Stock Handling & Animal Welfare

Man charged over cattle embryo dispute

Beef Central, 27/11/2014

Officers from Toowoomba SARCIS have charged a man with fraud after an extensive investigation into unlawful activity involving cattle embryos at Goomburra and Wandoan since 2011.

Police alleged two men entered into an arrangement in relation to a Multiple Ovulation Embryo Transfer (MOET) program, which resulted in six confirmed cow pregnancies.

One of the men allegedly informed the other man that he had terminated the pregnancies after a dispute between the parties.

Further investigations revealed a number of born animals located at a Wandoan property were believed to have been as a result of the MOET arrangement.

Search warrants were executed to obtain a semen sample from the bull which had died and a further hair sample was obtained from the cow.

A DNA analysis confirmed three bulls and two heifers had genetics of the sire and dam used in the MOET program.

Police inquiries further revealed all five of the animals were fraudulently registered with the Charbray Society of Australia as having different parentage to their actual sire and dam.

A 53-year-old Wandoan man was last month charged with two counts of fraud and one count of attempted fraud.

He appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court on October 20 where he was fined $5000 and ordered to return the heifers to the complainant.





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