FS department tackles stock theft

Close up of calves on animal farm eating food. Meat industry concept. PHOTO: istock

The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT) will host an anti-stock theft awareness campaign in Ladybrand today.

According to a statement by the department, this follows the steady increase in stock-theft incidents in recent months which hampers the empowerment of emerging livestock owners and which is a threat to their profitability.

The statement further reads that the purpose of the awareness campaign is to urge farmers and livestock owners in the area to be more vigilant and to encourage them to mark animals as prescribed by the Animal Identification Act of 2002 (Act No. 6 of 2002). This awareness campaign is to further educate communities on how to mark animals.

Together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other stakeholders, they are making progress in dealing with stock-theft, but the problem still remains persistent on the borders of the province.

The department encourages livestock owners to use of the following tips:

  • Make sure that fences and gates are kept in good condition.
  • Mark animals as prescribed by the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act No 6 of 2002).
  • Count livestock regularly.
  • Animals should be kraaled at night.
  • Keep proper livestock registers, and:
  • Make sure that livestock is properly looked after by herd boys that can be trusted.

This campaign will kick off this morning at the Commonage, Mantsopa Local Municipality, Ladybrand.

Sazly Hartzenberg