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Canterbury rustling took months: police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/09/2016

Dairy farm in NZ © Getty images Dairy farm in NZ Five-hundred cattle - potentially worth up to $1 million - stolen from a mid-Canterbury dairy farm were probably rustled over a period of months, police believe.

A dedicated team had been investigating the "complex" theft from the Ashburton property, which came to light last month.

"Although not impossible, it is highly unlikely that a large number of cattle have been removed over a short period of time," Senior Sergeant Scott Banfield said in a statement on Thursday.

"If any offence has taken place, it would have been progressed gradually over months."

Farm administrator Pennie Ormsby-Saunders reported the theft but has said she believes the chances of the cows being recovered is slim.

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