€10,000 fund to combat rustling
A reward of €10,000 is being offered for information on cattle and sheep thefts. The move is part of a new campaign to tackle the problem.
Jointly organised by Crimestoppers, the IFA and the Gardai, the campaign is calling on members of the public, and in particular those in the farming community, with information on the theft of cattle and sheep to come forward.
Information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service (1800 25 00 25) or to local Gardai.
"We are taking this initiative with the Gardai and Crimestoppers and putting up a reward of €10,000, to get significant information that will lead to the arrest and charge of individuals in connection with livestock theft," said IFA president Eddie Downey.
"The theft of cattle and sheep is a real issue for farmers.
"Apart from the financial loss, the trauma inflicted on farm families leaves them very vulnerable and stressed.
"This is something that comes up repeatedly at IFA county executives around the country," he added.