DVS destroys 27 cattle stolen by Zim rustlers

MASUNGA: Veterinary officers on Saturday destroyed 27 cattle belonging to Nlapkhwane village farmers, after thieves herded the beasts to Zimbabwe, forcing officials to implement Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) elimination protocols.

The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) policy is that any cattle from Botswana that cross into Zimbabwe cannot be allowed to cross back into Botswana, due to the rampant FMD in the neighbouring country. The cattle, rather, are destroyed and farmers compensated.

In an incident that has left seven farmers reeling in shock, rustlers herded the cattle across the border, but acting on a tip-off, farmers were able to track them and retrieve the beasts.

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