INDEPENDENT NEWS

Rustlers caught in the act by Bay of Plenty farmer

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012 11:54 AM
23 November 2012
Rustlers caught in the act by Bay of Plenty farmer
Federated Farmers is warning rustlers and poachers that eyes in the rural community are wide open for suspicious activity. Something rammed home to poachers after they were caught in the Bay of Plenty.
“Perhaps the big lesson I learned, is not to leave your mobile phone on the kitchen table,” says Rick Powdrell, Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre chairperson.
“As the matter is before the courts I cannot go into the precise details. That said, I was working late on the farm and spotted someone jumping the fence. You can say that got my attention.
“When that person saw me they pulled up a hoodie and skulked away. When I got closer, I found one of my ewes had been tied up.
“I cut the ewe free and shot back to the house to call the Police. If only I had my mobile phone I thought.
“I need to counteract a myth in the rural community that the Police do not take crimes like this seriously. These days, they most certainly do.
“Luckily, the Police had a car in the area and were able to make an arrest.
“As those arrested have pleaded not guilty I can’t go into any detail.
“What I can say is that farmers need to keep their eyes open for things that do not look right. Last year, I lost valuable breeding rams worth around $8,000 and I fear they were poached rather than rustled.
“Federated Farmers message to those thinking they can come into rural areas and nick what they want, is to think again.
“There are plenty of eyes now alert for suspicious activities. Farmers are using many security measures like locking up, cameras, recording vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers.
“This is to support Police in keeping our rural communities safe,” Mr Powdrell concluded.
ends

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Next steps for Auckland light rail
By: New Zealand Government
Gender pay gap unchanged since 2017
By: Statistics New Zealand
Stuff pulls pin on media companies' joint ad-buying business
By: BusinessDesk
Transdev to Acquire Auckland And Wellington Bus Businesses
By: Transdev
Twyford's choice: NZTA or Super Fund for Auckland light rail
By: BusinessDesk
A whole term of Government with no shovels in the ground
By: New Zealand National Party
Transport Agency welcomes next steps for light rail
By: NZTA
Light rail delay creates highway opportunities
By: Automobile Association
Government taking action to close gender pay gap
By: New Zealand Government
Genter delaying pay equity for publicity stunt
By: New Zealand National Party
Gender Pay Imbalance - call for PM to take action
By: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Persistent gender pay gap - need for Govt to move faster
By: NZEI Te Riu Roa
Opportunity to fix the gender pay gap in tertiary sector
By: Tertiary Education Union
Government must take the handbrakes off, deliver equal pay
By: Public Service Association
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media