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Combating stock theft through forensics is already common technology in South Africa. It is within touching distance in Zimbabwe By Donald Mushove Stock theft is fast becoming a menace in Zimbabwe at unprecedented levels. Recently some goat thieves were intercepted by the police with over 40 goats stolen from Mhondoro - being transported to Mbudzi in Harare. Stock theft is a threat to the national herd and reverses all gains in the livestock industry. Faced with the ravishing tick borne disease, prevalent in January - stock theft is the last thing farmers expect to deal with. However, forensic biology if well prepared to provide a long lasting solution to the stock theft menace in Zimbabwe. Stock DNA databases need to be established.