YARRIAMBIACK Shire Council has urged Wimmera farmers to check their property fences after a truck hit seven cows on the Wimmera Highway on Tuesday.
A truck was travelling along the highway near Murtoa about 1.30am when it struck the wandering cattle. While most died on impact, two cows had to be put down.
The crash damaged the truck's under tray.
Council local laws officer Greg Wilson said the cattle had pushed through a damaged fence to the highway.
He said the council would not fine the owner for having failed to properly secure his cattle.
"He was very remorseful and did not mean to do it," Mr Wilson said.
"Most of these cases are dealt with pretty much straight away and it is up to the council with how far it wants to go with enforcement or fines.
"But prevention is always better than a cure so we just want to remind people to be careful with their livestock."
Mr Wilson said the truck driver was lucky not to have been injured.
"If that truck had been a car, there would definitely have been a different outcome," he said.
Mr Wilson said the council dealt with about a dozen cases of wandering cattle a year.
"There are few cattle in our shire so wandering cattle is not a weekly occurrence for us," he said.
"Most farmers are pretty good; they know what their stock is worth so they don't want to see them killed.
"People need to be vigilant and if they haven't checked their fences in a while, they should."