A Barkly farmer has been left stumped after the suspected theft of around 20 of his cows last month.
Eight black Angus cows and 12 calves, valued at around $25,000, are missing from Alan Driscoll’s property under what he says are suspicious circumstances.
Mr Driscoll said there’s some confusion around what date the cows were taken, but that it was sometime between December 8 and last week.
“We had a grass fire on December 8 which got into one of my paddocks where the cows were, so they were turned out onto the road and were put into a neighbour’s paddock,” he said.
“I got them out the next morning and brought them home and didn’t notice anything, but I didn’t count them so they may have already been missing then.”
Mr Driscoll said he didn’t notice the cows were missing until Tuesday last week.
“I only just noticed last week because I brought them in to wean the calves. Once we started to draft them off we realised there were some missing,” he said.
The cows have yellow and green tags, including electronic tags, and the calves have yellow ear tags.
Avoca Police Leading Senior Constable Chris Trimble encouraged anyone with information on the missing cows to contact police.
“We’ve been alerted to the missing cows by the farmer. If anyone has seen anything or has any infor- mation call Avoca Police on 5465- 3300 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.
For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, January 22