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Cape farmer counts sheep with GPS

2012-07-11 16:04

Cape Town - A Cape Town farmer doesn't have to count his sheep at night after installing a tracking device around their necks that calls him if they run away, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

Erard Louw said he had been thinking of new ways to protect his flock after 27 sheep and 13 lambs were stolen from his Durbanville farm 10 days ago.

He tied a mechanism to four sheep in separate flocks, which called his phone as soon as they started running, normally indicating they were being stolen or had slipped through a fence.

"As they run, it gives me a phone call and says 'sheep one' or 'sheep two' and so on, so at least I know where to start looking, because the farm is 750ha."

His sheep "cellphones" had to date resulted in a stock thief being arrested.

Western Cape chair of the Red Meat Industry Forum, John Durr, said winter saw a rise in theft as the rain wiped out all spoor and fewer daylight hours made it easier for thieves to hide.

Comments
  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-07-11 16:16

    More time to sit on the stoep sipping polisiekoffee

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-11 16:22

    Well done! "n Boer maak 'n plan".

      Boer - 2012-07-11 17:53

      Weereens n Boer wat n nuwe idee na die tafel bring. Goed gedaan.

  • Sharon - 2012-07-11 16:28

    wow we should do this to the police then we can see which shabeen they are visiting while on their way to a complaint

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-07-11 16:34

    Well done mr Cape farmer

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-11 16:35

    I wonder where he got that land from...

      michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-07-11 16:38

      According to Nandos, the Koisan

      martin.kaschula - 2012-07-11 17:00

      certainly not from your people .

      mike.clery - 2012-07-11 17:00

      Like most people, he probably bought it from someone, who bought it from someone before that, who bought it from someone before that, who bought it .... How far back are we supposed to go?

      Sharon - 2012-07-11 17:04

      he purchased it from a black that stole it from a koisan.why?did you think he stole it from one of the oppressed

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-11 16:58

    "..run away..". You mean stolen.

  • siliziwem - 2012-07-11 17:10

    put that on these rhinos

  • Dutch - 2012-07-11 17:41

    We've been using it for the past 3 years, works well. Prior to this we lost about 150 - 180 sheep P/A...since introducing this we lost about 10 in total YTD

      Luciano Rossi - 2013-08-30 15:56

      Dutch, Where can i get the device?

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-11 18:57

    Sheep supposed to keep still until they are being 'rustled' ? How to stop them running when they in a 'camp' - we all know sheep will run every now and then. FARMER - you are not going to get much sheep, oh sorry I meant sleep...

  • Adam - 2012-07-11 20:58

    Maybe the anc can use it during elections, to keep all their sheep from running

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-12 04:30

    Stunning move enuf of dis stupid criminals hu steal everything dey deserve 2 die..kill dem farmer kill dem

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