|Kalkfeld illegal butchers in the news again.....!!!!!!!!!!|
The biggest risk to livestock farming in the Erongo region and surrounding areas is Stock theft. Farmers find it difficult to cope with the onslaught (ed).
A total of almost 100 cattle was slaughtered on eight farms in the Kalkfeld area during last couple of months by a highly organised syndicate of illegal butchers. The slaughter included 9 adult Simmentaler bulls and seven juvenile bulls from the well known Simmentaler Breeder, Mr. Dirk Kaiser from farm, Waltershagen. The bulls were chased into snares, their Achilles tendons cut so that they cannot move and then killed by stabbing with "assegai" spears after which, they were skinned and the meat stripped. These bulls were valued at over N$ 233 000.
According to Mr. Peter Schonecke, head of the Kalkfeld Farmers Association's, Crime Prevention Committee, the situation is totally out of control and farmers cannot farm profitably under such conditions. The Kalkfeld Farmers Association has decided to take drastic action in terms of a reward of N$2000 per head of cattle for information that will lead to the apprehension of these illegal cattle butchers.
The total loss of cattle in the area include 22 cattle from farm Avondschaduw of Mr. Udo Wilckens worth N$135 000. 15 Pregnant heifers was slaughtered on farm Etaneno of Mr. Erwin Gebert worth about N$105 000. Mrs Sylvia Friedensdorf from farm Okaue has lost 11 weaners worth about N$40 000. According to Mr. Callie Steenkamp from farm Erundu and Patagonia they have lost 33 cattle since August last year. One of the cattle slaughtered was a top Bonsmara bull.Their total loss is about N$ 244 000.
A sharp increase in stock theft is again anticipated over the festive season (ed)