10 December 2014
Farmers urged to keep stock secure
A spate of calls about wandering stock has prompted the Gore District Council to remind rural residents of their responsibility to ensure their properties are adequately fenced to contain livestock.
Gore District Animal Control Officer David McKewen said there have been six calls in the last month alleging there was stock wandering. The majority of calls have been to Old Coach Road, in the Kaiwera area.
"However, the problem is not confined to one area. Livestock wandering on the road reserve poses a major hazard to motorists wherever it happens."
Mr McKewen said it was the responsibility of livestock owners to make sure their land is securely fenced to prevent animals from straying onto the road. Livestock can be quite determined if they are looking for feed or shelter, he said.
Livestock owners should be aware that they are liable for any damage caused by their wandering stock. They may also be prosecuted if wandering stock cause a crash and negligence can be proven, Mr McKewen said.
People can contact the Council's animal control services to report wandering stock by phoning (03) 209 0330 anytime.