Thieves strike St Andrew livestock farmer
A St Andrew farmer remained angry and in disbelief yesterday, five days after thieves stole two of his cows and butchered them a stone’s throw from his farm.
The farmer, who asked that he not be identified, said he was considering calling it a day because it made little sense putting in all the required effort to rear animals, only to lose them to thieves.
“You know what it is you going through, the rain and sun, working day and night with your animals and then someone just come and take it and reap the sweets? It ain’t fair. I thinking about getting out of it because it ain’t profitable and what happening now just turns me off,” the man told Barbados TODAY.
It was on Saturday morning, the farmer said, that he discovered the animals missing.
He said he had left several cows grazing a day earlier, and the last thing he expected when he returned to check on his herd was to be greeted by their carcasses.
“I leave the cows on the pasture; I saw them there Friday morning around 6:30. So I went back to look for them around the same time on Saturday and when I got where I had the first cow tied
I saw it was missing. So I saw some tracks going away from where the cows were tied so as I went further across I saw where I had a smaller bull that was missing too . . . I saw the carcass of the smaller calf and when I looked a bit further I saw the carcass of a bigger cow. They just left the head , belly and took all the meat from the bone.”
The farmer called for greater police surveillance in the area, and pleaded with market vendors to be on the lookout for the culprits.
“When anybody buy the meat from some person, either produce a certificate or receipt. I feel who did it is a butcher or have contacts with a butcher because they did it the Friday night, probably headed straight to the market with it on Saturday morning,” he said.