The Pastoralists and Graziers Association says livestock theft continues to affect many farmers across Western Australia.
The Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Compliance Unit was introduced in June last year after the police-operated Rural Crime Squad was disbanded in 2008.
Six staff members were trained by WA police to take over the role.
However, the association’s Rob Gillam says there has been no improvement in rural crime.
“For those people who are in an area where it is difficult to maintain surveillance because of the fact that it is remote and the livestock are basically grazing in scrubland, and where it’s difficult to find people if they’re in your place illegally, then it is significant and they are hurting,” he said.