$50,000 reward for stolen goat
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return of a big breed ram goat that has been stolen from a school in Jeffreyville, St Ann.
The goat, a hybrid ram, which the school acquired in May 2016 as part of a goat-rearing programme, was stolen on January 12.
Sydney Henry, chairperson at Village Academy, told THE STAR that the goat could be sold for upwards of $180,000.
"I could tell you that if you go up the road and sell it, it's going to cost $180,000, but it's more than that to us. We reported it to the police. We are hopeful, cause community people talk", Henry said.
Checks by THE STAR with farmers revealed that the Boer goat is considered far superior to any other goat for meat production.
It is known for rapid weight gain and heavy muscling with high fertility and the Boer typically give birth to twins.
Lisa Hanna, member of parliament for South East St Ann, where the the Village Academy is located, has made a passionate appeal for the return of the animal.
"I am asking that the persons who took this Boer Buck hybrid from our Village Academy to bring him back. We use this Buck as a part of the herd for breeding and to train our students in husbandry, treatment of goats, tagging ... He was also being medically treated for a problem with his hoof, and as such his meat would be contaminated and toxic says the vet who was treating him.
There is a reward of $50,000 for the return of this Buck or information leading to his safe return. We need him back for our students," Hanna said in a statement which was posted on social media.
Henry said the theft of the animal is a major blow to the goat-rearing programme, which has two hybrid bucks one Boer and one Nubian in the herd of 10 animals.
"This is our breeding stock. In the past four weeks, we have had nine kids fathered by this one ram and its a hybrid, so the quality of the stock is important to us. It's about building the sustainability of the institution because it has to pay for itself and we also use the animals for training and development for young people, who are students at this school," Henry said.