Cattle battered by cyclone

  Last Updated: Tuesday 8th of February 2011 10:41:00 PM +0800HKT

While most of the focus has been on damage in coastal areas, the effects of Cyclone Yasi inland have been severe too.

Reporter Will Ockenden has been surveying the scene from a helicopter, and says the damage becomes clear from the air.

"Above Wyoming Station, about 250 kilometres south-west of Cairns, sheds are knocked over, tin has been torn from rooves, nd ppower is still off to many of the stations," he says.

"You can see thousands of trees knocked over by Cyclone Yasi.

"It's still too early to know how many cattle have been lost, and graziers say they won't know the full number until mustering in several months.

"One particularly gruesome image was of cows squashed under a tree during the cyclone."

A north Queensland grazier says she doesn't know how much of her cattle herd is dead as a result of Cyclone Yasi.

Janet Barden lives 90 kilometres west of Cardwell, on grazing land that was hit by a category five cyclone last week.

She says this week has been devastating, as her family starts to assess the damage by helicopter.

"I guess when we took to the air was when it probably really hit home," he said.

"We came across cattle that had copped the full force of it with timber down on them and probably what cattle survived very shell-shocked.

"They just sort of stood there and looked at us in amazement when we flew above them in the chopper."


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