Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

€10,000 reward on offer to help locate missing sheep

Sheep grazing in Co. Kerry. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan
Sheep grazing in Co. Kerry. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Anne Lucey

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.

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No-one had yet availed of the award money, which will be given on information leading to conviction.

“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,” the IFA said in a statement.

Theft of both cattle and sheep is an issue that affects all regions of Ireland, causing significant problems for the farmers who fall victim to the criminals. Apart from the financial loss, the trauma inflicted on farm families leaves them very vulnerable and stressed, the IFA said.

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