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Monday 5 December 2016

'It's as if the animals have disappeared into thin air'

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

Niall Dillon with his wife Christa on his farm in Kilbeggan. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo
Niall Dillon with his wife Christa on his farm in Kilbeggan. Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

The farming couple that was subjected to one of the most audacious livestock raids ever say that the animals have "disappeared into thin air".

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"There's been no sight of any of the 75 cattle or 25 sheep ever since that day in July last year," said Christa Dillon, whose husband Niall is a full-time farmer and livestock transporter based at Cornaher, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath.

Valued at close to €100,000, the animals were stocked on a farm 4km from the Dillon's home.

"We don't really know what is happening other than a file has been sent to the DPP," said Ms Dillon.

"We haven't restocked because we have not received the insurance for the animals. But I would still advise everybody to take out insurance on all your stock.

"You've got to protect yourself anyway you can. We've put up a lot more security around the place," she said.

The Dillons believe that the thieves staked out the farm, which is close to the N6 old Dublin Road between Kilbeggan and Tyrrellspass prior to the robbery, and cut through locked gates to access the stock.

All the cattle, including nine calves, were tagged and fully traceable under the Department of Agriculture's system.

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However, there has been no trace of the animals since.

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