By Randall Walker
Cattle rustlers are at large in Horowhenua, police are warning.
Constable Charlie Rudd says rustlers hit three farms in the Shannon area over the past month, stealing 18 friesian calves from paddocks.
"Six calves have been taken each time and we believe the offenders have used a trailer," Rudd said.
"The calves are relatively small and docile and the offenders may have lifted the calves out of their fenced paddock and herded them into the trailer before leaving the scene. We are keen to speak to anyone that may have some information about these thefts."
The calves were seven weeks old, he said.
"[The thefts were\ just before the tags go in, so I think the people knew what they were doing," he said.
"But they're still small enough to grab too."
At that age the calves were worth $200 each, he said, but would be worth much more once fed up for another 12 to 15 weeks when they would usually be sold, "so they're on someone's block somewhere".
Rudd believed the paddocks were targeted, two in Mangaore Rd and one on Opiki Rd, because they offered easy access from the road. More....