The NZ Transport Agency is reminding rural property owners, particularly in South Canterbury, to ensure their fences are in the best condition to contain their livestock and prevent them wandering onto the region’s roads and highways.
There have been 56 reports of wandering stock – both sheep and cattle - on state highways in South and Mid Canterbury over the past six months – the highest in Canterbury, said Journey Manager Lee Wright. The numbers are similar to the previous year.
State Highway 82, between Waimate and Kurow, accounted for 35 of the 56 animals found on highways or roadsides, she said, in particular the junction south of Makikihi of State Highways 1 and 82.
“Winter driving conditions add to the difficulty of seeing farm stock with fewer daylight hours and increased chances of fog in the mornings,” said Lee Wright.
“Rural property owners are required to ensure their land is securely fenced to prevent animals from straying onto the highway.
“The owners of livestock are liable for any damage caused if their stock are wandering, and they can be prosecuted if animals cause a crash and negligence is proven.”
Where Transport Agency contractors have to secure stock, owners can expect to receive a bill for this work.
Motorists are asked to report any wandering stock by phoning 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.
Recent crash involving(external link) a car with four passengers and a cow north of Te Kuiti. The cow died.