Decisions pose the big question: when is farming not farming?

WORLD SUPPLIER: Wagyu cattle producer David Blackmore is ‘taking a deep breath’ after his local council effectively termed his operation a feedlot and asked him to move the farm.

ALEXANDRA cattle farmer David Blackmore has come in for his share of stick, with the rejection by Murrindindi Shire Council of his application to conduct extensive animal husbandry on his farm.

The beef cattle farm exports to 20 countries, targeting top restaurants for its highly regarded wagyu beef.

The rejection of the application comes on top of a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) decision to view farms that import more than half the nutritional needs of livestock as ‘intensive farming’, requiring a council permit for continuation.

It also follows objections from neighbours citing problems with noise, dust, trucks, compost odours and cockatoos.

Council’s decision makes the property effectively a feedlot.

Blackmore Wagyu – which cost some $2 to $3 million to set up – has around 3000 head of cattle on some 6500 acres mostly on leased land, some of which is in Mansfield Shire.

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