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Local farmers on alert

Wednesday, 13th March, 2013

Sheep on properties have become a target for thieves. Sheep on properties have become a target for thieves.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Graziers are on alert for thieves after a lamb was found butchered on the Nine Mile Road.

The lamb was stolen from Belmont Station and was found by neighbouring Nine Mile Station owner Greg Lawrence, half a kilometre from Broken Hill.

All that was left of the animal was its skin, leaving graziers to believe that it was stolen and killed for food.

"The way that it was slaughtered was very rough so it couldn't have been a professional," Belmont Station's John Blore said.

Neither Mr Lawrence nor Mr Blore were too concerned, though, saying it was the first time such a thing had happened in about 10 years.

There have already been predictions that a lack of rain in South Australia could drive up lamb prices.

Barrier crime manager, Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg, said people caught stealing and killing stock faced prosecution for trespassing, theft and animal abuse.

"The reality of it is we're looking at people that won't go out and buy meat legally but take it from people on the land that have fought hard for a long time," he said.

"They are taking food out of their mouths and money out of their pockets".

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