1080 & Farm Live Stock





Deer farmer's stock poisoned by 1080

The Press 03/08/2008

A West Coast deer farmer has lost two thirds of his herd after deadly 1080 pellets were dropped over his property.

Before the Animal Health Board drop on July 25, allegedly including a night time drop, Wayne Fairhall of Kaiata, 5km east of Greymouth, had 16 deer grazing his farm block.

By Friday, 10 of the animals were dead after grazing on the poisoned pellets and most of the others were holed up in a clump of bush on the farm, their fate unknown.

Fairhall said that on Monday the deer were running around fine but when he returned home from work on Tuesday he found a dead deer in the gateway.

"I got worried and started walking through the paddock and found more deer. I went round and there was 1080 everywhere."

His partner Anthea found a deer in its death throes while feeding out on Wednesday.

"She just sat with it, crying, while it called out. No-one should have to witness that."

The 1080 pellets were meant to be confined to the native bush and hills behind the farm.

But Vector Control Services, owned by the West Coast Regional Council, disputed Fairhall's claim that the pellet drop had missed the intended zone, saying it had written permission to drop 1080 in the paddock and that stock food had been given to make up for the loss of grazing.


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farmers speak out


Published on Jun 4, 2014

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Not Only Cruel,1080 Is A Threat To Farming, Exports and the Entire Food Chain


For every animal that dies of 1080 poisoning, how many receive sublethal doses, and continue on into the food chain? At what point will it cost NZ in Export revenue? 

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