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Court approves agreement for housing stray livestock

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During a regular meeting on December 23, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with Darling Ingredients to house stray livestock in their stock pens.

Darling Ingredients, which owns DARPRO Solutions at 264 FM 2336 near Camp Swift, was willing to donate the use of its facilities at no charge for the county to use for the protection and care of estray, or stray livestock.

According to the agreement, Darling agrees to provide the use of their livestock pens, totalling about half an acre, for the containment of stray livestock animals seized or impounded by the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). The county would also be able to use DARPRO’s water and electricity to care for animals detained under the agreement at no cost, while BCSO estray deputies would be responsible for food and veterinary care. BCSO would maintain the livestock in the pens and perform reasonable repairs and repair any damage caused by livestock or BCSO personnel.

County Judge Paul Pape and Sheriff Maurice Cook called it a great opportunity.

BCSO estray deputy Joey Dzienowski said the agreement would increase BCSO’s ability to keep livestock, since the pens at the animal shelter are small. Whenever the county picks up “herds of cattle,” he added, they take them to Hills Prairie Livestock south of Bastrop, which charges the county for housing estray livestock.

“By us getting these pens for free, it will save the county a lot of money,” Dzienowski said.

“I like that price,” county auditor Lisa Smith remarked in reply.

Dzienowski also said these pens are better and safer than the county’s current livestock pens. Additionally, some of the pens have cover.

“This is a great partnership, and we are grateful for DARPRO for being willing to offer these services to the county,” Pape said.