Farmer 'rural alert' system suggested
A 'rural alert' system between farmers has been suggested to combat the increased incidence of cattle rustling.
This follows further cases of cattle being stolen in Cavan and West Limerick. While some of the stock has been recovered, the majority has vanished.
William Shortall, IFA liaison officer in the southwest, said a new format of 'rural alert' has now been activated among local groups of farmers in rural areas and it is already proving to be a very effective deterrent.
"It is operated between groups of between 10 and 15 farmers who are using their mobile phones to text other members of the group of anything suspicious which they observe," Mr Shortall explained.
"If they see a strange vehicle going into a farm, each of the farmers will get the text to alert them and the gardai are informed."