With the Ashburton District Council responding to three callouts for wandering stock in the last month, farmers and lifestyle block holders are being reminded to check that their fences and gates are secure.
Under the Impounding Act 1955, the Council has the authority to impound wandering stock, and owners may face fees and charges for sustenance and transport before they'll be able to claim the stock back.
"Wandering stock can be a dangerous hazard for traffic, particularly at night, and it's irresponsible to let them roam off your property," Council Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says.
"For cattle in particular, make sure that they have a NAIT tag and records are up to date and current. This helps us to notify stock owners and enable stock to be returned. This legal responsibility cannot be underestimated."
The Council can impound any wandering stock, which includes horses, cattle, deer, sheep, donkeys, mules, pigs, goats, chickens and other livestock.