A farmer has spoken of her horror at discovering three of her heifers has lost their calves, due to an unprovoked attack on her farm, as reported by echo-news.co.uk.
The farmer, Sarah Lambert, has spoken of her disgust at discovering the abuse her animals suffered on her farm on Saturday, October 28th. Ms. Lambert, aged 47, runs a farm in Little Chaveldon Hall, Basildon. Here she discovered her cattle had been let out of their paddocks, with 41 of her 70 animals running loose across the property.
This was not all the hardship for Ms. Lambert and her stock though, as she discovered that three of her in-calf heifers had lost their offspring, due to the fright and abuse they suffered during the attack. She described the CCTV footage of the attack as “disturbing”.
“It was a very horrifying weekend for us. From our CCTV footage, there were about a dozen intruders carrying large lumps of wood with them. I think the attack was planned.They let the cattle out of their enclosure and tried to lure them into an electric fence. It was very disturbing watching them terrorise our livestock from our CCTV footage.” she said.
One of the young calves on the farm was even subjected to choking abuse, with a string found tied very tightly around its neck. The calf was ok, but Ms. Lambert warned that the situation could have been a lot worse.
“Our oldest cattle are two years of age. We found one of the calves had a bell string tied very tightly around her neck….None of our cattle were missing or dead, but three of our pregnant heifers lost their calves due to stress. It’s very sad for us because we’ve weaned those cows since they were little.”
The farmer also confirmed that the intruders also set fire to a ring feeder in one of her fields, and said this is not the first time her livestock has been terrorised by intruders.
“It was just so dangerous because they could have burnt down the entire field….In summer this year we had yobs chasing down our cattle to the electric fence. We’ve had these problems in the past two years, we’ve had people breaking into our property and wrecking our fences. If anyone has seen or heard anything please contact the police.” she urged.
The incident is currently under investigation by Essex Police, with a spokesperson confirming the incident took place at approximately 5:40 pm Saturday, October 28th.
“We’re investigating an incident, where items were thrown at cattle and a cattle ring feeder was set on fire....Anyone with information is asked to contact Basildon police station on 101. “Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.” they said.