Stock Control Problem

Freddy’s stock has gone wandering in search of greener pastures

One evening, Pebbles is walking home from a busy day at the office.  “I haven’t heard from Dad in a while.  He must be staying out of trouble for once.  I hope the recent rain has eased some of the drought for him.”  Pebbles thinks to herself as she walks home.

Just that minute, Pebbles’ phone rings.  It’s Farmer Freddy.  “Pebbles, you need to help me, the cattle have broken through the fence at the back of the farm, and are in the neighbour’s maze crop!  I’ve got the neighbour on my case, and naturally he is not very happy.  What can I do about it, Pebbles?”

“Maybe the grass was greener for them on the other side,” Pebbles jokes.

“Pebbles, I need your help!  This is not a time to joke,” complains Freddy.

“Ok Dad, don’t panic,” Pebbles reassures Freddy.  “The priority will be making sure no further stock escapes, and repairing the damaged part of the fence.”

“Yep, I have done that.  What should happen next?” asks Freddy.

“The Impounding Act sets rules for managing and impounding wandering and trespassing stock.  This includes what steps your neighbour must take including, notification to you as the owner of the stock, and arrangements for the transportation of your stock back to your farm, or to the stock pound.  Your neighbour must also take all the necessary care and attention of your stock while it is on their property,” explains Pebbles.

“What costs am I going to be up for, Pebbles?” asks Freddy.

“As the owner of the stray cattle, you may be liable for any damage caused by the trespassing cattle, and any other costs incurred by your neighbour associated with your stock trespassing onto his property.  These costs could include costs resulting from the stock being impounded such as costs of transportation to the stock pound, impounding fees, animal control officers’ time and mileage, and any necessary vet treatment costs.”

“That sounds like things could get quite expensive very quickly,” says Freddy.

“Yes, they could Dad.  It would be a good idea to get in touch with your neighbour to discuss how you can get the stock back in one piece as soon as possible to minimise your costs.  I will come over now and help you with that Dad,” offers Pebbles.  “You should also look to notify your insurer as soon as possible, in case you need to file a claim for the damage caused by your stock,” says Pebbles.

“Good idea Pebbles.  I’ll get on to that right away.”

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Philip McCarthy