Friday 15 December 2017

Homeward bound! 24 stolen sheep trek for four days to get home to Kerry farm

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Twenty-four sheep trekked four days to return to the Kerry farm from which they went missing over the weekend.

Kerry farmer Dermot Donovan told the Irish Farmers Journal that he believed the sheep were stolen and moved over the mountains near Killarney by a man and his dog.

He had moved 30 sheep on to the commonage at Mangerton mountain last Monday but by Wednesday April 12 26 of them had gone missing.

Dermot tracked them to the top of the mountain but believes they were driven much further away as it took them four days to return by themselves.

“They were driven out through bare bog and you can see their tracks, and the footprints of the man driving them and his dog too,” he told the Farmers Journal.

“He drove them out the top of Mangerton mountain, it’s 2,700ft high, and turned them to the right. He must have driven them on a long ways after that because it took them four days to get back.

“Certainly they made their own way back, but they were gone a long way because it took them a long time to get home. A sheep that’s born in one part of the mountain, even if it’s a 2,000 acre commonage, will return to where she was born.”

The news comes just a week after two other Kerry farmers revealed their sheep had also been stolen.

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