€10,000 reward on offer to help locate missing sheep
A €10,000 reward is on offer for 'significant' information on the theft of cattle and sheep, the IFA has said in light of 60 sheep being stolen in Kerry recently.
The IFA said it wanted to remind people a reward of €10,000 was being offered for 'significant' information on the theft of cattle and sheep – a now serious issue that affects all parts of Ireland.
Up to 60 sheep, mainly ewes, have been stolen on Mount Brandon in Co. Kerry and the sheep were discovered missing after farmers Mikey Joe O’Shea, and Richie Griffin brought the flocks down for the lambing season.
One of those farmers is also offering a reward of up to €2,000 for information on the thefts.
Mikey Joe told RTE News this week that he believed the thefts of at least 45 of his sheep were carried out under "a full moon”. Richie Griffin said whoever took his 10 sheep knew what they were doing and were organised; with the aid of a good sheepdog it was easy to steal sheep.
Gardai in Dingle are investigating and have sent a report to the Department of Agriculture.
Meanwhile, Cork Southwest TD Jim Daly (FG) has warned farmers in his area to be alert, with three recent reports from Skibbereen, Schull and Ballydehob of calves being stolen.
A spokesperson for IFA said the joint campaign by Crimestoppers, the IFA and an Garda Siochana to combat the problem of livestock theft, a serious problem, launched last year was still in operation.