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Avoid getting scammed in haste for feed

With the drought last summer and supply chain issues through the winter, producers need to exercise caution when purchasing or selling feed this year.

Stories of feed scams and theft continue to make the rounds at coffee shops and in news, and the Alberta RCMP livestock investigation unit has seen a surge in related reports.

“They’ve caught wind that we need feed, that we’re willing to pay for it quickly. And the money’s good,” ABP Chair Melanie Wowk told CBC. “It’s just a sad state with everything that’s going on right now. People are desperate.” 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to purchase or sell feed:

  • If a deal sounds too good to be true, ask yourself why.
  • If you’re able, go see the feed before you make a commitment to purchase.
  • Ask if a feed test has been completed.
  • Get deals to purchase or sell feed in writing with pertinent information like their name, address, phone number, and licence plate number.
  • Don’t pay for product you have yet to receive.
  • Consider asking for an electronic payment or cash instead of a cheque.
  • Avoid storing feed in an area that is visible from the road.
  • Mark bales with coloured twine to make them easy to identify.

If you suspect a scam or have been a victim of fraud, the RCMP asks that you report it to your local police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (online or via 1-888-495-8501).

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