Several farms in northeast Iowa have been the target of vandalism in the past week causing considerable damage to confinement buildings. Farmers and livestock operators across Iowa are being advised to be cautious and aware of suspicious people or vehicles around farms, especially livestock operations. The Iowa Pork Producers Association has issued an alert to producers statewide.
The Chickasaw County sheriff's department in northeast Iowa reported three hog confinement facilities were vandalized the weekend of November 20. The barns were located three miles southeast of Lawler, one mile south of Lawler and five miles northwest of New Hampton.
Watch for any suspicious activity, vehicles or people
The Fayette County sheriff's office reported similar activity this past weekend. The targeted facilities were east of Sumner and west of West Union in northeast Iowa. In addition, a turkey operation in Bremer County was recently victimized.
In two of the incidents, a gun was used to disable a transformer and a security light. It is not known if the incidents are related, but the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers and area law enforcement agencies are encouraging farmers, especially livestock producers, to be vigilant in their security and immediately report any suspicious activity or incidents to local authorities.
Farmers who have questions about livestock barn security and preventive or precautionary measures they can take, should contact Kent Mowrer, field specialist for the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers at 800-932-2436.