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Helpful hints to prevent stock theft

  • In the planning of paddocks, the forming of corners next to roads should be avoided, as these are ideal for livestock to be driven into and for loading purposes.
  • Livestock-owners should keep all fences and gates in proper condition to protect their livestock.
  • Sheep can be kept in a kraal close to the farmhouse.
  • Employ a reliable shepherd on the post who can count the animals every morning.
  • Many court cases are lost because of disputes regarding the proper identification of animals. If an animal is marked with a registered brand mark or tattoo, disputes can be avoided.
  • Livestock should be marked according to the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act No 6 of 2002), preferably by branding them.
  • Where livestock are still being marked by way of traditional marks, in additional to the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act No 6 of 2002), care should be taken that it be done clearly and described fully in the stock register. This will enable the SAPS to know what to look for in the event of stock theft.
  • The regular herding and counting of animals are of obvious importance.
  • Livestock-owners should at all times report all livestock theft cases on their property immediately.
  • SAPS urges livestock owners to not confront livestock theft suspects on their own.
  • Farmers should inform local safety structures.
  • The longer the delay, the less the possibility of achieving success.


• Count your livestock REGULARLY.

• Report ALL stock theft cases IMMEDIATELY.

• Keep a controlled LIVESTOCK REGISTER.

• MARK your stock accordingly

Source: SAPS

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