Update 11 cattle die in truck collision

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Green had arranged for the 74 cattle to be herded by six of his workers from one of his farms to the other. The distance between the two farms is approximately 5km. The workers were positioned in such a way that there was one worker right in front of the herd and one worker at the back, with red flags to alert oncoming traffic. The other four workers were among the cattle, keeping the herd under control.“Us farmers usually do this once a month, as our lorries can only load 12 cattle at a time. This is not feasible when we have large numbers of cattle to transport,” said Mr Green.Initially, there were 3 injured cattle and 8 dead. However, the three injured cattle were slaughtered by workers from a nearby abattoir due to there being no chance of them surviving.  In total, 11 cattle were killed; eight of them being Brangus bulls. These bulls are highly valuable, as these studs’ purpose is breeding. Mr Green’s loss is approximately R500,000.“This really is a terrible thing to see and completely unnecessary. I am upset because the road signs clearly indicated to drivers that there is a steep hill and winding road ahead. I am very fortunate that none of my staff were injured or killed during the incident,” he added.Police are currently investigating the matter. An accident on the Winterton road today (Tuesday) involving a heavy motor vehicle has left farmer Hylton Green of Middledale Farm with 11 dead cattle.A truck ploughed into cattle while farm workers were herding 74 cattle from one farm to another. It is alleged that the driver lost control of the truck while going downhill. The driver of the truck was not injured in the accident.  Towing services and police (including the Dog Unit) responded.last_img

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