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 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).