Australia can be a weird place.
A collection of cattle gallstones, which are used in Chinese herbal medicine at $20,000 per kilogram, began disappearing over the last six months from a slaughterhouse at Oakey, west of Toowoomba.
The Toowoomba Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad this week raided a property at Cranley and a 38-year-old man was charged.
He will appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on June 23.
Acting detective senior sergeant Brendan Murphy said police had to act fast because the small gallstones are easy to dispose of.
South of Queensland in the state of New South Wales, animal activists reported shearers at a NSW property for abuse because they were upsetting the herd with abusive language.
While the case has been dropped, the issue came up at a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday with Nationals senator John Williams demanding to know if department officials had received any formal complaints – from the sheep themselves.
“Not yet senator,” policy official Fran Freeman said.