23 head miss­ing from Mid North Coast farm

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

A PRIZED bull and a mix of an­gus, drought­mas­ter and here­ford stock to­talling al­most $20,000 in value were found to be miss­ing dur­ing a re­cent muster on a Mid North Coast prop­erty.

Gra­zier John North­cott be­lieves he’s the vic­tim of cat­tle duf­fers, hav­ing lost 23 head of cat­tle from his Hy­des Creek Road prop­erty at Valery, near Bellin­gen.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, stock and sta­tion agents and cat­tle car­ri­ers have been alerted and now John hopes a big re­ward for in­for­ma­tion will yield an­swers.

Closed cir­cuit se­cu­rity cam­eras on the prop­erty last showed the miss­ing cat­tle in his pad­docks in Oc­to­ber.

“I run 60 head of cat­tle on the 300 acre prop­erty, and when we mus­tered we just found them miss­ing,” John said.

“I’ve searched ev­ery­where on the prop­erty, the fences are in good or­der and there is no other ex­pla­na­tion.

“It’s a re­ally tough thing, we have raised these cat­tle, we have dif­fer­ent names for them, they are part of the fam­ily re­ally.

“I’ve re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice and they said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an­other in­ci­dent of cat­tle theft in the area.

“I be­lieve some­one may have stolen the cat­tle to start or sell a breed­ing herd.

“I’m now of­fer­ing a $5000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the pros­e­cu­tion of those re­spon­si­ble for the theft.”

With no sign of forced en­try and a gate fit­ted with a chain and lock, John be­lieves the cul­prits may have cut the fenc­ing fronting Hy­des Creek Road, loaded cat­tle onto a truck and re­paired that sec­tion of fenc­ing to cover their point of en­try.

“I’ve been hand feed­ing the cat­tle, so it wouldn’t have been hard. They would have come run­ning see­ing a ve­hi­cle,” he said.

The cat­tle were fit­ted with Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem tags, but John said he fears the plas­tic mark­ers can be eas­ily re­moved.

He has since branded his herd and had his cat­tle in­gest ce­ramic bo­lus that contain ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mi­crochips.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this al­leged cat­tle theft or other in­ci­dences of farm-re­lated crime in the lo­cal area should phone Coffs/Clarence Po­lice on (02) 6691 0799 or pass on in­for­ma­tion anony­mously via the Crime Stop­pers web­site.

PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

GUT­TED: John North­cott is of­fer­ing $5000 for in­for­ma­tion about who might have stolen his prized stock.

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