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‘I can’t get nothing grow up in my yard’- Caller to NDP Radio

- said stray cows wreaking havoc on his property in Long Trench
A resident of Long Trench, who called in to the programme NDP Radio on ZBVI 780 AM on May 1, 2017 expressed his frustration to Government about stray cattle wreaking havoc on his property in Long Trench, on the main island of Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
According to the Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL), stray cattle is a problem throughout the territory, including Virgin Gorda 'where persons are having difficulties trying to keep their property in a certain condition.' Photo: VINO/File
According to the Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian (AL), stray cattle is a problem throughout the territory, including Virgin Gorda 'where persons are having difficulties trying to keep their property in a certain condition.' Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of stray cattle going into yards and damaging property, including flower plants and kitchen gardens, is nothing new as Government seems unable to address this longstanding matter.

Nevertheless, a resident expressed his frustration to Government about stray cattle wreaking havoc on his property in Long Trench, on the main island of Tortola.

The resident was a caller to the NDP Radio show aired Monday May 1, 2017 on ZBVI 780 AM.

Can’t get anything grow

“But Hon Christian you know better than anybody else how important it is to keep your property landscaped and beautiful because that is one thing you always note, that persons should keep their property in good shape. It’s also good for the country…it’s appearance.

“What can you do for me in relation to these cows on the streets, Hon Archibald Christian? You know where I live, you know who is speaking.”

According to the distraught resident, “I can’t get nothing grow up in my yard at all, simply because I cannot afford to fence up my property.” He further stated that it’s not fair for every cow in Long Trench to come into his yard and eat out everything or trample on them. “I can’t get anything grow.”

I sympathise

In response to the caller’s predicament, Honorable Archibald C. Christian (AL), Junior Minister for Tourism remarked, “I sympathise with your plight on your unfortunate situation with those animals.”

Hon Christian continued that normally those animals have an owner “and sometimes unless persons take action in their hands, the owners always never own the animals.”

According to Hon Christian, there is an Agriculture Department that would normally assist persons with rounding up those animals. “We can give Agriculture Department a call to find out what assistance can be given to you with respect to those cows.”

The Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Christian, noted too that stray cattle is a problem throughout the territory, including Virgin Gorda “where persons are having difficulties trying to keep their property in a certain condition.”

“As you indicated you are not in a position to fence it right now and it is unfortunate that we just don’t have the resources to get to persons right away in order to remove the animals. But give me a call tomorrow (today) caller and we could have a further discussion as to how we can move forward with your particular situation,” Hon Christian told the caller.

Slaughter stray cattle

It was in 2015 that a caller to the Speak Out BVI radio talk show hosted by Doug Wheatley called on the authorities to slaughter roaming cattle which wander on to people’s property and cause havoc.

The caller suggested that the authorities can sell the meat of the slaughtered cattle.

According to him, impounding is a waste of time as the stray cattle end up on the streets again.

29 Responses to “‘I can’t get nothing grow up in my yard’- Caller to NDP Radio”

  • musa (02/05/2017, 10:56) Like (10) Dislike (30) Reply
    please do not kill the cows they provided milk for the kids who do not have a mother
    • pen (03/05/2017, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      kill them if you can! I am in the same position. They are only a nuisance

