Borders farmers encouraged to apply for new DNA security kit
Date of alert:
Thursday, 30 March 2023
FARMS in the Borders could benefit from a new security system following a successful trial in South Lanarkshire.
Thanks to funding from NFU Mutual, SelectaDNA kits could be rolled out to farmers in the region, and in other areas where there are repeat thefts on farms.
The equipment uses a forensic liquid with a DNA code which police can 'read' to identify where stolen property has come from.
In trials in South Lanarkshire the scheme has proved a success at deterring thieves.
NFU Mutual Scotland manager Mark McBrearty said: “Rural crime is hugely disruptive to Scotland’s farming community, and we are determined to do all we can to stamp it out.