One cow slaughtered, fears for five others missing
"IT'S the first time I have ever seen anything like it and I've been in the business for 45 years."
These are the words from South Kolan cattle grazier Garth Dingle.
Mr Dingle stumbled across the carcass of a "professionally slaughtered" cow on his property last month and now he wants answers to the whereabouts of five others that are missing.
In the open landscape and peacefulness of the 178ha cattle country it is hard to think there is room for crime but the seasoned grazier has been left scratching his head.
He said it was on April 18 when he smelt the remains before he laid his eyes on it.
"I came up the top here and found one butchered," he said.
"It wasn't done by an animal - it was by someone who knew what they were doing.
"It was sliced up and butchered - I'd say they had done a few before."
The pelt of the cow was left behind to rot with the skeleton, head and internal organs - all the parts which humans do not consume.
Mr Dingle said after discovering the remains of the droughtmaster cow, he mustered the others in and found five more were missing.
"We have all small paddocks and it's not really possible for them to wander off on their own," he said.
"They don't have wings to fly out of the paddock."
In the nine years at the Nolan Pocket Cedars Rd property Mr Dingle said he had never had concerns until now.
The veteran grazier said there were people out there who had five cows that didn't belong to them and he would like to see them returned.
He said the cows were all branded and three steers had 'GD above bar dot' and the two heifers had 'HD8'.
Mr Dingle said the droughtmaster cattle were not often scared by humans and would be easy enough to contain.
He believed the fence had been interfered with and it was not left in its usual position.
If anyone can assist Mr Dingle call 0419 415 675.