€10,000 reward offered for information about stolen cattle

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FarmIreland Team

The IFA is offering a €10,00 reward for information leading to the arrest of people involved in the theft of cattle in Cork recently.

West Cork IFA Chairman Cornie Buckley has warned farmers to be vigilant following the theft of 13 cattle from a farm near Skibbereen.

He said livestock theft is a serious issue for farmers right across the country, causing not only financial loss but stress and trauma.

The West Cork Chairman advised farmers to check their sheds and stock and to be wary of any suspicious activity in their area or near their farms.

The IFA Chairman said livestock theft is a problem that can be tackled if enough information is provided. He urged anybody with information on the Skibbereen theft or any other incident to report it.

IFA has put 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.

Information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service by calling 1800 25 00 25. Alternatively, information can be provided to your local Garda station.

Meanwhile, a farmer has appealed for information following the suspected theft of 74 sheep from his farm.

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Donegal farmer Stephen O’Donnell is appealing for information following the suspected theft of 74 of his sheep.

Some 36 ewes and 38 ewe lambs went missing, he said, during September and October from a hill near the Cleeslough side of Termon along the N56.

"We had 74 sheep stolen from hill land between middle of august to middle of October," he said.

"There was 36 ewes and 38 ewe lambs. The lambs were clipped in August before returning to hill with ewes."

Stephen said that before the theft, his flock was made up of 350 sheep and most of the ewes had been put back out on the hill in August after they had been clipped.

He said each of the ewes is worth about €80-120 and he is offering a reward for information leading to their return.

“The sheep could have been sold for breeding, someone might have bought them and didn’t know that they were stolen."

He also said that people could have bought them over the past few weeks, not knowing they were stolen and said there is a big demand for such sheep at the moment.

He said that the sheep could be identified as there might be a rare Dorset ewe among them, which has a white face and horns and he said very few farmers are breeding

Anyone with information can contact Milford Gardaí on 074 9153060.

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