Department to investigate sheep cull

THE cull of thousands of Australian sheep in Pakistan will be investigated by the Department of Agriculture.

Some 20,000 sheep originally left Australia destined for Bahrain earlier this month, but were turned away due to some animals having scabby mouth.

The sheep were then sent to Pakistan and were approved by the central government. But reports in Pakistani media showed local authorities claimed the sheep were infected with salmonella and anthrax.

Reports from various media said some 7000 sheep were brutally culled before a court order from the importer took effect last Saturday

Exporter Wellard Rural Exports were regularly inspecting the remaining living sheep, after the company lost control of the sheep when local police intervened.

Under the new exporter supply chain assurance system, the exporter, rather than the importer or foreign country, was responsible for the sheep up until they were processed.