Keep stock of your livestock
The message from Cessnock City Council Rangers is, keep stock of your livestock, following an increasing occurrence of straying livestock across the region.
Straying livestock on local roads can pose a serious safety hazard to motorists and while a majority of the time it is not intentional, there are steps that can be taken to prevent it happening.
Firstly, it is important for livestock owners to be aware of their responsibilities in making sure their animals are kept within their property boundaries. This can be done through the regular maintenance of fences and monitoring of cattle.
Cessnock City Council also encourages landowners and graziers to register their livestock, so in the case animals do stray, they can be promptly returned. It is free to register, simply call Council’s Customer Service Team on 4993 4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to add your animals to the stock register.
Council’s Ranger Team Leader, Kurt Livens, said it is always our intention to return straying stock to their owner, but this is difficult if we are not able to identify who the owner is.
“We really want to work with local graziers to prevent this happening, so by simply supplying contact details and registering stock, it makes it a simple process to return them.”
“It is also important to be careful if you come across straying stock as they can often be unpredictable, just contact Council and one of our rangers will come and help,” added Kurt.
For more information about straying livestock, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/livestock.