Pindarri Poultry farm in Lethbridge fined over 2020 avian influenza control breach

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A Victorian poultry firm has been fined over a biosecurity breach that led to Agriculture Victoria euthanasing nearly 9,000 turkeys in 2020.

Pindarri Poultry and worker Glenn Canning appeared earlier than Magistrate Peter Mellas in the Geelong Magistrates Court at the moment.

They pleaded responsible to breaching the Livestock Disease Control Act.

The firm was fined $3,500 and Mr Canning $1,000. The laws allowed for a most advantageous of roughly $9,000.

The costs stem from a load of greater than 700 turkeys trucked from inside a restricted space at Lethbridge throughout Victoria’s avian influenza outbreak in July 2020.

Costly clean-up

The turkeys have been taken to Bairnsdale, and birds throughout each properties have been later discovered to be contaminated with avian influenza.

Mr Mellas stated the corporate had suffered a monetary loss because of the outbreak. However, “important” taxpayer funds had additionally been expended in clean-up efforts.

The court docket heard a complete of virtually 9,000 turkeys and a pair of,000 chickens have been euthanised as a result of outbreak. The birds have been stated to be value $1.2 million.

It heard Agriculture Victoria spent $650,000 on the clean-up, not together with the price of workers labour.

“The conduct right here and the results of what occurred have been important,” he stated, explaining the corporate’s advantageous.

“They’ve led to the euthanasing of animals, important public expense and probably what might have been important disruption to the market.

“(It) led to not not only the very fact the illness was not in a position to be contained to Lethbridge, however to the unfold of it.”

Messages didn’t get by means of

Mr Mellas described the corporate’s actions as a “reasonably critical” instance of the offence.

The court docket heard Agriculture Victoria tried to contact Pindarri Poultry to inform them of the control and restriction areas. However, Pindarri didn’t get the messages.

“I wish to assume … workers have now both been skilled or instructed in order to make sure messages from the ag division get by means of,” Mr Mellas stated.

Mr Canning was fined as a result of though “his lack of expertise that the prohibition had been issued could have been sincere, it was not affordable in the circumstances”.

Costs totalling $211 have been awarded to the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

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