Tuesday 25 October 2016

Lambs had 'throats cut' and were stolen in 'sickening' farm attack

Published 03/05/2016 | 10:03

Balbriggan farmer Pat Hagan
Balbriggan farmer Pat Hagan

An Irish sheep farmer said he is 'sickened' by the slaughter and theft of 14 lambs from his farm in an overnight raid at his farm that has wiped out 15pc of his lambing income in minutes.

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Balbriggan farmer, Pat Hagan went to check on his six-week old lambs last Friday morning and was devastated to find a 'trail of blood' across his fields.

After counting his herd, he found that 14 lambs were missing, after being killed in the field and stolen by what he described as an 'efficient and professional operation'.

'They only left a blood trail behind them where they must have dragged the lambs across the field with their throats cut, to a collection point where they must have had a van waiting,' the Balbriggan farmer told the Fingal Independent.

Pat believes there must have been several people involved in the raid to gather that many lambs together and get away so quickly.

Despite the field where the horrifying attack took place beign just 50 metres from the family home, Pat heard nothing overnight and only knew of the raid when he came upon the trail of blooding leading from the field.

'I got 1.5 lambs per ewe this year and I was delighted with that. A lot of work went into them and I was up all night, chasing away foxes and everything and now I get this. I'm fairly sickened, to be honest with you.'

The Balbriggan farmer is convinced the gang who carried out the raid will be living locally and said: 'Somewhere in a house or an apartment in Fingal, those lambs are being butchered as we speak. I would ask anyone who sees anything suspicious, whether it be blood in a bin or people carrying out a lot of black bags, that they report it.'

The Balbriggan farmer has met with local gardaí but is not hopeful they will catch who is responsible for the raid.

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