neighbours invite you to dinner.
    URSUSMAJOR

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