Dannhauser Police appeal to cattle owners to be vigilant

Dannhauser Police have urged farmers to be more vigilant with their cattle, as stock theft cases rise.
Seven cattle were recently stolen from Nellyvalley Farm.

The owner, Mr Buthelezi, told police that his cattle were stolen from the grazing camp on October 17. Mr Buthelezi admitted that there was no one watching over the cattle.
They only drove them to the grazing camp in the morning and returned to collect them in the afternoon.
That’s when they discovered that the cattle were nowhere to be found.

“This is not the first incident of this nature where the cattle are being driven to and left at the grazing camp without someone looking after them,” said Dannhauser Communications Officer, Sgt Nyembe.
“Areas mainly targeted are Nellyvalley, Annieville, Thirst Farm, Springbok and Mbabane where stock owners are not hiring shepherds to look after their cattle. Instead, they drive them to the grazing camp; some of them are not even collected in the afternoons.

“They expect the cattle will return to the farm on their own.”
“I am appealing to stock owners to please look after their cattle. Hire a shepherd if you can’t do it yourself, but do not just leave them at the grazing camp alone,” Sgt Nyembe added.

He warned that criminals targeted stock who are not guarded, especially during the festive season.

Northern Natal Courier

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