Flooding results in increased reports of lost, found and straying livestock

The NSW Police Force – Rural Crime Prevention Team has released advice to communities effected by recent flooding to assist in reporting lost, found and straying livestock.

It comes as police receive an increase in reports of wondering stock as a result of the current extreme weather event and flooding across NSW.

The public is urged to provide police with specific information when making a report, such as the following:

• If livestock were lost/ found due to flooding

• Last known location i.e.: property name, address and PIC

• Detail regarding the livestock i.e.: breed, ear tags, brands, NLIS number, approximate age and quantity

Farmers concerned their livestock have been stolen are urged to refer to the Stock Theft Template available on the NSW Police Force website for more information: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/458617/Stock_Theft_Report_template.pdf and contact your local police.

If you locate straying stock, please refer to the guidelines below:

• If stock are straying on a public road, please call the local police

• If stock are straying on a Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR), please contact the Local Land Services

• If stock are required to be impounded, please contact your local council

• If there is a dispute regarding the ownership of livestock, please contact your local police station

The Department of Primary Industries and Local Lands Services are providing assistance to landholders and communities with animal welfare-related issues resulting from flooding.

For more information, contact the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.

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