Wandering stock caused nearly 150 accidents in Northland in the last five years and are a major hazard to drivers, according to the NZ Transport Agency.
Between 2008 and 2012, there were 146 crashes in Northland involving farms animals that had strayed onto highways and roads. Four crashes involved serious injury and 21 caused minor injuries
“When farm animals escape and stray on to a highway or road, they become a significant danger to all road users,” said NZTA’s Journey Manager for Northland, Jacqui Hori-Hoult.
Stock animals on the loose cause an economic loss to farmers and can result in prosecution from police or a civil case if someone is injured.
“People who own stock have to ensure that land is securely fenced to prevent animals straying on to the highway,” said ori-Hoult.
(Source – http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/beef/9120863/Wandering-stock-a-major-hazard)