Will high prices prompt more stock theft? | POLL

Will high prices prompt more stock theft? | POLL

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With lambs reaching record highs and hay in very short supply, do you think rural theft is likely to increase?

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THE value of crossbred lambs have skyrocketed in recent weeks, with saleyard records tumbling week after week.

Most recently, extra heavy crossbred lambs made $336 at the SA Livestock Exchange, Dublin, on Tuesday. Prices for Merino lambs have also hit new heights, making up to $302 at the same sale.

Such tight supplies and high prices may make sheep and lambs a more tempting target for thieves.

SAPOL says it has received eight reports of stolen sheep between March 1 and May 27, and is urging farmers to regularly check their livestock.

As well as stock theft, grain and hay theft remains a key problem, with 30 hay bales stolen from a property south of Kapunda between May 8 and May 15.

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