The operators of one of South Australia’s biggest dairy farms fear they are being targeted by animal liberationists after a shed was torched on the property.
Nearby residents say they heard a series of loud explosions coming from the shed just before the fire started early on Friday morning.
The property’s owners awoke to burnt ruins of a shed, tractor and tonne of feed at the Minko North dairy farm.
Neighbours say a car was heard speeding away from the scene just moments after the flames broke out.
Police and the farm’s owner, Mike Borema, say they have no doubt the attack was the work of an arsonist.
Farm on ‘attack map’
The farm, near Two Wells, has been identified on animal rights charity Aussie Farm’s ‘attack map’.
The map has been described on the group’s website as a “comprehensive list of all factory farms, slaughterhouses and other animal exploitation facilities across Australia”.
At other properties on the list, activists have trespassed and stolen livestock.
John Elferink from the South Australian Dairy Farmers Association said people should be “able to go about their business without being unfairly targeted”.
The arson attack at the Minko North dairy farm is not the first time the farm has been targeted.
About six weeks ago someone opened the farm’s gates, releasing hundreds of cows.
Borema has since put locks on gates and will soon install security cameras.