It is imperative that you keep and maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all livestock on your property, including identification numbers. Thorough livestock and identification tracking prevents thefts but also assists in recovering stolen animals. This can be done through sheep ear tagging (part of the National Livestock Identification System – NLIS). Aside from being a mandatory requirement in some states, it is required by law under the Biosecurity (NLIS) Regulation 2017.
It may sound simple, but it is important to keep all paddocks, sheds and stockyards chained and locked with secure locking devices. No matter how rural your farm is, keep your gates locked. It doesn’t have to be a high-tech locking device, a padlock connected to a steel chain is more than enough to be a deterrent to would-be thieves. Additionally, make sure that your hinges are secure and not moveable once the gate is locked (you want to prevent thieves from lifting your gate by its hinges).
It’s important to remain vigilant of who is around your property during your daily farm activities. Any slow driving, unfamiliar vehicles should be regarded as suspicious, as should any individual walking past your farmland more than once as they could be scouting your farm. If in doubt, always report any suspicious activity to the police.