  • Kill um (02/05/2017, 11:04) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Treat them like the chickens and cats
  • Quita (02/05/2017, 11:32) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    I emphasize with you. I had the same problem. The solution is to fenceyour property.
    • Sir Loin (02/05/2017, 14:33) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      Steak time!
    • rubbish (02/05/2017, 16:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please stop talking rubbish, my neighbours and I calculated that it cost three of us in excess of $25,000 fencing and putting up gates at our property to keep the cows from eating our plants and shi.....ng in our front yards. In what world can this be fair? The solution should not be to fence your property people need to fence their animals. Agriculture needs to pick them up and drop them off at the abattoir. The owner should not be entitled to 1 cent
    • Curious (03/05/2017, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yea I say the same thing. I mean if Gov aint doing anything well then a sacrifice has to be made in order to keep your place secure. Aint just now these cows became an issue.
    • NezRez (07/05/2017, 06:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Quita. Are you going to pay for everyone's fencing? Why in the heck should we land owners have to suffer the consequences of negligent animal owners? Who can afford to fence acres of land? Our islands would look like prisons everywhere. The solution should be so freaking obvious. Make the animal owners pay pay pay through the nose. If these were pit bulls, I bet the government would act ASAP. Government officials can afford to fence theirs, we can't
  • judge ito (02/05/2017, 11:37) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
    There is no fence so how will the cows know that they're trespassing?
  • egg face (02/05/2017, 12:28) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Good food man take out your cutlash
  • lord o. (02/05/2017, 12:31) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    Just don't kill them. They were born to be free.. They serve a very good cause to human.. Before lornmores and grass cutters they use to clear the bushes for tracks for us to walk and vehicle for us to drive. They mouth get tired before they belly get full.. Don't kill them pleaseease. Apprecite them. Find another solution..
    • Really? (03/05/2017, 07:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      After investing in your property, some 'farmer's' cows visit and break your pipes, push down your fence, eat your produce and poo-up your yard - and that's ok? The owners gather them when they need money and take them to the slaughterhouse for GOOD DOLLARS! FARMERS HAVE TO FENCE THEIR PASTURES - not homeowners fence their around their homes. Fencing should be an option. Maybe I should gather all the cows in Long Trench and drop them by you and you will understand...and yes when they push down your wire fence too!
  • Hindu (02/05/2017, 12:50) Like (11) Dislike (32) Reply
    Those cows are sacred
    • bvi (07/05/2017, 21:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is the BVI, what sacred you talking. When you go to Rome, do as the Romans do.
  • l (02/05/2017, 14:01) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    That caller must be a vegetarian.
    • Serious Problem (06/05/2017, 19:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those of you who don't have this problem thinks it's funny but this is a real serious problem. I think this Long Trench area is the worst. We are pleading with those in authority to give this problem the attention it deserves.
  • Afu-Halal (02/05/2017, 20:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy, I can use one of them.
  • out the box (02/05/2017, 20:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea meson my yard dose be smelling like I rasing cow. The come there shit and pis in my yard.
  • solution (03/05/2017, 06:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Caller BUILD A SLAUGHTER HOUSE. build it today ALL yo problems fixed by tonight
  • Boo (03/05/2017, 06:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    One word. "Beef". Problem solved.
  • son of the soil (03/05/2017, 09:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    THOSE COWS BORN HERE
  • Spray them (04/05/2017, 08:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get a couple cans of a bright color spray paint and spray them. Let the owners know it's their cows causing problems. They need to be responsible for their animals.
  • 8===DinP (04/05/2017, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    kill the cows
  • Monei (07/05/2017, 06:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fence our properties so our beautiful Islands must look like prison walls? That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard. How about a town meeting informing the owners they will be fined and responsible for damage done to people's properties. We should not have to go broke because of their selfish negligence.
  • BrightSpark (07/05/2017, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here's a new idea: build a fence.
  • frustrated (10/05/2017, 16:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do not talk about the taxi man who live up little dix hill corner, he got he cow dem loose all over lambert estate, he even cut a gate in somebody fence so he could pen up he come dem. I know any one of dem I catch pon my property he will know who born here.
  • SMH (12/05/2017, 07:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Despite all the various remarks, this is a very serious matter. The owner of these animals doesn't seem to care about the impact of the damages they are causing others. I would suggest that the Agricultural Department with the aid of a Court Order remove these animals from the streets and either sell them for produce or have them butchered and the meat donated to the communities.
  • Trapper (18/05/2017, 22:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dig a pit, cover it with a grass mat. Put up signs saying "danger" around the pit. Cow falls in pit. Call agriculture... or not.... If cow is branded, take picture of brand, go to court for damages against brand owner. If cow isn't branded, BBQ.


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