The perpetrators cut the hind legs of two more sheep, forcing Armstrong to put down the animals.

A Cathcart farming couple are pleading for improved policing in the area after 18 of their prize Dohne merino sheep were slaughtered by thugs on Tuesday.

Richard and Mandy Armstrong’s employees made the discovery of the sheep carcasses, still with their fleece attached, hanging on a fence of his 2 500ha Tweedale Farm  during their daily camp patrol early on Tuesday.

The perpetrators cut the hind legs of two more sheep, forcing Armstrong to put down the animals.

The sheep were valued at R36,000.

The discovery was made six months after thieves stole 20 of the Armstrongs’ sheep.

The sheep were valued at R36,000.

The discovery was made six months after thieves stole 20 of the Armstrongs’ sheep.

Richard Armstrong, 48, believed the thieves were interrupted while preparing to transport the dead sheep, and pointed fingers at what he believed was a well-organised syndicate allegedly working with a butchery.

“We have a good idea of who the people doing this are, but it is a matter of catching them doing the crime,” he said.

“As Cathcart farmers, we are really desperate.

“We appeal to the police and government to support us more.

“We are desperate to get help from the people.

“With the festive season around the corner, there is too much demand for meat and we can’t see this thieving getting better.

“Our fear is it’s going to get worse.

“I sent my guys to drive around the farm on Tuesday morning as usual and they got a shock of their lives,” Armstrong said.

Farmers in large farming districts such as Thomas River, Smiling Valley, Handerson, Waqu and Happy Valley were also under siege from stock thieves, he said.

“Every week there is stock theft.

“It was mainly farmers on the N6 roadside, but no-one is safe any more.”

Komani district police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni said Armstrong had opened a case of stock theft at the Carthcart police station.

“The farmer saw his sheep carcasses hanging on a fence and positively identified them as his.

“The suspects remain at large,” Mdleleni said.

Two years ago, the Armstrongs  lost 41 pregnant Fenfield cows, valued at R615,000, and 50 Dohne merino sheep with newborn lambs, which had combined value of R125,000.

The animals were destroyed by a wildfire.

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The perpetrators cut the hind legs of two more sheep, forcing Armstrong to put down the animals. A Cathcart farming couple are pleading for improved policing in the area after 18 of their prize Dohne merino sheep were slaughtered by thugs on Tuesday. Richard and Mandy Armstrong’s employees made the discovery...