Reward offered for return of cattle
A part-time farmer based on the Limerick/Tipperary border has offered a reward for the return of 15 beef cows stolen from his farm at Newport, Co Tipperary, a month ago.
Denis Corrigan, who also operates an accountancy firm in the area, said that the thieves arrived at the farm in a lorry at 7.20pm on January 26, and spent several hours loading 13 in-calf cows and two heifers, before making off at 2.20am later that night.
"They got stuck in the yard but they haven't been heard of since," said Mr Corrigan, who believes that the animals are now mixed in with somebody's herd. "At least two of the cows would have calved by now. They were all in-calf except for the heifers and all are cross-bred Limousins or Belgium Blues apart from one purebred Limousin."
The cattle made up nearly half of Mr Corrigan's herd and he believes they will cost him up to €30,000 to replace.
"It's only since I've been looking into this issue that I've realised how rampant it actually is. There were 12 other cattle taken in two separate batches just in the Castleconnell area here over the last 12 months," he said.