Cattle worth €7,500 stolen in night-time raid on farm
Farmers and members of the public are being urged to be alert for suspicious activity around farms after cattle were stolen from a local farm.
Five bullocks, valued at around €7,500, were stolen from the farm of Anthony Duffy of Doolargy, Ravensdale between the late hours of Tuesday, July 8 and the early hours of the Wednesday, July 9.
Anthony had checked the cattle at 10.30pm on Tuesday night but when he arrived the following morning they were gone. The cattle - two Charolais, two Aberdeen Angus and one black Hereford - were due to go to the factory the coming Friday.
Anthony said: 'The thieves prised the gate open and put it back so people wouldn't notice. It's becoming a major problem all over the country but especially on the border counties.'
He said that it's suspected that his cattle were taken to an illegal abattoir and most likely slaughtered by now.'
'It is a huge loss to any farmer to lose cattle after looking after them for two years,' he said.
Unfortunately he will be at a loss for the value of the cattle as he didn't have any insurance for theft as up until recently no insurance company offered this, but FBD are now offering an insurance policy which covers theft of livestock.
Louth IFA Chairman Matthew McGreehan said: 'The Garda, PSNI and Departments on each side of the border are going to have to cooperate more to deal with this serious problem. I hope to also meet with the local superintendent to discuss this matter.
'I also ask for local people, especially in rural areas, to be vigilant and to raise an alarm if they see or suspect suspicious activity.
'If anyone in the area had seen anything please report it to gardai or the County Chairman.'