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Rustlers make off with 500 cows

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

© Getty Images A Mid-Canterbury dairy farm has had 500 cows stolen and police have been called in to investigate.

Farm administrator Pennie Ormsby-Saunders says the disappearance of the cows is "gutting".

She has made a plea for people with information to contact her on Facebook or the police.

But she admits the chance of getting back the cows, which are in calf and worth about $1500 to $2000 each, aren't great.

She says it's easy for someone to remove the identifying tags.

"Those animals could have been trucked to one farm and be somewhere, or somebody could have put their own tags in and they could have been sent to the works under a different number, different farm," she said.

"The chances of actually ever locating these animals are very slim."

She said a lot of cows in mid-Canterbury were grazed off-property over winter, sometimes a long way away.

She said the theft of cows had started to become more prevalent in the region over the past year and a half.

"I wouldn't say it's common, but it's a worrying trend."

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