All quiet on the Targinie front
JUST when Targinie cattle farmer Steve Busby thought he'd fixed the last of his fences that someone had been cutting, on Sunday he received a call letting him know his cattle were out on the Gladstone Mt Larcom Rd.
Before Christmas Steve and another farmer Mick Goggi issued a $7000 bounty for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the culprit who had been continually cutting their fences.
Both men believe they were the target of a local pig dog hunter who they'd had a dispute with.
Until Sunday it had been all quiet on the Targinie front.
"Since we put up the money and the story ran in the paper we haven't had any drama," he said.
"But on Sunday I had a phone call that about 15 head of cattle were out and standing about 50 metres off the Gladstone Mt Larcom Rd," Mr Busby said.
"When I got out there it was obvious the fence had been cut about 70 times and it was worse than any other time.
"But the ends of the wire were rusted so it must have happened when he last cut the fences, before we put the money up," he said.
Mr Busby said he hadn't checked on the fence and didn't know it was cut because of long grass.
"I never checked on it but that's how brainless this person is," he said.
"These guys weigh between 400kg to 450kg and imagine if you're doing 100km down the road and one of these things steps out in front of you.
"You're going to die and they couldn't care less," he said.
Mr Busby said it took him and Mr Goggi two and a half hours to repair the fence.
"There's been no problem since before Christmas and the government has employed a security guard so that might deter a few," he said.