PRIME EXHIBIT: Jack Sivewright, of Lismore, with a Santa Gertrudis bull.
PRIME EXHIBIT: Jack Sivewright, of Lismore, with a Santa Gertrudis bull. Doug Eaton

Police prod public to help reduce cattle theft

POLICE have started a campaign to reduce the incidence of cattle theft by urging people to dob in a duffer.

Jack, Steve and Ian Sivewright, all of Lismore, run a property together at Fairy Hill and have experienced problems with cattle going missing, also known as cattle duffing.

It goes on every week, said their father Harold Sivewright. We were getting some ready for sale when we had calves and cows disappear from the pen.

Richmond Local Area Command rural crime investigator Detective Senior Constable Craig Jones said details of livestock thefts were rarely immediately reported to police, making investigation difficult.

Doug Bennett, a cattle farmer from Stratheden, said people would have to do their homework to steal any amount of cattle.

You'd have to be game to try it, he said. Around here everyone knows each other.

It would be different in Queensland, where the properties are so much bigger.

Although every beast is required to be tagged and registered as part of the National Livestock Identification System, he said it was not difficult for a thief to cut them out and put their own in.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have information on cattle thieves and are particularly interested in hearing from primary producers and country residents who may have come in contact with offenders.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Casino Police Station on 6662 0029.


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