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Jamaica: Cattle thieves milk farmers – Almost $900,000 and 27,000 litres down the drain

The 11 Jamaica Hope cows stolen from Windalco’s J.J. Gagnon Farm in Manchester on January 12 were tagged under the Government-mandated National Animal Identification and Traceability System and had the company’s JX brand etched on their right side.

Despite an advertisement published in THE WEEKEND STAR of January 29 appealing for the public’s help in recovering the animals, the company had not received any information on the theft up to press time.

The company has estimated the total value of the stolen dairy cattle at $880,000.

“We stand to lose approximately 27,000 litres of milk over a one-year period,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement.

Six of the cows were pregnant.

In December 2020, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green declared that the Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Unit was ramping up efforts to tackle the scourge that has been conservatively estimated at $6 billion.

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