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A Farmer Was Forced To Shoot His 20 Cows Scorched In Bushfires So They Don't Suffer Any Longer

A Farmer Was Forced To Shoot His 20 Cows Scorched In Bushfires So They Don't Suffer Any Longer

The number of cows he had to put down was about a tenth of his entire herd, as the heartbroken farmer shook the hand of a local vet and thanked him for the support.

A farmer from Australia had to undertake a painful decision following the ravaging bushfires that have wreaked havoc in the coastal areas of southern New South Wales. 20 of Steve Shipton's cows were badly injured in the bushfires, so he was forced to shoot them himself. Shipton, who hails from Coolagolite, located between the tows of Cabargo and Bermaagui, which were heavily affected by the fires, was consoled by his fellow farmers after this heart-wrenching task, reports Daily Mail. He had to put down the cattle which had been severely burnt by the fires that ended up sweeping through his property. 



 

 

The graphic images showed the moments leading up to the unfortunate 'mercy killings', and the instances afterward where he was consoled by fellow farmers Bernie Smith and Peter Mercieca. The number of cows Shipton had to put down was about a tenth of his entire herd, as the heartbroken farmer shook the hand of a local vet and thanked him for the support. The affected cattle had irreversible burns on them which ended up making Shipton shoot them with his own rifle. 

The bushfires are wildfires that occur in the bush (collective term for forest, scrub, woodland or grassland of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia). In southeast Australia, bushfires tend to be most common and most severe during summer and autumn, and in drought years.



 

 

The NSW south coast was the most affected with the raging fire burning all over on New Year's Eve. There were reportedly seven people killed and hundreds of properties destroyed due to the fires. The locals were preparing themselves for more hot and windy conditions over the weekend. The entire fire season this time around has seen a death toll of 18 people. An estimated 400 million animals have allegedly perished in the flames, which have affected several areas across the entire country, not just NSW, since October. 



 

 

In New South Wales alone, up to 200 homes had been razed, and the towns of Mogo and Cobargo have been near destroyed due to the fires. Authorities warned that conditions would be even worse on Saturday and have implored both locals and tourists in the seaside towns to leave the fire-affected areas as soon as possible. 



 

 

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons addressed these dangerous conditions that would be expected on Saturday. "We are getting indications with the forecast for Saturday that it is going to present a broader geographic area worse than what we saw yesterday in terms of fire danger," he said.

"We all need to prepare ourselves for more challenging conditions.". The commissioner said that the fire is going to dominate a large area from the southeastern tip of NSW up to Illawarra and Shoalhaven. 

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