When people think of theft from farms their mind goes to cattle rustling and the wild west. Unfortunately this is still a big problem. It isn't just livestock which is stolen but also farm equipment, both of which can leave a small farmer desperate.

Today I read that 1500 geese were stolen in England. These were destined to end up as someones Christmas dinner, and I suspect they still will. For the farmer, the loss must be devastating, as it isn't just the loss of the revenue he would have generated from the sale of these birds but also all the money which has been spent rearing them. They are estimated to be worth £100,000.

I don't believe when a member of the public reads such stories, they get the full picture. They assume the loss is just the money he will lose from not selling the birds. The public doesn't realize the amount which is spent (time and money) on getting those ready for market.

Some big farms carry insurance to cover items and livestock from theft. How much more can we do to protect our livestock and farms?

We as farmers take a risk with livestock hoping when it comes time to sell, that the price will be strong and there will be no disaster such as illness affecting our stock.

Here on our farm in Brazil, we have had geese and we know the noise they make. I don't know how these thieves were able to steal so many without it causing a disturbance.

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